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Features 44 of the 45 species of hummers that inhabit Costa Rica. (The Plain-capped starthroat, the missing species, lives only in the highest treetops. The authors have never encountered one at a height low enough to photograph.) Each bird is depicted in its natural habitat and with the flower with which it naturally associates. Hundreds of detailed close-ups show each bird's unique features and allow the reader to fully appreciate these stunning marvels of nature.
Featuring the work of internationally acclaimed nature photographers Michael and Patricia Fogden, this richly illustrated guide covers:
- The relationship between hummingbirds and flowers
- Feeding strategies
- A year in a hummingbird's life
- Hummingbird site guide.
More than 90 plant species -- belonging to 34 families and over 60 genera -- are featured along with the hummers, so Hummingbirds of Costa Rica is also a useful guide to an astonishing diversity of Costa Rican flora.
Beautifully detailed photographs bring the exquisite creatures to life, and scientifically accurate and accessible text provides a comprehensive reference to Costa Rica, its hummingbirds and their ecosystem.
"[...] In the end, the only criticism I have is that there were not enough photographs. Aside from the one missing species and the few forms not depicted, this is not a case where the existing pictures fail to satisfy. Quite the opposite! The pictures were so amazing that they leave you craving more! I would recommend this book to all who have visited Costa Rica, are planning on it, or who want to, along with all who love hummingbirds. Or in other words – everyone."
- Grant McCreary (07-02-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library