670 pages, 102 colour photos and illustrations, 88 b/w illustrations and b/w distribution maps, tables
Neotropical Owls: Diversity and Conservation presents a comprehensive biological and ecological information about owls in the neotropical area. In addition, the book covers topics such as threats and conservation strategies for these nocturnal birds of prey from 18 Neotropical countries. Owls are a good example of diversification processes and have developed evolutionary characteristics themselves. These species are found almost everywhere in the world but most of them are distributed in tropical areas and about a third of them live in the Neotropics. This biogeographic region has a high biodiversity and even share lineages of species from other continents because at some point all were part of Pangea. Although we still have much to know and understand about this diverse, scarcely studied and threatened group Neotropical Owls: Diversity and Conservation aims to be a precedent for future and further research on the subject.
Originally published in Spanish by ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, 2015.
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Birds in the Neotropical Region
Chapter 2. A review of systematics and taxonomy of Neotropical owls (Strigiformes)
Chapter 3. The Owls of Argentina
Chapter 4. The Owls of Belize
Chapter 5. The Owls of Bolivia
Chapter 6. The Owls of Brazil
Chapter 7. The Owl of Chile
Chapter 8. The Owls of Costa Rica
Chapter 9. The Owls of Colombia
Chapter 10. The Owls of Ecuador
Chapter 11. The Owls of El Salvador
Chapter 12. The Owls of French Guiana
Chapter 13. The Owls of Guatemala
Chapter 14. The Owls of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico
Chapter 15. The Owls of Mexico
Chapter 16. The Owls of Nicaragua
Chapter 17. The Owls of Panama
Chapter 18. The Owls of Paraguay
Chapter 19. The Owls of Suriname
Chapter 20. The Owls of Uruguay
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Paula L. Enríquez received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), her Master's Degree in Wildlife Management from the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), and her Doctorate Degree in Animal Science from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Her main focus has been on the ecology and conservation of terrestrial birds, especially nocturnal raptors. She has collaborated with other scientists on several projects in Southern Mexico, Veracruz, Quintana Roo and Chiapas concerning both aquatic and terrestrial birds, and has published several scientific papers and outreach papers. She has presented papers on her research in both international and national congresses, guided and supervised undergraduate and graduate students in studies of bird ecology and habitat selection, studies of hummingbirds' distribution in different habitats, diurnal raptors ecology, and biology of endangered bird species in the highlands, and studies of owl communities in tropical natural reserves. She has several projects about the study of endangered eagles as well as other endangered avian mountain species. Her projects have been funded by USFWS, Idea Wild, CONABIO, CONANP, and others. Since 1996 she has been a researcher and professor in the Department of Biodiversity Conservation in El Colegio de la Frontera Sur. She has been a recognized as a national researcher since 2010 and recently has become the Chief Editor for a Mexican Ornithologist Journal.