This is the one compact, portable, and user-friendly field guide the vice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species definitely kwn from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Fifty-six of these species are placed in a Rarities section that includes accidentals, rarer pelagics, and species that have t been reported in more than twenty years. The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying features-including plumage differences among males, females, and juveniles-and views of birds in flight wherever pertinent.Robert Dean has supplied more than 360 new illustrations, including sixty-four species that are illustrated for the first time in this edition. These include recent additions to the country list, pelagic species, Cocos Island species, and all accidentals recorded from the Costa Rican mainland. Range maps and menclature have been updated for this edition, which also has a new user-friendly organizational scheme and an alphabetical quick-find index of groups on the inside back cover.
Richard Garrigues is one of the preeminent birding guides in Costa Rica, with more than twenty-five years' experience leading birding and natural history tours.He is the author of The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, second edition, illustrated by Robert Dean, and Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica, both from Cornell. Robert Dean is an avid birder and natural history illustrator.He is the illustrator of Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao: A Site and Field Guide,The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide, and The Wildlife of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, all from Cornell.