New Book: Raptors of Mexico and Central America

Raptors of Mexico and Central AmericaRaptors of Mexico and Central America
by William S. Clark and N. John Schmitt

From Princeton University Press:

Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region’s 69 species of raptors, including vagrants. It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age-related plumages, status and distribution, subspecies, molt, habitats, behaviors, potential confusion species, and more.

Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the essential field guide to this difficult bird group and the ideal travel companion for anyone visiting this region of the world.

  • Covers all 69 species of raptors found in Mexico and Central America
  • Features 32 color plates and hundreds of color photos
  • Provides multiple illustrations of each species
  • Depicts and describes variations in plumage by individual, morph, age, and region
  • Describes behavior, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt
  • Covers rare and extralimital species
  • Includes distribution maps and flight silhouettes

 

Tons of information, extensive plates, and lots of large, impressive photos. Its fairly large size means it is more suited for reference rather than field use. Visiting birders may even wish to leave it at home, where it will make an excellent reference to either study beforehand or sort out identifications afterward.

 

Raptors of Mexico and Central America
by William S. Clark and N. John Schmitt
Hardcover; 272 pages
Princeton University Press; March 28, 2017
ISBN: 9780691116495
$39.95

Posted by Grant McCreary on April 15th, 2017.

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