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Best bird guides by region...Central and South America

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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 23:17   #101
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I don't know whether this has come up here before, but after posting trip reports recently, it struck me again. BF - and many others - consider Mexico to be part of North America. But going through these "sticky threads", it seems clear that Mexico belongs to Central America in the opinion of those who discuss the topic of FGs.
Howell and Webb tell you that the major change in Avifauna happens at the isthmus of Tehuantepec. However, Andy Kratter here in BF has argued that the change in Avifauna at the Rio Grande (but going north of the sky-islands of SE Arizona) is a stronger change than the change in Avifauna at the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The areas of Yucatan certainly do not induce a strong change in Avifauna at the border of Mexico and it's southern neighbors. Therefore, areas East and South of the Isthmus are certainly Central America, and the rest of Mexico you can go with who you believe in

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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 06:55   #102
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I've always thought of Mexico as being the Southern part of North America but in terms of the avifauna, there's obviously a crossover zone where birds species become increasingly tropical.

This argument exists in Europe too with what is or isn't in the Western Palearctic and I've said before that there should probably be a recognised zone of transition such as Wallacea where Asian species, become increasingly Australasian.
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Haven't seen this mentioned yet- The second edition of Garrigues & Dean's The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide has been printed in Spanish as Aves de Costa Rica: Guía de Campo.

It is bigger (and a little heavier) than the English version - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 vs 5 x 7 3/4 (inches). Page count is almost the same: 429 to 425.

Within, layout is the same, except in español; common names are given in Spanish, with local CR names also included. English names are also given for each as part of the description. The quick index on the inside back cover is in Spanish. The added pages allow for a full index in English as well as the one in Spanish.

Because the layout of both is the same, it is easy for folks using either guide to refer to the same page while identifying birds in the field. A huge plus, in my opinion.

I bought my copy locally in Monteverde, not sure if it is available online yet.
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Haven't seen this mentioned yet- The second edition of Garrigues & Dean's The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide has been printed in Spanish as Aves de Costa Rica: Guía de Campo.

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That's very good news. I think that every country should have at least one FG in its own language. Unless they have so many languages like in New Guinea, of course.
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