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Best bird guides by region...Central and South America (1 Viewer)

njlarsen

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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 ;)

Niels
 

Andy Adcock

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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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Dan Miller

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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.
 

Swissboy

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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. :smoke:
 

Jon Turner

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Just skimmed through all this thread, but can find no reference to Paraguay.
A friend is about to spend several months (from mid January) in Paraguay and would love to take a field guide with him.
Anyone have any ideas? I think Paraguay is fairly small and could be covered by Field Guides to neighbouring countries.
Anyone with experience and advice would be welcome. Thanks in advance.
 

Andy Adcock

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njlarsen

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Out of interest: the first of the guides linked to by Andy is a Wildlife Conservation Society guide. They also have a guide to Pantanal which on a world map does not look like it is too far away from Paraguay. Would the Pantanal guide be helpful?

Niels
 

THE_FERN

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Thanks Andy and Niels.

I will pass this info on to him.

If they speak/read Spanish, there's this. It's an amplification of the Argentina /narosky guide: has English names. In stock apparently, or probably available in country from Guyra Paraguay :

https://www.nhbs.com/guia-para-la-identificacion-de-las-aves-de-paraguay-identification-guide-to-the-birds-of-paraguay-book

http://guyra.org.py/

Should also say they should check out Paul Smith's fauna Paraguay website, and ulf Drechsel's:

https://www.pybio.org/en/
 
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THE_FERN

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Out of interest: the first of the guides linked to by Andy is a Wildlife Conservation Society guide. They also have a guide to Pantanal which on a world map does not look like it is too far away from Paraguay. Would the Pantanal guide be helpful?

Niels

Paraguay has c5% of the Pantanal (Bolivia has a bit more). There is/was a world land trust lodge in the far nw, the Estación Biológica “Los Tres Gigantes” (3 giants, for giant anteater, armadillo and River otter). Not sure how easy access is now: was difficult via bahia negra. This is the wrong time of year to be going there, though. I see wlt have involvement in the chaco and at San Rafael now too (Atlantic forest). Should be good at the latter now
 

Andy Adcock

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Another new field guide to Colombia. Once the Lynx guide is out next year this means three Colombian guides published in less than 3 years. Only wished some other countries was covered nearly as thorough.

https://www.buteobooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BBBAO&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=15019

Doesn't seem to be available in Europe yet?

Here's another link to a different looking but book.

https://onwatchingbirds.com/2019/04/23/a-new-field-guide-to-the-birds-of-colombia/

I don't really get what Lynx are up to, as has been said before, a guide to Argentina would be a very popular title rather than another for Colombia. I assume that they're unaware of the competition from the above title, doesn't seem a good sales strtaegy to me?
 
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njlarsen

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Well, I just looked at Amazon.com for bird books for Colombia. The cheapest one not by van Perlo was $60. Maybe Lynx feel they can make a coin on a book costing a little bit less?

Niels
 
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Andy Adcock

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Another new field guide to Colombia. Once the Lynx guide is out next year this means three Colombian guides published in less than 3 years. Only wished some other countries was covered nearly as thorough.

https://www.buteobooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BBBAO&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=15019

$36 postage to the UK from Buteo.

I'd be very grateful if one of our US brethren could do a 'contrast and compare' with previous guides so I can decide whether it's worth stumping up for this?
 
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