A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Third Edition by Ernest Preston EdwardsA Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Third Edition by Ernest Preston Edwards

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Third…

byErnest Preston EdwardsIllustratorEdward Murrell Butler

Paperback | January 1, 1998

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More than a thousand species of birds occur in Mexico and in the adjacent countries of Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Of these birds, a unique mixture of temperate-zone and tropical species, less than half are found in the United States, and many cross the border only a short distance into the southwestern states.

This practical field guide contains detailed annotations for easy identification of all of Mexico's regular species. The descriptions include the English, Spanish, and Latin names; a general range statement for each bird, along with its specific occurrences in the region; its typical habitat(s) and abundance; and its physical characteristics, including size and plumage. Excellent color plates with drawings of over 850 species make this the most fully illustrated guide to the region.

Published by the author in 1972 and 1989, this convenient take-along guide is now totally revised, updated, and re-designed to provide handy assistance and enjoyment to professional ornithologists and amateur birders alike.

Ernest P. Edwards was Dorys M. Duberg Professor of Ecology Emeritus at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
Title:A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Third…Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS

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ISBN - 10:0292720912

ISBN - 13:9780292720916

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst field guide I have ever used! This field guide has entire species missing; it has species observed in Guatemala and Belize listed as not present; it has long difficult-to-read text lists of locations where species are present instead of range maps that would be much more helpful and easy to interpret. It scatters similar species images over numbers of plates, often not even adjacent to each other (doves on 12 and 18, swifts on 18 and 23); bizarrely combines sparrows, woodpecker, chachalaca, storm-petrel, plover, oriole and frigatebird on one plate. It adds a final page of southeastern specialties from multiple families, and includes three black and white plates of waterbirds at the end of the series, where bill and leg colour is often diagnostic. Needless to say, taxonomic order is hardly consistent. The scale used for similar species is at times inconsistent - check the pygmy owls, and adults sometimes obscure diagnostic features of an immature - check the ring-billed gull. The text often omits voice where vocalizations are diagnostic. For a guide in its fourth paperback printing seven years after its initial publishing, it is in desperate need of a thorough editing. It does not deserve your dollars. Look elsewhere to avoid disappointment.
Date published: 2012-03-03

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • Topography of a Bird
  • The Birds of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
    • Tinamous, Loons, Grebes, Seabirds, and Related Species
    • Herons, Other Large Wading Birds, and Vultures
    • Ducks, Geese, and Swans
    • Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Other Diurnal Raptors
    • Guans, Turkeys, Partridges, and Quails
    • Rails and Related Species
    • Plovers, Sandpipers, and Related Species
    • Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, and Auklets
    • Pigeons, Doves, Parrots, and Parakeets
    • Cuckoos, Owls, Nightjars, and Potoos
    • Swifts and Hummingbirds
    • Trogons, Motmots, Kingfishers, Toucans, and Related Species
    • Woodpeckers
    • Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers, and Antbirds
    • Flycatchers, Becards, Cotingas, and Manakins
    • Shrikes, Vireos, Crows, and Jays
    • Larks and Swallows
    • Titmice, Nuthatches, and Creepers
    • Wrens, Gnatcatchers, Thrushes, Robins, and Thrashers
    • Waxwings, Silky-flycatchers, and Related Species
    • Wood-Warblers and Tanagers
    • Brush-Finches, Towhees, Sparrows, Grosbeaks, and Buntings
    • Blackbirds, Orioles, Finches, Siskins, and House Sparrows
    • Accidental, Casual, or Very Rare and Local Species
  • Bibliography
  • Index of English Names, Spanish Group Names, and Generic Names

From Our Editors

Detailed descriptions--with names in English, Spanish, and Latin--of all of Mexico's regular species of birds, culled from the more than 1,000 species that occur there and elsewhere in the region, are provided in this comprehensive field guide. 48 color photos. 3 line drawings. 2 maps

Editorial Reviews

"This conveniently priced guide will find a niche among both tourists and locals. The illustrations are excellent and provide immediate and easy access to bird identification. For the average birder who wants to identify a good number of species, this book is a useful and convenient way to go." - Robin W. Doughty, author of The Return of the Whooping Crane