This is the only compact, portable, and user-friendly field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to spot birds within the field within the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species certainly known 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 not been reported in more than two decades.
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 which can be illustrated for the first time on this edition. These include up to date additions to the country list, pelagic species, Cocos Island species, and all accidentals recorded from the Costa Rican mainland. Range maps and nomenclature have been up to date for this edition, which also has a new user-friendly organizational scheme and an alphabetical quick-find index of groups at the inside back cover.