This is a completely new in-depth field guide to the 1,070 bird species, including North American migrants, found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and western Nicaragua. More than 180 species are endemic to this region and the book details their appearance, voice, habitat, behaviour (including nests and eggs) and distribution. Range maps are included with species accounts, and introductory essays give essential background information, with special
appendices summarizing useful information on the avifaunas of various offshore Pacific and Caribbean islands. The Guide's striking illustrations include 71 colour plates and 39 black-and-white drawings, based on the authors' field experience and in many cases detailing plumages never before
illustrated. Authoritative and up-to-date, this is an essential reference work for every birdwatchers' collection.
Steve N. G. Howell and Sophie Webb are Research Associates at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, California.
Introduction: Area covered ; 1. Geography and bird distribution ; 2. Climate and habitat ; 3. Migration ; 4. History of ornithology in Mexico ; 5. Conservation ; 6. Birding in Mexico and northern Central America ; 7. Using this book ; 8. Taxonomy ; 9. Molt and plumage ; 10. Outline of the species accounts ; 11. Family and Species Accounts ; Appendices on extinct species, hypothetical occurrence, birds of Pacific Islands and Caribbean Islands, and additional species of eastern Honduras ; Bibliography ; Index