The essential field guide to the raptors of Mexico and Central America Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region's 69 species of raptors, including vagrants. It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age-related plumages, status and distribution, subspecies, molt, habitats, behaviors, potential confusion species, and more. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the essential field guide to this difficult bird group and the ideal travel companion for anyone visiting this region of the world.
* Covers all 69 species of raptors found in Mexico and Central America* Features 32 color plates and hundreds of color photos* Provides multiple illustrations of each species* Depicts and describes variations in plumage by individual, morph, age, and region* Describes behavior, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt* Covers rare and extralimital species* Includes distribution maps and flight silhouettes
William S. Clark is a raptor photographer, tour guide, and lecturer, and one of the world's leading authorities on raptors. His books include A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors (Princeton) and A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. N. John Schmitt is an acclaimed bird artist who specializes in birds of prey. He is the illustrator of A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa and illustrated the diurnal raptors in Birds of Peru (Princeton).
List of Plates 7 Foreword 8 Acknowledgments 10 INTRODUCTION 11 How to Use This Guide 16 Raptor Glossary 17 PLATES 24 SPECIES ACCOUNTS 88 NEW WORLD VULTURES: Cathartiformes Black Vulture 88 Turkey Vulture 91 Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture 94 California Condor 97 King Vulture 99 OSPREY: Pandioninae Osprey 102 FAMILY: Accipitridae Gray-headed Kite 106 Hook-billed Kite 109 Swallow-tailed Kite 112 Pearl Kite 115 White-tailed Kite 117 Snail Kite 121 Slender-billed Kite 126 Double-toothed Kite 128 Mississippi Kite 130 Plumbeous Kite 133 Bald Eagle 135 Black-collared Hawk 138 Northern Harrier 140 Long-winged Harrier 144 Gray-bellied Hawk 146 Tiny Hawk 148 Sharp-shinned Hawk 150 White-breasted Hawk 154 Cooper's Hawk 156 Bicolored Hawk 159 Northern Goshawk 162 Crane Hawk 165 Plumbeous Hawk 167 Savannah Hawk 169 Common Black Hawk 172 Great Black Hawk 176 Solitary Eagle 180 Barred Hawk 183 Roadside Hawk 186 Harris's Hawk 190 White-tailed Hawk 193 White Hawk 197 Semiplumbeous Hawk 199 Gray Hawk 201 Gray-lined Hawk 204 Red-shouldered Hawk 207 Broad-winged Hawk 211 Short-tailed Hawk 214 Swainson's Hawk 218 Zone-tailed Hawk 222 Red-tailed Hawk 225 Harlan's Hawk 231 Ferruginous Hawk 234 Rough-legged Hawk 237 Crested Eagle 240 Harpy Eagle 242 Golden Eagle 245 Black Hawk-Eagle 248 Ornate Hawk-Eagle 250 Black and White Eagle 253 FALCONIDS: Falconidae Laughing Falcon 257 Barred Forest-Falcon 259 Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon 262 Collared Forest-Falcon 264 Red-throated Caracara 267 Crested Caracara 269 Yellow-headed Caracara 273 American Kestrel 276 Merlin 280 Aplomado Falcon 284 Bat Falcon 288 Orange-breasted Falcon 291 Peregrine Falcon 294 Prairie Falcon 298 References 301 Index 303