The isthmus of Panama, where North and South America meet, hosts
more bird species than all of North America. More accessible than
ever to birdwatchers and other ecotourists, the country has become
a premier neotropical birding and nature tourism destination in
recent years. The Birds of Panama will be an essential tool for the
new generation of birders traveling in search of Panama's
This user-friendly, portable, and affordable identification
large color illustrations of more than 900 species;
the first range maps published to show the distribution of
concise text that describes field marks for identification, as
well as habitat, behavior, and vocalizations;
range maps and species accounts face illustration pages for
quick, easy reference;
the inclusion of North American migrants and seabirds, as well
as female and juvenile plumage variations;
an up-to-date species list for the country that reflects recent
additions, taxonomic splits, and other changes in
Panama's unique geography, small size, and varied habitats make
it possible to see a vast diversity of birds within a short time.
Its western and central areas harbor representatives of species
found in Central America; species characteristic of South America
may be found in the east. In the winter, birds from northern climes
are commonly found in Panama as migrants. This is the one field
guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in
the field in Panama's diverse habitats."
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