Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review: Birds of Western Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the best countries in the world for birding so it is always exciting when a new field guide for part of the country is released. Birds of Western Ecuador covers all of the species that can be found west of the continental divide that runs almost through the center of the country. By covering only half the country, the authors were able to limit the size of the field guide compared to previous guides that covered the entire country.

Unlike many field guides for tropical areas, this one presents each species with photographs rather than drawings. Preference between photographs and drawings is largely personal and I tend to prefer drawings myself but I found the photos in this book to be good examples of each species shown.

I enjoyed the information given in the introduction and found it quite useful and interesting. I always like when a field guide includes information about conservation which seems to be the new norm based on the many new guides I've seen recently.

I would have liked larger range maps for each species as these seemed a bit small and hard to see to me.

Overall I think this is a very valuable book for anyone that is planning on birding in Western Ecuador.

Title: Birds of Western Ecuador: A Photographic Guide
Author: Nick Athanas and Paul J. Greenfield
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: June 22, 2016

We received a copy of this book from the publisher to review on The links are to our Amazon Affiliate account.


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