Raptors of Mexico and Central America

Raptors of Mexico and Central America













  • thorough coverage of subspecies and color morphs.
  • useful diagrams of raptor feathers and nomenclature.
  • extensive 2-5 page descriptive profiles of each species includes photographs


  • too big to use in the field
  • Plates and illustrations separate from the descriptions and photographs

” In the interests of balanced coverage I tried to find shortcomings, but without success. This is a work that comes as close to perfection as you can get. It combines the expertise of one of the world’s leading raptor experts and an artist sans pareil.”

Book Review – Raptors of Mexico and Central America
24 March 2017
David Gascoigne (Travels with Birds)

“This is a very nice book. Given that it covers only 69 birds (but comprehensively, because it has all the raptors in this raptor book) it is possible to have all the methods and modes used in one book. There are plates with multiple species, appropriately collected to make helpful comparisons, using drawing of the old Peterson style. If you use this book to identify raptors in the field, you’ll probably make your final decisions based on reference to these plates, as that is what they are designed for.”

Raptors of Mexico and Central America-title
April 5, 2017
Greg Laden (Greg Laden’s Blog)

Publisher’s Description:

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

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