Book Review # 51 – Birds of Central America

Birds of Central America

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama


Andrew C. Valley and Dale Dyer


Princeton University Press



“This guide is definitely a valuable source of information for the many species of birds , whether local or vagrants from the countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. You will find wonderful illustrations of 1200 species on 584 pages.The authors are professionals that have traveled extensively through all these countries and their various regions, gathering pertinent information about the avian population.

This guide provides ID information with accurate descriptions about each species.

The habitat of each bird and approximate location  where can be found currently.

Also, gives you an idea of what their calls or song sound like with words. 

All  what you may need to know about the  species according to each region and where to find them.

This guide is a straight forward source of information that you’d appreciate to read it in a comprehensive way without superfluous non pertinent information. I was pleased to find a very helpful guide.”

Reviewed by:

H.J. Ruiz – – October 26th, 2018

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

4 thoughts on “Book Review # 51 – Birds of Central America

  1. Many birding field guides for Central America are specific to one country, which makes traveling to several countries bulky with too many books. I’m glad to see there is one guide for all these countries. Nice post, HJ.

  2. Thanks for this informative post, HJ. I agree completely with Jet’s comment above – my Panama Guide is nearly identical to the one I bought for Costa Rica. Now I just have to get back to Central America!

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