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Birds of Western Ecuador:
A Photographic Guide
Nick Athanas & Paul J. Greenfield
With special contributions from Iain Campbell, Pablo Cervantes Daza, Andrew Spencer & Sam Woods

Paperback | 2016 | $45.00 | £37.95 | ISBN: 9780691157801
448 pp. | 6 1/2 x 10 | 1,500 color photos. 946 maps.
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A Q&A with Nick Athanas & Paul J. Greenfield

Western Ecuador is famed for its astonishingly diverse birdlife, from colorful hummingbirds and outrageous toucans to more difficult groups like raptors, flycatchers, and ovenbirds. Here is the ultimate photographic guide to the spectacular birds of this region. Featuring nearly 1,500 stunning color photos of 946 species, this richly detailed and taxonomically sophisticated field guide will help you with even the toughest identification challenges. Species accounts, photos, and color distribution maps appear side by side, making it easier than ever to find what you are looking for, whether you are in the field or preparing for your trip.

  • Features nearly 1,500 photos of 946 species
  • Includes facing-page species accounts, photos, and maps
  • Provides photos of multiple plumages for many species
  • Helps you to differentiate between similar species

Nick Athanas is cofounder of the tour company Tropical Birding. He leads bird tours throughout the Neotropics and has photographed more than 2,500 bird species. Paul J. Greenfield is a longtime resident of Ecuador, where he leads bird tours and is active in bird conservation. He is the coauthor and illustrator of The Birds of Ecuador. Iain Campbell is cofounder of Tropical Birding. Pablo Cervantes Daza, Andrew Spencer, and Sam Woods are tour guides with Tropical Birding.


"An excellent new photographic field guide. . . . The most comprehensive and authoritative field guide to the birds of the region."--Birding Ecuador blog

"What is incredible is that even the rarest and most difficult birds are depicted with high-resolution photos. . . . This book is much more than a compilation of high quality photographs--it is a true field guide. This is not surprising since the two authors are both leading experts on Ecuador's birds, and Nick Athanas is a leading bird guide for Tropical Birding."--Frank Lambert, Birder's Library

"This book makes a great argument for more [photographic bird guides] to be produced. . . . The authors and publishers are to be congratulated on producing a volume that will serve birders visiting Ecuador very well indeed."--Rob Williams, Neotropical Birding


"A well-written, reader-friendly photographic guide."--Roger Ahlman, freelance bird guide in Ecuador

"The authors should be applauded for producing such a complete, up-to-date, and well-organized text. The dazzling photographic collection--which took decades to amass--is truly a treasure trove."--Mitch Lysinger, tour guide with Field Guides

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