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Raptors of Mexico and Central America
William S. Clark & N. John Schmitt
With a foreword by Lloyd Kiff

Hardcover | 2017 | $39.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691116495
272 pp. | 6 1/2 x 10 | 32 color plates. 213 color photos. 3 line illus. 64 maps.
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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

William S. Clark is a raptor photographer, tour guide, and lecturer, and one of the world's leading authorities on raptors. His books include A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors (Princeton) and A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. N. John Schmitt is an acclaimed bird artist who specializes in birds of prey. He is the illustrator of A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa and illustrated the diurnal raptors in Birds of Peru (Princeton).


"Bird identification books are utilitarian. No matter the skill with paint brush or camera or keyboard, they are utilities. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is that and more. From Princeton University Press, this book gives you all of the utility plus over 200 pages of life histories and in many cases stunning photographs."--Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Wingnut blog

"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. . . . This is a work you will cherish for years to come."--David Gascoigne, Travels with Birds blog


"Accurate, comprehensive, and authoritative."--Sergio Seipke, Raptours

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Upperparts of Raptor
Upperparts of Raptor
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Tiny Hawk. Juvenile rufous
Tiny Hawk. Juvenile rufous
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White-tailed hawk
White-tailed hawk
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