Four books on birds and birding

Raptors of Mexico and Central America, by William S. Clark and N. John Schmitt, Princeton University Press, 2017, hardcover, 272 pages.

We’re not all lucky enough to bird with world-renowned raptor expert William Clark or acclaimed bird artist John Schmitt, but we can learn a lot from them through their books. This book, the first illustrated guide to the region’s 69 species of raptors, features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. You’ll also find detailed ID tips, behavioral descriptions, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt. In short, it’s an essential reference for birders visiting the region.

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