Birds of Colombia


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  • 1965 species; 94 endemics, 101 near-endemics, 4 introduced, 42 vagrants.
  • Over 3600 illustrations and more than 2000 distribution maps.
Birds of Colombia Author: Format: Flexibound First Published: Published By: Lynx Edicions
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Pages: 608 Illustrations and other contents: 3600+ illustrations, 2000+ full-colour range maps ISBN: 9788416728244 Category:

For birders, Colombia really is number one! Not only have more species been recorded there than in any other country, but almost one-fifth of the world’s birds occur in Colombia, packed into an area slightly greater than 1,100,000 km2.

Stretching east to west from the Orinoco River to the Pacific Ocean, and north to south from the Caribbean to Amazonian headwaters, the country’s topography is remarkably diverse. Here, the Andes are separated into three ranges by two important valleys, the Cauca and the Magdalena, and there are two very important massifs, Santa Marta and Perijá, in the north of the country—in particular, the Santa Marta range is one of the great endemic hotspots in the world. In recent years, a series of standard birding routes has evolved, many of them focused on the country’s privately and publicly owned protected areas, permitting keen birders to see nearly all of Colombia’s many special birds, from extravagantly plumaged parrots and hummingbirds to skulking antpittas.

  • Taxonomy mainly follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World with updates largely to follow the most recent molecular data adopted by eBird/Clements.
  • Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.
  • More than 3600 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.
  • QR code for each species, linked to complementary audiovisual material.
  • More than 2000 full-colour range maps for all regularly occurring species.
  • Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.
  • Local species names included.
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"This is a work of immense quality and devotion that will surely become the go-to-resource for birders and ornithologists visiting and working in Columbia. Hilty's work is again likely to set new standards for many more Neotropical field guides to come."  Sam Jones, BirdGuides 31st Jul 2021

Author Biography

Steve Hilty received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Arizona and is currently a Research Associate in Ornithology at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas. He has worked as a bird guide for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) since 1983, leading tours throughout North and South America, and co-leading trips to India, the Orient and Australasia. Currently his tour schedule is filled with interesting trips to different areas of Colombia. Steve is a renowned bird expert and author, having co-authored A Guide to the Birds of Colombia and authored Birds of Venezuela and Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher's Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity. He also wrote the Tanager chapter for Volume 16 of our own Handbook of Birds of the World. He has also published many scientific papers and has described two bird species new to science in Venezuela, and another with a team of colleagues in Colombia.