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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Due to its small size, proximity to the USA, English speaking tradition, tropical biodiversity and fairly well conserved natural environment, Belize is growing to be one of the most popular destinations for birders. However, until recently the country lacked a national field guide. This book therefore fills a major gap in the bird identification literature.

The book covers all 574 species recorded in Belize at the time of publication. After brief but informative introductory chapters, a group of 56 colour plates is dedicated to every species. As a refreshing change, all migrants are illustrated, reducing the need to carry an additional field guide to North American birds. A brief text accompanies each plate on the facing page, while the full species descriptions are found separately in the main body of text. Range maps for 234 species are found at the back of the book.

Although this book will not replace the immensely authoritative Howell & Webb's "A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America" for Belize, it is certainly a much more portable guide to carry into the field. A must for birders planning a trip to this friendly patch of Central America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2011
This book in amazing.
It has all the birds that you are going to see and even one that has never been seen in Belize but might be soon!!!
The descriptions are clear and helpful and gives very useful advice on telling very similar birds apart.
The pictures are skillfully drawn and very accurate, with the birds grouped in families so they can be compared with each other and therefore indentified with more ease than otherwise.
If you are very keen on birdwatching this is the perfect book to take to Belize because of its detail. If you are more interested in just the commoner species and wildlife in general (e.g. snakes and fish) then the Traveller's Wildlife Guide: Belize and Northern Guatemala is probarbly the better option. It doesn't however hve as many species and only the commoner ones are accounted for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2009
Better late than never! Only after a recent trip to Belize did we discover this excellent guide. It really is the definitive guide today and used by all the experts we encountered. So we only got ours on return but it can inspire us to return to enjoy the special birding that Belize can offer. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 7 December 2013
The plates occupy only a quarter of the book and some of these are very poor quality. Its illustration of an osprey looks nothing like the real bird.
There are no distribution maps and you will need to read the text of every bird in order to find out if you are in the right area to find it. All far too laborious when you are out in the field. With only a quarter of the book being plates, the weight/information ratio of this book is too high for it to be a useful field guide and so it will be returned.
The accompanying book, "Traveller's Wildlife Guide: Belize and Northern Guatemala ", is no better. The first half of this book is taken up with essay-like descriptions of everything in the book. Much useful information is therefore separated from the illustrations.
Once you get to the illustrations, those on one page are not to the same scale. The accompanying text is also jumbled up with, typically for a page of four illustrations, the image on the top right having its description on the bottom left of the facing page.
The illustrations are also fairly poor and, at times, seem as if they were drawn from skins rather than life.
I returned this book.
One positive aspect was Amazon's returns practice of Collect+ which enabled me to drop the book into the newsagency right next to my place of work.
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on 1 April 2013
A very useful and informative book used on a bird-watching trip to the area. ONLY PROBLEM IS THE SIZE AND WEIGHT AS A FIELD GUIDE AND THAT ILLUSTRATIONS AND INFORMATION DO NOT RUN ALONGSIDE.THIS EDITION WAS FOR 2003 QND MORE RECENT REPRINTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
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on 2 March 2015
Excellent book.
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on 9 August 2014
VERY GOOD!
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