We use a fairly new, innovative approach to document the avifauna of a megadiverse tropical country in a highly conservation-efficient manner. Most commercial bird guide publishers have not adopted such an approach as it is economically unprofitable. However, this project is not about making profit, but about sustainable ecotourism development and raising environmental consciousness, as well as conservation initiatives within Bolivia.
What will you find in the field guide?
With a highly diverse avifauna of over 1400 species, space is highly limited when aiming for publication of all information in a single volume. Such a book will also be bulky and impractical in the field. We therefore will publish the Bolivian bird guide as a two-volume set in separate English and Spanish editions:
1. A compact Field Guide
This will contain about 230 color plates (5-7 species illustrated per plate). Notably different subspecies of a given species will be depicted as will be differences between males and females or between different color morphs.
On facing pages, the guide will feature brief texts on each species for field identification (including size, plumage and vocalization features crucial for identification, distribution by ecoregion, habitat, and altitude) as well as detailed Bolivian range maps with locality records.
Short, concise introductory chapters will include general information on Bolivian birds and their conservation as well as hints on where to watch and how to identify birds in Bolivia.
2. A bulkier Handbook
This will include detailed species accounts (with sections on plumage, vocalizations, comparison with similar species, abundance and habitat, behavior, migration/movements, diet, breeding, conservation status, distribution in Bolivia, global range, taxonomy and subspecies) and, for many species, sonograms of their most common vocalizations.
Informative introductory chapters will cover similar topics as those of the field guide in more detail.