About the book

Wedge-tailed Hillstar (Oreotrochilus adela) © D. Alarcón / C. MateuThis field guide is not about making a profit, but instead it will help support local people

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.

Discover how this project is supporting sustainable development »

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.

Discover more:

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: