Colombia is a country of colors, aromas, flavors, friendly people, and above all, lots of wildlife.
Colombia is truly unique in one respect: it is very, very rich in life forms. In fact, it is considered among the world’s four richest countries in biological diversity.
This means that there are probably more animal and plant species here than in any other country on the planet regardless of size.
Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region’s 69 species of raptors, including vagrants.
It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos and I was lucky to contribute with several of my own.
Nice to see my image of a White-collared Manakins (Manacus candei) on the cover of Oecologia.
In this issue, Wolfe et al. show that dry El Niño events were associated with strikingly low manakin survival in young forests, while El Niño events had little effect on survival in mature forests. These results suggest that mature forests may serve as refugia for fruit-eating birds during periods of climatic instability.
A little more info can be found at here
National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition is an astonishing resource that covers every bird species found in North America as well as all the seasonal visitors.