Richard Garrigues is one of the preeminent birding guides in Costa Rica, with more than twenty-five years' experience leading birding and natural history tours.He is the author of The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, second edition, illustrated by Robert Dean, and Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica, both from Cornell. Robert Dean is an avid birder and natural history illustrator.He is the illustrator of Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao: A Site and Field Guide,The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide, and The Wildlife of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, all from Cornell.
"A great size to carry in the field, The Birds of Costa Rica offers large illustrations, key field marks in bolded text, and distribution maps enabling rapid identifications. Birders traveling to Costa Rica will welcome this new guide for quick reference in the field."-Wildbird (reviewing the first edition) "For the nature lover fortunate enough to vacation in Costa Rica-and for all lovers of beautiful birds-comes this up-to-date, comprehensive field guide to the native and migrant birds to be found in that country. From the distinctive pink spoonbill to the colorful trogons and toucans, Costa Rica is home to a remarkably diverse population of birds."-Science News (reviewing the first edition) "Because of its beauty, tropical climate, and tremendous biodiversity, Costa Rica is a popular locale for birding. Therefore, a simple, effective field guide would be an invaluable tool for residents and visitors seeking to observe and identify birds. This is exactly the focus of The Birds of Costa Rica-to assist with identification in the field-and the book succeeds admirably. It is a pleasure to read."-Quarterly Review of Biology (reviewing the first edition) "The foremost objective of The Birds of Costa Rica is to help anyone to correctly and confidently identify the Costa Rica birds. And it succeeds. This is the one field guide the novice or experienced birder needs for identifying birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica."-Biology Digest (reviewing the first edition) "All ornithologists, birders, hawkwatchers, conservation biologists, and others engaged in bird observations in Costa Rica will want to include this excellent field guide as part of their basic field equipment. Most highly recommended."-International Hawkwatcher (reviewing the first edition) "Compact enough to carry in the field while still depicting and describing  species, [this] book [is] a cause for celebration."-Birdwatching(reviewing the second edition)(June 2015)