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Preface 7 Acknowledgments 9 Plan of the Book 10 Biogeography of Ecuador 12 Diversity and Its Causes 12 The Andes 13 The Equator 14 Marine Currents 15 Habitats and Bioregions 17 Species Accounts Amphibians 19 Reptiles 42 Birds 72 Mammals 218 Bibliography and References 270 Appendix: Map of Main Roads and National Protected Areas of Ecuador 272 List of Photographers 274 Index of Common Names 275 Index of Scientific Names 281
Andres Vasquez Noboa works as a guide for Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Tropical Birding Tours in his native Ecuador, as well as in Peru, Brazil, and Argentina. An active promoter of birding and conservation, he has cowritten six previous books on the wildlife of mainland Ecuador and Galapagos. Pablo Cervantes Daza works as a nature and photography guide for Tropical Birding Tours and for Capturing Nature Tours, leading tours and workshops in his native Ecuador, as well as in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, and Madagascar.
Sections of the book focus on birds (223 species), mammals (70), reptiles (40) and amphibians (37). This serves to close a gap I personally have always found frustrating as I travel, for often books on mammals and herps don't even exist for many regions and I drool every time I find one.--North Durham Nature Newsletter The guide is a one-stop treasure trove of information. . . . A must for those visiting or conducting research in Ecuador.---Howard O. Clark, Jr., Sonoran Herpetologist Wildlife of Ecuador is the all-in-one nature guide for the generalist nature traveler. . . . Photographs are large, clear, and colorful, and often delightful.---Donna Lynn Schulman, 10,000 Birds, A pleasure to browse. . . . Compact but informative species accounts and the colourful photos are a constant delight.---Matthew Merritt, Bird Watching Magazine