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Wildlife of Ecuador

Mainland Ecuador's spectacular wildlife makes it a magnet for nature tourists, but until now there hasn't been a go-to, all-in-one guide geared to the general reader. With this handy and accessible guide, visitors now have everything they need to identify and enjoy the majority of birds and animals they are likely to see. Written and illustrated by two of Ecuador's most experienced nature guides and photographers, this book covers more than 350 birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It features over 400 stunning color photographs and includes a range map for each species, as well as a brief account of the country's natural history and biogeography. With its extensive coverage, attractive and easy-to-use layout, beautiful photographs, and nontechnical text, this is an essential guide for anyone who wants to explore the natural wonders of Ecuador. * An essential all-in-one guide to mainland Ecuador's amazing wildlife* Unique and attractive layout with more than 400 stunning color photographs* Covers more than 350 of the most frequently seen birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians* Uses a habitat-based approach to aid identification* Accessible text provides key information on identification, behavior, biology, and conservation* Photos, maps, and text are presented together for ease of use
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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.


"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

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