The Birds of Panama

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The isthmus of Panama, where North and South America meet, hosts more bird species than all of North America. More accessible than ever to birdwatchers and other ecotourists, the country has become a premier neotropical birding and nature tourism destination in recent years. The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide will be an essential tool for the new generation of birders traveling in search of Panama's spectacular avifauna.

This user-friendly, portable, and affordable identification guide features: large color illustrations of more than 900 species; the first range maps published to show the distribution of Panama's birds; concise text that describes field marks for identification, as well as habitat, behavior, and vocalizations; range maps and species accounts face illustration pages for quick, easy reference; the inclusion of North American migrants and seabirds, as well as female and juvenile plumage variations; and an up-to-date species list for the country that reflects recent additions, taxonomic splits, and other changes in classification.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has opened its first bilingual exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. "Barro Colorado Island: 100 Years of Discovery and Wonder," STRI's first major exhibition on the National Mall, celebrates 100 years of tropical forest research on Barro Colorado Island in Panama, the world's oldest continuously studied tropical forest.


  • Paperback
  • 488 pages
  • 908 color illustrations
  • 911 maps
  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • Written by George R. Angehr and Robert Dean