|Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica
Color photos, species accounts, and distribution maps, for almost three hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates are complimented by general introductions to each group, the ecology of Costa Rica, and how to travel to see wildlife.
by Carrol L. Henderson (Author), Steve Adams (Illustrator), Paperback, 559 pages, Publisher: Univ of Texas Press; 1st edition, (2002), ISBN: 029273459X
|Costa Rica: Traveler’s Wildlife Guides
The Traveler’s Wildlife Guide to Costa Rica is a wonderful book that fully deserves its endorsement by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Beletsky’s understanding and extensive experience of tropical ecology result in a clear, interesting, and useable guide. This tiny country has more diverse habitats and wildlife than almost any other place in the world, which makes the Guide’s accessible descriptions of them and their interactions all the more impressive.
by Les Beletsky, John Myers (Illustrator), Priscilla Barrett (Illustrator), Paperback, 440 pages, Publisher: Interlink Pub Group, (2003), ISBN: 1566565294
|The Natural History of Costa Rican Mammals
Over 400 illustration of the mammals, their tracks, scats, dens, and anatomical details combined with identification keys, range maps, vocalization descriptions, sexual behavior, derivations of common and scientific names, evolutionary history, local folklore and mythology give a complete picture for Costa Rica’s common and more elusive mammals. Excellent introductions to the natural history and conservation of this region make this much more than a source to identify what you just saw.
by Mark Wainwright, Paperback, 384 pages, Publisher: Distribuidores Zona Tropical, S.A., (2003), ISBN: 0970567812
|A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico
by Fiona A. Reid, Paperback: 456 pages, Publisher: Oxford University Press, (1998), ISBN: 0195064011
Standard format field guide with 49 high quality color plates and ~8 mammals per plate. Detailed and accurate, but it’s mammals only.. lots of rats and bats as well as the monkeys, felines, and marine mammals.
|Costa Rican Wildlife
Convenient laminated folding pocket guide packs a lot of information into a little space. Designed as an introduction and quick reference there are full color illustrations and a wealth of general information.
by Waterford Press, Paperback, 12 foldout pages, Publisher: Waterford Press, (2001), ISBN: 1583550739
|A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
An excellent field guide to one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere with 52 beautiful color plates, detailed species accounts, descriptions of birding localities. If you’re already hooked on birding you know from your friends that this is the book you need, and if you’re a novice, this is a perfect place to start.
by F. Gary Stiles, Alexander F. Skutch (Contributor), Dana Gardner (Illustrator), Paperback, Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr, (1990), ISBN: 0801496004
|Travel & Site Guide to Birds of Costa Rica With Side Trips to Panama
This book is exactly what it says, a guide to birding sites. It is not a field guide with color illustrations etc. That said, it’s a useful tool for planning a trip or getting more information about regions you are seeing on an organized tour.
by Aaron D. Sekerak, Aaron D. Sekerak, Eussa Ginger, Elissa Conger (Illustrator), Paperback, 256 pages, Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing, (1996), ISBN: 1551050846
|A Guide to the Birds of Panama: With Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Some tout this volume as superior to A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica by Stiles, Skutch & Gardener. Over 1,000 species, more than 800 illustrated on 48 color plates. While the neotropical birds you are likely to spot in Costa Rica will be in this book, the site specific information is weighted towards Panama. Follows the sequence and taxonomy of the 1983 check-list of the American Ornithologists Union.
by Robert S. Ridgely, John A. Gwynne (Contributor), Paperback, 412 pages, Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; 2nd edition, (1992), ISBN: 0691025126
|A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas : Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
The author claims this is the most “user friendly” bird guide. It incorporates the 1998 check-list of the American Ornithologists Union, and has over 900 illustrations.
by Ernest Preston Edwards (Author), Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator), Paperback, 285 pages, Publisher: Univ of Texas Press, 3rd edition, (1998), ISBN: 0292720912
|Amphibians and Reptiles|
|A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica
The guide to Costa RIca’s amphibians, herpatofauna, and reptiles with 86 color pages and 100 black-and-white plates, a complete species list, exhaustive bibliography, and an especially helpful illustrated glossary.
by Twan Leenders, Paperback, 305 pages, Publisher: Distribuidores Zona Tropical, S.A., (2001), ISBN: 0970567804
|Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama
by Robert L. Dressler, Paperback, 374 pages, Publisher: Cornell Univ Press, (1993), ISBN: 0801481392
|Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Beautiful color plates complimented by species accounts and ecology.
by Andrew Henderson, Gloria Galeano, Rodrigo Bernal, Paperback, 363 pages, Publisher: Princeton Univ Press, (1997), ISBN: 0691016003
|National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes : Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda
by National Audubon Society, Flexible binding, 720 pages, Publisher: Knopf, (September 1997), ISBN: 067944601X
An excellent guide that isn’t specific to Costa Rica, but should cover anything you’ll encounter on the Caribbean and Cahuita National Park.
|Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach, Paperback (spiral-binding), 80 pages, Publisher: New World Publications, (April 1995), ISBN: 1878348108
A brief reference to the Marine life of the Caribbean. Not specific to Costa Rica, but should cover anything you’ll encounter on the Caribbean and Cahuita National Park.
|Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales Dolphins and Porpoises
by Mark Carwardine, Martin Camm (Illustrator), Paperback: 256 pages, Publisher: DK Publishing, (August 2002), ISBN: 0789489902
|National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World
As usual the National Audubon Society has published a target for everyone else to reach for.
by Pieter Folkens (Illustrator), Randall R. Reeves (Contributor), Brent S. Stewart (Contributor), Paperback: 528 pages, Publisher: Knopf, (April 2002), ISBN: 0375411410
|A Neotropical Companion
Not a filed guide per se, but a good introduction to the field.
Readable and accessible for tourists, students and scientists, this introduction to the American tropics, their rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today.
by William E. Davis (Illustrator), John C. Kricher, Mark J. Plotkin, Paperback, 504 pages, Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; 2nd Revision edition, (1999), ISBN: 0691009740
|Costa Rica’s National Parks and Preserves: A Visitor’s Guide
Not a field guide, but a guide on how to get to, and get the most out of the field.
by Joseph Franke, Paperback: 224 pages, Publisher: Mountaineers Books, 2nd edition, (1999), ISBN: 0898865603