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Viva Natura: Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico (English and Spanish Edition) Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2007

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About the Author

Petr Myska is zoologist, conservationist and photographer of Czech origin, since the year 2002 resident to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He has traveled extensively in Latin America. He has worked as a researcher for the Czech Academy of Science and as a correspondent for the BBC radio. He is the founder and manager of Viva Natura online source on Biodiversity of Mexico and owner of the Viva Natura publisher.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Natura; 1st edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9709561006
  • ISBN-13: 978-9709561005
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,096,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basics: 2007, 248pp, softcover; 325 very good color photos of 85 birds, 17 mammals, 39 reptiles, and 18 amphibians; no text other than the species name; 23 types of icons used to denote the species' diet, habits, and activities; chapters on climate, conservation, and habitats

This is a great local photo guide that focuses on the Puerto Vallarta area of western Mexico. In all, about 160 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians are shown in 325 very nice color photographs. These photos make up the bulk of the book and offer the visiting naturalist a solid visual resource to the local fauna.

Each of the four categories of animals provide a very nice selection of species. The breakdown of each category is the following:
Birds: 150 photos of 85 species (of the 300 in the area)
Mammals: 35 photos of 17 species (of the 100 in the area)
Reptiles: 77 photos of 39 species (of about 120)
Amphibians: 40 photos of 18 species (of the 40-50)

All of the photos are of top quality and show the animal very well. There are typically two photos per page, meaning each subject takes up a half-page. This produces nice sized photographs. Some of the subjects are even shown in a full page. Many of the species are shown with multiple photographs that help display the variations between races, ages, or genders.

One particular attribute about this book that is appealing (to me) is the presence of good photos of bird and reptile species that are not easily found published elsewhere. Examples that caught my attention where the Colima Pygmy-Owl, Elegant Quail (3 photos), and Stripe-headed Sparrow as well as the Many-lined Whiptail.
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This is an amazing photographic guide of the most common fauna of Western Mexico. It is very useful for tourists visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during vacations. A great part of the species mentioned in this book can be observed just by opening the window of your hotel. That's because Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the beautiful Tropical forest. The guide give some interesting information of fauna seeing places in Western Mexico and some facts about the species. This book gives a great visual pleasure.
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