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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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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.Read more ›