Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community.

Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. David F. Whitacre.
Neotropical birds of prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community.

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs, figures, tables.

Until recently, surprisingly little has been known about the biology and behaviour of tropical forest raptors, including such basic aspects as diets, breeding biology, habitat requirements, and population ecology, information critical to the development of conservation efforts. The Peregrine Fund conducted a significant eight-year-long research program on the raptor species, including owls, in Tikal National Park in Guatemala to learn more about Neotropical birds of prey. Impressive and unprecedented in scale, this pioneering research also involved the development of new methods for detecting, enumerating, and studying these magnificent but often elusive birds in their forest home. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of previously little-known species, the resulting book is the most important single source for information on the lowland tropical forest raptor species found in Central America.

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