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Books on Yucatan Wildlife


A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico
by Fiona A. Reid

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals : A Field Guide
by Louise H. Emmons, Francois Feer


A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
by Steve N. G. Howell

This is currently the best field guide for birding in the Yucatan. It is a bit heavy to carry in the field. One trick used by many birders is to take it apart and reconstruct it as two books - text and illustrations. This makes the illustrations part much more portable and easy to carry in the field. A copy place like Kinko's can do it for you.

Birds of Mexico and Central America
(Princeton Illustrated Checklists) (Paperback)
by Ber van Perlo

It's compact size, location of text and illustrations next to each other and inclusion of North American migrants are big advantages. It does have some shortcomings in quality of illustrations and the fact that the maps are in the back.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas
by Ernest Preston Edwards,
Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator)

Where to Watch Birds in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean
(Princeton Field Guides) (Paperback)
by Nigel Wheatley, David Brewer

A Field Guide to Mexican Birds : Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador
(Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback)
by Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Edward L. Chalif

Some information is out of date but this pocket guide is good for quick, field reference.

A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico
by Steve N. G. Howell

This one is a bit out of date and some locations have changed. There are only a few pages which are of relevance to the Yucatan.

Bird Songs of Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula Volume 1
(Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback)
by Antonio Celis-Murillo, Fernando Gonzalez-Garcia, Danny Meltzer

Songs from over 90 species are included.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatan, and Belize
(Animal Natural History Series, 4)
by Jonathan A. Campbell

A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World:
The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize
by Julian C. Lee

Smaller, lighter and easier to carry into the field.

The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Yucatan Peninsula
by Julian C. Lee

Very detailed and comprehensive but too heavy to carry into the field. Contains specific locality records.


A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America
by Jeffrey Glassberg


A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes : North America
(Peterson Field Guides) (Paperback)
by Carleton Ray, C. Richard Robins, John Douglass (Illustrator)

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral
(3 Volumes) (Reef Set) [BOX SET] (Hardcover)
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

Nature and Travel

Maya Nature: An Introduction to the Ecosystems, Plants and Animals of the Mayan World
by Thor Janson

Southern Mexico: The Cancun Region, Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas, And Tabasco (Traveller's Wildlife Guides)
by Les Beletsky

New book

Yucatan & Mayan Mexico
by Nick Rider

Tropical Mexico: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide
by Les Beletsky


Yucatan Peninsula Map
(Folded, laminated)
by Rough Guides

Good highway and road details. Lacks details within cities.

International Travel Yucatan Peninsula
(Travel Reference Map - printed on waterproof paper)

Lacks details within cities.
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