late 2007 ECCo launched Birds of Peru, the long-awaited
field guide to Peru's 1,807 species of birds.
then partnered with the Peruvian organization CORBIDI (Centro
de Ornitolog’a y Biodiversidad) to produce the guide's Spanish
de Peru came out in March 2010, a record time for a Spanish
the field guide effort began decades ago, only a handful of
Peruvians were studying birds.
March, more than 500 people attended the two-day event with
lectures, bird walks, and citizen-science programs.
Brack Egg, Minister of the Environment and the highest-ranking
environmental official in the Peruvian government, attended
the formal ceremony.
to the powerful impact of the Roger Tory Peterson field guides
in the US, we expect Aves de Perś to transform the conservation
landscape in Peru.
is home to 20% of the world's birds.
- November 26, 2007 -
than 30 years in the making, Birds of Peru describes
the birds of Peru through 304 color plates, 1,700 species
distribution maps, also in color, and concise descriptive
first two authors of this landmark publication, Tom Schulenberg,
PhD, and Douglas Stotz, PhD, are conservation ecologists
and ornithologists in the Field Museum's Environmental and
the Museum will host a free public event launching the book
on December 5th.
beautiful publication can serve as a coffee table book or
as a scientifically rigorous field guide," said Schulenberg,
lead author of the book.
of Peru, just published by Princeton Press, is centered
on the 304 high-quality color plates that illustrate all of
Peru's almost 1,800 known bird species.
detailed text describes key identification features, status,
distribution, and vocalization for all the species, as well
as many subspecies.
book will be an indispensable resource for birdwatchers, biologists,
naturalists, and conservationists working with the incredibly
rich birdlife in Peru.
view Birds of Peru not just as a guide for birdwatchers to
identify the birds they see in Peru, but as a tool to help
the Peruvian people protect the tremendous natural biological
wealth that they have in their country," Stotz said.
that end, a Spanish language version of the book is being
created and will be available next year."
decades of study by dozens of ornithologists, much still remains
to be learned about the birds of Peru, said John O'Neill,
an illustrator, field ornithologist, co-author of the book,
and Research Associate at the Louisiana State University Museum
of Natural Science.
beautiful and fascinating country still holds many ornithological
secrets, and we hope this book will inspire a whole new generation
of birding in Peru. "