Costa Rican Bird Song Sampler
by David L. Ross, Jr.
This compact disc contains 184 of the most often heard Costa Rican birds (nearly a third of the country's resident species). The sounds are numbered and sequenced to follow the order in which they appear in the plates in A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica (Stiles, Skutch, and Gardner 1989). Recordings are presented within eight easy-to-use categories. In addition to covering the most characteristic bird songs of the major birding destinations, this sampler includes a selection of recordings for the seasoned visitor: Resplendent Quetzal, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Black-crowned Antpitta, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Zeledonia, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Silvery-throated Jay, Black-faced Solitaire, Collared, Slaty-backed and Barred Forest-Falcons, 5 tinamou species, 15 wrens, and 11 nightbirds including the Andean Pygmy-Owl.
Tha--that's the blurb from the back of the CD, might like to add that this is the Cliff Notes/cheat sheet to CR bird sounds. Get out of the car, or tour bus in dry forest and expect to hear the species you've been listening to on this CD. Not only will you know some of the dirt common sounds, but you will also be able to keep an ear out for some of the gems. Be the one on the tour that steps out into cloudforest and knows that the Wrenthrush or tapaculo is close. Know the different toucans, and wrens by voice--before you even see them! Don't forget to buy yourself a copy of "Voices of Costa Rican Birds: Caribbean Slope.
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