A laminated folder "Quick Guide to the Birds of Lake Chapala" illustrating 150 local species can be purchased for $200 pesos at Diane Pearl Gallery, Sta. Margarita #23, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, Mon. - Sat., at the east end of Riberas del Pilar (between Chapala and Ajijic). It is also available from John Keeling. This is especially useful to newcomers - it is produced by "Defenders of Wildlife" which works to protect imperiled species throughout greater North America.
Recommended Bird Books for Mexico
We recommend the following three books.
Note that bird books for Mexico in English assume that the reader knows the common birds from Oregon to Florida and does not need pictures of those species.
1. The first is a “field guide”, meaning it is thin enough to be carried in the field:
2. The next book is the essential reference book for birds in Mexico, but is too big to be carried around easily:
It is a good idea to have a good guide to North American birds. Many people like the illustrations in the "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America". We happen to think that Sibley does the best job of illustrating US and Canadian birds of different ages and sex.
3. We use:
Sources of books
These books are available from www.amazon.com.mx at very reasonable prices for delivery in Mexico (go to “books” and enter Birds of Mexico in the search bar at the top of the web page.) These books are not available locally in Guadalajara or at Lake Chapala.
Important note on the use of bird books
In general it is a mistake to identify an unknown bird on the basis of a picture in only one bird book. The truth of this statement will become apparent to you when you compare the pictures in the different books. You will see that many birds look quite different in each book.
Lake Chapala Birders
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico -- email@example.com -- (52) 376.766.1801
Birding Mexico's Largest Lake