of information -
- and some useful websites
Amazon.co.uk, if you are in Britain or Europe
Here are some that we found useful. There are links through to both:
Amazon.com, if you are in the USA or Canada
click on the appropriate icon against each book to be taken to that
book's page on the Amazon website.
Birds of Ecuador - Vol. 2 ~ Robert S. Ridgely, Paul
This is the field guide, and despite its weight (you
walk lopsided if you can get it into a cargo pocket), it is
indispensible. All 1,600 species recorded in Ecuador are illustrated
and described, with a distribution map for each species. Vol.
1, which we didn't buy, contains a more learned and detailed
status, distribution & taxonomy for each species.
Guide to Bird-watching in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
~ Brindley Best et al ~ Biosphere Publications.
This is a very handy site guide. Even more useful is that it
is a loose-leaf book, so that we didn't have to take all of
the 485 pages with us! Although we had people guiding us, we
found this book very helpful in preparing us for what we were
likely to find where... and we were able to make suggestions
to some of our guides as a result of having this book. All profits
from the book go to conservation in the country channelled through
Equafor, the rainforest charity which runs Biosphere Publications.
Guide to Ecuador
~ Harry Ades, Melissa Graham
It's always a toss-up whether we buy the Lonely Planet Guide
or the Rough Guide to a new country that we visit. In the case
of Ecuador, we opted for the Rough Guide. We didn't need it
for acomodation or transport guidance, but we did find some
of the background info on the areas we visited to be very interesting.
Planet Guide to Ecuador ~
We didn't buy this one, but there's no reason to doubt that
it's any better or worse than the Rough Guide!
- Traveler's Companion ~ Derek Davies
We usually buy one glossy guide to a new country - often one
of the 'Insight' guides. This time, we chose one in the 'Companion'
series. There's some stunning photos, even though the cover
picture of a frigate bird makes it look as if it's wearing an
old school tie!
so there are really loads of books about Ecuador and about birdwatching.
The ones above are those that we found to be really useful. But
if you want to explore further, use the search boxes below...
I always like reading other folk's trip reports. Ruth doesn't; she
feels they are trying to grip her off before she has ever got there
this is my personal info source - where I found all those
marvellous sightings that maybe we didn't get!
for organisations and companies we used
sites on Ecuador