1) Dessau, Ralph. Flying Jewels/ Joyas voladoras. 2013. Piggy Press Books. Paperback: 80 pages. Price: $19.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The Flying Jewels are the “Flower Visitors” or hummingbirds, that play an essential role in nature of greatest importance, for only they can pollinate many of its trees and shrubs. But lately the number of these small birds has dwindled because we have invaded and destroyed their habitats, but this book explains what we can do to protect and preserve this national treasure. In Panama, 59 species of hummingbirds have been observed; some of these are migratory, but still they play a significant role while in the country. This book is the work of the engineer Ralph Dessau and represents the result of his 8-year study of Panama’s hummingbirds, with 49 color photographs and a list of the hummingbirds found in Panama which gives their names in English, Spanish and their scientific classification.
RECOMMENDATION: This is a brief bilingual (Spanish and English) introduction to the hummingbirds with a focus on Panamanian species.