The Thing About Colombia

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The nation of Colombia has been the victim of some bad press over the last few decades, not all of this is entirely unjustified. The government of Colombia was involved in a long-simmering and occasionally boiling war with guerilla groups in the rural parts of the country. The result being that Colombia was not on the top of many traveler’s lists of places to visit, and was a rather difficult place to make a living for much of the populace as well.

Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia Cerulean Warbler Gets a Boost in Colombia By Corey • March 3, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share Good news for one of my favorite wood-warblers : American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves, the leading bird conservation organizations in the U.S.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Colombia 1959 bird species 2. Destinations birding tips Bolivia Brazil Colombia Ecuador India Indonesia Peru Thailand Uganda world birdwatchWhat I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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15%: Colombia, New Guinea (irrespective of the part/country). Colombia was praised for its “amazing people, topography and biodiversity”. Trips Africa Australia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador New Guinea Panama Peru world birdwatchI had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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Why Red-ruffed Fruitcrow?

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The Red-ruffed Fruitcrow ( Pyroderus scutatus ) is a big, beautiful omnivore distributed across five distinct subspecies found in specific locales ranging from the humid western cordilleras of Colombia and Ecuador to the forests of northeastern Argentina. My participation in the Proexport Colombia Avistamiento de Aves familiarity trip brought me to the Otun-Quimbaya Reserve for a day of absolutely thrilling tropical birding. Birds Colombia cotinga fruitcrows South America

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Rare Tanagers, Antpittas and Bearded Helmetcrests

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Colombia is not only home to nearly 20% of all avian life on the planet but this birding mecca also accommodates an incredibly high percentage of highly sought after species. Moreover, Colombia remains the best destination to see many species that are very tough to find elsewhere in South America. On a recent filming excursion to Colombia, we focused on the tanagers and hummingbirds of this bountiful country.

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Mystery Rogitama Hummingbird Captured

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Yesterday I posted a blog about the mystery hummingbird located in Rogitama, Colombia. Birding Birds colombia hummingbirds Worldwide Birding AdventuresI am pleased to share some photographs of the bird that was captured by a team of Colombian ornithologists for DNA analysis. Many thanks to Roberto Chavarro, owner of Rogitama Private Nature Reserve, for keeping us updated on the progress of this important project.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Trail: Mad Cow Edition

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I made exactly this mistake when I was in Colombia this summer, yet the most shameful part was that the hazard wasn’t technically wild. In fact, Juan Pablo Gaviria Muñoz, our fun-loving friend from Proexport Colombia, thoughtfully created a reenactment of the encounter from the perspective of the cow: As they say, all’s well that ends well, at least as far as we were concerned. Trips Colombia cows danger South America

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Tremendous Torrent Ducks

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On a recent filming trip to Colombia with Aderman (my notorious/nefarious videographer), Birding Tours Colombia and Richard Crossley, I was fortunate enough to see some of this death-wish behavior first-hand. Torrent Ducks share their habitat in Colombia with another striking and highly unusual species, the White-capped Dipper. Colombia is a land chock-full of avian treasures. Birding colombia ducks Worldwide Birding Adventures

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Grayish Piculet – Diminutive Endemic

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This week I find myself writing about Colombia again. Woodpeckers are phenomenally well-represented in Colombia and the country holds anything from 42 to 44 of the world’s woodpecker species, depending on which list you follow. v=89MHMMP7PfY This brief video features one of the most beautiful woodpeckers in Colombia, the Crimson-mantled Woodpecker and one of the larger species, the Powerful Woodpecker.

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Bogota Sunangel or Not!

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Whist filming three TV shows for ProExport Colombia , we received the news that the bird had been rediscovered and I prolonged my trip for a few days to try and film the mysterious bird, whist the rest of the crew, including Richard Crossley (who, besides being the author of the Crossley Guide , happens to be a REALLY good table-tennis player!), Birding Birds bogota sunangel colombia hummingbirds South America Worldwide Birding Adventures

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Cute: Tiny cat in a tiny coat!

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The Colombia Omni-Dry with Omni-Wick EVAP. It’s every cat’s worst nightmare! A shower! Luckily this tiny cat has a secret weapon. Sure would come in handy in our mountains (I want one for our dog, and for me)! The video is cute and funny, enjoy! cute video just for fun

Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field?

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By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share During a soccer game in Colombia, a player kicked an owl that was on the field. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field? Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field? The bird, which looked like a Barn Owl , was the mascot for the opposing team and died from its injuries. Video and desultory apology here.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2014?

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The sun shines on Colombia’s brilliant coffee-growing regions and abundant avifauna. I just returned from a brief but exciting trip to Colombia and will take this weekend to catch my breath. The first weekend of August signals a psychological shift in temperate countries north of the equator. July is the time to forget about school and celebrate summer. August is the time to start worrying about the imminent return to routine.

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We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

Animal Person

President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had been a Covington partner and a defender of Chiquita when the company was accused of hiring “assassination squads” in Colombia (Chiquita was found guilty, admitting that it had paid organizations listed by the US government as terrorist groups “for protection” and agreeing in 2004 to a $25 million fine). (3)

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Several countries, including Austria, Bolivia, Colombia, Greece, Peru, Britain and Paraguay, have already imposed or approved bans. To the Editor: Re “ Worry Under the Big Top as Mexico City Moves to Ban Circus Animals ” (news article, June 15): Mexico City joins the growing list of cities that have banned the exploitation of animals in circuses. Why is the United States lagging so far behind?

What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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If the wind carries them on, maybe they will go to Panama, or even make it to Colombia. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.

Results of the 2015 Global Big Day

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The onset of the competitive spirit came the evening of May 9th as many watched the number of species per country switching places between Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Colombia and Brazil hold the world’s largest bird list and lots of passionate birders. Cusco Birders. in-country Champions. Photo: Nestor Ccacya Baca. Ebird has hit something big.

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Black-backed Bush Tanager in Ecuador

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Also known as Black-backed Bush Finch is only found in the montane forests of Ecuador and Colombia. Black-backed Bush Tanager. The only place where I can see it regularly is the on the eastern side of the Cayambe Coca Reserve. The most accessible place near Quito is the access road to the reserve that begins at the luxurious hot springs of Papallacta. If you are into R&R then you must stop at the hot springs and dip for a few hours before you move on to the next birding site.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2014)

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For once, I was pleased to see our omnipresent local Ring-billed Gulls this weekend, since I realized I didn’t see a single larid while in Colombia. Summer weather ain’t what it used to be around these parts. An ill-timed polar vortex has sucked all the heat– and fun – out of mid-summer. At least the birds seem to appreciate the clement weather!

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2014?

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Thanks to my new best friends at Proexport Colombia, I’ll be birding this weekend in the birdiest country on Earth. We all have invasive species on our minds this week, which should serve as an inspiration to those of us interested in expanding our personal range. Being a resident in an ecosystem certainly has its advantages, as does being a breeder (sometimes), but, every once in a while, you should visit someplace where you’re considered an exotic!

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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The Prong-billed Barbet is in the Semnornithidae, a family shared with the Toucan Barbet of western Colombia and Ecuador. Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks. There’s so much more that can be said about this group of birds but that’s the first description that comes to mind. They also tend to be colorful, one plays a role in Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, and they only occur in places with lots of other cool, tropical birds.

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Road to La Union for Choco Endemics

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The AWAS, as well as the Choco Endemics, reside both in Ecuador and Colombia. Emerald Tanager. The north-western slopes of Ecuador are home of many Choco Endemics such as Choco Warbler, Stripped-billed Aracari, Black-tipped Cotinga, Emerald Tanager, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Scarlet-and-white-Tanager, Gray-mantled-Wren, and many other. Most of these birds can only be seen in this northern region of Ecuador.

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Voices for Biodiversity Funding New Articles for #GivingTuesday

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In the past, V4B has published stories about avian field work in Colombia , counting shorebirds along the Florida coast, and so much more (over 200 in all!). Hi all! In addition to birding as much as I can and my full-time job in Okaloosa County, I also work part-time for Voices for Biodiversity , an online magazine.

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Rusty-breasted Antpitta in Ecuador

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It is a very small antpitta that lives in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. This antpitta is found in southern Ecuador (near Peru) and curiously also inside the Puluahua Crater which is my residence near Quito in northern Ecuador.

Fall Migration on Facebook

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Later come photos of American Redstarts, Black and White Warblers and Swainson’s Thrushes from Colombia a sign these birds started to show up in that country. It was fun to see that folks in Colombia had some kind of migratory bird photo challenge where they would try to outdo on better and better shots of Neotropical migrant birds. Fall migration comes and goes, in Florida, a little too fast.

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12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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While Colombia may have almost 2000 bird species, it is a huge country with, still, complicated long-distance travel logistics. The Species per Square Mile Approach. On the other hand, small countries with relatively long bird lists offer higher species densities per square mile. And small country often equals short distances and easy traveling.

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Spot-flanked Gallinule

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It is common on freshwater in the lowlands and can be found above 7000 feet in Colombia. The Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops is a common rallid of southern South America. It is easily seen and can be very approachable. These birds were seen as part of a 5-rallid morning on the promenade at Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires with this picture featuring 3 of them. The common name is self-explanatory while the latin name describes the dark marking of the head.

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The Dracula Bird

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Its historical year-round range stretches from extreme northwestern Colombia to northern Mexico, with migration into the southwestern United States in the summer. I hope you will forgive my rather lurid title. No, I am not going to tell you about some blood-sucking bird with hypnotic powers. I am only responding to my subjective impression of a single species’ appearance here; specifically, that of the Bronzed Cowbird.

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What is the National Bird of Venezuela?

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The Venezuelan Troupial has a large range, and can be found in Venezuela (obviously), Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and a number of Caribbean Islands. I remember the very first time I saw the national bird of Venezuela. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of a flash of orange disappearing behind a thick layer of tree leaves.

Black Solitare-Entomodestes coracinus-in Ecuador

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This bird, of the Turdus family, can be found on the western slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. Another great reason to visit the 23 de Junio besides the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is the Black Solitare ( Entomodestes coracinus ). Due to its large distribution area, its current conservation status is listed as least concern, but its population numbers are considered to be decreasing due to its habitat destruction.

But is it safe?

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I’m sure this rule is as true in Borneo, Colombia, central Africa, or even Central Park, as it is in Mexico. Last week I went downhill to Paso Ancho, as I always do at some point each January. I go there to add all those Tierra Caliente (Hot Country) specialties to my year list. The site’s spectacular endemics never let me down: The beautiful Orange-breasted Bunting. This female Red-breasted Chat is showing what it thinks of me.

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Analogue vs. digital birding

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Looking at a photo of a dozen birders on a Colombia tour, it stroke me that they were either using binoculars or cameras. Not a single one was using a scope. Okay, this was a shorter distance observation, but even in such situations I love to see birds through the scope. Probably some of them did carry a scope, but the majority clearly ditched scope for a camera (and expected their guides to provide scopes, of course).

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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1601-1800 sp : Colombia, Brazil, Peru (Looking for smaller areas of these huge countries? Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website. It illustrates the bird richness per country.

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The Swallow-tailed Kites in Florida Are Now Heading South…

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Then, they keep flying south overland to western Colombia. At some point in western Colombia the kites will fly over the Andes at a point where the Andes are not as high. I am sure you know how it goes…when you are a birder, your friends (non-birders) will tell bird stories, anecdotes or ask questions about birds they have seen. A friend of mine told me, she has been seeing small groups of Swallow-tailed Kites ( Elanoides furficatus ) in the general area; in south Florida.

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Avian Quiz – April 15, 2011

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In descending order, the list starts with those countries with more than 1,000 bird species, so the country is NOT one of these: - Colombia - Peru - Brazil - Indonesia - Ecuador - Bolivia - Venezuela - China - India - Congo, Dem Rep - Kenya - Tanzania - Myanmar - Argentina - Mexico - Uganda 7. Two oceans ANSWER THIS QUESTION: Determine the country, but do not name it. This week’s quiz is geographically GLOBAL in nature.

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Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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Although we don’t really have a chance to top the numbers of birds identified in mega birdy places like Peru, Colombia, or even Mexico, we still do our best to make it into the top ten and at least see if we can beat the record from the previous year. When it comes to initiatives that promote birding, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hard to beat. The lab at Sapsucker Woods is where we find thousands of nature recordings housed at the Macauley Library.

Andean Condors On The News

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The species is being re-introduced in Colombia and Ecuador where the condors are either locally extinct or persist in very low numbers. I just read on the news that about 20 Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus) were poisoned in Chile. The birds were observed crashing into the rocks high in the Andean mountains near a hydroelectric power plant. Other birds were seen crash landing. As Chilean officials and volunteers rescued 17 birds they noticed the birds were foaming from the beak.

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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How about Steely-vented Hummingbird in Colombia? Some birders are more learners than listers, others more photographers than birders. However, no matter how one enjoys or takes in interest in the avian side of life, an official list of the birds for a given area is of vital importance.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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Like a shy stepchild, it’s always eclipsed by the wonders of Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, etc. Field guides published by commercial publishers require birders to buy them and are usually published after birders have made a country a “must” destination; it’s no coincidence that the current spate of new and revised field guides to birds of Colombia comes right after an uptick in Colombian birding tours.

Ten High Mountain Specialties from Costa Rica

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The montane forests of Costa Rica and western Panama are home to at least 50 species of birds that live nowhere else except for one or two that also occur in northwestern Colombia. Mountains are a boon for birding. Although marching up and down and up and down can be a literal pain, the feathered rewards come in the form of super cool local species that rarely or never make it down to lower elevations. At least that’s the case for Costa Rica.

Frank Chapman, the CBC, and a Question

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Chapman was a pioneer of the Neotropics, publishing various surveys of the birdlife of countries like Colombia and Ecuador. Frank Izaguirre is a nature writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His ornithological travels have taken him from Costa Rica to Tierra del Fuego to the Pantanal. He has a voracious appetite for the memoirs and travelogues of Neotropical ornithologists and naturalists, the more obscure the better.

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Birding the Rainforest Canopy

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These included Sunbird (United Kingdom), Birding Ecotours (South Africa), Aviatur (Colombia), and two teams from the USA; FieldGuides and Surbound Expeditions. Birding in the Amazon Rainforest has its pros and cons. The lure of an staggering number of species at a particular location is a draw for many people. However, rainforest birds live in specific microhabitats and are often much easier to hear than to see in the dense multilayered rainforest.

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