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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I live in the southeast of Europe, for a while lived in the south of Africa and also have extensively birded western and central India. So, beside a lot of birds and the sunny sky, I want the coldest thing to experience year-round to be my beer. South Africa (755 / 842). Trips Africa Asia I Am Birder South America world birdwatchWhat are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why?

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Spectacular Birding on Cerro Montezuma

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What happens when you visit one of the best birdwatching sites in the region with the highest number of endemic bird species in the Americas in the world’s birdiest country? completed the experience. The experience, as magical as it was, feels far from complete. Trips Cerro Montezuma Choco Region Colombia South America

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Asa Wright? Absolutely!

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A cherished handful of Central and South American locations enjoy international renown as absolutely mandatory destinations for adventurous bird watchers and nature lovers. The dichotomous republic of Trinidad and Tobago may be something of a cipher to anyone unfamiliar with the point where the Caribbean ends and South America begins. Trips asa wright Caribbean eco-lodge features South America trinidad

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Licking Clay: the Macaws of Tambopata, Peru

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Found throughout South America in ever-dwindling numbers these extremely beautiful birds – threatened by habitat destruction and collection for the wild bird trade – are often difficult to see and hard to find. The experience is one of the ornithological highlights in the world. in south-eastern Peru.

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Cute of the day: Baby Anteater!!

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Tamanduas are native to the forests of Mexico to South America. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience in Orlando where guests can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and interact with animals. It’s a boy! This little guy – a lesser anteater or tamandua – was born just days ago to mom, Cypress, at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida. They use their sharp claws and 16-inch-long tongue (41 cm) to eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day.

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Baby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad

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National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad”, Andrew Evans, is on a trans-Atlantic journey from South America’s Cape Horn to Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Along his journey (as with most of his adventures) he stops to hang with local animals, and to share his experience in his blog. Andrew is hanging with some adorable baby Antarctic fur seals in South Geogria, and has posted a video of his encounter. Baby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad.

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Come to Brazil with Boute Expeditions

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These thirty-eight years of experience went fast but that is what happens when you have fun, right? Brazil has the largest number of endemics of South America.

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Does Choco Screech-Owl Occur in Costa Rica?

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It was eventually accepted as a separate species after genetic studies also revealed large differences (over 8%) between birds from central Panama to northern South America and birds from western Panama north to Mexico. Screech-owls don’t actually screech.

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The Antics of Pewees in Costa Rica

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This is how these charming flycatchers roll in southern Central America. Millions of pewees fly over and stop in Costa Rica on their way to and from South America.

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Very Special Birds

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and Canada, and winter in Mexico, or breed in Mexico, and winter in Central and South America. Just a week later, I had a similar experience with an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

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Bright and Brighter

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Oddly enough, it is the Western Bluebird that bears the taxonomic name of Sialia mexicana ; but in my experience, the Eastern Bluebird ( Sialia sialia ) is much more common in most of Mexico.

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In Defense of Bad Photos

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But previous experience with Ejido Triquillo taught me that another species might turn up during the spring. The Olive-sided Flycatcher breeds in Canada and the western United States, and winters mostly in northern South America.

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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–especially when reviewing books like A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia or Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds. He draws on his personal experiences to inform the history, geography, and especially the travel option sections. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause>

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Warblers that Warble

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But my experience suggests there is a fair amount of geographical overlap between the two ranges in my area. Like the Common Yellowthroat , the Yellow Warbler breeds no further south than the central Mexican highlands.

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Searching for the Elusive and Less-Colorful: The Sinaloa Martin

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They packed up in June of 2013 and headed south from San Diego with the southern tip of South America as their destination. En route they will be “birding in nearly every country in mainland North and South America,” and, as they say on their excellent blog , “Our journey is about collecting valuable data on bird species, their status and distribution, current conservation issues, and more along the way.

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Painted Ladies

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Perhaps just once in a decade, the UK experiences an invasion of Painted Ladies , Vanessa ( Cynthia) cardui. Anyone in North America might know them as Cosmopolitan Butterfly. It was reported that more than 28 million crossed the south coast of the UK over one weekend in May 2009. The Painted Lady is thought to be one of the world’s most succesful butterflies with a range covering the globe apart from Antactica and South America.

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In which I put a Beach Boys song in your head

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The many islands of the Caribbean Sea are as unique a place to experience the amazing potential for speciation and diversity as the more famous Galapagos and Hawaiian islands are. As a hanger-on of my wife’s family I find myself this week in Aruba, one of the ABC islands just off the coast of northern South America.

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Not enough Woodpeckers

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The Bearded Woodpecker (Mkuze, South Africa) does not really look any more bearded than many other woodpeckers. The name of the Cardinal Woodpecker (Letaba, South Africa) is misleading, as not all of them are Catholic or even cardinals.

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A Guide to Some Possible Bird Species Splits in Costa Rica

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Taxa that could end up being split into one species occurring north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and one south of the isthmus. (2). A species that lives in both Costa Rica and South America but might be two separate species. (3). However, the paper didn’t deal with birds from southern Central America. Check out recordings of Clapper Rail from North America and Costa Rica. from Mexico south to Costa Rica. Now listen to one of those South American birds.

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Bucket Mouth, Chuck-will’s-widow

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I’ve been learning to band birds at the South Florida Bird Observatory. But hands-on bird experience has been a major gap in my knowledge to date and I’m astounded at how much more I’m discovering about birds. These are the largest nightjars in North America, significantly larger than Whip-poor-will or any of the nighthawks. Chuck-will’s-widows migrate from the south-eastern United States to the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America.

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White-Cheeked Pintails

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Three similar subspecies are distributed regionally from the Caribbean to South America and the Galápagos Islands. Paradise Island in the Bahamas is, in my experience, a perfect place to spy these pintails. Like you, I’ve seen a lot of ducks in my life, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I first beheld the the wondrous waterfowl that I’d come to regard as my favorite duck, bar none – the White-cheeked Pintail.

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Splitsville

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For those of us with the great good fortune to bird in Latin America, or other less-studied biological regions, my experience suggests that we are much more likely to benefit from the new species created by such splits.

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Pied-billed Grebe From Every Angle

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Podilymbus podiceps is most certainly common in my experience, able to be seen consistently across varied habitats throughout nearly all of North America and much of South America. The setting was the SPI Convention Center on picturesque South Padre Island. The Pied-billed Grebe , a most wondrous waterfowl, perfectly exemplify the distinction between common and mundane.

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How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity: A Book Review by a Non-Science Person

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He is also a serious birder (and a birding friend), and his birding observations and adventures are used throughout the book to introduce evolutionary questions and illustrate the mental interplay between personal experience and scientific curiosity.

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The New Neotropical Companion: A Book Review by a Lover of the Neotropics

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And, the next time I travel south (and, there’s an excellent chance that will happen within the next year), I will definitely once more read The New Neotropical Companion , by John Kricher, the latest version of this nature classic. An enlarged version was published in 1997, with color photographs and more coverage of South America. The text still focuses on Central and South America, though the Caribbean is also considered to be part of the Neotropics.

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Turtles of the World: A Guide To Every Family–A Book Review by a Turtle Lover

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Lovich and Whit Gibbons bring decades of research and experience to this book. Press, 2006) or Ernst and Lovich’s text on turtles of North America, cited above. Turtles are the reptile everybody loves.

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The First Swallow-tail of Spring

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Florida is perhaps the one place in the United States where you can rack up a pretty great list of birds, including some of North America’s most impressive species, simply by walking down the sidewalk for an hour or so. I guess our early March time-frame is a tad on the early side for them to return from South America, so you can imagine I was pretty stoked to see this one.

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Purple Gallinule Photo Gallery

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Grant McCreary of The Birder’s Library , who shared the experience with me, probably has pretty much the same problem. Purple Gallinules live in marshes in the southeastern United States, Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean. Most of them are year-round residents though much of the population in the United States – with the exception of south Florida birds – migrate south for the winter.

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For the Love of Ants

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They packed up in June of 2013 and headed south from San Diego with the southern tip of South America as their destination. En route they will be “birding in nearly every country in mainland North and South America,” and, as they say on their excellent blog , “Our journey is about collecting valuable data on bird species, their status and distribution, current conservation issues, and more along the way. … Birding antbirds ants Central America

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Wood-Warbler Week

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Right now great flocks of wood-warblers are making their way north from the southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America to breed across the United States and Canada. Read about them here but also get out and experience them. The next seven days, today until the fourteenth, are hereby declared Wood-Warbler Week on 10,000 Birds! Are you excited as we are?

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One Last Wood-Warbler Week Post

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Right now great flocks of wood-warblers are making their way north from the southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America to breed across the United States and Canada. Read about them here but also get out and experience them. Wood-Warbler Week is finally over for 2011. Will it come back in 2012?

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Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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While the jays did catch our attention by way of a smart crest and different shades of blue and gray punctuated by a black necklace and mascara, they were part of our common natural experience, their existence was taken for granted. A bird of lowland and foothill rainforest, the Yellow-throated Toucan can be seen in most parts of the Caribbean slope and from the Carara area south to Panama. For many folks who live in places with cold winters, toucans are the birds on cereal boxes.

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Fruit For Birds

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One of my favorite things about Central America are the bird feeders. They are species that breed in the US and then spend the winter in Central and South America, eating what’s avialable–especially fruit. Fruit is something that migratory birds could eat and worth trying in your yard in North America. Nyjer (aka Thistle) for goldfinches was introduced from Nigeria–someone had to experiment with that.

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Close Encounters of the Cuckoo Kind

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They packed up in June of 2013 and headed south from San Diego with the southern tip of South America as their destination. En route they will be “birding in nearly every country in mainland North and South America,” and, as they say on their excellent blog , “Our journey is about collecting valuable data on bird species, their status and distribution, current conservation issues, and more along the way. What an amazing experience!

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Birding in Honduras, Part I: Highlands

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In this first installment, I will focus on my impressions and experiences in the highlands portion of our tour. Before finally connecting to the South American continent about three million years ago, Central America consisted of a series of volcanic islands. The region is also especially rich in trogons and motmots, two decidedly tropical families with a longer evolutionary history in North America than South America.

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The Urban Birds of Austin, Texas

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It’s a strange experience looking up from a city street to gaze at birds native to South America; even more ironic considering humans drove the only native parrot/parakeet species, the Carolina Parakeet , to extinction. Though I have been birding for a few years now, I had only birded west of the Mississippi once before my recent trip to Austin, Texas. Given how far west I found myself, I was hoping for at least a handful of new birds.

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Birding Adventure in Mexico Part II: Durango Highway

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The Durango Highway is arguably one of North America’s great birding roads due to the great variety of habitats, the spectacular mountain scenery of the Sierra Madre Occidental, and the numerous Mexican endemics one can target. These striking and inquisitive jays were perhaps the bird of the trip for me, and we took our time to soak in the experience of encountering these wonderful birds.

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Alto del Carmen Pisco Reservado

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The magnificent condor is a symbol of national pride along the entire Pacific coast of South America, as evidenced by this Chilean airmail stamp.

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The long and winding road

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Typically, at least here in North America, we think of migration as a north-south affair. As summer ends these same birds (and the new year’s broods) then escape the snow and ice and head south for the austral summer, finding warmth, long days and abundant insect life. The population that nests in the western reaches of North America’s Arctic will cover about twice that distance, through Asia and down in to Africa. Birds fascinate us for many reasons.

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“A Little Bird Told Me” … Happy Birthday Charles Darwin

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We think that the original stock from which the Galapagos Finches evolved came from nearby South America. But the Tortoises and Iguanas (and some other animals, probably) did not come from the nearby South American landmass via what is now Ecuador. Rather, they came from the Caribbean region, and prior to that, probably from the eastern or northeastern part of the South American land mass.

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Approximately 2,300 bird species inhabit Africa, however as impressive as that sounds, much smaller South America boasts nearly 1,000 species more. I cannot but admit that South America is the “bird continent” but as Peter Kaestner, one of the world’s top listers, so eloquently put it, Africa is nevertheless the “birding continent”. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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Rainforest Birding: Stay Longer to See More Birds.

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The overall perception by birders and naturalists is that a visit to the rainforest of South America will yield a long bird list, and that the forest is teeming with birds. Alternatively, one can run through occupied territories and multiple mixed foraging species flocks where the sudden rush of many birds all around you can make for an exhilarating experience. This in turn will result in a longer list and a more rewarding birding experience.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds. Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Some features to consider: Birds of Central America is a big book.

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