What is the National Bird of Guatemala?

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The national bird of Guatemala is one of the most magnificent birds in the entire world – the Resplendent Quetzal. Guatemala chose wisely when they picked the bird that would be the avian symbol for the country, a bird that even appears on their coat of arms and national flag! Besides the intrinsic beauty of the bird why else was the Resplendent Quetzal chosen as Guatemala’s national bird? Birds Guatemala national bird quetzals

McKee Project Expands Work into Guatemala and Other Latin American Countries

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At the end of 2007, the World Society for the Protection of Animals selected the McKee Project to work on spay/neuter programs in Guatemala. This is a great group that I've spotlighted before. Although they are best known for their work in Costa Rica, they also work in Mexico and Panama. I recently subscribed to their newsletter which comes out in both Spanish and English versions.

Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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After a brief look at a map, my rough guesstimate is that the territory from Guatemala and Belize south to the Darien gap is roughly equal to New England, or Florida and the eastern parts of Georgia and the Carolinas north to the Virginia line. Recently, I was witness to the differences in birding between the northern part of this region and Costa Rica during a week of guiding in Guatemala. That said, Guatemala still has a doozy or two including the mega Azure-rumped !

Requiem for a Bird Guide: Hugo Haroldo Enriquez Toledo

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Anyone fortunate enough to visit Guatemala within the last decade or so may have had the privilege to see many, many excellent birds because of Hugo’s skill and savvy. From Antigua to Atitlan to the Peten, Hugo (pictured above with guide Gustavo Cañas) helped reveal some of the best birds and birding bonhomie Guatemala has to offer. Birding ecotourism Guatemala guides

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We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

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I kept hearing people who claimed that it was a matter of record that Chiquita (United Fruit) and the CIA had toppled Guatemala’s democratically-elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 and that International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT), Henry Kissinger, and the CIA had brought down Chile’s Salvador Allende in 1973.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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401-600 sp: Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay; the Sahel countries (Africa), Namibia and Botswana; Central Asian countries and Cambodia. 7 Guatemala (764 sp. / 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.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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So, if you are going to write a field guide on the birds of the countries south and east of Mexico–Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—it makes the utmost sense that you embrace the whole geographic area. This book is a field guide treat for traveling birders and birders who love to fantasize about travel, answering that age-old question, “I’m going on a trip to [fill in the blank—Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras], what field guide should I use?”.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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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. There are no bird guides for El Salvador or Guatemala. But, there is the excellent Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, with illustrations by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, published in 2016.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Orange Is the New Beak, and a Dead Parrot (No Joke!)

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Or maybe you’re visiting Belize, Guatemala, Paraguay, or the Bahamas? If you’ve got some downtime between barbecues and fireworks (or, outside of the U.S., obsessing over World Cup matches), here’s some bird news to peruse: Loss of suitable habitat , instead of insecticides, seems to be the culprit in declining numbers of grassland birds. Know what else kills grassland birds? Ill-timed mowing … which a petition aims to stop in New York’s Hudson Valley. Meanwhile, in San Jose, Calif.,

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How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

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Ernesto and another local guide and ornithologist, Juan Diego Vargas, have theorized that Las Brisas might be situated at a strategic point where Ceruleans and other migrants make their first stop after flying from another important stopover point in Belize and Guatemala because more seem to be seen at Las Brisas than other sites with similar habitats in Costa Rica. In the birding world, May is the beautiful time.

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The wonderful Phainopepla

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The Grey-silky Flycatcher Ptilogonys cincerus , the is nearly an endemic of central Mexico, but for a few vagrants who vacation down in Guatemala. Spring is in the air, and all around the Baja desert I am seeing a plethora of species, all looking for love, in what appears to the right places. Last Sunday, it was never as obvious as it was with the small group of Phainopepla , Phainopepla nitens. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them swoop erratically from tree to tree to cactus.

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Lockdown Serendipity

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There are only two eBird registries for Oaxaca state, although dozens have been seen in Chiapas, the state bordering Guatemala. Because of our age, Mexico’s rising COVID-19 numbers, and my wife’s anxiety about infectious diseases in general, we have been in total lockdown at the Lewis home. TOTAL lockdown. To be specific, I have not walked out our front door since April 15th. Milady locked herself down back in March.)

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What is the National Bird of Belize?

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Even after independence the British kept a substantial number of soldiers in Belize because Guatemala, Belize’s neighbor to the west and south, refused to recognize Belize and claimed its territory as its own until 1992. When choosing a national bird many countries choose instantly recognizable members of their avifauna which is often a wise idea. After all, if a bird is to be a symbol it should be easily recognized, even when represented abstractly.

A Lump and a Split and the List is Shredded?

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Besides the familiar Myrtle and Audubon (photo above by Mike Wisnicki/Cornell Lab) forms, the scientists make a case for Goldman’s Warbler —mostly endemic to Guatemala—as a separate species. (With regards to The Smiths for the title inspiration). North American listers, if you haven’t already been following the latest drama in bird taxonomy, courtesy of two new studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, buckle up … because it’s probably going to be a bumpy ride.

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Mitochondrial mysteries and splitting-lumping Yellow-rumped Warblers

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There are four generally recognized groups within the complex, “ Myrtle ” ( coronata ) of eastern and northern North America, “ Audubon’s ” ( auduboni ) of the western United States and western Canada, “ Black-fronted ” ( nigrifrons ) of Mexico, and “ Goldman’s ” ( goldmani ) of Guatemala. Goldman’s Warbler ( Setophaga (coronata) goldmani ) in Guatemala cc-by-sa Dominic Sherony.

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Mexican Warblers

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It is not strictly endemic as it also occurs in Guatemala and Honduras. I have taken refuge on the high ground as Irene batters the east coast of North America and Nanmadol swamps the Philipines, Taiwan and east China, but my thoughts and best wishes are with anyone who has been affected by the storms.

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I and the Bird: What is a Grebe?

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Among grebes there have been several extinctions in the last few decades, the most famous of which is perhaps the Atitlan Grebe , Guatemala’s sole endemic and a victim of various environmental wrongs over a relatively short period of time. Guatemala: Requiem for a Grebe – Nate Swick, The Drinking Bird. And now we enter into a family of birds more or less unknown to non-birders.

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Royal lineage: Kinglets and crests in the bird family tree

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Its members occur primarily north of the Tropic of Cancer , though in the Western Hemisphere, Ruby-crowned Kinglets winter into southern Mexico, and Golden-crowned Kinglets have isolated breeding populations in the mountains of southern Mexico and Guatemala.

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The Horned Guan in Chiapas

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The Horned Guan is not just one of, if not THE standout birds of Mexico and Guatemala, but of the entire world. Endemic to mountaintop cloud forest patches in Chiapas and Guatemala, perhaps occurring at a maximum of six locations in Mexico and a handful more in Guatemala, the Horned Guan is restricted to a tiny, fragmented range. Kathi Borgmann and Josh Beck are living the dream of many a North American birder.

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Who belongs in the Evening Grosbeak’s family tree?

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The Evening Grosbeak’s closest relative is the Hooded Grosbeak of Mexico and Guatemala. Hooded Grosbeak ( Coccothraustes abeillei ) in Guatemala cc-by-sa Dominic Sherony The Hawfinch of Eurasia appears to be a fairly close relative of Evening and Hooded Grosbeaks. We humans often understand things by exploring their relationships.

The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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While this amazing bird can also be readily seen in Guatemala, western Panama, and a few other places, ease of access in Costa Rica and fantastic appearance put it onto this list. “Target birds” The term can foster excitement but is easily contentious. It would be uber cool to lay eyes on a rare lifer, on species that only seem to live on the pages of a field guide but isn’t that somewhat discriminatory? Aren’t all birds worth watching?

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Easy Endemics and Photography at Myriam’s Quetzals, Costa Rica

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Quetzal is THE beloved, sacred bird of Guatemala and they do live there (and in southern Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) BUT are more accessible in Costa Rica. Myriam’s Quetzales ! Are they her’s? Can there be a more enticing name than for a place that that? To be honest, quetzals aren’t seen that often right at Myriam’s but they are seen just down the road.

What is a Cardinal?

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Its common name, however, is a bit of a misnomer, unless “Northern” refers to the landmass north of the equator; this species extends from some southern Canadian provinces through the entirety of the eastern United States into Mexico and down to Guatemala and Belize. In all of North America, only one avian species serves as both the beloved mascot of seven states as well as the totem to two professional sports teams (and an infinity of amateur ones!)

Ten High Mountain Specialties from Costa Rica

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Quetzal also lives in cloud forests in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. 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.

Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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Middle American Screech Owl– Megascops guatemalae; Raptor Ridge, 6-Jan. It’s January and another year list begins. This is what many of us birders do, we start another list. And this doesn’t mean you are obsessed or a little bit too much into birds because keeping track of a year list actually comes with some side benefits.

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Heermann’s Gull – A Mexican Beauty

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Distribution is obviously concentrated in Mexico, but the gulls have been found as far north as British Columbia, Canada, and as far south as Guatemala. La Paz, Mexico has a beautiful well maintained sidewalk along its waterfront called a malecón. While it is exceptionally well used by joggers, bike riders and multigenerational families out for a walk, bird watchers from all the world are now taking advantage of its easy access to the many local bird species.

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The Newest Beat

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As his passion for birding grew he decided to travel Latin America; he has spent time in Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and a great deal of time in Brazil. The Beat Writers at 10,000 Birds are perhaps the single greatest conglomeration of nature writers ever to be assembled in the history of the internet. We are pleased to announce that such a stellar crew of scribes has yet another impressively talented member interpreting the natural world for the readers of 10,o00 Birds.

Birding in Honduras, Part I: Highlands

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One of these islands may have been the present day Northern Central American Highlands which includes Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and parts of extreme southern Mexico (Chiapas). In September, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to an increasingly popular destination for birding: Honduras.

For the Love of Ants

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We also had a great ant swarm in Tikal in Guatemala where in one binocular view we saw Ruddy Woodcreeper , Tawny-winged Woodcreeper , and Northern-barred Woodcreeper. Kathi Borgmann and Josh Beck are living the dream of many a North American birder. They packed up in June of 2013 and headed south from San Diego with the southern tip of South America as their destination.

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A Wood Stork vists La Paz

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I had blown my chance, and now the bird was heading for Guatemala, or Costa Rica, at least some place very far away from where I was. At one point this week, I was facing the biggest Dip of my birding life. I had committed the better part of five days, before work, after work, weekends, every spare moment trying to a rare bird.

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Birding Botswana’s Borders

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But I have visited Guatemala, Lesotho and Zimbabwe to actually visit them and count them, even though I spent less time in them than I did Zurich. I’ve never been one to be overly concerned about whether a bird “counts” People, and organisations, have complex and elaborate rules about whether a bird you saw or heard actually is a bird you saw or heard, which seems a very unnecessary way to add complexity to an already complex hobby.

Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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We talk about Gulls Simplified, Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, The Feather Thief, and some books I have not had a chance to review yet, like Daniel Lewis’s Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i and Birds of Nicaragua: A Field Guide. I’m not a larophile*, but some of my favorite birders are. It’s hard to escape the mystic pull of wanting to excel at gull identification.

2018 70

Big Ticks; What Was Your Last New Family?

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I remember my first sunbird (Nectariniidae, seen near Carins) my first auks (Alcidae, near my parents home in North Wales), my first finfoot (Heliornithidae, in a lake in Uganda), stone-curlew (Burhinidae, same lake as it happens), wood swallow (Artamidae, on the wires near Nadi airport in Fiji), tinamou (Tinamidae, Tikal in Guatemala), sugarbird (Promeropidae, drove past one in a protea farm in South Africa, obviously), or pitta (Pittidae, on a river trail high in the hills of Vietnam).

Danum Valley: Simply the Best

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But a a package, if I had to rate the best places I’ve ever been birding, the only place I can think that comes close is Mweya, in Uganda, or maybe Tikal, in Guatemala. Danum Valley is the finest birding location I have ever been to. … I typed the above sentence and then dared myself to defend it. It’s a strong sentence, and one I’ll struggle to justify with my poor grasp of English and reputation towards hyperbole.

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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There is the flightless Atitlán Giant Grebe of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, whose habitat was destroyed by a combination of human incursion and earthquake, but whose DNA lives on in hybrids that fly. One of the reasons I enjoy about reviewing books is the opportunity to read titles I wouldn’t ordinarily encounter, not because they aren’t good but because they don’t fall easily into a category. Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books.

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Starting Another Year of Birding in Costa Rica

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As usual, most of my birding will be in Costa Rica although if all goes well, come April, there should also be a sweet set of lifers from Guatemala, hopefully including one that has a red thing sticking out of its noggin. Not long ago, I had trouble sleeping because of these small, random explosions going off in my neighborhood. Each one was followed up by a litany of dog barks, some high in pitch, others low, far-carrying woofs.

Going Uphill Outside Copan Ruinas

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Anyway, it was some ungodly hour that we all awakened from our beds at Hotel Don Udo’s in Copan Ruinas and piled into the back of two trucks for our four-wheel drive excursion high into the hilly terrain near the border with Guatemala. Copan, Honduras, February 2009 A word of warning: this is going to be a rather long post so go grab a snack and make yourself comfortable before you start reading.

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New Field Guide: Central America

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America. Anyway, those countries have about 1261 species of birds, and the newly minted Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama (Princeton Field Guides) by Andrew Vallely and Dale Dyer covers 1,194 of them (plus 67 probably accidentals).

The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

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Erin Kennedy Thornton et all report in an article called “Earliest Mexican Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) in the Maya Region: Implications for Pre-Hispanic Animal Trade and the Timing of Turkey Domestication” the following: Late Preclassic (300 BC–AD 100) turkey remains identified at the archaeological site of El Mirador (Petén, Guatemala) represent the earliest evidence of the Mexican turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in the ancient Maya world.

Best Bird of the Year 2012

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2012 has certainly been a bumper year for me with an estimated year list of around 3,000 species after extensive travels to South Africa, Ethiopia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Russian Far East, United Kingdom, Peru, Guatemala and Panama. I was thrilled to find this co-operative bird gorging on berries during a scouting trip up the San Pedro volcano last month and even more delighted when we located a pair at the same location a week later during Rockjumper’s Guatemala tour.

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Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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The remarkable Resplendent Quetzal photographed in Guatemala by Adam Riley.

I and the Bird #146

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We see countries as more than just locales for landmarks and landmarks as more than just souvenirs of bygone cultures (have you ever birded Tikal in Guatemala? home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / I and the Bird / I and the Bird #146 I and the Bird #146 By Mike • March 17, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share Birders, as you probably already know, really get around.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?) beats have still managed to share 82 checklists and accounted for 737 species.

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