Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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To this tasty tropical cocktail concocted in July 2018, we added one more volatile ingredient in the form of a contingent of Americans and Hondurans sponsored by the Honduras Institute of Tourism. Just walking the gorgeous Zamorano campus immerses you in the typical species of this region, from constant Clay-colored Thrushes , Great-tailed Grackles , White-winged Doves , and Tropical Kingbirds to the usual vultures and grassbirds found in fields and towns.

Birding Honduras–The Cryptic Birds

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Honduras was finally a reality. Excellent 10,000 Birds posts have been written about Pico Bonito and Honduras by Corey and Carlos , so I’m going to focus on some of my most memorable experiences. Our group got to see another species that is a master of camouflage on our trip for the Honduran Emerald. I had seen Thick-Knees in South Africa, but I was very excited to see this species, which is the only member of its family found in Central America. There was no snow.

Rainy Afternoon Birding Honduras

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Lago de Yojoa, Honduras, February 2009 Let’s say that you are a serious birder on your first trip to the neotropics and are hoping to see as many species as possible. I was going to be out birding even if an earthquake hit and a civil war broke out simultaneously (neither very likely in Honduras) so it was just a matter of figuring out exactly how I would go about seeing the birds without getting too soaked. Birding Honduras Hotel las Glorias Mesoamerica

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

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Guide to the Birds of Honduras is an extraordinary creation, noteworthy for both the excellence of the work itself and the years of work that went into making it a reality. Gallardo has been a professional bird guide in Honduras since 2001 and first came to the country as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1993 (his “Chronology of Field Work in Honduras” is a chapter in the book). Europe, and Honduras itself. Species Accounts. Guide to the Birds of Honduras.

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Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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I first met Robert Gallardo in 2009, when I made my first visit to the Neotropics for the Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras. Robert arrived in Honduras with Peace Corps in 1993 and has been a resident ever since. He has recorded over 20 new bird records for Honduras, dozens of new butterflies, new orchid records and even new species for science. In 2015, with my self- published Guide to the Birds of Honduras, I had the intent to simultaneously print it in Spanish.

What is the National Bird of Honduras?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / What is the National Bird of Honduras? What is the National Bird of Honduras? By Corey • March 18, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share The national bird of Honduras is the Scarlet Macaw. It was decreed a national symbol of Honduras on 28 June 1993 by the National Congress of Honduras as a way to raise awareness of the varied avifauna of Honduras.

Birding Parque Nacional Marino Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

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Sure, it’s been well over a month since I returned from my fun-filled, family vacation to Honduras but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to blog about it, right? And, without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of our time in Honduras was our outing to Parque Nacional Marino Cayos Cochinos. The avifauna is distinctly Caribbean as well, with some Caribbean species found only on the islands and nowhere else in Honduras.

Birding in Honduras, Part II: Pico Bonito Lodge

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After wrapping up our time in the highlands of Honduras, Chris Lotz (owner of international bird tour company Birding Ecotours ) and I arrived at the deservedly famous Pico Bonito Lodge. Lovely Cotinga is the flagship species at Pico Bonito, where it is perhaps easier to see than anywhere else within its range. More than 400 species have been recorded at the lodge to date. Central American Pygmy-Owl is another key species at the lodge.

The Struggle to Save the Birds of Honduras

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Great Green Macaw digiscoped at the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras For many centuries throughout the world mankind has kept birds as pets. The introduction of exotic animals has extirpated and continues to threaten hundreds of species. The changing landscape will favor many common species, but weakens or annihilates the chances for more specialist species to survive. What can we do while species disappear from the planet each year?

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, Part 1

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Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, March 2009 After our trip to the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge was rained out on our first morning at The Lodge at Pico Bonito we rescheduled our visit for our second and last morning at the lodge. Other species I was looking forward to as possibilities included Anhingas , Magnificent Frigatebirds , and seeing as the sun was supposed to shine, some raptors soaring. Trips Honduras Mammals mangroves Mesoamerica

A Field Guide to the Birds of Honduras? An Interview with Robert Gallardo

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I first met Robert Gallardo on my first trip to the neotropics, a wonderful experience at the first Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras in 2009. He is a great birder and has found over thirty new species in Honduras since he moved there in 1993. Robert’s latest project, with the artist John Sill, is to produce and self-publish a field guide to the birds of Honduras in both English and Spanish. Why are you creating a field guide to the birds of Honduras?

Birding Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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Honduras, a beautifully biodiverse Central American gem, offers everything birders look for in a travel destination, starting with ready access to lots of highly coveted bird species. In June 2018, the Honduras Institute of Tourism assembled a feisty team of Honduran and American writers, photographers, guides, and tourism professionals to ever-so-quickly explore just how spectacular birding certain parts of the country could be. Destinations Central America Honduras

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Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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The birding around Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is frankly phenomenal, as I learned during a June 2018 birding junket organized by the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo. Any sane birder (I won’t speak for the crazy ones) visiting Honduras hopes to see that nation’s only known endemic, a delicate and sporadically distributed hummingbird called the Honduran Emerald. Destinations Central America Honduras

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Great Potoo at Pico Bonito

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Pico Bonito, Honduras, March 2009 On our way to the lovely Lodge at Pico Bonito on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park in northern Honduras, Robert Gallardo, the organizer of the Mesoamerican Birding Festival and the post-festival familiarity trip that I am currently experiencing, let us all know that a Great Potoo ( Nyctibius grandis ) had been roosting along the side of the entrance road. I must say, it is one of the coolest species I have ever seen!

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Inca Doves (Columbina Inca)

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Before arriving in the town of Copan Ruinas, Honduras, on February 27, 2009, I had only ever heard Inca Doves. Juveniles might be confused with other species, as they lack the scaled appearance, but they also lack the dark spots on their sides that one immediately notices when looking at the ground-doves. Birds Copan digiscoping doves Honduras Inca Dove Mesoamerica

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Going Uphill Outside Copan Ruinas

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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. White-throated Magpie Jays competed with Spot-breasted Orioles , which competed with a host of Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks , which competed with Blue-black Grassquits , which competed with several species of flycatchers. Trips Copan Honduras Mesoamerica

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

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On a recent trip down memory lane in the form of searching through old photos from my trip to Honduras I serendipitously stumbled upon a series of shots of a woodpecker feeding from flower blossoms in a tree. I’ve learned that as difficult as it is to figure out things like exactly what species a bird is can be when the taxonomy is not settled it is even more difficult to nail a bird to subspecies when the species has a large range and a lot of mixing.

The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

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We have just three native species of lizard in New York State ( Northern Fence Lizard , Five-lined Skink and Coal Skink ) and one introduced species ( Italian Wall Lizard ). The female of the species lays ten to thirty eggs in a burrow she digs about 65 days after mating. Reptiles Honduras LizardsIt is not every day that one gets to see a pair of Green Iguanas sunning themselves on a bush from close range.

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Counting Feral Muscovy Ducks in Florida

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I wasn’t having any luck at all though I was enjoying the typical assortment of wetland species that make we New York birders a bit jealous of our southern compatriots. And there it sat until 2012 when the Florida Ornithological Society’s Records Committee reviewed the status of several introduced species in 2012.** First of all, I am lucky in that I saw actual wild Muscovy Ducks in Honduras in 2009 , so this is not a decision that matters in terms of my life list.

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Visit Guatemala with Birding Expeditions

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Our company is based in Guatemala but also offers tours in Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2015)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Bushy-crested Jay , one of quote a few fine species he spotted while exploring the area around Copan Ruinas in Honduras. Was your weekend pleasingly full or pleasurably empty? We measure our happiness not in moments of activity but rather memories of satisfaction. I was well satisfied to travel through farm country this weekend and count the many American Kestrels perched predatorily above the fields.

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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. Covering 1,261 species with data and taxonomy current up to August 2017, the field guide is an exciting achievement. And, then there are the more familiar birds–Wood-warblers, sandpipers, hawks–some species migrants, some species with a wide range. SPECIES ACCOUNTS.

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My Northern Birds

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One of the ways I could describe the unique mix of birds I can see here in southwestern Mexico, would be to divide our species into five categories. The invasive species are few, but, unfortunately, very numerous. Georg Wilhelm Steller gave his name to five Alaskan species in the 1700s.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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It divides countries into categories, where the next category has 200 more species. In some cases the data are outdated, e.g. Costa Rica has 900 and not 800 species, but I made no corrections, remaining faithful to the original map data. Shown as a list, it looks like this: Less than 200 bird species: Antarctica; oceanic islands. Hence try the comparison of the species richness not per country – but per square mile. 8 Honduras (778 sp. /

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2018)

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These thoughts crossed my mind as I returned from a week of birding bliss as a guest of the Honduras Institute of Tourism. The Tern colonies in Queens didn’t produce anything but the expected species but Gull-billed Terns , Corey’s first of the year, were a pleasure to see loafing on a mudflat at Big Egg Marsh. Most of us know all too well the bittersweet mood returning from a birding trip evokes.

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Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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Based on population estimates and migration routes, yes, millions, and for some species, many millions! A stop at the one area of mature lowland rainforest next to the road to the boat “docks” at La Pavona was replete with a fine mix of resident rainforest species and migrants.

Highlights from Birding Costa Rica, 2019

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There are three species of crow-like cotingas with odd hairdos known as umbrellabirds, the Bare-necked Umbrellabird is the one that lives in Costa Rica. During a memorable guiding trip in June, we hit the jackpot with all three species of hawk-eagles in just a few days.

15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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Just about anywhere a birder ventures, the miniscule members of the latter family can be seen, and in most tropical locales, it’s not just one species. Unlike much of the eastern United States, a dozen or even two dozen species of hummingbirds can be present in habitats south of of the Tropic of Cancer. Even better, several are only found in and near Costa Rica, including these species: White-throated Mountain-gem.

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My Nemesis Birds to Be

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But I had seen one in 2006 and I have since seen them twice more so the species never rose to the level of nemesis bird for me. I mean, sure, I’ve had my share of dips but none of them were multiple attempts at a single species that did not end up in victory within three attempts. Instead of having a single arch enemy like Joker is to Batman or Baby Gerald is to Maggie Simpson I have several species that are approaching nemesis bird status.

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Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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Those woodpeckers are some smart-looking birds, and Costa Rica has her fair share with 16 species that head-bang from the dry forests of the northwest to the high-elevation rainforests of the mountains. All woodpeckers are, by default, “cool”; here are some of the other Fonzies that live in Costa Rica: Hoffmann’s Woodpecker : A lot like a Golden-fronted Woodpecker , this beauty ranges from southern Honduras to Costa Rica.

eBird Photo Quizzes: A Great Way to Prepare for a Trip

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Having never birded in Mexico at all I was initially concerned about identifying the myriad species that can be seen. But my experiences in Belize and Honduras give me a good basis in the birds of the region and I have plenty of time to study and learn what to expect with the endemics. In a little less than two weeks my family and I will be enjoying a long weekend on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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Back in New York and Birding

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It was easier to get a shot when they were landing: One of the best parts of being with three other bird bloggers is I got to regale them with tales of the trip to Honduras (though I’m not sure that they would agree with that). By the end of our circumnavigation of the West Pond we had totalled 38 species, a decent haul for mid-March and I hadn’t come close to exhausting my store of Honduras anecdotes.

Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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That’s pretty amazing–Bolivia has more bird species than India! The source of this ranking, BirdLife International, lists Bolivia as currently having 1,439 bird species, including 18 breeding endemics. More on Species Accounts.

Ten High Mountain Specialties from Costa Rica

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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. 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. Here are ten of those special species: This yellow-eyed bird is a Volcano Junco.

Are You Going to the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

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Florida is a great place to bird in January because in addition to the year-round species there are a host of birds that winter in the relatively balmy climate that Florida has in winter. Ever since I met Julie in Honduras back in 2009 I have wanted to get out birding with her again. Get my Florida list to 180 species. I currently have 164 species on my Florida life list, which has been built entirely upon my two previous experiences at Space Coast.

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Serendipity Plus Avocado = Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Once in a while, I hear these and other species in my tiny backyard, a piece of green space so small that I feel like I would be lying if I referred to it as a patch. While watching the orioles move in and out of the patchwork of foliage and white sky, another, much more quiet and sneaky species popped into view. Did it stop off in Mexico, Honduras, or Florida?

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Good Hummingbirds at El Tapir

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Personally, to avoid the confusion over all birds being good and some being “good”, I prefer saying “damn good bird” A “DGB” is more or less synonymous with a “MEGA” and in Costa Rica would take the form of species like the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (something I like to refer to as an “RVG Cuckoo” because that reminds me of a rock band or some secret weapon), Harpy Eagle ( seen recently in country after a long hiatus!),

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Admiring Anhingas

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In fact, prior to my visit to Florida in January for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, I had never seen an Anhinga at all save one lousy look in Honduras back in 2009. I must of mistaken flying Anhingas for ten different species over the next few days and I never really adjusted to seeing a cormorant-like bird soaring.

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Tiny Hawk at Quebrada Gonzalez

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The irony of birding in tropical forest is that although there are literally hundreds of bird species, a pretty high percentage of them are naturally rare. It’s just the way it is, and we probably can’t have it any other way because individual birds don’t just compete with others of the same species, they also compete with a lot of other birds and who knows what else for food, shelter, and nest sites.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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The hope and claim is that transferring this process to gull identification works more easily and just as accurately (at least for species) as an examination of plumage and molt patterns. The page numbers of each speciesspecies account section next to its nutshell photo would have been a nice addition, but I’m happy with these reference aids, medleys of horizontal and vertical shapes in crisp shades of white, gray, and black with touches of yellow.

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The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

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The very first thing we notice about this large member of the Galliformes is that there is a wild version and a domestic version, and although the two are rather different, they are both given the same species name, Meleagris gallopavo. The one case that could have been an actual Turkey was a bird spotted in Honduras, where they may or may not have been, by our friend Christopher Columbus. This is the time of year that we rightfully contemplate the noble Turkey.

Stalking a Kiwi Icon

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There are are presently thought to be five species of kiwi with a possible sixth extinct species, all of which have suffered varying degrees of range contraction since the arrival of humans. Three species are restricted to South Island, one to North Island, and one used to be found on both but is now restricted to a few small offshore islands. Both these tours are for the Little Spotted Kiwi , the smallest species and one now one mainly confined to offshore islands.

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