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.

Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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However, even if songs of the avian kind are more your musical thing, you will still find them in ten innovative, unique tracks that pay homage to endangered birds from Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and seven other countries. Do you want to help endangered birds?

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My Pilgrimage

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Of course, I also go there several other times each year; I have, after all, seen 160 species at this endemic-rich site. The reason for this annual pilgrimage is a single species, the Sinaloa Martin. So I’ll share a few other species with you as well.

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Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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Actively birding in Costa Rica as well as Nicaragua and Panama as well as the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

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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Stairway to Heaven

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This sort of biozone mixing can create a tremendous richness of species. Each of these habitats attracts its own group of species. I mentioned last week the Jamaican Nettletree, whose tiny fruit was attracting all kinds of species — even some I thought did not eat fruit or seeds.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through. How do they compete with resident species? The first concern is the most important, the vital knowledge, because we can’t protect and preserve populations of migratory bird species if we don’t know where they stop to rest and refuel. Bird migration!

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Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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In some parts of Africa, rangers receive military training and equipment to defend animals (and themselves) from poachers in pursuit of elephants, rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered species. In Nicaragua, the army patrols beaches to protect sea turtle eggs.

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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.

2018 64

Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds By David • March 12, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share There I was (I’ve been reading Thurber) on board a boat off Baja California, reveling in cormorants (three species!), Share Your Thoughts « What is the National Bird of Nicaragua?

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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. 9 Nicaragua (6.8 % – 781 sp. /

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The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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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? And why spend time only looking for one or two species when those hours could be used to put binos focused on a few dozen? While waiting for that big weird cotinga species to appear, other birds will also come into view because when birding quality habitat, there’s plenty to see!

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Easy, Bonus Birding at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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However, there are a few stand out sites here and there that are significantly better for species like Jabiru, Lance-tailed Manakin, and Nicaraguan Grackle to name a few. Visiting those out of the way spots is necessary if you want to add these and other choice “bonus birds” to the three or four hundred species ticked at the usual sites. Nicaraguan Grackle only lives in marshes around Lake Nicaragua. There are lots of great birding sites in Costa Rica.

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.

Things I Learned While Birding at Laguna del Lagarto, Costa Rica

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Since all sorts of rare species are possible at this remote lowland rainforest site, I was looking forward to this trip for a while. The “who knows what else” comes from this site being situated among good-sized tracts of lowland forest connected to the big forest block in Nicaragua. Since that block still hosts Harpy Eagle and every other possible species, it’s not out of the question for those rare birds to also show at Laguna and vicinity.

2016 42

Expectations and Suggestions for Caribbean Lowland Birding in Costa Rica

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The proximity of both slopes also facilitates seeing a lot of different species in a short span because the montane barrier has resulted in differences in terms of species and habitats. Fortunately, nowadays, there are protected areas and efforts to establish biological corridors that provide more hope for the endangered Great Green Macaw, and other species. This small antbird species is common in Panama to Ecuador but rare in Costa Rica.

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.

2018 57

The Blackbird that is a Meadowlark – Red-breasted Blackbird in Trinidad

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They are considered a Species of Least Concern by BirdLife International because of their large range and stable population. Considering that they only recently colonized Costa Rica and have since been spotted in Nicaragua, it seems that there will be Red-breasted Blackbirds for a long time to come, good news for fans of brilliant birds! Blackbirds are blackbirds. Meadowlarks are meadowlarks.

The Most Birds

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A recent comment thread on Facebook about absurdly high counts of some species in the eBird database got me curious. What is the most of any one species that has ever been reported at one time? The most of any species ever reported is 76,000,000 Brown-headed Cowbirds. The notes on this exceptional number of birds is “counted blackbirds in aggregates of 100,000 and estimated ratios of species every 10 minutes.”

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

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America covers 827 species, including resident, migratory, and common vagrant birds. Appendices list all vagrant species; “hypothetical species”—20 species reported by reliable observers but not well documented; and “more species to watch for in NCA”—20 species that should be showing up based on historical records, birds of neighboring countries and migratory patterns. Birds know habitat.

2016 68

The 2016 AOU Supplement and the Costa Rica Bird List

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Birders concerned with ticking off bird species from a list in North America already know all about the AOU Supplement. In other words, we get to see which new birds make it onto the North American list (moderately exciting), which species see changes in their Latin names and how their genera might be reclassified (mostly exciting to systematists), and which species give or take away armchair ticks (the real and most exciting reason why we look forward to the AOU Supplement).

2016 40

The Birding is Always Good at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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There are two main wetland areas in Costa Rica, one in the Tempisque River floodplain, and the other in wetland areas associated with Lake Nicaragua. Despite our focused efforts at the La Fortuna Waterfall Trail, the first target bird remained elusive but once we reached our primary destination, we sort of made up for the miss by laying eyes on some other choice species. This area is the only place where this species can be seen in Costa Rica.

Aplomado Twitch in Costa Rica

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While we could chase a number of local, rare residents, looking for super tough species like Pheasant Cuckoo and Tawny-faced Quail is more akin to searching and lurking in appropriate habitat and just hoping to get lucky. These are the birds that are very much unexpected, and regarding Costa Rica, I am sure seriously unexpected species like Red-necked Stint and American Pipit do pay a visit, there just aren’t enough birders combing the countryside to find them.

What is the National Bird of Honduras?

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Lafeber Conservation and Wildlife has Project Tomás – Parrots, People and Peace in Honduras , which seeks to “establish and maintain an international biological research and conservation center in Mabita, La Mosquitia, Honduras so as to conserve sustainable mixed species communities.&# The location is one of the few left in the country that sustains a population of La Guara Roja.

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). Species draswings are on the left leaf while descriptions and range maps on the left.

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The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana

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“Invasive&# is an ugly word, and ugly consequences have come from many of the explosive range expansions we’re most familiar with, whether of exotic species or even of native species with their normal restraints removed. Especially of all the species that had been introduced to the US. What is the National Bird of Nicaragua?

Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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In addition to Spanish, several other languages continue to be spoken, the pines and cypress trees of the Guatemalan highlands only occur as introduced species once you travel south of Nicaragua, and dozens of bird species that occur in Costa Rica and Panama don’t even make it to Nicaragua. It could also be that several target species just weren’t as abundant in the places where we birded (which tended to be on the dry side of things).

Twenty Hummingbirds To See Before You Die

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They are the only birds able to fly backwards and the 340-odd species come in many different forms. Its partner is the well-known Ruby-throated Hummingbird , one of the only species of hummingbird that migrates every year. Found in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua, this tiny hummingbird is placed within its own genus microchera. But this well-endowed hummer, with one of the longest tail feathers of all the hummingbird species, has to do all the carrying himself.

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