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Hoatzins invaded South America from Africa … by raft

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go on to say that they believe the birds colonized South America from Africa and suggest that the most plausible explanation for this is that the birds traveled west across the Atlantic on “rafts” — huge floating tangles of debris often invoked to explain trans-Atlantic mammal dispersal events. And Mayr et al.

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Sneak Attack

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The Cinnamon-rumped Flowerpiercer is the only flower-piercing game in town if you live in North America. And yes, Mexico is part of North America, not Central or South America.) Its range extends as far as Nicaragua in Central America, where it is joined, in Costa Rica and Panama, by The Slaty Flowerpiercer.

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Becards

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Eight occur only in South America, three spill over from there just into Panama, and one reaches from South America through much of Central America. Two reach from South America all the way to southeastern Mexico. Mexico is considered part of North America, not Central America.)

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Before I delve into some of these avian treasures let me give you a few non-birding reasons to visit this gem of South America. If your Spanish or Portuguese is at the level of a 2-year-old bonobo like mine is, then you’ll probably be pleased to know that Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.

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The Eyrie Vineyards – Pinot Gris (2017)

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In the end, Oregonian vineyards marketed their wines as pinot gris, while south of the border in California, labels tended prefer the Italian pinot grigio. Interestingly, now that pinot gris-pinot grigio has spread to South America, Australia, and South America, among other places, it’s still only the Germans who call the grape Grauburgunder.

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“The (Big) Year that Flew By: Twelve Months, Six Continents, and the Ultimate Birding Record”

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He happily commented: “I am now well ahead of Noah’s pace, while I haven’t even started my journey through Africa and, last but not least, the most bird-rich continent of all, South America. Slowly but surely, I start to realize that breaking the world record could become a reality.”

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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but there are other birds, many stopping to stay, many others moving to South America. We don’t see so many on the ground but with both Yellow and Black-billed hightailing it to South America, you know that their long wings are carrying these caterpillar gourmands far overhead and straight on to Colombia.