Hoatzins invaded South America from Africa … by raft

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And which is also why it’s virtually impossible to find a description of the spectacular South American Hoatzin ( Opisthocomus hoazin ) that doesn’t in the first breath mention the bird’s highly enigmatic taxonomic status. Hoatzins are no longer exclusively South American and once crossed an ocean. Birds africa Folivore fossils South America taxonomy and systematics

A Most Remarkable Book

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It involves plate tectonics; and the separation of North America from South America and their eventual reconnection; and the end of the Cretaceous Era thanks to a big asteroid, and the movements of animals, including humans, in response to all of those things.

GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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That’s because this fascinating part-Caribbean, part-south American country holds well over 800 species of avifauna making it without doubt one of my top three countries in all of the continent to visit. Destinations ecotourism Guyana South America

Responsible Birding in Colombia with Jaguarundi Travel

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Destinations Birding Tourism Colombia South America10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

A Growing List of Hummingbirds

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Ridiculously common in its home range of northern South America, no-one had ever seen a Glittering-throated Emerald here before, and I was determined to be among those who laid eyes on it. Birds hummingbirds South America Trinidad and Tobago

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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America) or westbound (from Europe). The best season in the north is July to March, while in the south it is January to March. With its 810 birds, Guyana is located at the northern coast of South America. Trips Africa Asia Borneo Costa Rica Ecuador Ghana Guyana Malaysia PNG Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South America Sri Lanka Tahiti Thailand Uganda world birdwatchPresuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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And what does it tell us, other than the obvious “head for South America” or perhaps Indonesia? 601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. Trips Africa Asia Central America South America world birdwatch

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Peru is Calling – Win a Birdwatching Adventure!

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… Birding contest Peru South AmericaIf you read our earlier post , you know that the national tourism office of Peru is giving away a 7-day bird watching adventure for two in Peru, home to over 1,700 species of bird. After two days in the Amazon rainforest, you (assuming you’re the Grand Prize winner) will fly to Cusco, and make your way to your home for the next two nights, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

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Birdwatching in Peru and You

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… Birding contest Peru South AmericaFor two blog posts now, we’ve been telling you about how you could win an amazing, 7-day bird watching trip for two to Peru. The Grand Prize not only includes roundtrip flights from anywhere in the US on LATAM Airlines, but also accommodations at three fascinating Inkaterra properties. Assuming you’re the Grand Prize winner, your trip to Peru wraps up with two days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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Win a Birdwatching Adventure in Peru!

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… Birding contest Peru South AmericaThe people at the Peru national tourist office are giving you the chance to win a 7-day birdwatching adventure for two in Peru. Your trip will take you from the Amazon rainforest into the peaks of the Andes—with plenty of opportunities to take in Peru’s over 1,700 species of bird (the second most of any country) along the way. During your trip, you’ll stay at three spectacular properties run by Inkaterra.

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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. 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? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since.

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Golden-crowned Warbler

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It is a common bird of humid, lowland forest in Central and South America where it is usually found in the lower storey. cabanisi group is found in southwest South America and the birds seen in Central America will be from the B.c.cucillivorus group. Birding Argentina Central America Golden-crowned Warbler New World Warbler South AmericaThis is a Golden-crowned Warbler , Basileuterus cucilivorus.

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Why Red-ruffed Fruitcrow?

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Encountering this stunner, one of the largest passerines in South America, raises a number of questions. Birds Colombia cotinga fruitcrows South America Tropical birding demands tropical birds, those families and genera unique to their latitudes rather than shared via migration across various climate zones.

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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? Trips Cerro Montezuma Choco Region Colombia South America Your mind gets blown. How else can I describe two days at Cerro Montezuma in Colombia. Cerro Montezuma or Montezuma Peak lies within Tatama National Park in Colombia’s Western Cordillera. Xeno-canto has a helpful map.)

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Keep Your Eyes on the Trail: Mad Cow Edition

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Plus, this cow, which was apparently going to be lunch at the military base atop Montezuma Peak, was one of those lean, long-horned Criollo types so common in Central and South America. Trips Colombia cows danger South America One reason so many of us love birding is that the activity engages all of our senses. Getting out into a wild space and locking in on a special bird can, when all goes well, elicit a moment of total absorption that both energizes and calms us.

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Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

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Birding Birds Germany Invasive Species Week South America Germany is underrated as a birding destination. Nestled right in the middle of Europe, we have a little bit of everything, a nice cross section of Europe’s avifauna. We have, for instance, very beautiful birds, like European Bee-eater , Blue Tit , and Kingfisher. Then of course, we have amazing birds such as Wallcreeper , Hoopoe , and Black Woodpecker.

Be Careful What You Wish For: A Punter’s Guide to the World Birding Rally

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Also left out: that horneros, canasteros, and cinclodes are not underappreciated South American musical instruments, they are birds that one should be familiar with before entering the country. Meet the teams: The World Birding Rally teams are composed of tour leaders from four companies: Birding Ecotours (South Africa, led by Duan Biggs); Wings/Sunbird (U.K./U.S., Birding bird race Birding Rally Peru South America

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Hummingbirds of Trinidad

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Birds Caribbean features hummingbirds South America trinidadThe Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may share equal billing in the dichotomous nation’s name, but Trinidad boasts the lion’s share of the land mass, population, and hummingbirds. My focus during my June 2012 visit was obviously on the hummingbirds. Visitors to Trinidad can scarcely help encountering stunning hummers just about everywhere.

Shorebirds and Gulls of Florida’s Treasure Coast: Where the Tropics Begin

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Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). Florida’s coast is not within their regular wintering ground, but this year apparently Tropical Storm Sandy disrupted the normal ocean current pattern in the weeks leading to the winter, resulting in unexpected changes in food availability, which forced these birds further south in desperation.

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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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Photo Essay: Green-rumped Parrotlets from Egg to Adult

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Birds baby birds features parrots South AmericaNick Sly, a friend of 10,000 Birds who writes intermittently at the thoroughly-recommended Biological Ramblings , is an ornithologist who graduated not so long ago from Cornell only to be cast out into the real world where he keeps a wry eye on all things biological!

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Bogota Sunangel or Not!

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Birding Birds bogota sunangel colombia hummingbirds South America Worldwide Birding AdventuresBogota Sunangel or not, Rogitama Private Nature Reserve, about 3 hours drive north of Bogota, is a true success story.

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The Birds of Peru’s Coastal Desert

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Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). Birds desert Peru South AmericaAlfredo Begazo grew up with Peruvian Meadowlarks and Marvelous Spatuletails, and was used to waking up to the morning choruses of Pacific Doves in Lima, Peru. He now wakes up to the choruses of Northern Cardinals and Northern Mockingbirds in sunny Vero Beach, Florida.

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Crimson-rumped Toucanet

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Birds Ecuador features South America toucansThere’s something about a toucan, isn’t there? Toucans tell you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. They affirm that the tropics are true, not just myths manufactured to make those of us with winter jealous. Thanks to a childhood steeped in sugary cereal, I’ve always had a soft spot for Toucan Sam and his ilk. And while I’ve seen a number of different toucan species, every one is a thrill, even the toucanets!

2012 68

Awesome Birding at Aripo Savannah

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Trips aripo savannah Caribbean South America trinidadHave you ever enjoyed one of those brilliant birding expeditions, the outing where every target species takes its cue with machine precision? Of course we’ve all experienced the excruciating opposite of such an excursion, but when waves of new birds practically clamor for attention in quick succession, the feeling is exhilarating. Such was my introduction to Aripo Savannah in Trinidad.

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Birding Santiago de Chile – Trip Report

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To be continued… Trips Argentina Santiago de Chile South America Farellones – Santiago de Chile. This is a continuation of Birding Argentina – Planning Stage. Since we could get cheaper air tickets going through Santiago de Chile we started at this location to pick up some specialties that can be picked up rather easily.

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Birding Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park

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Trips Argentina Cuesta del Obispo Los Cardones National Park South America Continued from: Cafayete to Cachi fantastic scenery but few birds. The morning arrived without a cloud in the sky and birds in our minds. After returning to the town of Cachi to get our patched tire, we drove east toward Los Cardones National Park. After driving for half and hour we arrived at Los Cardones and we still could see the Cachi Mountains on the west. Road to Los Cardones National Park.

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Recognising the economic and strategic importance of controlling the resources such as saltpetre, copper, silver and guano, the super powers of Britain, America and Spain lent their support. America had already recognised the potential of guano and had passed the Guano Islands Act in 1856, enabling US citizens to take “peaceful possession&# of any islands or unclaimed land that held colonies of guano producing sea-birds. Politics History Poop Week South America

2011 74

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. in south-eastern Peru.

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Manky Muscovy Ducks

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America. When this native of Mesoamerica and South America is spied in the wild, usually in some corner of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, it elicits admiring oohs and ahs.

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Getting the Guan (Pawi Edition)

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From south to north, these imaginitively named geological features increase in width, breadth, and height from the punty Southern Range to the moderate Central Range to the mighty Northern Range. The Northern Range serves to stabilize the country’s freshwater supply and shelters a terrific diversity of both Caribbean and South American flora and fauna. Trips Caribbean features guans South America trinidad

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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.) But the Andean region of South America is the true stronghold for this genus ( Diglossa ).

Cute of the day: Baby Anteater!!

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Tamanduas are native to the forests of Mexico to South America. 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. 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. 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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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.

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Come to Brazil with Boute Expeditions

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Brazil has the largest number of endemics of South America. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Recently Received

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According to the distribution map , their migration takes them as far south as Argentina, but decidedly less common in central and eastern South America.

Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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Produced by the Shika Shika label, A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean aims to promote birds and musicians from this region while raising funds for bird conservation. Do you want to help endangered birds?

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Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers of Tobago

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The Red-crowned Woodpecker is one of several species that are found throughout northern South America and Tobago but are absent from Trinidad. The exploration of triads within the avifauna of Trinidad and Tobago has taken me through various families and species groups on this blog.


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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.

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Hilty’s Birds of Colombia field guide review

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He is a renowned bird expert and author, having co-authored A Guide to the Birds of Colombia and authored Birds of Venezuela and Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher’s Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity.

Monk Parakeets To Be Removed From Wild

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Settle down folks – the headline refers to the small, introduced population in Britain where the Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus , a native of South America, has the slimmest of toeholds. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be removing the approximately 100 birds from the wild. Asides

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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. Latin America tends to be loud and Costa Rica is no exception. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.