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The previous thread, #6, got too full so here's thread #7 for us to post all of our beautiful bird pictures and information.

Here's the link to thread #6 for your perusal. So many interesting birds for you to look at and read about. Enjoy!

Bird of the Week - 7/12/14
5 months ago

Hawaiian Specialty:
Newell's Shearwater

The low, moaning call of Newell's Shearwater led to its local name of 'A'o. Found only in Hawai'i, most of these small, endangered seabirds nest on the slopes and cliffs of Kaua'i. Small colonies also exist on Moloka'i, Maui, and the Big Island.

All shearwaters, like the Pink-footed, nest in burrows, which they visit only at night to care for their eggs and young. The birds forage over the open ocean, diving to depths of over 150 feet in pursuit of schooling fish and squid.

Read more: Rediscovered, but Still Declining >>

Newell's Shearwater by Jim Denny

5 months ago

Once you open this, click on each bird to listen to its song. This is so cool.

Bird of the Week - 7/18/14
5 months ago

Mustached Seabird:
Inca Tern

This striking bird occupies part of the same habitat ruled by the ancient Inca Empire in South America. Inca Terns are best known by their dashing white mustaches, which are found on both male and female birds.

The species is found only near the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, where the birds feed on anchovies and other small fish. Like Least Terns, Inca Terns feed by plunge diving and surface dipping. The birds also scavenge scraps from sea lions, dolphins, and fishing boats. Declining fish stocks are one of the reasons for this species' population decline.

What does a colony of Inca Terns sound like?
Read the full account >>

Inca Terns by Greg Homel, Natural Elements Productions

5 months ago

Thanks for the new thread Lynn - and wonderful site wit teh bird songs - lovin' it!!!!

Also that Inca Fern is gorgeous!  Sure hopes it doesn't go away completely!

Bird of the Week - 7/25/14
5 months ago

Hooked-beaked Raptor:
Snail Kite

The Snail Kite has one of the most specialized tools among raptors: a long, deeply curved beak designed to pull snails—the birds' main food—out of their shells. This specialized diet restricts the Snail Kite to wetlands, so if that habitat is destroyed, the bird declines.

When hunting, Snail Kites fly low over marshlands, plunging down to snatch snails from just under the water or from vegetation. They then return to a favorite perch to feed. Although common in Latin America, the species is a federal and state endangered species in the United States.

Read more and hear the Snail Kite's call >>

Snail Kite by RJ Wiley

5 months ago

Those Inca Terns are really beautiful! The "Snail Kite" -- never ever heard of this one before! They would be something to watch when they go after those snails.

Thanks, Lynn.

5 months ago

Wow Lynn  that is an amazing bird!

5 months ago

Love the birds, thanks for all the posts.

5 months ago

Thanks for all the bird information Lynn, love the birds.

You're welcome, everybody :-)
5 months ago

This has to be the cutest little duckling I've ever seen!

5 months ago

Oh that's such a cute little thing

Bird of the Week - 8/2/14
5 months ago

Animated Artwork:
Green-headed Tanager

Like most tanagers, including Western Tanager, our Bird of the Week is an animated work of art. Featuring swaths of turquoise, yellow-orange, lime green, violet, and black, the male Green-headed Tanager brightens forests as well as orchards and parks.

Although this tanager is widely distributed within its Atlantic Forest range, this habitat is threatened by deforestation, and only about eight percent of the original habitat remains. Green-headed Tanagers share the Atlantic Forest with the critically endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront, threatened Banded Cotinga, and more common Brazilian Tanager.

Read more and hear the bird's call >>

Green-headed Tanager, Dario Sanches, CC BY-SA 2.0

5 months ago

Sweet little duckling Lynn and the Green-headed Tanager is a beautiful bird, what a shame we are losing all these birds due to deforestation.

5 months ago

Lynn, lovely bord that one, wish it could visit here.  Maybe you know what these are?  I though lovebirds possibly.

4 months ago

Sue, you're right. They're definitely lovebirds and so pretty. Thanks for posting it.

Brenda, I'm glad you're enjoying this thread.

Lily, I know you love birds so this is a good thread for you.

Bird of the Week - 8/8/14
4 months ago

Desert Bird:
Costa's Hummingbird

Tiny Costa's Hummingbird‒named for early hummingbird collector Louis Costa‒is among the smallest of U.S. breeding birds. Found in hot, dry habitats like the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the species is an important pollinator of desert plants and cacti, particularly red penstemon.

The birds migrate and nest in February or March, when desert flowers are most abundant and heat has not yet peaked. They wander if resources become scarce or temperatures climb too high. But unlike Rufous, Ruby-throated, and Calliope Hummingbirds, Costa's are short-distance migrants, moving only as far south as northern Mexico in winter.

Full profile plus Costa's Hummingbird video >>

Costa's Hummingbird, Takahashi Photography/Shutterstock

4 months ago

Awwww... that wee duckling is just like the two ducklings my parents gave us the day before Good Friday at Easter time! I guess they had to get them before the weekend. I walked in the door after school and found the two in a box in the kitchen. Couldn't believe my eyes! I ran out to find my brother. He and I each took our duckling out of the box and soon after they were following us around, just like in the video. We lost one a few years later, and the other one lived with us for 12 years! My parents found out that they can live to about 20 years and the decision was made to take him to Stanley Park, our most beautiful park, where a very large enclosure was designated for ducks - whether they could fly in or not. I did not know they did this as they knew how close I was to him. I cried for many days. I am grateful for the time I had with him - playing, just sitting and holding him, feeding him... etc.

Thanks Lynn, wonderful video. That green Tanager is certainly a work of art. I always imagine that angels are in charge of designing and colouring our birds. I've thought that since I was little so probably my Dad gave me that idea.

Sue, gorgeous love birds! I've taken a copy of picture to put on a new thread I'll be starting soon.

Bird of the Week - 8/15/14
4 months ago

Attention Please!
Military Macaw

The Military Macaw probably got its name from the military personnel who first imported the birds to Europe as pets. In the wild, this parrot occurs in three subspecies throughout a large but fragmented range extending from Mexico to Argentina.

Like the Great Green, Blue-throated, and Lear's Macaws, these beautiful and intelligent parrots are popular cage birds, widely captured for the pet trade within their home countries. Another major threat to these macaws is habitat loss, caused mainly by deforestation for agriculture and settlement.

Learn more and hear the
Military Macaw's raucous calls >>

Military Macaw, Greg Homel, Natural Elements Productions

Bird of the Week - 8/22/14
4 months ago

Teacher, Teacher!

The Ovenbird gets its name from its unique nest, which looks like a domed oven. This inconspicuous, ground-nesting warbler is best-known for its emphatic and distinctive song—a series of progressively louder phrases often described as "teacher, teacher, teacher."

Like the Wood Thrush and Kentucky, Cerulean, and Worm-eating Warblers, Ovenbirds require undisturbed expanses of forest for successful breeding. Although more flexible in habitat requirements on their wintering grounds, Ovenbirds and other Neotropical migratory species benefit from habitat conservation in these regions as well.

Learn more and listen to the Ovenbird's song >>

Ovenbird, Paul Reeves Photography

Bird of the Week - 8/29/14
4 months ago

From Billions to Oblivion:
Passenger Pigeon

September 1 marks 100 years since the last known Passenger Pigeon, known as Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's hard to imagine now, but at one time this species was the most numerous bird on earth, with a population of 3 to 5 billion birds.

These seemingly numberless flocks were considered an infinite resource and exploited so drastically that the species was driven to extinction in mere decades. A cautionary tale, the story of the Passenger Pigeon and other extinct bird species inspires our work and one of the main tenets of ABC's efforts: to safeguard the rarest species.

See photo of Martha and read
John James Audubon's perspective >>

Passenger Pigeons, John James Audubon

4 months ago

It's hard to believe that mankind has blown so many birds and animals right off the face of the earth! Makes me furious inside! Grrrrrrrr. I wish there was more that individuals can do -- more petitions, more...? Other than donating, which many of us can't afford to do, we just have to stay educated and applaud those organizations who are working together to try to save SO MANY birds. 

Thanks Lynn, for continuing to educate us about the drastic circumstances these poor birds are battling. 

Bird of the Week - 9/5/14
3 months ago

Bird of Regal Bearing:
King Penguin

The elegant-looking King Penguin is the second-largest species of penguin in the world, surpassed only by the Emperor Penguin, which occurs further south in the Antarctic.

The only way to see this bird is to journey to its habitat. Fortunately, many travel outfits, such as Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, plan trips to the subantarctic, where birders can see the King Penguin as well as other regional specialties, including Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins and other seabirds, such as Wandering and Light-mantled Albatrosses, Snowy Sheathbill, Southern Fulmar, and Antarctic Prion.

Find out how penguin feet play into parenting >>

King Penguins, Ted Cheeseman, Cheeseman's Ecology Safari

3 months ago

We Have Some Beautiful Birds in this World Enjoy this wonderful photo series of 40 of the most gorgeous birds on earth! Click Here to Watch

3 months ago


Donna Apsey/Shutterstock
Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States, with more people drawn to the entertainment and challenge of birding every year. Let's test how much you know about these popular feathered friends.
Start the Quiz
3 months ago

Cerulean Warbler, Frode Jacobsen

Hundreds of bird species—including imperiled Cerulean Warblers that winter in the northern Andes—will benefit from protection of an important forest corridor in Ecuador.

ABC, Fundación Jocotoco, World Land Trust, and March Conservation Fund worked together over eight years to achieve this expansion of the Narupa Reserve. The acquisition is a step toward connecting two of the largest protected areas in Ecuador, helping to protect even more birds.

Go behind the success >>

3 months ago

More beauties, Lynn. Thank you. As I'm scrolling down, I am shaking my head to think of forever losing so many beautiful, magical birds, as well as animals. BUT... if I were to dwell on that I would be sending that bad energy out into the world, so I will be optimistic that things will be brought together to save them.

Bird of the Week - 9/12/14
3 months ago

Long-distance Migrant:
Swainson's Hawk

This handsome western buteo, which occurs in both light and dark morphs (color variations), was named for British naturalist William Swainson. Some of its folk names—"grasshopper hawk" or "locust hawk"—reflect this bird's tastes in prey. (Read about Ferruginous Hawk, another impressive western buteo.)

Starting in late August, nearly the entire population of Swainson's Hawks migrates south to Argentina and Brazil in huge "kettles" or flocks. Over 800,000 Swainson's Hawks can pass by single hawk-watching sites in Veracruz, Mexico, in a single fall day.

Read more and hear the hawk's call >>

Swainson's Hawk, Ian Maton/Shutterstock

3 months ago

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird. (Photo by Walter Nussbaumer/Audubon Photography Awards)


Audubon’s New Science: A Chilling Report

A massive seven-year climate study finds that unless we act, more than 300 species of North American birds could face significant threats to their survival in coming decades. Some once-plentiful species could even face extinction. But the study also finds hope. Scientists pinpoint potential "climate strongholds" where birds may have a fighting chance. Learn more.→

3 months ago

That certainly is a chilling report, Lynn. There was a program on tonight about the Passenger Pigeon. It said there were billions of them but due to loss of habitat and over-HUNTING, they are extinct! Sometimes I think there's a race on for a certain amount of people to 'bag' the last living animal, bird.... BUT... we must BELIEVE there is still time, right?

3 months ago

Cheryl, I hope there is still time. People are so apathetic towards birds, unless they're avid bird watchers. A lot of people think birds are a nuisance. I love the look and sound of birds (well, maybe not the vulture) and feel so bad when I hear that certain species are becoming or are extinct. Such a shame. Yes, we still must believe and pray that there is still time!

Bird of the Week - 9/19/14
3 months ago

Voice in the Marsh:
Black Rail

The tiny, red-eyed Black Rail is only the size of a sparrow and is the smallest rail in North America. Like its South American relative, the Junin Rail, it is as elusive as a mouse, skulking and scurrying under the cover of dense marsh vegetation and rarely taking flight.

Despite their small size, Black Rails are fiercely territorial and call loudly and frequently during the mating season, a distinctive three-noted "kickee-doo."

Learn more about this elusive, endangered rail
and hear its unique call >>

Black Rail, David Seibel

3 months ago

i love all your bird posts Lynn i'm so worried by that report i'm sure its the same all over the birds give us so much joy w must do more to protect them

3 months ago

The property manager of our apartment buildings used to have the grass sprayed with insecticide numerous times every Spring, Summer and Fall.  Every time there were so many dead birds in the week after that we all complained.  It took years, but now we are spray free and the birds are back.  There is nothing worse than walking outside and seeing so many dead bodies, mostly blue jays.  I hate poisons and what they do to our wildlife.  We have to do everything we can to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to see all the beautiful creatures we can see today.

Thank you for posting all the beautiful birds Lynn, we don't get many varieties around here so it is lovely to come to this thread and see what we are missing.

3 months ago

Sue, it's really great the property manager or owner decided not to spray anymore. I can't imagine how depressing and shocking it must have been to see all those dead birds. What was the spray for? To make the grass grow? Perhaps to kill bugs that may enter the buildings. Unless there was a real bug problem, it was senseless to spray. Bugs are important and have their purpose in the eco-system. So sad people do that.

I agree, Lynn, that there is apathy towards birds in many people, until they don't hear chirping anymore! It is happening everywhere, as we know from the information you post and other news we read and hear. BUT on the good-news side of things, there are so many people and organizations working to save our world's birds. God bless them! And we can keep on signing petitions.... so we are doing something important to help save them... along with so many animals! 

3 months ago

i'm glad the spraying is stopped good for you Sue for talking up for the birds yes Cheryl we go on fighting i know about bird haters Lynn my neighbour appears like a spectre outside my door when i put out bird feeders ,i just move them to a part of my garden she cant see 

Bird of the Week - 9/26/14
3 months ago

Tanager Relative:
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis

The colorful, thin-billed Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (a member of the tanager family) is found only on the Pacific slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. It's becoming increasingly scarce in both countries. Never considered a common species, it is now listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The main culprits in this bird's decline are habitat loss and fragmentation of its Chocó (wet lowland forest) habitat from logging and human colonization, along with conversion of primary forest to oil palm plantations. This biologically diverse ecoregion is shared by other threatened birds such as the Great Green Macaw and Banded Ground-Cuckoo.

Read more and hear this bird's (lack of) song >>

Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Dusan Brinkhuizen

3 months ago

Another beauty, Lynn. Thank you. I do love to scroll down this thread slowly.

Mary, good for you. It's really hard to imagine someone hating birds, and yet there are many who do or are just unconscious towards them! Perhaps when they stop singing altogether those people will notice something missing. In the meantime, Mary -- keep moving that bird feeder!

Bird of the Week - 10/3/14
2 months ago

Early Bird:
Allen's Hummingbird

The Allen's Hummingbird is very similar to the closely related Rufous Hummingbird, and the two species occasionally hybridize. Female and juvenile Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds usually cannot be easily distinguished from one another in the field.

Allen's stands apart in other ways, though: This species has one of the most restricted breeding and wintering ranges of any U.S.-breeding hummingbird, very unlike the wide-ranging Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Allen's migratory pattern is also unusual. Males arrive on breeding grounds in the middle of winter, leaving Mexico as early as late fall, and depart breeding grounds as early as late spring.

See Allen's Hummingbird in action >>

Allen's Hummingbird, Glen Tepke

2 months ago

Pretty bird Lynn. Thank you.

2 months ago

Gorgeous hummingbird Lynn.  Here is a quick video of an albino hummingbird.

I was visited by a blue jay this morning, the first one I've seen in over a year!

2 months ago

Such a little beauty, Lynn. Unusual colour orange.  

Sue, little albino hummer is like seeing a dove. Lovely little fellow. Good sign! I'm so happy you had a lovely visit from a blue jay. That's a good sign too!

This post was modified from its original form on 05 Oct, 12:50
2 months ago

pretty fella Lynn lovely guy Sue birds do so much to lift our spirit

Bird of the Week - 10/10/14
2 months ago

Rain Crow:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoos are slender, elusive birds. Like other cuckoos, such as the rare Bay-breasted, they seem stealthy even in flight, slipping through the trees on long, pointed wings. More often heard than seen, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo’s croaking call—sounding on hot summer days before storms—led to its folk name, “rain crow.”

Habitat loss and fragmentation have led to long-term declines. In the West, riparian habitat has been lost to farmland and housing; invasive plants such as salt cedar also degrade habitat. This western population is now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act; its range in the West is so diminished that it hardly appears on this small range map.

Read full account and hear the cuckoo’s call >>

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Brian Small

2 months ago

Pocket sized saw-whet owls are being studied and counted by a Canadian, these owls are so tiny and cute!

Bird of the Week - 10/17/14
1 month ago

Squeaky Wheel:
Black-and-white Warbler

The Black-and-white Warbler is the only member of the genus Mniotilta, which means "moss-plucking" and refers to the bird's habit of probing for insects. One of the first migrants to arrive on breeding grounds, the song of Black-and-white Warbler—reminiscent of a rusty wheel turning—is an early sign of spring.

Black-and-white Warblers breed as far north as northern Canada and winter as far south as northern South America. Wintering birds benefit from several areas protected by ABC and in-country partners, including Buenaventura in Ecuador and the Blue-billed Curassow (El Paujil) Reserve in Colombia.

Read full account and hear its squeaky song >>

Black-and-white Warbler by Dennis W. Donohue/Shutterstock

Bird of the Week - 10/31/14
1 month ago

Deep Croak of Southern
Climes: Crested Owl

The distinctive Crested Owl, the only member of its genus, has bold white eyebrows that continue into long white ear tufts, giving the bird a severe appearance. Its voice is a deep, frog-like croak, repeated every 5-10 seconds.

This species occurs in several areas protected by ABC and in-country partners, including the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and the Blue-billed Curassow (El Paujil) Reserve in Colombia. It has also been heard in the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve in Peru, where ABC has supported land acquisition.

Read full account and hear this owl’s call >>

Crested Owl, Dominic Sherony

1 month ago

Two beautiful birds Lynn, the owl looks like it belongs in a Harry Potter movie!

Bird of the Week - 11/14/14
1 month ago

Melodious Migrant:
Swainson's Thrush

This bird, once known as the Olive-backed Thrush, is named after the English naturalist William Swainson. Swainson’s Thrush is best identified by its distinctive "spectacles" and the warm buffy tones suffusing its face and upper chest. Like Hermit Thrush and others of its family, this bird is known for its beautiful song.

Although much more common than Bicknell’s Thrush, Swainson’s is more often heard than seen in its interior forest haunts. The species’ wintering range includes habitat in many ABC-supported reserves, including El Paujil and El Dorado in Colombia, Abra Patricia in Peru, and Tapichalaca in Ecuador.

Read full account and hear Swainson's song >>

Swainson's Thrush, Jim Zipp

1 month ago
Bird Mimics Chainsaws, Car Alarms and Camera Shutters
lyrebird-mimics chainsaws car alarms and camera shutters
  David Attenborough travels to south Australia to listen to the incredible sounds of the Lyrebird. The birds are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. Listen as this lyrebird not only mimics the sounds of surrounding birds but chainsaws, car alarms and camera shutters. The clip…

Read more »

1 month ago

A VERY interesting link about birds. Enjoy!

1 month ago

OH.. HERE'S OUR LYNN! It's wonderful to see you, sis!

The Lyrebird is incredible. They must have quite the brain structure (smart)! That was really something to watch.

Love the bird link. I think it will take a while to get through them all!

Thanks, Lynn. This is always the 'Lynn's Room' place!

Bird of the Week - 11/21/14
1 month ago

Flashy Little Torch:
American Redstart

One of our most recognizable wood warblers, the eye-catching American Redstart is named for the male's vivid reddish-orange tail patches; "start" is an old English word for tail. In Latin America, this redstart is often called candelita, or "little torch."

American Redstarts winter in Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean, including the island of Hispaniola, where they share habitat with the Bay-breasted Cuckoo and other rare birds. This species can also be seen in other reserves supported by ABC and partners, including El Dorado and Cerulean Warbler reserves in Colombia.

Read full account and hear this warbler's song >>

American Redstart by Gerald A. DeBoer

1 month ago

What a gorgeous little bird! He is so pretty and fluffy. Now - to the job at hand of restoring his habitat.

Thanks, Lynn.

Bird of the Week - 11/28/14
3 weeks ago

Colorful Cúa:
Bay-breasted Cuckoo

This cuckoo species, found only in the Dominican Republic, is nicknamed "Cúa" after its most distinctive call. Like other cuckoo species, it is a skulker and can be very hard to find in the tree canopy, where it is most easily located by sound. (Read about Andrew Rothman’s quest to find the Cúa in ABC's blog.)

The Bay-breasted Cuckoo occurs in four protected areas in the Dominican Republic, with its stronghold likely the Loma Charco Azul Reserve, which it shares with other endangered birds including Hispaniolan Trogon, Black-capped Petrel, and Bicknell's Thrush. It's also found in Sierra de Bahoruco, Sierra de Neiba, and Nalga de Maco national parks.

Read full account and hear the Cúa's call >>

Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Cesar Abrill

The Cua
3 weeks ago

Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Cesar Abrill

The Bay-breasted Cuckoo is truly a rarity, with a population of about 1,500. A small reserve in the Dominican Republic called Loma Charco Azul provides habitat for many of the remaining birds. It’s a sanctuary from the habitat destruction that surrounds it.

Some might have given up on this place. But at ABC, we don't back down from a challenge. We have worked successfully with partners to preserve—and even strengthen—this refuge for the cuckoo and other rare species.

What can you do to help Bay-breasted Cuckoo? Watch this video and take action! >>

3 weeks ago

Whooping Crane, visceralimage/Shutterstock


Whooping Cranes Need Bird-Smart Wind Energy

Endangered Whooping Cranes may be casualties of a plan to install 75 wind turbines in the species' migration corridor in North Dakota. While supportive of well-planned and properly sited wind energy, ABC and the International Crane Foundation have sent a letter to federal officials raising concerns about the impacts of this facility on cranes and other birds.

See press release on "Major Bird Conservation Groups Oppose Wind Energy Project" >>

3 weeks ago

Take Action: Stand Up for Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The western population of Yellow-billed Cuckoo has reached historic lows, and it was recently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the federal government is deciding how much habitat to protect for the rapidly declining species. You can help: Stand up and let politicians know you support protecting habitat for this bird!

Comment in support of protecting more habitat >>


Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barth Schorre

3 weeks ago

Pale-mandibled Aracari, Benjamin Skolnik


Ecuador BirdBlitz: One Country, 620 Species!

Our partner in Ecuador, the Jocotoco Foundation, hosted a birdathon-style fundraiser that resulted in the sighting of 620 bird species across 11 bird reserves (including the Pale-mandibled Araçari, pictured). The numbers tell the story: The is one of the richest countries in the world for bird diversity, and we’re proud of our ongoing efforts to support Jocotoco’s good work there!

Read about the BirdBlitz results >>

Dec. 22/14
4 days ago

Wow, that's quite a beak on that lovely bird above! Such good news, Lynn. The Jocotoco Foundation is doing wonderful things and it's so good to hear!

Here's a little chickadee in the snow looking for food. We have a lot of chickadees and he is probably my favourite summer bird. The male and female answer one another and it goes on for quite some time. It brings on a nostalgia of my childhood.


3 days ago

Thanks so much for keeping this thread going, Cheryl. I've been so behind and I apologize but there's a continuing mess in my apartment and I'm feeling the effects of it since the onset of this in October. Three months is a long time and it's not close to being over!!

I have three beautiful "Birds of the Week" to show you all. So get ready for some gorgeous winged beauties.

Bird of the Week - 12/5/14
3 days ago

Atlantic Forest Gold:
Saffron Toucanet

The Saffron Toucanet is known in Portuguese as "Araçari-banana," or Banana Toucanet. This colorful bird can be found in Brazil's Mata do Passarinho (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve), where ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres of humid Atlantic Forest. Globally threatened species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga also occur here.

This bird's beauty is often its undoing, as it is captured illegally for the cage-bird trade. Other threats include habitat loss—the Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s most threatened biomes—and hunting.

Read full account and hear the toucanet's call >>

Saffron Toucanet, Glenn Bartley

Bird of the Week - 12/12/14
3 days ago

Brazilian Beauty:
Gilt-edged Tanager

This eye-catching tanager is found only in Brazil and is part of the genus Tangara, which includes some of the most spectacularly colored birds in South America, including the Green-headed Tanager.

Although it exists in one of the most threatened biomes on earth, the Atlantic Forest, the Gilt-edged Tanager is locally common and can be seen at ABC-supported reserves such as the Mata do Passarinho Reserve (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve). Here, ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres of land to support rare species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga. The Saffron Toucanet is also found here.

Read full account and hear this bird's call >>

Gilt-edged Tanager, Ciro Albano

Bird of the Week - 12/19/14
3 days ago

Tiny Dancer:
Pin-tailed Manakin

The Pin-tailed Manakin is the only member of its genus and is found only in Brazil. Like other manakins such as the Araripe, it is sexually dimorphic: Males have flashy plumage, while females are a dull color. These small birds tend to be solitary but can occur within mixed flocks.

Like many species of the dwindling Atlantic Forest region, this bird's population is likely in decline due to ongoing habitat destruction. Pin-tailed Manakins can be found in the Mata do Passarinho reserve (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve), where ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by PetroBras, have protected 1,468 acres. Threatened species such as the Stresemann's Bristlefront and Banded Cotinga occur here, as well as Gilt-edged Tanager and Saffron Toucanet.

Read full account and hear its call >>

Pin-tailed Manakin, Ciro Albano

3 days ago

Green-crowned Brilliant, Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

At this special time of year and all year round, we wish you the wonder and inspiration of birds. Thank you for being part of the ABC community!

3 days ago


Across the Americas, rare bird species cling to life in the hemisphere's most threatened habitats. The Blue-billed Curassow (above left) of Colombia numbers as few as 250. The population of Bay-breasted Cuckoo (middle) is just 1,500, only in the Dominican Republic. And Stresemann's Bristlefront (right) of Brazil numbers fewer than 15 birds.


Hear from Bennett Hennessy on the challenge—and the reward—of saving rare species like the Stresemann's Bristlefront.

In response, working with in-country partners, we've created a network of more than 50 reserves spanning 15 countries, forming a life-support system for nearly half (29 of 63) of the hemisphere's rarest birds—including these three. This is rewarding work.


But there are still challenges. Thirty-four of these 63 most imperiled birds—known as Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species—currently have no special protection.


With additional support, we know we can ensure a future for birds like the beautiful Bahama Oriole, found only on Andros Island in the Caribbean, and the Araripe Manakin, found in Brazil's rapidly disappearing Atlantic Forest. This work also benefits wintering migrants like the globally threatened Bicknell's Thrush.

There's no doubt that this will take hard work, tenacity, and innovation. But we have the knowledge, and the partners, to succeed. With your help, ABC can meet the goal of providing habitat protection for more than 50 percent of the most endangered bird species in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition to accelerating current projects, we can initiate new ones to extend a safety net to species with little or no protected habitat.

This post was modified from its original form on 22 Dec, 11:49
3 days ago

The video above posted twice, so just disregard the second one.

3 days ago

Oh  my gosh , grey days and rain are sooo depressing  ughhhhhhhhhh