Building birding trails in Colombia – before loggers can get there

As the first rays of sunlight penetrate the forests of Otún QuimbayaFauna and Flora Sanctuary, Catalina Casas, of Audubon Colombia, leads a group of a dozen guide trainees along a bird-noisy trail. “Is that a Pale-footed Swallow?” Casas asks, pointing to a bird on a sunlit branch. “Or is it a Southern Rough-winged Swallow?” The […]

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Bizarre, endangered bird discovered in high densities

The turkey-sized, noisy, fruit-feasting guans are arguably one of the strangest wildlife sightings in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Ancient animals, these birds are members of the Cracidae family—which also include equally-odd currasows and chachalacas—and are actually distantly related to megapode, or mound-building, birds of Australiasia. A new study in mongabay.com’s open-access […]

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