Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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18 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 The Best Birds in When I started thinking about a "Top 20" list, I began with the continent of South America. But I quickly scaled it down to just Ecuador, because I was afraid of reducing the continent's 3,300 species to a list of only 20! As a resident of Ecuador, I believed it should be easy to make a list, but this is an area of the globe where diversity goes off the chart. The tiny country of Ecuador boasts more than 1,600 species. This game was clearly going to be a challenge, but if it were easy, it wouldn't be nearly as fun, right? 5-Ecuador.indd 18 3/4/14 1:01 PM

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