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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23 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel cies has special appeal because of its ability to eke out a living in such an in- hospitable environment. 14 • Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani) This boldly-patterned antbird is argu- ably the most attractive of them all. It is rust-colored, with striking black scale- like markings over most of the body, and a large azure-blue patch of facial skin. It is also an obligate ant-follower, meaning that a sighting of this species is usually associated with the excitement of dis- covering a pulsating ant swarm. Insects frantically attempt to fee the leading phalanx of the ants, and in the process, are regularly picked off by the attendant ant-following birds in a frenzied rush of feeding activity. 15 • Orange-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda) This species makes the list because of its sheer, unadulterated gaudiness. The male sports a jet-black hood, shamrock- green upperparts, and a yellow under- side that is surpassed by its garish or- ange throat. It's another bird that brings on symptoms of the "Blackburnian ef- fect" (the sharp intake of breath associ- ated with seeing the frst male Blackbur- nian Warbler of the spring). 16 • Scarlet-and-white Tanager (Chrysothlypis salmoni) The male of this species is the bright- est, most vivid of all scarlets above, with the most pristine, spotless white under- neath. It also has the pleasant virtue of following mixed-species feeding focks, which can include such hallowed, color- ful company as Scarlet-breasted Dacnis and Emerald Tanager. Photo © Dusan M. Brinkhuizen Photo © Sam Woods Photo © Michael L. P. Retter Photo © Nick Athanas 5-Ecuador.indd 23 3/4/14 1:02 PM

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