Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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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10 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2016 World Bird Families They were chosen as the most economical and efficient route for encountering all the families while visiting the fewest countries. NORTH AMERICA and its associated islands offer up just four families found nowhere else: the Todies and Palmchat in the Caribbean, and the Silky-flycatchers and Olive Warbler in Middle America and the southwestern U.S. The Dominican Republic is the best place to start, as the bright green-and-pink Todies and the sub - dued Palmchat are easily seen here, while the Silky-flycatchers and Olive Warbler are readily found in the U.S. For most ABA members, this quest can begin close to home. There are six families that are best targeted in North America, and this can be achieved by visiting just two ar- eas in the Lower 48 of the U.S.: a coastal location in cooler months (such as Seattle, Washington or Boston, Massachusetts) and southeast Arizona. The northerly coastal locations should ensure that the Loons, Alcids, Waxwings, and Longspurs & Snow Buntings are all seen. Watching for Skuas & Jaegers also would be advised, as they are much trickier elsewhere on this itiner- ary. Once these families have been secured, move on to the high deserts and mountains of southeast Arizona. Here, there are six ad- Above: n Key areas are shown in color. Map © Rad Smith Left: n Toucan-barbet - ECUADOR. Photo © Pablo Cervantes Daza/ Below: n Ancient Murrelets - LOWER 48. Photo © Charlie Wright

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