Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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11 October 2016 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy ditional target families, two of which are es- sential: Olive Warbler and Silky-flycatchers (in the form of Phainopepla). While here, it is advisable to also track down a representa - tive of New World Quail, Golden-crowned or Ruby-crowned kinglet (Kinglets), Verdin (Penduline-tits), and a member of Cardinals & Allies, as this area offers your best chances for them on this schedule. On the "Bird Continent" of SOUTH AMERICA , there are only 10 endemic bird families. Planning visits to this continent requires interesting logistical choices, as many target families are spread far and wide. However, all the endemic families (Hoatzin, Rheas, Screamers, Trumpeters, Seriemas, Seedsnipes, Crescentchests, Gnateaters, Do- nacobius, and Magellanic Plover), and a slew of other Neotropical families required to complete the puzzle can all be seen by com- bining Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina. The trickiest of the Neotropical families, all of which require time or strategy to see, include Antpittas, Antthrushes, Sharpbill, Toucan- barbets, Sapayoa, Oilbird, and Sunbittern. While in South America, it would be a good idea to see Diving-petrels, Dippers, and Fin - foots, and it is essential to find Sheathbills. In northern South America, the tiny na- tion of Ecuador looms, with its promise of Oilbird, Sapayoa, and Toucan-barbets in the Clockwise from top left: n Apostlebird - AUSTRALIA. Photo © Dave Curtis n Ibisbill - CHINA. Photo © Ken Behrens n Olive Warbler - ARIZONA. Photo © Ron Knight, USFWS n Schlegel's Asity - MADAGASCAR. Photo © Ken Behrens northwest, and Hoatzin lurking in the Ama- zon. This is the only country where these four families are targeted on our itinerary, so seeing them is critical. While targeting Toucan-barbet in the Mindo/Tandayapa area, it would be wise to pick up Antpittas, Tapaculos, Dippers, and New World Bar- bets, as they are readily found. The Amazon is excellent for Donacobius, often occupy- ing the same habitat as Hoatzin and Potoos. Ecuador is also a great place to knock off other Neotropical families, such as Guans, Chachalacas, & Curassows; Motmots; Puff- birds; Jacamars; Toucans; Antthrushes; Manakins; and Cotingas. So an extended

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