Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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13 October 2016 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy nies. The sheathbill search from a boat ride along the Beagle Channel should also yield Penguins and Diving-Petrels. Sheathbills are essential in Argentina if you prefer to avoid a money-sapping trip to the Subantarctic Islands or Antarctica. Patagonia's grasslands are also excellent for Rheas, Screamers, and the easiest-to-see Tinamous in the world, which should all be sought while you quaff some of the finest red wine in the Americas. AFRICA boasts a high number of en- demic families according to both major taxonomies (27 for eBird/Clements and 30 for IOC). Madagascar leads the way with five families all its own (Mesites, Ground- rollers, Cuckoo-roller, Asities, and Malagasy Warblers). Of the other African-endemic families, the Rockjumpers and Sugarbirds are both very local and best seen in South Africa. Therefore, Madagascar and South Africa are essential. Most of the remaining African-endemic families are more wide - spread, making planning where to see them less straightforward. The trickiest are Shoe- bill, Egyptian Plover, Rockfowl, and Dapple- throat & Allies (IOC only). However, by adding Ghana and Uganda into the itinerary, all the African-endemic families, plus many other Old World families, can be found. The first stop in Africa is Ghana, a bas- tion of political stability and best visited from February to April. The Rockfowl com- prise a two-species family found only in west and central Africa, and it is now most easily seen in Ghana. Birds don't get much stranger than this chicken-sized weirdo that dwells within rainforest caves. The "Croco- dile Bird", or Egyptian Plover, is another must-get family while in Ghana, available only in the dry north. Ghana is also a good bet for Flufftails, African & Green Broad- bills, Yellow Flycatchers (IOC only), Hyli- otas, and Indigobirds. There are also more widespread families to encounter, includ- ing Guineafowl; Hamerkop; Thick-knees; Clockwise from top left: n Magpie-goose - AUSTRALASIA. Photo © (manda) n Feline Owlet-nightjar - NEW GUINEA. Photo © Keith Barnes/tropicalbirding.com n Hypocolius - MIDDLE EAST. Photo © Keith Barnes/tropicalbirding.com n Cape Sugarbird - SOUTH AFRICA. Photo © Keith Barnes/tropicalbirding.com

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