Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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43 October 2016 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy Phoenix, Arizona glp2@cox.net George L. Paul Background DuĊĦan Brinkhuizen of the Netherlands and Rudy Gelis of the U.S. are pro- fessional bird guides living in Quito, Ecuador. The two friends had peri- odically discussed trying to break the longstanding Big Day record of 331 species, set in 1982 by Ted Parker and Scott Robinson. They invited two other birders to participate in their attempt to break the record: professional bird guides Tuomas Seimola of Finland and Mitch Lysinger, a U.S. citizen living in Quito. During the planning stages of this effort, a group from Louisiana State University broke the 1982 mark and es- tablished a new record of 354 species. The Choice of Ecuador The two previous records of 331 species and 354 species had both been estab- lished in Peru, and Ecuador was cho- sen for this attempt. It is one of Earth's most biodiverse countries and home to more than 1,600 bird species. In ad- dition, three of the team members live

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