Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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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65 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel omy for centuries, producing sugar, coffee, and other crops. Agricultural practices led to massive deforestation, leaving just a few remnants of pristine native forest. However, the island has become more urban and less agricultur- al over time and, as a result, is actually gaining second-growth forest. Birds of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico has a checklist of about 350 bird species, including 17 endem- ics. Approximately 130 of these species breed on the island, more than 200 are Neotropical migrants and accidentals, and the balance are exotics such as in- troduced species. Tables 1 and 2 (pages 64, 65) list the endemics as well as some Caribbean specialties that are consistently found CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: n Puerto Rican Screech-Owl Photo © Benny Díaz n Puerto Rican Flycatcher Photo © Julio Salgado Vélez n La Mina Falls, El Yunque National Forest Photo © Benny Díaz

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