Honduras Birds

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A week-long family vacation to Honduras is sadly over. This one was in Cayos Cochinos, the small island chain off of Honduras. Hopefully, you liked this brief look into the Honduras birds I saw. Make sure to come back for lots more Honduras birds! Birds HondurasFortunately, we made lots of great memories and took lots of photos.

Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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To this tasty tropical cocktail concocted in July 2018, we added one more volatile ingredient in the form of a contingent of Americans and Hondurans sponsored by the Honduras Institute of Tourism. The trail also passes a number of lagoons reputed to be the best chance in Honduras for Anhinga. The post Birding Zamorano University in Honduras appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips Central America Honduras


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Birding Honduras–The Cryptic Birds

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Honduras was finally a reality. Excellent 10,000 Birds posts have been written about Pico Bonito and Honduras by Corey and Carlos , so I’m going to focus on some of my most memorable experiences. I hope, despite BLI predictions, they find a safe haven in this area of Honduras for decades to come. Trips Honduras Pico Bonito There was no snow.

Rainy Afternoon Birding Honduras

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Lago de Yojoa, Honduras, February 2009 Let’s say that you are a serious birder on your first trip to the neotropics and are hoping to see as many species as possible. I was going to be out birding even if an earthquake hit and a civil war broke out simultaneously (neither very likely in Honduras) so it was just a matter of figuring out exactly how I would go about seeing the birds without getting too soaked. Birding Honduras Hotel las Glorias Mesoamerica

Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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I first met Robert Gallardo in 2009, when I made my first visit to the Neotropics for the Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras. Robert arrived in Honduras with Peace Corps in 1993 and has been a resident ever since. He has recorded over 20 new bird records for Honduras, dozens of new butterflies, new orchid records and even new species for science. On top of that, he wrote and self-published Guide to the Birds of Honduras (which we interviewed him about back in 2012).

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

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Guide to the Birds of Honduras is an extraordinary creation, noteworthy for both the excellence of the work itself and the years of work that went into making it a reality. Gallardo has been a professional bird guide in Honduras since 2001 and first came to the country as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1993 (his “Chronology of Field Work in Honduras” is a chapter in the book). Europe, and Honduras itself. Guide to the Birds of Honduras.

What is the National Bird of Honduras?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / What is the National Bird of Honduras? What is the National Bird of Honduras? By Corey • March 18, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share The national bird of Honduras is the Scarlet Macaw. It was decreed a national symbol of Honduras on 28 June 1993 by the National Congress of Honduras as a way to raise awareness of the varied avifauna of Honduras.

Birding in Honduras, Part I: Highlands

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In September, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to an increasingly popular destination for birding: Honduras. As one who is perennially interested in biogeography, the birds found in the upper elevations of Honduras were of particular interest to me. One of these islands may have been the present day Northern Central American Highlands which includes Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and parts of extreme southern Mexico (Chiapas).

Birding in Honduras, Part II: Pico Bonito Lodge

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After wrapping up our time in the highlands of Honduras, Chris Lotz (owner of international bird tour company Birding Ecotours ) and I arrived at the deservedly famous Pico Bonito Lodge. Tody Motmot is perhaps one of the most charismatic bird species in all of Central America, and Honduras is perhaps one of the best places to see it. Trips Central America cotinga Honduras Pico Bonito

Phone-scoping with NovaGrade in Honduras

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Last week I was living it up in beautiful Honduras at the exceptional Lodge at Pico Bonito at the behest of friends at Leica. It sat in a box in my house for weeks but I through it in my bag for Honduras because Jeff Bouton, Leica rep and stand-up guy, guaranteed that I’d be able to make something out of it. That’s a long way of saying that I took a lot of short videos while I was in Honduras. Aguan Valley, Honduras. Aguan Valley, Honduras.

The Struggle to Save the Birds of Honduras

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Great Green Macaw digiscoped at the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras For many centuries throughout the world mankind has kept birds as pets. Parrots confiscated at the Honduran/Nicaraguan border now at the National Zoo in Tegucigalpa, Honduras © James Gilardi The controversy starts right here between us and the birds. In reality there are two main factors that are affecting the birds of Honduras which is population growth and the capture for the pet trade.

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, Part 1

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Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Honduras, March 2009 After our trip to the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge was rained out on our first morning at The Lodge at Pico Bonito we rescheduled our visit for our second and last morning at the lodge. Trips Honduras Mammals mangroves Mesoamerica

Honduras Trip Winner Has Blogged His Trip

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Honduras Trip Winner Has Blogged His Trip Honduras Trip Winner Has Blogged His Trip By Corey • March 3, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share One of the two lucky winners of a trip to Honduras when the 10,000 Birds Conservation Club was still live has put up three blog posts detailing his trip.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Honduras? An Interview with Robert Gallardo

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I first met Robert Gallardo on my first trip to the neotropics, a wonderful experience at the first Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras in 2009. He is a great birder and has found over thirty new species in Honduras since he moved there in 1993. Robert’s latest project, with the artist John Sill, is to produce and self-publish a field guide to the birds of Honduras in both English and Spanish. Why are you creating a field guide to the birds of Honduras?

Honduras?Land of Love & Peace? ~ Richard Phares | elephant.

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Honduras—Land of Love & Peace? Pure evil has been feeding on ignorance, stupidity and indifference in Honduras. Since the rule of Mel Zelaya , who became president of Honduras on January 27 2006, the number of senseless gruesome killings has multiplied. Although on June 29, 2009 Zelaya was seized by the military on orders of the Honduras Supreme Court, he managed to return to Honduras clandestinely three months later, on September 21.

Birding Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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Honduras, a beautifully biodiverse Central American gem, offers everything birders look for in a travel destination, starting with ready access to lots of highly coveted bird species. In June 2018, the Honduras Institute of Tourism assembled a feisty team of Honduran and American writers, photographers, guides, and tourism professionals to ever-so-quickly explore just how spectacular birding certain parts of the country could be. Destinations Central America Honduras

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Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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The birding around Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is frankly phenomenal, as I learned during a June 2018 birding junket organized by the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo. Any sane birder (I won’t speak for the crazy ones) visiting Honduras hopes to see that nation’s only known endemic, a delicate and sporadically distributed hummingbird called the Honduran Emerald. Destinations Central America Honduras

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Awash in Waste in the Gulf of Honduras


Cigarettes, plastic bags, food containers, caps, plastic bottles, and more litter the beaches in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Waste management in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras is not just an aesthetic issue, it is a serious public health and environmental problem, says Mercedes Lu, ELAW Staff Scientist. Inadequate management of waste at the local level poses a regional challenge, according to a new report by the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).

Great Potoo at Pico Bonito

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Pico Bonito, Honduras, March 2009 On our way to the lovely Lodge at Pico Bonito on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park in northern Honduras, Robert Gallardo, the organizer of the Mesoamerican Birding Festival and the post-festival familiarity trip that I am currently experiencing, let us all know that a Great Potoo ( Nyctibius grandis ) had been roosting along the side of the entrance road. Birds Honduras Mesoamerica potoos

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Inca Doves (Columbina Inca)

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Before arriving in the town of Copan Ruinas, Honduras, on February 27, 2009, I had only ever heard Inca Doves. Birds Copan digiscoping doves Honduras Inca Dove MesoamericaTheir melancholy “no hope, no hope” had reached my ears previously only in the town of Brawley at the south end of the Salton Sea in southern California.

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Going Uphill Outside Copan Ruinas

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Copan, Honduras, February 2009 A word of warning: this is going to be a rather long post so go grab a snack and make yourself comfortable before you start reading. Of course, it was a Roadside Hawk that several had already seen and identified, perhaps my worst identification mix-up of the whole trip to Honduras. More information on the birds of Honduras’s western and southwestern highlands can be found on Robert Gallardo’s informative site here.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

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On a recent trip down memory lane in the form of searching through old photos from my trip to Honduras I serendipitously stumbled upon a series of shots of a woodpecker feeding from flower blossoms in a tree. Birds honduras subspecies woodpeckersI was relatively certain that the bird was a Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons but, time and memory being what they are I figured a quick search online to make sure couldn’t hurt.

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The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

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Reptiles Honduras LizardsIt is not every day that one gets to see a pair of Green Iguanas sunning themselves on a bush from close range. But, as I have already shown in one of my two posts about visiting Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, that is exactly what the boat load of birders I was with got the chance to see way back at the beginning of March.

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Finding Love & Heartbreak in a Honduran Day Care.

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A trip to Honduras last January reminded me that making a difference is not always black or white and can also lead to mixed emotions of confusion, sadness and joy. Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Children (For Honduras not ab them) poverty social good volunteering

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Do broken windows help alleviate income inequities?

Environmental Economics

A new study in Honduras suggests that climate-related weather disasters may sometimes actually provide opportunities for the rural poor to improve their lives. Researchers found that that the poorest inhabitants of a small village in northeastern Honduras increased their land wealth and their share of earnings relative to more wealthy residents after Hurricane Mitch devastated their village in October 1998.

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Visit Guatemala with Birding Expeditions

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Our company is based in Guatemala but also offers tours in Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

Warblers that Warble

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It has a high, thin warble, but I usually only hear its high, soft tsii call.The Golden-browed Warbler can be found from Mexico down to Honduras, and like the Red Warbler , its warble is rarely heard, while its buzzy tsssi call is quite common.

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Instant Inspiration: 15 People Speak on their Extraordinary Moments.

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Diego / 20 / Honduras / dentistry student: “I gave money to a kid with low resources so he could buy toothpaste.”. Inspiring (Wow) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) extraordinary inspiration live our best selves

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2018?

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I’m prepping for a big birding bonanza in Honduras (!!!!) In terms of migration excitement, June feels like the party you arrived at just a little late. Everyone still seems to having a ball, but the merriment isn’t flowing quite as freely as it was before. Live it up, though, because, with a few weeks, the migration party may really be over! next week, which means this weekend will be devoted primarily to non-birding responsibilities.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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So, if you are going to write a field guide on the birds of the countries south and east of Mexico–Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—it makes the utmost sense that you embrace the whole geographic area. This book is a field guide treat for traveling birders and birders who love to fantasize about travel, answering that age-old question, “I’m going on a trip to [fill in the blank—Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras], what field guide should I use?”.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of April 2015?

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No matter how nice this weekend gets, I’d still rather be in a dry forest in Honduras ! Well, April fools, early indications suggest that the long, lingering winter plague that has infected many northern territories won’t be enough to keep birds away. As they’ve done for generations upon countless generations, migrants are trickling in from the south. You may not be able to tell, but the season has shifted. Corey and I will both be birding in the NYC area this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2018?

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I’m still cutting a swath through the Central Highlands of Honduras, enjoying tons of Neotropical birds. Your local season of migration, be it spring or fall, is drawing to a close. Every weekend until the doldrums set in can be special, as long as you’re out there birding. Can’t wait to share some of my finds. Corey will keep it cool in the New York Metro area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2015)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Bushy-crested Jay , one of quote a few fine species he spotted while exploring the area around Copan Ruinas in Honduras. Was your weekend pleasingly full or pleasurably empty? We measure our happiness not in moments of activity but rather memories of satisfaction. I was well satisfied to travel through farm country this weekend and count the many American Kestrels perched predatorily above the fields.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2015?

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I’ll be enjoying gorgeous weather here in Western New York this weekend, while Corey wings his way to serious tropical birding in Honduras. July is almost over, which means summer is almost over, right? Of course not, but those of us who live for the warmest months feel these moments slipping away as soon as they begin. On the bright side, birds will be back on the move once summer ends!

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Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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The same goes for Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and other places along their migration routes. Birds are arriving in North America, flying from places far to the south. Many come from Central America, a good number fly much further.

5 Reasons Why We Should Travel While We’re Young. ~ Jessica Durivage-Kerridge

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From my travels to Haiti, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and of course, Costa Rica, one common thread that weaves through all of my journeys is that I have lived a very privileged existence. Adventure Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) compassion giving back service traveling why travel

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2018)

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These thoughts crossed my mind as I returned from a week of birding bliss as a guest of the Honduras Institute of Tourism. Most of us know all too well the bittersweet mood returning from a birding trip evokes. On the one hand, a successful adventure results in rich memories, accumulated wisdom, and—if you did it right—plenty of lifers. On the other hand, you have all those photos to process and lists to sort. Actually, even those parts of a birding trip can be sweet.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Press, 1989); A Guide to the Birds to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, 2nd ed. , Press, 2014); and Guide to the Birds of Honduras by Robert J. Gallardo’s Honduras guide is old-school, with plates separate from descriptive text.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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401-600 sp: Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay; the Sahel countries (Africa), Namibia and Botswana; Central Asian countries and Cambodia. 8 Honduras (778 sp. / Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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This Invention Lets Rural Hondurans Clean Their Water—And Own the Treatment Plants

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Doña Reina remembers the water that ran from the faucet at her home in rural Honduras. Villages in Honduras with populations below 15,000 usually don’t have water treatment plants because building small plants is significantly less cost-effective than building large ones. What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalized? Programs like AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to communities in need.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of June 2018?

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I’m still recovering from last week’s veritable banquet of birding in Honduras, which I’ll be writing about soon. Calendar spring is nearly at an end, but nature summer started a while ago. Most birders, attuned as they are to the rhythms of the natural world, probably noticed when migration ended and bird breeding began in their areas. Don’t give up yet, though: you’ll still find a few surprises out there if you’re willing to look.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2015)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was difficult to choose, seeing as part of it occurred while he was still in Honduras. Don’t mourn the passing of the summer season just yet. Believe it or not, we still have all of August and much of September in which to revel in heat and humidity, at least on my side of the Equator. Some of us will get more than others, but all of us should enjoy what we can!

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2015?

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Corey had no trouble dragging his family to Honduras, where he’ll surely see more interesting birds than me! American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar saw summer the way many of us do, reflected in the wild world around him. Does Summer in the South , written in 1903, speak to you? The oriole sings in the greening grove. As if he were half-way waiting, The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green, Timid, and hesitating. The rain comes down in a torrent sweep.

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