Panama Trip Report: April 2017

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With enough planning, you can enjoy a family-friendly, bird-rich vacation in the Panama Canal zone. Any dedicated birder visiting Panama City should first consider the Canopy Tower , one of the most important and beloved birding lodges in the Americas. Panama Flycatcher.

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What is the National Bird of Panama?

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” Many share her fascination with this bird of prey, and it was designated Panama’s official bird in 2002. If you want to see a Harpy Eagle, your best bet is to follow in the shoes of Sarah Woods and go to Panama. ” Birds Harpy Eagle national bird Panama

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Veraguan Mango – Panama's ex-endemic

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic By James • March 1, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Endemism is special. There are about 60 species of hummingbirds in Panama alone, one of the region’s smallest countries. So where does this leave Panama?

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This eco-village in Panama will be constructed from recycled plastic bottles

Green (Living) Review

Plastic Bottle Village demonstrates another approach to repurposing single-use bottles. In a world where billions of disposable recyclable plastic bottles are used each year, finding innovative ways to reuse them in the area where they are collected is a noble challenge.

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Rising Sea Makes Panama Islanders Relocate to the Mainland

Eco Friendly Daily

Global warming and erosion of the coral reefs are threatening to submerge a lot of Caribbean islands that make up Panama. The retreat of the Panama Islanders could be among the first that’s caused by global warming and rising sea levels.

Diabolical Raptor Quiz: Mystery in the Trees

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I’m still recovering from several days of blisteringly good birding in Panama, including a jaunt down Old Gamboa Road. Birds ID Quiz Panama raptors

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Three Secrets to Seeing the World in Style.

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It was scary stepping off the plane onto the tarmac in Panama. Adventure Blog Travel airplanes Fear of Flying flying foreign countries New Zealand On the Road Again PanamaI didn’t speak the language, didn’t know a thing about th.

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On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest by Sarah Woods

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Reviews book review Central America Harpy Eagle PanamaOne of the recurring discussions in the world of nature writing is the problem of tone. Given the sheer magnitude of the issues facing our planet, to write optimistically can feel dishonest, sometimes like a betrayal. At the same time, nonstop pessimism can burn out even the most committed activists, and gives casual readers no reason to get on board. How do we navigate these waters?

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A Retired Nurse, a Buddhist Monk and an Aspiring Sailor Walk Into a Nursing Home.

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The day I met Jean (my personal hero), she was wearing a fanny pack and bustling around the med room.

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Nature Conservancy - Science

When Mendenhall learned that Meyer was using identical trapping methods to study bat populations on human-made islands in Gatún Lake on the Panama Canal, it spawned the idea for a site comparison.

New Field Guide: Central America

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America. Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago.

International Banks. A Boom or A Doom?

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In the era of mass corruption going on and news showing the swiss bank accounts and Panama scandals, offshore bank accounts are not a new term […]. Banks are an evolution for the stakeholders, shareholders, and the normal day-to-day customer. Looking at international banks, they are an epitome of the traditional banks. Let’s find out.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia.

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A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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Panama Flycatchers and Streak-backed Orioles also fed at close range. Although the hoped for Mangrove Vireo failed to show, we had excellent close studies of Panama Flycatcher and Northern Scrub-Flycatcher. One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding.

15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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It only lives in middle elevation habitats of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. The tiniest bird in Costa Rica is also limited to hedgerows and other edge habitats in middle elevations of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2017?

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We staggered in last night from a very successful Panama vacation, with success marked both by memories made and birds seen. April showers still fall, but many flowers can’t wait for May.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2017?

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I have much to celebrate, as my family and I are embarked on a Spring Break sojourn to Panama by way of Canada. For many people around the world, the coming weekend carries spiritual meaning, symbolic of rebirth and renewal. And chocolate bunnies. And colorful eggs. And lots and lots of birds.

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The wonderful Phainopepla

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The Black-and-white Phainoptila , Phainoptila melanoxantha from Costa Rica and Panama. Then there is the Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Ptilogonys caudatus , living in some of the high mountains of Costa Rica and Panama.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Its yodeling song is a typical aspect of the cloud forest soundscape in Costa Rica and western Panama, a region to which it is endemic. Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks.

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. Peterson, Costa Rica, and Panama all share Robert Dean as chief illustrator.

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White-collared Seedeaters

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The lower end of their territory is along the coastal areas of mainland Mexico down to Panama. Last weekend, my work had me driving to the very southern end of the Baja.

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Hummingbirds at Catarata del Toro, Costa Rica

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Black-bellied Hummingbirds can only be found in Costa Rica and western Panama. Because, honestly, when am I going to get back to Costa Rica again or go to Panama? No, you’re not going crazy.

The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

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Go birding in Costa Rica to get these avian examples of cuteness on the life list: Collared Redstart – cute and common in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Are all birds created equal? I bet a Common Raven would tell you otherwise, and so would a lot of birders.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2017)

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He would like to nominate his first Jaguarundi as the Best Bird of his Weekend, but since that won’t fly (pun intended) how about Plain-breasted Ground Dove , his only lifer so far after a half day in Panama.

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Shorebirding in Costa Rica

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Do a couple days checking a few choice spots in the Gulf of Nicoya and a birder focused on shorebirds in Costa Rica could find all of the above and maybe even hit the jackpot with a Curlew Sandpiper , Ruff, or the country’s first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (one showed in Panama!).

Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list.

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How to See 300 Bird Species in 3 Days

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Mountains beckon just north of the airport and that’s where we ventured for a host of hummingbirds, Furnarids, wood-warblers, and other species, many of which only occur in the highlands of Costa Rica and Panama. Birds can be enjoyed in a wide variety of ways.

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The 2016 AOU Supplement and the Costa Rica Bird List

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In another supplement, we learned that the Blue-crowned Motmot had become a few different species in South American and Panama but was still retained its classic name in western Panama north to Mexico.

Counting Birds in the Cloud Forests of Coronado, Costa Rica

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Prong-billed Barbets are cool weather birds restricted to Costa Rica and western Panama. Cloud forest is a special habitat and not just because the Resplendent Quetzal calls it home.

Easy Endemics and Photography at Myriam’s Quetzals, Costa Rica

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Quetzal is THE beloved, sacred bird of Guatemala and they do live there (and in southern Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) BUT are more accessible in Costa Rica. Endemics shared with western Panama make up a fair percentage of the local avifauna and several come to feeders and vegetation behind the small restaurant (those specialties are marked with an E). Myriam’s Quetzales ! Are they her’s? Can there be a more enticing name than for a place that that?

The Cotinga and Two Other Favorite Birds from Global Big Day, Costa Rica

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It occurs from Honduras to western Panama and can be fairly common in areas with extensive mature rainforest but usually, it’s a rare find, especially so when you only have two hours to look for it. For birders around the globe, last Saturday was important.

Impressive Highland Birding in Costa Rica at El Toucanet

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Get onto a mixed flock and most won’ be found anywhere other than the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. As one might surmise, a “toucanet” is a small toucan.

Expectations and Suggestions for Caribbean Lowland Birding in Costa Rica

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But, if you want to go further afield, fear not, there is some wonderful lowland forest birding up near Nicaragua and down south by Panama as well. This small antbird species is common in Panama to Ecuador but rare in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is situated right between two oceans.

Ten High Mountain Specialties from Costa Rica

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The montane forests of Costa Rica and western Panama are home to at least 50 species of birds that live nowhere else except for one or two that also occur in northwestern Colombia. Nope, in addition to Costa Rica and western Panama, the good old R. Mountains are a boon for birding. Although marching up and down and up and down can be a literal pain, the feathered rewards come in the form of super cool local species that rarely or never make it down to lower elevations.

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

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The Tûranor PlanetSolar relied completely on solar energy when it left a tropic port off of the coast of Panama. A solar powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi just before the 2012 World Future Energy Summit has made a 48,000 kilometer voyage entirely on electrical power to get there.

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Please Welcome Patrick O’Donnell!

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These days, Patrick lives in Costa Rica where he juggles guiding, freelance writing, developing bird apps for Costa Rica and Panama , posting on his Costa Rica birding blog , and discussing dinosaurs with his young daughter. It has been awhile since we here at 10,000 Birds announced a new Beat Writer. But we are pleased as punch to share the news that Patrick O’Donnell is going to be writing here on 10,000 Birds.

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A Dozen Quick and Easy Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

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It already looks nice from the side but when seen head on… Speaking of less common species, this local beauty only occurs in middle-elevation forests of Costa Rica and western Panama and even then, is accessible at rather few sites.

Vote Now for Awesome Ornithology Projects!

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A typical Neotropical bird – a Royal Flycatcher caught on a scouting trip in Panama. As it turns out, there is a great system in Panama for studying the genetics of color. Two species, White- and Golden-, form a hybrid zone where their ranges meet in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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If I’m not mistaken, it took more than twenty years for Ridgely’s Guide to the Birds of Panama to come out in a Spanish edition. I first met Robert Gallardo in 2009, when I made my first visit to the Neotropics for the Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras.

The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

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The authors argue that most major groups, including the sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, and cardinals then diversified in North America and subsequently colonized South America in a series of overwater (before the Isthmus of Panama had formed) or overland dispersal events.

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Rare Birds in Costa Rica from a Local Birding Perspective

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Those numbers are just guesses but that’s my bet given the amount of intact habitat, sightings, and territory size for these species in Panama. This is a Black-and-white from a remote site near the border with Panama. A rare bird is one we don’t see very often. However, that doesn’t mean that the bird species in question is necessarily endangered.

WWF Calls for Substantial Conservation Measures for Tuna and Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean


The members of the IATTC are: Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, France, Guatemala, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Chinese Taipei, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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Looking like a Northern Three-toed that took a permanent tropical vacation, this woodpecker is a stunner that only lives in the rainforests of southern Costa Rica and just across the border in Panama. The Woodpeckers are one of the more popular of the avian families. What’s not to like about woodpeckers? They laugh, they bang their heads against dead trees, poles, and even houses, and they don’t think twice about visiting feeders.