Bird of the Month July: Cliff Parakeet

July Cliff Parakeet Scientific name: Myiopsitta luchsi Spanish name: Cotorra de los Acantilados Status: Least Concern (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Bolivian endemic. Uncommon to abundant in dry forest, scrub, and cultivated areas in inter-Andean vallleys of Central Bolivia. Its range coincides with that of the Red-fronted Macaw. Conspicous…

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Bird of the Month April: American Kestler

April American Kestler Scientific name: Falco sparverius Spanish name: Cernícalo Americano Status: Least Concern (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Rare to locally fairly common but widespread in open country in dry to humid lowlands and highlands including towns and cities. Especially atracted to manmade hunting perches such as powerlines,…

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Bird of the Month June: Black-bellied Whistling Duck

June Black-bellied Whistling Duck Scientific name: Dendrocygna autumnalis Spanish name: Pato Silbón Vientre Negro Status: Least Concern (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Fairly common to common in lowland marshes, ponds, lakes, and seasonally flooded savanna like the habitats of Barba Azul Nature Reserve. Also to be found in agicultural…

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Bird of the Month May Andean Condor

May   Andean Condor Scientific name: Vulthur gryphus Spanish name: Cóndor Andino Status: Near Threatened (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Rare to locally fairly common in high Andean Puna grassland, at Yungas treeline over dry to humid forest, woodland and scrub and locally in West Chaco thorn…

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Bird of the Month December: Horned Curassow

  December   Horned Curassow Scientific name: Pauxi unicornis Spanish name: Paujil Copete de Piedra/ Pilisto Status: Critically Endangered (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Elusive bird species present in wet lower Yungas ecoregion and foothill forests. Mostly solitary and very difficult to detect when not singing. Sings…

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Bird of the Month February: Bolivian Blackbird

February   Bolivian Blackbird Scientific name: Oreopsar bolivianus Spanish name: Tordo Boliviano Status: Least Concern (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behavior: Fairly common in dry scrub, open river-edge woodlands and agricultural fields, in the inter Andean dry valleys of central Bolivia. It can also be locally common in…

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Bird of the Month January: Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant

January Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant Scientific name: Anairetes alpinus Spanish name: Torito Pecho Cenizo (Chhichhillaqh jamach´I – Aymara; Chúspi pisqu – Quechua) Status: Endangered (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour:  Rare to locally uncommon in high Andean humid Polylepis-Gynoxys woodlands of Peru and Bolivia. The Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant has an unmistakable appearance…

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Bird of the Month December: Red-fronted Macaw

December   Red-fronted Macaw Scientific name: Ara rubrogenys Spanish name: Paraba frente roja Status: Endangered (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Uncommon to locally common in a small region in the Andean valleys of south-central Bolivia. The Red-fronted Macaw breeds semi-colonially on steep cliff holes in river valleys.…

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Cock-tailed Tyrant

November   Cock-tailed Tyrant Scientific name: Alectrurus tricolor Spanish name: Tirano cola de abanico, avioncito Status: Vulnerable (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Rare to uncommon and local in cerrado and seasonally flooded savannas like the Beni lowlands in Northern Bolivia. In Brazil it remains locally common only in a…

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper

  October Buff-breasted Sandpiper   Scientific name: Tryngites subruficollis Spanish name: Playero Acanelado Status: Near Threatened (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behavior: Buff-breasted Sandpipers breed on grassy arctic tundra, preferring well-vegetated hummocky ground around marshy ponds. During their fall migration Buffies forage on prime river-edge habitat at…

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