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 behaviour: 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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading