White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

The White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) is native to New Guinea, and eastern and northern Australia.  This little guy from Pine Creek was surprisingly bold in letting any passing human know he wanted a drink of water!

They have a very large range across Australia in Queensland and the Northern Territory and even into southern Papua New Guinea.

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This one has something to say, probably asking the human below to get him some water!

Another one from Darwin

 

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina)

The Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) is also known as Pink-capped Fruit Dove or Swainson’s Fruit Dove.  Their delicate beauty and bright pink caps make them a real treat to see!

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They have quite a large range in northern and eastern Australia and also Indonesia.  I spotted this beauty at Howard Springs Nature Park in the Northern Territory.

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When you know you’re gorgeous!

 

Bonded pair

 

Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)

The Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris) is a colourful bird with a velvet black head with brown stripes above the eye, dark green upper parts, pale blue shoulders, black underparts and an olive green tail. It feeds on insects, crustaceans and other small animals and builds an untidy, spherical nest. It is a shy forest bird and a real treat to see!

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They are endemic to Australia’s Northern Territory and are easily seen at Howard Springs and sometimes near Fogg Dam.  I spotted the one above barely 3 minutes after entering the park!

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This is the call to listen for.  They tend to be spread out but close enough to contact each other.

A birding group spots one.

This is pretty cool, I didn’t know you could attract them by tapping on the ground!

 

 

Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus)

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus) is a bird native to the island of Puerto Rico. Despite its scientific name, the Puerto Rican Tody is endemic to the island and is locally known as “San Pedrito” (“Little Saint Peter”).

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Puerto Rican Todies are endemic to the island of Puerto Rico.  I saw this little cutie at El Yunque National Forest.

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A group of birders found this one at El Yunque.

Although the narration is in Spanish there is some excellent footage of the bird eating bugs and feeding his young.

Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis)

The Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis) is a species of bird placed in the family Turdidae.  The bird is nicknamed the siffleur montagne (or mountain whistler) in Dominica.  This little guy came pretty close to me at the Syndicate.

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They are found on several Caribbean Islands such as Dominica, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent.

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I love this cute “red beard” effect of their colouring!

Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus)

The Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.  I saw this one as we were driving up to the Syndicate Forest.  I think it’s a female as the crest isn’t that bright blue colour.

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They are found in found in the Caribbean Islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, north-east Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Lesser Antilles.  The only island where I saw one was Dominica.

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These clips really show the beauty of the male bird’s crest!

 

 

And this one is trying to have a drink and a bath at the same time!

Purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis)

The Purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis) is a beautiful species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae found in the Caribbean islands.

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They have a wide distribution in the Caribbean.  I personally saw them in St Lucia & St Vincent.  They are very striking when the sun highlights their purple throats!

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Se what a beauty he is, they even put a slo-mo sequence at the end!

A little privacy please, can’t you see I am taking a shower?

 

 

My Top 66 Bird Sightings of 2016

Whoah, an unprecedented 66 Top Birds!  I knew this was going to blow out when I reached the Top 20 (chronologically) and was still in Ecuador with Colombia, the Caribbean and Australia’s Northern Territory still to come.  I haven’t even included 1/3 the birds who should be on this list otherwise I would be here all day.  This has been an epic year for travel and the birds have been spectacular!  Hummingbirds, Antpittas, Cock-of-the-rock, Finches, Bowerbirds, and of course Parrots everywhere!   This list will be heavily slanted towards Parrots as I chose the birding location based on target species, most of which were parrots.   I’ve tried to focus this list on birds that are highly endangered, unusual, beautiful and/or lifers for me – preferably that I got a decent photo of.  I had extremely bad luck with my Hail Mary photo shot attempts in Colombia so I have to take some license there.  Maybe my camera doesn’t like altitude or cloud forests? Anyway, without further ado, feast your eyes on these beauties!

  1. GREY-CHEEKED PARAKEET – seen at Cerro Blanco, Ecuador

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2.  PACIFIC PARROTLET – seen at Cerro Blanco, Ecuador

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3.  WHITE-BREASTED PARAKEET – seen at Podocarpus, Ecuador

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4. BLUE-NECKED TANAGER – seen at Podocarpus, Ecuador

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5.  EL ORO PARAKEET – seen at Buenaventura, Ecuador

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6.  UMBRELLABIRD – Seen at Buenaventura, Ecuador

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7.  RED-FOOTED BOOBIES – Galapagos, Ecuador

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8.  ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK – Seen at Mindo, Ecuador

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9.  BOOTED RACKET-TAIL – Seen at Mindo & WildSumaco, Ecuador

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10.  OILBIRD – Seen at Mindo, Ecuador

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11.  BRONZE-WINGED PARROT – Seen at Mindo, Ecuador

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12.  CHOCO TOUCAN  – seen at Mindo, Ecuador

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13.  ROSE-FACED PARROT – Seen at Mindo, Ecuador

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14.  BLACK-HEADED PARROT – Seen at Napo, Ecuador

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15.  HOATZIN – Seen at Napo, Ecuador

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16.  DUSKY-HEADEAD PARAKEET – Seen at Napo, Ecuador

IMG_4255a17 PLUM-THROATED COTINGA – Seen at Napo, Ecuador

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18. WIRE-TAILED MANAKIN – Seen at Napo, Ecuador

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19.  MILITARY MACAW – Seen at WildSumaco, Ecuador  (sorry this was the best I could do)

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20.  WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL – Seen at WildSumaco, Ecuador

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21.  MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET – Seen at Wildsumaco, Ecuador

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22.  SAN ISIDRO OWL – Seen at Cabanas San Isidro, Ecuador

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23.  TOURMALINE SUNANGEL – Seen at Guango Lodge, Ecuador & Jardin, Colombia

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24.  SANTA MARTA PARAKEET – Seen at El Dorado, Colombia  (photo from ProAves, I was too far away to get one)

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25.  BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA – Seen at El Dorado, Colombia

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26.  SCARLET-FRONTED PARAKEET – Seen at El Dorado, Colombia

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27.  MASKED TROGON – Seen at El Dorado, Colombia

dscn287528.  YELLOW-EARED PARROT – Seen at reserve near Jardin, Colombia

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29.  SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD – Seen at finca above Jardin

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30.  ANDEAN MOTMOT – Seen near Jardin, Rio Blanco Reserve and Termales San Vincente, Colombia

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31. GOLDEN PLUMED PARAKEET – Seen at Rio Blanco, Colombia

dscn337632.  CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTIPITTA (in addition to all the Antpittas) – Seen at Rio Blanco, Colombia

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33. RUSTY-FACED PARROT   – Seen flying over Paramo near Manizales, Colombia, too  fast to get a photo

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34.  RAINBOW-BEARDED THORNBILL – Seen at Termales del Ruiz, Colombia

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35.  FUERTES PARROT – Seen very poorly at a distance near Termales San Vincente, didn’t get a photo.

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36.  BROWN-BREASTED PARAKEET – Seen near BioAndina, Bogota, Colombia

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38.  SCARLET IBIS – Seen at Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad

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40.  TUFTED COQUETTE – Seen at Asa Wright’s, Trinidad

img_7523a41.  BEARDED BELLBIRD – Seen at Asa Wright’s, Trinidad

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42.  ST LUCIA AMAZON PARROT – Seen at Des Cartiers Trail, St Lucia

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43.  PURPLE THROATED CARIB HUMMINGBIRD – Seen in St Lucia & St Vincent

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44.  ST VINCENT AMAZON PARROT – Seen on Vermont Trail, St Vincent

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45.  IMPERIAL AMAZON PARROT (SISSEROU) – Seen at Syndicate Trail, he’s in here somewhere!)

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46.  ANTILLEAN CRESTED HUMMINGBIRD – Seen at Syndicate Trail, Dominicaimg_8077

47.  RED-NECKED PARROT (JACO) – Seen at Syndicate Trail, Dominica

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48.  PUERTO RICAN PARROT – Seen at Rio Abajo, Puerto Rico

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49.  PUERTO RICAN TODY – Seen at El Yunque, Puerto Rico

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50.  RAINBOW PITTA – Howard Springs, Darwin, Australia

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51.  RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO (BANKSII) – Everywhere Northern Territory, Australia

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52.  ROSE-CROWNED FRUIT DOVE – Seen at Howard Springs, Darwin, Australia

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53.  RED-COLLARED LORIKEETS – Seen everywhere, Northern Territory, Australia

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54.    HOODED PARROT– Seen at Pine Creek, Australia

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55.  DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH – Seen at Edith Falls, Australia

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56.  PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY WREN – Seen (at a distance) near Victoria River Crossing, Australia

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57.  BLUE-WINGED KOOKABURRA – Seen at Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

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58.  GREAT BOWERBIRD – Seen at Katherine (Museum grounds), Australia

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59.  NORTHERN ROSELLA – Seen in Katherine, Australia

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60.  VARIED LORIKEET – Seen at Donkey Camp Weir, Katherine, Australia

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61 GOULDIAN FINCHES (MOSTLY JUVENILES) – Seen at Edith Falls Road, NT, Australia

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62.  AZURE KINGFISHER – Seen at Kakadu NP, Australia

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63.  WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE – Seen at Kakadu NP, Australia

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64.  LITTLE KINGFISHER – Seen at Kakadu NP, Australia

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65.  COMB-CRESTED JACANA – Seen at Kakadu NP, Australia

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66.  EMERALD DOVE – Seen in Darwin, Australia

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Saint Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis)

The Saint Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis) is a species of bird, in the family Icteridae and genus Icterus (or American Orioles). It is endemic to Saint Lucia.

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Although they can be found anywhere on St Lucia, the only place I saw them (the pair pictured above) was on Des Cartiers Trail.

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Not sure why there aren’t more videos online, maybe they are hard to spot or people are more focused on their fellow endemic bird the St Lucia Parrot.  Their coloring is very striking and they are a treat to see!