Guidebooks Can Help You Plan

The first thing you need to start your eco-adventure is the right destination.  Since I especially want to see parrots in the wild, I need to know where they naturally occur.  Most wild parrots will be in South America, Central America, Australia, Africa and Asia.  They like warmer climates.  You do see wild parrots in North America and Europe but these are generally escaped pet birds who somehow found each other and formed a flock.

So let’s say you have a Scarlet Macaw at home and you want to see his wild cousins.  You have a lot of options, they can be seen in Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica and other countries in this area.  I use a variety of resources to locate a parrot species.  There is an excellent guide book called “Parrots of the World” by Joseph M. Forshaw which has maps and names localities you can use to plan a trip. has a Kindle version, but in the field where electricity may be limited or non-existant, you really need the actual book.  Take a look at the sample pages and get familiar with the layout.  Use the “search inside this book” function and type in “Scarlet Macaw”.  It will show you a preview of page 178 which has the map of where this species is found.  You will also find in the text the names of some of the places you can specifically visit in the localities section.

Does anyone have any specific birds they either have at home or would just like to see in the wild?  Tell me in the comments!

  • Slickw

    Resplendant Quetzal or any large woodpeckers!

    • @Slickw Resplendant Quetzals are in the cloud forests of Central America. I actually have a trip planned for next year and will try to find them in Costa Rica at Monteverde and Savegre. I’ve seen some pretty cool woodpeckers on previous trips to Nepal (Chitwan National Park) and the Pantanal in Brazil.

    • You will get Resplendent Quetzel easily at Savagre, Costa Rica.

      Large woodpeckers are easy in the Americas, for instance, I would have little trouble getting Pileated Woodpecker in my town on the north shore of New Orleans, Louisiana, and it occurs regularly in my yard. If you are looking for a woodpecker that might remind you of the Ivory billed Woodpecker, the Pale-billed Woodpecker at Rancho Naturalista in Costa Rica is a large one that double knocks.

      I did a trip to Costa Rica in Nov. 2008 that easily provided great views of Quetzals and Pale-Billed plus other woodpeckers. And many other species as well. Something else about Rancho Naturalista property. They have a series of ponds there where multiple species of hummingbirds fly through the water to bathe. Well worth seeing.

  • Hi Peachfront! Thanks for helping out with the woodpeckers, I must admit I don’t know a lot about these species. OT-I saw several Peachfronted Conures in the Pantanal of Brazil, pics are in my album on the Feathered and Free Facebook page.

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  • terry grant

    im looking for a baby bird to raise as mychild id love aquaker parrot or cockatil im a very petloving person with nothing but time to love a special bird that would complete me

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