a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The most diverse bird fauna in the world!
Rupicola peruvianus, 'Andean Cock-of-the-Rock'.
Pachyramphus polychopterus, 'White-winged Becard' (Machu Picchu, Peru). Variable plumage. Found in lowland and mid mountain rainforest. Widespread throughout Central and South America.
Ochthoeca rufipectoralis, 'Rufous-breasted Chat Tyrant' (Wayqecha Lodge, Peru).
Antpittas are dumpy little birds, and normally shy and difficult to see.
Grallaricula flavirostris, Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Angel Paz, Ecuador).
This large family includes Neotropical Miners, Neotropical Leaf-tossers, Woodcreepers, Earthcreepers, Cinclodes, Foliage-cleaners, Spinetails, and many more...
Furnarius leucopus, 'Pale-legged Hornero' (Villa Carmen Lodge, Peru).
'Wood-creeper' (Villa Carmen Lodge, Peru).
Cyanocorax chrysops, 'Plush-crested Jay' (Iguazu Falls, Brazil side).
Dippers are the only songbirds birds adapted to swimming under in and under water. They are found along fast flowing waterways mountains in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Cinclus leucocephalus, 'White-capped Dipper' (Aguas Calientes, Peru).
Turdus serranus, 'Glossy Black Thrush' Lives in montane rainforest across South America. (Wayqecha Lodge, Peru).
Zonotrichia capensis, 'Andean Sparrow', 'Rufous collared Sparrow' (Wayecha Lodge, Peru).
Atlapetes melanolaemus, 'Black-faced/Grey-eared Brush-finch' (Wayqecha Lodge, Peru).
Atlapetes tricolor, 'Tri-coloured Brush-finch' (Machu Picchu Peru). Found in hill and mid-mountain forest along the Andes.
Psarocolius decumanus, 'Crested Oropendola'.
Myioborus melanocephalus, 'Spectacled Redstart/Whitestart' (Wayqecha, Peru). Found in mountain forest and woodlands along tropical part of the Andes.
Piranga rubra, 'Summer Tanager'. Not considered a tanager, but placed in the related cardinal family. Breeds in pine-oak forest in North America, and winters in rainforest in Central America, northern South America and south along the Andes.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland"