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Bird Life List

Birds are a facet of travel, like tasting a region's food or learning about it's architecture. Look up in the sky when you travel, and ask yourself, 'What species of bird is that?' The act of asking that question is the act of keeping a bird life list. You don't need to be an avid birdwatcher to start a list. But the act of keeping one can become an amazing traveler's tool, helping you connect fragments of observed knowledge about botany, habitat and geography.

Bird Life List

You cannot avoid birds as a traveler; they are the nearest thing to the most constant symbol of place wherever you go. They are in the city and in the country; they are in every habitat, including above the oceans far from land. You also cannot avoid birdwatchers wherever you go - they too are in the city and country, out there in the desert and above the ocean; a constant in travel. As a traveler, I have learned to appreciate both birds and the people who pursue them.

In the form of a bird life list, I've adopted the same passion and addiction as any birdwatcher out there, and I am not bothered by the strange way non-birdwatchers act around discussion of tallying a list of birds. However, I have always perceived birding differently than most birdwatchers. The way I approach it is not as a hobby, per se, but as an inseparable aspect of travel, as vital to the traveler's palette as tasting local food or talking to the locals.

Birding is a life-long lesson in biology, distribution and geography, and keeping a list of all the birds I have seen in my life pushes me to find new places and habitats on the road. A birdwatcher learns to see in a very different way than non-birders; making anybody who pursues birds on the road much more likely to observe things about a place than those who don't. I talk about this in my notes from the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, Morocco.

As of Harris's Sparrow, my bird life list includes 1,212 species, or about twelve percent of the species in the world. My Bird Life List is organized by taxonomy, and includes marker and watercolor sketches throughout.

I also keep a butterfly life list, a dragonfly life list, a reptile life list and an amphibian life list, although I continue to work on identifying these challenging identifications.

Great TinamouTinamus major

Little TinamouCrypturellus soui

Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis

Emperor GooseAnser canagicus

Snow GooseAnser caerulescens

Ross's GooseAnser rossii

Graylag GooseAnser anser

Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons

Greater White-fronted Goose

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)Anser sp. (Domestic type)

BrantBranta bernicla

Brant Goose

Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii

Canada GooseBranta canadensis

Canada Goose (occidentalis/fulva)Branta canadensis occidentalis/fulva

Cackling/Canada GooseBranta hutchinsii/canadensis

Hawaiian GooseBranta sandvicensis

Mute SwanCygnus olor

Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinator

Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus

Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus

Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea

Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna

Muscovy DuckCairina moschata

Wood DuckAix sponsa

Torrent DuckMerganetta armata

Blue-winged TealSpatula discors

Cinnamon TealSpatula cyanoptera

Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata

GadwallMareca strepera

Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope

American WigeonMareca americana

Hawaiian DuckAnas wyvilliana

MallardAnas platyrhynchos

Mottled DuckAnas fulvigula

White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensis

Northern PintailAnas acuta

Yellow-billed PintailAnas georgica

Green-winged TealAnas crecca

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)Anas crecca crecca

Andean TealAnas andium

Red-crested PochardNetta rufina

CanvasbackAythya valisineria

RedheadAythya americana

Common PochardAythya ferina

Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris

Tufted DuckAythya fuligula

Greater ScaupAythya marila

Lesser ScaupAythya affinis

Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleri

Common EiderSomateria mollissima

Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus

Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata

White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi

Common ScoterMelanitta nigra

Black ScoterMelanitta americana

scoter sp.Melanitta sp.

Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis

BuffleheadBucephala albeola

Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula

Barrow's GoldeneyeBucephala islandica

Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus

Hooded Merganser

Common MerganserMergus merganser

Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator

Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis

Ruddy Duck

duck sp.Anatinae sp.

Plain ChachalacaOrtalis vetula

Gray-headed ChachalacaOrtalis cinereiceps

Andean GuanPenelope montagnii

Spix's GuanPenelope jacquacu

Crested GuanPenelope purpurascens

Blue-throated Piping-GuanPipile cumanensis

Sickle-winged GuanChamaepetes goudotii

Mountain QuailOreortyx pictus

Black-throated BobwhiteColinus nigrogularis

California QuailCallipepla californica

Gambel's QuailCallipepla gambelii

ChukarAlectoris chukar

Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa

Erckel's FrancolinPternistis erckelii

Red JunglefowlGallus gallus

Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus

Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus

Greater Sage-GrouseCentrocercus urophasianus

Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopus

Sooty GrouseDendragapus fuliginosus

Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo

Ocellated TurkeyMeleagris ocellata

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruber

American Flamingo

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus

Greater Flamingo

Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicus

Least Grebe

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps

Horned GrebePodiceps auritus

Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena

Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

Eared Grebe

Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis

Clark's GrebeAechmophorus clarkii

Rock PigeonColumba livia

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)

Stock DoveColumba oenas

Common Wood-PigeonColumba palumbus

Pale-vented PigeonPatagioenas cayennensis

Scaled PigeonPatagioenas speciosa

Scaly-naped PigeonPatagioenas squamosa

White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephala

Red-billed PigeonPatagioenas flavirostris

Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciata

European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turtur

Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto

Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis

Zebra DoveGeopelia striata

Inca DoveColumbina inca

Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina

Ruddy Ground DoveColumbina talpacoti

Blue Ground DoveClaravis pretiosa

Ruddy Quail-DoveGeotrygon montana

White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi

West Peruvian DoveZenaida meloda

White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica

Zenaida DoveZenaida aurita

Eared DoveZenaida auriculata

Mourning DoveZenaida macroura

Greater AniCrotophaga major

Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga ani

Smooth-billed Anis

Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostris

Pheasant CuckooDromococcyx phasianellus

Lesser Ground-CuckooMorococcyx erythropygus

Greater RoadrunnerGeococcyx californianus

Little CuckooCoccycua minuta

Squirrel CuckooPiaya cayana

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus

Mangrove CuckooCoccyzus minor

Mangrove Cuckoo

Hispaniolan Lizard-CuckooCoccyzus longirostris

Sand-colored NighthawkChordeiles rupestris

Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennis

Common NighthawkChordeiles minor

Common PauraqueNyctidromus albicollis

Ladder-tailed NightjarHydropsalis climacocerca

Common PoorwillPhalaenoptilus nuttallii

Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis

Great PotooNyctibius grandis

I love the mysterious potoos, and although I have only seen a few, I have managed to photograph each one. I write about them on my Potoo bird page.

Common PotooNyctibius griseus

Andean PotooNyctibius maculosus

Black SwiftCypseloides niger

White-collared SwiftStreptoprocne zonaris

Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica

Vaux's SwiftChaetura vauxi

Short-tailed SwiftChaetura brachyura

Band-rumped SwiftChaetura spinicaudus

Gray-rumped SwiftChaetura cinereiventris

Common SwiftApus apus

Pallid SwiftApus pallidus

White-rumped SwiftApus caffer

White-throated SwiftAeronautes saxatalis

Antillean Palm-SwiftTachornis phoenicobia

Fork-tailed Palm-SwiftTachornis squamata

White-necked JacobinFlorisuga mellivora

Bronzy HermitGlaucis aeneus

Rufous-breasted HermitGlaucis hirsutus

White-bearded HermitPhaethornis hispidus

Green HermitPhaethornis guy

Straight-billed HermitPhaethornis bourcieri

Long-billed HermitPhaethornis longirostris

Little HermitPhaethornis longuemareus

Stripe-throated HermitPhaethornis striigularis

Reddish HermitPhaethornis ruber

Lesser VioletearColibri cyanotus

Sparkling VioletearColibri coruscans

Green-breasted MangoAnthracothorax prevostii

Black-throated MangoAnthracothorax nigricollis

Purple-throated CaribEulampis jugularis

Tourmaline SunangelHeliangelus exortis

Black-crested CoquetteLophornis helenae

Speckled HummingbirdAdelomyia melanogenys

Long-tailed SylphAglaiocercus kingii

Ecuadorian HillstarOreotrochilus chimborazo

Black-tailed TrainbearerLesbia victoriae

Blue-mantled ThornbillChalcostigma stanleyi

Tyrian MetaltailMetallura tyrianthina

Bronzy IncaCoeligena coeligena

Collared IncaCoeligena torquata

Sword-billed HummingbirdEnsifera ensifera

Sword-billed Hummingbird

Buff-tailed CoronetBoissonneaua flavescens

Chestnut-breasted CoronetBoissonneaua matthewsii

Fawn-breasted BrilliantHeliodoxa rubinoides

Giant HummingbirdPatagona gigas

Rivoli's HummingbirdEugenes fulgens

Mexican SheartailDoricha eliza

Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris

Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri

Bahama WoodstarNesophlox evelynae

Anna's HummingbirdCalypte anna

Costa's HummingbirdCalypte costae

Broad-tailed HummingbirdSelasphorus platycercus

Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus

Allen's HummingbirdSelasphorus sasin

Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope

Western EmeraldChlorostilbon melanorhynchus

Cuban EmeraldChlorostilbon ricordii

Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostris

Violet-headed HummingbirdKlais guimeti

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Scaly-breasted HummingbirdPhaeochroa cuvierii

White-vented PlumeleteerChalybura buffonii

Bronze-tailed PlumeleteerChalybura urochrysia

Crowned WoodnymphThalurania colombica

SnowcapMicrochera albocoronata

Olive-spotted HummingbirdLeucippus chlorocercus

White-bellied EmeraldAmazilia candida

Blue-chested HummingbirdAmazilia amabilis

Charming HummingbirdAmazilia decora

Blue-vented HummingbirdAmazilia hoffmanni

Snowy-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia edward

Rufous-tailed HummingbirdAmazilia tzacatl

Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensis

Cinnamon HummingbirdAmazilia rutila

Sapphire-throated HummingbirdLepidopyga coeruleogularis

Violet-bellied HummingbirdJuliamyia julie

Blue-throated GoldentailHylocharis eliciae

HoatzinOpisthocomus hoazin

King RailRallus elegans

Clapper RailRallus crepitans

Virginia RailRallus limicola

Virginia Rail

Water RailRallus aquaticus

Russet-naped Wood-RailAramides albiventris

SoraPorzana carolina

Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

Common GallinuleGallinula galeata

Eurasian CootFulica atra

Hawaiian CootFulica alai

American CootFulica americana

American Coot (Red-shielded)Fulica americana (Red-shielded)

Slate-colored CootFulica ardesiaca

Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinica

White-throated CrakeLaterallus albigularis

LimpkinAramus guarauna

Pale-winged TrumpeterPsophia leucoptera

Pale-winged Trumpeter

Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt

Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt

A spark bird is the bird that ignited your interest in learning to identify and find new birds. I remember my spark bird moment. I was at the Grand Opening of the Aquarium of the Pacific, a new aquarium in Long Beach, not far from my South Bay apartment. Despite being opening day, few were in attendance at the aquarium, and I felt like I had the whole place to myself. I was walking from one indoor exhibit to the next through an outdoor passage, and there, lo and behold, was a cage with these amazing, singularly elegant birds from Africa. Wait a minute, I thought, why are there African species at an aquarium dedicated to local ecosystems? When I read the exhibit panel, I was blown away. These animals were not from Mozambique or Madagascar or Tanzania! They were from California's desert lakes - the very places that I loved to visit. That moment, the idea that I could go out into my backyard and find something as exotic as this was one of my biggest traveling moments. Within a few months, I had spotted my first Black-necked Stilt on the shores of the Salton Sea.

American AvocetRecurvirostra americana

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

American Oystercatcher

Black OystercatcherHaematopus bachmani

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola

Black-bellied Plover

European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricaria

Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva

Pied LapwingVanellus cayanus

Southern LapwingVanellus chilensis

Southern Lapwing

Collared PloverCharadrius collaris

Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus

Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia

Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula

Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus

Semipalmated Plover

Piping PloverCharadrius melodus

Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius

KilldeerCharadrius vociferus

Mountain PloverCharadrius montanus

Mountain Plover

Rufous-bellied SeedsnipeAttagis gayi

Northern JacanaJacana spinosa

Mountain Plover

Wattled JacanaJacana jacana

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus

Whimbrel

Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus

Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata

Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica

Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres

Ruddy Turnstone

Black TurnstoneArenaria melanocephala

Red KnotCalidris canutus

Red Knot

SurfbirdCalidris virgata

Surfbird

RuffCalidris pugnax

Ruff

Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus

Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea

SanderlingCalidris alba

Sanderling

DunlinCalidris alpina

Dunlin

Rock SandpiperCalidris ptilocnemis

Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper

Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii

Baird's Sandpiper

Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla

Least Sandpiper

Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis

Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos

Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla

Western SandpiperCalidris mauri

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus

Short-billed/Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus/scolopaceus

Common SnipeGallinago gallinago

Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata

Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor

Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus

Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

Red Phalarope

Red-necked/Red PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus/fulicarius

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper

Green SandpiperTringa ochropus

Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria

Wandering TattlerTringa incana

Wandering Tattler

Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca

Greater Yellowlegs

Common GreenshankTringa nebularia

WilletTringa semipalmata

Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes

Common RedshankTringa totanus

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus

Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus

Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

Long-tailed Jaeger

Common MurreUria aalge

Common Murre

Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia

RazorbillAlca torda

Pigeon GuillemotCepphus columba

Marbled MurreletBrachyramphus marmoratus

Scripps's MurreletSynthliboramphus scrippsi

Ancient MurreletSynthliboramphus antiquus

Cassin's AukletPtychoramphus aleuticus

Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata

Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica

Horned PuffinFratercula corniculata

Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhata

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffins are easier to see than you think. In the spring and summer in Oregon, volunteers help people see these beautiful birds at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. But you don't need to sit in front of a scope to see one. I like to stand in the surf and watch them from there. They key is to differentiate them from the other seabirds. They are small, and they fly like a football being thrown: fast and determined. Sometimes, they will drop low enough that you can see them up close from the surf. Get your feet wet, and you'll see them without the aid of somebody else's scope.

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla

Sabine's GullXema sabini

Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia

Bonaparte's Gull

Andean GullChroicocephalus serranus

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus

Gray GullLeucophaeus modestus

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla

Laughing Gull

Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan

Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalus

Belcher's GullLarus belcheri

Heermann's GullLarus heermanni

Mew GullLarus canus

Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis

Western GullLarus occidentalis

Yellow-footed GullLarus livens

California GullLarus californicus

Herring GullLarus argentatus

Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis

Iceland GullLarus glaucoides

Iceland Gull (glaucoides/kumlieni)Larus glaucoides glaucoides/kumlieni

I saw this species when birds of the North Pacific were still considered Thayer's Gulls. They were lumped together in 2017.

Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus

Glaucous-winged GullLarus glaucescens

Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus

Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus

Aleutian TernOnychoprion aleuticus

Little TernSternula albifrons

Least TernSternula antillarum

Yellow-billed TernSternula superciliaris

Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica

Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia

Inca TernLarosterna inca

Black TernChlidonias niger

Common TernSterna hirundo

Arctic TernSterna paradisaea

Forster's TernSterna forsteri

Forster's Tern

Royal TernThalasseus maximus

Royal Tern

Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis

Elegant TernThalasseus elegans

Elegant Tern

Black SkimmerRynchops niger

SunbitternEurypyga helias

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus

White-tailed Tropicbird

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata

Arctic LoonGavia arctica

Pacific LoonGavia pacifica

Common LoonGavia immer

Laysan AlbatrossPhoebastria immutabilis

Laysan Albatross

Black-footed AlbatrossPhoebastria nigripes

Black-footed Albatross

Fork-tailed Storm-PetrelOceanodroma furcata

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis

Pink-footed ShearwaterArdenna creatopus

Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica

Buller's ShearwaterArdenna bulleri

Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea

Sooty Shearwater

Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris

White StorkCiconia ciconia

White Stork

JabiruJabiru mycteria

Wood StorkMycteria americana

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

Blue-footed BoobySula nebouxii

Peruvian BoobySula variegata

Brown BoobySula leucogaster

Red-footed BoobySula sula

AnhingaAnhinga anhinga

Brandt's CormorantPhalacrocorax penicillatus

Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis

Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus

Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos

American White Pelican

Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

Brown Pelican

Peruvian PelicanPelecanus thagus

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus

Least BitternIxobrychus exilis

Rufescent Tiger-HeronTigrisoma lineatum

Fasciated Tiger-HeronTigrisoma fasciatum

Bare-throated Tiger-HeronTigrisoma mexicanum

Great Blue HeronArdea herodias

Gray HeronArdea cinerea

Cocoi HeronArdea cocoi

Cocoi Heron

Great EgretArdea alba

Little EgretEgretta garzetta

Snowy EgretEgretta thula

Snowy Egret

Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea

Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor

Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens

Reddish Egret

Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis

Green HeronButorides virescens

Green Heron

I have photographed and written about Green Herons in several regions in Notes from the Road, as they were one of the first birds to spike my interest in habitat and distribution. Check out my piece on Bakers Bay, Bahamas, which includes a photo of a Green Heron in the Abacos, and my other Green Heron sketch from Costa Rica.

Striated HeronButorides striata

Capped HeronPilherodius pileatus

Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Boat-billed HeronCochlearius cochlearius

White IbisEudocimus albus

White Ibis

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus

White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi

Green IbisMesembrinibis cayennensis

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja

Roseate Spoonbill

Andean CondorVultur gryphus

Andean Condor

King VultureSarcoramphus papa

Black VultureCoragyps atratus

Turkey VultureCathartes aura

Turkey Vulture

Lesser Yellow-headed VultureCathartes burrovianus

Also called the Savannah Vulture. I saw my first at, you guessed, it, the best place to find vultures - a garbage dump in Mexico. Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures are spectacular birds, with dense and varied coloration on their featherless heads.

Greater Yellow-headed VultureCathartes melambrotus

OspreyPandion haliaetus

Osprey (carolinensis)Pandion haliaetus carolinensis

White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus

Gray-headed KiteLeptodon cayanensis

Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus

Harpy EagleHarpia harpyja

Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos

Bonelli's EagleAquila fasciata

Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilis

Slender-billed KiteHelicolestes hamatus

Double-toothed KiteHarpagus bidentatus

Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis

Plumbeous KiteIctinia plumbea

Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosus

Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius

Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus

Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus

Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii

Bicolored HawkAccipiter bicolor

Red KiteMilvus milvus

Black KiteMilvus migrans

Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus

Slate-colored HawkButeogallus schistaceus

Common Black HawkButeogallus anthracinus

Great Black HawkButeogallus urubitinga

Roadside HawkRupornis magnirostris

Roadside Hawk

Harris's HawkParabuteo unicinctus

Variable HawkGeranoaetus polyosoma

White HawkPseudastur albicollis

Gray HawkButeo plagiatus

Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus

Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus

Short-tailed HawkButeo brachyurus

Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni

Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatus

Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis

Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus

Ferruginous HawkButeo regalis

Common BuzzardButeo buteo

Barn OwlTyto alba

Tropical Screech-OwlMegascops choliba

Western Screech-OwlMegascops kennicottii

Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio

Tawny-bellied Screech-OwlMegascops watsonii

Crested OwlLophostrix cristata

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus

Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus

Northern Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium gnoma

Ferruginous Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium brasilianum

Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia

Mottled OwlCiccaba virgata

Spotted OwlStrix occidentalis

Barred OwlStrix varia

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus

Golden-headed QuetzalPharomachrus auriceps

Crested QuetzalPharomachrus antisianus

Slaty-tailed TrogonTrogon massena

Black-tailed TrogonTrogon melanurus

White-tailed TrogonTrogon chionurus

Baird's TrogonTrogon bairdii

Gartered TrogonTrogon caligatus

Blue-crowned TrogonTrogon curucui

Black-throated TrogonTrogon rufus

Collared Trogon (Orange-bellied)Trogon collaris aurantiiventris/underwoodi

Masked TrogonTrogon personatus

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

Eurasian Hoopoe

Cuban TodyTodus multicolor

Cuban Tody

Tody MotmotHylomanes momotula

Lesson's MotmotMomotus lessonii

Rufous MotmotBaryphthengus martii

Broad-billed MotmotElectron platyrhynchum

Turquoise-browed MotmotEumomota superciliosa

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis

Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquata

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher

Amazon KingfisherChloroceryle amazona

American Pygmy KingfisherChloroceryle aenea

Green KingfisherChloroceryle americana

Green-and-rufous KingfisherChloroceryle inda

Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher

White-necked PuffbirdNotharchus hyperrhynchus

Black-breasted PuffbirdNotharchus pectoralis

White-chested PuffbirdMalacoptila fusca

White-whiskered PuffbirdMalacoptila panamensis

Brown NunletNonnula brunnea

Black-fronted NunbirdMonasa nigrifrons

White-fronted NunbirdMonasa morphoeus

Swallow-winged PuffbirdChelidoptera tenebrosa

White-eared JacamarGalbalcyrhynchus leucotis

White-throated JacamarBrachygalba albogularis

Brown JacamarBrachygalba lugubris

Yellow-billed JacamarGalbula albirostris

Yellow-billed Jacamar

Rufous-tailed JacamarGalbula ruficauda

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

White-chinned JacamarGalbula tombacea

Purplish JacamarGalbula chalcothorax

Great JacamarJacamerops aureus

Scarlet-crowned BarbetCapito aurovirens

Spot-crowned BarbetCapito maculicoronatus

Gilded BarbetCapito auratus

Northern Emerald-ToucanetAulacorhynchus prasinus

Collared AracariPteroglossus torquatus

Collared Aracari

Fiery-billed AracariPteroglossus frantzii

Fiery-billed Aracari

Chestnut-eared AracariPteroglossus castanotis

Many-banded AracariPteroglossus pluricinctus

Many-banded Aracari

Ivory-billed AracariPteroglossus azara

Ivory-billed Aracari

Curl-crested AracariPteroglossus beauharnaesii

Yellow-throated ToucanRamphastos ambiguus

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

This is a sketch of a Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, a subspecies of the Yellow-throated Toucan.

White-throated ToucanRamphastos tucanus

Keel-billed ToucanRamphastos sulfuratus

Lafresnaye's PiculetPicumnus lafresnayi

Olivaceous PiculetPicumnus olivaceus

Williamson's SapsuckerSphyrapicus thyroideus

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius

Red-naped SapsuckerSphyrapicus nuchalis

Red-breasted SapsuckerSphyrapicus ruber

Cuban Green WoodpeckerXiphidiopicus percussus

Lewis's WoodpeckerMelanerpes lewis

Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus

Acorn WoodpeckerMelanerpes formicivorus

Yellow-tufted WoodpeckerMelanerpes cruentatus

Black-cheeked WoodpeckerMelanerpes pucherani

Hispaniolan WoodpeckerMelanerpes striatus

Yucatan WoodpeckerMelanerpes pygmaeus

Red-crowned WoodpeckerMelanerpes rubricapillus

Gila WoodpeckerMelanerpes uropygialis

Hoffmann's WoodpeckerMelanerpes hoffmannii

Golden-fronted WoodpeckerMelanerpes aurifrons

Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus

West Indian WoodpeckerMelanerpes superciliaris

Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens

Ladder-backed WoodpeckerDryobates scalaris

Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis

Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus

White-headed WoodpeckerDryobates albolarvatus

Arizona WoodpeckerDryobates arizonae

Red-stained WoodpeckerDryobates affinis

Crimson-crested WoodpeckerCampephilus melanoleucos

Pale-billed WoodpeckerCampephilus guatemalensis

Eurasian Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis

Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus

Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius

Cinnamon WoodpeckerCeleus loricatus

Chestnut-colored WoodpeckerCeleus castaneus

Scale-breasted WoodpeckerCeleus grammicus

Cream-colored WoodpeckerCeleus flavus

Crimson-mantled WoodpeckerColaptes rivolii

Northern FlickerColaptes auratus

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]

Gilded FlickerColaptes chrysoides

Black CaracaraDaptrius ater

Red-throated CaracaraIbycter americanus

Carunculated CaracaraPhalcoboenus carunculatus

Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway

Southern CaracaraCaracara plancus

Yellow-headed CaracaraMilvago chimachima

Yellow-headed Caracara

Laughing FalconHerpetotheres cachinnans

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus

American KestrelFalco sparverius

American Kestrel

MerlinFalco columbarius

Bat FalconFalco rufigularis

GyrfalconFalco rusticolus

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

Prairie FalconFalco mexicanus

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri

Scarlet-shouldered ParrotletTouit huetii

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus

Yellow-chevroned ParakeetBrotogeris chiriri

Orange-chinned ParakeetBrotogeris jugularis

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Cobalt-winged ParakeetBrotogeris cyanoptera

Brown-hooded ParrotPyrilia haematotis

Orange-cheeked ParrotPyrilia barrabandi

Blue-headed ParrotPionus menstruus

White-crowned ParrotPionus senilis

Red-lored ParrotAmazona autumnalis

Yellow-naped ParrotAmazona auropalliata

Yellow-crowned ParrotAmazona ochrocephala

White-fronted ParrotAmazona albifrons

Cuban ParrotAmazona leucocephala

Rose-throated Parrot or Cuban Amazon

This is a sketch of the Abaco Parrot, a subspecies of the Cuban Parrot or Cuban Amazon. I have written about this species often in my notes on the Abacos, and have seen them flourish on the island after years of conservation efforts. Despite the tragic effects of Hurricane Dorian on wildlife in the Northern Bahamas, the resident parrots survived because of their unique ability to burrow in limestone and hide deep inside trees during the worst weather on Earth.

Hispaniolan ParrotAmazona ventralis

Mealy ParrotAmazona farinosa

Mealy Parrot

Orange-winged ParrotAmazona amazonica

White-bellied ParrotPionites leucogaster

Olive-throated ParakeetEupsittula nana

Orange-fronted ParakeetEupsittula canicularis

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Dusky-headed ParakeetAratinga weddellii

Nanday ParakeetAratinga nenday

Red-bellied MacawOrthopsittaca manilatus

Blue-headed MacawPrimolius couloni

Blue-and-yellow MacawAra ararauna

Blue-and-yellow Macaw

Scarlet MacawAra macao

Red-and-green MacawAra chloropterus

Chestnut-fronted MacawAra severus

Crimson-fronted ParakeetPsittacara finschi

Scarlet-fronted ParakeetPsittacara wagleri

White-eyed ParakeetPsittacara leucophthalmus

Fasciated AntshrikeCymbilaimus lineatus

Barred AntshrikeThamnophilus doliatus

Black-crowned AntshrikeThamnophilus atrinucha

Black-hooded AntshrikeThamnophilus bridgesi

Plain-winged AntshrikeThamnophilus schistaceus

Plain AntvireoDysithamnus mentalis

Spot-crowned AntvireoDysithamnus puncticeps

Cinereous AntshrikeThamnomanes caesius

Plain-throated AntwrenIsleria hauxwelli

Checker-throated StipplethroatEpinecrophylla fulviventris

Pygmy AntwrenMyrmotherula brachyura

White-flanked AntwrenMyrmotherula axillaris

Long-winged AntwrenMyrmotherula longipennis

Gray AntwrenMyrmotherula menetriesii

Dot-winged AntwrenMicrorhopias quixensis

Dusky AntbirdCercomacroides tyrannina

Blackish AntbirdCercomacroides nigrescens

Riparian AntbirdCercomacroides fuscicauda

White-browed AntbirdMyrmoborus leucophrys

Black-faced AntbirdMyrmoborus myotherinus

Silvered AntbirdSclateria naevia

White-bellied AntbirdMyrmeciza longipes

Chestnut-backed AntbirdPoliocrania exsul

Sooty AntbirdHafferia fortis

White-throated AntbirdOneillornis salvini

Spotted AntbirdHylophylax naevioides

Dot-backed AntbirdHylophylax punctulatus

Black-spotted Bare-eyePhlegopsis nigromaculata

Ocellated AntbirdPhaenostictus mcleannani

White-bellied AntpittaGrallaria hypoleuca

Tawny AntpittaGrallaria quitensis

Rusty-belted TapaculoLiosceles thoracicus

Black-faced AntthrushFormicarius analis

Olivaceous WoodcreeperSittasomus griseicapillus

White-chinned WoodcreeperDendrocincla merula

Plain-brown WoodcreeperDendrocincla fuliginosa

Wedge-billed WoodcreeperGlyphorynchus spirurus

Cinnamon-throated WoodcreeperDendrexetastes rufigula

Long-billed WoodcreeperNasica longirostris

Northern Barred-WoodcreeperDendrocolaptes sanctithomae

Elegant WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus elegans

Cocoa WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus susurrans

Buff-throated WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus guttatus

Black-striped WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus lachrymosus

Spotted WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus erythropygius

Streak-headed WoodcreeperLepidocolaptes souleyetii

Montane WoodcreeperLepidocolaptes lacrymiger

Plain XenopsXenops minutus

Buffy TuftedcheekPseudocolaptes lawrencii

Streaked TuftedcheekPseudocolaptes boissonneautii

Chestnut-winged CinclodesCinclodes albidiventris

Stout-billed CinclodesCinclodes excelsior

Streak-capped TreehunterThripadectes virgaticeps

Buff-throated Foliage-gleanerAutomolus ochrolaemus

Pearled TreerunnerMargarornis squamiger

Many-striped CanasteroAsthenes flammulata

Parker's SpinetailCranioleuca vulpecula

White-bellied SpinetailMazaria propinqua

Slaty SpinetailSynallaxis brachyura

Azara's SpinetailSynallaxis azarae

Lance-tailed ManakinChiroxiphia lanceolata

White-ruffed ManakinCorapipo altera

Blue-crowned ManakinLepidothrix coronata

Orange-crowned ManakinHeterocercus aurantiivertex

Orange-crowned Manakin

Orange-collared ManakinManacus aurantiacus

Golden-collared ManakinManacus vitellinus

Striolated ManakinMachaeropterus striolatus

Red-capped ManakinCeratopipra mentalis

Golden-headed ManakinCeratopipra erythrocephala

Green-and-black FruiteaterPipreola riefferii

Purple-throated FruitcrowQuerula purpurata

Amazonian UmbrellabirdCephalopterus ornatus

Turquoise CotingaCotinga ridgwayi

Spangled CotingaCotinga cayana

Screaming PihaLipaugus vociferans

Black-tailed TityraTityra cayana

Black-crowned TityraTityra inquisitor

Masked TityraTityra semifasciata

White-browed PurpletuftIodopleura isabellae

Barred BecardPachyramphus versicolor

White-winged BecardPachyramphus polychopterus

Ruddy-tailed FlycatcherTerenotriccus erythrurus

Sulphur-rumped FlycatcherMyiobius sulphureipygius

Black-tailed FlycatcherMyiobius atricaudus

Ochre-bellied FlycatcherMionectes oleagineus

Rufous-breasted FlycatcherLeptopogon rufipectus

Yellow-green TyrannuletPhylloscartes flavovirens

Scale-crested Pygmy-TyrantLophotriccus pileatus

Rusty-fronted Tody-FlycatcherPoecilotriccus latirostris

Common Tody-FlycatcherTodirostrum cinereum

Yellow-browed Tody-FlycatcherTodirostrum chrysocrotaphum

Olivaceous FlatbillRhynchocyclus olivaceus

Yellow-olive FlycatcherTolmomyias sulphurescens

Yellow-margined FlycatcherTolmomyias assimilis

Cinnamon FlycatcherPyrrhomyias cinnamomeus

White-tailed TyrannuletMecocerculus poecilocercus

White-banded TyrannuletMecocerculus stictopterus

Yellow TyrannuletCapsiempis flaveola

Yellow-bellied ElaeniaElaenia flavogaster

Mistletoe TyrannuletZimmerius parvus

Slender-footed TyrannuletZimmerius gracilipes

Bran-colored FlycatcherMyiophobus fasciatus

Tufted FlycatcherMitrephanes phaeocercus

Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi

Smoke-colored PeweeContopus fumigatus

Western Wood-PeweeContopus sordidulus

Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens

Cuban PeweeContopus caribaeus

Cuban Pewee

Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris

Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens

Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii

Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus

Hammond's FlycatcherEmpidonax hammondii

Gray FlycatcherEmpidonax wrightii

Dusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseri

Pacific-slope FlycatcherEmpidonax difficilis

Black PhoebeSayornis nigricans

Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe

Say's PhoebeSayornis saya

Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinus

Vermilion Flycatcher

Drab Water TyrantOchthornis littoralis

Plain-capped Ground-TyrantMuscisaxicola alpinus

Slaty-backed Chat-TyrantOchthoeca cinnamomeiventris

Rufous-breasted Chat-TyrantOchthoeca rufipectoralis

Rufous-tailed FlatbillRamphotrigon ruficauda

Cinnamon AttilaAttila cinnamomeus

Bright-rumped AttilaAttila spadiceus

Dusky-capped FlycatcherMyiarchus tuberculifer

Pale-edged FlycatcherMyiarchus cephalotes

Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens

Nutting's FlycatcherMyiarchus nuttingi

Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus

Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulus

La Sagra's FlycatcherMyiarchus sagrae

Lesser KiskadeePitangus lictor

Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratus

Boat-billed FlycatcherMegarynchus pitangua

Social FlycatcherMyiozetetes similis

Gray-capped FlycatcherMyiozetetes granadensis

Golden-crowned FlycatcherMyiodynastes chrysocephalus

Streaked FlycatcherMyiodynastes maculatus

Sulphur-bellied FlycatcherMyiodynastes luteiventris

Piratic FlycatcherLegatus leucophaius

Sulphury FlycatcherTyrannopsis sulphurea

Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus

Tropical Kingbird

Couch's KingbirdTyrannus couchii

Cassin's KingbirdTyrannus vociferans

Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis

Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus

Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis

Loggerhead KingbirdTyrannus caudifasciatus

Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus

Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana

Black-billed PeppershrikeCyclarhis nigrirostris

Scrub GreenletHylophilus flavipes

Lesser GreenletPachysylvia decurtata

Golden-fronted GreenletPachysylvia aurantiifrons

White-eyed VireoVireo griseus

Thick-billed VireoVireo crassirostris

Mangrove VireoVireo pallens

Cuban VireoVireo gundlachii

Bell's VireoVireo bellii

Gray VireoVireo vicinior

Hutton's VireoVireo huttoni

Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons

Cassin's VireoVireo cassinii

Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus

Warbling VireoVireo gilvus

Brown-capped VireoVireo leucophrys

Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus

Yellow-green VireoVireo flavoviridis

Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus

Hawaii ElepaioChasiempis sandwichensis

Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus

Northern ShrikeLanius borealis

Great Gray Shrike (Sahara)Lanius excubitor [elegans Group]

Canada JayPerisoreus canadensis

Turquoise JayCyanolyca turcosa

Turquoise Jay

White-throated Magpie-JayCalocitta formosa

Brown JayPsilorhinus morio

Black-chested JayCyanocorax affinis

Green JayCyanocorax yncas

Yucatan JayCyanocorax yucatanicus

Violaceous JayCyanocorax violaceus

Pinyon JayGymnorhinus cyanocephalus

Steller's JayCyanocitta stelleri

Blue JayCyanocitta cristata

California Scrub-JayAphelocoma californica

Woodhouse's Scrub-JayAphelocoma woodhouseii

Mexican JayAphelocoma wollweberi

Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius

Eurasian MagpiePica pica

Black-billed MagpiePica hudsonia

Clark's NutcrackerNucifraga columbiana

Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula

RookCorvus frugilegus

American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos

Northwestern CrowCorvus caurinus

Cuban CrowCorvus nasicus

Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus

Carrion CrowCorvus corone

Hooded CrowCorvus cornix

Common RavenCorvus corax

Coal TitPeriparus ater

Willow TitPoecile montanus

Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis

Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus

Mountain ChickadeePoecile gambeli

Chestnut-backed ChickadeePoecile rufescens

Eurasian Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus

Juniper TitmouseBaeolophus ridgwayi

Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor

Great TitParus major

VerdinAuriparus flaviceps

Eurasian Penduline-TitRemiz pendulinus

Horned LarkEremophila alpestris

Horned Lark

Thekla's LarkGalerida theklae

Crested LarkGalerida cristata

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis

Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina

Eurasian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus

Black-capped DonacobiusDonacobius atricapilla

Blue-and-white SwallowPygochelidon cyanoleuca

Brown-bellied SwallowOrochelidon murina

White-thighed SwallowAtticora tibialis

White-banded SwallowAtticora fasciata

Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis

Southern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx ruficollis

Purple MartinProgne subis

Gray-breasted MartinProgne chalybea

Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor

White-winged SwallowTachycineta albiventer

Mangrove SwallowTachycineta albilinea

Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassina

Bahama SwallowTachycineta cyaneoviridis

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia

Barn SwallowHirundo rustica

Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica

Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota

Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva

Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum

Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus

Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita

Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus

BushtitPsaltriparus minimus

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla

Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephala

Sardinian Warbler

WrentitChamaea fasciata

Zosterops sp.Zosterops sp.

Chinese HwameiGarrulax canorus

Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula

Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaea

Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis

White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy NuthatchSitta pygmaea

Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris

Brown CreeperCerthia americana

Brown Creeper

Short-toed TreecreeperCerthia brachydactyla

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed GnatcatcherPolioptila melanura

White-lored GnatcatcherPolioptila albiloris

Yucatan GnatcatcherPolioptila albiventris

Yucatan Gnatcatcher

Tropical GnatcatcherPolioptila plumbea

Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletus

Canyon WrenCatherpes mexicanus

House WrenTroglodytes aedon

House Wren

Mountain WrenTroglodytes solstitialis

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

Pacific WrenTroglodytes pacificus

Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis

Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis

Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris

Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus

Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii

Rufous-naped WrenCampylorhynchus rufinucha

Yucatan WrenCampylorhynchus yucatanicus

Cactus WrenCampylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Cactus Wren

Black-bellied WrenPheugopedius fasciatoventris

Rufous-breasted WrenPheugopedius rutilus

Spot-breasted WrenPheugopedius maculipectus

Banded WrenThryophilus pleurostictus

Rufous-and-white WrenThryophilus rufalbus

Cabanis's WrenCantorchilus modestus

Isthmian WrenCantorchilus elutus

Riverside WrenCantorchilus semibadius

Bay WrenCantorchilus nigricapillus

Sharpe's WrenCinnycerthia olivascens

White-breasted Wood-WrenHenicorhina leucosticta

Gray-breasted Wood-WrenHenicorhina leucophrys

Song WrenCyphorhinus phaeocephalus

Musician WrenCyphorhinus arada

American DipperCinclus mexicanus

White-capped DipperCinclus leucocephalus

European StarlingSturnus vulgaris

Spotless StarlingSturnus unicolor

Common MynaAcridotheres tristis

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis

Pearly-eyed ThrasherMargarops fuscatus

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Read about how I discovered the northern-most record of the Pearly-eyed Thrasher on Great Abaco, Bahamas.

Curve-billed ThrasherToxostoma curvirostre

Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum

California ThrasherToxostoma redivivum

Crissal ThrasherToxostoma crissale

Sage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanus

Bahama MockingbirdMimus gundlachii

Tropical MockingbirdMimus gilvus

Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos

Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis

Western BluebirdSialia mexicana

Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoides

Townsend's SolitaireMyadestes townsendi

Andean SolitaireMyadestes ralloides

PuaiohiMyadestes palmeri

Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius

VeeryCatharus fuscescens

Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus

Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus

Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus

Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina

RedwingTurdus iliacus

Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula

Pale-breasted ThrushTurdus leucomelas

Pale-vented ThrushTurdus obsoletus

White-throated ThrushTurdus assimilis

Clay-colored ThrushTurdus grayi

American RobinTurdus migratorius

Black-billed ThrushTurdus ignobilis

Chestnut-bellied ThrushTurdus fulviventris

Great ThrushTurdus fuscater

Glossy-black ThrushTurdus serranus

Red-legged ThrushTurdus plumbeus

Red-legged Thrush

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata

White-rumped ShamaCopsychus malabaricus

European RobinErithacus rubecula

Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros

Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius

European StonechatSaxicola rubicola

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum

PhainopeplaPhainopepla nitens

PalmchatDulus dominicus

African SilverbillEuodice cantans

Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothorax

Java SparrowLonchura oryzivora

Siberian AccentorPrunella montanella

House SparrowPasser domesticus

Italian SparrowPasser italiae

Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava

White WagtailMotacilla alba

White Wagtail

Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis

Tree PipitAnthus trivialis

Water PipitAnthus spinoletta

American PipitAnthus rubescens

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs

Chestnut-breasted ChlorophoniaChlorophonia pyrrhophrys

Yellow-crowned EuphoniaEuphonia luteicapilla

Thick-billed EuphoniaEuphonia laniirostris

Yellow-throated EuphoniaEuphonia hirundinacea

Golden-rumped EuphoniaEuphonia cyanocephala

Fulvous-vented EuphoniaEuphonia fulvicrissa

Spot-crowned EuphoniaEuphonia imitans

Olive-backed EuphoniaEuphonia gouldi

White-vented EuphoniaEuphonia minuta

Tawny-capped EuphoniaEuphonia anneae

Orange-bellied EuphoniaEuphonia xanthogaster

Rufous-bellied EuphoniaEuphonia rufiventris

Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus

ApapaneHimatione sanguinea

AnianiauMagumma parva

Gray-crowned Rosy-FinchLeucosticte tephrocotis

House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus

Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus

Cassin's FinchHaemorhous cassinii

European GreenfinchChloris chloris

Eurasian LinnetLinaria cannabina

Common RedpollAcanthis flammea

Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra

European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis

European SerinSerinus serinus

Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus

Pine SiskinSpinus pinus

Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltria

Lawrence's GoldfinchSpinus lawrencei

American GoldfinchSpinus tristis

Hooded SiskinSpinus magellanicus

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus

Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

Corn BuntingEmberiza calandra

House BuntingEmberiza sahari

Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus

Short-billed ChlorospingusChlorospingus parvirostris

Common ChlorospingusChlorospingus flavopectus

Stripe-headed SparrowPeucaea ruficauda

Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum

Yellow-browed SparrowAmmodramus aurifrons

Black-striped SparrowArremonops conirostris

Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina

Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida

Field SparrowSpizella pusilla

Brewer's SparrowSpizella breweri

Black-throated SparrowAmphispiza bilineata

Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus

Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorys

Orange-billed SparrowArremon aurantiirostris

Chestnut-capped BrushfinchArremon brunneinucha

American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea

Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca

Fox Sparrow (Sooty)Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]

Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]

Rufous-collared SparrowZonotrichia capensis

White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapilla

Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula

White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis

Sagebrush SparrowArtemisiospiza nevadensis

Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus

Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis

Savannah Sparrow

Song SparrowMelospiza melodia

Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii

Lincoln Sparrow

Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana

Canyon TowheeMelozone fusca

Abert's TowheeMelozone aberti

California TowheeMelozone crissalis

Rufous-crowned SparrowAimophila ruficeps

Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurus

Spotted TowheePipilo maculatus

Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus

Slaty BrushfinchAtlapetes schistaceus

Pale-naped BrushfinchAtlapetes pallidinucha

Western SpindalisSpindalis zena

Western Spindalis

Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens

Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus

Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta

Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna

Yellow-billed CaciqueAmblycercus holosericeus

Russet-backed OropendolaPsarocolius angustifrons

Crested OropendolaPsarocolius decumanus

Chestnut-headed OropendolaPsarocolius wagleri

Montezuma OropendolaPsarocolius montezuma

Olive OropendolaPsarocolius bifasciatus

Scarlet-rumped CaciqueCacicus uropygialis

Yellow-rumped CaciqueCacicus cela

Mountain CaciqueCacicus chrysonotus

Black-cowled OrioleIcterus prosthemelas

Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius

Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatus

Yellow-backed OrioleIcterus chrysater

Yellow-tailed OrioleIcterus mesomelas

Streak-backed OrioleIcterus pustulatus

Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii

Orange OrioleIcterus auratus

Altamira OrioleIcterus gularis

Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula

Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus

Tricolored BlackbirdAgelaius tricolor

Tawny-shouldered BlackbirdAgelaius humeralis

Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis

Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneus

Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater

Giant CowbirdMolothrus oryzivorus

Melodious BlackbirdDives dives

Scrub BlackbirdDives warczewiczi

Cuban BlackbirdPtiloxena atroviolacea

Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus

Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula

Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major

Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanus

Great-tailed Grackle

Greater Antillean GrackleQuiscalus niger

Carib GrackleQuiscalus lugubris

Oriole BlackbirdGymnomystax mexicanus

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla

Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla

Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis

Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera

Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera

Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia

Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea

Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina

Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata

Lucy's WarblerLeiothlypis luciae

Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla

Nashville Warbler

Virginia's WarblerLeiothlypis virginiae

I picked up my 1229th life bird in Portland, Oregon. This bird summers in the American desert southwest, but winters on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and as far south as Belize. Somehow, an individual went the wrong way and ended up helping to keep Portland weird.

MacGillivray's WarblerGeothlypis tolmiei

Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa

Bahama YellowthroatGeothlypis rostrata

Bahama Yellowthroat

Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas

Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina

American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla

Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina

Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea

Northern ParulaSetophaga americana

Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia

Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca

Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia

Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica

Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata

Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens

Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum

Olive-capped WarblerSetophaga pityophila

Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus

Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)Setophaga coronata coronata

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica

Bahama WarblerSetophaga flavescens

Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor

Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescens

Townsend's WarblerSetophaga townsendi

Hermit WarblerSetophaga occidentalis

Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens

Rufous-capped WarblerBasileuterus rufifrons

Three-striped WarblerBasileuterus tristriatus

Black-crested WarblerMyiothlypis nigrocristata

Buff-rumped WarblerMyiothlypis fulvicauda

Russet-crowned WarblerMyiothlypis coronata

Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis

Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla

Painted RedstartMyioborus pictus

Slate-throated RedstartMyioborus miniatus

Spectacled RedstartMyioborus melanocephalus

Hepatic TanagerPiranga flava

Summer TanagerPiranga rubra

Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea

Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana

Western Tanager

Red-crowned Ant-TanagerHabia rubica

Red-throated Ant-TanagerHabia fuscicauda

Carmiol's TanagerChlorothraupis carmioli

Black-faced GrosbeakCaryothraustes poliogaster

Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis

Golden GrosbeakPheucticus chrysogaster

Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus

Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus

Blue-black GrosbeakCyanoloxia cyanoides

Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea

Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoena

Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea

Painted BuntingPasserina ciris

Painted Bunting

DickcisselSpiza americana

Red-crested CardinalParoaria coronata

Red-crested Cardinal

Red-capped CardinalParoaria gularis

Red-capped Cardinal

Magpie TanagerCissopis leverianus

Black-capped HemispingusKleinothraupis atropileus

Orange-headed TanagerThlypopsis sordida

Gray-headed TanagerEucometis penicillata

White-shouldered TanagerTachyphonus luctuosus

Tawny-crested TanagerTachyphonus delatrii

Black-throated Shrike-TanagerLanio aurantius

Flame-rumped Tanager (Lemon-rumped)Ramphocelus flammigerus icteronotus

Scarlet-rumped TanagerRamphocelus passerinii

Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Passerini's)Ramphocelus passerinii passerinii

Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Cherrie's)Ramphocelus passerinii costaricensis

Silver-beaked TanagerRamphocelus carbo

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatus

Hooded Mountain-TanagerButhraupis montana

Lacrimose Mountain-TanagerAnisognathus lacrymosus

Blue-winged Mountain-TanagerAnisognathus somptuosus

Fawn-breasted TanagerPipraeidea melanonota

Blue-and-yellow TanagerPipraeidea bonariensis

Blue-gray TanagerThraupis episcopus

Palm TanagerThraupis palmarum

Scrub TanagerStilpnia vitriolina

Masked TanagerStilpnia nigrocincta

Golden-hooded TanagerStilpnia larvata

Blue-and-black TanagerTangara vassorii

Beryl-spangled TanagerTangara nigroviridis

Plain-colored TanagerTangara inornata

Turquoise TanagerTangara mexicana

Paradise TanagerTangara chilensis

Opal-crowned TanagerTangara callophrys

Rufous-winged TanagerTangara lavinia

Rufous-winged Tanager

Bay-headed TanagerTangara gyrola

Saffron-crowned TanagerTangara xanthocephala

Flame-faced TanagerTangara parzudakii

Green-and-gold TanagerTangara schrankii

Silver-throated TanagerTangara icterocephala

Scarlet-thighed DacnisDacnis venusta

Blue DacnisDacnis cayana

Blue Dacnis

Shining HoneycreeperCyanerpes lucidus

Shining Honeycreeper

Purple HoneycreeperCyanerpes caeruleus

Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneus

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Green HoneycreeperChlorophanes spiza

Blue-backed ConebillConirostrum sitticolor

Capped ConebillConirostrum albifrons

Cinereous ConebillConirostrum cinereum

Black FlowerpiercerDiglossa humeralis

Bluish FlowerpiercerDiglossa caerulescens

Masked FlowerpiercerDiglossa cyanea

PlushcapCatamblyrhynchus diadema

Saffron FinchSicalis flaveola

Blue-black GrassquitVolatinia jacarina

Chestnut-bellied SeedeaterSporophila castaneiventris

Ruddy-breasted SeedeaterSporophila minuta

Thick-billed Seed-FinchSporophila funerea

Variable SeedeaterSporophila corvina

Morelet's SeedeaterSporophila morelleti

Morelet's Seedeater

Yellow-bellied SeedeaterSporophila nigricollis

BananaquitCoereba flaveola

Yellow-faced GrassquitTiaris olivaceus

Greater Antillean BullfinchMelopyrrha violacea

Lesser Antillean BullfinchLoxigilla noctis

Black-faced GrassquitMelanospiza bicolor

Buff-throated SaltatorSaltator maximus

Black-headed SaltatorSaltator atriceps

Grayish SaltatorSaltator coerulescens

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