Cinereous Harrier - Circus cinereus

Deriving from the Latin for ashy, the common name of Circus cinereus (Accipitriformes - Accipitridae) is a reference to the adult male’s grey plumage. 

This medium-sized bird of prey (up to 50 cm) is native to South America, where it is found from the southern border of Colombia, south along the Andes, through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and western-central Argentina. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Alex Toledo F. | Locality: Ancud (Mar Brava), Chile (2011)

Red-backed Thrush (Geokichla erythronota)

Also known as the rusty-backed thrush, the red-backed thrush is a species of thrush (Turdidae) which is endemic to forests on Sulawesi and the nearby islands of Buton and Kabaena in Indonesia. Due to increasing habitat loss it is becoming increasingly rare, and as such much of its biology and ecology is unknown. However, like other thrushes its is likely an omnivorous, feeding on a range of invertebrates and berries. 


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Image: Unox

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)

…a  rare and striking species of hummingbird which occurs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Where it inhabits solely inhabits lowland forests, and is not tolerant of secondary habitats. Like most striking plumaged birds wire-crested thorntails are sexually dimorphic with lacking the long “wire” crests and “thorn” tails of males. In typical humming bird fashion wire-crested thorntails feed on nectar from flowers, but will occasionally take insects as well. 

Currently Discosura popelairii is listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces accelerating threats from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. 


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Image: Bill Bouton


Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus)

Also known as the Patagonian Conure, the burrowing parrot is a species of Arine parrot (Arinae) which is typically found in Argentina but populations occur in Chile and possibly Uruguay as well. Burrowing parrots typically inhabit arid bush steppe areas known as Monte. Like some other parrot species burrowing parrots are highly gregarious and will form large colonies in cliff faces, thus the name “burrowing”. Burrowing parrots feed mainly on seeds and fruit but will feed on grain as well. 


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Images: Gerzo Gallardo and DickDaniels

Gila Woodpecker ~ Gilaspecht ~ Melanerpes uropygialis

Aside from being far from perfect, this bees against woody shot from 2011 is one of my favorites. :-) @ Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds

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