This week’s update from Cristalino Jungle Lodge takes the form of a series of photos of one of my favorite birds, the Sunbittern.
I’m blown away by taxonomic oddities such as the monotypic family (containing just one species) Eurypygidae. Based on recently analyzed genetic evidence, it and the Kagu from New Caledonia were removed from the clumsy giant order Gruiformes and placed in their own order, Eurypygiformes. One order, two families, two species, and an entire hemisphere apart. Hooray for plate tectonics.
I’ve been guiding lots of guests at Cristalino Jungle Lodge lately, and since everyone gets to see Sunbittern, I try to get them equally fascinated with this species – not only its taxonomy but also its mind-blowing wing pattern, visible only when it flies. It never fails to please.
Grrlscientist: Journal Club: Jumping genes reveal deep relationships between parrots and songbirds: SUMMARY: A new study adds support to two earlier reports that songbirds and parrots are each other’s
Kenn Kaufman: Christmas Feast: Macaroni and Cheese: My wife Kimberly and I, as two bird-obsessed people, may not celebrate the holidays in quite the sam
DaleForbes: Beautiful winter birding in Bükk Hills, Hungary: Last weekend I got to spend a wonderful day out in the Bükk Hills National Park (Bükki Nemzeti Park)
Category:Birding Western Palearctic
Rich Hoyer:Cristalino Jungle Lodge Report: September 7-13, 2011: I’ve been mostly guiding non-birding guests of the lodge this past week. It’s a mixed blessing. On o
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