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.
Rich Hoyer: Quetzal Equals Needle In A Haystack: A male Elegant Trogon is our consolation prize. The rare bird alert came over as a text at 4:52 p.m.
Category:Birding North America
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Category:Birding AustraliaDigiscoping & Bird Photography
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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
Rich Hoyer:Cristalino Jungle Lodge Report – August 24-30, 2011: I don’t have much time for a full report of this week at Brazil’s Cristalino Jungle Lodge, but it’s
Rich Hoyer:Cristalino Jungle Lodge – Rich Hoyer’s Last Days and Bird List Totals: My last days of this two-month stay at Cristalino were anything but relaxing. But who wants to relax
Rich Hoyer:Cristalino Jungle Lodge Report: Sep 22-28, 2011: OK, cutting to the chase, this past week’s top bird was definitely the CRESTED EAGLE that I spotted
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