World Bird Cup – Final!!

Spoon-billed Sandpiper breeding plumage in the hand - Weiting Liu on Flickr

by Gunnar on January 2, 2012 · 2 comments

in Competitions and Contests.

Surprise Semifinal

It was a total surprise that Philippine Eagle would be able to resist the popular Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It could be that the Spoonie supporters were to busy celebrating Christmas and New Year, and simply did not have time to vote.  I checked the results at midnight on the 31st of December, 2011 and the Philippine Eagle was leading with only 2 votes.   Later the lead was much larger, but the game was already over.

Philippine Eagle by Voltaire Malazarte

Unfortunately, with this free poll plugin to WordPress there is no way to stop the voting, so apparently it is still possible to vote in the semifinals. But it won’t do any good now. Philippine Eagle is in the final.

The other semifinal between Marvelous Spatuletail and Harpy Eagle was also very close to start with. Harpy started out well with a small lead, but in the end Marvelous Spatuletail turned the game and won comfortably.

Marvelous Spatuletail vs Philippine Eagle

Marvelous Spatuletail  at a lek by Roger Ahlman (used with permisson)Thus in the final we have two endemic birds for Peru and the Philippines.  If you want to see either you have to go to these countries, both which have many endemic and great birds to offer. I am fortunate to live in Peru, so I have seen the Marvelous Spatuletail many times.  My company arranges several trips to see it every year.  Personally, I am keen to see the Philippine Eagle in 2013. Let me know if you want to join me.

Third place game – Harpy Eagle vs Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Harpy Eagle captive bird at Parque Zoobotânico Getúlio Vargas - Salvador - Bahia - Brasil Photo: Ricardo Koehn

While it is OK for Peruvians and Philippinos promoting “their bird” to in-country birders, I’d prefer not making it a nationalistic campaign in these countries.  So like previous games we shall have a control.  Let’s have a match for third place between Harpy Eagle and Spoon-billed Sandpipers. I am sure real birders would vote in both games. If the final get  more votes than the game for third place the extra number of votes will be subtracted from the winning finalist.  Strange policies, I guess, but necessary to make it a fair game.  What do you think? May the best bird win.

Also check the short documentary about the WWT expeditions to Chukotka in June 2011 in the video box in the upper right.

The  games will end at midnight Peruvian time (-5H GMT) on Jan 7. 2012

Previous entries in the Bird World Cup

If you just checked in on this fun contest, here are the previous posts.


Random Posts:

    Gunnar: Northern Shoveler – New species for Peru: Pete Morris, guide from Birdquest, made a fantastic discovery in Lima in mid Janaury. When birding V
    Category:Birding Neotropics

    GregLaden: Birds Feared Darwin: If Darwin was alive today he would be a bird watcher. But he would do his bird watching differently,
    Category:Bird Research

    Gunnar: More Big Year trailers: John Cleese tells us the story about birding. We have covered a few bits and pieces on the upcoming
    Category:Birding News

Similar Posts:

    Gunnar:Semifinals Bird World Cup: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I am writing this early on Christmas Day.  The fireworks in Lima
    Category:Competitions and Contests.

    Gunnar:The Bird World Cup Winner: The winner is…. It is usually straight forward to pick a winner in a voting game. The participant
    Category:Competitions and Contests.

    Gunnar:Quarter finals. World Bird Cup: Past Games. It was tough, wasn’t it? How can one choose, when they all are good birds.  And why was
    Category:Competitions and Contests.

    Gunnar:The Ultimate Bird.: Second round. Here is the next round of the exciting December fun to get to know which is the ultima
    Category:Competitions and Contests.

    Gunnar:The best bird of the world: Which is the one bird that every birder should aim to see before it is time to leave this life? In H
    Category:Competitions and Contests.

Subscribe Now

If you enjoyed this post, you will definitely enjoy our others. Subscribe to the feed to get instantly updated for those awesome posts soon to come. gives you top birding content every day!

  • DaleForbes

    looking forward to the complete results as a “the absolute best birds in the world” post!

  • Neil

    Filipinos not Philippinos. Cheers.

Previous post:

Next post: