funKy featheRs

The bird saga continues.

Julie. You’re in Colombia. Why are you spending time each day watching birds?

Not only do I simply like birds, I think their plumage and coloring is absolutely fascinating and their quirky behavior and distinct calls and songs get me every time.

Get this. There are roughly 10,000 species of birds in the entire world. Different people say different numbers, but I’ve heard and read that it’s commonly thought that there are 9,500 – 10,500 species of birds worldwide…let’s call it 10,000. In Colombia, there are between 1,800 and 1,900 species of birds [again, different people say different things], which labels Colombia not only as INCREDIBLY BIODIVERSE, but it also boasts the most bird species of anywhere in the world.

Photo collection from the past few days…

Yellow Faced Grassquit


Rufous Collared Sparrow


Streaked Saltator

Ruddy Breasted Seedeater


Tropical Kingbird


Unidentified Hummingbird


Rufous Tailed Hummingbird again? [Identified using a third blurry photo of this hummer taking off in flight.]

White Bellied Woodstar?

Unidentified Hummingbird…maybe the Sapphire Throated Hummingbird? Versicolored Emerald? Blue Chested Hummingbird?


Unidentified Hummingbird

Streaked Flycatcher


Great Kiskadee


Yellow Headed Caracara [again!]

Black Vulture


Bird nonsense of the week: Hummingbirds are incredibly challenging to identify. Such slight differences, overlapping ranges, and elusive when photographing.  Check out this one page of hummingbird photos/species names….it’s one of 6 pages of photos.


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1 Response to funKy featheRs

  1. Bob says:

    Adding the word ‘Kiskadee’ to the favs list

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