Yellow-faced Parrotlet - Forpus xanthops
Yellow-faced Parrotlet
Forpus xanthops
West side of Marañon Canyon above Balsas, Cajamarca region, Peru.
While not the sharpest shot, I like it because it is a unique and striking photo of rare and threatened species. Yellow-faced Parrotlet is endemic to arid slopes of the middle-upper Marañon Valley in Peru. It has a very small range and is threatened by habitat loss and (at least formerly) by poaching for the cage bird trade. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera and a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II lens with a 2x teleconverter, handheld, on 17 September 2018.You can find previous featured photos here.

Welcome to antpitta.com. I use this site to share my photographs of wild birds. I have uploaded over 4000 photos of more than 3000 bird species. Most photos are from the Neotropics, though I add photos from elsewhere around the world when I get the chance. I have been continually improving my gear and skills over the years. Many of the older shots are not the best quality, but I am always striving to improve them. Photos are hosted on my Flickr site, and a complete index of bird species is here.

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3 October: I have a short amount of time between trips, and have been uploading shots from Peru, including the Yellow-faced Parrotlet in flight that will be the featured photo for a while. Before my tour, I finally visited the remote Flor de Cafe (better known as Plataforma) in northern Peru to see the famed Scarlet-banded Barbet and the newly-described Cordillera Azul Antbird. My photos of them are rather mediocre, but I was very happy to at least see them. The antbird was especially difficult as several former territories have been deforested, and it was also very dry during my visit, which I think may have cause them to vocalize and respond less than normal. I finally found a pair of the antbirds with the help of a local guide named Eugenio who had found some new territories for them.

Cordillera Azul Antbird
Cordillera Azul Antbird

Scarlet-banded Barbet
Scarlet-banded Barbet

21 August
: I finally finished moving all my photos over to Flickr, and have updated all the links and indices. I reprocessed some of them while doing that, making them larger and removing watermarks. Many more also deserve this treatment, but it is a lot of work and I probably only will do it for the best/most interesting shots. I've also caught up on uploading all my recent shots as well as a bunch of shots from the US that I had never gotten around to posting. A put a selection of them below.

Black-bellied Antwren
Black-bellied Antwren from a recent trip to the Pantanal in Brazil

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were very common during the few days I had in High Island, Texas in April.

Red-handed Howler
These Red-handed Howlers seemed surprised to see us! From Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil

Jaguar rolling around on the beach
I had one of the best Jaguar sightings I've ever had in the Pantanal.

American Pygmy Kingfisher
We got very close to an American Pygmy Kingfisher from a boat in the Pantanal

31 July
: I had a great trip in Brazil visiting the northern Pantanal and Cristalino Jungle Lodge. We also had a bit of time in Chapada dos Guimarães, where I got what was perhaps my favorite bird photo of the trip. We came across an antswarm at the side of the road in gallery forest where there were at least 20 White-backed Fire-eyes actively feeding completely in the open. It was a remarkable concentration of these birds, which I normally just encounter in pairs that are often shy and hard to see.
White-backed Fire-eye
White-backed Fire-eye

10 July
: My recent travels have taken me to more northerly climes, including Belarus and Alaska. Alaska in June is stunning, and I am glad I finally made it there. It probably won't be the last time! I've just finished adding the best photos to my Flickr account (here). Along with the Spectacled Eider at the top, here are a few other favorites:

Willow Ptarmigan
Willow Ptarmigan

Pacific Loon
Pacific Loon

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

23 May
: I am changing the way I license photos for non-commercial use. I am making all my photos available under the generic Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. Click here and scroll to the bottom for further info. I am also going to stop watermarking images in the future.

8 May
: After a short trip to Texas, I've had time to finish uploading my shots from Suriname. While the Spotted Antpitta may have been my favorite bird, I think my favorite shot is a Painted Tody-Flycatcher, which I just added as the Featured Photo. Some of the other decent shots are below:

Guianan Warbling-Antbird
Guianan Warbling-Antbird at Fredberg, which is a forest reserve with a simple eco-lodge; birding in this area was superb!

Cinereous Becard
A male Cinereous Becard on the outskirts of Suriname's capital, Paramaribo.

Arrowhead Piculet
Arrowhead Piculet is Suriname's sole endemic bird; it is easy to find around Paramaribo.

Blackish Antbird
The nominate race of Blackish Antbird is perhaps deserving of a split - it is a Suriname specialty.

Rufous Crab Hawk
Rufous Crab Hawk is a species of coastal mangroves in northern and eastern South America.

Blood-colored Woodpecker
Only two bird species are endemic to the Guianas, and both are woodpeckers - this one is Blood-colored Woodpecker.

22 April: I'm starting to upload shots from Suriname from a few weeks ago, click here for more recent shots. Here are a few noteworthy ones. Pale-bellied Mourner is not a particularly beautiful species, but it is very hard to find and it was a lifer for me. It is not frequently photographed. It was in a savanna area on white sand soil near the village of Powaka (sometimes spelled Powakka). Gray-winged Trumpeters (and trumpeters in general) are usually shy, hard to see, and even harder to photograph. Many birders who are trying to see all the world's families find trumpeters to be one of the hardest to get, despite their huge range. You can't just go to a stakeout and play a call and have one fly in. You usually have to spend a huge amount of time in the rainforest hoping to get lucky. Well, I finally visited a place where I think trumpeters are just about guaranteed, Brownsberg Nature Park in Suriname. The trumpeters here, for whatever reason, seem to have lost almost all fear of humans, and you can get very close to them! Sometimes they even wander through the park HQ clearing... and yes, they are wild birds. Brownsberg was my favorite place in Suriname. The forest was pristine and absolutely beautiful. It's up on an escarpment at 500 m., so it is not quite as hot as the other places I visited in the country. There is accommodation on site, which was somewhat basic but totally fine for me, an on-site restaurant, and even communal kitchens if you wanted to bring your own food. I saw some really great birds there including Red-and-black Grosbeak and White-fronted Manakin.  I heard a White-throated Pewee, but it was way down a steep slope. If I had been alone, I may have gone after it, but I was leading a group so I really couldn't chase it.

Pale-bellied Mourner
Pale-bellied Mourner

Gray-winged Trumpeter
Gray-winged Trumpeter

White-fronted Manakin
White-fronted Manakin
Red-and-black Grosbeak
Red-and-black Grosbeak

17 April: I've finished adding 32 new photos from my short trip to Trinidad. Here are a few of my favorites:

White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin enjoying a sudden morning rainstorm

Blue-chinned Sapphire
Blue-chinned Sapphire feeding in Verbena at Asa Wright.

Barred Antshrike
This Barred Antshrike seemed almost tame, allowing close approach.

9 April: After a few days in Trinidad and two weeks in Suriname, I am now back home (a day late thanks to American Airlines). Trinidad was nice, but the birding in Suriname was terrific. The accomodation and food not so much, but the place has tons of potential and it was a memorable trip. I have lots of photos to post, but I have started by replacing the headline photo with a Spotted Antpitta. It was perhaps my favorite bird I saw there (even though not a lifer), and my 33rd antpitta species photographed. I saw it with the tour group two days before, but wasn't able to get a shot. Then, during a mid-day "siesta" during the heat of the day, I chased after it in earnest. It took me 45 minutes, and the bird led me well off the trail into the rainforest, but the hunt was successful in the end, and it was truly exhilarating to nail a photo of such a difficult bird. Normally I am very reluctant to go far off trail in remote rainforest like this, but there was a huge student group that was staying at the lodge while we were there, and they were so loud that it was easy to use them as a navigation aid!

20 March
: One last batch from Guyana before I leave for my next trip. It was especially nice to finally get a decent shot of Collared Puffbird. It's one of my favorite puffbirds, but I don't encounter it very often. Guianan Streaked-Antwren also posed nicely for the camera. All my posted shots are currently at the top of my photostream.

Collared Puffbird
Collared Puffbird

Guianan Streaked-Antwren
Guianan Streaked-Antwren

18 March
: More shots from Guyana today, including the featured photo of Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Golden-collared Woodepcker and Guianan Toucanet are specialties of the Guianan region. Blue-backed Manakin is more widespread, but this is the best shot I've gotten of one so far.

Golden-collared Woodpecker
Golden-collared Woodpecker

Guianan Toucanet
Guianan Toucanet

Blue-backed Manakin
Blue-backed Manakin

2 March
: I spent most of February in Guyana, the first time I had been there since 2006. It was a really nice trip with great birding and a fun group. We saw most of our targets, and I even got a few lifers. It was a birding trip, not a photo trip, so I only brought my 100-400mm lens this time, but I still managed to get some nice shots. Here are a couple of them, but I still have a bunch more to go through. Sun Parakeet was probably my favorite bird of the trip. This beautiful species is restricted to northern Brazil and adjacent Guyana. It is seriously endangered, apparently largely due to trapping for the cage bird trade; BirdLife International estimates the total population to be 1000-2499, and in decline. There is a small population near Karasabai in Guyana, which has become known as one of the most reliable places to see it. We found them very quickly at a known stakeout. Spotted Puffbird was surprisingly common at Karanambu Lodge, and we saw several at very close range.

Sun Parakeet
Sun Parakeet

Spotted Puffbird
Spotted Puffbird

9 February: One last quick update before I leave today on a trip to Guyana. I added my last new shots from Ecuador last year in the form of Spangled Coquette and Gray Tinamou, both of them from Copalinga Lodge. I've also started adding some mammals shots, though there are more buried away in my archives that I will have to dig out at some point.

Spangled Coquette
Spangled Coquette

Gray Tinamou
Gray Tinamou

25 January
: Continuing a theme, White-throated Screech-Owl was one of my favorite shots on an Ecuador trip back in November. I'd tried many times to photograph one previously with no luck. It's larger than most other screech-owls reaching up to 27 cm/11 in.

White-throated Screech-Owl
White-throated Screech-Owl, Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador.

White-throated Screech-Owl
White-throated Screech-Owl, Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador.

23 January
: It seems a bit crazy it took me so long to see one of these, but I have spent most of my birding life in tropical climes... I drove up into Pennsylvania on Saturday to see it and luckily it was easy to find.

Snowy Owl
A female Snowy Owl near Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA.

19 January
: A couple of shots from the upper reaches of Itatiaia National Park in Southeast Brazil: the endemic Green-crowned Plovercrest and very scarce and local Black-capped Piprites.

Green-crowned Plovercrest
Green-crowned Plovercrest

Black-capped Piprites
Black-capped Piprites

17 January: I couldn't believe it when this Rufous-tailed Antthrush crossed a road right in front of us on my last Brazil trip. Normally (along with every other antthrush), it is usually very shy and pretty much never comes out in the open.

Rufous-tailed Antthrush
Rufous-tailed Antthrush.

16 January: Bay-chested Warbling-Finch is endemic to the highlands of southeastern Brazil. Recent genetic studies showed that this species was not closely related to other warbling-finches, and a genus was erected for it, Castanozoster.

Bay-chested Warbling-Finch
Bay-chested Warbling-Finch.

14 January
: Some from Southeast Brazil today; I changed the "featured photo" to a nice shot of Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, and added improved shots of a number of species like Purple-crowned Plovercrest, Violaceous Euphonia, and Pileated Parrot.
Purple-crowned Plovercrest
Purple-crowned Plovercrest from Intervales State Park.

Violaceous Euphonia
A male Violaceous Euphonia near Jonas's feeders in Folha Seca.

Pileated Parrot
Pileated Parrots were feeding in a fruiting tree near our lodge in Intervales State Park.

8 January: Here are a few more shots from Cristalino Lodge in Brazil, including two species I had never photographed before.

Paradise Jacamar
A Paradise Jacamar catching an insect along the Cristalino River.

Cryptic Forest-Falcon
Cryptic Forest-Falcon is very hard to track down; this is the fist one I have ever photographed.

Black-collared Swallow
Black-collared Swallow is a highly localized species, found only found along fast-flowing rivers. They may be seasonal at Cristalino.

4 January
: I saw tapir calf for the first time during my Brazil trip back in September. I alerady thought tapirs were incredibly cool animals, but the young one truly blew my mind!

Brazilian Tapir
Brazilian Tapir with a calf along the Cristalino River

17 December
: Here's a Rusty-backed Antwren from the Pantanal. It's a beautiful bird of scrubby habitats, and it often comes in very close in response to playback.

Rusty-backed Antwren
Rusty-backed Antwren

8 December
: Banded Antbird is a really neat Amazonian species. It is terrestrial, and hard too photograph on the dark forest floor. I recently got my first shots of it at Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador.

Banded Antbird
Banded Antbird

Banded Antbird
Banded Antbird

4 December: I've been adding various shots from Ecuador and Brazil, such as Black-capped Foliage-gleaner; it's endemic to the Atlantic Forest region, and one of my favorite foliage-gleaners because of its distinctive head pattern.

Black-capped Foliage-gleaner
Black-capped Foliage-gleaner

30 November
: Ecuador was great, especially for cotingas! Black-necked Red-Cotinga was a new photographed species for me, though it was hard to get an angle at it since it was perched quite high up inside rainforest. Chestnut-bellied Cotinga was a bird I had never even seen before, never mind photograph, and was the most exciting find of the trip. I also got some decent shots of a male Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater.

Black-necked Red-Cotinga
Black-necked Red-Cotinga

Chestnut-bellied Cotinga
Chestnut-bellied Cotinga

Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater
Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater

9 November
: I've been adding various shots from Peru and Brazil over the last few days, with many more from Brazil that still need to be done. They will have to wait since I am heading to Ecuador for the next few weeks. Below are a few of my favorites from the recent batch:
Black Skimmer
A Black Skimmer searching for prey in the Pantanal of Brazil.

Solitary Black Cacique
The normally shy Solitary Black Cacique is quite bold in parts of the Pantanal - here is was coming to a feeder

American Kestrel
A female American Kestrel in the Marañon Canyon of Northern Peru.

Orange-backed Troupial
Orange-backed Troupial might be the most brightly-colored bird in the Pantanal.

4 November
: 32 now with the addition of Stripe-headed Antpitta from northern Peru.

Stripe-headed Antpitta
Stripe-headed Antpitta

2 November: Make that 31 antpittas... I had forgotten to upload my photo of Rusty-tinged Antpitta from northern Peru in August. It's the latest species of antpitta to visit a worm feeder. Remember when we had to look for all antpittas "the hard way"?

Rusty-tinged Antpitta
Rusty-tinged Antpitta

1 November: I had a great trip last month in Southeast Brazil, and I'll be adding some of the shots this week before I head to Ecuador for another tour. Frilled Coquette (now the headline photo) was my favorte shot, but it was also great to get a new antpitta species as well. The guides at Intervales State Park are having more success in feeding a Variegated Antpitta. It wasn't coming in during my visits in previous years, but this time it finally did. It approached so closely it was actually hard to photograph, especially with the harsh light at the time, but I managed to get something. It represents the 30th species of antpitta on antpitta.com! Another nice shot for today is a singing Rufous-capped Antshrike, also from Intervales.

Variegated Antpitta
Variegated Antpitta

Rufous-capped Antshrike
Rufous-capped Antshrike

7 October
: I'm heading back Southeast Brazil today, but I have been steadily adding photos from Colombia and Peru over the last few days. One of my favorites was a singing Peruvian Plantcutter, which is a seriously endangered species restricted to Northwest Peru. Use this link to see all the others; the most recent ones are at the bottom.

Peruvian Plantcutter
Peruvian Plantcutter

4 October
:  I've been adding numerous photos from several different trips. Here's a shot of two Bare-faced Curassows from the Pantanal. The one on the right is an adult male, and the one following it is a young male.

Bare-faced Curassow

Next is a shot of a pair of White-headed Marsh Tyrants perched together next to the wetlands at the Guapiassu Ecological Reserve in Brazil. The female is on the left and the male on the right.

White-headed Marsh Tyrant

Not far away, there was a Rufous-tailed Jacamar that had just caught a dragonfly.

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Here's a Blue-and-white Swallow from Itatiaia National Park in Brazil, perched on the roof of the hotel we were staying in.

Blue-and-white Swallow

A Narrow-billed Woodcreeper climbing up a colorful trunk near Serra da Canastra National Park.

Narrow-billed Woodcreeper

This Chopi Blackbird was posing nicely - the grooves in the bill, which are often hard to see in the field, show well here.

Chopi Blackbird

...and finally, something from my trip to Peru in August, an Amethyst Woodstar feeding on  a Verbena flower.

Amethyst Woodstar

29 September
: The process of moving the old Neotropical family galleries to Flickr has been mostly completed. There are still a bunch of old galleries from non-neotropical trips that I move over eventually as well, but that will have to wait. In the process of moving everything over I found and corrected numerous mistakes and typos, so hopefully they should be a bit better now. I also found a trove of photos from Southeast Brazil last year that I had completely forgotten about, such as Short-tailed Antthrush and Azure-shouldered Tanager from Intervales State Park. I also added one of my favorite shots from a trip to Peru this month, the endemic Gray-bellied Comet.

Short-tailed Antthrush
Short-tailed Antthrush

Azure-shouldered Tanager
Azure-shouldered Tanager

Gray-bellied Comet
Gray-bellied Comet

25 September
: I replaced the featured photo with a nice shot of Red-billed Scythebill from a recent Brazil trip, added a few shots from last year that I had overlooked, including Cinnamon Tanager, and have been continuing to work on moving the family photo galleries over to Flickr.

Cinnamon Tanager
Cinnamon Tanager from Southeast Brazil

11 August: While transferring photos over to Flickr, I've come across some nice shots from the past year that I had overlooked. This first is a Black-chested Jay from the lodge in the Santa Marta mountains in Colombia. It was almost dark and I had to shoot at 12800 ISO, but with some background noise reduction it came out pretty nice. The other is a Masked Water Tyrant from Southeast Brazil which was posing nicely. I leave tomorrow for back to back trips to Peru and Brazil, so it may be a while before I can add anything new.
Black-chested Jay
Black-chested Jay

Masked Water-Tyrant
Masked Water-Tyrant

2 August: I found some shots from last year I forgot to upload, such as this Spot-winged Wood-Quail. The guides at Intervales State Park in Brazil had successfully habituated a covey to come in and eat corn at a spot inside the forest. These birds were nearly tame and we could pretty much walk right up to them! It was great to see them like this since most of the time they are a nightmare to actually see. There was very little light, but I managed to get a couple of reasonably sharp shots. I'm making good progress in moving the photo galleries over to Flickr, but a lot more still needs to be done.

Spot-winged Wood-Quail
Spot-winged Wood-Quail

19 July
: I have decided to start using Flickr for my Neotropical bird galleries. The ease of uploading and replacing photos, EXIF support, geotagging, and the customizable image descriptions that support html formatting have all convinced me. With batch upload and batch image editing, it is (relatively) easy to copy my material over. It's still going to be a lot of work. See here for an example of a converted gallery. I'll still be using antpitta.com as a gateway with a blog and index, but I am also going to start including non neotropical stuff in the blog, starting with the Cedar Waxwing below. These are just a few of several changes I have in mind to give my aging website a facelift.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing from the highest point in West Virginia

17 July
: A couple more shots from Colombia, Colombian Chachalaca and Blue-necked Tanager. Both were visiting feeders at a private house near Jardin called Finca Bambusa. This was a great spot for bird photography and I recommend it if you are in the area.

Colombian Chachalaca - Ortalis columbiana
Colombian Chachalaca

Blue-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanicollis
Blue-necked Tanager

6 July: It's tough to photograph Andean Cock-of-the-rock at their leks since there is typically very little light when the males display. On my trip to Colombia we visited a lek that was active in the afternoon, and it was better for photography than any I've visited before. We also got close to some Yellow-eared Parrots, though the light was tough.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock - Rupicola peruvianus
A male Andean Cock-of-the-rock from a lek in Jardín, Colombia

30 June: Just one one shot in this update, the striking Red-bellied Grackle. It's endemic to the western and central ranges of the Colombian Andes, and has always been one of my favorite birds of the region.

Red-bellied Grackle - Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster
Red-bellied Grackle

26 June: The Rio Blanco reserve in Colombia is the best place in the world to photograph Chestnut-crowned Antpitta. They have become almost tame around one of the worm feeders there. I've added a new gallery just for that species.

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta - Grallaria ruficapilla
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta

17 June
: I just changed the featured photo to Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, which we photographed at Rio Blanco in Colombia while waiting (in vain) for a Bicolored Antpitta to come in.
15 June: Today's update is again mostly about hummingbirds. Buffy Helmetcrest is a nice one to be hummer number 200 for the site - we got quite close to one but foggy conditions made getting a decent background impossible. I really like one the shots of Rainbow-bearded Thornbill too. Others today were Tourmaline Sunangel, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Viridian Metaltail, Mountain Velvetbreast, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Gray-browed Brush-Finch, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, and Black-capped Tyrannulet.

Buffy Helmetcrest - Oxypogon stubelii
Buffy Helmetcrest, a Colombian endemic

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill - Chalcostigma herrani
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill

7 June: More from Colombia... Black-thighed Puffleg is a new hummer species for the site - the male is the only puffleg with  black leg puffs. I also finally got a shot of Shining Sunbeam that shows well the part of the bird that actually shines. I think that gives me 199 hummingbird species photographed... what will 200 be?

Black-thighed Puffleg - Eriocnemis derbyi
Black-thighed Puffleg (male).

Shining Sunbeam - Aglaeactis cupripennis
Shining Sunbeam

4 June
: I just got back from a short trip to Colombia with my colleague Pablo Cervantes Daza, mainly to check out some sites that we want to include in future photo tours. I finally got to visit Rio Blanco, which is famous for its antpittas. It's always fun to add a new antpitta to antpitta.com, and this time it is Brown-banded Antpitta. It's not the prettiest member of the family, but any antpitta is neat to me. Sadly we didn't get any shots of Bicolored (heard only), which is usually a regular visitor to the feeders at Rio Blanco, but it recently had stopped coming. The guide there, Carlos Mario, thought that it was predated by a Tayra Eira barbara, a huge weasel. As tame as some antpittas can become at feeders, they are still wild animals and subject to the perils of their natural habitat. With this new addition, I now have photos of 30 out of 53 antpittas, based on Clements/Cornell taxonomy. The number of species is certainly going to increase with future revisions. This is the first of a number of new photos I'll be adding in the near future.

Brown-banded Antpitta - Grallaria milleri
Brown-banded Antpitta, a Colombian endemic coming to a worm feeder at Rio Blanco.

23 May: I'm mostly finished adding new stuff from Mexico - Rose-bellied Bunting was the headline photo for while, and others today include Flammulated Flycatcher, Russet-crowned Motmot, Hooded Yellowthroat, Hutton's Vireo, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Ocellated Quail, Plain-capped Starthroat, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-headed Tanager, and  White-fronted Parrot.

Flammulated Flycatcher - Deltarhynchus flammulatus
Flammulated Flycatcher is endemic to Mexico and the only member of the genus Deltarhynchus.

Russet-crowned Motmot - Momotus mexicanus
A pair of Russet-crowned Motmots in dry forest of southern Mexico

21 May: Broad-billed Hummingbirds from southern Mexico are sometimes consdidered a distinct species ("Turquoise-crowned" or "Doubleday's" Hummingbird) due to their glittering blue crown and bluer underparts. I got a decent shot of a male in Mexico. Also, after another of failed attempts, I finally managed a photo of Blue-and-white Mockingbird, which is usually very shy and retiring. Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow is also a nice-looking Mexican endemic. Others new for today are Colima Pygmy-Owl, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Blue-capped Hummingbird, Brown Booby, Yellow-eyed Junco, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, and Greater Pewee.

Broad-billed Hummingbird - Cynanthus latirostris
The distinctive doubledayi subspecies of Broad-billed Hummingbird

Blue-and-white Mockingbird - Melanotis hypoleucus
Blue-and-white Mockingbird

Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow - Peucaea sumichrasti
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, also sometimes called Sumichrast's Sparrow

17 May
: I'm making good progress on adding photos from my Mexico trip in March and April. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls were surprisingly common in a few areas we visited, and I got a nice shot of a singing bird near Tuxtepec. Orange-breasted Bunting is one of my all-time favorite Mexican species and I had to add another shot of it. I also finally got a decent one of White-eared Hummingbird - it's one of the most common species in the highlands, but the lack of feeders in Mexico makes it tough to pin down for a photo. Other new additions today are
American Robin, Red Warbler, Inca Dove, Rufous-naped (Sclater's) Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, "Brown-throated" House Wren, Pileated Flycatcher, Yelow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, and White-bellied Emerald.

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Orange-breasted Bunting - Passerina leclancherii
Orange-breasted Bunting

White-eared Hummingbird - Hylocharis leucotis
White-eared Hummingbird

13 May: 3000! I've been busy on going through my photos from Thailand earlier this year,  adding the best of them to an external Flickr gallery. That surpasses the 3000 species mark for antpitta.com, counting photos on the site and linked to on the external galleries.

3 May
: A few new shots from Mexico: Collared Towhee, Gray Silky-flycatcher, and Long-tailed Wood-Partridge.

Collared Towhee - Pipilo ocai
Collared Towhee from the mountains north of Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Gray Silky-flycatcher - Ptiliogonys cinereus
Gray Silky-flycatchers are common in the mountains of much of Mexico

Long-tailed Wood-Partridge - Dendrortyx macroura
A rather soggy Long-tailed Wood-Partridge during a rainy morning in southern Mexico

30 April
: Mexico has some great jays as well, but they are usually very tough to photograph. I encountered an exceptional number of Dwarf Jays in the mountains north of Oaxaca City during my trip, and with patience and persistence finally managed to get a decent shot.  I also added a shot of
Gray-barred Wren as well as a few other things.

Dwarf Jay - Cyanolyca nanus
Dwarf Jay from the mountains of southern Mexico

21 April
: With 32 species, Mexico is more to a tremendous variety of wrens (only Colombia has more).  I photographed some of them on my recent trip, and today I'm uploading decent shots of Rock WrenGray-breasted Wood-Wren, and Boucard's Wren. I shot two quite different-looking Rock Wrens in Oaxaca, which makes me think that two different subspecies occur there, contrary to published ranges. I've also added two new species of sparrow to the site, Lark Sparrow, which winters as far south as Oaxaca, and Bridled Sparrow, a really pretty Mexican endemic.

Rock Wren - Salpinctes obsoletus
Rock Wrens inhabit several archaeological sites near the city of Oaxaca in Mexico

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren - Henicorhina leucophrys
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Boucard's Wren - Campylorhynchus jocosus
Boucard's Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Lark Sparrow - Chondestes grammacus
Lark Sparrows winter as far south as southern Oaxaca in Mexico

Bridled Sparrow - Peucaea mystacalis
Bridled Sparrow, endemic to arid areas of south-central Mexico

17 April: TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  Hard to believe, but antpitta.com went online ten years ago in 2007. The first ever "featured photo" was a Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant from Ecuador, a digiscoped shot (back then pretty much all my shots were digiscoped). Today I am starting to add some shots from my five week stint in Mexico. Nava's Wren is the new headline photo, though my favorite bird from the whole trip was the Unspotted Saw-whet Owl shown below. We got super close to this bird on the first tour, but it was calling from deep inside the foliage and remained unseen (thanks to Alberto Martínez for taking us to the site). It really wasn't on the original plan for the second tour, but we had done so well with our other targets that we decided to go for it. It required a 3:30am start from Tuxtla Guttiérez but it was totally worth it! We were lucky to get it when we did, since bad weather (high winds, fog, light rain) settled in immediately after we saw the bird, and stayed for the rest of the day. We felt quite lucky.

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius ridgwayi
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from southern Mexico

9 March: A short trip to Northern Colombia got me a few decent shots, including a lucky photo of a Black-backed Antshrike. I've added a few more below, all of them improvements on images I had gotten on previous trips: Golden-winged Sparrow, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, and Green-rumped Parrotlet. I leave in a couple of days for a very long trip to Mexico. The last time I went to Mexico I had only just gotten a decent DSLR - this time around I have much better gear, so hope to get some better material. 

Strong-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
A very approachable Strong-billed Woodcreeper from El Dorado Lodge in Northern Colombia

Golden-winged Sparrow - Arremon schlegeli
Golden-winged Sparrow scavenging some seeds beneath a feeder in Minca, Colombia

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus fuscater
This Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush was near the woodcreeper - both were feeding on recently-hatched insects that were in and near the trail

Green-rumped Parrotlet - Forpus passerinus
A tiny Green-rumped Parrotlet hanging in a fruiting tree near the Caribbean coast in Northwest Colombia

9 February: I've finally been able to do a reasonably big update, adding a bunch of species from my Ecuador trip late last year, and changing the "featured" photo to a Helmeted Woodpecker from a Southeast Brazil trip in October. For a first time in a while, I've been able to add another antpitta species (29 now) to antpitta.com, a Plain-backed Antpitta from eastern Ecuador. It's not the prettiest antpitta out there, but still neat (as are all antpittas!). I highlighted a few other shots below: Masked Mountain-Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, and Dusky Piha. Some other bew shots are Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Uniform Treehunter, Lita Woodpecker (crappy shot but documents a nest), Lawrence's Thrush, and Yellow-browed Sparrow. I've also added two external galleries on Flickr, one for a trip to Yellowstone in October and another for Myanmar in January. Tomorrow I head off for a short tour to Colombia.

Plain-backed Antpitta - Grallaria haplonota
A Plain-backed Antpitta at a worm feeder at WildSumaco Lodge in Ecuador

Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
A Masked Mountain-Tanager at the edge of the páramo at 3700 m (12,100 ft) near Papallacta in Ecuador

Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator coming to a banana feeder in Northwest Ecuador

Dusky Piha - Lipaugus fuscocinereus
We were lucky to get eye level shots of a Dusky Piha along the Guacamayos Ridge Trail in Ecuador

31 December
: I have been neglecting antpitta.com lately, unfortunately, due in part to a busy schedule that has taken me to Brazil and Ecuador over the last several months, among other places. Later today I leave for another trip to Southeast Asia, so I wanted to find time for one last update for 2016. I just changed the "featured photo" to Rufous-crowned Antpitta, which has become a lot more approachable at Mashpi Shungo since my first visit. I've also picked a few of my favorite shots from the Brazil and Ecuador trips to upload: White-eared Puffbird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, and Green (Inca) Jay. Happy New Year everyone!

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru
White-eared Puffbird waiting to take food to an active nest

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow - Pyroderus scutatus
Female Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Intervales State Park in Brazil

Dark-backed Wood-Quail - Odontophorus melanonotus
Dark-backed Wood-Quail at Angel Paz's refuge in Ecuador

Green Jay - Cyanocorax yncas
Green (Inca) Jay at eating insects near a light at San Isidro in Ecuador
1 September: I have reorganized the antbird galleries and improved a lot of the photos, making them brighter and sharper. I also added a few additional shots of certain species, such as Chestnut-backed Antbird and Ocellated Antbird. Antbirds are often photographed in extreme low light conditions, and it is tricky to process them to make them look bright and natural, but not too noisy. One of these days I may make a blog about how I do this. For example, the Chestnut-backed Antbird was shot at an extreme ISO (12800) yet still came out quite nice. The Ocellated Antbird was shot at 6400 ISO.

Chestnut-backed Antbird - Poliocrania exsul
Chestnut-backed Antbird - now a new monotypic genus: Poliocrania

Ocellated Antbird - Phaenostictus mcleannani
An Ocellated Antbird attending an antswarm in Panama

19 August
: I've been improving some of the Neotropical galleries, such as woodpeckers and parrots, by reprocessing old photos and even uploading some new ones, like this Magellanic Woodpecker. I've also added various non-neotropical photos to my Flickr account.

Magellanic Woodpecker - Campephilus magellanicus
A Magellanic Woodpecker feeds recently fledged young in Tierra del Fuego.

1 August
: While guiding my last tour I visited a lodge in Southeast Brazil called Itororó Lodge. It's near Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio. It's not really a "new" lodge, but the owners partnered with with Andy Foster, who formerly operated Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, and he's helped turn in it into a very nice birding and bird photography lodge. The feeders are absolutely superb with the likes of Magpie Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager,
Golden-chevroned Tanager, and Maroon-bellied Parakeet regularly coming in - all these photos are from their feeders.

Magpie Tanager - Cissopis leverianus
Magpie Tanager

Brassy-breasted Tanager - Tangara desmaresti
Brassy-breasted Tanager

Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager

Maroon-bellied Parakeet - Pyrrhura frontalis
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
 26 July: Here's a Planalto Slaty-Antshrike from one of my recent Brazil tours. It has a large range stretching from northeastern to south-central Brazil.

Planalto Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus pelzelni
Planalto Slaty-Antshrike

Birds of Western Ecuador23 June: Birds of Western Ecuador has been released! I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's been a long road, and I'd like to thank everyone who helped make it a reality. If you contributed photos and are still awaiting payment and/or complimentary copies, please send me an email and I will pass it on to them.

The book is widely available from most online retailers including Amazon, Buteo Books, NHBS, Andrew Isles, etc. I hope for it to be available within Ecuador at some point, but that may take some time.

I'm leaving today for a couple of Brazil tours, so hopefully will have some new shots to share when I return in a few weeks.

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25 September
: Red-billed Scythebill from Brazil.
25 September: Cinnamon Tanager from Brazil.
11 August: Black-chested Jay from Colombia.
11 August: Masked Water-Tyrant from Brazil.
2 August: Spot-winged Wood-Quail from Brazil.
19 July: Cedar Waxwing from the USA.
17 July: Colombian Chachalaca from Colombia.
17 July: Blue-necked Tanager from Colombia.
6 July: Andean Cock-of-the-rock from Colombia.
6 July: Yellow-eared Parrot from Colombia.
30 June: Red-bellied Grackle from Colombia.
26 June: Chestnut-crowned Antpitta from Colombia.
17 June: Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher from Colombia.

15 June: Buffy Helmetcrest from Colombia.
15 June: Rainbow-bearded Thornbill from Colombia.
15 June: Tourmaline Sunangel from Colombia.
15 June: Sword-billed Hummingbird from Colombia.
15 June: Viridian Metaltail from Colombia.
15 June: Mountain Velvetbreast from Colombia.
15 June: Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager from Colombia.
15 June: Paramo Tapaculo from Colombia.
15 June: Plumbeous Sierra-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Gray-browed Brush-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Pale-naped Brush-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Black-capped Tyrannulet from Colombia.
7 June: Black-thighed Puffleg from Colombia.
7 June: Shining Sunbeam from Colombia.
4 June: Brown-banded Antpitta from Colombia.
23 May: Rose-bellied Bunting from Mexico.
23 May: Flammulated Flycatcher from Mexico.
23 May: Russet-crowned Motmot from Mexico.
23 May: Hooded Yellowthroat from Mexico.
23 May: Hutton's Vireo from Mexico.
23 May: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet from Mexico.
23 May: Ocellated Quail from Mexico.
23 May: Plain-capped Starthroat from Mexico.
23 May: Pomarine Jaeger from Mexico.
23 May: Red-headed Tanager from Mexico.
23 May: White-fronted Parrot from Mexico.
21 May: Broad-billed Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Blue-and-white Mockingbird from Mexico
21 May: Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow from Mexico
21 May: Amrthyst-throated Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Blue-capped Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Brown Booby from Mexico
21 May: Yellow-eyed Junco from Mexico
21 May: Buff-breasted Flycatcher from Mexico
21 May: Greater Pewee from Mexico
21 May: Colima Pygmy-Owl from Mexico
17 May: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl from Mexico
17 May: Orange-breasted Bunting from Mexico
17 May: White-eared Hummingbird from Mexico
17 May: American Robin from Mexico
17 May: Brown-backed Solitaire from Mexico
17 May: Red Warbler from Mexico
17 May: Inca Dove from Mexico
17 May: Rufous-naped (Sclater's) Wren from Mexico
17 May: Rufous-crowned Sparrow from Mexico
17 May: Ash-throated Flycatcher from Mexico
17 May: Gray-collared Becard from Mexico
17 May: House Wren (Brown-throated) from Mexico
17 May: Pileated Flycatcher from Mexico
17 May: Yelow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler from Mexico
17 May: White-bellied Emerald from Mexico

13 May: 69 photos from Thailand (external gallery)
4 May: Collared Towhee from Mexico
4 May: Gray Silky-flycatcher from Mexico
4 May: Long-tailed Wood-Partridge from Mexico
30 April: Dwarf Jay from Mexico
30 April: Gray-barred Wren from Mexico
30 April: Hairy Woodpecker from Mexico
30 April: Brown Creeper from Mexico
30 April: Golden-browed Warbler from Mexico
21 April: Rock Wren from Mexico
21 April: Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  from Mexico
21 April: Boucard's Wren from Mexico
21 April: Lark Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Bridled Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay from Mexico
17 April: Nava's Wren from Mexico
17 April: Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from Mexico
9 March: Black-backed Antshrike from Colombia
9 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia
9 March: Strong-billed Woodcreeper from Colombia
9 March: Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush from Colombia
9 March: Green-rumped Parrotlet from Colombia
9 February: Helmeted Woodpecker from Brazil
9 February: Plain-backed Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Masked Mountain-Tanager from Ecuador
9 February: Black-winged Saltator from Ecuador
9 February: Dusky Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Gray-tailed Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Dark-breasted Spinetail from Ecuador
9 February: Uniform Treehunter from Ecuador
9 February: Lita Woodpecker from Ecuador
9 February: Lawrence's Thrush from Ecuador
9 February: Citron-bellied Attila from Ecuador
9 February: Yellow-browed Sparrow from Ecuador
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Yellowstone National Park
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Myanmar (Burma)

31 December
: Rufous-crowned Antpitta from Ecuador.

31 December: Dark-backed Wood-Quail from Ecuador.
31 December: Green (Inca) Jay from Ecuador.
31 December: White-eared Puffbird from Brazil.
31 December: Red-ruffed Fruitcrow from Brazil.
1 September: Chestnut-backed Antbird from Ecuador.
1 September: Ocellated Antbird from Panama.
19 August: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 August: Magpie Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Brassy-breasted Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Golden-chevroned Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Maroon-bellied Parakeet from Brazil.
26 July: Planalto Slaty-Antshrike
from Brazil.

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