EBird Central America

Each year, the AOS (formerly AOU) updates its taxonomy to reflect the latest perceptions on the taxonomic relationships of North American birds, including Central America. This year's taxonomic changes are published in the fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's North American Bird List, published on July 5, 2017 in The Auk. EBird generally follows the AOS taxonomy, and on August 15, 2017, your old records will be automatically changed to reflect this new taxonomy. After the update, take a look at your life list and who knows, maybe you won a few "lifers armchair!" From September 1 to 7, 2017, We celebrated shorebirds on eBird together with Gyorgy Szimuli, an avid eBirder who four years ago started organizing an event called World Shorebird Day. The day itself is on September 6, but the event now encompasses a full week-the first [...]

Now you can see a digital bird guide for any site Interest or region of the world: an illustrated list. The best part is that it was created using sightings with which you contributed! We took the photo and the best-rated sound from the Macaulay Library, combined them with the eBird data to show [...]

In July, the eBirder Challenge of the Month, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to share your bookstores. The eBirder of the Month will be selected from eBirders who enter 15 eligible lists for July. Each shared list you are part of gives you a chance to win. These lists can be shared [...]

Merlin Bird ID, the application of the Cornell Ornithology Lab designed to help identify birds in your area, has just landed in Central America! After the United States and Canada, then Mexico, the award-winning application has just launched new packages for Belize and Guatemala, putting all the birds that can be expected to see there, including resident species, at hand.

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Identification (Start ID)

Imagine that you are in Guatemala, and you see a bird that you do not recognize immediately. With five simple questions about where and when you looked at the bird, what size and color it was, and what it was doing, Merlin will give you a list of the most likely species. This listing not only considers the answers you provided, but also the probability of the species in your locality, based on millions of eBird observations.

In May, the challenge for Selecting the eBirder of the Month, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, has everything to do with birding on the Great World Day! This May 13 is the third Great World Day, an event that brings together birdwatchers from around the world for the biggest day of [...]

Congratulations to Daniel Martínez for adding a new species to the list of birds in eBird Central America: Dark-billed Cuckoo, from Río Indio in southeastern Nicaragua! This would be species number 1212 for eBird in Central America. Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus) is found throughout tropical South America, and also occurs in the Galapagos Islands. It is an austral migratory [...]

When confronted in the field with one of these flyers with muted colors, the first thing to find out is if you are looking at a "wood-pewee" Contopus or a mosquito of the genus Empidonax.

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