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Taxonomy update Central America 2017

Each year, the AOS (formerly AOU) updates their taxonomy, to reflect the latest insights into the taxonomic relationships of the birds of North America, which includes Central America. This year’s taxonomy changes are published in the Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Check-list of North American Birds, published 5 July 2017 in the journal The Auk. eBird generally follows the AOS taxonomy, and on 15 August 2017, your old records will automatically be changed to reflect this new taxonomy. After the update, take a look at your life list and who knows, maybe you gained a few ‘armchair lifers’!

August eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to get our birding every day in one of the least-eBirded months of the year. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 31 eligible checklists during August.  Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month. August is an interesting […]

Register now for World Shorebirds Day

From 1-7 September 2017, we celebrate shorebirds at eBird as we partner with Gyorgy Szimuli, an avid eBirder who four years ago started organizing an event called World Shorebirds Day. The day itself is 6 September, but the event now encompasses a full week—the first “bar chart week” for September in eBird—during which we encourage […]

eBird Illustrated Checklists are here!

You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It’s all using sightings that you contributed! We take the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combine with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and include the last date when a species was seen in that place. The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information. Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists! To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot. At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”. Here’s an example.

July eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, encourages you to share July birding with others. The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 eligible shared checklists during July. Each shared checklist that you’re a part of gives you one chance to win. These lists may be shared with you from another person, or shared from you to someone else—the only […]

New version of eBird Mobile now with My eBird

eBird Mobile has been available as a speedy and free data-entry app for iOS and Android devices since 2015. Nearly 200,000 people have used eBird Mobile, and over 50% of all eBird sightings are now entered via the app. Until recently, eBird Mobile has been entirely focused on data collection—today we’re very excited to announce the release of My eBird tools across eBird Mobile! See […]

Introducing Merlin Guatemala and Merlin Belize

Merlin Bird ID, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology’s app to help you identify birds in your area, has just landed in Central America! After the United States and Canada, then Mexico, the award-winning app has just released new bird packs for Belize and Guatemala, putting all the birds one can expect to see there—including resident species—at […]

May eBirder of the Month Challenge

This May’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is all about birding on Global Big Day! 13 May is the third Global Big Day, bringing together birders around the world for birding’s biggest day. In last year’s Global Big Day we noted 6,332 species together as a global birding community—can we top that this year?! The eBirder of the month will be […]

New species for eBird Central America: Dark-billed Cuckoo!

Congratulations to Daniel Martínez for reporting a new species to the eBird Central American list: Dark-billed Cuckoo, from Río Indio in southeastern Nicaragua! This represents species number 1212 for eBird in Central America. Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus) is found throughout tropical South America, and also occurs on the Galapagos Islands. It’s a long-distance austral migrant […]

Flycatcher ID challenges in a Central American context

During the months of April and May, flycatchers of the genera Empidonax and Contopus are some of the most common and difficult birds to identify in Central America. To help you with this challenging group, we have prepared an overview of the expected species in the region. We hope this will prove useful as you prepare for Global Big Day, and for everyday birding during these months.

When confronted in the field with one of these generally drab flycatchers, the first thing to figure out is whether you’re looking at a Contopus wood-pewee or an Empidonax flycatcher.