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Bird Species Spotlight: Crested Barbet
by Jake Jacoby | December 31, 2020

In 2017, my brother Mitch and I had the opportunity to stay in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa. As previously reported, this game reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and comprises some 35,000 acres and also shares a 12-mile unfenced border with Kruger Nation Park. Continue reading »

Bird Species Spotlight: Guira Cuckoo
by Jake Jacoby | November 28, 2020
I saw my first Guira Cuckoo on the ground in the grasslands of Brazil in 2018. These cuckoos are frequent visitors to drier habitats, such as second-growth scrub, scrub savannahs and woodlands, pampas, pastures, fields and coastal dunes. They are very social birds and live in groups of 6 to 8 individuals, although as many as 20 birds in one flock have been recorded. They are very noisy birds and make a wide variety of noises, including yodels, guttural calls, gargled trills, and whistles. And, like other cuckoos, they give off a very strong odor. Continue reading »
Bird Species Spotlight: Black Skimmer
by Jake Jacoby | September 26, 2020
The black skimmer is an instantly recognized bird that is best known for its remarkable beak, and its black and white underpants. These skimmers have long, deep, and flattened blade-like mandibles. The upper mandible is shorter than the lower mandible and all skimmers have short legs with webbed toes. Continue reading »
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