Birding in Colombia – the most specious country in the world

Birding in Colombia – the most specious country in the world

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Date(s) - 05/Apr/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Parish Hall of St. Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church


Speaker: Dr. David Bradley (Bird Studies Canada) and Ana Gonzales (PhD candidate)

At the northern end of South America, Colombia is a megadiverse country for birds, with 2,000 recorded species, over 100 of which are endemic to the country. This amazing diversity is a result of numerous factors, from the country’s position between Central and South America, which funnels migrants as they move to and from the continent, to the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, the expansive Amazon rainforest, and the highly seasonal llanos grasslands. Add to this the three distinct arms of the high Andes with its intermountain valleys and associated elevation gradient, and you have all the ingredients for a plethora of birds. We will discuss the birds of Colombia and some of the factors that create the country’s immense diversity and the threats they face. We will also outline two post-congress tours we are running there in September as part of the International Ornithological Congress in August.

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