Central America-birds

An excellent area to see birds, Central America  is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast. Central America is bordered by Mexico to the north,Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama with a combined population of about 43 million.

 The Central American land mass has an area of 523,780 square kilometers (202,230 sq mi),or almost 0.1% of the Earth’s surface. It is part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, which extends from northern Guatemala through central Panama. Due to the presence of several active geologic faults and the Central America Volcanic Arc, there is a great deal of seismic activity in the region.Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur frequently; these natural disasters have resulted in the loss of many lives and much property.

Almost half of the bird population of the Talamancan montane forests in Costa Rica and Panama are endemic to this region. Several birds are listed as threatened, most notably the resplendent quetzal (Pharomacrus mocinno), three-wattled bellbird (Procnias tricarunculata), bare-necked umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis), and black guan (Chamaepetes unicolor).

birds Violet Saberwing Hummingbird, Campylopterus hemileucurus, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Sabrewing says "The Violet Sabrewing, Campylopterus hemileucurus, is a very large hummingbird native to southern Mexico and Central America as far south as Costa Rica and western Panama. Photographed 08 May 2012 at our lodge Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica Eco-Lodge, Hotel, Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, Costa Rica ... www.bosquedepaz.com near the villages of Palmira and Pueblo Nuevo, near Bajos del Toro, and the Volcan Poas National Park, and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Photo © 2012 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at] mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com, Canon 5D Mark III, with Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, with no circular polarizer, medium ball-head on a lightweight Gitzo travel tripod, IS off, RAW. Proprietary muiti-flash setup by Greg Basco. See EXIF for more settings.

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Violet Saberwing Hummingbird, Campylopterus hemileucurus 

Many birds of Central America are winter visitors from the north but many are residents as well.

Birds of Central America Checklist

Costa Rica Bird Sound

Birds of Belize
Birding Guatemala
Birds of Central America-Wikipedia
Birds of Honduras
Birdwatching in Panama
Costa Rica 2
El SalvadorGuatemala Checklist
Honduras Checklist
Mayan Birding
Worldtwitch Belize

Resplendent Quetzal. Photo by Joseph C. Boone birds
Resplendent Quetzal. Photo by Joseph C. Boone

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