The Bird Photo Count Continues…


WC’s effort to count the number of bird species he’s photographed continues. All the photos from Peru, Antarctica, Oaxaca, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the Galapagos have been reviewed. More than half have been discarded. The process necessarily slows down as you start running into duplicates.

And it took about three hours to sort out what the International Ornithological Union had done to Motmots.

Yes, there’s a family of birds called Motmots. They are named for their calls. And they are gorgeous birds. Here are the five species WC has worked through so far.

Andean Motmot

Andean Motmot

Blue-crowned Motmot

Blue-crowned Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Rufous-tailed Motmot

Rufous-tailed Motmot

Rufous Motmot

Rufous Motmot

The IOU has changed the classification of the Motmots three times since 2007, the date of the first photo.1 WC will spare you the details. But the changes make most of the field guides useless. For all WC knows, the IOU will change them again before this post goes up. There are, at present, 14 species. WC may have a couple more photos. Or not.

So the count is at 607 species photographed, with almost all of Ecuador (more than 20,000 photos), the Pantanal in Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama and, oh, right, North America, still to go.

 

 


  1. The American Ornithological Union has struggled with this family of birds, too. For a sample of its thinking, scroll to page 32 of this long PDF
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2 thoughts on “The Bird Photo Count Continues…

  1. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful photos. Made my day. I am curious about the word “rufous tailed” though. Do you know its origin? We have rufous hummingbirds and I just assumed they were so named by a person named Rufous.

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