Blog Archive: Trogons & Cotingas

Birdorable Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Birdorable Cocks-of-the-Rock in Peru!

September 28th, 2011 in In the Wild, Conservation, Trogons & Cotingas 2 comments

We at Birdorable are proud to have provided use of our cute Andean Cock-of-the-rock image to The Field Museum's 24th rapid inventory team that traveled to the Kampankis mountains of Peru this summer. A few months ago, we were kindly contacted by one of the conservation biologists working on the survey. We were asked if our Andean Cock-of-the-rock could be used for the team's t-shirt, and we were happy to comply! The survey was done in northern Peru, in an area where Andean Cocks-of-the-rock are abundant. Below is a photo of some of the team members when they recently arrived in Tarapoto after the survey. If you look closely, you'll find at least five Birdorables in the photo!

These surveys are huge team efforts and entail adventure and discovery. For example, the above photograph was taken during an earthquake after a multi-day weather delay. If you'd like to learn more about the high adventure and about the fascinating work done during the rapid survey of the Kampankis mountains, check out the rapid inventories of remote regions blog.

Birdorable Resplendent Quetzal

Birdorable 197: Resplendent Quetzal

Cute Birdorable Resplendent Quetzal

We're reaching the end of our 17-day long Birdorable Bonanza. Today's new bird is this spectacular Resplendent Quetzal. Males sport very long tail streamers and a helmet-like crest. It's officially the Birdorable with the longest tail! ;) The Resplendent Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala where it is pictured on the flag. It is even the name of the local currency (the Guatemalan Quetzal). Check out these nice coins:

Flag and coins of Guatemala with the Resplendent Quetzal
Resplendent Quetzal (Male) by David Lindsey
Photo by David Lindsey (Source: Flickr)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 198