I’ve been tagged. Nuthatch over at Bootstrap Analysis, has tagged me with the most beautiful birds meme.
Rules: Post a list of the 10 birds you consider most beautiful on your blog; you may limit the list to the ABA area (continental United States and Canada) or use a geographic area of your choice. Mark birds you have seen with an asterisk. Tag 3 bloggers to keep it going
So, although there are a lot of great birds in the ABA area, I’ll broaden my horizons to Latin America — Mexico and south. And because everybody likes to know what I’m talking about, I’ll link to pictures. Also, because I’ve got enough to pick from, I’ll choose only birds I’ve seen.
- Ocellated Antbird* (of course)
- Resplendent Quetzal*
- Andean Cock-of-the-rock* (yes, the picture’s safe for work)
- Powerful Woodpecker*
- Black-and-white Owl*
- Booted Racquet-tail*
- Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan*
- Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher*
- Flame-faced Tanager*
- Violet Sabrewing* (and check out this enormous picture someone forgot to resize – warning 2.7 MB).
In her post, Nuthatch mentions that the most beautiful world bird she hasn’t seen is Wallcreeper. I find this greatly amusing, as this bird is the source of recent friendly arguments with my wife. You see, I don’t really want to go to Europe. It’s not that I hate the place. There are far worse, like Hell (some of you may know it as Houston, TX). It’s just that as a biologist and birder, every other continent appeals to me more. It’s kind of like if I ran out of places to go, Europe might stir my interest. So in this heated discussion with my wife, I informed her (obnoxiously, sarcasticly, and untruthfully) that the only reason to visit Europe was to look for Wallcreeper, and that if we went, we could do nothing else until we found it. So Nuthatch, though you didn’t realize it, thanks for the laughs.
As for me, the bird I’d like to see most is the Kakapo, the 8 pound, flightless, nocturnal parrot is at the top of my list of world birds I want to see the most. The birds of paradise come in a close second. Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and Blue Bird of Paradise would be just fine with me. (Yes, birders can never just pick one bird).
Now to tag three other people… Perhaps Bill Thompson of Bill of the Birds would like to play. Amy Hooper of WildBird on the Fly is one of the nicer people you’ll ever meet, even if I’ve only met her a couple of times doing the festival in south Texas. And GrrrlScientist over at Living the Scientific Life seems to love these kinds of things. Remember, if the response from other blogs averages greater than 1, it’s an epidemic.