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Birding checklist of Guyana

The 900 plus species of birds in Guyana can be divided into different groups and families. Of these the pigeons and doves, along with currasows, agami herons, white-bellied piculets, scarlet-shouldered parrotlets, and guianan streaked-antwren are considered vulnerable species. Others like great tinamou, orinoco goose, crestless curassow, marbled wood-quail, red knot, semipalmated sandpiper, zigzag heron, crested eagle, harpy eagle, gray-bellied hawk, rufous crab hawk, orange-breasted falcon, caica parrot, blue-cheeked parrot, brown-bellied antwren, guianan warbling-antbird, bearded tachuri, olive-sided flycatcher, red-and-black grosbeak and bicolored conebill are considered near threatened.

 

Amongst the endangered species lie birds like the red siskin, hoary-throated spinetail, rio branco antbird, sun parakeet and eskimo curlew (possibly extinct). When birding in Guyana it is legitimate to get excited to see birds like the flamingo, white-tipped swift, sparkling violetear, stilt sandpiper, lesser black-backed gull, royal tern, white-tailed tropicbird, leach’s storm-petrel, audubon’s shearwater, barolo shearwater, cory’s shearwater, red-footed booby, brown booby, masked booby, green heron, foothill screech-owl, merlin, swainson’s thrush, golden-rumped euphonia and a house sparrow, since they are rarely spotted in the country.

The works of many experts have revealed that Guyana’s species can be segregated under the following heads.

A

Anhingas
Ant Thrushes
Antpittas

B

Barn-owls
Boobies and gannets

C

Cardinals and allies
Cormorants and shags
Cotingas
Crows, jays, and magpies
Cuckoos

D

Donacobius
Ducks, geese, and waterfowl

F

Falcons and caracaras
Finches, Euphonias, and allies
Finfoots
Flamingos
Frigatebirds

G

Genera Mitrospingus and Rhodinocichla
Gnatcatchers
Grebes
Guans, chachalacas, and curassows
Gulls and terns

H

Hawks, eagles, and kites
Herons, egrets, and bitterns
Hoatzin
Hummingbirds

I

Ibises and spoonbills

J

Jacamars
Jacanas

K

Kingfishers

L

Limpkin

M

Manakins
Mockingbirds and thrashers
Motmots

N

New World and African parrots
New World barbets
New World quail
New World sparrows
New World vultures
New World warblers
Nightjars and allies

O

Oilbird
Osprey
Ovenbirds and woodcreepers|
Owls

P

Pelicans
Pigeons and doves
Piprites
Plovers and lapwings
Potoos
Puffbirds

R

Rails, gallinules, and coots

S

Sandpipers and allies
Screamers
Sharpbill
Shearwaters and petrels
Skimmers
Skuas and jaegers
Stilts and avocets
Storks
Storm-petrels
Sunbittern
Swallows
Swifts

T

Tanagers and allies
Tinamous
Thick-knees
Thrushes and allies
Tityrus and allies
Toucans
Trogons
Troupials and allies
Trumpeters
Typical Antbirds
Tyrant flycatchers

V

Vireos

W

Wagtails and pipits
Woodpeckers
Wrens

 

Various birding hotspots, eco-lodges and conservation societies have contributed towards birding checklists for the benefit of visitors.  You can view them here.

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