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Your Turn: The 20 Best Birds in Asia

myers_nightjarThe recently released Birder’s Guide to Travel features a fun article by Susan Myers, one of the world’s experts on Asian birds (and author of 2010’s Birds of Borneo).

Susan tells us, based on her vast experience throughout the continent, which birds she thinks are the 20 best in Asia–that is, which birds really get her going. Some (Satanic Nightjar, right) I found surprising. Others, (Blue-headed Pitta, below left) slightly more predictable. The pittas are certainly on my bucket list. And then there’s the Malaysian Rail-babbler. Holy cow!


If you’d like to know what Susan’s other 17 picks are, you’ll have to read the article, which is available online, along with the rest of the issue.

Susan and I invite you to discuss her picks and to share your own Top 20 lists. Perhaps you have some different candidates for the list. Or, as Susan suggests at the end of her article, maybe you’d like to share your “Top 20 Birding Sites in Asia” of “Top 20 Most Soul-destroying Birds in Asia”. I’ve never been to Asia, but I imagine there might be a wren-babbler or two on that second list!

Photos © Susan Myers.

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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