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Blog Birding #351

From Rick Wright at Birding New Jersey and Beyond, an interesting Iiwi sidenote featuring an epic museum burn.

On February 24, 1911, Outram Bangs at the MCZ named a new subspecies of the iiwi, differing from the “true” iiwi of the island of Hawaii in its stronger bill and orange rather than scarlet tones to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 19, 2018

The same batch of continuing ABA rarities persists into another week, headlined by the ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick. Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) and Garganey (4) are still being seen in California and the Sinaloa Wren (5) is still in Arizona. Both Blue Bunting (4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in [read more…]

Check Out the New ABA Website!

It’s been a long time coming, but the ABA is excited to announce a new and improved homepage that will hopefully help members more easily find information they need and for potential members to be impressed by what we have to offer.

Note that there are still a few kinks being worked out, the [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2017

It is time again for the annual Top 10 Vagrants post, which has become one of our most popular, and most discussed, posts on The ABA Blog every year. I, with help from my ABA colleagues, have looked back and assembled the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent [read more…]

Blog Birding #350

National Geographic launches the Year of the Bird with an essay by author Jonathan Franzen, published online but to be included in the next print issue as well.

For most of my life, I didn’t pay attention to birds. Only in my 40s did I become a person whose heart lifts whenever he hears a [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 12, 2018

It was a relatively slow week in rare birds this week, with the continuing ABA rarities almoat as numerous as the new birds of note. The ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush is still holding court in Miamichi, New Brunswick. Texas boasts both Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) in the lower Rio [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: 2018 Bird of the Year Artist Doug Pratt

When we chose Iiwi to be the 2018 Bird of the Year, there was really only one person we could ask to do the artwork. H. Douglas Pratt is a bird artist, author, and researcher, currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose work has been featured in the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of [read more…]

The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2017

Before we rush headlong into 2018 I want to make a small acknowledgement of the year that was, one that saw a lot of changes at the ABA, from the official inclusion of Hawaii to the official announcement of new big year records to a heckuva lot of rare birds. Thanks to readers, commenters, guest [read more…]

2018 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

2018 is a new year, and time for new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important to [read more…]

Blog Birding #349

The ABA’s 2018 Bird of the Year, Iiwi, is not only distinctive visually, but it evidently has a unique odor as well. Rick Wright at Birding New Jersey and Beyond has more.

The stunningly scarlet and black iiwi was the first endemic Hawaiian landbird known to European science: it was the first to be drawn [read more…]

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