New episode - CaƱo Negro: Exploring Costa Rica's Northern Border

A new episode became available to subscribers on February 16th.

Tom Johnson shares a day in the field at Caño Negro, Costa Rica from our recently completed Costa Rica: Birding the Edges Field Guides tour. Join Tom for some exciting boat trips along the channels and lagoons of the Rio Frio, and stick around for some excellent night birding on land, too. Species highlights include Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Sungrebe, Yellow-breasted Crake, and Striped Owl!

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New episode - Guatemala Adventure

Our newest episode of OutBirding is now available for subscribers - Guatemala Adventure with Jesse Fagan.

Jesse Fagan has traveled widely in pursuit of birds in Central America - after all, he wrote the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America with co-author Oliver Komar. In this episode, Jesse heads off with friends in pursuit of some of the most secretive birds of Guatemala: Ocellated Quail, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Bearded Screech-Owl, and that mythical unicorn, the Horned Guan. Come along and join in the adventure!

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New episode - Bolivia's spectacular Red-fronted Macaws

A new episode is available to subscribers: Bolivia's spectacular Red-fronted Macaws with Micah Riegner. 

On this episode we head to the dry, cactus-covered valleys of central Bolivia, home to the endangered and downright spectacular Red-fronted Macaw. Join Micah Riegner on a visit to the Reserva Frente Roja to learn about the breeding ecology and conservation of this sought-after Bolivian endemic. 

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New episode - Tales of the Two Topaza

A new episode of OutBirding is available for subscribers - Tales of the Two Topaza with Bret Whitney.

Despite being among the largest, loudest, and downright fanciest hummingbirds in all of South America, the two species in the genus Topaza—Crimson and Fiery Topaz—are remarkably poorly known.  In this episode of OutBirding, Bret Whitney takes us back to the central Amazon basin to learn more about the distributions of the two Topaza, what habitats are favored by these blackwater beauties (hint-hint), and what ID features to look for if you’re lucky enough to find them in the field.

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New episode - Snow Leopards of the Himalaya


This episode trailer offers a teaser of our new episode: Snow Leopards of the Himalaya. 

On a new episode of OutBirding, Doug Gochfeld and friends head high into the Himalaya of northern India for a special natural history adventure. This time, Doug and the team are hot on the trail of one of the world's most beguiling big cats - the Snow Leopard. In recent years, local efforts in Ladakh, India have made it possible for visitors to have a chance to see Snow Leopards in their remote mountain homes. Success is by no means guaranteed, but with persistence and teamwork, Doug offers us a special glimpse into the lives of these remarkable cats and the people who seek them out.

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New episode - The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico

Our 79th episode of OutBirding is now available to subscribers: The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico with Micah Riegner.

White-naped Swifts, the largest of the New World swifts, inhabit the rugged mountains of West Mexico. Like many other swift species, their lives are closely tied to waterfalls where they roost and nest. In this episode, Micah Riegner takes us to a roost site in the middle of downtown Cuernavaca and awaits the evening arrival of these magnificent birds. 

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New episode - Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds


We just published a new episode: Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds with Tom Johnson. For a first look, check out the teaser trailer.

The island of Puerto Rico hosts a remarkable diversity of endemic birds - 17 species of birds can be found nowhere else on the planet. Join Tom Johnson on The Island of Enchantment for a road trip following the counterclockwise route taken by our Field Guides tours. You'll get to meet all 17 endemic birds (including the Puerto Rican Parrot, Puerto Rican Owl, Elfin-woods Warbler, and Green Mango), find exciting regional Caribbean specialities, and see gorgeous and varied landscapes from around the island. ¡Vamos!

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New episode - Woodcock in Winter

A new episode, "Woodcock in Winter," is now available to subscribers.

Tom Johnson takes us to Cape May to look for wintering American Woodcocks. We check out these strange, plump sandpipers as they hide during typical, mild winter conditions–and also as they forage and contend with a snowy winter storm. Stay tuned for nocturnal thermal video of woodcocks pulling earthworms out of the ground AND the strange sounds of a woodcock breeding display.

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New episode - Northern Arizona Shorebirding at John Lake Playa

The 63rd episode of OutBirding is now online.

Monsoon rain in Northern Arizona this summer led to the discovery of an ephemeral birding hotspot - John Lake Playa. In this episode, John Coons and friends share some of the excitement about finding an excellent new local birding patch. They also investigate the food chain supported by John Lake—with some interesting discoveries!

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New episode - Sagebrush Sparrows from Arizona


We published this new episode of OutBirding with Field Guides on 5 July 2021. Check out this trailer for a short preview of the show.

In 2013, the bird long known as "Sage Sparrow" was split into two species, Bell's Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. In this episode, Micah Riegner visits breeding Sagebrush Sparrows near Fredonia, Arizona and discusses the identification and natural history of these intriguing songbirds.

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