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March/April 2021 Vol.35 No.2

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14 Wanted: Mangrove Cuckoo How to be in the right place at the right time when seeking one of

Florida’s most elusive avian specialties. BY JOHN LLOYD

20 Texas delights Tips for finding five specialty songbirds of the Lone Star State.


26 Blessed with birds A birder in western Ecuador lives alongside an extraordinary mix of birds, including a rarely observed rail with a taste for fruit. BY LISA BRUNETTI

34 It ain’t easy being green From the rain-soaked Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica to the

Pacific dry forest of Ecuador, multiple strategies emerge to save a magnificent macaw. BY BRIAN KLUEPFEL

43 Hotspots Near You Maps, tips, and directions to birding sites in Hawaii and


Saving the Great Green Macaw,

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Flickr: BirdWatching group photo pool 2 From the editor 5 Birding briefs The cognitive skills of crows, a helping hand for Brown-headed Nuthatch, a tragedy in Colombia, recent rarities, and reasons to go “plirding.” 10 Photographing birds BRIAN E. SMALL Tips for taking photos of spring migrants. 12 Birder at large PETE DUNNE The bird-attracting qualities of water. 40 ID tips KENN KAUFMAN Virginia Rail. 46 Amazing birds ELDON GREIJ Courtship and other incredible behaviors of American Woodcock. 48 Attracting birds LAURA ERICKSON Dealing with winged predators. 49 Your letters 50 Bookshelf Eight new books for birders. 52 Contest winners The top three photos from our Color of Birds contest. 56 ID toolkit DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY What you should know about using rump color as a field mark.

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