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Red-masked Parakeet, occasionally seen free-flying in the United States, is endemic to the Tumbesian region, in southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, where it is considered Near Threatened. Brian Armstrong got this sweet shot on the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year.
On the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour, this Crescent-faced Antpitta performed admirably. Many veteran Andean birders have yet to see this species, though its Osprey-like voice can be heard at dawn in a few locations in Colombia and Ecuador. Guide Willy Perez took this superb image.
Bateleur has improbably broad wings that permit it to stay aloft with very little flapping. Its name is French, meaning "juggler," probably because of its palette of black, white, buff, brown, and red. This perched bird was photographed ably by participant Ken Havard on our East African Highlights tour.