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Neotropical Birding and Conservation is an international organisation for birders and ornithologists interested in the birds of the Neotropics (Mexico, Middle and South America, and the Caribbean). NBC has been helping to conserve the birds of the Neotropics since 1994.¬† NBC carries out various activities and the pages of this website describe them in detail.¬† A full description of¬† NBC‚Äôs activities can be found on the About NBC¬†page, but for those who prefer to skip straight to the main pages, our publications Cotinga¬†and¬†Neotropical Birding are described on NBC publications¬†page, and our conservation work is¬†described¬†here: Conservation. Having learned about what we do we hope you’ll decide to join NBC and details of how to do so are described on the¬†Join & Support page. NBC’s Corporate Supporters are shown in the column to the right and we thank them for their support.

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Our latest publications

Talk and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Global Birdfair (GBF) 2024

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New NBC Mugs and pins available for purchase

2023 David Fisher Memorial Lecture

Here are our latest journals. Click on the covers to see the table of contents and samples of articles:

NB34 РPublished March 2024 C46 on-line Published  July 2024 NB33- Published July 2023

Talk and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Global Birdfair (GBF) 2024

Venue: Lyndon Top, Rutland, UK on Friday 12th July 2024 (18:00-19:00)

We are pleased to announce that our AGM this year will be held at GBF and will be followed by a talk by Serge Arias focusing on seabirding on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica.

The meeting is open to all, so please come and join us and hear about Costa Rican birding and what NBC has been up to.

Details of access arrangements and resolutions for the AGM can be found here. A copy of the draft Trustees’ Report and unaudited Financial Statements can be found here. Please note only members of NBC can vote at the AGM.


Council news

John Clark has decided to retire from Council with effect from Monday 8 April 2024. John joined Council in December 2019 at the invitation of the then chairman David Fisher. His many years of Neotropical & world birding, and his experience working with conservation bodies, made him a great font of knowledge for Council. We will miss his wise counsel and thank him for all his contributions to Council.

We are delighted that John has confirmed that he will continue to be a supporter of NBC, and that we can continue to call upon his expertise. We certainly will!

Raymond Jeffers.

Chair of NBC


New editorial team for Cotinga

Guy Kirwan is stepping down from his role as Senior Editor of Cotinga. Guy has been involved with the journal since day one (1994). We thank Guy for his hard work and leadership over so many years. Under his stewardship Cotinga has established itself as a highly respected ornithological publication.

We are delighted to announce that, with effect from the next issue (46), the editorial team will comprise Juan Freile (senior editor) and James Lowen (deputy editor) together with the current associate editors Adri√°n Azpiroz, Thiago Costa and Andrew Vallely. All will be known to members as they have for many years been involved with either Cotinga or Neotropical Birding. We thank them for taking up these roles.

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David Fisher Memorial Lecture

The AGM took place on Wednesday 3rd May. Following on the close of the AGM, those present viewed the inaugural David Fisher Memorial Lecture given by Alex Lees on the topic of bird migration in the Neotropics. Please click here to view the lecture. Many thanks to Alex for an excellent presentation.

Free copy of the 25th Anniversary bumper edition of Neotropical Birding!

Not an NBC member? We have a special offer for you.  We are making digital copies of Neotropical Birding 25, which was published in August 2019, available free to anyone who wants one.  If you enjoy reading NB25 we hope you will consider supporting the NBC by joining and receiving our 2020 publications.  And please tell all your friends about this so they can download and read NB25 as well.

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Cotinga 39 now available for free download –

The full contents of Cotinga 39 are now available for free download from here.

Free publications: Issues 1-39 of Cotinga are now available for free download via this website. The NBC is grateful to Steve Smith for creating digital copies of the first 19 volumes of the journal. Click here: Cotinga 1-42 . 

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Links with eBird –

As most people are now aware, eBird has become the main data gatherer for bird records around the world and it would be a great benefit to eBird if all NBC members could submit their records to eBird either via their main site or via the eBird Regional Portals.  Full details of these, with easy links are available here.

Neotropical Birding 1-10¬†now available for free download –

The full contents of Neotropical Birding issues 1 to 10 are now available for free download.  In addition, we have now made available for free download some of the articles in more recent issues of Neotropical Birding.  Specifically, most of the very popular  Splits, lumps, and shuffles series are now available, as are most of the recent Conservation Awards summaries.  Please see the NB index pages here and look for papers with the titles highlighted in green and underlined.

Website Terms & Conditions of Use updated July 27th 2020

As of 27th July 2020 this websites Terms and Conditions of Use have been updated to view a the latest version see here

NBC Code of Practice –

Our guide to good behaviour in the field : In line with the other regional bird clubs ABC and OBC we are proud to publish our own code of practice. We hope that members will adopt this when in the field. It is envisaged that the code will be updated from time to time so please let us know if you have any comments. Remember the welfare of the birds comes first. To download a copy click here

Nuestra gu√≠a para el buen comportamiento observando aves en el campo: alineados¬†con los otros clubes de aves regionales ABC y OBC, estamos orgullosos de publicar nuestro propio c√≥digo de buenas pr√°cticas de observaci√≥n de aves. Esperamos que nuestros miembros adopten este c√≥digo cuando est√©n en el campo. Tambi√©n les avisamos que este c√≥digo se actualizar√° de vez en cuando, as√≠ que h√°gannos saber si tienen alg√ļn comentario o sugerencia. Recuerden que el bienestar de las aves es lo primero. Para descargar una copia del c√≥digo haz click aqu√≠.

Nosso guia para um bom comportamento no campo: De acordo com os outros clubes regionais de aves, a ABC e a OBC, temos orgulho de publicar nosso próprio código de prática. Esperamos que os membros o adotem enquanto estiverem em campo. Prevê-se que o código seja atualizado periodicamente, por isso informe-nos se tiver algum comentário. Lembre-se que o bem-estar das aves vem em primeiro lugar. Para baixar uma cópia clique aqui.

Keeping in touch with¬† NBC & Data Privacy (GDPR) –

Data protection rules require you to give us your consent before we can contact you on certain NBC matters such as, fundraising, events & volunteering opportunities. If you wish to receive such information (and have not already given your consent) you may do so by clicking here.

In using this website (for example by applying for membership), you may disclose personal information to us. Please see our Website Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Notice for information on how we collect, use, store and share your data. For further information about GDPR visit FAQs about GDPR.

The photographs on this website were taken by David Fisher and Alex Lees, unless otherwise credited.

Neotropical Birding and Conservation (NBC) es una organizaci√≥n internacional creada para los observadores de aves y ornit√≥logos interesados en las aves que se distribuyen en el Neotr√≥pico (Meso, Sur Am√©rica y el Caribe). NBC ha contribuido a la conservaci√≥n de las aves del Neotr√≥pico desde 1994. El Club lleva a cabo diversas actividades y las pesta√Īas de este sitio web las describen en detalle. Un retrato completo de las actividades de la NBC se puede encontrar en la pesta√Īa llamada Acerca del NBC, pero para aquellos que prefieren pasar directamente a las p√°ginas principales, nuestras revistas Cotinga y Neotropical Birding se describen en la pesta√Īa de publicaciones del NBC, y nuestro trabajo de conservaci√≥n se describe en Conservaci√≥n. Una vez que ha conocido acerca de lo que hacemos esperamos que decida unirse al NBC, los detalles de c√≥mo hacerlo se describen en la pesta√Īa √önete y Apoya. Los miembros corporativos del NBC se muestran en la columna a la derecha y les agradecemos por su apoyo.

Pins and mugs for sale

Please support the work of NBC by purchasing a pin or mug featuring our logo. UK Birding Pins are handling all production and sales so if you are interested in buying please click the links here  to purchase your “pins“ and “mugs“ .