Welcome to the Neotropical Bird Club

The Neotropical Bird Club is an international organisation for birders and ornithologists interested in the birds of the Neotropics (Middle & South America and the Caribbean). The NBC has been helping to conserve the birds of the Neotropics since 1994.  The NBC carries out various activities and the pages of this website describe them in detail.  A full description of the NBC’s 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 the NBC publications page, and our conservation work is described here: Conservation. Having learned about what we do we hope you’ll decide to join the NBC and details of how to do so are described on the Join & Support page. The 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

NBC SGM 21st August 2021 – Summary

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

NB28 – Published March 2021 C43 – Published on-line only July 2021, printed  August 2021 NB29 – Published August 2021


NBC SGM 21st August 2021

The NBC held a Special General Meeting for members on Saturday 21st August 2021 at the Community Hall, St Mary’s Church, Long Ditton, Surrey. At the meeting a special resolution to approve the proposal of the trustees that the NBC ‘converts’ to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was passed unanimously.

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

Stuck in lockdown and 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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To recover a lost password please contact the secretary .

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.

NBC goes digital –

From 2018 members have had the option to receive their publications in digital format.  Full details of the reduced membership rates are here. Printed copies of both publications continue to be available as many of our members have said they prefer this option. However, members joining using our special reduced rate will only receive digital copies.

Amazon Smile –

Support the NBC when you shop at Amazon – we have now set up an arrangement with Amazon who will donate to the NBC 0.5% of the cost of any purchases made by members (or anyone else), which while it may sound like a small amount could contribute significant funds to the club if we all sign up for it.  All you have to do is use the Smile Amazon site and put Neotropical Bird Club into the search box to indicate which charity you want you donation to support.  Click here for Smile Amazon.

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 guía 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 código de buenas prácticas de observación de aves. Esperamos que nuestros miembros adopten este código cuando estén en el campo. También les avisamos que este código se actualizará de vez en cuando, así que hágannos saber si tienen algún comentario o sugerencia. Recuerden que el bienestar de las aves es lo primero. Para descargar una copia del código haz click aquí.

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 the 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.

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

El Neotropical Bird Club (NBC) es una organización internacional creada para los observadores de aves y ornitólogos interesados en las aves que se distribuyen en el Neotrópico (Meso, Sur América y el Caribe). El NBC ha contribuido a la conservación de las aves del Neotrópico desde 1994. El Club lleva a cabo diversas actividades y las pestañas de este sitio web las describen en detalle. Un retrato completo de las actividades de la NBC se puede encontrar en la pestaña llamada Acerca del NBC, pero para aquellos que prefieren pasar directamente a las páginas principales, nuestras revistas Cotinga y Neotropical Birding se describen en la pestaña de publicaciones del NBC, y nuestro trabajo de conservación se describe en Conservación. Una vez que ha conocido acerca de lo que hacemos esperamos que decida unirse al NBC, los detalles de cómo hacerlo se describen en la pestaña Únete y Apoya. Los miembros corporativos del NBC se muestran en la columna a la derecha y les agradecemos por su apoyo.