Neotropical Birding

Published by the Neotropical Bird Club, Neotropical Birding is the only birding magazine to focus exclusively on the Neotropics and is packed with articles on all aspects of birding in the region. In full colour throughout, the magazine comes out twice each year, once in spring and once in fall. Shortly after publication, the table of contents of each issue, plus the first page of major articles, are posted on this website.

Inspired by feedback from the NBC’s membership, Neotropical Birding publishes articles of practical use for those birding in the Caribbean, Middle and South America. Features on rare birds and conservation sit alongside overviews of birding sites and taxonomy, while identification workshops focusing on tricky species groups, accompanied by sumptuous colour photographs throughout.

Articles from five recent issues of Neotropical Birding (published 2019–21) include:

  • Features on the most spectacular Neotropical discoveries in the previous 25 years, the best bird books since the Neotropical Bird Club was founded, the recent revolution in antpitta viewing, the South American Bird Fair, lockdown birding in Argentina, Scytalopus tapaculos and the Global Bird Weekend;
  • Conservation-oriented articles on the IUCN Red List in the Neotropics, the complexities of the Amazon bird trade, mapping Chile’s birds, how taxonomy impacts conservation, how conservation action prevents extinction, saving Galápagos landbirds and conserving Andean Condor;
  • Tales of ‘cutting-edge’ birding in the Neotropics, such as the discovery of Blue-throated Hillstar (an Ecuadorian endemic new to science), tracking down Yellow-eared Toucanet (Peru) and voyages of discovery on Providencia island (Colombia);
  • A birder-oriented series on the latest taxonomic changes, written by stellar Neotropical ornithologist Tom Schulenberg;
  • Details of birding sites such as Intervales (Brazil), Amazon lodges (Ecuador), the ‘Montezuma Road’ (Colombia), Lago de Yojoa (Honduras) and Uakari Lodge (Brazil);
  • Birding itineraries in Mexico (Acapulco to Veracruz), Uruguay and Ecuador (the ‘Jocotoco southern circuit’);
  • Guides to prime locations to see globally threatened or otherwise exciting birds such as Rufous-crowned Antpitta (Ecuador), Antioquia Brushfinch (Colombia), White-winged Guan (Peru), and ‘Goldman’s Warbler’ (Guatemala);
  • Articles on globally threatened birds such as Junin Grebe, Grey-bellied Comet and Antioquia Brushfinch;
  • Identification articles on Argentine tyrannulets and Junin Grebe; and
  • Photospots on Three-wattled Bellbird (the NBC’s logo), Crescent-faced Antpitta, Ocellated Crake and the recently split Yucatan Gnatcatcher.

Recent feedback from readers:

“Congratulations on an especially excellent issue of Neotropical Birding: it is rare for me to want to read every single bit of any journal these days, but this one met the mark.”

“Really like what you are doing with the NBC and the magazines are great!”

Sample Articles from Neotropical Birding

How to Receive Neotropical Birding

Join the Neotropical Bird Club to receive two issues of Neotropical Birding and one issue of Cotinga annually. Memberships help to support our Conservation Awards Programme.

Fancy Writing for Neotropical Birding?

Do you have an idea for a feature on some aspect of Neotropical birds or birding? Do you want to tell other birders about a great birding site in the Neotropics – or your experiences of tracking down a particularly exciting species? Can you help other birders identify members of a tricky genus? Would you like to share your research about a globally threatened bird that you have studied? Or would you like to showcase your photographs of a rare or poorly known bird? If so, the Editorial Committee of Neotropical Birding would like to hear from you. Please send your idea by e-mail to:neotropical.birding@neotropicalbirdclub.org. Thanks!

If you’d like to submit an article, be sure to check out our contributor guidelines.