Making Every Bird Species Count During Bird Trips


There are roughly around 10,000 species of birds on this earth. Bird lover and ornithologists are constantly exploring newer varieties to their existing list of birds they have spotted or witnessed. But it is impossible to spot all these species. For many, it is easier to spot roughly 3,000 species but above this number the count is slow. Birders like Jonathan Rossouw are a lucky few to reach the magical figure of 8,000. Spotting birds are not easy; it is expensive and requires extensive travel across rough terrains. Even if you are willing to spend a fortune and time, you may be able to spot just 70% of birds on the planet.

If you take out a list of birds to spot them like a Kentish Plower, Wall creeper, Snowy Plover, etc., it becomes a horrendous task. If you do not, find them do not try too hard. But if you are particular to touch the 10,000 mark then remember that birds like Snowy Plover and Kentish Plover are relative and are genetically similar. Of course, the Snowy Plover and Piping Plover are entirely different species. Planning is critical during bird spotting. If you have limited resources, then it is time to focus on different species than worrying about spotting similar species. Taking the above example either opt for Piping Plover and Kentish or Snowy Plover. By doing this, you can maximize the genetic diversity.


Always value the list of genetic diversity. If you see two Plovers like Snowy and Piping Plover, then they can be considered as different genera. These are set in two different genera so you can be happy that you have complete two species. It is almost impossible to spot all of the world’s birds so better approach it strategically. You can maximize the species by the time you retire. It is the concept followed by most birders. So now the trick lies in spotting bird families than seeing species.

If you take a trip to Madagascar, then you can spot more families in just half a month. You can spot ground rollers, vangas and more and then move on to Papua New Guinea where you can experience how birds-of-paradise looks like. The 10,000 bird species is unrealistic so do not find fault with the bird guide. It is the responsibility of developed nations like the USA to protect many of almost extinct bird species. Again, it needs strategic planning to prevent bird extinctions.