Amazon Adventures #4: Birdwatcher’s Paradise

My latest story on my trip to the Amazon is now available on Gadling and you can find it by clicking here.

In today’s post, I talk about the variety of bird life that was on display while we cruised the river and walked the jungle. I’m not an avid birdwatcher, but several of the others on the trip were, and really loved what they saw there. I have to admit, even as a non- “birder”, there was still a lot to like. There were literally flocks of parakeets all over the place, and it was fun to see such colorful birds in their natural habitat. Hummingbirds were also a staple, and easy to spot, as they zipped around the jungle, barely bigger than insects. (In fact, I’m pretty sure that I saw some flying insects that were BIGGER than the hummingbirds!)

Over the course of the week or so that I spent on the river, I lost track of the number of bird species that we encountered. The Amazon is home to approximately a third of all the world’s bird species however, so you can begin to get a sense of what what we saw there. From colorful macaws to prancing egrets and swooping nighthawks, there was plenty for birdwatchers to enjoy, and if that is your passion, I can highly recommend the Amazon as a travel destination. You will not be disappointed.

Kraig Becker

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