Know Your Coffee Birds series

A profile of a bird species that has a very special, recently defined connection to coffee.

Revised on October 4, 2017

A look at the charming and lively American Redstart, a warbler commonly found in Latin American shade coffee farms in winter.

Revised on August 26, 2013

The Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) is often heard before it is seen, a loud ringing “tea-cher, TEA-cher, TEA-CHER!” broadcast from close to the forest floor through much of the eastern U.S. […]

Revised on September 25, 2013

A profile of the Malabar Barbet, the first Old World species in our series on Know Your Coffee Birds. This one is found only in India’s Western Ghats.

Revised on November 30, 2016

Learn more about the brilliant Scarlet Tanager. It inspired my love of birds and my career, and is symbolic of “our” birds that winter in the tropics on shade coffee farms.

Revised on August 26, 2013

There are two species of palm-tanagers (Phaenicophilus) found on Hispaniola, the island comprised of the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti.  One is the widespread Black-crowned Palm-Tanager (P. palmarum). The other […]

Revised on December 2, 2017

The tiny, bright yellow bird that John  James Audubon called “Wilson’s Flycatching Warbler” breeds in a large swath all across northern North America. Wilson’s Warblers winter in much of Central […]

Revised on August 26, 2013

The Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) holds a near-mythical status for birders. It is large –almost the size of a turkey — and bizzare-looking, with a red horn projecting from its […]

Revised on March 23, 2014

The Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) is a small, zebra-striped bird that is unique among our warblers. It is the only representative of its genus, and also the only one whose typical mode of foraging is clinging to and climbing up…

Revised on January 25, 2016

The Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) is found through much of Central America, north through Mexico. This species is occasionally found in the southwestern U.S., when it creates a sensation among birders. This warbler is a common resident of shade coffee…

Revised on August 26, 2013

The Wood Thrush, a relative of the familiar American Robin, is often considered a symbol of the population declines of birds that nest in North America and winter in the tropics. This species has been declining since the mid-1960s, and…

Revised on November 17, 2017

One of the most enduring memories of my visit to Finca Hartmann is that of passing a spot that was frequently visited by a vivid male Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus), a large tropical hummingbird found from southern Mexico to western…

Revised on August 26, 2013

Baltimore Orioles rely on flowering trees, especially the species commonly used to provide shade to coffee, during their winter months in Latin America.

Revised on August 26, 2013

The Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus) is the most widely distributed member of the toucan family. It can be found from Mexico through Central America south to Bolivia. As might be expected for a species with such as broad geographic range,…

Revised on March 23, 2014

The North American Wood Warblers are known for their colorful beauty. The male Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendrioca caerulescens, left) is one of the most beautiful.

Revised on March 23, 2014