Know Your Coffee Birds series

Not all bird species are able to adapt to changes in their habitat — especially when it involves clearing out complex native forest and replacing it with a monoculture of coffee grown in full sun. Coffee grown under shade, especially when a lot of layers of vegetation are preserved, more closely mimics natural habitats. You can read the post Birds and coffee plantations for more background on the importance of shade coffee to birds.

The “Know Your Coffee Birds” series profiles bird species that are often found on shade coffee farms, having adapted to these altered habitats. Shade coffee farms may be extremely important to the survival of these species. I try to alternate between strictly tropical species that are resident in coffee-growing areas, and species that nest in North America, but winter in coffee farms.

Published accounts:

While not part of this series, I have written a number of posts relating to the Cerulean Warbler.

Anticipated future accounts:

  • Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi)
  • Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)
  • Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
  • Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
  • Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
  • Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has a page devoted to lists of North American migrant bird species that have been found in coffee plantations in the Western Hemisphere, arranged by country.

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Revised on December 28, 2012

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