• The Value of Birds in Colombia's Post-Conflict World

    3 days ago - By National Geographic

    By Dr. R. Scott Winton
    Yellow-headed Manakin. Photo by Natalia Ocampo Peñuela.
    As we peer through the fog in the pre-dawn twilight, the birds we see are anonymous silhouettes. Once the tropical sun breaks through the thickness of the cloud forest, bright jewels of color are illuminated.
    “There it is!” says José, somehow both whispering and shouting. In the branches overhead appears the multicolored tanager, a feathered kaleidoscope of colors. Not only is this bird dazzlingly beautiful, but it is also exceedingly rare, restricted to a few isolated forests in the central and western Andes of...
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