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Fascinating cave-dwelling birds

Mention caves and we tend to think of bats rather than birds -- if you've ever been to the Frio bat cave in Texas on one of our Big Bend & Hill Country tours, you've seen Mexican Free-tailed Bats emerging by the many tens of thousands! Yet there are indeed some birds that are closely tied to caves. Primarily, these are swifts (the famous edible-nest swiftlets of Asia) and Cave Swallows. But our featured bird shown here in an image by participant Greg Griffith, the White-necked Rockfowl or White-necked Picathartes from our Ghana tour, is perhaps the most sought-after cave-dweller of them all for birders. Pairs of these bare-headed, crow-sized passerines nest in pairs alone or in small colonies, typically in caves or rocky openings in forested areas with inselbergs. We make a special effort to see them on each Ghana tour, and a little patience is often required as we watch and wait quietly in hopes of seeing a bird enter or exit a nesting cave.

We're looking forward to another great Picathartes experience on our upcoming Ghana tour, Mar 29-Apr 17, 2018, with Phil Gregory guiding and a group of just 8 participants. There is one space still available as of this writing. Contact our office if you'd like to join Phil to see this fabulous species as well as more than 400 others.

Don't forget also to view our 2017 illustrated triplist at the link below. It will give you a great taste of last year's tour.

GHANA 2017 triplist


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