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Daniel J. Field  I take pictures of wild birds and write papers about dead ones.

If you’re looking at this on a phone screen this bird will be roughly life-sized! This is the ~2.2 gram Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa), endemic to Mexico and one of the world’s very tiniest hummingbirds. What a baffling experience it is to stare into the eyes of a bird this size; amazing that they can pack a relatively large brain and all the rest of their internal organs into such a minute (and beautiful) package! #lookatthis

The sun has set on our field trip to Jalisco, and on this West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala). What great fun it’s been teaching ecology and evolution in western Mexico’s tropical dry forest! @uniofbath @unam_mx

Seeing life through rosy-tinted glasses after finally encountering the amazing Rosy-thrush Tanager this morning! This elusive bird (Rhodinocichla rosea) is in a family unto itself, and was spectacular to see up close. #rosegold

Quick dispatch from Mexico: A fish was quickly dispatched in Mexico. The culprit was this Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)! Having a great time teaching with the Current Trends in Ecology and Evolution field course at the Chamela Research Station in Jalisco @unam_mx @uniofbath

Very excited to be in Mexico to help teach a course on evolutionary biology at UNAM, organized by @araxinem! I was delighted to come across this stunning Golden-browed Warbler (Basileuterus belli) in the mountains south of Mexico City—a stunner! #goldenmoment

Paradise Shelducks (Tadorna variegata) are only found in New Zealand, and exhibit amazing sexual dimorphism; the male is above and the female is below. Nice species, eh?! #canard #truestory

Not the prettiest birds in the world, but it was cool to come across a large group of Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) in New York State. #hautvautour

Got to spend some time with one of the cuter residents of the British Isles on Monday! This is an Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)—it was great to see several of these livening of the seaside cliffs between Dundee and Aberdeen, Scotland. #FratParty

Bath has a great nightlife scene... #hedgehog #urbanwildlife #pricklysituation

The withering gaze of a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas). These are common and easily observed through much of southern Africa, but tough to get tired of seeing!

Turacos are some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. Like this Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata) seen in Uganda, all 24 living species are found in Africa. We just published a paper examining fossil evidence showing that 52 million years ago, turacos were found in North America! A great example of how the fossil record can help us piece together the history of life on Earth. #paleontology #fossil #paleo #birds #evolution #science @nikoneurope @swarovskioptik_nature

Here’s an aptly named bird! Leafbirds are a group of awesome-looking green songbirds found throughout South and Southeast Asia. This is the Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis); I was pretty stoked when this one descended from the canopy to do its best leaf impression at eye level! The birds in peninsular Malaysia are amazing. #birds #science #evolution #paleontology @swarovskioptik_nature @nikoneurope @audubonsociety @g33k5p34k @oliver_rw

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