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Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to this biodiverse country in 1987 to work for the Smithsonian Institution, banding and studying Amazonian rainforest birds in Manaus. His passion for birding and all aspects of natural history began in the UK at the early age of seven, thanks to his father. Andy has worked around the world studying (through banding) bird migration at observatories in Israel, Borneo, Canada, and the UK. As a senior leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, he has led tours throughout most of South and Central America, Europe, and the Antarctic. With almost three decades of experience, Andy is one of Brazil’s most experienced tour leaders, and is well-known for his intimate knowledge of bird voices which has enabled him to discover and describe several species new to science (such as the Cryptic Forest-Falcon in 2003) and rediscover others thought to be extinct. Andy’s special interest is bird vocalizations and, along with colleagues, in 2010 he produced a DVD-ROM of songs, calls, and photos of 1,250 species of Brazilian birds. Andy immensely enjoys sharing his fascination and knowledge of Neotropical birds, animals, and their conservation, and has become one of the most popular bird guides in the country. Andy was a consultant for the prestigious Life of Birds series by Sir David Attenborough, and is considered an authority on Amazonian birds, having authored numerous technical publications on the region’s avifauna. At present Andy is working with Kevin Zimmer on a comprehensive field guide to the birds of Brazil to be published by Princeton University Press. Andy is a member of the Brazilian Records Committee, an associate researcher at the Museum Emilio Goeldi from Para, and is an active conservationist living with his partner, Jaqueline, in southern Brazil, close to a main migratory bird route.