Birdwatching Code of Ethics


American Birding Association – ABA

Each person who enjoys the birds and their observation must respect the wildlife, its environment and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and their observers, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.


  1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment.

(a) Support the protection of important habitats for birds.

(b) To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to any danger, act with moderation and caution during bird watching, and also when taking pictures, song recordings or bird recordings are made. Limit the use of acoustic decoys (ie use of bird sounds) or other methods to attract birds, and never use these methods in areas where there is a lot of bird watching, or to attract any species classified as Threatened, Vulnerable or Low risk or that is rare in your locality. Stay away from nests and of nesting colonies, places where birds perch, courtship areas and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need to do bird watching for an extended period, for photography, filming or recording of sounds, try to hide or use a wildlife trap, and take advantage of the natural cover. Avoid using artificial light for filming and photography , especially if it is very close (in closeups).

(c) Before disclosing the presence of a rare bird, I evaluated how much the bird, its environment and other people in the area can be disturbed, and proceed only if the access can be controlled, the minimum impact, and that permission is obtained from the authorities or of the owners (in case of being private property). Rare bird nesting sites should be disclosed only to the appropriate conservation authorities.

(d) Stay on the roads, trails where there are; otherwise, ensure that the disturbance to the habitat is minimal.

  1. Respect the law and the rights of others.

(a) Do not enter private property without the explicit authorization of the owner.

(b) Follow the laws, rules and regulations that govern the use of roads and public areas, both in your country and abroad.

(c) Practice common courtesy when in contact with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with bird watchers and others.

  1. Ensure that feeders, nesting structures and other artificial bird environments are safe.

(a) Keep drinkers, diners, their food and water, clean and free of rotten or infected food. It is important to constantly feed the birds when the weather is cruel.

(b) Keep nesting structures regularly and in good condition.

(c) If you attract birds to an area, make sure that the birds will not be exposed to predation by cats or other domestic animals, or exposed to artificial hazards.

  1. The observation of birds in a group, whether organized or improvised, requires special care. In addition to the obligations mentioned in subsections # 1 and # 2, each individual in the group has responsibilities as a Class Member..

(a) Respect the interests, rights and abilities of other bird watchers, as well as people who participate in other legitimate outdoor activities. Share your knowledge and experience freely, except when code 1

(c) applies. Be particularly kind and offer your help to the beginner birder.

(b) If you observe behavior of a bird watcher that is unethical, evaluate the situation, and intervene if you consider it prudent. When interceding, inform the person (s) of the wrong action, and try, within reason, to stop the action. If the action continues, document it, and notify the corresponding individuals or organizations. Responsibilities of the Group Leader [trips and tours with amateur and professionals].

(c) Be an exemplary person in your ethics for the group. Teach with words and example.

(d) Keep the size of the group to a number of people that limits the impact to the environment, and that does not intervene with other people who use the same area.

(e) Make sure that each person in the group knows and practices this code.

(f) Learn and inform the group of any special circumstances that apply to the areas to be visited (for example, where the use of recorders is not allowed).

(g) Recognize that professional tourism companies have a special responsibility in putting the welfare of birds and the benefit to public knowledge above the commercial interests of the company. Ideally, leaders should keep a log of sightings during the tour, document the unusual, and present these data to the appropriate organizations.

NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW THIS CODE AND DISTRIBUTE IT AND TEACH IT TO OTHERS. The Bird Observation Ethics Code of the American Birding Association [ABA in English] can be reproduced free of charge for distribution and dissemination. Please recognize the role of the ABA in the development and promotion of this code with a link to the ABA website using.


  • Check your list of birds (check list) to facilitate your visit and plan what species of interest.
  • For the conservation processes, the reforestation of native biological assets is fundamental, and those who wish to contribute to the sustainability of the bird habitat in Aconabikh are welcome.
  • Remember to wear the right clothes without striking colors (brown, brown, light gray, beige, etc.) that is light, with boots for constant rains, raincoat for rain, camera protection and other accessories, water, etc.
  • It is advisable to contact the local guide or administrator in advance to enter the reserve.
  • There are hygienic services, camping areas, feeding area, rest area.
  • Maximum groups of seven visitors, there are several trails where you can see the birds, also drinkers for hummingbirds and partridge feeders.
  • There are two viewpoints of 3 and 5 floors to observe the canopy of the forest and the landscape of the Cordillera Escalera.
  • The reception by Hilder Delgado guarantees a pleasant visit.
  • There are cellular signals with Claro and Entel.
  • The high biodiversity of ACONABIKH guarantees a unique experience as there is also a high density of species in many areas.