Fabrice Schmitt was born in the east of France, where he began to bird at the age of 12. After birding intensively and extensively in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, he fell in love with Neotropical birds during his first trip in Peru in 1995. He then spent most of his free time in South and Central America – mostly looking for birds, but studying wildlife in general. In 2002/2003, Fabrice (who had been a teacher for 8 years) took a sabbatical year to visit birding destinations and look for and study the most localized species of south Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and south of Brazil. During this time, Fabrice participated in field expeditions in the Peruvian Andes and Amazonian lowlands, gaining knowledge about endangered, rare and even un-described bird species.
Since 2005 Fabrice has been living in Santiago de Chile where he is involved with Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC), a non-governmental ornithologist organization. He is editor of the electronic birding magazine La Chiricoca and coordinator of the Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas. Fabrice is also an active eBirder and helped the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the development of that birding tool in Chile and the rest of South America.
He has been leading birding trips to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana and Chile since 2005, and occasionally gives lectures on cruise trips to Antarctica and South American destinations. Fabrice is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
- Colombia: Andean Endemics (August 2017)
- Brazil - Minas Gerais (October 2017)
- Brazil - Minas Gerais (November 2018)
- Colombia - The Santa Marta Mountains (February 2019)
Updated: July 2013