João Jara was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as senior manager and director of various multinational companies. With some 35 years of field experience, João has an intimate knowledge of the birds and birding in Portugal. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas with birding as the main objective. João was a member of the board of SPEA (Birdlife in Portugal) and was a voting member of the Portuguese Rarities Committee from 2005 until 2011 and chairman of the committee from 2007 until 2011. Author and co-author of articles about birds, João has led many tours (in Portugal, Spain, and other destinations), as well as bird identification courses. In 2008, he launched the first Portuguese company totally dedicated to the organization of birdwatching tours, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal; João manages the company and also guides many of its tours. Besides birds, he has an active special interest in amphibians, reptiles, and fish.