Colombia Trip Full Endemics 19 Days / 18 Nights
- 23 Jul – 10 Aug
- 15 Oct – 2 Nov
23 Jul – 10 Aug / 15 Oct – 2 Nov
This trip will not only provide a marvelous birding opportunity for visiting birders, but will also help to protect the Colombian forest. The Proaves reserve, which we will visit, is doing a great job managing and caring for the habitat, so every time someone visits the reserve, they contribute to and support the forest.
“This trip will not only provide a marvelous birding opportunity for visiting birders, but will also help to protect the Colombian forest. Proaves, an organization that oversees several reserves in the country, is doing a great job managing and caring for the habitat, so every time someone visits one of their reserves, they contribute to and support the forest.”
Night In Bogota
Today we get an early start in order to visit Florida Park In Bogota. This park contains good marsh habitat where we hope to find Silver-throated Spinetail, Bogota Rail, and Apolinaris Wren, which are all Colombian endemics. We will also enjoy more widespread birds like Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Southern Lapwing, Wattled Jacana, and others.
Later that morning we will start driving downhill to San Francisco. There we will visit Jardin Encando where we will enjoy Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Lazuline Sabrewing, and White-bellied Woodstar at their feeders! If our timing is right, we have a chance for the beautiful endemic Black Inca. We will enjoy our lunch in a fine local restaurant, after which we will drive to Mariquita.
Night in Mariquita
We have an early start in order to get to El Libano at a decent hour. Our main targets here are the Yellow-headed and Black-headed Brush Finches, Tolima Dove, Crested Ant Tanager, Apical Flycatcher, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia. In the afternoon we will head to Laguna del Tabacal.
Night in Mariquita.
This morning we will try to clean up on any missed species, then head to El Paujil (Blue-billed Curassow) Reserve. On the way we will stop at the Boqueron marshes to look for Northern Screamer, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Bare-faced Ibis, Pied Water Tyrant, and more.
When we arrive at Puerto Pinzon we will load up on a motor canoe for the short ride to Paujil.
Night in Paujil.
After breakfast, we will start our exploration of the trails looking for target birds such as Sooty Ant Tanager, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Black-bellied Wren, Crimson-backed Tanager, Little Tinamou, and the endemic Beautiful Woodpecker. We will enjoy a fine lunch in the reserve, then in the afternoon we hope to find the Blue-billed Curassow by climbing the trail to the top ridge. The reserve managers put out food for the curassow so we will have a good chance to see this beautiful bird. Later in the afternoon we hope to hear and see White-mantled Barbet, Marbled Wood Quail, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Orange-cheeked Parakeet, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Southern Bentbill, Black-billed Flycatcher, and Rufous-tailed Jacamar. That night we will try for the Vermiculated Screech Owl around the cabins.
Night in Paujil.
Today we have a long drive to the Reinita Azul (Cerulean Warbler) Reserve, located in northern Santander. On the way we will stop in Santa Martha Marshes to look for species that we may have missed previously.
Night in Reinita Azul.
Early this morning we will try for the endemic Recurve-billed Bushbird, then continue to the top ridge. There the reserve managers have set up a nice feeding station for the endemic Gorgeted Wood-Quail and Lined Quail Dove. The hummingbird feeders attract Black Inca, among others. After enjoying all these great birds we will carry on to the top ridge, where we will look for Parker´s Antbird, Upper Magdalena Tapaculo, Yellow-throated Spadebill, and Moustached Puffbird. After enjoying a tasty box lunch in the field we will search for the rare Mountain Grackle.
After returning to the cabins in the afternoon we will spend some time searching for the Turquoise Dacnis.
Night in Reinita Azul.
Early this morning we will go to Bucaramanga and take a short flight to Medellin. On the way we will search for Yellow-browed Shrikevireo, Niceforo´s Wren, Short-tailed Emerald, Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, and Yellow-tufted Dacnis.
Night Arrierito (Chestnut-capped Piha) Reserve
After breakfast we will head out on the Ridge Trail, where we hope to find Multicolored, Gold-and-black, and Purplish-mantled Tanagers, in addition to Stile´s Tapaculo, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Chestnut-capped Piha, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Red-bellied Grackle, Brown-billed Scythebill, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, and Colombian Chachalaca. If we’re very fortunate we may encounter Black Tinamou, as well as a roost site for the enigmatic Stygian Owl. At the hummingbird feeders we hope to see Booted Racket-tail, Green-crowned Brillant, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Andean Emerald, and Steely-vented Hummingbird.
Night at Arrierito reserve.
This day we will head to Las Tangaras Reserve (between 800-1000m in elevation) where we will hope to see Spectacled Parrotlet, Stripe-throated Hermit, Grayish Piculet, and Uniform Treehunter.
Night in Las Tangaras.
This is an astounding area to visit as the birds here are fantastic! We will search for Brown Inca, Choco Vireo, Toucan Barbet, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brilliant, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Black Solitaire, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, White-headed Wren, and Beautiful Jay. Tanagers we hope to encounter include Yellow-green Bush, Gold-ringed, Black-chinned Mountain, and Glistening-green.
Night in Las Tangaras.
We leave Las Tangaras Reserve and head for Colibri del Sol Reserve, birding the Carme Atrato on the way. [Ed. Note: this sentence really wasn’t clear: are you stopping at another birding place on the way, or is this the name of the road?] We arrive at the Colibri del Sol Reserve on horseback.
Night in Colibri del Sol Reserve.
This morning, we will visit the Fenwick´s Antpitta feeding area, and then spend time around the trails where we hope to find Dusky Starfrontlet, Glowing Puffleg, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Red-hooded Tanager, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, and more. In the afternoon we will head for the Jardin Reserve.
Night in Valdivia Plaza.
Today we will spend all day birding along the road to El Jarding Reserve. Our main target bird is the Yellow-eared Parrot; Proaves has placed nesting boxes around the area, so hopefully we will have nice views of this great bird! We will also search for Munchique Wood Wren, White-capped Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, Andean Pygmy Owl, Tourmaline Sunangel, Purple-backed Thornbill, Golden-headed Quetzal, Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Chestnut-naped and Slate-crowned Antpittas, Oleaginous, Superciliaried, and Black-capped Hemispingus, Black-winged Saltator, Slaty Finch, and Golden-fronted Whitestart. After returning to town we will continue on to Medellin.
Night in Medellin.
Today day we will take the first flight to Santa Martha, where we will have lunch and then transfer to El Dorado Lodge in the Santa Martha Mountains. We will bird from Minca to El Dorado Lodge, hoping to see Santa Martha Woodstar, Santa Martha Sabrewing, Santa Martha Brush Finch, Gray-headed Tanager, Santa Martha Tapaculo, and Santa Martha Foliagegleaner on the way. Weather permitting, we will search for the Santa Martha Screech Owl that night.
Night in El Dorado Lodge.
We have two full days around the trails and the road up the hill, so we will be working the various elevations in order to find as many endemics as possible. We will start heading up to the ridge pre-dawn in order to hear and see Band-tailed Guan and Band-winged Nightjar. When we arrive at the top of the ridge, we will look for Santa Martha and Brown-throated Parakeets, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Martha Rufous Antpitta, Santa Martha Warbler, Santa Martha Wren, Yellow-crowned Whitestart, White-lored Warbler, and more. We come back to the lodge in the afternoon and immediately head for the feeding station where the Santa Martha Antpitta frequents. At the hummingbird feeders we hope to see White-tailed Starfrontlet and, with luck, the Blossomcrown.
Night in el Dorado.
Today is a “clean-up” day in order to find species we may have missed before. After birding our way to Santa Martha we board our flight to Bogota.
Night in Bogota.
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