Endemic Birdwatching Tour in Colombia
This is a 22-day birdwatching tour focusing on the endemic birds of Colombia covering the Eastern- Central- Western Andes + Magdalena and Cauca Valley + Caribean area (Santa Marta and Guajira).
This is a very intense tour and we will do what it takes to get the target birds. Endemics and special birds are a priority. (72+ endemic bird species) around the 500 birds. Habitats: Cloud, dry, rain, premontane, elfin forest, wetland, valley, paramo and choco! Spectacular birds including Bogota Rail, Multicoloured Tanager, Green-bearded Helmetcrests, Yellow-eared Parrot, White-mantled Barbet, Antpitta, tanager finch, Black-and-gold, Gold-ringed, falme faced tanager and wren and many more.
Alternative Tour Name: The Party Endemic Birds Colombia Tour
Night Hotel City center Boutique
Where beautiful Paramo dominates the landscape (2 hours from Bogota) altitude of 3400 m.s.n.m. Habitat. (elfin forest): Target birds endemic: Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Silvery throated Spinetail, Bogota Rail, Apolinar’s wren (frequent the marshland) and near-endemic Bronze-tailed Thornbill, Rufous browed conebill, Noble snipe, Northern Tawny Antpitta Around the wetland with Andean Duck and Merida Speckled Teal. (Morning)- Picnic Breakfast at Sumapaz.
In the afternoon we leave Sumapaz area for to go (Chicaque Natural Park). We will visit feeders where the delightful, restricted-range Golden-bellied Starfrontlet can often be seen.
Lunch options: Picnic or Arboloco restaurant (Chicaque) the Monday doesn’t working. We spent return to Hotel on 6 pm. Night Hotel City center Boutique
Leaving early (4:30 am), we drive to Guasca town (rural area). This day our new habitat is cloud forest northeast of Bogota. Our main target the endemic and Vulnerable the extinction: Brown-breasted Parakeet also the near endemic Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-fronted Whitestart (the subspecies here has a white face), Black-capped and Superciliaried Hemispinguses, Rufous-browed Conebill and the brilliant Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Slaty Brush-Finch, and numerous other species. In the afternoon we will visit main feeders for eastern andes where we will likely get views of some truly amazing birds including Blue-throated Starfrontlet and Coppery-bellied Pufffleg (migrant local) and both Black- and Green-tailed Trainbearers, Glowing Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird. Night Hotel City center Boutique
Leaving early (5:00 am), we left Bogota behind and descended down the western slope of the Eastern Cordillera to Ibague town for search our new main target endemic Indigo capped hummingbird (Feeders Finca Colibrí) after the continue the have several stop down the road for lunch and birding look for endemic Apical flycatcher, Turquoise Dacnis tanager and Velvet fronted Euphonia. Night: Hotel Iguaima campestre or Ukuku lodge
(Breakfast at Ukuku). We will spent above Ibague in the Canon Combeima Valley. We’ll look for some rare and hard-to-find endemics around the feeders the Ukuku rural ecolodge like: Tolima (Andean) Blossomcrown, Tolima Dove and Yellow headed Brushfinch. Then – We had a long drive to the famous colonial town Honda: (Night Hotel Las Trampas).
(Picnic breakfast and lunch on the road). Habitat premontane forest: We’ll walk throw the forest trail in search of further specialities and endemics in the reserve are White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful woodpecker.
Woodpecker, the vocally Sooty Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia. A number of other interesting birds are also found in the reserve. These include several Manakin species like White-bibbed, Western Striped Manakin, Golden headed Manakin and white bearded Manakin on 11 am we spent to finish the birding to continue the Paujil Reserve (around 4 hours by car). Night Paujil reserve.
We were lucky to run across a Tawny-throated Leaftosser doing just that. A lock included a Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Red-faced Spinetail and Scarlet-and white Tanagers. After a couple of hours, we decided to beat a retreat. Saying our farewells to our wonderful hosts at the lodge, we drove down the unsurfaced road. Our driver, Hermes, picked up what turned out to be four White-mantled Barbets alongside the vehicle, one of which was making a meal of a large katydid, and the stop also gave us White-thighed Swallow. Between roadworks and traffic, it took the rest of the day to get to within casting distance of our hotel. A late afternoon leg-stretch in foothill forest was very productive, with a lovely Western Striped Manakin, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Yellow-tufted Dagnis and many other new birds. We checked into our Río Claro hotel after dark, made for the restaurant Day 7 and Day 8 Night Paujil Reserve.
Another morning visit to Paujil Reserve will give us a shot as the endemic Blue billed curassow, and another chance at anything else we still need in the area. We’ll then drive to oil bird to one of their nesting caves for search the bizarre and unique Oilbird. We’ll make an afternoon visit Rio Claro Lodge, where we spend a single night on this forested canyon with its crystal clear river. There we can to see the Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant and Magdalena Antbird. Night Rio Claro lodge.
A morning the birding at Rio Claro will look for our endemics such as Magdalena Antbird, White-mantled Barbet, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, and Beautiful Woodpecker among other more widespread species like Barred Puffbird, Olivaceous Flatbill and Saffron headed parrot and birding forest edge may get us various tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and other species. We leave the lodge after lunch and We’ll then drive to Sabaneta town (Antioquia). Night Hotel Extremadura.
La Romera is a small metropolitan park or reserve out Sabaneta town. The amazing and stunning Red-bellied Grackle is usually the star bird here, but we’ll also look for Stiles’s Tapaculo and the rare Yellow-headed Manakin. Later, we will drive for 2 hours to stop on Dry forest Cauca valley for where we spend few hours for search the new endemic and recently discover: Antioquia wren and also for Greyish Piculet.. Night Jardin (Hotel Valdivia Plaza)
Well depart early in throw the mountains above Jardín toward Reserve Yellow-eared Parrots by ProAves whom to do conservation efforts protecting the wax palms they rely on. We look the flocks the parrot fly above us early then. We’ll spend the morning birding the forest, searching for some birds including White-capped Tanager, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Powerful Woodpecker, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, and Tapaculos among a slew of more common species. Then on 2 or 3 pm we’ll return to Jardin to visit a great Cock-of-the-rock Lek, where several males can usually be seen at close range despite being only a few hundred meters from the center of town. Night Valdivia plaza.
Leaving Jardín, We’ll then drive to Manizales Rio Blanco reserve (5 hours) we’ll stop on the road to look birds on the road. Due to the small size of the lodge, single rooms are usually not available here. Night Rio Blanco Reserve.
Rio Blanco the reserve with huge cloud forest has feeders for several Antpitta species near the lodge, and we will stop and look all. Chances to see Chestnut-crowned, Brown-banded, Bicolored and Slate crowned Antpittas, and occasionally Chestnut naped Antpitta. Apart from the Antpittas, there are several mix flock of other birds to look for including Dusky Piha, Masked Saltator, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Grass-green Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Black-capped Hemispingus, Capped Conebill, Sharpe’s Wren, Golden-headed Quetzal, Flammulated Treehunter and numerous tanagers. Owling time in the night get us White-throated Screech-Owl or Rufous-banded Owl. Hummer feeders are also quite good with Bronzy Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, and Tourmaline Sunangel among several species that visit. Night Rio Blanco reserve.
We’ll then drive to Nevados reserve (1 hours/ 20 minutes). This area of Paramo is a special site for a number of scarcer hummers, including Buffy Helmetcrest, Black-thighed & Golden-breasted Pufflegs, Mountain Avocetbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Purple-back Tornbill, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Shining Sunbeam and Buff-winged Starfrontlet. Other cool birds include the fantastic Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Paramo Tapaculo, White-browed Spinetail, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Tawny Antpitta, Crowned Chat-tyrant, Black-collared Jay, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Seedeater, Andean Tit-Spinetail, and White-chinned Thistletail. Night Hotel Termales.
Birding morning around the Nevados for another chance at anything else we still need in the area. We’ll then drive to the town Santa Rosa de Cabal, where we spend a single night on this village. Night Matisses Hotel Campestre.
We leave early in the morning for to get the top. This is the best spot to found the critically endangered, endemic, Indigo winged (Fuertes’s) Parrot. Known from but a few locations in the area, this relatively new site is perhaps the best place on Earth to see the species. Other target birds: Golden-plumed Parakeet, White capped Tanager, Ocellated Tapaculo, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan and a huge host of Tanagers are possible today! Then we finish on 10 am we’ll drive to Otun Quimbaya reserve for night on this village. Hotel Yarumo Blanco (Pereira)
Otun features a charming lodge, surrounded by subtropical. We’ll search here for Cauca Guan, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Hooded Mountain Antpitta (Only place for this Antpitta) Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Moustached Antpitta (Hard to see), Chestnut-breasted Wren, Wattled Guan, Torrent Duck, Metallic-green Tanager, Variegated Bristle-Tyrant, Rusty-winged Barbtail and other. Owling for Colombian screech owl and mottle owl. Night Hotel Yarumo Blanco (Pereira)
Early in the morning we leave the Otun Quimbaya towards to Lodge Montezuma Rain forest where We spent two full days here, We will birding in different altitude zones, each of which have their own specialties birds including: Black-and-gold tanager, Gold-ringed Tanagers, Crested Ant-Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Munchique Wood-Wren, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Beautiful Jay, Club-winged Manakin , Fulvous-dotted Treehunter, Sooty-headed Wren, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Glistening-green Tanager, Parker’s Antbird, and Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, and the newly-described Tatama Tapaculo. All days by 4×4’s all the way to the end of the road for a different set of species: Night 18, 19 and 20 Montezuma Rain forest
Birding below the Lodge Montezuma (2 hours by car) the scenic Choco rain forest is a great spot for several Baudo Oropendola and to head downhill towards Santa Cecilia to finding Baudo Oropendola, Baudo Guan, Spot-crowned Barbet, Grey-headed Chachalaca. Night Hotel Bogota
Birding around to Montezuma few more hours of birding this morning before driving to Pereira and catching an afternoon flight to Bogotá, where we spend the one night.
The participants will we transfer to the airport to take their international flight or connections in Colombia.
Brown-breasted Parakeet also the near endemic Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-fronted Whitestart (the subspecies here has a white face), Black-capped and Superciliaried Hemispinguses, Rufous-browed Conebill and the brilliant Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Mountain Cacique, Slaty Brush-Finch, and numerous other species. In the afternoon we will visit main feeders for eastern andes where we will likely get views of some truly amazing birds including Blue-throated Starfrontlet and Coppery-bellied Pufffleg (migrant local) and both Black- and Green-tailed Trainbearers, Glowing Puffleg, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Woodpecker, the vocally Sooty Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia. A number of other interesting birds are also found in the reserve. These include several Manakin species like White-bibbed, Western Striped Manakin, Golden headed Manakin and white bearded Manakin, Chestnut-crowned, Brown-banded, Bicolored and Slate crowned Antpittas, and occasionally Chestnut naped Antpitta. Apart from the Antpittas, there are several mix flock of other birds to look for including Dusky Piha, Masked Saltator, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Grass-green Tanager, Black-collared Jay, Black-capped Hemispingus, Capped Conebill, Sharpe’s Wren, Golden-headed Quetzal, Flammulated Treehunter and numerous tanagers. Owling time in the night get us White-throated Screech-Owl or Rufous-banded Owl
What is included?
- All accommodation
- All meals, snacks and drink water
- All transportation including domestical flights
- Local guides
- Park entry fees
- Assistance on arrival and departure
What is not included?
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Spending on a personal nature
The main focus of Bogota Birding and Birdwatching Tours is the lands surrounding the Bogota, including Cloud forest the eastern Andes, paramo, Llanos, Magdalena Valley, and dry forest. Well-known as well as less-visited birding localities in near Bogota are explored, and suggestions for new destinations are always welcome. The aim of Bogota Birding and Birdwatching is to provide fellow bird watchers with high-quality birding and great experiences, and we welcome birders with all levels of experience. All trips and day excursions will be arranged considering the experience and general preferences of the participating customers – we are just as happy to spend a day searching for a single elusive species as we are enjoying the abundant hummingbird, wren, and grackle near to Bogota. Our green tanager or minibus has large windows which are excellent for birdwatching and allows all participants to enjoy the surroundings. We are able to offer guidings in English and Spanish. So grab your birding equipment and come out to Colombia for some fantastic birdwatching in the Capital the Birds of the world!!!
Birding will primarily be on forested roads and some trails – difficulty is easy to medium level We will be moving between (13,000 feet). Mostly between (4,265 feet and 8,858 feet). We will have electric power at all our destinations. There are sockets inside all rooms with 110 volt electricity. Please note be sure and bring extra batteries as electricity may sometimes go out in sites There is no hot water at Rio Claro, Paujil, Santa Rosa and Otun (it´s not a big problem because we are in the lowlands and it is quite warm). Internet: this service is available inside some hotels (Jardin, Bogota, Montezuma (Not always), Ibague, Sabaneta.
Please do not bring too much luggage. For domestic flights you can hold 20 kg. (44 lbs.) and 5 kg. (11 lbs.) in hand luggage. Extra costs run by you. Light weight comfortable clothing is recommended, i.e. standard field pants and shirts for the entire trip. At Jardin, Rio Blanco, Montezuma and Bogota laundry can be done An umbrella and rain poncho Small flashlight for owling Travel insurance