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COLOMBIA August 2009

From August 23 to 29, 2008, Dan Peak, Sheridan Coffey and myself birded central Colombia ; click on the links below to see a some of the charismatic endemic and near-endemic species we enjoyed, thanks to the skills and knowledge of Medellin-based birding guide Pablo Flores Valencia click here to email Pablo. I'll be compiling a trip report - email me if you want a copy.

Torrent Ducks: a distant family protrait.

Cauca Guan: thankfully doing very well at the Ucumari Regional Park near Pereira.

Andean Guan: near Bogota.

Flame-winged Parakeet: perched, east of Bogota.

Chestnut-collared Swifts: near Medellin.

Longuemare's (Amethyst-throated) Sunangel: a female from east of Bogota.

Tourmaline Sunangel: a male plus an odd-looking individual from Rio Blanco.

Bearded Helmetcrest: male and female (latter perched and in flight) from the central Andes.

Glowing Puffleg: perched female and male in flight from east of Bogota.

Coppery-bellied Puffleg: a female? from east of Bogota.

Blue-throated Starfrontlet: a female in flight from east of Bogota.

White-tailed Hillstar: the western race (surely a separate species from the eastern form?) from El Cairo.

Highland Motmot: from Ucumari.

Black-billed Mountain-Toucan: the near-endemic all-black-billed race from east of Bogota.

Emerald Toucanet: the subspecies endemic to the west/central Andes.

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker: one from the central Andes and one from the eastern Andes.

Fulvous-dotted Treerunner: rotten pics from El Cairo - but they do give a feel for the bird.

Bar-crested Antshrike: a male by the road.

Antpittas: four species photographed out of seven seen (plus two more heard only).

Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant: close photos from El Cairo.

Yellow-olive Flycatcher from ucumari. - new.

Handsome Flycatcher from El Cairo.

Streaked Flycatcher - a buffy juvenile from the roadside.

Chestnut-crested and Red-crested Cotingas: the Ampelion pair.

Green-and-black Fruiteater: from El Cairo.

Olivaceous Piha: from El Cairo.

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow: from Ucumari.

Munchique Wood-Wren from El Cairo - new.

Black-collared Jay: from Rio Blanco.

not an Oleaginous Hemispingus but instead a Richardson's Warbler! : from above Jardin.

Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager: from above Jardin.

Black-and-Gold Tanager: poor pics from El Cairo.

Gold-Ringed Tanager: a couple of the many seen near El Cairo.

Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager: from above Jardin.

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager: from east of Bogota.

Purplish-mantled Tanager: two of the many seen near El Cairo.

Beryl-spangled Tanager: a close study from El Cairo.

Rufous-browed Conebill: from east of Bogota.

Indigo Flowerpiercer: "okay" shots of four different individuals from El Cairo.

Gray Seedeater: from near Cartago.

Yellow-throated Brush-Finch: from Ucumari.

Crested Ant-Tanager: poor photo of one from Ucumari.

Golden-fronted Whitestart: both subspecies, from the eastern and central Andes.

Mountain Cacique: from above Jardin.

Red-bellied Grackle: from near Medellin.

Andean Squirrel: supposedly endemic to Colombia, but myself and Dave Sargeant saw one in elfin forest at the top of Cerro Mungus, northeast Ecuador in the '90s...