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...