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Colombia Birdwatching Tour

Colombia Birdwatching Tour


When: Sun 7 Aug - Sun 28 Aug 2016
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Pablo Florez

Colombia Birdwatching Tour


Sydney/Sydney (22days) $11,524
Single Room Supplement $660
Ground Content (ex Bogota) $8,797
O nce typecast as the bad boy of South America, Colombia is one of the continent's most remarkable success stories. Following a decades-long civil war, the fortunes of the country have improved dramatically in the last twenty years: the country is at peace and Colombia is now a safe, modern and friendly country, with a particularly good infrastructure. Colombia's trump card is its diverse geography, which includes Andean peaks, lush tropical rainforests and sprawling savannahs. It has the enviable distinction of being home to more than 1,900 species of birds, more than in any other country on the entire planet. It is not only the sheer number of birds that is impressive; Colombia is also home to a staggering 73 endemic species of birds and almost twice that many near-endemics, many of which have distributions that barely extend beyond the Colombian border into Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela. On this unique and very exciting tour, we have combined together the Pacific coast, the Andes Mountains and the bird-rich Amazonian lowlands. Not only will we see huge numbers of common birds, we will concentrate on visiting reserves that protect the last remaining habitats of some of the most range-restricted, and, in some cases, the most endangered birds in the world. Our first birding will be at the remote frontier town of Puerto Inirida, in easternmost Colombia, which lies on the edge of the Llanos and the Amazon Basin, and boasts a birdlist that is greater than that of the whole of North America! Here we shall seek out the area's many special birds, such as Scarlet Macaw, Spotted Puffbird, Spot-backed Antwren, Citron-bellied Attila and Brown-headed Greenlet. We then fly high into the Andes Mountains and visit the Las Tangaras Reserve, where we will search for a host of cloudforest birds, including three of the most beautiful tanagers in the world: Gold-ringed, Black-and-gold and Purplish-mantled. Following an early morning visit to nearby La Romera Reserve, we take a flight to the Pacific coast and visit El Valle and Utria National Park. The main reason for visiting this remote area, is to find the rarely- observed Baudo Oropendola, but with a bird list of 650 species, there is plenty more to see, including Choco specialties like Great Curassow, Brown Wood-Rail, Dusky Pigeon, Rose-faced Parrot, Thicket Antpitta and Blue Cotinga. Our final destination, is the remote outpost of Mitu, close to the Brazilian border, in far eastern Colombia. Here we shall enjoy several days' birding in the little-explored, but incredibly bird-rich, Amazonian lowlands. We will focus much of our attention on a number of localised endemics and mouth-watering white sand specialties, such as Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Blackish-grey Antshrike, Yellow-throated Antwren, the striking Chestnut-crested Antbird, Yellow-crowned Manakin, the rare Azure-naped Jay and the elusive White-bellied Dacnis. The Colombia Birdwatching Tour is a birding treasure chest.

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