Trip report: Central Colombia (Jan-Feb 2012) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas. This report is for the two week itinerary we offered in previous years. The current itinerary visits more sites and will see more species.

Colombia has a mind-boggling birdlist of 1820 species, and one gets the feeling that there is still so much more to be discovered. Much of this marvelous country is relatively unexplored, and new birding sites are being discovered all the time. The country hosts over 70 endemics, most of them from the Andes in the central part of the country. The mountain chain splits into three as it traverses Colombia, and each range and valley holds its own special birds. This year we did a nice circuit through some of the best sites in these mountains, packing in a heck of a lot of birding and almost 500 species into a two-week tour. It was a bit rainier than you might expect for this time of year, but that didn’t hold us back much, and we had a very nice haul of endemics headlined by the likes of Gold-ringed, Black-and-gold, and Multicolored Tanagers, Beautiful Woodpecker, Chestnut-capped Piha, Bogotá Rail, and Brown-breasted Parakeet.

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