Trip report: Northern Colombia (March 2019) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Jose Illanes. This was a set-departure tour.

344 bird species were recorded on the tour (325 species were seen by the group) in a week’s birding in Colombia, which was a good showing for the tour. This was unexpected, with the exceptionally dry weather experienced this year. There was a clear winner of the BIRD-OF-THE-TOUR vote among the participants, all universally agreeing that Blue-billed Curassow was the ultimate highlight. The other main standouts, (highlighted by the group), were Santa Marta Screech-Owl, Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, (nesting) White-tipped Quetzal, Pied Puffbird, Santa Marta Woodstar, Lance-tailed Manakin, Plushcap, Red-whiskered Spinetail, Crested Bobwhite and Golden-green Woodpecker. We did well in the Santa Marta Mountains, seeing all 19 of the expected endemics there, including (in addition to those mentioned above), the namesake Parakeet (perched!), Tapaculo, Bush-Tyrant, Warbler, and Brushfinch, as well as Coppery Emerald, White-tailed Starfrontlet (below), Yellow-crowned Redstart, Black-cheeked Mountain-Tanager and Black-fronted Wood-quail. For a short tour this packed a hell of a punch, bringing new birders and seasoned birders alike highlights!

FULL Northern Colombia Trip Report March 2019 (4 MB PDF file).