This trip is designed for birders who haven’t traveled abroad previously, but its wide variety of target birds makes it suitable for both beginning birders and seasoned veterans. It can be combined with the Araucana Lodge trip, but it’s a self-contained itinerary—a trip that will ensure your first international birding experience is a great one.
Why Colombia? Easy. It’s the birdiest country on earth, with 1,930 species—almost 20% of the world’s total in 1% of its landmass, with new species still being discovered and new records being announced regularly. There are several reasons for this: Colombia is tropical yet it also has ample elevation changes due to the Andes; it has both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts; it has a wide range of different habitats, and different habitats ensure a wide range of bird species.
This tour begins and ends in the city of Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a very different part of Colombia than our tour at Araucana Lodge. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest coastal mountain in the world and one of the most important endemism centers in the world, with 22 species of birds restricted to it. Join us on a search for many of these endemics, including Santa Marta Screech-owl, antpittas (four species), tapaculos (two species), foliage-gleaners (two species), Brush-finches (two species), parakeets, (five species) sabrewings (two species), bush-tyrants (three species), seedeaters (nine species), and, of course, a huge array of warblers (thirty species!), and tanagers (fifty-four species!)
This trip will also take us to Isla Salamanca, Tayrona, and Los Flamencos National Parks, where birding through mangroves and coastal wetlands along the ocean and in dry scrub forest should yield species such as the near endemic Buffy Hummingbird, the endemic Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, Russet-throated Puffbird, the near endemic Chestnut Piculet, Bicolored Conebill, Tocuyo Sparrow, and Panama Flycatcher.
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