Colombia 2013 – Central Andes

February 2013

parrots in Colombia © James Timmons
© James Timmons
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Twelve travelers joined Elissa Landre, Sanctuary Director at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, and our local guides, including Pablo Florez, for a Colombian birding adventure not to be forgotten.

The main trip saw or heard 264 species including 11 endemic to Colombia and the extension saw 123 species (40 additional to the main list), including 6 Colombian endemics. It was an extraordinary tour with many highlights, including:

  • Looks at Colombian endemic species: Beautiful Woodpecker, White-mantled Barbet, Stiles Tapaculo, Red-bellied Grackle, Brown-banded Antpitta, and more!
  • Near-endemic Yellow-headed Manakin making an appearance.
  • The charming Spectacled Parrotlets peeking out from big Cecropia leaves .
  • The raucous calls of the Oilbirds greeting us as we approached. One bird remained on a likely nest while others flew about in the cave.
  • A late afternoon visit to the Andean Cock of the Rock lek was quite a show with birds vocalizing and displaying.
  • Watching an Emerald Toucanet excavating a nest right beside the trail.
  • Spending late afternoon for coffee and beer on the plaza, rewarded with a lovely Andean sunset.
  • Tourmaline Sunangel greeting the dawn at the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve of Pro Aves on the east slope of the Western Andes.  
  • Hearing Tropical Screech Owl and Pauraque near the dining hall.
  • Stopping along the river for Torrent tyrannulet, Torrent Duck, and Bronze-winged Parrots. 
  • A stop at a small lagoon found a Ruddy Duck with 3 chicks, Sedge Wren, and Stout-billed Cinclodes. 
  • Bearded Helmetcrest hummingbird undaunted in its quest for Espeletia flowers.
  • Viewing a pair of Rusty-faced Parrots courting