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Sites - Hormiguero de Torcoroma Bird Reserve

Site evaluation: 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Species:  
Elevation: 1400-2000 m
Climate: Warm and dry
Trails: Guided and self-guid
Accommodation: 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Food: 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Hot water: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Communications: Cell phone
Region: Magdalena valley
Location: Ocana, Dept of Santander
Summary: This small reserve of unique subtropical dry cloud forest is owned by Fundación ProAves and is the best site for the spectacular Recurve-billed Bushbird (locally known as Hormiguero de Torcoroma), which is fairly common here. Several other interesting species occur at the reserve which has a network of excellent trails, while the small city of Ocana is a comfortable base (20 min from the reserve on paved road)
Endemics: Perijá Parakeet.
Key Species: Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Lazuline Sabrewing, Recurve-billed Bushbird, Gray-throated Warbler, Moustached Brush-Finch.
Access: 20 min by road from Ocana
Site Description: The star attraction of this reserve is the Recurve-billed Bushbird. This stunning bird, recently rediscovered in Colombia, is usually found by walking trails that pass through its? preferred Chusquea bamboo habitat. It is much more easily heard than seen, but good views can be achieved with patience.

The forests here contain several species that are restricted to eastern Colombia and parts of Venezuela, including Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Lazuline Sabrewing, Gray-throated Warbler, Black-headed Tanager, Stripe-breasted Spinetail, and Moustached Brush-Finch along with a good variety of other birds. Chestnut-bellied Thrush and Speckled Tanager are also reliable.

Of great interest to birders is the recent discovery of Perija Parakeet in the area. This rare endemic is present in the Ocana area and is fairly reliable with local help (but depends on road conditions for access to the site): ask reserve staff for the best locations.
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