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Sites - Villavicencio

Site evaluation: 3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Species:  
Elevation: 400-1100 m
Climate: Hot and humid
Trails: Roadside
Accommodation: 2 Stars 2 Stars
Food: 3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Hot water: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Communications: Cell phone
Region: Bogota & Eastern Andes
Location: Villavicencio, Dept. of Meta
Summary: Villavicencio is Colombia?s gateway to the 250,000 km? Los Llanos, and is just three hours from Bogota along a direct highway. Villavicencio is ideally positioned for birders to explore the eastern slope forests of the Eastern Cordillera and a patchwork of savannah and gallery forests of the Llanos.
Endemics:
Key Species: Gray-chinned Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Spot-tailed Nightjar, Girdled Barbet, Black-tailed Leaftosser, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Spot-winged Antbird, Green Manakin, Cinnamon Becard, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Purple-throated Cotinga, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Moriche Oriole, Black-faced Dacnis, Opal-rumped, Paradise, Speckled, Scarlet, Black-faced, Magpie, and Flame-crested Tanager
Access: 3 hrs east from Bogota. 15 min from Villavicencio to the Bavaria brewery plant, 15 min more to Orange-breasted Falcon Bird Reserve
Site Description: Bird along the road to the newly created Orange-breasted Falcon Bird Reserve, located beside the Villavicencio Bavaria brewery. This 3 km road through foothill primary forest can turn up some nice birds.

Look for frugivores and migrants including Gilded Barbet, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Bare-eyed Thrush, Golden-headed and Striped Manakins, Black-faced, Scarlet, Turquoise, Speckled, Yellow-bellied and Burnished-buff Tanagers, Blue and Black-faced Dacnises, Purple and Green Honeycreepers, Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers, White-vented and Golden-bellied Euphonias and Blue-naped Chlorophonias.

There are many birds with Amazonian affinities which are present in the Bavaria Forest, including Spix?s Guan, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, White-bearded Hermit, Many-banded and Chestnut-eared Aracaris, White-throated Toucan, Gray-fronted Dove, Black-tailed Leaftosser, Bluish-gray Antshrike, Spot-winged Antbird, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Violaceous Jay, Pectoral Sparrow, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Oriole Blackbird and many of the frugivores listed above.

Additionally, look for foothill specialties including Sooty-capped and Grey-chinned Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Eastern Slaty Antshrike, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rough-legged Tyrannulet and Green Manakin. This area has yet to be explored in depth and there is a long list of additional Amazonian and foothill birds which have been recorded from the region.

This area also harbors Brown Capuchins and Squirrel Monkeys.


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