Recent bird sightings:
#1 | Avery Bartels| Crescent-faced Antpitta| RNA Proaves - El Mirador| 0000-00-00
#2 | Avery Bartels| Yellow-throated Vireo| RNA Proaves - Cerulean Warbler| 0000-00-00
#3 | Avery Bartels| Crested Ant-tanager| RNA Proaves - Chestnut-capped Piha| 0000-00-00
#4 | Avery Bartels| Golden-collared Honeycreeper| RNA Proaves - Las Tangaras| 0000-00-00
#5 | Avery Bartels| Tocuyo Sparrow| Perico| 0000-00-00
#6 | Avery Bartels| Least Tern| Camarones| 0000-00-00
#7 | MattSlaymaker| Wilson's Warbler| Colibri del Sol| 2013-03-11
#8 | Trevor| Cundinamarca Antpitta| Montoderondo| 2029-09-10
#9 | Trevor| Mountain Grackle| Cerulea Reserve| 2004-10-10
Region: Magdalena valley
Sites from this region:
Ranita Dorada Reserve
This new reserve was created to protect two recently-described poison-dart frog species (Dendrobates) and a remarkable array of rare and localized amphibians. It is also home to several rare birds, including the eastern slope Central Cordillera subtropical endemics Tolima Dove and Yellow-headed Brush-Finch. The town of Falan features a picturesque gold-mining site from the 1500s, complete with tunnels and mine shafts. This mine contains a small fragment of humid forest where Sooty Ant-Tanager and White-mantled Barbet have been seen.
El Paujil Bird Reserve
This reserve was created in 2003 by Fundación ProAves to protect the critically endangered Blue-billed Curassow, and remains the sole location to reliably see this species, perhaps the most sought-after of Colombia?s endemics. This huge reserve also contains some of the last intact humid forest in the middle Magdalena valley, home to a large variety of endemic birds and mammals, including the endangered Variegated Spider Monkey (one of the rarest primates in the world). Good accommodation is available, including air-conditioned cabins.
Reinita Azul Bird Reserve
This reserve on the Magdalena valley slope of the Eastern Cordillera contains two major zones: a lower area of shade coffee plantations, excellent for Neotropical migrants and an array of residents and an upper area of good subtropical Oak forest containing many Eastern Cordillera specialties. Both zones have many interesting birds and several productive days may be spent birding here from the excellent reserve lodge.
Pauxi pauxi Bird Reserve
This is a new reserve located very close to the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve. However, this reserve protects a key fragment of humid foothill forest, and is both an important wintering site for migratory birds and home to lower elevation resident species such as the endangered Northern Helmeted Curassow.
Hormiguero de Torcoroma Bird Reserve
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)
La Vega is a small weekend resort town just 90 minutes from Bogotá, which has many interesting birds. Birding is mainly along various trails through shade coffee plantations. One small protected area, Refugía de Laguna del Tabacal, is a quaint lake set in a deep crater surrounded by some forest.
Rio Claro is a beautiful reserve protecting Magdalena Valley humid foothill forest. The birding is good, and the scenery is excellent --- the Rio Claro is a rushing river in a steep-sided canyon made predominately of marble. This is the best place in Colombia to see the strange and interesting Oilbirds.
This reserve provides easy access to humid forest in the middle Magdalena Valley, and is home to many important birds, including four endemics. The reserve, located above the town of La Victoria, is quite close to Honda, a city with a wide variety of hotels and restaurants. It is also possible to stay in the town of La Victoria.
This hummingbird feeding station is only going to get more famous! Close to the birding site of La Vega and convenient for birders day-tripping from Bogota, several rare species of hummingbirds are virtually guaranteed here. See http://www.jardinencantado.net/index.html for more info, including driving directions.