Birding tours in Panama

 

Panama (77000 sq km), is one of the most popular birding destinations in Central America, like Costa Rica offers a great diversity of habitats (from tropical rain forest to high altitude ‘paramo’). Panama’s position, as the link between Central and South America, places it at the edges of the range of many species.

  • more than 970 bird species
  • 12 endemics
  • 64 endemics shared with Costa Rica
  • 16 of 21 endemic species of Central America

 

12 days bird watching tour (Western Panama and Canal area)

17 days bird watching tour (Chiriqui to Darien)

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Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

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Visited areas and sites (see map) 

 

WESTERN PANAMA:

 

Chiriqui Highlands (Cerro Punta): cloud forest, 2000m.
Resplendent Quetzal, Black Guan, Chiriqui Quail-Dove, Buff-throated Quail-Dove, Dusky Nightjar, Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl, Bare-shanked Screech-Owl, White-throated Mountain-gem, Scintillant Hummingbird, Volcano Hummingbird, Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Prong-billed Barbet, Ruddy Treerunner, Streak-breasted Treehunter, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Ochraceous Wren, Black-faced Solitaire, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Silky -Flycatcher, Yellow-thighed Finch, Flame-throated Warbler…

Finca Hartman, Chorcha Abajo, Laguna Volcan: mid-elevation tropical forest, pacific slope.
Turquoise Cotinga, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Riverside Wren, White-crested Coquette, Chiriqui Yellowthroat…

David area: semi-open habitats, savannas.
Brown-throated Parakeet, Green-breasted Mango(Veraguan), Barred Antshrike, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher…

 La Fortuna, Oleoducto Road, Willie Mazu private reserve (forested hills, tropical mid-elevation rain forest, Atlantic slope) and Caribbean lowlands.
Tiny Hawk, Barred Forest-Falcon, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Azure-hooded Jay, Red-headed Barbet, Lovely Cotinga, Snowy Cotinga, Silver-throated Tanager, Emerald Tanager, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Rufous Motmot, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-collared Manakin, (endemic), Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager…..

 

CENTRAL PANAMA:

 

Metropolitan Park: tropical semi deciduous forest, pacific slope.
Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic), Golden-fronted Tyrannulet, White-bellied Antbird, Crimson-backed Tanager, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Pheasant Cuckoo, Lance-tailed Manakin…

Canal Zone (Old Gamboa road, Summit Ponds,  Pipeline Road – Soberania National Park, Achiote Road):  tropical rain forest.
Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic), Great Jacamar, Blue Cotinga, Lance-tailed, Blue-crowned, Red-capped Manakins, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Crested Oropendola, Bicolored, Spotted, Ocellated Antbirds, Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo, Great Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Blue-headed Parrot, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-tailed , Slaty-tailed, Black-headed Trogons, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Olivaceous Flatbill, Spot-crowned Barbet, Pygmy Antwren, White-headed Wren….

Cerro Azul, Cerro Jefe: Cloud forest, elfins forest, 1000m.
Violet-capped Hummingbird (endemic), Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (endemic), Speckled Antshrike, Tacarcuna Bush-Tanager, Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner, Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Rufous-winged Tanager, Sulphur-rumped Tanager…

 

EASTERN PANAMA:

 

Darien National Park. Cana Field Station.
Great Green, Blue-and-yellow, Red-and-green and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Crested, Black-and-white Hawk- Eagle,  Black-tipped Cotinga, Dusky-backed and Great Jacamars, Barred Puffbird, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (endemic), Little Cuckoo, Viridian Dacnis, Black-billed Flycatcher, Rufous-crested Coquette…

 Cerro Pirre: cloud forest, 1100m.
Pirre Bush-Tanager (endemic), Pirre Warbler (endemic), Varied Solitaire (endemic), Rufous-cheeked Hummingbird (Pirre)(endemic), Beautiful Treerunner (endemic), Green-naped Tanager (endemic), Golden-headed Quetzal, Black Oropendola …..

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FIELD GUIDES

 + A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF COSTA RICA byG.Stiles et A. Skutch (Cornell Univ.)
+ BIRDS OF COSTA RICA by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean ( Cornell Univ.)

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT PANAMA

   

+ Documentation: Please check with  consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health:
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.
+ Infrastructure: Good driving conditions Very satisfactory accommodation is available.
+ Language: Spanish. English is widespread.
+ Local time: GMT-5
+ Electricity: 110 volts. American sockets.
+ Currency: US dollar, locally known as Balboa.
+ Climate: Tropical, Dry season: December to April. Showers are always possible, especially on the Caribbean side. Tropical temperatures but cool off with altitude.
+ A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF PANAMA WITH COSTA RICA, NICARAGUA, AND HONDURAS
by Robert S. Ridgely and John A. Gwynne Jr. (Princeton)

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.
The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss and flight cancellation …) (see terms and conditions) .

Costa Rica

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Guatemala

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Vénézuela

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Afrique du sud

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