Birding tours in Venezuela

 

A little larger than Texas, Venezuela (912.050 sq km) offers one of the best birding in South America. The country offers an extraordinary variety of habitats, from the seasonally flooded plains of the Llanos to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.
There are 3 main mountain ranges:
– the coastal Cordillera along the Caribbean coast, supporting arid scrub near the coastline, subtropical forest and cloud forest at the top as well as deciduous woodland on the southern slope.
– The Andes in the west supporting subtropical forest and paramo.
– The Guianan highlands extending into southeast where the Tepuis (table-top mountains) host a unique flora and fauna having been isolated for millions of years.

The Llanos, seasonally-wet grasslands, cover much of the land between the Andes, the coastal mountains and the Orinoco river. Forest galleries are present along the rivers.
The Maracaibo basin lies to the west of the Andes and support swamps in the south and semi-desert to the north.
South of the Orinoco river the Llanos give place to the largest tracks of untouched lowland rainforest.
Venezuela boasts 35 National Parks and many private reserves.

  • more than 1400 bird species
  • 48 endemics

 

15 days bird watching tour (Henri Pittier and West)

15 days bird watching tour ( Henri Pittier and East)

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Customized bird watching tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

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Visited areas and sites (see map)

 

Henri Pittier National Park (coastal mountains), Rancho Grande, Ocumare Road, Choroni Road: Arid scrub and woodlands near the coast, cloud forest on the top.
Helmeted Curassow, Band-tailed Guan, Red-eared Parakeet (E), Green-rumped Parrotlet, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Buffy Hummingbird, Green-tailed Emerald (E), Violet-chested Hummingbird (E), White-tipped Quetzal, Handsome Fruiteater (E), Moustached Puffbird, Groove-billed Toucanet (E), Crested Spinetail, Black-throated Spinetail (E), Black-backed Antshrike, Scallop-breasted Antpitta,  Bearded Bellbird, Stripe-backed Wren, Ochre-breasted Brush-Finch, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Pileated Finch,  Guttulated Foliage-gleaner (E), Handsome Fruiteater (E), Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant (E), Rufous-cheeked Tanager (E)…

WEST

The Llanos: Seasonally-flooded savanna, forest galleries.
Horned Screamer, Yellow-knobbed Curassow, Orinoco Goose, Brazilian Teal, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Scarlet Ibis, Maguari Stork, Jabiru, Azure Gallinule, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Hoatzin, Band-tailed Nighthawk, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Plain Thornbird, White-bearded Flycatcher (E),White-naped Xenopsaris, Orinocan Saltator, Pale-headed Jacamar,
Red-capped Cardinal, Hooded Tanager, Orange-fronte Yellow-Finch, Venezuelan Troupial…

Merida Andes: Santo Domingo Valley. Rio Barragan.Tropical moist forest, 700m.
Pale-headed Jacamar, Wire-tailed Manakin, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, White-bearded Hermit


Mérida Andes: Santo Domingo Valley. Soledad road. Semi-open habitat, Tropical humid forest, 1200m.
Rufous-shafted Woodstar, Spangled Coquette, Yellow-billed Toucanet, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Guttulated Foliage-gleaner (E), White-bearded Manakin, Barred Fruiteater, Rufous-and-white Wren, Black-hooded Thrush, Chestnut-bellied Thrush, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Blue-necked Tanager, Russet-backed Oropendola, Red Siskin…  


Mérida Andes: Santo Domingo Valley. San Isidro road. Tropical humid forest, 1500m.

Band-tailed Guan, Lined-Quail-Dove, Rose-headed Parakeet (E), Band-winged Nightjar, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Violet-fronted Brillant, Booted Racket-tail, Crested Quetzal, Red-headed Barbet, Immaculate Antbird, Moustached Puffbird, Cliff Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Whiskered Wren, Golden Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-rumped Euphonia…  


Mérida Andes: Laguna Mucubaji, Los Frailes, Pico Aguila. Paramo, lagoons, montane humid forest, from 2500m to 4000m.
Torrent Duck, Andean Teal, Andean Snipe, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Tyrian Metaltail, Bearded Helmetcrest,  Red-crested Cotinga, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Ochre-browed Thistletail (E), Streak-backed Canastero, White-throated Tyrannulet, White-capped Dipper, Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, Brown-bellied Swallow, Paramo Wren (E), Paramot Pipit, Blue-backed Conebill, Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager, Merida Flowerpiercer (E), Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Andean Siskin…


Mérida Andes: Pico Humboldt (Sierra Nevada NP). Montane and temperate forest, 1500m to 1800m.

Andean Guan, Merida Sunangel (E), Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Grey-naped Antpitta (E), Undulated Antpitta, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, White-thraoted Tyrannulet, Black-collared Jay, Merida Tapaculo, Black-crested Warbler,  White-fronted Redstart (E), Grey-throated Warbler, Grey-capped Hemispingus (E), Slaty-backed Hemispingus (E), Black-capped Tanager, Plush-capped Finch,
Slaty-brush-Finch, Moustached Brush-Finch, Merida Flowerpiercer (E)…


Mérida Andes: Hacienda La Bravera, La Azulita Road. Subtropical and cloud forest, 1500m.
Andean Guan, Rose-headed Parakeet (E), Rufous-banded Owl, Collared Inca, Orange-throated Sunangel, Speckled Hummingbird, Gorgeted Woodstar, Sparkling Violet-ear, Lazuline Sabrewing, Buff-tailed Coronet, Crested Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Emerald Toucanet, Merida Tapaculo (E), Mountain Wren, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Bluish Flowerpiercer, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Superciliated Henmispingus…

EAST

Paria Peninsula (Cerro Humo). Cloud forest. 1100m.
White-eared Parakeet, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Golden-winged Parakeet, Venezuelan Parakeet, White-tailed Sabrewing, Scissor-tailed Hummingbird (E), Rufous-breasted Hermit, White-throated Barbtail (E), Slate-crowned Antpitta, Venezuelan Antvireo, Stripe-breasted Spinetail, Handsome Fruiteater (E), White-tipped Quetzal, Paria Whitestart (E), Venezuelan Tyrannulet, Golden-headed Manakin, Ochre-breasted Brush-Finch, Trinidad Euphonia, Venezuelan Flowerpiercer (E)…


Vuelta Larga Ranch private reserve: Semi-open habitat, forest galleries, lagoons, rain forest.
Scarlet Ibis, Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, White-eyed Parakeet, Little Cuckoo. Cream-colored Woodpecker, Black-dotted Piculet, Crimson-hooded Manakin, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Jet Antbird, Black-capped Donacobius, Oriole Blackbird…


Turuepano National Park, Rio Ajies: Varzea forest, tropical humid forest, forest galleries.
Rufous Crab-Hawk, Red-bellied Macaw, Black-necked Aracari, Red-billed Toucan, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Chestnut Woodpecker, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Silvered Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Venezuelan Flycatcher…


Caripe cave: Guacharos cave, tropical humid forest.
Oilbird, Groove-billed Toucanet (E), White-tailed Sabrewing, Scaled Piculet, Crested Spinetail, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Chestnut-crowned Becard…


Imataca forest reserve, Rio Grande: Tropical moist forest.
Harpy Eagle, Red-throated Caracara, Hook-billed Kite,  Black Caracara, Marail Guan, Variegated Tinamou,  Capped Heron,  Great Potoo, Dusky Parrot, Red-and-green Macaw, Black-headed Parrot, Red-fan Parrot,  Guianan Toucanet, Paradise Jacamar, Green-tailed Jacamar,  Crimson Topaz, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Versicolored Emerald, Black Nunbird, Golden -collared Woodpecker,  Black-throated Antshrike, White-plumed Antbird, Rufous-throated Antbird, Ferruginous-backed Antbird, Musician Wren, White-crowned Manakin, White-throated Manakin, Grayish Mourner, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant,  Turquoise Tanager, Masked Tanager, Yellow-backed Tanager, Green Oropendola, Orange-crowned Oriole, Moriche Oriole, Plumbeous Seedeater, Lesson’s Seedeater, Pectoral Sparrow, Yellow-green Grosbeak…  


El Dorado — Las Claritas: Guyana Trail. Tropical humid forest.
Little Chachalaca, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Red-and-green Macaw, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, White-chested Emerald, Black-eared Fairy, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Guianan Toucanet, Brown-bellied Antwren, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Red-and-black Grosbeak…


Barquilla de Fresas private reserve: Tropical humid forest.
Crimson Topaz, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Long-billed Starthroat, White-necked Jacobin, Brown Jacamar, Black-spotted Barbet, Green Aracari, Spangled Cotinga, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Black-fronted Tyrannulet (E), Paradise Flycatcher,Violaceous Euphonia…


Capuchinbird Trail: Tropical humid forest.
Great Tinamou, Black-headed Parrot, Caica Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Black-throated  Mango, White-tailed Trogon, Paradise Jacamar, White-necked Puffbird, Black-necked Aracari, Channel-billed Toucan, Red-billed Toucan, Guianan Toucanet, Red-necked Woodpecker, Pygmy Antwren, Spot-winged Antbird, Capuchinbird, Golden-headed Manakin, Opal-rumped Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak…


La Escalera Road: Guianan tropical humid forest, savannas. From 300m to 1000m.
Russet-crowned Crake, Giant Snipe,  Grey-headed Kite, Aplomado Falcon, Spix Guan, , Red-and green Macaw, Fiery-shouldered Parakeet, Tepui Parrotlet, Tepui Swift, Tepui Goldenthroat (E), Copper-tailed Hummingbird, Amethyst Woodstar, Peacock Coquette, Blue-fronted Lancebill, White Bellbird, Bearded Bellbird, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet,  Masked Trogon, Scarlet-horned Manakin, Tepui Manakin, Olive Manakin, Sharpbill, Golden-spangled Piculet, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Roraiman Barbtail, Tepui Spinetail, Ash-winged Antwren,  Streak-backed Antshrike (E), White-throated Foliage-gleaner, Red-banded Fruiteater, Flutist Wren, Coraya Wren, Black-billed Thrush, Rose-collared Piha (E), Ruddy-Tody-Flycatcher, Rufous-brown Solitaire, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Black-capped Becard, Cliff Flycatcher, Great Elaenia (E), Black-fronted Tyrannulet (E), Buff-cheeked Greenlet, Whiskered Flycatcher, Ruddy Tody-Flycatcher, Tepui Greenlet, Red-shouldered Tanager, Black-faced Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Olive-backed Tanager, Fulvous-crested Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Blue-backed Tanager, Tepui Whitestart, Roraiman Warbler, Tepui Brush-Finch, Greater Flowerpiercer, Golden-tufted Grackle…

 

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FIELD GUIDE

 
+ BIRDS OF VENEZUELA, Steven L. Hilty. (Princeton).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT VENEZUELA

 

+ 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.
+ Local time: GMT-5.30
+ Electricity: 110 volts. American sockets.
+ Currency: Bolivar Fuerte.
+ Climate: Tropical, Dry season: December to April. Showers are always possible, especially on the Caribbean side. Tropical temperatures but cool off with altitude.

Amazilia Tours provide 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).

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