Pipeline Road Soberania National Park

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Ammo-Dump Ponds

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Summit Ponds

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Gamboa Rainforest Hotel Grounds and Surroundings

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Plantation Road

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Chagres Field

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Cerro Azul

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Darien Torti Road

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San Lorenzo and Road to Achiote Community

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Altos de Campana National Park

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Llano Carti And Nusagandi Road

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Metropolitan Natural Park

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Anton Valley

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Pipeline Road- Soberania National Park

Considered one of the finest places for birdwatching in the Americas, it is home to approximately 400 species of birds.  The park is composed by secondary forest around 120-year old and patches of mature forest; there are small creeks scattered all over the park.   Along the 17 km of the gravel road named “Pipeline Road” in the Soberania National Park it is possible to encounter many species of birds, small mammals, insects and reptiles typical in lowland tropical rainforest. This tour is of mid-low intensity (there’s loose gravel along the road, and some steep curves).  

Bird species expected: Great tinamou, Short-billed Pigeon, Red-lored Amazon, White-necked Jacobin, Long-billed hermit, Blue-chested hummingbird, Rufus Motmot, Black-breasted Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Keel-billed Toucan, Chesnut-mandible Toucan, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Gray-headed kite, Red-capped Manakin, Slatdy-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Spoted Antbird, Bicolred Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Streak-chested Antpitta y Gray-headed Tanager. On ocassion, the following birds can be sighted: Agami Heron, Sunbittern, Great Curassow y Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo.

Duration of the tour: Full day (8 hours)/ Half day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, admission fees in National Parks, sandwiches, fresh fruit, refreshments, snacks and specialized tour-guide (geared with binoculars and spotting scope).

Note: This activity may include a half-day visit to the area of Ammo-Dump Ponds, half-day in Pipeline Road and full lunch at Gamboa Rainforest Hotel. Upon request and availability.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Ammo-Dump Ponds

Shortly after the community of Gamboa, the Panama Canal Authority operates an area for the storage of explosives. Even though the area is of restricted access, its surroundings composed by secondary growth and ponds with floating vegetation make it possible to spot aquatic birds, as well as birds who prefer clearings, moreover, it is possible to find mammals and reptiles. This activity is of low difficulty as the grounds are even.  

Bird species expected: Gray-headed Chachalaca, Neotropical Cormorant, Anhinga, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Snow Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Striated Heron, Snail kite, Gray Hawk, Bat Falcon, White-throated Crake, Yellow-beasted Crake (rare), Purple Gallinule,Wattled Jacana, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Squirrel Cuckoo, Panama Flycatcher, Lesser Kiscadee, Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flyctcher, Social Flycatcher, Smooth-billed Ani, Greater Ani, Blue-black Grassquit, Variable Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Yellow-tailed Oriole among other aquatic and lowland birds.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, admission fees in the National Park, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Note: This activity may include a half-day visit to the area of Ammo-Dump Ponds, half-day in Pipeline Road and full lunch at Gamboa Rainforest Hotel. Upon request and availability.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Summit Ponds

These ponds are located in the proximity of the old Gamboa Road, across from the Summit Botanical Gardens; the area is surrounded by secondary forest and aquatic habitats  very favorable for the observation of birds and reptiles. This is a low-difficulty tour (even terrain, recommended to people who don’t wish to walk long distances).

Birds Expected: Little tinamou, Muscovy Duck, Tropical cormorant, Anhinga, Snow Egret, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Striated Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Pale-vented Pigeon, Blue-ground Dove, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Squirrel Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Greater Ani, Spectacled Owl, Short-tailed Swift, Long-billed Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, White-necked Puffbird, Black-breasted Puffbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Bat Falcon.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Gamboa Rainforest Hotel Grounds and Surroundings

Located in the community of Gamboa, the hotel grounds have a series of trails across undergrowth areas, bushes, secondary forest and clearings that facilitate the observation of flora and fauna. Scenic views of the Chagres River are possible in clear days. This is a low-difficulty activity recommended for people who do not wish to hike long distances.

Bird species expected: Ruddy Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Red-lored Amazon, Squirrel Cuckoo, White-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Ringed Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Fasciated Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, White-bellied Antbird, Blue Cotinga, Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-crowned manakin, Scrub Greenlet, Golden-fronted Greenlet, Black-bellied Wren, Plain Wren, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Gray-headed Tanager, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Blue-gray, Orange-billed Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cacique, Scarlet-rumped Cacique.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Plantation Road

Located within the limits of the Soberania National Park, 1.5 miles past the entrance to the Summit Botanical Gardens (road to Gamboa). This road is named “Plantation Road” because in 1915 the U.S Government operated a farm where they grew plantain and cacao. The trail has an extension of around 4 miles characterized by the presence of secondary forest and patches of vegetation related to the former plantation (Cacao trees and rubber trees).  This tour is of moderate difficulty, as the grounds are mostly flat, with slight inclines in few areas as well as loose gravel.

Birds expected: Hook-billed Kite, Double-toohed Kite, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Gray-chested Dove, Spectacled Owl, Long-billed Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, White-vented plumeteer, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rufus Motmot, Broad-billet Motmot, Green Kingfisher, Black-breasted Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Western Slaty Antshrike, Checker-throated Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Dot-winged Antwren, Dusky Antbird, Spoted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Southern Bentbill, Brownish Twistwing, Olivaceus Flatbill, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Royal Flycatcher, White-winged Becard, Blue-crowned Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Green Shrike-Vireo, White-shouldered Tanager.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Chagres Field

Located in the proximities of the Transistmian Highway and Madden Dam (built to hold-back the waters of Panama Canal’s Lake-Alahuela) Chagres field is home to the main offices of the Chagres National Park. The park is characterized for having habitats typical to the Pacific Slope of Panama (drier than the Caribbean), and habitats typical to the Caribbean Slope of Panama (the rainy side of Panama) as well as bird species related to each. This park is home to the endemic specie named Yellow-green Tyrannulet . The tour is a low-difficulty activity.

Birds Expected: Laughing Falcon, Stripe Cuckoo, Pheasant Cuckoo, Black-tailed Trogon, Slaty-tailed trogon, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Royal Flycatcher, Lance-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-white Wren, Rufous-breasted Wren, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager,Plain-colored Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Blu-balck Grassquit, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Blue-black Grosbeak, Yellow-backed Oriole, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Yellow-crowned Eupohonia, Tick-billed Eupohonia, Fulvous-vented Eupohonia.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Cerro Azul

The mountains of Cerro Azul are located northeast of Panama City, being Cerro Jefe  (3,300 feet above sea level) the highest peak in the complex. The region of Cerro Azul is partially used as a mountain retreat area, having numerous gated communities developed by MELO, the rainforest that covers these mountains belong to the Chagres National Park. The region is known by its cloud forests and temperatures in the upper 60 degrees, which makes it the perfect habitat for species of the highlands of Eastern Panama, and is home to one of the endemic species of Panama, the Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker. Some species present in Cerro Azul are of very limited distribution or almost exclusive to the region of Darien, which explains its occasional reports, these include: Russet-crowned Quail-Dove (endemic to Eastern Panama and easternmost region of Colombia) , White-tipped Sicklebill, Violet-capped Hummingbird and Tacarcuna Bush-Tanager. This tour is considered of medium difficulty (steep natural trails with some slippery areas).

Birds Expected:  Marbled Wood-Quail, Black-eared Wood-Quail, Turkey Vulture, Gray-headed Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Barred Hawk, White Hawk, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Bat Falcon, Pale-vented Pigeon, Scaled Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Russet-crowned Quail-Dove, Violaceous Quail-Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Brown-hooded Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Red-lored Amazon, Mealy Amazon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Rufous-vented Ground-Cukoo, Smooth-billed Ani, Common Potoo, White-collared Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Band-rumped Swift, Stripe-throated Hermit, White-tipped Sicklebill, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Violet-capped Hummingbird, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Collared Aracari, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner, Plain Xenops, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Spotted Woodcreeper, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Fasciated Antshrike, Western Slaty-Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Checker-throated Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Slaty Antwren, Dot-winged Antwren, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Black-crowned Antpitta, Streak-chested Antpitta, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Forest Elaenia, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Southern Bentbill, Brownish Twistwing, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Cinnamon Becard, Masked Tityra, Blue Cotinga, White-ruffed Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Black-chested Jay, Blue-and-white Swallow, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Bay Wren, White-breasted Wood-Wren, Southern Nightingale-Wren, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Tacarcuna Bush-Tanager, Black-and-yellow, Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Plain-colored Tanager, Emerald Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Shining Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Yellow-backed Oriole, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Thick-billed Euphonia, Fulvous-vented Euphonia, White-vented Euphonia.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent.  Weather in Cerro Azul changes a lot, and even during dry season chances of rain are moderate, which justifies bringing a poncho no matter the month of the year. Between January and March strong winds are expected, which prevents clearly hearing the calls of birds and spotting them with ease, therefore we do not recommend visiting this region during such months with the only exception that the visitor wishes to explore the lower and less windy areas of the Cerro Azul mountains.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, entrance fee to the private complex, sandwiches, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Darien Torti Road

The bird watching action starts at the bridge over Bayano river (1.5hrs from Panama City) and extends all the way to Piriati river. Along this road it is possible to find habitats ranging from secondary forest, gallery forest, and clearings. During the journey we stop at strategic areas, in the proximity of trails that rural workers transit, occasionally these trails start right beside the main road, making it possible the access from the road as we exercise maximum caution since the road stays busy most of the day. This tour is a low-difficulty one as it happens in even terrain, however, given the chance to hike along the trails, it is possible to find some steep sections that increase the level of difficulty to medium.  

Birds expected: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Cocoi Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Wood Stork, Black-collared Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Bat Falcon, Pale-bellied Hermit, White-tailed Trogon, Violaceus Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Black-tailed Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Great Jacamar, Green-and- rufous Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, American-Pygmy Kingfisher, Barred Puffbird, Black-breasted Puffbird, Pied Puffbird White-fronted Nunbird, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Golden-green Woodpeckers, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Streaked Xenops, Red-billed Scythebill,, Great Antshrike, Black Antshrire, Rufous-winged Antwren, Black-bellied Flycatcher, Pied Water-Tyrannt, One-colored Becard, Stripe-throated Wren, White-headed Wren, Buff-breasted Wren, White-eared Conebill, Orange-crowned Oriole.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent and bringing a poncho during the rainy season.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City,  park entrance fees, sandwiches, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

San Lorenzo and Road to Achiote Community

San Lorenzo National Park is located on the Caribbean slope of Panama, within the limits of the province of Colon and in the proximities of Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks. Its lowland humid rainforest, areas of bush vegetation, mangrove forest, wetlands and coastal areas characterize the region. The road to Achiote community is located within the buffer zone of the San Lorenzo National Park, and there are great opportunities to spot birds along the road (this has to be done with caution, as the road is used all-year round). This tour is a low-difficulty activity (done in even terrain).

Birds Expected: King Vulture, Gray-headed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Crane Hawk, Gray Hawk, Common Black-Hawk, Bat Falcon, Short-billed Pigeon, Blue Ground-Dove, White-tipped Dove, Gray-chested Dove, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Brown-hooded Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Red-lored Amazon, Mealy Amazon, Striped Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Chimney Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Long-billed Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, White-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Black-tailed Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rufous Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, White-necked Puffbird, Black-breasted Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, White-whiskered Puffbird, Spot-crowned Barbet, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Great Antshrike, Western Slaty-Antshrike, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Pacific Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Spotted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Paltry Tyrannulet, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Olivaceous Flatbill, Royal Flycatcher, Rufous Mourner, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Rufous Piha, Blue Cotinga, Purple throated Fruitcrow, Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Black-chested Jay, White-headed Wren, Black-bellied Wren, White-shouldered Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Crimson-backed Tanager, Flame-rumped Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Shining Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Buff-throated Saltator, Black-headed Saltator, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Blue-black Grosbeak, Yellow-backed Oriole, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Crested Oropendola, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Montezuma Oropendola, Thick-billed Euphonia, Fulvous-vented Euphonia y White-vented Euphonia.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent.  Weather along the Caribbean Slope changes a lot, and even during dry season chances of rain are moderate, which justifies bringing a poncho no matter the month of the year.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, park entrance fees, sandwiches or meal at a restaurant, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Altos de Campana National Park

Located approximately 1.5 hours west of Panama City, this park is characterized for being part of a mountain ridge where Cerro Campana mountain stands out from the rest with its 3,300 feet of elevation. The region is covered with cloud forest, tropical pre-montane forest and open areas (clearings) where pleasant temperatures (mid 70’s) are found year-round. Bird species of both, highlands and spurs can be spotted in this region. Altos de Campana National Park was Panama’s first protected area (1966). This is a tour of moderate difficulty, because of its natural trails that can have steep sections and may get slick during the rainy-season.

Birds Expected: Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Spotted Woodcreeper, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Plain Antvireo, Russet Antshrike, Slaty Antwren, Spotted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-faced Anthrush, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Bright-rumped Attila, Rufous Mourner, White-ruffet Manakin, Rufus-breasted Wren, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, White-throated Thrush, Rufous-capped Warbler, Black-yellow Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch and Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent and bringing a poncho during the rainy season. Winds during the months of January to March can be very strong and prevents the visitor from hearing the call of birds as well as spotting them, for this reason we do not recommend visiting this region during the aforementioned months, unless bird watching occurs at lower elevations of this mountain ridge.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, park entrance fees, sandwiches, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Llano Carti And Nusagandi Road

The road El Llano-Carti is the gateway to the Guna-Yala indigenous reservation, which is the semi-autonomous reservation of the Guna amerindians. The road goes between the community of El Llano, and across the mountain range that leads to the community of Carti.  The Guna people turned the land located towards the west of their insular and coastal territories into a natural reserve, then, they established a checkpoint, as well as a field station in the region of Nusagandi. This is between the Province of Panama and Guna Yala, at the continental divide. The natural reserve is home to bird species typical to the lowlands and spurs of Darien.  All bird watching takes place along the main road and a natural trail located before Nusagandi. A highly-valued bird to be seen in this region is the Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker which can be seen occasionally. This tour is considered physically demanding and requires clients to be in good physical shape, the trail is slick and steep.  

Birds Expected: Marbled Wood-Quail, Tawny-faced Quail, Black-eared Wood-Quail, King Vulture, Plumbeous Hawk, White Hawk, , Black-and-white, Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Red-throated Caracara, Bat Falcon, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Russet-crowned Quail-Dove, Brown-hooded Parrot, Blue-fronted Parrolet, Blue-headed Parrot, Central American Pygmy-Owl, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Rufous-crested Coquette, White-fronted Nunbird, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Speckle Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, Moustached Antwren, Pacific Antwren, Bare-crowned Antbird, Dull-mantled Antbird, Black-crowned Antpitta, Sapayoa, Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, Sulphur-rumped Tanager, Rufous-winged Tanager, Swallow Tanager and Tawny-capped Euphonia.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent and bringing a poncho during the rainy season. Wearing rubber-boots or hiking boots is a must if you wish to hike the natural trail, this request is due to the mud and slick trail sections predominant during the rainy season.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City,  park entrance fees, sandwiches, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Metropolitan Natural Park

Located only 15 minutes away from dowtown Panama City, this park is considered the green lungs of the city and home to animals and plants of the metropolitan region. The park extends over 470 acres of semi-deciduous lowland forest (80 years old), bushes and clearings. This tour is of medium difficulty as segments of the trail are steep.

Birds expected: Squirrel Cuckoo, Pheasant Cuckoo, Slaty-tailed trogon, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Lance-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-white Wren, Rufous-breasted Wren, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Plain-colored Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Blue-black Grassquit, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Blue-black Grosbeak, Yellow-backed Oriole, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Yellow-crowned Eupohonia, Tick-billed Eupohonia, Fulvous-vented Eupohonia.

Duration of the tour: Half-day (4 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 06:30 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommended wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones both. Please wear hiking shoes or similar footwear, likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent as well as bringing a poncho especially in rainy months.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, bottled water, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting optics.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

Anton Valley

The town of Anton Valley is nested in the caldera of a dormant volcano, located 2.5hrs west of Panama City. Anton Valley also known as “El Valle” is well known for its pleasant weather and its farmer’s market. This region is one of the finest in Panama for the observation of bird-species typical to the highlands of western Panama, it is possible to spot diverse species of bird in the surroundings of the town, as well as at the Cerro Gaital Natural Monument which is the highest mountain in the surroundings. The rainforest located in the proximities of the caldera is a productive region for birds typical to the dry forest of the Pacific slope of Panama, as well as species typical to the humid regions of the Caribbean slope of Panama (depending on the predominant microclimate in the surroundings). Some species typical of the Pacific (dry rainforest and clearings) include: Blue-throated Goldentail, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Lance-tailed Manakin, Rufous-and-White Wren. While some of the species typical to the Caribbean slope (humid rainforest) include: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Tody Motmot, Dusky-faced Tanager, Tawny-crested Tanager.

Birds expected: Black Guan, Barred Hawk, White Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, White-tipped Sicklebill, White-collared Swift, Green Hermit, Green Thorntail, Snowcap, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green-crowned Brilliant, White-tailed Emerald, Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Orange-bellied Trogon, Tody Motmot, Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous Motmot, Spot-crowned Barbet, Emerald Toucanet, Red-faced Spinetail, Black-headed Anthrush, Black-crowned Antpitta, Cinnamon Becard, Bay Wren, Ochraceous Wren, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Emerald Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager.

Duration of the tour: Full-day (8 hours)

Departure time from Panama City: 05:00 unless the clients request otherwise.

Outfit: We highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers of earth tones; likewise we recommend the use of insect-repellent and bringing a poncho during the rainy season. The winds during the months of January to March can be very strong and prevent hearing the call of birds as well as spotting them, for this reason we do not recommend visiting this region during the aforementioned months, unless bird watching occurs at lower elevations of this area.

What’s included? :  Transportation from your hotel in Panama City, park entrance fees, sandwiches, or full meal at a restaurant, refreshments, fresh fruit and specialized tour-guide geared with spotting scope and binoculars.

Notes about this file: All locations and bird-lists have been referenced with the books “The Birds of Panama” G, Angehr & R. Dean, 2010;  “Where to Find Birds in Panama” Angehr, D. Engleman & L. Engleman, 2006; and the expertise of 20 years of field work represented by Mr Jacobo Ortega as a dedicated birdwatching guide. This document is intellectual property of Mr Jacobo Ortega. For further information and price quotes please send your e-mail to jacobo@birdinginpanama.com / info@birdinginpanama.com / jacobo_ortega@yahoo.com / jacoboortega2013@gmail.com or call to the (+507) 6676-4464

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