Bogota Sunangel or not? The intriguing hummingbird at Rogitama Private Nature Reserve (2011).

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When photos of the presumably re-discovered Bogota Sunangel (Heliangelus zusii) were briefly published at the Internet Bird Collection on December 05/2011, we quickly set our visit to old-friend Roberto Chavarro and wife Ginette at Rogitama Nature Reserve in the outskirts of the little town of Arcabuco in the Eastern Andes of Colombia, 3-hours north of Bogotá.

Excited with the great news and supported by Proexport, James Currie extended his stay in Colombia for three more days and flew from Cali to Bogotá, meeting there with Daniel’s brother, Félix. Daniel struggled with bad weather that stopped him from flying to Bogotá, having to spend an entire night at Pereira’s airport. Finally, the three of them met with Roberto Chavarro in Rogitama and lodged at comfortable rooms in the reserve for 3 nights.

A complete review of James Currie’s close encounter with this amazing hummingbird can be seen at:

In spite of multiple images and e-mails that have circulated through the internet, no definitive conclusion on the real identity of this bird has arisen yet. A group of Colombian ornithologists and conservationists are working on a diagnosis and we hope that a sound conclusion will arise soon.

In the meantime, we share here some of the photos of the bird taken during our visit to this beautiful reserve. Many thanks go to Roberto Chavarro, his wife Ginette and daughter for their hospitality and to Proexport for extending James’s stay in Colombia and facilitating Daniel’s trip to the area.


Birding with Dominic Mitchell – Managing Editor of Birdwatch Magazine (UK) (November 27 – December 4, 2011).

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Concomitant to the Birding Adventures TV excursions, Proexport requested us at Birding Tours Colombia to guide and operate the press trip for Dominic Mitchell, Managing Editor of Birdwatch Magazine (UK).

During this trip we had much joy and fun from amazing birds in close views such as the Sword-billed Hummingbird and endemic Brown-banded Antpitta in Rio Blanco, endemic Grayish Piculet and beautiful Great Antshrike in Otun-Quimbaya, endemic Parker’s Antbird and near-endemics Choco Tapaculo and Bar-crested Antshrike in Cerro Montezuma, just to mention a few.

For a detailed review of his journey to Colombia and beautiful bird photos, see Dominic’s recount at

From right to left: Yesenia Tapasco, Dominic Mitchell, Daniel Uribe and Gustavo standing on top of the Jeep Wyllis, on the Montezuma road (Pacific slope of the Western Andes).


Guiding and operating for Birding Adventures TV episodes in Colombia (November 27 – December 4, 2011).

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By the request of Proexport (the governmental office for the promotion of Colombia’s exports) Birding Tours Colombia organized and guided Birding Adventures TV excursions for the production of three birding episodes in Colombia.

From November 27 through December 04 (2011) we traveled with James Currie (host and producer of BATV), Richard Crossley (bird photographer and author of The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds of North America) and Jeff Aderman (Cameraman), visiting the best birding localities in the Central Andes, Cauca Valley and Western Andes.

Amazing footages of the Bearded Helmetcrest were taken at Los Nevados National Park, Long-tailed Antbird and Lyre-tailed Nightjar at the Old Road to Los Nevados, five species of Antpittas at Rio Blanco, endemic Cauca Guan, Torrent Duck and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Otun-Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, endemic Gold-ringed and Black-and-Gold Tanagers at Montezuma, Comb Duck in wetlands nearby Cartago and many other birds, mammals and gorgeous landscapes in an adventurous and exciting trip to Andean Colombia.