Birding for precious birds with Hans Jornvall from Sweden (February 24-March 8, 2014).

09 - 03 - 2014

Having seen soon 9,000 bird species worldwide, Hans Jornvall had a relatively short target list for this trip. In a previous trip to Colombia, we visited the Chestnut-capped Piha reserve in the northern Central Andes. Now, a longer trip to the Western & Central Andes should give further elusive species. We visited La Romera Ecopark in Sabaneta, the semi-dry forests at Bolombolo in the Cauca Valley, Ventanas Pass & Morro Amarillo above Jardín, Las Tangaras & “La M” at Carmen de Atrato, Los Nevados National Park, Río Blanco, Otún-Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary and Km 18 above Cali (birding Finca Alejandría & Chicoral).

Successfully, this trip rendered many new encounters, including the following: Cauca Guan (E&EN), Yellow-eared Parrot (E&EN), Golden-plumed Parakeet (EN), Rusty-faced Parrot (VU), Purple-backed Thornbill, Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Black-thighed Puffleg (NE&NT), Blue-headed Sapphire, Grayish Piculet (E), Rusty-winged Barbtail, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (NT), Uniform Treehunter (NE), Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Bicolored Antpitta (NE&VU), Brown-banded Antpitta (E), Slate-crowned Antpitta, “Alto de Pisones” Tapaculo (E), Choco Tyrannulet, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher (NE), Black-throated Pygmy-Tyrant, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Olivaceous Piha, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Yellow-headed Manakin (NE&NT), Choco Vireo (NE&EN), Antioquia Wren (E ), Munchique Wood-Wren (E&CR), Chestnut-breasted Wren & Gold-ringed Tanager (E&EN).

Slate-crowned Antpitta at Rio Blanco, Central Andes of Colombia.

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill at Los Nevados National Park, Central Andes of Colombia.