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ULTIMATE BOLIVIA

Sunday 17th September - Sunday 8th October 2017

János Oláh

Blue-throated Macaw (János Oláh)

Blue-throated Macaw (János Oláh)

Bolivia is a much neglected birding destination in South America. It is very surprising and surely the lack of interest is not deserved as being a land-locked country it hosts amazing habitat and bird diversity with a bird list of around 1450 species. This is surely the longest bird list of any country in the World without a sea coast. It also has a really exciting array of endemics, which includes two endemic large macaws and Bolivia is indeed a land of parrots! It is often considered a remote and not an easy country to visit but this has changed in the last few years. Now there is even a superb field guide covering all the birds and the road infrastructure is developing at a fast rate – it was very much needed though! So finally Bolivia is getting on the birding map as a firm and upcoming destination and it will be the new focus for serious South America or World birders in coming years! Birdquest has been operating tours here for many years and we have an unsurpassed experience of this country now. The 2017 tour with the short two days pre-tour extension to Riberalta was yet again a very successful one and we recorded 632 species, which included a long list of rare and hard-to-find birds like Huayco Tinamou, Darwin’s and White-bellied Nothuras, Orinoco Goose, Red-faced Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Titicaca Grebe, Plumbeous Ibis, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Ocellated Crake, Horned Coot, Andean Avocet, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Rufescent Screech Owl, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Black-hooded Sunbeam, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Red-tailed Comet, Scaled Metaltail, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Ocellated Piculet, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Grey-hooded and Cliff Parakeets, Tucuman Amazon, Blue-throated and Red-fronted Macaws, Bolivian Earthcreeper, Brown-capped and Tawny Tit-Spinetails, Black-throated Thistletail, Maquis, Berlepsch’s and Scribble-tailed Canasteros, Ochre-cheeked, Light-crowned and Bolivian Spinetails, Plain (Bolivian) Softtail, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Bolivian Recurvbill, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Yellow-rumped Antwren, Upland and Bolivian Slaty Antshrikes, Mato Grosso Antbird, Short-tailed Antthrush, Masked and Rufous-faced Antpittas, Slaty Gnateater, Bolivian White-crowned and Diademed Tapaculos, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Hudson’s Black and Plumbeous Tyrants, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Scimitar-winged Piha, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Yungas Manakin, White-eared Solitaire, Andean Slaty and Unicolored Thrushes, (Bolivian) Citrine, Pale-legged and Yungas Warblers, Southern Mountain Cacique, Velvet-fronted (Bolivian) Grackle, Bolivian Blackbird, Bolivian and Fulvous-headed Brushfinches, Orange-browed and Three-striped Hemispinguses, Rufous-bellied and Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanagers, Straw-backed Tanager, Giant Conebill. Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Grey-crested Finch, Long-tailed Reed Finch, Bolivian Warbling Finch, Cochabamba Mountain Finch and Rufous-rumped and Dark-throated Seedeaters. Some interesting mammals included Azara’s Night Monkey, White-eared Titi Monkey, Culpeo Fox and Southern Tamandua. What a country to have the privilege of birding its pristine habitats, enjoying an astonishing variety of birds in the most stunning landscapes anywhere on earth while being treated to the hospitality of the most pleasant of people. It was certainly a memorable tour and all the good birds we saw is not easily forgotten!

Red-fronted Macaw (János Oláh)

Red-fronted Macaw (János Oláh)