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BOLIVIA

Sunday 8th August - Sunday 29th August 2010

Matt Denton

The 2010 Birdquest to Bolivia tour was another very successful trip to one of the continent’s great birding areas. We recorded a total of 514 species including all thirteen of the endemics currently available along our detailed itinerary. Conditions were very dry and windy at the start of our journey, and during the Beni extension to Trinidad we had to contend with some widespread grass fires, but our perseverance paid off with an admirable list of specialities. These included the flightless Titicaca Grebe; endemic Red-fronted and Blue-throated Macaws; the localized Cliff Parakeet; twenty-eight species of hummingbirds including Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird and the endemic Black-hooded Sunbeam; the endangered Bolivian Spinetail; localized Maquis and Scribble-tailed Canasteros; the always impressive Giant Antshrike; the shy Rufous-faced Antpitta; the recently described Diademed Tapaculo; and the often hard-to-find Citron-headed Yellow-Finch. From the Andean temperate forest some of the favourites included Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Hooded Mountain-Toucan, Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant, Peruvian Chat-Tyrant, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, and Orange-browed Hemispingus, and from the yungas forest we had such birds as Crested Quetzal, Upland Antshrike, Blue-banded Toucanet, Band-tailed Fruiteater and Chestnut-crested Cotinga. Other enjoyable sightings included Brown Tinamou; the waterbird and raptor spectacle of the Beni marshes; a pair of displaying Whistling Herons; a group of 30 Grey-breasted Seedsnipes; the flamingo spectacle of Lake Uru-uru; and the cloud forest mixed-flocks of shimmering tanagers and flowerpiercers.