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COLOMBIA: FROM THE CHOCO TO AMAZONIA

Friday 20th January - Thursday 16th February 2017

János Oláh

The stunning Recurve-billed Bushbird (János Oláh)

The stunning Recurve-billed Bushbird (János Oláh)

This was only the second time that we had run our revised Colombia With a Difference tour under the new name and itinerary: From the Choco to Amazonia. Our main tour is designed to get a superb insight to this bird-packed country but as no single tour can do justice to such an amazingly varied location like Colombia we have created a second tour where we try to see most other gettable special birds of this amazing place. However the itinerary allways changing as new destinations, locations and birds being found. We can say that our second Colombia tour is a specialist one as we target some key birds around the country which require more travel then just visiting the regular circuit. Nevertheless the effort is well worth it as the number of rare and hard to find birds on this tour is simply amazing and of course it gives a chance to see a wide range of widely distributed endemics too. We have recorded a total of 737 species on the main tour plus the exciting post tour Mitu Extension. Travelling to the Pacific Coast, the High Andes and the Amazon in one trip was quite an experience, and the variety and diversity of species recorded, at times, almost overwhelming! Highlights on the main tour included the critically endangered Blue-billed Curassow, the skulking Brown Wood Rail, Brown-breasted or Flame-winged Parakeet, Rose-faced Parrot, Dwarf Cuckoos, White-throated, Cinnamon and Choco Screech Owls, White-tipped Sicklebill, Blue-throated and Dusky Starfrontlets, Short-tailed Emerald, the endemic Black Inca, Chestnut-bellied and Indigo-capped Hummingbirds, the rare Humboldt’s Sapphire, White-mantled Barbet, Greyish Piculet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, the subtle but unique Sapayoa, the endangered Recurve-billed Bushbird, Cundinamarca and Urrao Antpittas, Bare-crowned Antbird, Niceforo’s and Antioquia Wrens, the amazing Baudo Oropendola, superb Crested and Sooty Ant Tanagers and the very rare Colombian Mountain Grackle. And that really is just the tip of the iceberg! On the Mitu Extension in Amazonia the Orinoco Piculet was a Birdquest lifer while other highlights included Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Yellow-throated Antwren, the rare Grey-bellied Antbird, the superb Chestnut- crested Antbird, Azure-naped Jay, Fiery Topaz, Collared Gnatwren and Plumbeous Euphonia.

The amazing Baudo Oropendola (János Oláh)

The amazing Baudo Oropendola (János Oláh)