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SURINAME

Sunday 22nd February - Saturday 14th March 2015

Dani López-Velasco

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Dani López-Velasco)

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Dani López-Velasco)

On our third tour to Suriname we amassed a great list of Guianan specialities, next to a splendid selection of more widespread, but rarely seen species. Our intrepid group recorded 404 species of birds, 16 mammals and some lovely ‘herps’ in this little country with its surface of about eight times Wales and its population of just over half a million people. We visited five different areas comprising three distinct ecosystems. It started with a short visit to the white sand grasslands and scrub of central Suriname where Black-faced Hawk, Bronzy Jacamar, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Saffron-crested Tyrant–Manakin, Black Manakin and Glossy-backed Becard grabbed our attention. It continued with the famous Raleigh Falls and the Voltzberg, where many Guianan Cocks-of-the-Rock put on an unforgettable show on their lek, while other major avian highlights included brilliant Pompadour Cotingas, massive Black-throated and the very localized Band-tailed Antshrikes and delightful Red-billed Pied Tanagers. The misty forests of the Brownsberg were lighted up by incredibly tame Grey-winged Trumpeters and Black Curassows, rare Racket-tailed and stunning Tufted Coquettes, gaudy Blue-backed Tanagers and delicate White-fronted Manakins, colorful Rose-breasted Chats and much wanted Red-and black Grosbeaks. The coastal area held goodies like Scarlet Ibis, Rufous Crab Hawk, localized Arrowhead Piculets and Blood-coloured Woodpeckers and striking Crimson-hooded Manakins. During the extension, the bird-rich forests of Palumeu in the extreme south gave us a superb male Crimson Fruitcrow, bright Crimson Topaz, lekking Capuchinbirds, a rare Red-billed Woodcreeper, charming Ferruginous-backed Antbirds and cracking Spotted Antpittas.

Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Dani López-Velasco)

Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Dani López-Velasco)