23 / 26 September - 15 / 20 October 2023

by János Oláh

Bolivia is a somewhat neglected South American destination and I have no idea why!? It is an amazing country with a huge list, just as good infrastructure as Peru and a long list of specialities! It is a land-locked country, but it is the biggest list for any such a country in the world with a total of 1457 bird species recorded, and 17 of those are endemics. Not a very high list of endemics but this is only because many species creeps over the border to Peru, Brazil, or Argentina. However, many of these are way much easier to see in Bolivia, so the actual number of key birds are high and even well-travelled South America listers can see up to 100 new birds! Even so, many people only visit Bolivia once, and our tour is trying to give the most comprehensive visit to this fascinatingly diverse country if you want to go! In 2023 we offered a pre-tour and a post-tour extension to our main tour, and we recorded 729 species, which included a long list of goodies. We also had 27 species of mammals during the tour and Giant Anteater was the highlight followed closely by the Bolivian River Dolphin. This tour has many special birds, but probably Blue-throated and Red-fronted Macaws stand out as the prime target for most visitors! Talking about parrots, they have an amazing diversity in Bolivia, and we recorded a total of 30 species which included 10 species of macaws! Wow! However, we had a wide range of other highly sought-after birds like Huayco and Black-capped Tinamous, Red-faced and Yungas Guans, Razor-billed and Bare-faced Curassows, Stripe-faced Wood Quail, Titicaca Grebe, Scissor-tailed and Spot-tailed Nightjars, White-chested and White-chinned Swifts, Buff-thighed and Blue-capped Pufflegs, Wedge-tailed and White-sided Hillstars, Pheasant Cuckoo, Ocellated Crake, James’s Flamingo, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Pale-crested and Cream-backed Woodpeckers, Cliff Parakeet, Black-winged Parrot, Tucuman Amazon, Bolivian Recurvbill, Berlepsch’s and Scribble-tailed Canasteros, Black-throated Thistletail, Light-crowned and Ochre-cheeked Spinetails, Upland and Bolivian Slaty Anthsrikes, White-throated, Bolivian, Rufous-faced and Masked Antpittas, Slaty Gnateater, Bolivian and Diademed Tapaculos, Yungas Tyrannulet, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Taczanowski’s Ground Tyrant, Palkachupa Cotinga, Scimitar-winged Piha, Andean Slaty Thrush, Bolivian and Rusty-browed Warbling Finches, Orange-browed Hemispingus, Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Grey-crested Finch just to name but a few!

Our tour started with a short pre-tour extension around Riberalta in the far north-east corner of the country. The main target of the two-days birding was to track down the Masked Antpitta, a species inhabiting riverine habitat, and which has not been found anywhere else apart from a very restricted area in Bolivia. We wasted no time after arriving to the sweaty lowlands, dropped our bags off in a lovely posada and hit the trails in a nearby gallery forest. Although we noticed a lot of the forest disappeared since our last visit (before covid) but one of our stake-out was still working and we had superb looks of the much-wanted Masked Antpitta in the afternoon light! Fantastic! Pressure off we could plan now what we would do for our full day birding which was not a big challenge with so many types of habitats available around Riberalta. We were off to some cerrado habitat early next morning where we had an excellent early morning birding with Ocellated Crake, White-eared Puffbird, Rufous-sided Scrub Tyrant and White-rumped Tanager while a proper Amazonian Forest patch nearby produced Cinnamon-throated and Long-billed Woodcreepers, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Band-tailed Antbird and Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant. In the afternoon were back to check the river where Orinoco Geese, Tui Parakeet, the local form of White-bellied Seedeater as well as from one single spot four species of nighthawks were seen at dusk. Our last short morning birding was spent on foot on the edge of town where we got cracking looks of Pheasant Cuckoo, Purus Jacamar, Black-tailed Trogon, Johannes’s Tody-Tyrant, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Band-tailed Manakin and Lemon-chested Greenlet. Our swift stay in Riberalta ended and we were off to Beni!

We arrived in Trinidad slightly later than anticipated. Next morning, we still had time for an early morning birding near town before the rest of the group was arriving for the official tour start later in the day. We drove out of town to look at some nearby wetland habitat. This department of Bolivia is one of the most fascinating and bird-rich areas in South America, a bit like the famous Pantanal in Brazil! It never fails to impress, and we had several days to explore the different habitats. Our morning birding was a great introduction, and the most exciting bird was a fine Ash-throated Crake which we lured into view and some migrant Upland Sandpipers. Yet again some delayed flights but eventually the rest of the group has also arrived, and the main tour has started! We drove from the airport to a gallery forest habitat for our first birding in Beni. We drove to an oxbow lake and took a secluded trail into the gallery forest. It was a hot afternoon, and the forest was dry, very dry! As soon as we stepped out of the bus, we saw some Large-billed Terns over the oxbow lake, and we were greeted by Yellow-chevroned Parakeets and a flock of Velvet-fronted Grackles of the local boliviensis race (perhaps Bolivian Grackle one day) on a flowering tree! The next bird we saw was a party of Plain Softtail of the local fusciceps race (perhaps Bolivian Softtail one day). We got great looks of these fast-moving furnarids with such a distinctive song. We continued on a nice wide forest track, where some Bolivian Red Howlers were showing, and we soon found a forest pool where many birds were coming to drink. Decision was made to stay around this spot for the last hour of the day and it was a great decision! Fantastic male Band-tailed Manakins, Grey-fronted Doves, Creamy-bellied and Black-billed Thrushes, Bolivian Slaty Antshrikes, Band-tailed Antbirds, Plush-crested Jays, more Velvet-fronted Grackles, Yellow-rumped Caciques, Grey-headed and Silver-beaked Tanagers and even hummingbirds came to drink. We identified and photographed three species of hermits including the rather scarce Buff-bellied Hermit. The surprise came when it was getting dark, first a Razor-billed Curassow and then a Giant Anteater turned up at the waterhole! How fantastic first afternoon for the tour! On the way out of the forest Common Pauraque, Tropical Screech Owl and feeding Azara’s Night Monkeys were seen while Little Nightjar was also tracked down.

We left early next morning towards a hacienda, where we were hoping to find the ‘Critically Endangered’ Blue-throated Macaw. We arrived just after dawn and walked along a track where we soon spotted the first Blue-throated Macaws. They were backlit but we could see them properly. We also had Greater Rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Grey-crested Cacholote, Chotoy Spinetail and Plain Inezia. We drove to a nice lagoon where we enjoyed yet another splendid field breakfast and got to see two more Blue-throated Macaws perched. Superb looks of these top targets, what an amazing experience it was! We also had Cobalt-rumped Parrotlets, Yellow-chevroned, Peach-fronted and Dusky-headed Parakeets, Turquoise-fronted Amazon and Chestnut-fronted Macaws in addition to the two species of yellow and blue coloured species! After breakfast, the macaw-show finished and after a short detour (to fix a flat tyre) we were heading back to Trinidad seeing Jabirus, Plumbeous Ibises, Black-collared Hawks and many more birds along the way. In the afternoon we were back to a gallery forest in search of Unicolored Thrush but despite much effort only Hauxwell’s and Creamy-bellied Thrushes were showing. We had a tame Little Cuckoo, some eye-level Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakins and a party of the rare Rio Beni Titis. It was a great action-packed day in the Llanos de Moxos!
Next morning, we were birding around the Laguna Belen area. Still before it got light, we managed great looks of Spot-tailed Nightjar and some Crab-eating Raccoons. Weather was overcast and there has been rain overnight, so we could bird a long morning session. It was particularly amazing to see eight species of hirundines in a few hours including several Tawny-headed Swallows and many migrant American Cliff Swallows. Throughout the morning we had a great selection of birds like Greater Rheas, numerous Southern Screamers, Jabirus, Maguari Storks, Plumbeous, Buff-necked and Green Ibises and large numbers of herons and egrets. We also saw Sunbittern, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Golden-collared Macaws, White-rumped, Grey and White Monjitas, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Hudson’s Black Tyrant on the roadside wires while the sky was full of Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures. Our main target was Great-billed Seedfinch but we could not find any despite extensive search – there were no recent sightings from the area. A nice pair of Long-tailed Reed Finches were found however and Muscovy Ducks, White-browed, Unicolored and Scarlet-headed Blackbirds as well as Screaming Cowbirds and Rusty-collared Seedeaters. In the afternoon yet again, we were back to a gallery forest in search of Unicolored Thrush. This time a different location again but no luck. We probably heard one distant bird near dusk on the other side of an oxbow lake but that was all. New birds at this location included White-chinned Sapphire, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Moustached Wren and a skulking Southern Tamandua on a tree!

Our last morning in the Trinidad area was spent around another lagoon area still in search of the seedfinch but yet again it eluded us. Nacunda Nighthawks, a fine pair of Rufous-sided Crakes, Hoatzin and both Pampa and Wedge-tailed Grass Finches were seen while we could also get excellent looks of White-bellied Seddeaters and a South American Coati. Before the flight to Santa Cruz we still visited the Rio Mamoré where we located Mato Grosso Antbirds and Bolivian River Dolphins. Ot was time to leave the Beni and head to Santa Cruz. Our connecting flight at Cochabamba was late so it was a rather late arrival to Santa Cruz. Nevertheless, we were up early morning and visited the airport area where we eventually managed to see Red-winged Tinamou and also some of us seen a White-bellied Nothura. On some nearby ponds we had Ringed Teals and also found a Ruff which is the first record of the species in Bolivia and a pretty good South America tick for the keen listers! We still made a short visit to the local botanical garden where we had White-wedged Piculet, Green-cheeked Parakeets and Golden-crowned Warbler before we had to get moving and headed to Los Volcanes to explore the semi-humid foothill forests adjacent to the famous Amboro National Park. The setting of the lodge is spectacular, a little clearing surrounded by forested towering red cliffs, very impressive indeed. Los Volcanes is always a real pleasure to go birding and our visit was no exception. We arrived to the entrance area with our bus and were transferred down towards the lodge with 4×4 cars. The bus stop area gave us an amazing vista to the picturesque valley, and we still had time for a short birding along a newly cut trail. Here we quickly connected with some of our targets like Ochre-cheeked Spinetail, Bolivian ‘White-crowned’ Tapaculo and Black-capped Antwren. Some of us even got glimpses of a Bare-faced Curassow along the main track and we had about 16 Military Macaws in flight at the end of the day. We settled into our rooms and have the first of many delicious meals in the lovely lodge.

We had two full days to explore this amazing area and we had many exciting birds and great looks of some real goodies! There are several key birds here but probably the most elusive is the scarce and shy Bolivian Recurvbill. They are usually not easy to see but we were delighted to lure one into view on our first day. It showed reasonably well for this species, and everybody was happy! Other highlights included both Brown and Black-capped Tinamous, White-throated Piping Guan, Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Yungas Dove, Rufescent Screech Owl, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Ocellated and Black-banded Woodcreepers, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Western Fire-eye, Short-tailed Antthrush, several Slaty Gnateaters of both sexes, Sclater’s and Buff-barred Tyrannulets, Yungas Manakin and a nice selection of raucous parrots and parekeets. We also had some great encounters with mammals such as Bicolored-spined Porcupine, Spectacled Slender Opossum and Lowland Paca.

It was time to move on and we drove to the nearby Samaipata the following morning and continued to Quirusillas for some afternoon birding. It was quiet around the ‘Emerald Lake’ but brilliant scenery! After our field lunch we found some feeding Tucuman Amazons in the canopy and had great looks of Mottle-cheeked and Sclater’s Tyrannulets side by side. A distant White-throated Antpitta made us bushwacking and after much effort we gave up. By the late afternoon we took a small side road and a trail into the bushes which was a great decision with fantastic looks of Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Ocellated Piculet, Pale-legged Warbler, White-browed Brushfinch and eventually a superb White-throated Antpitta! It turned out to be a great afternoon and just as we were to leave the area a Red-faced Guans was spotted by some. It did not stay long enough for everybody to see it but we new where to return next morning! And sure enough, we were back next morning! Just as it got light, we tracked down a singing Huayco Tinamou which was followed by the tricky-to-find Dot-fronted Woodpecker pair. We also found the Red-faced Guans and this time one perched up for everybody to see it well. Throughout the morning we did very well with our remaining targets which included great looks of White-vented Violet-ear, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Spot-breasted Thornbird, dinelli race of Variable Antshrike, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Black-and-chestnut and Ringed Warbling Finches, a fantastic pair of Straw-backed Tanagers and best of all a confiding pair of Bolivian Earthcreeper was found by Leo which was a great bonus! In the afternoon we drove to Comarapa but our birding was hampered by gale forced wind. Still, we managed to see Yungas Guan, Red-tailed Comet, Stripe-crowned Spinetail and Pampa Finch.

Siberia was our birding plan for today and some considerable time before dawn we started climbing up to the cloud forests. Unfortunately, weather was grim with gale forced wind and low clouds (mist). Well, I know it can be good in the cloud forest not to have sunshine, but this was a bit too much! The first sign of actual life was two Molina’s Hog-nosed (Andean) Skunks
walking along the track though we could only see them when they were within 2 meters. A welcome mammal for sure! A cooked breakfast on the field was certainly heart-warming while still only silhouettes of birds were ‘visible’ but at least we certainly knew the bird like shapes being an Andean Guan, then a White-eared Solitaire and Andean Slaty Thrush. Not good looks. We had a little window with less wind and maybe less mist when we managed to lure Trilling Tapaculo, Rufous-faced Antpitta, Light-crowned Spinetail and Bolivian Brushfinch into view! A quite large mixed flock – which we only saw bits in the mist – had Pearled Treerunner, Mountain Woodcreeper, Buff-banded and White-throated Tyrannulets, Barred Becard and Mountain Wren. Suddenly a male Blue-capped Puffleg showed up and eventually gave stunning looks to all! Despite the horrendous weather we were getting some real goodies and until lunch we still saw Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant, Plumbeous Tyrant and Rufous-bellied Bush Tyrant as well as got better looks of a singing Andean Slaty Thrush. In the hope of better weather, we drove even higher and spent considerable time to get the bejaranoi race of the endemic Black-throated Thistletail which eventually most people saw. The weather at higher elevation was not better at all! We descended back into a nice patch of cloud forest and spent the late afternoon in a rather silent cloud forest. The wind was still strong but at least we got some visibility and soon found Pale-footed Swallows as well as Tyrian Metaltail, Speckled Hummingbird, Rust-and-yellow Tanager, Blue-winged (Bolivian) and Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanagers. It was difficult birding, but Siberia was kind to us and all in all it was a successful bird-packed day!
Next morning, we birded some dryer habitat above Comarapa. In the twilight a Lesser Horned Owl was seen perched on a road sign but quickly disappeared when we put the torch on it. Our first stop in bushy terrain was good, a fantastic Olive-crowned Crescentchest was called in and we could admire this beautiful little bird only a few meters away! A sunlit hillside was chosen for our breakfast spot and there was good activity. While scrambled eggs and other goodies were prepared, we had great looks of the near endemic Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer, Rusty-vented Canastero, Green-barred Woodpecker and Rusty-browed Warbling Finch. A nice male Red-tailed Comet with the long streamers were also seen very well. We left the Comarapa area and drove towards Perereta. As we made our way into progressively drier country dominated by cacti and acacia woodlands, we made a few roadside stops and found Streak-fronted Thornbirds, Greater Wagtail Tyrant, White-tipped Plantcutter and Black-capped Warbling Finches. In the afternoon we arrived at the Lodge run by the local community in the Red-fonted Macaw Reserve. A great initiative started by Armonia to help the macaws and get the local villages and communities involved in eco-tourism. What a place! As soon as we stepped out of the bus, we could scope Red-fronted Macaws on the towering cliff face right from the lodge balcony! After we enjoyed the scope looks of this very top Bolivian target, we settled into our rooms, had a nice coffee, and then made our way closer to the parrot cliff. There are two more Bolivia endemic species found in this arid valley, the Bolivian Blackbird, and the Cliff Parakeet. Naturally these were our targets! We spent a superb hour with around 35 Red-fronted Macaws, hundreds of Cliff Parakeets, Turquoise-fronted Amazons and Mitred Parakeets. A noisy lot but it was stunning! Back around the lodge Bolivian Blackbirds and Grey-crested Finches showed well and after dinner two male Scissor-tailed Nightjar was tracked down.

Still before breakfast we took our bus to the top of the immense cliff where we were expecting to see the endemic Red-fronted Macaws from a different angle. We had to wait a little bit for the first macaws to fly in as this time of the year they are not roosting on the cliff face. Gradually we made our way down a narrow trail towards the bottom of the cliff. We got excellent perched and flight views of the Red-fronted Macaws and counted as many as 51 birds when they landed to feed on peanuts. No wonder it came on the top on the ‘Bird of the Tour’ competition! This reserve is likely to be the last stronghold of these magnificent birds as most peripheral populations continue to decline in the face of persecution and trapping for the bird trade. Chaco Puffbirds, Andean Swifts and Southern Martins were also seen along the cliff face. After this macaw experience, we returned for breakfast and from our dining table we could watch a fine selection of birds coming to the feeders such as White-fronted Woodpecker, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Bolivian Blackbird, Sayaca and Blue-and-yellow Tanagers and Grey-crested Finch. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from this location, but we had a long drive to Cochabamba. A few stops produced Cream-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant and Brown-backed Mockingbird. Closer to Cochabamba we also visited a high Andean lagoon where Giant Coot, Andean Avocet, Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant and Andean Negrito.

Our first day on the famous Chapare road was misty and wet again. It looked like our unluck with the weather at high altitude cloud forest continued. A massive weather system (the same as in Siberia) was still around the east slope. Nevertheless, we kept trying and we had some great birds. Our first stop by a lagoon was promising as we quickly found Black-hooded Sunbeam and a surprise Stripe-faced Wood Quail. The latter is a seldom seen bird and I believe the mist was helping us to see this shy ground-dwelling species, even though visibility was limited so the views could have been better. Up and down the mountain we were looking for our targets and managed to find Hooded Mountain Toucan, Scaled Metaltail, White-collared Jay, Plushcap and Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer but all in all it was a struggle. We were hoping that on our second day here we will get luckier! We decided to visit Cerro Tunari the next day as it is a dry inter-Andean valley, so even with such weather it should be ok. Our plan worked fine though it was overcast and slight drizzle for the morning we had fantastic time and found all our targets. Highlights included fantastic a male Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Giant Hummingbird, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Striped Woodpecker, Grey-hooded Parakeet, Rock Earthcreeper, Maquis Canastero, Gian Conebill, Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Bolivian Warbling Finch and Rufous-bellied Mountain Tanager. A remarkable selection of goodies and even had time to visit Laguna Alalay in the afternoon. The lagoon was mostly dry, so it was very unusual from our previous visits but there were lots of waders and there were cranes working in the lake-bed – I wonder if the lagoon is getting reduced in size by digging. We counted 562 White-backed Stilts, 225 Baird’s Sandpipers, 270 Wilson’s Phalaropes and best of all we found a juvenile James’s Flamingo in amongst the Chilean Flamingos. A great day yet again! Next day we returned to the Chapare road and this time we had improving weather. We still had to work our way around the mist, but we managed to get great looks of Gould’s Inca, Hooded Mountain Toucan, both perched and flight views of Black-winged Parrot, Bolivian Antpitta, Barred Fruiteater, Fulvous Wren and eventually a party of Orange-browed Hemispingus! When the sun came out for a short while a fantastic Black-and-chestnut Eagle gave us a show but also White-rumped, White-throated and Plain-breasted Hawks were seen.

We left Cochambamba behind and made the long drive all the way to Quime. After an early start we made a few roadsides stops where saw Aplomado Falcon, Andean Hillstar, White-winged Cinclodes, Spot-billed and White-browed Ground Tyrant. Our brief lunch-stop near the almost totally dry Lake Uru Uru yielded our first Crested Ducks, Andean Geese, more Andean Avocets and nice Puna Plovers. Flamingos were mostly distant but another juvenile James’s Flaming was seen. We continued our journey in the afternoon with more roadside stops where new birds were found like Cordilleran Canastero, Ornate Tinamou, Cinereous Ground Tyrant, Band-tailed Sierra Finch and Glacier Finch while some high puna lakes held Silvery Grebes, Baird’s Sandpipers and Wilson’s Phalaropes. In the late afternoon on our last roadside stop we found a surprise male White-sided Hillstar which is an austral migrant and rather scarce this far north. Eventually we descended into a deeply incised valley and arrived to Quime for the night. Early next morning we were off to Inquisivi, a rather infrequently visited region but special for birdwatchers! In some dry deciduous woodlands below the village is the place where Schoerd Mayer first found the Bolivian Spinetail. It looks as if this endemic species is more or less restricted to this rather small area. There is one more place where it has been found but not seen there recently. We barely got out of the bus when we heard Bolivian Spinetail singing and saw the birds within minutes of arrival and in the next 30 minutes until breakfast we had repeated excellent looks. It was easy to see but one must come as far as this place to see these rather neat looking spientails. They love to feed amongst the lichen and tillandsia covered branches. We spent some more time in this habitat and got to see Spot-winged Piegeons, Striped Woodpecker, the local yellow-winged flavoptera race of the Green-cheeked Parakeets, Brown-capped Whitestart, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Ringed Warbling Finch and Black-backed Grosbeak. The local form of Fuscous Flycatcher was only seen by some. It is however, a very limited habitat and we quickly took our leave and began to retrace our steps to devote more time to the puna grasslands and upland bogs on our way to La Paz. Our lunch-stop on the climb up gave us Black-hooded Sunbeam, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Streak-backed Canastero, White-fronted, Taczanowski’s and White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Andean Swallow and Black Siskin. Our search for tinamous on a grassy slope was only partly successful as we spotted about six Ornate Tinamous while Darwin’s Nothura remained heard-only. We still had a long drive, so we had to quit. It was late by the time we arrived at our comfortable hotel in La Paz.

The following day was yet another epic birding day from 4500 meter down to 1500 meter on the old Coroico road aka the ‘death road’. Our first stop was for a roadside Ornate Tinamou before we got to La Cumbre where we birded at 4500 meter in the first ray of sunshine. We had Giant Coots, Andean Lapwings, Puna and White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Glacier Finches and a superb Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. The seedsnipe was obliging and not concerned by our presence so we could watch it as long as we wanted. Brilliant! Our next stop further down gave us a singing Scribble-tailed Canastero. As we go to Chuspipata the weather yet again deteriorated nevertheless we found Diadem Tapaculo, the nominate race of Black-throated Thistletail and Hooded Mountain Toucan in the thick mist. Going lower still we got below the clouds and the ‘death road’ was clear. The temperate forest of this road is quite superb, in Bolivia, pristine forests stretch in every direction from the main highway. We had a great morning with superb ‘flock birding’ and found Sickle-winged Guan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Versicolored Barbet, Yungas Pygmy Owl, Tyrannine, Strong-billed and Olive-backed Woodcreepers, Bolivian Tyrannulet and a great variety of tanagers. Our main target however, the Scimitar-winged Piha proved to be elusive and only a few of us managed to get on a skittish bird. After a delicious field lunch again, our search continued. We had great looks of White-eared Solitaire and Chestnut-crested Cotinga and when we were giving up an obliging Scimitar-winged Piha was found, and we all got terrific looks. Superb! Big smiles all around we continued birding the lowest part of the road where Yungas Warbler and the rare Buff-thighed Puffleg stole the show! The next morning we birded the lower elevation Chairo road. Best birds were Upland Antshrike, Mcconnell’s Flycatcher, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Bronze-green Euphonia, Riverbank Warbler and as a rarity Lemon-browed Flycatcher (probably the third record for Bolivia). After lunch it was time to move on and we drove back to the Pongo Valley before we drove through La Paz and the unending sprawl of El Alto to Lake Titicaca.

On our final morning of the main tour we headed to Sorata in search of yet another endemic bird, the Berlepsch’s Canastero. Roadside Ornate Tinamou family was our first stop again and then the search for the canastero started. It was hard work; we could not locate the bird for some time so we split up and eventually Leo and Carlos our driver found the Berlepsch’s Canastero and we all got good looks while having coffee and biscuits! It is a distinctly different looking canastero even though it does not look very much like in the books. Other birds in the area included Black-hooded Sunbeam, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Andean Flicker, White-crested Elaenia, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail and Black-throated Flowerpiercer. Following our success, we drove back towards Lake Titicaca and as every tour participant was continuing on the Palkachupa Cotinga extension we made our way towards Escoma. While having lunch our bus was fixed and we quickly continued towards Charazani. It was a long high road again passing at 4640 meter and yet again we made a few roadside stops seeing Giant Coots, Common and Puna Miners and several Common Mountain Viscachas.

Next morning, we embarked on the bumpy drive towards Apolo, but we were hoping to do some birding in Yungas Forest. We left Charazani in the dark and soon found Band-winged and Lyre-tailed Nightjars lower down the valley. Our breakfast break produced White-tipped Swifts, the atriceps race of Crimson-mantled Woodpecker and the aspersiventer race of Variable Antshrike. The rest of the day was also spent driving and stopping at various good-looking habitats. The forest was dry, and the roadside was dusty as well as there were lots of fires going all around us – the inevitable change along this road was shocking and depressing. Most of the fires are to make place for more coca growing which is encouraged by the government. The roadside birding was different from my previous tour here before covid. Our best birds were Black-throated Toucanet, Yungas Tody-Tyrant and Bolivian Tyrannulet. When we were getting closer to Apolo in the late afternoon the habitat changed, and we arrived at wet savannah with forest fragments. Our first roadside stop yielded the rather localised Yungas Tyrannulet and slightly further we stopped to check some swifts and it was a great decision as we found not only the common White-collared and Chestnut-collared Swifts but the rare White-chested and White-chinned Swifts too! Both of these rare birds only have a handful of Bolivian records, and we took pictures for good documentation! We were certainly exhausted after the bumpy driving when we arrived to Apolo. Our accommodation was in a local monastery with basic but immaculate rooms and the food was produced from their own garden!

Early morning, we were on our way to a nearby settlement called Atén and then slightly further on to a good-looking forest patch. We walked the track and scanned for Palkachupa Cotinga but we could not locate any at first. There were a few nice birds perched on dead twings like Scaled Pigeon, White-eared Puffbirds, Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers, Blue-headed Parrots, Masked Tityras and of course many Tropical Kingbirds. We took a small side trail into another hidden valley but still no luck. Our driver Carlos was waving to us that breakfast is ready, so we returned to the bus, but Leo stayed behind by a fruiting tree. We barely started eating our fruits and cereals when he was waving us back, so we run! Yessss, it was the call we were all hoping, he found Palkachupa Cotingas as well as a pair of Green-capped Tanagers. It was such a joy to watch six Palkachupa Cotingas of both sexes and a pair of Green-capped Tanagers! Two very localised and smart-looking birds! We just stood there soaking in the birding moment in the early morning sunlight, totally forgetting about our breakfast! After this fantastic morning and the great success, we decided to make a long drive and check out the Machariapo Valley in the afternoon. This is the area where the rare Inti Tanager is regularly seen but it is about two hours drive from Apolo. When we left there were towering clouds and lots of lightning. It was great to see the area and recce out the best stretches for the next day, but the afternoon was quiet. We did see Black-and-white Hawk Eagle, Black-banded and Inambari Woodcreepers, Black-capped Antwren, Rufous Casiornis and Hooded Tanager but no sign of Inti. Some of us even had Black-capped Tinamou crossing the road. On our way back to base we encountered a flashflood at one of the stream crossings and we had to wait hours before the water level dropped enough to cross it safely. So yet again it was late when we got back to the Nunnery.

Our next full day was spent in the Machariapo Valley in search of the Inti Tanager. Despite our hard work and struggle with all the sweat bees we did not see this holy grail bird. We did hear it in the morning, sometimes promisingly close but never close enough to see it. I believe you need to come across this bird in a mixed feeding flock as those few singing birds don’t seem to react to tape at all regardless how cautious you are (we were!). Throughout the day we had some great birds like Blue-tailed Emerald, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Bat Falcon, Hook-billed Kite, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Bar-breasted Piculet, Red-strained Woodpecker, Upland Antshrike, Wing-barred Piprties, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant, White-rumped Sirystes, Scarlet Tanager and Chestnut-vented Conebill. In the late afternoon we heard the Inti Tanager once more but much more distantly, so we had to accept defeat and drive back to Apolo. The last full day of the tour was the long drive back to Charazani. We planned our drive so we could bird the morning in the most promising habitat along the road. This was not far from Apolo and we had a great morning with some amazing birds! Best of all was yet another Bolivian Recurvbill which gave absolutely fantastic looks – it was a great catch up for some – as long as we wanted! Other goodies included Reddish Hermit, Eastern Woodhaunter, Cabanis’s Spinetail, Western Fire-eye, Yungas Tody-Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Fiery-capped and Round-tailed Manakins and Masked Tanager. We were back to the Charazani River Valley for for the afternoon and slowly climbed back to Charazani. There were not many new birds for us, but we did see Mottle-backed Elaenia on our lunch-stop and many Torrent Ducks at higher elevation. Gould’s Inca, White-winged Black Tyrant, Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant and White-crested and Sierran Elaenias were seen at higher elevation.

On our last day we had a longish drive through high elevation from Charazani to Lake Titicaca. Here we still had an important bird to get, so we drove straight to the lakeside and quickly found several Titicaca Grebes. We could watch a family of these flightless grebes as the parents were feeding the youngsters. They are very nice grebes! There were many Puna and Yellow-billed Teals, Andean Ducks, Andean Coots and in the lakeside vegetation we found Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant and Yellow-winged Blackbird to complete the set of goodies. It was a great ending to our action packed and successful tour to Bolivia! We had a final nice lunch and then drove to La Paz airport. As I mentioned it at the beginning of the report Bolivia is a very nice and safe country to travel and has an amazing diversity of birds, a perfect South America destination especially for those who like parrots and high Andean birding! Our group was keen, persistent, and easy going, thanks for all to join us to Bolivia and hope to see you again! I also would like to say thank you to my fellow leader Leo Garrigues for his tireless enthusiasm of finding birds and helping this tour all along! I am proud we have such amazing young generation guides at Birdquest! I would also like to say thank you for our hard-working ground team, to our guide Raul, our driver Carlos and our cook.




1st: Masked Antpitta

2nd: White-rumped Tanager

3rd: Ocellated Crake & Pheasant Cuckoo



1st: Red-fronted Macaw

2nd: Blue-throated Macaw

3rd: Scimitar-winged Piha

4th: Hooded Mountain Toucan

5th: Straw-backed Tanager



1st: Palkachupa Cotinga

2nd: Green-capped Tanager

3rd: Bolivian Recurvebill



Species marked with the diamond symbol (◊) are either endemic to the country or local region or considered ‘special’ birds for some other reason (e.g., it is only seen on one or two Birdquest tours; it is difficult to see across all or most of its range; the local form is endemic or restricted-range and may in future be treated as a full species).

The species names and taxonomy used in the bird list follows Gill, F., Donsker, D., & Rasmussen, P.(Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v13.2) (this was the current version when the checklist for the tour report was created).

Where the subspecies seen is/are known, these are often given in parentheses at the end of the species comment.

Species which were heard but not seen are indicated by symbol (H).

Species which were only recorded by the leader are indicated by the symbol (LO).

Species which were not personally recorded by the leader are indicated by the symbol (NL).


Greater Rhea  Rhea americana

Grey Tinamou  Tinamus tao  heard-only

Cinereous Tinamou   Crypturellus cinereus  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Brown Tinamou  Crypturellus obsoletus  Great looks at Los Volcanes.

Undulated Tinamou  Crypturellus undulatus  Regularly seen around Riberalta and also at Trinidad.

Black-capped Tinamou   Crypturellus atrocapillus  One seen at Los Volcanes and one in the Machariapo Valley.

Small-billed Tinamou  Crypturellus parvirostris  Leader-only near Riberalta on the extension.

Tataupa Tinamou  Crypturellus tataupa  One was seen by some in the Machariapo Valley.

Red-winged Tinamou ◊  Rhynchotus rufescens  It was seen at Santa Cruz airport.

Huayco Tinamou ◊  Rhynchotus maculicollis  Great looks at Quirusillas.

Ornate Tinamou  Nothoprocta ornate  Several excellent looks. A total of 14 were seen at high elevation.

White-bellied Nothura ◊  Nothura boraquira  One was seen at Santa Cruz airport.

Darwin’s Nothura ◊  Nothura darwinii  heard-only

Southern Screamer  Chauna torquata

White-faced Whistling Duck  Dendrocygna viduata

Black-bellied Whistling Duck  Dendrocygna autumnalis

Torrent Duck  Merganetta armata  Up to 19 were seen below Charazani on the extension.

Orinoco Goose  Neochen jubata  A pair with chicks were seen on the Beni River near Riberalta on the extension.

Andean Goose  Chloephaga melanoptera

Muscovy Duck  Cairina moschata

Ringed Teal  Calonetta leucphrys  Six were seen at Santa Cruz airport. A write-in on the current itinerary.

Brazilian Teal  Amazonetta brasiliensis

Crested Duck  Lophonetta specularioides

Puna Teal  Spatula puna

Red Shoveler  Spatula platalea

Cinnamon Teal  Spatula cyanoptera

White-cheeked Pintail  Anas bahamensis

Yellow-billed Pintail  Anas georgica

Yellow-billed Teal  Anas flavirostris

Andean Duck  Oxyura ferruginea

Speckled Chachalaca  Ortalis guttata

Andean Guan  Penelope montagnii

Red-faced Guan ◊  Penelope dabbenei  A total of six were seen at Quirusillas.

Spix’s Guan ◊  Penelope jacquacu  Seen twice near Trinidad.

Yungas Guan ◊  Penelope bridgesi  We only had one sighting of five birds near Agua Clara.

Sickle-winged Guan  Chamaepetes goudotii  Three were seen along the old Coroico (death) road. Rare bird!

White-throated Piping Guan ◊  Pipile grayi  Regular sightings around Beni and at Los Volcanes.

Razor-billed Curassow ◊   Mitu tuberosum  A super surprise sighting of one near Trinidad.

Bare-faced Curassow  Crax fasciolata  A female was seen at Los Volcanes. VU

Rufous-breasted Wood Quail  Odontophorus speciosus  Great looks at Los Volcanes!

Stripe-faced Wood Quail ◊  Odontophorus balliviani  Fantastic to see this seldom-seen bird at the Chaparre Road.

Nacunda Nighthawk  Chordeiles nacunda  It was seen around Riberalta and near Trinidad.

Sand-coloured Nighthawk  Chordeiles ruperstris  It was a write-in at Riberalta on the extension.

Lesser Nighthawk  Chordeiles acutipennis  It was seen at Riberalta on the extension.

Band-tailed Nighthawk  Nyctiprogne leucopyga  It was a write-in at Riberalta.

Pauraque  Nyctidromus albicollis  Common.

Lyre-tailed Nightjar  Uropsalis lyra  One male was seen below Charazani on the extension.

Little Nightjar  Setopagis parvula  It was seen well near Trinidad.

Band-winged Nightjar  Systellura longirostris  One was seen below Charazani on the extension.

Spot-tailed Nightjar  Hydropsalis maculicaudus  Great looks of this smart-looking one near Trinidad.

Scissor-tailed Nightjar ◊  Hydropsalis torquate  Fantastic bird, seen well at the Mizque Valley.

Rufous Nightjar  Antrostomus rufus  heard-only

Great Potoo  Nyctibius grandis

Common Potoo  Nyctibius griseus

White-chested Swift ◊  Cypseloides lemosi  A magical mixed flock had at least 3 birds near Apolo on the extension.

White-chinned Swift ◊  Cypseloides cryptus  A magical mixed flock had at least 10 birds near Apolo on the extension.

Chestnut-collared Swift  Streptoprocne rutila

White-collared Swift  Streptoprocne zonaris

Grey-rumped Swift  Chaetura cinereiventris

White-tipped Swift  Aeronautes montivagus

Andean Swift  Aeronautes andecolus

Fork-tailed Palm Swift  Tachornis squamata

Rufous-breasted Hermit  Glaucis hirsutus

Reddish Hermit  Phaethornis ruber

Buff-bellied Hermit ◊  Phaethornis subochraceus  One was seen near Trinidad.

Great-billed Hermit  Phaethornis malaris

Green-fronted Lancebill  Doryfera ludovicae

Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus

Sparkling Violetear  Colibri coruscans

White-vented Violetear ◊  Colibri serrirostris  Two were seen in Samaipata.

Horned Sungem   Heliactin bilophus  Two brief leader-only sightings near Riberalta on the extension.

Black-throated Mango  Anthracothorax nigricollis

Amethyst-throated Sunangel  Heliangelus amethysticollis

Speckled Hummingbird  Adelomyia melanogenys

Long-tailed Sylph  Aglaiocercus kingii

Red-tailed Comet ◊  Sappho sparganurus  We had several excellent sightings of male with those pretty tail.

Andean Hillstar  Oreotrochilus estella

White-sided Hillstar ◊  Oreotrochilus leucopleurus  A surprise find of a fine male near Quime. A write-in for the tour.

Wedge-tailed Hillstar ◊  Oreotrochilus adela  Fantastic looks this year near Cochabamba.

Green-tailed Trainbearer  Lesbia nuna

Tyrian Metaltail  Metallura tyrianthina

Scaled Metaltail ◊ (Reddish M)  Metallura [aeneocauda] malagae  One was seen by some along the Chapare Road.

Buff-thighed Puffleg ◊  Haplophaedia assimilis  Great find of a male along the old Coroico (death) Road. Rare bird!

Blue-capped Puffleg ◊  Eriocnemis glaucopoides  Super looks of this tricky bird at Siberia. A fantastic male!

Black-hooded Sunbeam ◊  Aglaeactis pamela  Endemic. Many excellent looks in the high Andes.

Bronzy Inca  Coeligena coeligena

Gould’s Inca ◊  Coeligena inca  Several were seen along the Chapare Road and below Charazani.

Violet-throated Starfrontlet ◊ (Bolivian S)  Coeligena violifer  Many great sightings, first seen in Siberia.

Great Sapphirewing  Pterophanes cyanopterus

Giant Hummingbird  Patagona gigas

Amethyst Woodstar  Calliphlox amethystine  Two were seen along the Chairo Road.

White-bellied Woodstar  Chaetocercus mulsant

Blue-tailed Emerald  Chlorostilbon mellisugus

Glittering-bellied Emerald  Chlorostilbon lucidus

Fork-tailed Woodnymph  Thalurania furcata

Golden-tailed Sapphire  Chrysuronia oenone

Glittering-throated Emerald  Chionomesa fimbriata

Sapphire-spangled Emerald   Chionomesa lactea

Gilded Sapphire  Hylocharis chrysura

White-bellied Hummingbird  Elliotomyia chionogaster

White-chinned Sapphire  Chlorestes cyanus

Guira Cuckoo  Guira guira

Greater Ani  Crotophaga major

Smooth-billed Ani  Crotophaga ani

Striped Cuckoo  Tapera naevia

Pheasant Cuckoo ◊  Dromococcyx phasianellus  Great looks of this often shy bird near Riberalta on the extension.

Little Cuckoo  Coccycua minuta

Squirrel Cuckoo  Piaya cayana

Dark-billed Cuckoo   Coccyzus melacoryphus

Rock Dove (introduced)  Columba [livia] domestica

Scaled Pigeon  Patagioenas speciosa

Picazuro Pigeon  Patagioenas picazuro

Spot-winged Pigeon  Patagioenas maculosa

Band-tailed Pigeon  Patagioenas fasciata

Pale-vented Pigeon  Patagioenas cayennensis

Plumbeous Pigeon  Patagioenas plumbea

Ruddy Pigeon  Patagioenas subvinacea  heard-only

Ruddy Ground Dove  Columbina talpacoti

Picui Ground Dove  Columbina picui

Blue Ground Dove  Claravis pretiosa

Bare-faced Ground Dove  Metriopelia ceciliae

Black-winged Ground Dove  Metriopelia melanoptera

White-tipped Dove  Leptotila verreauxi

Yungas Dove ◊  Leptotila megalura  Several sightings, first good looks at Los Volcanes.

Grey-fronted Dove  Leptotila rufaxilla

White-throated Quail-Dove  Zentrygon frenata  It was seen along the Chapare Road.

Eared Dove  Zenaida auriculata

Ash-throated Crake  Mustelirallus albicollis  One was seen by some near Trinidad.

Grey-cowled Wood Rail  Aramides cajaneus

Common Gallinule  Gallinula galeata

Giant Coot  Fulica gigantea

Andean Coot (Slate-colored C)  Fulica ardesiaca

Purple Gallinule  Porphyrio martinica

Ocellated Crake ◊ (M, E)  Micropygia schomburgkii  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Rufous-sided Crake  Laterallus melanophaius

Limpkin  Aramus guarauna

Least Grebe  Tachybaptus dominicus

Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps

White-tufted Grebe  Rollandia rolland

Titicaca Grebe ◊  Rollandia microptera  We counted 37 birds at Lake Titicaca, adults and juveniles. Superb! EN

Silvery Grebe  Podiceps occipitalis  Southern occipitalis race was seen along the Chapare Road while northern juninensis was observed at La Cumbre.

Chilean Flamingo  Phoenicopterus chilensis

James’s Flamingo ◊  Phoenicoparrus jamesi  A juvenile was seen at Laguna Alalay at Cochabamba and another juvenile at Lake Uru Uru near Oruro.

White-backed Stilt  Himantopus melanurus

Andean Avocet  Recurvirostra andina

Southern Lapwing  Vanellus chilensis

Andean Lapwing  Vanellus resplendens

Collared Plover  Charadrius collaris

Puna Plover  Charadrius alticola

Pied Plover  Hoploxypterus cayanus

Wattled Jacana  Jacana jacana

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe  Attagis gayi

Upland Sandpiper   Bartramia longicauda

Ruff  Calidris pugnax  NEW bird for Bolivia. We found one at Viru Viru airport. A good SA tick!

Stilt Sandpiper   Calidris himantopus

Baird’s Sandpiper   Calidris bairdii

Least Sandpiper   Calidris minutilla

Pectoral Sandpiper   Calidris melanotos

Wilson’s Phalarope   Phalaropus tricolor

Spotted Sandpiper   Actitis macularius

Lesser Yellowlegs   Tringa flavipes

Greater Yellowlegs   Tringa melanoleuca

Black Skimmer  Rynchops niger

Andean Gull  Chroicocephalus serranus

Yellow-billed Tern  Sternula superciliaris

Large-billed Tern  Phaetusa simplex

Sunbittern  Eurypyga helias

Wood Stork  Mycteria americana

Jabiru  Jabiru mycteria

Maguari Stork  Ciconia maguari

Neotropic Cormorant  Nannopterum brasilianum

Plumbeous Ibis ◊  Theristicus caerulescens  Common around Trinidad.

Buff-necked Ibis  Theristicus caudatus

Andean Ibis ◊  Theristicus branickii  It was seen at La Cumbre and again further north.

Green Ibis  Mesembrinibis cayennensis

Bare-faced Ibis  Phimosus infuscatus

Puna Ibis  Plegadis ridgwayi

Roseate Spoonbill  Platalea ajaja

Rufescent Tiger Heron  Tigrisoma lineatum

Black-crowned Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax

Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Western Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis

Cocoi Heron  Ardea cocoi

Great Egret  Ardea alba

Capped Heron  Pilherodius pileatus

Whistling Heron  Syrigma sibilatrix

Snowy Egret  Egretta thula

Hoatzin  Opisthocomus hoazin

Andean Condor  Vultur gryphus  VU

Black Vulture  Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture  Cathartes burrovianus

Greater Yellow-headed Vulture  Cathartes melambrotus

Hook-billed Kite  Chondrohierax uncinatus

Swallow-tailed Kite  Elanoides forficatus

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle ◊  Spizaetus melanoleucus  One was seen in the Machariapo Valley on the extension.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle ◊  Spizaetus isidori  Amazing views along the Chapare Road. EN

Plain-breasted Hawk  Accipiter ventralis

Long-winged Harrier  Circus buffoni

Plumbeous Kite  Ictinia plumbea

Black-collared Hawk  Busarellus nigricollis

Snail Kite  Rostrhamus sociabilis

Crane Hawk  Geranospiza caerulescens

Savanna Hawk  Buteogallus meridionalis

Great Black Hawk  Buteogallus urubitinga

Roadside Hawk  Rupornis magnirostris

Roadside Hawk ◊ (Chaparral H)  Rupornis [magnirostris] saturates  The form which was commonly seen on the tour.

Harris’s Hawk  Parabuteo unicinctus

White-rumped Hawk  Parabuteo leucorrhous

White-tailed Hawk  Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Variable Hawk  Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle  Geranoaetus melanoleucus

White-throated Hawk   Buteo albigula

Burrowing Owl  Athene cunicularia

Yungas Pygmy Owl ◊  Glaucidium bolivianum  Fantastic looks near Cochabamba.

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl  Glaucidium brasilianum

Lesser Horned Owl  Bubo magellanicus

Tropical Screech Owl Megascops choliba

Rufescent Screech Owl  Megascops ingens

Band-bellied Owl ◊  Pulsatrix melanota  heard-only

Crested Quetzal  Pharomachrus antisianus

Black-tailed Trogon  Trogon melanurus

Green-backed Trogon  Trogon viridis

Blue-crowned Trogon  Trogon curucui

Masked Trogon  Trogon personatus

Amazon Kingfisher  Chloroceryle amazona

Green Kingfisher  Chloroceryle americana

Ringed Kingfisher  Megaceryle torquata

Amazonian Motmot  Momotus momota

Purus Jacamar ◊   Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus  A few were seen around Riberalta on the extension.

Rufous-tailed Jacamar ◊  Galbula ruficauda

Bluish-fronted Jacamar   Galbula cyanescens

White-eared Puffbird  Nystalus chacuru

Chaco Puffbird  Nystalus striatipectus

Black-fronted Nunbird  Monasa nigrifrons

Yellow-billed Nunbird  Monasa flavirostris

Swallow-winged Puffbird  Chelidoptera tenebrosa

Versicolored Barbet  Eubucco versicolor

Black-throated Toucanet  Aulacorhynchus atrogularis

Blue-banded Toucanet  Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis

Chestnut-eared Aracari  Pteroglossus castanotis

Hooded Mountain Toucan ◊  Andigena cucullata

Channel-billed Toucan  Ramphastos vitellinus

Toco Toucan  Ramphastos toco

White-throated Toucan (Cuvier’s T)  Ramphastos [tucanus] cuvieri

Bar-breasted Piculet   Picumnus aurifrons

Ocellated Piculet ◊  Picumnus dorbignyanus  Two were seen near Quirusillas and another along the Chairo Road.

White-wedged Piculet  Picumnus albosquamatus

White Woodpecker  Melanerpes candidus

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker  Melanerpes cruentatus

White-fronted Woodpecker  Melanerpes cactorum

Little Woodpecker  Veniliornis passerinus

Dot-fronted Woodpecker ◊  Veniliornis frontalis  Tricky bird to find in Bolivia. We saw a pair at Quirusillas.

Striped Woodpecker ◊  Veniliornis lignarius  Great looks near Cochabamba and Inquisivi.

Bar-bellied Woodpecker  Veniliornis nigriceps

Red-stained Woodpecker  Veniliornis affinis

Golden-green Woodpecker  Piculus chrysochloros

Golden-olive Woodpecker  Colaptes rubiginosus

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker  Colaptes rivolii  It is the distinctive atriceps race we saw.

Green-barred Woodpecker  Colaptes melanochloros  leader only

Green-barred Woodpecker ◊ (Golden-breasted W)  Colaptes [melanochloros] melanolaimus  Three nice sightings.

Andean Flicker  Colaptes rupicola

Campo Flicker  Colaptes campestris

Pale-crested Woodpecker ◊  Celeus lugubris  Great looks of a female near Trinidad.

Lineated Woodpecker  Dryocopus lineatus

Crimson-crested Woodpecker  Campephilus melanoleucos

Cream-backed Woodpecker ◊  Campephilus leucopogon  A pair was seen very well on our way to Cohcabamba.

Mountain Caracara  Phalcoboenus megalopterus

Crested Caracara  Caracara plancus

Yellow-headed Caracara  Milvago chimachima

Laughing Falcon  Herpetotheres cachinnans

Barred Forest Falcon  Micrastur ruficollis

Collared Forest Falcon   Micrastur semitorquatus  heard-only

American Kestrel  Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon  Falco femoralis

Bat Falcon  Falco rufigularis

Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus  One near Apolo, scarce bird in Bolivia.

Grey-hooded Parakeet ◊  Psilopsiagon aymara  Best looks were at Cerro Tunari near Cochabamba.

Cliff Parakeet ◊  Myiopsitta luchsi  Endemic. Fantastic looks in the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve near Mizque.

Tui Parakeet   Brotogeris sanctithomae 

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet  Brotogeris chiriri

Cobalt-winged Parakeet  Brotogeris cyanoptera

Black-winged Parrot ◊  Hapalopsittaca melanotis  Several sightings along the Chapare Road. Gradually getting better and better looks! Special one!

Scaly-headed Parrot  Pionus maximiliani

Plum-crowned Parrot  Pionus tumultuosus  leader only

Blue-headed Parrot  Pionus menstruus

Tucuman Amazon ◊  Amazona tucumana  We got superb looks at Qurisillas! VU

Yellow-crowned Amazon  Amazona ochrocephala

Turquoise-fronted Amazon  Amazona aestiva

Scaly-naped Amazon  Amazona mercenarius

Cobalt-rumped Parrotlet  Forpus xanthopterygius

Green-cheeked Parakeet  Pyrrhura molinae  Three races seen: molinae, restricta and flavoptera.

Peach-fronted Parakeet  Eupsittula aurea

Dusky-headed Parakeet  Aratinga weddellii

Red-bellied Macaw  Orthopsittaca malinatus  leader only

Golden-collared Macaw ◊  Primolius auricollis  Several sightings in the Trinidad area. Beautiful!

Blue-and-yellow Macaw  Ara ararauna  Several sightings in the Trinidad area.

Blue-throated Macaw ◊  Ara glaucogularis  Endemic. Eventually we got great looks of the rare bird. CR

Chestnut-fronted Macaw  Ara severus

Red-fronted Macaw ◊  Ara rubrogenys  Endemic. What an amazing experience we had. Fantastic! CR

Military Macaw ◊  Ara militaris  Good sightings in Los Volcanes. Counted up to 25 at one time.

Scarlet Macaw   Ara macao

Red-and-green Macaw  Ara chloropterus

Red-shouldered Macaw  Diopsittaca nobilis

Blue-crowned Parakeet ◊  Thectocercus acuticaudatus  We got excellent look at Quirusillas.

Mitred Parakeet  Psittacara mitratus

White-eyed Parakeet  Psittacara leucophthalmus

Grey-throated Leaftosser  Sclerurus albigularis

Common Miner  Geositta cunicularia

Puna Miner  Geositta punensis

Olivaceous Woodcreeper  Sittasomus griseicapillus  Two races seen: griseicapillus and viridis.

Tyrannine Woodcreeper  Dendrocincla tyrannina

Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper   Dendrexetastes rufigula

Long-billed Woodcreeper   Nasica longirostris

Black-banded Woodcreeper ◊  Dendrocolaptes picumnus  The olivaceous race was seen twice.

Strong-billed Woodcreeper  Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus

Great Rufous Woodcreeper  Xiphocolaptes major

Ocellated Woodcreeper   Xiphorhynchus ocellatus

Buff-throated Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus guttatus

Olive-backed Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus triangularis

Straight-billed Woodcreeper  Dendroplex picus

Red-billed Scythebill  Campylorhamphus trochilirostris

Narrow-billed Woodcreeper  Lepidocolaptes angustirostris

Montane Woodcreeper  Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger

Inambari Woodcreeper ◊  Lepidocolaptes fatimalimae  Repeated great looks in the Machariapo Valley.

Plain Xenops   Xenops genibarbis

Streaked Xenops  Xenops rutilans

Rock Earthcreeper ◊  Ochetorhynchus andaecola  One was seen at Cerro Tunari near Cochabamba.

Streaked Tuftedcheek  Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii

Bolivian Earthcreeper ◊  Tarphonomus harterti  We were lucky to get superb looks of a pair this year!

Rufous Hornero  Furnarius rufus

Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper  Lochmias nematura  heard-only

Wren-like Rushbird  Phleocryptes melanops

Buff-breasted Earthcreeper ◊ (Plain-breasted E)  Upucerthia [validirostris] jelskii  It was seen very well near Quime.

Cream-winged Cinclodes  Cinclodes albiventris

White-winged Cinclodes  Cinclodes atacamensis

Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner  Syndactyla rufosuperciliata

Bolivian Recurvebill ◊   Syndactyla striata  Endemic. One was seen at Los Volcanes and one near Apolo. Wow!

Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner  Dendroma rufa

Eastern Woodhaunter  Automolus subulatus

Striped Treehunter ◊  Thripadectes holostictus  One was seen along the old Coroico (death) Road.

Pearled Treerunner  Margarornis squamiger

Tawny Tit-Spinetail ◊  Sylviorthorhynchus yanacensis  Our best looks were at Cerro Tunari.

Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail ◊  Leptasthenura fuliginiceps  Commonly encountered.

Streak-fronted Thornbird  Phacellodomus striaticeps  Two were seen in the Mizque Valley.

Spot-breasted Thornbird ◊  Phacellodomus maculipectus  Several great looks at Quirusillas.

Greater Thornbird  Phacellodomus ruber

Rusty-vented Canastero  Asthenes dorbignyi

Berlepsch’s Canastero ◊  Asthenes berlepschi  Endemic. It took some time, but we eventually saw one near Sorata.

Scribble-tailed Canastero ◊  Asthenes maculicauda  We got superb looks near La Cumbre.

Streak-backed Canastero  Asthenes wyatti

Cordilleran Canastero  Asthenes modesta

Black-throated Thistletail ◊  Asthenes harterti  Endemic. We saw both races. Nominate along the Coroico road and bejaraoni near Siberia.

Maquis Canastero ◊  Asthenes heterura  One was seen at Cerro Tunari.

Plain Softtail ◊  Thripophaga fusciceps  The local from seen very well near Trinidad.

Light-crowned Spinetail ◊ (Buffy-crowned S)  Cranioleuca [albiceps] discolor  We had good looks in the Siberia area.

Rusty-backed Spinetail   Cranioleuca vulpina

Stripe-crowned Spinetail  Cranioleuca pyrrhophia

Bolivian Spinetail ◊  Cranioleuca henricae  Endemic. We had excellent looks of this special one in its lichen and tillandsia covered habitat. VU

Grey-crested Cacholote  Pseudoseisura unirufa

Yellow-chinned Spinetail  Certhiaxis cinnamomeus

Chotoy Spinetail  Schoeniophylax phryganophilus

Ochre-cheeked Spinetail ◊  Synallaxis scutate  It was seen several times at Los Volcanes.

Plain-crowned Spinetail  Synallaxis gujanensis  heard-only

Cabanis’s Spinetail ◊  Synallaxis cabanisi  We had excellent looks near Apolo on the extension.

Sooty-fronted Spinetail  Synallaxis frontalis

Azara’s Spinetail  Synallaxis azarae

Azara’s Spinetail ◊ (Buff-browed S)  Synallaxis [azarae] samaipatae  It was seen well at Quirusillas.

Black-throated Antbird  Myrmophylax atrothorax

Spot-winged Antshrike  Pygiptila stellaris 

Pygmy Antwren   Myrmotherula brachyura

Amazonian Streaked Antwren  Myrmotherula multostriata

Stripe-chested Antwren  Myrmotherula longicauda  leader only

Long-winged Antwren  Myrmotherula longipennis  The garbei race was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Grey Antwren  Myrmotherula menetriesii  heard-only

Rusty-backed Antwren  Formicivora rufa

Black-capped Antwren  Herpsilochmus atricapillus

Rusty-winged Antwren  Herpsilochmus frater  heard-only

Plain Antvireo  Dysithamnus mentalis

Barred Antshrike  Thamnophilus doliatus

Chestnut-backed Antshrike  Thamnophilus palliatus

Plain-winged Antshrike  Thamnophilus schistaceus  heard-only

Upland Antshrike ◊  Thamnophilus aroyae  It was first seen in the Chairo Valley and later on the extension.

Bolivian Slaty Antshrike ◊  Thamnophilus sticturus  We got great looks near Trinidad.

Amazonian Antshrike   Thamnophilus amazonicus

Variable Antshrike ◊ (Andean A)  Thamnophilus [caerulescens] aspersiventer  A male was seen below Charazani on the extension.

Variable Antshrike ◊ (Chaco A)  Thamnophilus [caerulescens] dinellii  We had great looks at Quirusillas.

Rufous-capped Antshrike  Thamnophilus ruficapillus

Great Antshrike  Taraba major

Giant Antshrike ◊  Batara cinerea  heard-only

Black-spotted Bare-eye   Phlegopsis nigromaculata

Striated Antbird  Drymophila devillei  It was seen by some on the extension near Apolo. A write-in!

Peruvian Warbling Antbird  Hypocnemis peruviana

Blackish Antbird  Cercomacroides nigrescens

Riparian Antbird   Cercomacroides fuscicauda

Grey Antbird   Cercomacra cinerascens

Mato Grosso Antbird ◊  Cercomacra melanaria  A last minute encounter with a pair near Trinidad.

White-browed Antbird  Myrmoborus leucophrys

Band-tailed Antbird  Hypocnemoides maculicauda

Plumbeous Antbird   Myrmelastes hyperythrus

Western Fire-eye  Pyriglena maura

Black-faced Antthrush  Formicarius analis  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Short-tailed Antthrush ◊  Chamaeza campanisona  Great looks at Los Volcanes.

Barred Antthrush ◊  Chamaeza mollissima  heard-only

White-throated Antpitta ◊  Grallaria albigula  Fantastic looks at Quirusillas!

Bolivian Antpitta ◊  Grallaria cochabambae  Endemic. Shy bird but we got to see it along the Chapare Road.

Rufous-faced Antpitta ◊  Grallaria erythrotis  It was tracked down at Siberia. Not ideal weather conditions!

Masked Antpitta ◊   Hylopezus auricularis  Endemic. Fantastic looks near Riberalta on the extension. VU

Slaty Gnateater ◊  Conopophaga ardesiaca  Repeated great looks at Los Volcanes.

Puna Tapaculo  Scytalopus simonsi

Diademed Tapaculo ◊  Scytalopus schulenbergi  Despite mist we got great looks on the Coroico (death) Road.

Trilling Tapaculo  Scytalopus parvirostris

Bolivian Tapaculo ◊  Scytalopus bolivianus  One was seen well at Los Volcanes.

Olive-crowned Crescentchest ◊  Melanopareia maximiliani  Stunning bird seen well in dry habitat near Siberia.

Wing-barred Piprites  Piprites chloris

Yungas Tyrannulet ◊   Phyllomyias weedeni  A party of three were seen very well near Apolo on the extension. VU

Sclater’s Tyrannulet  Phyllomyias sclateri

Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet  Phyllomyias uropygialis

Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet  Tyrannulus elatus

Forest Elaenia  Myiopagis gaimardii

Yellow-bellied Elaenia  Elaenia flavogaster

White-crested Elaenia  Elaenia albicepsstraw

Small-billed Elaenia  Elaenia parvirostris

Slaty Elaenia ◊   Elaenia strepera  leader only

Mottle-backed Elaenia  Elaenia gigas  One was seen below Charazani on the extension. It was a write-in.

Plain-crested Elaenia  Elaenia cristata

Lesser Elaenia  Elaenia chiriquensis

Highland Elaenia  Elaenia obscura

Sierran Elaenia  Elaenia pallatangae

White-lored Tyrannulet  Ornithion inerme

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet  Camptostoma obsoletum

White-throated Tyrannulet  Mecocerculus leucophrys

Buff-banded Tyrannulet ◊  Mecocerculus hellmayri  We had repeated excellent looks, the best was at Siberia.

White-banded Tyrannulet  Mecocerculus stictopterus

Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant  Anairetes flavirostris

Tufted Tit-Tyrant  Anairetes parulus

Torrent Tyrannulet  Serpophaga cinerea

White-crested Tyrannulet ◊ (White-bellied T)  Serpophaga [subcristata] munda  One was seen at Quirusillas.

Southern Mouse-colored Tyrannulet  Nesotriccus murinus

Rufous-sided Scrub Tyrant ◊  (R-s Pygmy T)  Euscarthmus rufomarginatus  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Greater Wagtail-Tyrant ◊  Stigmatura budytoides  We had excellent look in the Mizque Valley.

Bolivian Tyrannulet ◊  Zimmerius bolivianus  We had our best looks along the old Coroico (death) road.

Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet  Phylloscartes ventralis

Streak-necked Flycatcher  Mionectes striaticollis

McConnell’s Flycatcher  Mionectes macconnelli

Sepia-capped Flycatcher  Leptopogon amaurocephalus

Slaty-capped Flycatcher  Leptopogon superciliaris

Southern Scrub Flycatcher  Sublegatus modestus

Plain Inezia ◊   Inezia inornata  Just a few were noted around Trinidad.

Bran-colored Flycatcher  Myiophobus fasciatus

Many-colored Rush Tyrant  Tachuris rubrigastra

Yungas Tody-Tyrant ◊  Hemitriccus spodiops  Fairly common around Apolo and we had excellent looks!

Flammulated Pygmy-Tyrant ◊  Hemitriccus flammulatus  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Johannes’s Tody-Tyrant  Hemitriccus iohannis

Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant  Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer

Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant  Hemitriccus rufigularis  heard-only

White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant ◊  Myiornis albiventris  First seen at Los Volcanes and also seen in the Machariapu Valley.

Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant  Myiornis ecaudatus

Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher  Poecilotriccus plumbeiceps

Spotted Tody-Flycatcher   Todirostrum maculatum

Common Tody-Flycatcher  Todirostrum cinereum

Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher  Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum

Western Olivaceous Flatbill  Rhynchocyclus brevirostris  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

Yellow-olive Flatbill  Tolmomyias sulphurescens

Yellow-margined Flatbill   Tolmomyias assimilis

Olive-faced Flatbill  Tolmomyias viridiceps

Cinnamon Flycatcher  Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus

Cliff Flycatcher  Hirundinea ferruginea

Euler’s Flycatcher   Lathrotriccus euleri

Fuscous Flycatcher ◊ (Bolivian F F)  Cnemotriccus [fuscatus] bimaculatus  non-leader

Black Phoebe  Sayornis nigricans

Smoke-colored Pewee  Contopus fumigatus  heard-only

Western Wood Pewee   Contopus sordidulus

Eastern Wood Pewee   Contopus virens

Scarlet Flycatcher  Pyrocephalus rubinus

Yellow-browed Tyrant   Satrapa icterophrys

Spot-billed Ground Tyrant  Muscisaxicola maculirostris

White-fronted Ground Tyrant ◊  Muscisaxicola albifrons  Several were seen at high altitude. Best looks were at La Cumbre near La Paz.

Cinereous Ground Tyrant ◊  Muscisaxicola cinereus  Two were seen on the way to Quime.

Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant  Muscisaxicola rufivertex

White-browed Ground Tyrant   Muscisaxicola albilora

Taczanowski’s Ground Tyrant ◊  Muscisaxicola griseus  Three were seen near Quime. It was a write-in!

Puna Ground Tyrant  Muscisaxicola juninensis

Andean Negrito  Lessonia oreas

Plumbeous Tyrant ◊  Knipolegus cabanisi  We had many sightings at Siberia this year!

White-winged Black Tyrant  Knipolegus aterrimus

Hudson’s Black Tyrant ◊   Knipolegus hudsoni Three were seen around Trinidad.

White-rumped Monjita  Xolmis velatus

White Monjita  Xolmis irupero

Grey Monjita   Nengetus cinereus

Streak-throated Bush Tyrant  Myiotheretes striaticollis

Rufous-bellied Bush Tyrant ◊  Myiotheretes fuscorufus  Unusually many sightings this year both at Siberia and along the Chapare road.

Black-backed Water Tyrant  Fluvicola albiventer

White-headed Marsh Tyrant  Arundinicola leucocephala

Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant  Ochthoeca thoracica

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant  Ochthoeca rufipectoralis

Cattle Tyrant  Machetornis rixosa

Piratic Flycatcher  Legatus leucophaius

Rusty-margined Flycatcher  Myiozetetes cayanensis

Social Flycatcher  Myiozetetes similis

Grey-capped Flycatcher  Myiozetetes granadensis

Lemon-browed Flycatcher  Conopias cinchoneti  Very rare bird, probably the third record for Bolivia was seen along the Chairo road.

Great Kiskadee  Pitangus sulphuratus

Lesser Kiskadee  Philohydor lictor

Golden-crowned Flycatcher  Myiodynastes chrysocephalus

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher   Myiodynastes luteiventris

Streaked Flycatcher  Myiodynastes maculatus

Boat-billed Flycatcher  Megarynchus pitangua

Variegated Flycatcher   Empidonomus varius

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher   Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus

Tropical Kingbird  Tyrannus melancholicus

Fork-tailed Flycatcher   Tyrannus savana

Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus

White-rumped Sirystes ◊   Sirystes albocinereus  Two pairs were seen in the Machariapu Valley on the extension.

Rufous Casiornis   Casiornis rufus

Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Myiarchus tuberculifer

Swainson’s Flycatcher  Myiarchus swainsoni  Several sightings around Riberalta.

Short-crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus ferox

Brown-crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus tyrannulus

Cinnamon Attila  Attila cinnamomeus  One was seen near Riberalta on the extension.

White-eyed Attila  Attila bolivianus

Bright-rumped Attila  Attila spadiceus  heard-only

Barred Fruiteater  Pipreola arcuata

Andean Cock-of-the-rock  Rupicola peruvianus

White-tipped Plantcutter  Phytotoma rutila

Palkachupa Cotinga ◊   Phibalura boliviana  Endemic. Excellent looks near Apolo. A real highlight of the tour and the main target of our extension! EN

Red-crested Cotinga  Ampelion rubrocristatus

Chestnut-crested Cotinga ◊  Ampelion rufaxilla  We had excellent looks of this scarce bird along thr old Coroico (death) road.

Amazonian Umbrellabird   Cephalopterus ornatus

Screaming Piha  Lipaugus vociferans

Scimitar-winged Piha ◊  Lipaugus uropygialis  Another major target of the tour and after hard work we all got great looks of this near-endemic species along the old Coroico (death) road. VU

Bare-necked Fruitcrow   Gymnoderus foetidus

Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin ◊  Neopelma sulphureiventer  We had repeated good looks near Trinidad.

Yungas Manakin ◊  Chiroxiphia boliviana  First seen well at Los Volcanes.

Band-tailed Manakin  Pipra fasciicauda

Fiery-capped Manakin   Machaeropterus pyrocephalus

Round-tailed Manakin   Ceratopipra chloromeros

Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher   Terenotriccus erythrurus

Black-tailed Tityra  Tityra cayana

Masked Tityra  Tityra semifasciata

Barred Becard  Pachyramphus versicolor

Chestnut-crowned Becard   Pachyramphus castaneus

White-winged Becard  Pachyramphus polychopterus

Black-capped Becard  Pachyramphus marginatus

Rufous-browed Peppershrike  Cyclarhis gujanensis  heard-only

Lemon-chested Greenlet  Hylophilus thoracicus

Dusky-capped Greenlet   Pachysylvia hypoxantha

Yellow-green Vireo  Vireo flavoviridis

Chivi Vireo  Vireo chivi

Brown-capped Vireo  Vireo leucophrys

White-collared Jay ◊  Cyanolyca viridicyanus  It was seen along the Chapare and Coroico roads.

Purplish Jay  Cyanocorax cyanomelas

Plush-crested Jay  Cyanocorax chrysops

Sand Martin  Riparia riparia

White-rumped Swallow  Tachycineta leucorrhoa

White-winged Swallow  Tachycineta albiventer

Blue-and-white Swallow  Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Tawny-headed Swallow  Alopochelidon fucata  We saw eight near Trinidad. It was a write-in.

Pale-footed Swallow ◊  Orochelidon flavipes  We had good looks at Siberia and along the Chapare road.

Brown-bellied Swallow  Orochelidon murina

Andean Swallow ◊  Orochelidon andecola  Several great looks at high altitude.

Southern Rough-winged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx ruficollis

Brown-chested Martin  Progne tapera

Southern Martin  Progne elegans

Grey-breasted Martin  Progne chalybea

Barn Swallow   Hirundo rustica

American Cliff Swallow   Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Black-capped Donacobius  Donacobius atricapilla

Thrush-like Wren  Campylorhynchus turdinus

Fulvous Wren ◊  Cinnycerthia fulva  We had nice looks along the Chapare road.

Moustached Wren  Pheugopedius genibarbis

Fawn-breasted Wren ◊  Cantorchilus guarayanus  Common.

House Wren  Troglodytes aedon

Mountain Wren  Troglodytes solstitialis

Grey-breasted Wood Wren  Henicorhina leucophrys  heard-only

Masked Gnatcatcher  Polioptila dumicola

Chalk-browed Mockingbird  Mimus saturninus

Brown-backed Mockingbird ◊  Mimus dorsalis  A pair was seen on our drive to Cochabamba.

Andean Solitaire  Myadestes ralloides

White-eared Solitaire ◊  Entomodestes leucotis  It was seen at Siberia, along the Chapare and Coroico roads.

Swainson’s Thrush   Catharus ustulatus

Chiguanco Thrush  Turdus chiguanco

Andean Slaty Thrush ◊  Turdus nigriceps  Excellent looks at Siberia despite the mist.

Glossy-black Thrush  Turdus serranus

Great Thrush  Turdus fuscater

Creamy-bellied Thrush  Turdus amaurochalinus

Black-billed Thrush  Turdus ignobilis

White-necked Thrush  Turdus albicollis

Pale-breasted Thrush   Turdus leucomelas

Hauxwell’s Thrush  Turdus hauxwelli

Rufous-bellied Thrush  Turdus rufiventris

White-capped Dipper  Cinclus leucocephalus

House Sparrow (introduced)  Passer domesticus

Yellowish Pipit  Anthus chii

Puna Pipit ◊  Anthus brevirostris  One was seen at Cerro Tunari by some.

Yellow-bellied Siskin  Spinus xanthogastrus

Hooded Siskin  Spinus magellanicus

Black Siskin  Spinus atratus

Golden-rumped Euphonia  Chlorophonia cyanocephala

Blue-naped Chlorophonia  Chlorophonia cyanea

Purple-throated Euphonia  Euphonia chlorotica

White-lored Euphonia  Euphonia chrysopasta

Thick-billed Euphonia  Euphonia laniirostris

Bronze-green Euphonia  Euphonia mesochrysa

Common Chlorospingus  Chlorospingus flavopectus

Grassland Sparrow  Ammodramus humeralis

Yellow-browed Sparrow  Ammodramus aurifrons

White-browed Brushfinch ◊  Arremon torquatus  A singleton was seen at Quirusillas.

Moss-backed Sparrow ◊  Arremon flavirostris  Two were seen near Samaipata.

Rufous-collared Sparrow  Zonotrichia capensis

Bolivian Brushfinch ◊  Atlapetes rufinucha  Endemic. We had repeated excellent looks, first at Siberia.

White-browed Blackbird  Leistes superciliaris

Yellow-billed Cacique  Amblycercus holosericeus  A pair was seen along the Chapare road. It was a write-in.

Russet-backed Oropendola  Psarocolius angustifrons

Dusky-green Oropendola  Psarocolius atrovirens

Green Oropendola  Psarocolius viridis

Crested Oropendola  Psarocolius decumanus

Olive Oropendola  Psarocolius bifasciatus

Solitary Cacique  Cacicus solitarius

Golden-winged Cacique  Cacicus chrysopterus

Yellow-rumped Cacique  Cacicus cela

Orange-backed Troupial  Icterus croconotus

Variable Oriole  Icterus pyrrhopterus

Giant Cowbird  Molothrus oryzivorus

Screaming Cowbird ◊  Molothrus rufoaxillaris  It was seen twice near Trinidad.

Shiny Cowbird  Molothrus bonariensis

Velvet-fronted Grackle ◊  Lampropsar tanagrinus  Big flocks were seen near Trinidad.

Scarlet-headed Blackbird  Amblyramphus holosericeus

Chopi Blackbird  Gnorimopsar chopi

Bolivian Blackbird ◊  Oreopsar bolivianus  Endemic. It was common in the Mizque Valley but seen elsewhere too.

Greyish Baywing (Bay-winged Cowbird)  Agelaioides badius

Yellow-winged Blackbird  Agelasticus thilius

Unicolored Blackbird  Agelasticus cyanopus

Southern Yellowthroat  Geothlypis velata

Tropical Parula  Setophaga pitiayumi

Citrine Warbler  Myiothlypis luteoviridis

Pale-legged Warbler  Myiothlypis signata

Buff-rumped Warbler  Myiothlypis fulvicauda  One was seen below Charazani on the extension.

Riverbank Warbler  Myiothlypis rivularis  A pair was seen along the Chairo road.

Two-banded Warbler  Myiothlypis bivittata

Golden-crowned Warbler  Basileuterus culicivorus

Yungas Warbler ◊  Basileuterus punctipectus  A single individual was seen along the old Coroico road.

Slate-throated Whitestart  Myioborus miniatus

Brown-capped Whitestart ◊  Myioborus brunniceps  Common.

Spectacled Whitestart  Myioborus melanocephalus

Scarlet Tanager   Piranga olivacea

White-winged Tanager  Piranga leucoptera

Black-backed Grosbeak  Pheucticus aureoventris

Ultramarine Grosbeak  Cyanoloxia brissonii

Plushcap  Catamblyrhynchus diadema

Hooded Tanager  Nemosia pileata

Pampa Finch  Embernagra platensis

Wedge-tailed Grass Finch  Emberizoides herbicola

Mourning Sierra Finch  Rhopospina fruticeti

Band-tailed Sierra Finch  Rhopospina alaudina

Green Honeycreeper (E no stars)  Chlorophanes spiza

Guira Tanager  Hemithraupis guira

Swallow Tanager  Tersina viridis

Purple Honeycreeper  Cyanerpes caeruleus

Red-legged Honeycreeper  Cyanerpes cyaneus

Blue Dacnis  Dacnis cayana

Black-faced Dacnis  Dacnis lineata

Black-throated Saltator  Saltatricula atricollis

Bluish-grey Saltator  Saltator coerulescens

Buff-throated Saltator  Saltator maximus

Golden-billed Saltator  Saltator aurantiirostris

Bananaquit  Coereba flaveola

Dull-colored Grassquit  Asemospiza obscura

Blue-black Grassquit  Volatinia jacarina

Grey-headed Tanager  Eucometis penicillata

Black-goggled Tanager  Trichothraupis melanops

Inti Tanager ◊   Heliothraupis oneilli  heard-only

Flame-crested Tanager   Loriotus cristatus

Red Pileated Finch  Coryphospingus cucullatus

Silver-beaked Tanager  Ramphocelus carbo

Yellow-bellied Seedeater  Sporophila nigricollis

Double-collared Seedeater  Sporophila caerulescens

Rusty-collared Seedeater  Sporophila collaris

White-bellied Seedeater ◊   Sporophila leucoptera  Several were seen around Trinidad. This is the bicolor race.

Bolivian Warbling Finch ◊  Poospiza boliviana  We could observe a pair at Cerro Tunari as long as we wanted!

Black-and-chestnut Warbling Finch  Poospiza whitii

Cochabamba Mountain Finch ◊  Poospiza garleppi  Endemic. About 10 were seen at Cerro Tunari. Beautiful!

Orange-browed Hemispingus ◊  Kleinothraupis calophrys  It was difficult to find this year! Eventually a party of three were seen along the Chapare road.

Orange-headed Tanager  Thlypopsis sordida

Rust-and-yellow Tanager  Thlypopsis ruficeps

Superciliaried Hemispingus  Thlypopsis superciliaris

Long-tailed Reed Finch ◊  Donacospiza albifrons  Two were seen near Trinidad. The Bolivian population is highly disjunct however the species is monotypic.

White-rumped Tanager ◊  Cypsnagra hirundinacea  We got fantastic looks near Riberalta on the extension.

Rufous-sided Warbling Finch  Poospizopsis hypocondria

Rusty-browed Warbling Finch ◊  Microspingus erythrophrys  A pair was seen near Siberia.

Ringed Warbling Finch  Microspingus torquatus

Black-capped Warbling Finch  Microspingus melanoleucus

Chestnut-vented Conebill  Conirostrum speciosum

Capped Conebill  Conirostrum albifrons

Giant Conebill ◊  Conirostrum binghami  Absolutely fantastic looks at Cerro Tunari!

Blue-backed Conebill  Conirostrum sitticolor

Cinereous Conebill  Conirostrum cinereum

Saffron Finch  Sicalis flaveola

Greenish Yellow Finch  Sicalis olivascens

Black-hooded Sierra Finch  Phrygilus atriceps

Peruvian Sierra Finch  Phrygilus punensis

Ash-breasted Sierra Finch  Geospizopsis plebejus

Plumbeous Sierra Finch  Geospizopsis unicolor

Glacier Finch ◊ (White-winged Diuca F)  Idiopsar speculifer  A few were seen near Quime and at La Cumbre.

Band-tailed Seedeater  Catamenia analis

Plain-colored Seedeater  Catamenia inornata

Masked Flowerpiercer  Diglossa cyanea

Rusty Flowerpiercer  Diglossa sittoides

Grey-bellied Flowerpiercer ◊  Diglossa carbonaria  Multiplied great looks of this near-endemic bird! It was recently found in Peru but used to be an endemic bird to Bolivia.

Black-throated Flowerpiercer  Diglossa brunneiventris

Fawn-breasted Tanager  Pipraeidea melanonota

Blue-and-yellow Tanager  Rauenia bonariensis

Rufous-bellied Mountain Tanager ◊  Pseudosaltator rufiventris  Special bird which we saw easily at Cerro Tunari.

Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanager  Dubusia castaneoventris

Hooded Mountain Tanager  Buthraupis montana

Blue-capped Tanager  Sporathraupis cyanocephala

Blue-winged Mountain Tanager  Anisognathus somptuosus  The flavinucha race we saw is sometimes considered a separate species ‘Bolivian’ Blue-winged Mountain Tanager.

Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager  Anisognathus igniventris  It was regularly seen on the tour. This is the nominate race which is sometimes called Fire-bellied Mountain Tanager (south of Junin in Peru).

Grey-crested Finch ◊  Lophospingus griseocristatus  We got great looks in the Mizque Valley.

Magpie Tanager  Cissopis leverianus

Black-faced Tanager  Schistochlamys melanopis

Red-crested Cardinal  Paroaria coronata

Red-capped Cardinal  Paroaria gularis

Yellow-bellied Tanager  Ixothraupis xanthogastra

Golden-naped Tanager  Chalcothraupis ruficervix  Two males were seen below Charazani by some. This is the fulvicervix race, sometimes called Rusty-naped Tanager.

Blue-grey Tanager  Thraupis episcopus

Sayaca Tanager  Thraupis sayaca

Palm Tanager  Thraupis palmarum

Straw-backed Tanager ◊   Stilpnia argyrofenges  A pair was seen at Quirusillas and three at Siberia. VU

Blue-necked Tanager  Stilpnia cyanicollis

Masked Tanager  Stilpnia nigrocincta

Green-capped Tanager ◊   Stilpnia meyerdeschauenseei  A pair was seen near Apolo. Yet another main target of the extension, and a difficult-to-find bird, so it was great to see it well!

Blue-and-black Tanager  Tangara vassorii

Bay-headed Tanager  Tangara gyrola

Saffron-crowned Tanager  Tangara xanthocephala

Turquoise Tanager  Tangara mexicana

Paradise Tanager  Tangara chilensis


Spectacled Slender Opossum ◊  Marmosops ocellatus  One was seen and photographed at Los Volcanes.

Giant Anteater ◊  Myrmecophaga tridactyla  What an amazing creature! We saw one coming to a waterhole at dusk near Trinidad. Certainly a tour highlight!

Southern Tamandua  Tamandua tetradactyla  Two were seen near Trinidad.

Crab-eating Fox (Common Zorro)  Cerdocyon thous  Excellent looks of one at a water-hole.

Culpeo (Colpeo Fox)  Lycalopex culpaeus  One was seen at Lake Titicaca.

South American Coati (Coati)  Nasua nasua  One was seen near Trinidad.

Crab-eating Raccoon  Procyon cancrivorus  A party of four were seen near Trinidad.

Bolivian River Dolphin ◊  Inia boliviensis  Two were seen on the Rio Mamoré.

Black-capped Squirrel Monkey  Saimiri boliviensis 

Large-headed Capuchin  Sapajus macrocephalus  non-leader

Hooded Capuchin  Sapajus cay  Best views were at the Santa Cruz Botanical Garden.

Azara’s Night Monkey (Southern N M)  Aotus azarae  Daytime and night time encounters. Brilliant!

White-eared Titi (Bolivian Grey T)  Plecturocebus donacophilus  Just three were seen near Trinidad on the extension.

Río Beni Titi ◊  Plecturocebus modestus  Fantastic looks near Trinidad. Rare primate!

Bolivian Red Howler ◊  Alouatta sara  Three were seen near Trinidad.

Azara’s Agouti  Dasyprocta azarae  leader-only

Bicolored-spined Porcupine  Coendu bicolor  One was seen at Los Volcanes.

Brazilian Guinea Pig (Common Cavy)  Cavia aperea

Montane Guinea Pig  Cavia tschudii

Northern Mountain Cavy  Microcavia niata  Two were seen on the Altiplano by some.

Greater Capybara  Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris  Common.

Common Mountain Viscacha  Lagidium viscacia  We had our best looks towards Quime. Also seen on the Apolo extension.

Bolivian Squirrel  Sciurus ignites  Several sightings, first at Los Volcanes.

Southern Amazon Red Squirrel  Sciurus spadiceus  We had the best looks at the Santa Cruz Botanical Garden.

Southern Red Bat  Lasiurus blossevilli  One was seen flying at daytime (migrating?) up at 4400 meter above Quime.

Common Brown Brocket (Grey B)  Mazama gouazoubira  Seen very well in the Andes near Siberia.

Molina’s Hog-nosed Skunk  Conepatus chinga  Two were seen at Siberia.