Colombia: New Tour, New Country, New Continent! It’s so hot right now – Colombia, that is, in terms of birding. For decades, Colombia has been off the radar in terms of general tourism for security reasons. Now, as this celebrated South American nation becomes safer by the day, Colombia has risen to the top of the charts of destinations for birding. It boasts nearly 1900 species of birds and over 80 endemics, with just about every tropical habitat imaginable. Serious birders should not miss a trip to Colombia.
The northern section of the mighty Andes is broken into three ranges – western, central and eastern. Each one offers birds unique to their peaks and slopes. The Inter-Andean valleys, Cauca and Magdalena, likewise are hotspots for bird endemism. The biodiversity here can be overwhelming! Such fantastic species as the Golden-crowned Tanager, Andean Tit-Spinetail and Buffy Helmetcrest hail from the high-Andean paramo. While we can also find specialties including the Yellow-eared Parrot, Cauca Guan, White-mantled Barbet and Crested Ant-Tanager in the slopes and valleys.
Whitehawk is introducing COLOMBIA: THREE ANDEAN MOUNTAIN RANGES tour in 2019. We couldn’t be more excited about it. This tour features all three of the aforementioned Andean ranges, as well as both Cauca and Magdalena valleys. We will seek out Colombia’s most exotic and special birds, with the possibility to see over 25 endemic species. The tour starts in Cali and finishes in Bogota. It takes us from the paramo and high-Andean lakes to the lush inter-Andean cloud forests. We will also visit some great sites for water birds such as the Northern Screamer and Black-capped Donacobius. Along the way we will be awed by antpittas, and arrays of colorful tanagers, fruiteaters, and trogons. Turquoise Dacnis, Golden-winged Manakin, Crested Quetzal, Golden-breasted Fruiteater and the endemic Multicolored Tanager await us! What’s more, we will enjoy all of these birds with the breathtaking backdrop of the Andes.
This tour also features dozens of species of hummingbirds, both at natural sites and fantastic feeder locations. After all, Colombia boasts the highest number of hummingbird species of any country. We can find 165 species here – nearly 50% of all hummingbirds! Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Empress Brilliant, Violet-tailed Sylph and Tolima Blossomcrown are just a few species we will likely encounter.
Join us for our COLOMBIA: THREE ANDEAN MOUNTAIN RANGES tour coming up September 2019. This tour is not to be missed! Contact us to reserve your spot and be part of a new adventure, this time to experience the sensational birds of Colombia.