Next tour dates
July 2022 (TBD)
3 - 4 stars
Max. 8 people
With an area of only 75,000 square kilometers, Panama is home to 10% of the world’s avifauna. This little country has approximately ten endemic birds and covers seven Endemic Bird Areas. Panama extends from west to east, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Two slopes are the result of a continental divide and create different conditions to host an abundance of areas of endemism.
On this tour, we visit five of these endemic bird areas. Our goal is to seek out as many birds as possible. Panama has a considerable number of special birds among endemics and species of conservation importance. Some are even considered Panama's rarest birds. We will start in the western lowlands, where we will explore the Pacific slope. Here are two areas of endemism shared with Costa Rica. In these lowlands, we can find birds such as the Coiba Spinetail and Yellow-billed Cotinga.
In the highlands, we expect to find the endemic Yellow-green Finch and Yellow-throated Chlorospingus. The breeding area of the unique Three-wattled Bellbird is another area of endemism on its own, and beside the bellbird, we will also look for the rare Bare-necked Umbrellabird and secretive Lanceolated Monklet. As we make our way eastward, several places along the Caribbean slope will allow us to find special birds such as Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker and Black-crowned Antpitta. Lastly, we will explore the Darien lowlands where we expect to see Harpy Eagle and the Panamanian endemic Yellow-green Tyrannulet, among many others.
Our Panama's rarest birds tour will not only allow us to get to know the birds, but we will also have the opportunity to meet various people who work in bird conservation by research or direct conservation efforts.
Guide: Edwin Campbell
Single Supplement: US$TBD
Lodging: Comfortable and clean hotels and inns
Food: Quality, fresh, local ingredients prepared in Panamanian and International styles
Weather: Hot and humid in the central and eastern regions. Cool and humid in the western highlands, particularly at night.
Difficulty: Moderate. Most days will include a fair amount of walking within undulating terrain.
* With smaller groups, an additional fee will be charged.
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