Nature Notes

March 8, 2008

Panama – Los Quetzals Trail

Filed under: Birds,Panama — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 1:57 pm

Volcano Hummingbird

The Los Quetzals Trail runs from Cerro Punta to Boquete, and part of it goes along the ridge of Volcan Buru. We parked our car near the entrance at Cerro Punta and immediately heard Resplendent Quetzal calling. We soon spotted a male and female and another pair a bit later. As we watched, a raptor drifted over the treeline, a Hook-billed Kite . The inevitable Black and Turkey Vultures were also drifting past. A male Flame-colored Tanager showed his colors with a Blue-gray Tanager , a Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager , Silver-throated Tanager , and a Spangle-cheeked Tanager were found.

Resplendent Quetzal

As we proceeded uphill, we saw Mountain Elaenia and Black-capped Flycatcher, and we heard the lovely songs of Gray-breasted Wood-Wren and Black-faced Solitaire . Mountain Robin , Black-billed and Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush were joined by Spot-crowned Woodcreeper working its way up a tree. The very common Wilson’s Warbler mixed with the resident Collared Redstart .

Spot-crowned Woodcreeper

We were treated to a panoramic view at the ranger station at the top of the road. The tiny Volcan Hummingbird showed off its subtle lilac gorget, and many Yellow-faced Grassquit moved amongst the brush. We found both Band-tailed and Short-billed Pigeons as well as Red-crowned Woodpecker. A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak eyed us as it stripped seeds from a shrub.

Ruddy Treerunner

Moving along the trail towards Boquete we saw a pair of Elegant Euphonia (Blue-hooded Euphonia in Ridgeway) and through the morning we picked up Slaty Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, Large-footed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch. Close to the trail a Ruddy Treerunner moved along the branches and a Streak-breasted Treehunter moved out from a clay bank, perhaps making a nest. While returning we heard Silvery-throated Jay calling but they could not be persuaded to come into view.


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Panama – Chiriqui Highlands

Filed under: Birds,Panama — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 10:22 am
White-bellied Mountain-gem

White-bellied Mountain-gem

The Chiriqui Highlands are situated in Panama near the southern border of Costa Rica. They are the southern portion of the Endemic Bird Area (EBA) called the Costa Rica-Panama Highlands which stretches from just south of the Nicaraguan border in Costa Rica almost to the Panama Canal. It is comprised of mountains and foothills over 1,000 m. in elevation to the highest part of the mountains at 3,800 m. It includes both the Caribbean and Pacific slopes. There are 49 species of birds endemic to this area as well as many subspecies. A summary of these species follows:

Following is a list of the 49 species recognized as endemic to the Highlands of Costa Rica and Panama. Additionally there are a large number of subspecies found there. (Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Conservation (Birdlife Conservation)


Black Guan Black-breasted Wood-Quail Buff-fronted Quail-Dove
Chiriqui Quail-Dove Sulphur-winged Parakeet Red-fronted Parrotlet
Dusky Nightjar Fiery-throated Hummingbird Black-bellied Hummingbird
White-tailed Emerald Coppery-headed Emerald White-bellied Mountain-gem
Magenta-throated Woodstar Scintillant Hummingbird Volcano Hummingbird
Glow-throated Hummingbird Orange-bellied Trogon Prong-billed Barbet
Ruddy Treerunner Streak-breasted Treehunter Silvery-fronted Tapaculo
Bare-necked Umbrellabird Dark Pewee Ochraceous Pewee
Black-capped Flycatcher Golden-bellied Flycatcher Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher Ochraceous Wren Timberline Wren
Black-faced Solitaire Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush Sooty Robin
Volcano Junco Large-footed Finch Yellow-thighed Finch
Yellow-green Finch Peg-billed Finch Black-thighed Grosbeak
Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager Golden-browed Chlorophonia Spangle-cheeked Tanager
Slaty Flower-Piercer Flame-throated Warbler Collared Redstart
Collared Redstart Wrenthrush Yellow-winged Vireo
Silvery-throated Jay

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