Nature Notes

January 10, 2013

Venezuela-Henry Pittier National Park

Filed under: Birds,Venezuela — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am


Henry Pittier National Park is one of the top birding spots in the world. A huge park accessible by two roads through it, it provides for a wide range of elevation changes and habitants ranging from cloud forest to near desert conditions near the sea.

It is home to a vast array of bird species as well as other interesting creatures.On my first day I started up the eastern main road at dawn from Maracay, stopping at different elevations at convenient turnoffs from the road. feeding parties could be found moving through the trees, well represented by Tanagers and accompanied by other families, Woodcreepers , Antbirds , Flycatchers . A steady stream of Black and Turkey Vultures soared along the ridges joined by other raptors, like the look-a-like Zone-tailed Hawk.


As the road started down the north-facing slope, the minimal traffic slowed to a stop as a Three Toed Sloth slowly crawled across the road. About half way down the land became cultivated but still home to many interesting species. It became hotter and drier as I got closer to the sea,and when I reached the sea at the small dusty town of Ocumare, the conditions were desert-like. Expect to see Magnificent Frigatebird , Black-striped and Rufous-collared Sparrow , and Shiny Cowbird .

Some species to be found are Brown Booby , Rufous Nightjar , Crimson-crested Woodpecker , Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner , Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager , Thick-billed Euphonia , Bay-headed Tanager , Green Honeycreeper , Swallow-Tanager , Yellow-rumped Cacique , and Crested Oropendola .

The road through the western fork is also quite productive, if a little more precarious. This narrow mountain road can be heart-stopping when you meet a bus from the other direction.

Rufous-collared Sparrow

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  1. Great photos Harold as always.

    Comment by Antonio Salvadori — January 10, 2013 @ 7:11 am

  2. Thanks Antonio.

    It’s great to hear from you.


    Comment by Harold — January 10, 2013 @ 8:13 am

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