Colombia Birding with Audubon of Southwest Florida November 1-9, 2019
(does not include airfare)
With over 1,900 avian species—more than any other country in the world—Colombia is a birder’s paradise waiting to be discovered. This 9-day program focuses on the highlights of the Central Andes region, famed for its high level of species diversity, including the Rio Claro Natural Reserve, Nevado del Ruiz, Rio Blanco Reserve, and Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Explore high elevation mountains, humid tropical forest, páramo, wetlands, and highland savanna habitats in search of an array of tropical avifauna, including flycatchers, hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans, and more. Throughout your journey, meet members of the local community and learn about conservation efforts to use birding as a sustainable development resource.
• Seek out a variety of Colombia’s rare and endemic species, such as the Red-bellied Grackle, Whitemantled Barbet, Magdalena Antbird, and Buffy Helmetcrest.
• Go birding in the humid tropical forest of Rio Claro Reserve, where approximately 350 avian species have been recorded.
• Enjoy impressive views of the Nevado del Ruíz Volcano while exploring high-elevation páramo habitat, with the possibility of seeing the Andean Condor.
• Watch the antpitta feeders in Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, which draw mixed flocks in high numbers.
• Hike the forest paths of Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary by night for the chance to see a variety of owls, including the endemic Colombian Screech-Owl.