Neblina Forest Birding Tours

The Proaves Reserves

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The Proaves Reserves Tour

The leading conservationist group in Colombia PROAVES had purchased and protected nearly 20,000 hectares (nearly 45,600 acres) saving and restoring habitat for some of the most endangered bird species throughout Colombia The 16 protected areas represent the only alternative for the survival of many range restricted species. Most of the reserves are far apart from each other and long and strenuous traveling hours will be needed to visit them. All this effort will be rewarded by giving us the chance to see and enjoy some of the most endangered Colombia's bird species while supporting their conservation.

Recurve-billed Bushbird Reserve (Reserva Hormiguero de Torcorama) Pre Trip

Day 1.

After a late afternoon arrival in Bogotá we will be transferred to our Hotel in Bogotá.

Day 2. Early morning birding La Florida marshes near Bogota to catch our morning flight to Bucaramanaga and transferring to the small city of Ocaña.

After an early morning and before our flight to the city of Bucaramanga we will take a short drive to the La Florida marshes in route to the airport where we will have a great opportunity to look for Noble Snipe, the endemics Bogota Rail and Silvery-throated Spinetail and the nearly endemic Rufous-browed Conebill. Once we arrive to Bucaramanga we will drive to Ocaña to check in at our hotel. This afternoon we will have our first visit to the Hormiguero de Torcorama Reserve. Night in Ocaña.

Day 3. Early morning drive north of Ocaña to search for the Perijá Parakeet and birding return to Ocaña for the night.

Weather and road conditions permitting we will take a four wheel drive vehicle drive northwest of Ocaña in search for the endemic and rare Perijá Parakeet Pyrrhura caeruleiceps. The Perija Parakeet population is estimated to be between 30 to 50 individual birds. It will take us almost 3 hours to get to the site in order to be able to look for the bird therefore this day will be only included in the Pre Trip for people that is particularly king on seeing this species. The ProAves reserve staff discovered the site of a roost for a group of six individuals of the Perija Parakeet and accounting with the fact that we get to the site and a proper time during the day will warrant we will find this species listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Night in Ocaña.

Day 4. Early morning drive to the Reserva Hormiguero de Torcoroma (Recurve-billed Bushbird Reserve) for the morning and afternoon drive to Reinita Cielo Azul.

A mere 20minutes drive will have us in the small 80 hectare reserve where we will be looking for the ultra rare Recurve-billed Bushbird, other birds might include Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Short-tailed Emerald, Stripe-breasted Spinetail, Speckled Tanager, Bare-eyed and Chestnut-bellied Thrushes, Gray-throated Warbler and Moustached Brush-Finch. The Bushbird prefers the dense Bamboo stands and we will be looking for it mainly inside forest; after lunch we will head to the city of Bucaramanaga for the night. END OF THE PRETRIP.

Day 5.

Morning pick up for participants of the main trip and drive to San Vicente de Chuqurí and Reinita Cielo Azul Reserve (Cerulean Warbler Reserve). Night Reinita Cielo Azul Lodge.

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