Birds of Colombia

In 2017, I started what could transform into a lifelong birdwatching hobby in Costa Rica. Pretty soon I was amazed by the incredibly diverse that our country is in terms of birdlife. We have more than 900 species that have been registered, and we continue to register new ones every year. Then the guides at Fundación de Rapaces de Costa Rica talked about a trip to Colombia, which has more than double in term of species count. I knew I had to sign up.

January 2018 was the date for the trip, and it was amazing. The diversity is incredible, specially when talking about hummingbirds and tanagers, but even Toucans and Antpittas are composed of lots of species, and the level of endemism (meaning found only in a single country or region) is unique. In one week, we traveled through Pereira, Manizales and Cali, looking for the most rare birds, and we found them. This is the collection where I showcase the birds that I could photograph during the trip.

Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Torrent Duck
Torrent Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler

Currasows, Chachalacas, Guans

Colombian Chachalaca
Colombian Chachalaca

Great Currasow
Great Currasow

Pelicans

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Ibises, Spoonbills

Bare-faced Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis

New World Vultures

Black Vulture
Black Vulture
King Vulture
King Vulture

Hawks, Kites, Eagles

Chestnut-and-black Eagle
Chestnut-and-black Eagle
Double-toothed Kite
Double-toothed Kite
Harris' Hawk
Harris’ Hawk

Plovers, Lapwings

Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing

Sandpipers, Allies

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Pigeons, Doves

White-tipped Dove
White-tipped Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
Eared Dove
Eared Dove
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove

Cuckoos

Groove-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani

Owls

Black-and-white Owl
Black-and-white Owl

Hummingbirds

White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin
Brown Violetear
Brown Violetear
Green Violetear
Green Violetear
Tourmaline Sunangel
Tourmaline Sunangel
Green Thorntail
Green Thorntail
Long-tailed Sylph
Long-tailed Sylph
Violet-tailed Sylph
Violet-tailed Sylph
Buffy Helmetcrest
Buffy Helmetcrest
Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail
Golden-breasted Puffleg
Golden-breasted Puffleg
Shining Sunbeam
Shining Sunbeam
Collared Inca
Collared Inca
Great Sapphirewing
Great Sapphirewing
Buff-tailed Coronet
Buff-tailed Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet
Booted Racket-tail
Booted Racket-tail
White-tailed Hillstar
White-tailed Hillstar
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
White-bellied Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar
Rufous-shafted Woodstar
Rufous-shafted Woodstar
Purple-throated Woodstar
Purple-throated Woodstar
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Andean Emerald
Andean Emerald
Steely-vented Hummingbird
Steely-vented Hummingbird
Violet-bellied Hummingbird
Violet-bellied Hummingbird
Blue-headed Sapphire
Blue-headed Sapphire

Trogons

Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon

Motmots

Broad-billed Motmot
Broad-billed Motmot

New World Barbets

Red-headed Barbet
Red-headed Barbet

Toucan-Barbets

Toucan Barbet
Toucan Barbet

Toucans

Black-mandibled Toucan
Black-mandibled Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari

Woodpeckers

Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Falcons, Caracaras

Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon

Parrots

Brown-hooded Parrot
Brown-hooded Parrot
Spectacled Parrotlet
Spectacled Parrotlet
Great Green Macaw
Great Green Macaw

Antpittas

Brown-banded Antpitta
Brown-banded Antpitta

Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers

Streaked Xenops
Streaked Xenops
White-browed Spinetail
White-browed Spinetail

Tyrant Flycatchers

Cinammon Flycatcher
Cinammon Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Vermillion Flycatcher
Vermillion Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird

Cotingas

Green-and-black Fruiteater
Green-and-black Fruiteater
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow

Tityras, Becards, Allies

Black-crowned Tityra
Black-crowned Tityra

Swallows

Mangrove Swallow
Mangrove Swallow

Dippers

White-capped Dipper
White-capped Dipper

Thrushes, Allies

Clay-colored Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
Great Thrush
Great Thrush
Glossy-black Thrush
Glossy-black Thrush

Tanagers, Seedeaters, Allies

Silver-beaked Tanager
Silver-beaked Tanager
Flame-rumped Tanager
Flame-rumped Tanager
 Gold-ringed Tanager
Gold-ringed Tanager
Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager
Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
Purplish-mantled Tanager
Purplish-mantled Tanager
Multicolored Tanager
Multicolored Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Palm Tanager
 Golden-naped Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager
Scrub Tanager
Scrub Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Golden Tanager
Golden Tanager
Shining Honeycreeper
Shining Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Black Flowerpiercer
Black Flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch
Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Bananaquit
Bananaquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Black-headed Saltator
Black-headed Saltator

Finches, New World Sparrows, Allies

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Phelp's Brush-Finch
Phelps’ Brush-Finch

Grosbeaks, Buntings, Allies

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

New World Warblers

Slate-throated Whitestart
Slate-throated Whitestart
Golden-fronted Whitestart
Golden-fronted Whitestart

Blackbirds, Orioles

Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Euphonias

Velvet-fronted Euphonia
Velvet-fronted Euphonia
Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia
Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia