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

Currasows, Chachalacas, Guans

Gray-headed Chachalaca
Gray-headed Chachalaca
Colombian Chachalaca
Colombian Chachalaca

Great Curassow
Great Currasow

Cormorants

Neotropical Cormorant
Neotropical Cormorant

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

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

Ibises, Spoonbills

Green Ibis
Green Ibis
White Ibis
White Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis

New World Vultures

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Black Vulture
King Vulture
King Vulture

Hawks, Kites, Eagles

Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Harris' Hawk
Harris’ Hawk
Chestnut-and-black Eagle
Chestnut-and-black Eagle
White Hawk
White Hawk
Common Black Hawk
Common Black Hawk

Rails, Crakes, Gallinules

White-throated Crake
White-throated Crake

Sunbittern

Sunbittern
Sunbittern

Plovers, Lapwings

Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Killdeer

Oystercatchers

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Stilts, Avocets

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt

Sandpipers, Allies

Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper

Pigeons, Doves

Scaled Pigeon
Scaled Pigeon
White-tipped Dove
White-tipped Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
Pale-vented Pigeon
Pale-vented Pigeon
Eared Dove
Eared Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Common Ground-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

Brown Violetear
Brown Violetear
Lesser Violetear
Lesser Violetear
Sparkling Violetear
Sparkling 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
Rufous-gaped Hillstar
Rufous-gaped Hillstar
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Long-billed Starthroat
Long-billed Starthroat
White-bellied Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar
Rufous-shafted Woodstar
Rufous-shafted Woodstar
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Purple-throated Woodstar
Purple-throated Woodstar
Andean Emerald
Andean Emerald
Crowned Woodnymph
Crowned Woodnymph
Steely-vented Hummingbird
Steely-vented Hummingbird
Violet-bellied Hummingbird
Violet-bellied Hummingbird
Blue-headed Sapphire
Blue-headed Sapphire

Trogons

Gartered Trogon
Gartered Trogon
Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon

Kingfishers

Amazon Kingfisher
Amazon Kingfisher

Jacamars

Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Puffbirds

White-whiskered Puffbird
White-whiskered Puffbird

New World Barbets

Red-headed Barbet
Red-headed Barbet

Toucan-Barbets

Toucan Barbet
Toucan Barbet

Toucans

Yellow-throated Toucan
Yellow-throated Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari

Woodpeckers

Olivaceous Piculet
Olivaceous Piculet
Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Falcons, Caracaras

Bat Falcon
Bat Falcon
Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon

Parrots

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

Typical Antbirds

Barred Antshrike
Barred Antshrike
Spotted Antbird
Spotted Antbird

Antpittas

Brown-banded Antpitta
Brown-banded Antpitta

Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers

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

Tyrant Flycatchers

Torrent Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee
Vermilion Flycatacher
Vermilion Flycatacher
Northern Scrub-Flycatcher
Northern Scrub-Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Social Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Cinammon Flycatcher
Cinammon Flycatcher
Tropical Pewee
Tropical Pewee
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

Manakins

Red-capped Manakin
Red-capped Manakin

Tityras, Becards, Allies

Black-crowned Tityra
Black-crowned Tityra

Swallows

Blue-and-white Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
Mangrove Swallow
Mangrove Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Wrens

House Wren
House Wren

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

Mockingbirds

Tropical Mockingbird
Tropical Mockingbird

Tanagers, Seedeaters, Allies

White-lined Tanager
White-lined Tanager
Golden-ringed Tanager
Golden-ringed Tanager
Crimson-backed Tanager
Crimson-backed Tanager
Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager
Lachrymose Mountain-Tanager
Flame-rumped Tanager
Flame-rumped 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
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Golden Tanager
Golden Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Shining Honeycreeper
Shining Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Black Flowerpiercer
Black Flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater
Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Blue-black Grassquit
Blue-black Grassquit
Bananaquit
Bananaquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Buff-throated Saltator
Buff-throated Saltator
Grayish Saltator
Grayish Saltator

Finches, New World Sparrows, Allies

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Black-striped Sparrow
Black-striped Sparrow
Phelps' Brush-Finch
Phelps’ Brush-Finch

Grosbeaks, Buntings, Allies

Hepatic Tanager
Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

New World Warblers

Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Buff-rumped Warbler
Buff-rumped Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Slate-throated Whitestart
Slate-throated Whitestart
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Golden-fronted Whitestart
Golden-fronted Whitestart

Blackbirds, Orioles

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Great-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark

Euphonias

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