Although Panama has long been known worldwide thanks to the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, its vast array of natural and cultural wonders have also been gaining attention in recent years.
Panama hosts a startling biodiversity, with more than 1,000 species of birds – more than the United States and Canada combined! This is because, despite its small size, Panama contains a wide variety of habitats, including moist tropical rainforests, high-elevation cloud forests, Caribbean coral reefs, Pacific mangrove wetlands, and dry tropical rainforests. Its narrow geography and mountain ranges further divide the country into several distinct regions which, in turn, host various highly localized species such as the Beautiful Treerunner (Margarornis bellulus) and Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno).
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From highland cloud forests, where mossy, epiphyte-laden trees grow through the fog, to lowland forests on both the Pacific and Caribbean slopes, this trip provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful birds in Central America. We'll visit world-famous places like La Amistad International Park and Baru Volcano National Park, which UNESCO declared a biosphere reserve due to their unique flora and fauna.
This trip provides opportunities to see the Resplendant Quetzal, considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world! There will also be opportunities for Wrenthrush, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, colorful hummingbirds, and much more.
Panama Canal Area
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On this trip we will visit world-renowned birding hotspots like Pipeline Road, Soberania and Chagres National Parks, Achiote Road, and the foothills of Cerro Azul as well as local mudflats and other wetlands.
We may discover mixed species flocks containing White-flanked, Checker-throated and Dot-winged Antwrens, Black-crowned Antshrike, Plain Xenops, Olivaceous Flatbill, and the nearly endemic Southern Bentbill. These areas also provide ample opportunities for foraging Black-chested Jays or Purple-throated Fruitcrows, as well as large insect predators like Black-breasted Puffbird and Great Jacamar. Searching the skies above could result in raptors like White Hawk, Bat Falcon, Black Hawk-eagle, or even a majestic King Vulture.
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Upon arriving in Panama, we will gradually make our way towards the end of the Pan-American Highway in the Darien Gap. Stopping at various birding hot spots where we can discover Rusty-winged Antwren, Orange-Crowned Oriole, Choco Syristes, Choco Elaenia, and the nearly endemic Black Oropendola.
The real highlight would be spotting the National Bird of the Republic of Panama: the Harpy Eagle.
Weather permitting we may even venture into the highland cloudforest which harbors endemics such as Tacarcuna Chlorospingus, Varied Solitaire, Beautiful Treerunner, among other highlights.
The For Conservation tour series are a joint venture between ADOPTA and Advantage Panama Tours, a registered tour operator with over 20 years of birdwatching experience.
Discover the birds of Panama while supporting local conservation efforts. – 100% of the profits from these tours are donated to ADOPTA to support rainforest conservation, scientific research, environmental education, and community development programs in the field.
For more details and pricing please contact us at: Discovery@AdoptaBosque.org