RIBERALTA (near) (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (22nd December, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This place is famous as only one of 2 sites in Bolivia for the rare Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant. It is fairly easy to get to on public transport. Take a bus towards Guayaramerin and tell the bus driver to let you off at San Lorenzo de Pampas, which he should know. If not, try saying Quime (a town 2km away from the turning) or km36. It is another 30 minutes after you pass a military camp. A bus left Riberalta at about 7am. You should get dropped off at a right turn accross from a grass-rooved shelter. On the bus before this, look left for a few buildings called 'Communidad El Hondo' then a sign on the right for 'Hacienda Mercedita'. When you get dropped off, take the right turning towards Quime. Ahead, there appears to be a locked gate. Take a turning to right which passes through grassland. The road passes a patch of forest to the right, about 500m after which I saw the pygmy-tyrants in longer bunches of grass next to the track. Listen for their distinctive, fluty 'pyup pyup' calls. White-bellied Parrots could be seen flying over earlier on and Black-faced Tanagers seemed fairly common along here. I saw 23 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens Heard only
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Possibly seen
  • White-bellied Parrot Pionites leucogaster
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • White-tailed Goldenthroat Polytmus guainumbi Possibly seen
  • White Woodpecker Melanerpes candidus Possibly heard
  • Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
  • Rusty-backed Antwren Formicivora rufa
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Small-billed Elaenia Elaenia parvirostris
  • Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus rufomarginatus Vulnerable Photographed
  • Gray Monjita Xolmis cinerea Photographed
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus Possibly seen
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius Photographed
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Black-faced Tanager Schistochlamys melanopis
  • Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch Emberizoides herbicola Photographed
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis Photographed
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse