TAMBO & LIST (near Comarapa) 

SANTA CRUZ (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (10th & 12th January, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Tambo is easily reached from Comarapa (1,875m) where there are a number of places to stay and eat. I stayed at the Hotel Central (Bs20 for a single). Catch a communal taxi leaving from the gas station towards San Isidro (20km away) and get off at Tambo after about 16km. Turn left and walk along the edge of the school and past some houses before reaching some good cactus scrub n the hill to your left. I saw Spot-backed Puffbird and White-tailed kite here. You'll soon arrive at a small cow-farm (formerly a pig farm) where there is a fork. The right fork leads to a river which you can walk along. Bolivian Earthcreeper has been seen in the 'dry riverbed' here but the river was anything but dry. The left fork goes much further through a variety of habitats coming to a river which you would have to wade through to continue. This valley is quite birdy. Before reaching here a stream crosses the road and Saffron-billed Sparrow was seen here. It appears the Bolivian endemic Earthcreeper wasn't here as I failed to see it in 2 days of searching and found it easily elsewhere. Walking along the highway from the turn-off to Tambo back towards Comarapa was productive. I saw Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Baw-winged Hawk and many Scaly-naped Parrots (early in the morning). Communal taxis also leave the market to Pulquina Arriba up a turning 3-4km before Tambo. A track apparently continues up past a lake and into the Amboro NP. I saw 71 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus Photographed
  • Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Possibly seen
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard only
  • White-faced Dove Leptotila megalura
  • Blue-crowned Parakeet Aratinga acuticaudata Possibly seen Photographed
  • Gray-hooded Parakeet Psilopsiagon aymara
  • Yellow-chevroned Parakeet Brotogeris chiriri
  • Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria Possibly seen
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
  • Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris
  • White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster Seen near Comarapa
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys Photographed?
  • Spot-backed Puffbird Nystalus maculatus Photographed
  • White-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes cactorum
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros Photographed
  • Cream-backed Woodpecker Campephilus leucopogon
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
  • Stripe-crowned Spinetail Cranioleuca pyrrhophia
  • Spot-breasted Thornbird Phacellodomus maculipectus Possibly seen near Comarapa
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes angustirostris
  • Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens Photographed
  • White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila Photographed
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • White-bellied Tyrannulet Serpophaga munda Possibly seen Photographed
  • Southern Scrub-Flycatcher Sublegatus modestus Possibly seen
  • Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides Photographed
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus Possibly seen
  • Yellow-browed Tyrant Satrapa icterophrys
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Crowned Slaty Flycatcher Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris Photographed
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Masked Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis Seen near Comarapa
  • Black-faced Tanager Schistochlamys melanopis Possibly seen
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava Photographed
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis Photographed
  • Gray-crested Finch Lophospingus griseocristatus
  • Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch Poospiza nigrorufa Seen near Comarapa
  • Ringed Warbling-Finch Poospiza torquata
  • Black-capped Warbling-Finch Poospiza melanoleuca Photographed
  • Double-collared Seedeater Sporophila caerulescens Photographed
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis Seen near Comarapa
  • Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura Photographed
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Photographed
  • Saffron-billed Sparrow Arremon flavirostris
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris Photographed
  • Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris Photographed
  • Ultramarine Grosbeak Cyanocompsa brissonii
  • Bay-winged Cowbird Molothrus badius Photographed
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis Photographed
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse