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Best Time for visit (15th-16th January, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Villa Tunari is a popular tourist town on the new highway between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. It is easily reached from either. Buses from Cochabamba leave from near the corner of Oquenda and 9 de Abril. It takes 4-5 hours (depending on the state of the road) and costs Bs 13. There are many places to stay and eat in town. The Guacharo entrance to the Carrasco National Park is fairly easy to reach. Take a municipal taxi from outside the market on the main road to Paractito (Bs3) a few kms along the road towards Cochabamba. From here take another communal taxi to San Rafael along the old road (Bs3). From the small village of San Rafael, it is about another short walk to a junction. Turn left here, cross over the bridge and walk along the river to the park entrance. It is signed 'Guacharos', the local name for the Oilbird which it is possible to see in caves inside the park. One must enter with a guide. I didn't bother as I had already seen it in Amboro NP. Before getting to the entrance, there is a small trail that cuts up the hill through forest. This is worth exploring and had Chestnut-tailed Antbird. Back at the junction, carry straight on along the road (This is the old Cochambamba-Chapare road). It passes by some patches of secondary forest which had Green Honeycreeper, Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant and Rufous-winged Antwren. After a few kms you come to a pink school on the left-hand side. You can continue straight along to the small town of Palmar above which Ashyv Antwren has been seen. Bolivian Recurvebill has also been seen along this road. I turned left at the school. The track continues up and up passing through some good birding areas. I saw Occelated Woodcreeper, Thick-billed Euphonia and Smoke-coloured Pewee in a clearing plus Grey-bellied Sabrewing and Moustached Wren on the way up. The trail appears to go on and on. The good birding was spoilt by the large number of mosquitos present. The dry season might be more pleasant. I saw 52 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
  • Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata
  • Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard only
  • Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla Heard only
  • Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana Heard only
  • White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus
  • Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius
  • Yellow-chevroned Parakeet Brotogeris chiriri
  • Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Gray-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis Possibly seen
  • Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus Possibly seen
  • Lettered Aracari Pteroglossus inscriptus
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
  • Red-billed Toucan Ramphastos tucanus
  • Ocellated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus ocellatus
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus Heard only
  • Rufous-winged Antwren Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus
  • Southern Chestnut-tailed Antbird Myrmeciza hemimelaena
  • Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant Hemitriccus flammulatus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
  • Moustached Wren Thryothorus genibarbis
  • Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Purplish Jay Cyanocorax cyanomelas
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum Possibly seen
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris Photographed
  • Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch Oryzoborus angolensis
  • Red-capped Cardinal Paroaria gularis
  • Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus
  • Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons
  • 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