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Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (18th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This is a site very near the city of Ibague. From the centre you can take the number 50 bus (or a taxi) which will drop you at the end of the paved road. From here you walk up a gravel road past a few houses with gardens and scattered trees where you can see some common bird species. Highlights in this lower section were White-vented Plumeleteer, Slaty Spinetail and Black-bellied Wren (only heard). An overhead electric wire runs along the road. After this finishes (about an hour walking slowly), there is a nice shady area of forest where the road curves round past a little stream. Here we had Crested Ant-Tanager. After this, there is a final house on a bend where there are lots of flowers. The owners of this house put out bananas for tanagers. Just after this, you pass a curve with a bit of forest left above. Here I saw Tolima Dove flying past. There is little forest left here and deforestation is taking place at quite a rate. I also had this species further along in shady forest. About 20 minutes after this on the left hand side in some scrub I saw the endangered endemic Yellow-headed Brush-Finch. Another good spot is near the top where there is a very small football pitch next to a stream. Here we saw Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant and also found a dead juvenile antpitta (possibly rufous). Along the road, the endemic Blossomcrown has occasionally been seen. The president of ProAves, Alonso lives in Ibague and is a good source of information. I saw 74 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen 

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse