SAN VITO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (21st February, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

The Wilson Botanical Gardens are 6km from the town of San Vito, near the Panamanian border. They are easily reached by bus and there is a good choice of cheap accomodation. We stayed in the Hotel Musuco which was 2000 colones per person. The gardens officially open at 8am but it is possible to enter a little earlier. It may also be possible to stay here. Entry to the gardens costs $6. Birding was quite good but I didn't see my target species, the Turquoise Cotinga. I saw 67 species including 5 lifers.

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Species seen 

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Marbled Wood-Quail Odontophorus gujanensis
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Short-billed Pigeon h Patagioenas nigrirostris
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Gray-chested Dove Leptotila cassini
  • Crimson-fronted Parakeet ? Aratinga finschi
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
  • Scaly-breasted Hummingbird Phaeochroa cuvierii
  • Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • Charming Hummingbird Polyerata decora
  • Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
  • White-ruffed Manakin Corapipo altera
  • Lesser Elaenia ? Elaenia chiriquensis
  • Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
  • Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  • Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  • Rufous-breasted Wren Thryothorus rutilus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  • Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata
  • Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta
  • Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Black-striped Sparrow Arremonops conirostris
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse