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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (February, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is an incredible reserve set up to protect the little remaining habitat for the Jocotoco Antpitta discovered by Ridgely and others in 1997/8. I was lucky enough to be there at the same time as some founding members of the Jocotoco Foundation including Ridgely Himself. The bird can be heard easily along the Jocotoco trail and seen with a little more difficulty. Playback is useful although the bird is fairly easy to immitate. Orange-banded Flycatcher was seen along the beginning of this trail. There are feeders around Casa Simpson where you stay (with Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Collared Inca, White-bellied Woodstar and Long-tailed Sylph) and an area good for mixed flocks further down the main road. Many species of antpitta and tapaculo can be heard in the area. I saw 82 species including 23 lifers 

Species seen

  • Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  • Sickle-winged Guan Chamaepetes goudotii
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Seen on way to reserve
  • White-throated Quail-Dove Geotrygon frenata Heard only
  • Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptosittaca branickii Vulnerable Heard only
  • Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
  • White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides
  • Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus
  • Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii Photographed
  • Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena
  • Collared Inca Coeligena torquata Photographed
  • Little (Flame-throated) Sunangel Heliangelus micraster Photographed
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi Photographed
  • Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis Photographed
  • Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps Heard only
  • Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca Near-threatened
  • Andean Toucanet Aulacorhynchus albivitta
  • Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
  • Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
  • Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa Heard only
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Heard only
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  • Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
  • Barred Antthrush Chamaeza mollissima Heard only
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla Heard only
  • Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis Heard only
  • Jocotoco Antpitta Grallaria ridgelyi Endemic Endangered
  • White-bellied Antpitta Grallaria hypoleuca Heard only
  • Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula Possibly heard
  • Slate-crowned Antpitta Grallaricula nana Heard only
  • Ash-colored Tapaculo Myornis senilis Heard only
  • Long-tailed Tapaculo Scytalopus micropterus Heard only
  • White-crowned Tapaculo Scytalopus atratus Heard only
  • Chusquea Tapaculo Scytalopus parkeri Endemic Heard only
  • Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii
  • Dusky Piha Lipaugus fuscocinereus
  • Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps
  • Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet Mecocerculus minor Heard only
  • White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
  • Orange-banded Flycatcher Myiophobus lintoni Near-threatened
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus Heard only
  • Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
  • Smoky Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fumigatus Photographed
  • Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Pale-footed Swallow Notiochelidon flavipes
  • Rufous Wren Cinnycerthia unirufa
  • Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys Heard only
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis Heard only
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys Heard only
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Heard only
  • Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  • Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  • Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
  • Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
  • Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii Heard only
  • Short-billed Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus parvirostris
  • Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager Cnemoscopus rubrirostris
  • Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus
  • Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
  • Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus
  • Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
  • Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus
  • Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala
  • Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii
  • Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix
  • Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
  • Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis
  • Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea Heard only
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
  • Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus Heard only
  • Mountain Cacique Cacicus chrysonotus
  • Olivaceous Siskin Carduelis olivacea

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse