region (near Lethem), (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (10th-15th October, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This excellent birding location is located in the s of Guyana near the border with Brazil. From Boa Vista, the capital of Rotaima state, there are several buses to Bonfim, a town on the border with Guyana. These cost about 13R and take about 2hrs. Do not get off the bus at the terminal but instead stay on until the last stop which is the Brazilian immigration where you need to get an exit stamp. From there, it is a short walk to the river where you can get a boat accross for 3R. On the other side you can change Reais for Guyanese dollars (G$90 for R1) and take a taxi into town (G$500) or walk. The police station is not far from the river and here you get your entry stamp. I had a problem here as I told them I was probably staying 4 days and they stamped a 4 day visa into my passport. Make sure you give yourself enough time. Getting an extension later is difficult and the police are supremely unhelpful and on a power trip. You can then get the taxi (which you should have kept waiting for you) to drop you off at the airport where there is a food shop and internet cafe.

I stayed at Dadanawa Ranch, about 3 hours drive along very poor roads. Contact Justin Defreitas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about staying here. His father also runs river tours in the south of the country which look excellent if expensive. Contact Duane Defreitas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Some form of transport leaves for Dadanawa and the communities beyond most days. Any vehicle leaving town must pass the airport shop, so the best thing to do is sit of the wall outside and ask any vehicle heading out of town if they are going your way. Also ask Jeremy who runs the internet cafe for more info. Here I paid about G$2000 for a ride to Dadanawa Ranch. Hiring your own vehicle would be much, much more expensive.

Accommodation at Dadanawa is very comfortable and food filling but there is no electricity. There is a small lake towards the river where I saw Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Greater Ani and 3 species of kingfisher. The dry forest beyond had Flavescent Warbler, Fincsh's Euponia, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher and Slate-headed Tody-Tyrant. The river beyond this, which is also good for a dip, held Green-tailed Jacamar, Great Black-Hawk and Lesser and Least Nighthawks in the evening. Yellow-crowned Parrot, Red-bellied and Red-shouldered Macaws often fly over the houses and sometimes perch in the mango trees. Some small ponds on the other side of the house had a few waders and White-headed Marsh-Tyrant. I drove into the savanna with Justin and we saw King Vulture, Little Chachalaca and White-tailed Hawk. We also saw fox and Tayra. Sightings of Jaguar in the area are not uncommon. I saw 104 species including 12 lifers 

Species seen

  • Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus
  • Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Jabiru Jabiru mycteria photo'd
  • Buff-necked Ibis Theristicus caudatus
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa photo'd
  • Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens
  • Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
  • Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis photo'd
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris photo'd
  • White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus photo'd
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Little Chachalaca Ortalis motmot Recorded
  • Crested Bobwhite Colinus cristatus
  • Sungrebe Heliornis fulica
  • Sunbittern Eurypyga helias
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana photo'd
  • American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica photo'd
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
  • Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla photo'd
  • Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Red-bellied Macaw Orthopsittaca manilata Recorded
  • Red-shouldered Macaw Diopsittaca nobilis photo'd Recorded
  • Brown-throated Parakeet Aratinga pertinax Recorded
  • Yellow-crowned Parrot Amazona ochrocephala photo'd Recorded
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Greater Ani Crotophaga major
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani Recorded
  • Least Nighthawk Chordeiles pusillus
  • Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  • Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris
  • Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata
  • Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
  • White-tailed Goldenthroat Polytmus guainumbi
  • Glittering-throated Emerald Polyerata fimbriata Recorded
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus Recorded
  • Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana photo'd Recorded
  • Green-tailed Jacamar Galbula galbula Recorded
  • Red-billed Toucan Ramphastos tucanus
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus Recorded
  • Black-crested Antshrike Sakesphorus canadensis Recorded
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus photo'd Recorded
  • White-fringed Antwren Formicivora grisea Recorded
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Northern Scrub-Flycatcher Sublegatus arenarum
  • Slate-headed Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus sylvia Recorded
  • Fuscous Flycatcher Cnemotriccus fuscatus Recorded
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris photo'd Recorded
  • White-headed Marsh-Tyrant Arundinicola leucocephala photo'd
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus photo'd Recorded
  • Lesser Kiskadee Philohydor lictor
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Recorded
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua Recorded
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • White-throated Kingbird Tyrannus albogularis photo'd Recorded
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana photo'd
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer photo'd
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens
  • Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla Possibly seen
  • Bicolored Wren Campylorhynchus griseus
  • Buff-breasted Wren Thryothorus leucotis Recorded
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  • Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas
  • Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus nudigenis
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Lemon-chested Greenlet Hylophilus thoracicus
  • Flavescent Warbler Basileuterus flaveolus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola Recorded
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Finsch's Euphonia Euphonia finschi Recorded
  • Burnished-buff Tanager Tangara cayana
  • Plumbeous Seedeater Sporophila plumbea
  • Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch Emberizoides herbicola Possibly seen
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Recorded
  • Red-breasted Blackbird Sturnella militaris photo'd
  • Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Recorded
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Yellow Oriole Icterus nigrogularis

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse