TOCUMEN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (20th & 22nd March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This area was also easily reached by public transport from Panama City. Take any Tocumen bus (25c) and get off at the Riande Airport Hotel a couple of kms before the International Airport. Cross the road and walk through the car park exiting onto the Interamericana heading north towards Chepo. Take any bus along here (25c). After about 7km you get to a junction with a traffic police station just past a gas station. Get off here and wait at the left turn for a minibus with Cerro Azul written on the front. It takes about 45 minutes to the last stop from where it is about a further 6km to the radio antenna at the top of Cerro Jefe. There was good birding between Tocumen and Cerro Azul and from the last stop upwards. The top of Cerro Jefe was very quiet though. Another good birding area I didn't visit was before the last stop along a road called Nubes. Russet-crowned Quail-Dove has been recorded from Cerro Jefe but I failed to see it. I also failed to see the endemic Tacarcuna Bush-Tanager which is found on Cerro Azul/Jefe. I saw 62 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
  • Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Scaled Pigeon Patagioenas speciosa
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Yellow-crowned Parrot Amazona ochrocephala Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
  • Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • Violet-bellied Hummingbird Damophila julie
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Saucerottia edward
  • Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Lesser Elaenia Elaenia chiriquensis
  • Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
  • Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Plain Wren Thryothorus modestus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Scrub Greenlet Hylophilus flavipes
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Crimson-backed Tanager Ramphocelus dimidiatus
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Fulvous-vented Euphonia Euphonia fulvicrissa
  • Plain-colored Tanager Tangara inornata
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Black-striped Sparrow Arremonops conirostris
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe
  • Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria Seen Tocumen-Cerro Jefe

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse