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Best Time for visit (2nd-5th March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

The small town of Hato Chami is reached by a 2 hour truck ride on a truly awful road from the town of San Felix just off the Pan-American Highway. San Felix is easily reached by regular buses from David. There are basic rooms available in San Felix and super basic accommodation in Hato Chami. The rooms in San Felix cost $10 for a double ($15 with AC) and are round the corner from the Super Centro San Felix supermarket. Go down the hill and it's the 4th house on the left. Trucks leave from Supermercado Kevin which is a further 3km from the highway. They tend to leave when they fill up but usually go about 5:30, 7:00 and 10:30. Accross from where the trucks stop in Chami is a restaurant on a hill called 'Vision 2000'. They have cheap ($2) rooms and serve cheap food. The site for the Yellow-green finch is about 9km further up than Chami towards the town of Hacha. Most trucks to Chami continue onto Hacha. Ask to be dropped at 'La Torre', a radio mast. About 100m before this is a bend with good forest on both side where we saw Yellow-green finches easily. From Chami it is a 3 hour hike with good birding along the way. Glow-throated hummingbirds can be seen fairly easily between about 4 and 6km from Chami. I saw 60 species including 9 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Little Tinamou h Crypturellus soui
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  • Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus Seen San Felix to Hato Chami
  • Black-breasted Wood-Quail h Odontophorus leucolaemus
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • Ruddy Pigeon ? Patagioenas subvinacea
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Striped Cuckoo h Tapera naevia
  • Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Violet-headed Hummingbird ? Klais guimeti
  • Garden Emerald Chlorostilbon assimilis
  • White-tailed Emerald Elvira chionura
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Saucerottia edward
  • Purple-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis calolaema
  • Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae
  • Scintillant Hummingbird Selasphorus scintilla
  • Glow-throated Hummingbird Selasphorus ardens Endemic Vulnerable
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Prong-billed Barbet h Semnornis frantzii
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Barred Antshrike h Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Lesser Elaenia ? Elaenia chiriquensis
  • Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii
  • Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus Seen San Felix to Hato Chami
  • Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor Rare/Accidental Seen in San Felix
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Rufous-and-white Wren Thryothorus rufalbus
  • Plain Wren ? Thryothorus modestus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops
  • Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis
  • Black-chested Jay Cyanocorax affinis
  • Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus pileatus
  • Rosy Thrush-Tanager Rhodinocichla rosea
  • Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  • Crimson-backed Tanager Ramphocelus dimidiatus
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea
  • Yellow-green Finch Pselliophorus luteoviridis Endemic Vulnerable
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse