region (Barinas), (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (20th September, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a nice road to bird in the morning. I stayed in Barinitas which is a lot nicer than Barinas and much safer. There seems to be only 1 place to stay here, Hotel El Jardin. It's more like a motel and has about 100 rooms. A room cost me 20,000B. Barinitas has a few hot dog stands and an internet cafe. In the morning, a bus leaves the plaza for Altamira on the way up to another town. A good plan is to get off at the junction on the main road and walk down the hill towards Altamira. I saw some good flocks of tanagers and some nice hummingbirds along here. There are many other areas worth exploring in the Santa Domingo valley too. I saw 52 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida Recorded
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Recorded
  • Scaled Dove Columbina squammata
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Brown-throated Parakeet Aratinga pertinax Seen in Barinitas
  • Green-rumped Parrotlet Forpus passerinus
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  • Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata Seen in Barinitas
  • Pale-bellied Hermit Phaethornis anthophilus Possibly seen
  • Gray-chinned Hermit Phaethornis griseogularis
  • Blue-chinned Sapphire Chlorostilbon notatus Photographed?
  • Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • White-vented Plumeleteer Chalybura buffonii
  • Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri Possibly seen
  • Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus Possibly seen
  • Scaled Piculet Picumnus squamulatus
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos Photographed
  • Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer Heard only
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis Photographed
  • Scrub Greenlet Hylophilus flavipes Possibly seen
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
  • Gray-headed Tanager Eucometis penicillata
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus
  • Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
  • Gray Seedeater Sporophila intermedia
  • Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Seen in Barinitas
  • Pectoral Sparrow Arremon taciturnus
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Yellow-backed Oriole Icterus chrysater
  • Venezuelan Troupial Icterus icterus Seen in Barinitas
  • Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus Photographed

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse