LARA (Sanare), (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W 14,580ha, 500-2300m, humid and wet premontane and montane forests 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (21st-22nd September, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This national park is accessed from the small town of Sanare. Sanare is reached from Barquisemeto. Buses leave irregularly from this dangerous city. I was told it is dangerous even inside the terminal although I didn't find it too bad. I was told a bus left for Sanare at 6pm but it finally left at 6:30 and took about an hour and a half. Sanare has a hotel charging 30,000B. I found a slightly cheaper Posada for 25,000B. There are a few shops and hot dog stands around and even internet. There is no public transport to the national park. You have to hitch, or hire a taxi. The taxi driver quoted me 20,000. It's about 30 minutes to get there; maybe about 15km. From the plaza follow the signs to El Blanquito. If you are hitching, find the stop after the last junction and try to flag down a car. I got a ride as far as the junction for Caspo. Here the forest starts and good birding. Just after here in the morning I saw a flock of Blood-eared Parakeets. A little further on is a sign reading 'La Cima'. Here is an only derelict building where I saw Long-tailed sylph feeding on flowers in the garden. The run goes up and down a couple of times, and after the last pass look out for a small grass-covered lay-by on a right turn just before a hairpin left turn. The forest there (around 1,900m) supposedly has Great Antpitta although I was unable to find them. Further down at 1,800m I had Band-tailed Guan, at 1,740m Scaled Fruiteater in a mixed flock and 1,620m Red-headed Barbet. The road continues down and there is a turning for A small lake called 'El Blanquito. Here I had Caribbean Coot and Rusty-flanked Crake. The latter is responsive to Playback. I had good views by cutting down to the lakes far edge from the entrance road and using playback at a little boggy area behind the long grass. I saw 101 species including 13 lifers.

Species seen

  • Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
  • Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Photographed
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima Photographed
  • Rufous-vented Chachalaca Ortalis ruficauda
  • Band-tailed Guan Penelope argyrotis Photographed
  • Rusty-flanked Crake Laterallus levraudi Endemic Endangered
  • Caribbean Coot Fulica caribaea Near-threatened Photographed Recorded
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Scaled Dove Columbina squammata
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri Photographed Recorded
  • Red(Blood)-eared Parakeet Pyrrhura hoematotis Endemic
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila Possibly seen
  • Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris
  • Green-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon alice Endemic Photographed
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  • Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii Heard only
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
  • Rufous-shafted Woodstar Chaetocercus jourdanii Photographed Recorded
  • Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
  • Masked Trogon Trogon personatus Photographed
  • Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierii
  • Scaled Piculet Picumnus squamulatus
  • Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
  • Stripe-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis cinnamomea Possibly seen
  • Crested Spinetail Cranioleuca subcristata
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Montane Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia striaticollis
  • Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus Photographed
  • Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa Photographed Recorded
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis
  • Immaculate Antbird Myrmeciza immaculata Photographed Recorded
  • (Merida Tapaculo) (Scytalopus meridanus) Endemic Recorded
  • Scaled Fruiteater Ampelioides tschudii
  • Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
  • Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus Heard only Recorded
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Chestnut-crowned Becard Pachyramphus castaneus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Scaly-breasted Wren Microcerculus marginatus Possibly heard
  • Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Heard only
  • Yellow-legged Thrush Platycichla flavipes
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  • Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Photographed
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Fulvous-headed Tanager Thlypopsis fulviceps
  • Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Golden Tanager Tangara arthus Photographed
  • Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala
  • Speckled Tanager Tangara guttata
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Burnished-buff Tanager Tangara cayana
  • Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
  • Black-capped Tanager Tangara heinei
  • Black-headed Tanager Tangara cyanoptera
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Seen in Sanare
  • Ochre-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes semirufus Possibly seen
  • Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinucha
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  • Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris
  • Yellow-backed Oriole Icterus chrysater Recorded
  • Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons Photographed Recorded
  • Oriole Blackbird Gymnomystax mexicanus Photographed
  • Yellow-bellied Siskin Carduelis xanthogastra

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse