RIBERALTA (near) (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (23rd December, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

There appeaars to be no public transport here. I took a bike taxi from Riberalta (Bs30 - overcharged?) which took about 40mins. The guy hadn't heard of Antofagasta but knew Warnes, another small town on the way. Once on the track, continue straight on to Antofagasta instead of turning off left to Warnes. I asked the guy to come back to pick me up but he wasn't keen. I was lucky enough to get a ride back with a twice-weekly Brazil nut truck. It would be a long walk back. Very few vehicles seem to pass this road. Once at the few buildings in Antofagasta, you can continue on along the same track and explore the various side trails. Straight on goes to a river. A left fork passes through some good forest. This area merits several days birding. I only had 1 day. I saw 40 species including 9 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui Heard only
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
  • Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
  • Tiny Hawk Accipiter superciliosus Possibly seen
  • Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis Possibly seen
  • Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata Heard only
  • Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Possibly seen
  • Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
  • White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus Possibly seen
  • Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis seen
  • Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
  • Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber Possibly seen
  • Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata Possibly seen
  • White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda
  • Pied Puffbird Notharchus tectus Photographed
  • Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa Photographed
  • White-browed Antbird Myrmoborus leucophrys
  • Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis cantator
  • Purple-throated Fruitcrow Querula purpurata
  • Red-headed Manakin Pipra rubrocapilla
  • White-bellied Tody Hemitriccus griseipectus
  • Long-tailed Tyrant Tyrant Colonia colonus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Moustached Wren Thryothorus genibarbis
  • Red-billed Pied Tanager Lamprospiza melanoleuca Possibly seen
  • White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus Possibly seen
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse