Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (18th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This is a site very near the city of Ibague. From the centre you can take the number 50 bus (or a taxi) which will drop you at the end of the paved road. From here you walk up a gravel road past a few houses with gardens and scattered trees where you can see some common bird species. Highlights in this lower section were White-vented Plumeleteer, Slaty Spinetail and Black-bellied Wren (only heard). An overhead electric wire runs along the road. After this finishes (about an hour walking slowly), there is a nice shady area of forest where the road curves round past a little stream. Here we had Crested Ant-Tanager. After this, there is a final house on a bend where there are lots of flowers. The owners of this house put out bananas for tanagers. Just after this, you pass a curve with a bit of forest left above. Here I saw Tolima Dove flying past. There is little forest left here and deforestation is taking place at quite a rate. I also had this species further along in shady forest. About 20 minutes after this on the left hand side in some scrub I saw the endangered endemic Yellow-headed Brush-Finch. Another good spot is near the top where there is a very small football pitch next to a stream. Here we saw Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant and also found a dead juvenile antpitta (possibly rufous). Along the road, the endemic Blossomcrown has occasionally been seen. The president of ProAves, Alonso lives in Ibague and is a good source of information. I saw 74 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea Heard in Ibague
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Tolima Dove Leptotila conoveri Endemic Endangered
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana Heard only
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • White-vented Plumeleteer Chalybura buffonii
  • Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena
  • Crimson-rumped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus haematopygus Possibly seen
  • Spot-breasted Woodpecker Colaptes punctigula
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
  • Slaty Spinetail Synallaxis brachyura
  • Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens
  • Montane Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia striaticollis
  • Straight-billed Woodcreeper Dendroplex picus
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Bar-crested Antshrike Thamnophilus multistriatus
  • Checker-throated Antwren Myrmotherula fulviventris
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla Heard only
  • Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
  • Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
  • Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris
  • Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis Possibly seen
  • Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Black-bellied Wren Thryothorus fasciatoventris Heard only
  • Whiskered Wren Thryothorus mystacalis
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Heard only
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
  • Crested Ant-Tanager Habia cristata Endemic
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
  • Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Scrub Tanager Tangara vitriolina
  • Metallic-green Tanager Tangara labradorides Possibly seen
  • Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
  • Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
  • Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
  • White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Black-winged Saltator Saltator atripennis
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse