QUINDIO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (14th-17th August, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

El Mirador is another PROAVES reserve. To get there, take a bus to Armenia and another one from there to Genova (1700m altitude) costing 5,500 pesos. From Genova it is about another 10km to the end of the road at a different place called Jardin (at 2,600m). This is best done by paying for a jeep to take you up (30,000 pesos). It takes about 50 minutes along a very bad road. With prior notice, the Guardaparque will meet you here and take you up to the house on horseback which takes about 2 hours. The house is basic but has some beds and even hydroelectric-powered lights. Meals are provided here and you can pay at the PROAVES office in Bogota (where your stay should be organized in advance). You will need a guide to show you round the reserve. The project manager called Querubin showed me around for 3 days and I got to see most of the species I was after. 

A trail goes up to the Paramo from the house and at the upper forest we were lucky enough for a group of 7 Rufous-faced Parakeets to fly into the tree next to us. This is supposedly a difficult species to see. We saw about 25 Fuertes Parakeets feeding less than 10m and a similar-sized group of Golden-plumed Parakeets from a clearing near a house called 'Brillante'. 

I saw 104 species including 10 lifers 
Species seen 

  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
  • Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • Carunculated Caracara Phalcoboenus carunculatus
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway Possibly seen
  • Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
  • Noble Snipe Gallinago nobilis Possibly seen
  • Andean Snipe Gallinago jamesoni
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata Seen near Genova
  • Rufous-fronted Parakeet Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons Endemic Endangered
  • Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptosittaca branickii Vulnerable
  • Indigo-winged Parrot Hapalopsittaca fuertesi Endemic Critically endangered
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus Seen near Genova
  • Speckle-faced (White-crowned) Parrot Pionus tumultuosus (seniloides)
  • Bronze-winged Parrot Pionus chalcopterus Possibly heard
  • Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Steely-vented Hummingbird Saucerottia saucerrottei Possibly seen near Genova
  • Buff-tailed Coronet Boissonneaua flavescens
  • Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
  • Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
  • Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
  • Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
  • Tourmaline Sunangel Heliangelus exortis
  • Black-thighed Puffleg Eriocnemis derbyi Near-threatened
  • Golden-breasted Puffleg Eriocnemis mosquera
  • Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
  • Purple-backed Thornbill Ramphomicron microrhynchum
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Viridian Metaltail Metallura williami
  • Rainbow-bearded Thornbill Chalcostigma herrani
  • Mountain Avocetbill Opisthoprora euryptera
  • Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca Near-threatened
  • Black-billed Mountain-Toucan Andigena nigrirostris Possibly heard
  • Andean Toucanet Aulacorhynchus albivitta
  • Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
  • Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla Heard only
  • Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis Heard only
  • Tawny Antpitta Grallaria quitensis Heard only
  • Ash-colored Tapaculo Myornis senilis Heard only
  • Blackish Tapaculo Scytalopus latrans Possibly heard
  • Long-tailed (Rufous-vented) Tapaculo Scytalopus (femoralis) micropterus Heard only
  • Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
  • Lesser Elaenia Elaenia chiriquensis
  • Black-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias nigrocapillus
  • White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Crowned Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca frontalis
  • Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
  • Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
  • Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
  • Rufous Wren Cinnycerthia unirufa
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Heard only
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  • Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Golden-fronted Redstart Myioborus ornatus
  • Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
  • Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
  • Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
  • Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
  • White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata Heard only
  • Superciliaried Hemispingus Hemispingus superciliaris
  • Black-headed Hemispingus Hemispingus verticalis
  • Flame-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus flammigerus
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus Seen in Genova
  • Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  • Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
  • Black-chested Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis eximia
  • Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus
  • Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
  • Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager Dubusia taeniata
  • Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
  • Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii
  • Black-backed Bush-Tanager Urothraupis stolzmanni
  • Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
  • Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
  • Glossy Flowerpiercer Diglossa lafresnayii
  • Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea
  • Pale-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes pallidinucha
  • Slaty Brush-Finch Atlapetes schistaceus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse