BOGOTA (Compass)

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


Birding Site Guide

This parl is within the city limits of Bogota and is the most reliable site for the endangered Bogota Rail. The park is popular for BBQs, football and the like, but there are also some wetland areas remaining although they are underthreat. The park can be accessed easily by car along Calle 80. Many people take taxis there although buses also pass by the entrance. Once in the park, look for a big, white, metal bridge accross the river. There are a few remaining reeds on the river itself where I saw Yellow-hooded Blackbird. Once over the bridge turn left immediately and walk alongside the reedbeds. You'll need to climb over a fence. There are cows in here and many of the reeds have already been eaten. The Bogota Rail is quite responsive to play-back. I found a good spot where you can walk into an area surrounded by reeds where I managed to call one out. I saw 16 species including 3 lifers.

Species seen 

  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Bogota Rail Rallus semiplumbeus Endangered
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans Heard only
  • Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-hooded Blackbird Chrysomus icterocephalus
  • Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Andean Siskin Carduelis spinescens

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse