near POTOSI (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (9th January, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Potosi was reached in an arduous 3 and a half hour bus ride from the town of Chinandega in north-west Nicaragua. The first bus left at 8am arriving at 11:30, too late for serious birding. My bird finding book said no accommodation was available in Potosi. This is true but a few kms before the town, there was an obvious sign for the Hostal Hacienda Cosiguina. This would make a good base for an earlier assent of the volcano. A trail led up from the bus stop in Potosi. It had several branches but I kept to the main one leading up hill. which took me up to about 250m altitude. A bus went back at 3pm giving me only 3 hours birding in the middle of the day. Inspite of this I saw a good range of species but not the Scarlet Macaw which supposedly has a remnant population here. During my walk on the lower slopes a man on horseback passed me carrying an air rifle and looked to be hunting, showing that there is no actual protection in this protected area. A morning here climbing to better quality forest should produce many more species. I saw 39 species including 3 lifers

Species seen

  • Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Crested Bobwhite Colinus cristatus
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  • Salvin's Emerald Chlorostilbon salvini
  • Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus
  • Hoffmann's Woodpecker Melanerpes hoffmannii
  • Least Flycatcher ? Empidonax minimus
  • Nutting's Flycatcher ? Myiarchus nuttingi
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  • Banded Wren Thryothorus pleurostictus
  • White-lored Gnatcatcher Polioptila albiloris
  • White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  • Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse