GAMBOA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (15-16th March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This site is easily reached by public transport from Panama City. Orange buses leave hourly (?) from next to the Legislative Palace from 5:30 am. It takes 30 mins to an hour depending on traffic. The first bus is quite quick. From Gamboa. Keep walking straight along the road for a few hundred metres. Bear right at a bend in the road and then turn left onto a gravel track. The road only carries on for a short while after that anyway and ends in a barb-wire gate and security guards with guns. Turning left you will see a sign reading 'Camino del Oleoducto'. Follow the road around and you will come to the gate where someone may sell you a ticket ($3). I birded the pipeline road twice and only paid once. The road has great birding but the better forest is further along. I walked 6 kms along the first day and 10km the next seeing a few different species further along. I failed to see all my target species: Plumbeus Hawk, Great Curassow or Harpy Eagle. Another birder I met had seen a juvenile Harpy recently that had been reintroduced. I did however see an antswarm with Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Spotted, Ocellated & Bicolored Antbirds. I saw 114 species including 25 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Great Tinamou h Tinamus major
  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  • Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Gray-headed Chachalaca Ortalis cinereiceps
  • White-throated Crake h Laterallus albigularis
  • Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
  • Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
  • Short-billed Pigeon Patagioenas nigrirostris
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Blue Ground-Dove ? Claravis pretiosa
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Gray-chested Dove Leptotila cassini
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Mealy Parrot Amazona farinosa
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo Neomorphus geoffroyi
  • Band-rumped Swift ? Chaetura spinicaudus
  • Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
  • Western Long-tailed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris
  • Little Hermit
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
  • Violet-bellied Hummingbird Damophila julie
  • Black-throated Trogon Trogon rufus
  • Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii
  • Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum
  • Great Jacamar Jacamerops aureus
  • White-whiskered Puffbird Malacoptila panamensis
  • Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus
  • Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Cinnamon Woodpecker Celeus loricatus
  • Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
  • Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa
  • Long-tailed Woodcreeper Deconychura longicauda
  • Northern Barred-Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae
  • Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus
  • Black-striped Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus
  • Fasciated Antshrike Cymbilaimus lineatus
  • Western Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus atrinucha
  • Spot-crowned Antvireo Dysithamnus puncticeps
  • Pygmy Antwren Myrmotherula brachyura
  • Checker-throated Antwren Myrmotherula fulviventris
  • White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris
  • Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
  • Dusky Antbird Cercomacra tyrannina
  • White-bellied Antbird Myrmeciza longipes
  • Chestnut-backed Antbird Myrmeciza exsul
  • Bicolored Antbird Gymnopithys leucaspis
  • Spotted Antbird Hylophylax naevioides
  • Ocellated Antbird Phaenostictus mcleannani
  • Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis
  • Streak-chested Antpitta h Hylopezus perspicillatus
  • Purple-throated Fruitcrow Querula purpurata
  • Golden-collared Manakin Manacus vitellinus
  • Southern Bentbill Oncostoma olivaceum
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • Olivaceous Flatbill Rhynchocyclus olivaceus
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher ? Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  • Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher Terenotriccus erythrurus
  • Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
  • Sapayoa Sapayoa aenigma
  • Masked Tityra h Tityra semifasciata
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Barn Swallow ? Hirundo rustica
  • Bay Wren Thryothorus nigricapillus
  • White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  • Scaly-breasted Wren Microcerculus marginatus
  • Song Wren Cyphorhinus phaeocephalus
  • Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus Introduced
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
  • Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus
  • Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  • Yellow Warbler ? Dendroica petechia
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
  • Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
  • Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
  • Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
  • Gray-headed Tanager Eucometis penicillata
  • White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus
  • Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
  • Crimson-backed Tanager Ramphocelus dimidiatus
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Yellow-crowned Euphonia Euphonia luteicapilla
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Plain-colored Tanager Tangara inornata
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina
  • Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Scarlet-rumped Cacique Cacicus uropygialis
  • Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse