[Tweeters] Colombia bird report - long

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Wed Aug 18 21:22:51 PDT 2010


Hello Tweeters,

After further travels and then extended house guests, I've finally worked up a trip list from my weeks in Colombia. I spent most of my time on the Javeriana University campus on the south edge of Cali, and went on several cultural excursions on which I tried to record as many birds as possible under the circumstances: to Popayán, El Paraíso, Restrepo. Finally, on our last day, we were able to spend an entire day birding. This trip was arranged with international support! Jim Danzenbaker not only had been providing terrific ID help with some photos, but also contacted a colleague of his in Ecuador (with the Neblina Forest foundation), who contacted a colleague of his with the Calidris Foundation in Cali, who contacted us for the birding trip.

The trip was expertly led by biologist Richard Johnston (cc'd on this email in case you'd like to contact him about future trips or the Calidris Foundation) and included two sites: Chicoral (northwest of Cali, on the slope of the Western Cordillera) and Agua Salada (an oxbow of the Rio Cauca). We had originally planned to continue on to Sonso Lake, but we were having such a terrific experience at Agua Salada that we decided to spend longer there. Highlights of our time at Agua Salada were the elusive but stunning Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, a Cinnamon Teal with young (rare documentation of breeding), and a rare Capybara; photos on my Flickr site. (Of course, pretty much every bird was a highlight for me since they were almost all new!)

In addition to thanking Jim Danzenbaker, I also want to express my appreciation to Chuck Pell, who provided extremely helpful ID assistance from Seattle during my trip.

The list below includes species from all sites. A ? (check) mark by the entry means that I have a reasonable photo that's available on my Flickr site; a - beside the entry means I have a poorer photo that's adequate for ID but not much else. The photos are in my "Birds of Colombia" set on Flickr, in the same order as the list (I hope):

www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/sets/72157624276951814/

There are a few remaining photos that I haven't yet been able to ID, in my "Colombia - Mystery birds" set (www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/sets/72157624253542209/). As an enthusiastic amateur, I would welcome both new ID's and corrections to photos I've mis-identified.

I also want to say that I'm really grateful to the Tweeters community! I kept thinking of how much I was going to enjoy sharing these pictures with you all.

Cheers,
Trileigh

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Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
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**Birds encountered in Colombia, June 14-July 15, 2010**

TINAMIDAE
Little Tinamou
ARDEIDAE
Cocoi Heron
Snowy Egret
Great Egret ?
Cattle Egret ?
Striated Heron ?
Black-crowned Night Heron --
THRESKIORNITHIDAE
Bare-faced Ibis (Whispering Ibis) ?
Glossy Ibis ?-
PHOENICOPTERIDAE
Caribbean Flamingo ?
ANATIDAE
Fulvous Whistling-Duck ?
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck ?
Cinnamon Teal ?
CATHARTIDAE
Black Vulture ?
PANDIONIDAE
Osprey --
ACCIPITRIDAE
Snail Kite ?
Roadside Hawk ?
FALCONIDAE
Yellow-headed Caracara ?
ODONTOPHORIDAE
Crested Bobwhite
ARAMIDAE
Limpkin
RALLIDAE
Blackish Rail --
Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen ?
American Coot ?
Gray-breasted Crake
JACANIDAE
Wattled Jacana
CHARADRIIDAE
Southern Lapwing ?
COLUMBIDAE
Pale-vented Pigeon
Eared Dove ?
Ruddy Ground-Dove ?
PSITTACIDAE
Spectacled Parrotlet ?
Blue-headed Parrot --
Yellow-crowned Amazon ?
CUCULIDAE
Dwarf Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani ?
Striped Cuckoo
Great Ani
NYCTIBIIDAE
Common Potoo --
APOPIDAE
Chestnut-collared swift
TROCHILIDAE
White-necked Jacobin ?
Black-throated Mango ?
Ruby-topaz Hummingbird ?
Andean Emerald ?
Blue-tailed Emerald ?
Green-crowned Woodnymph
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird ?
Steely-vented Hummingbird ?
Speckled Hummingbird --
Fawn-breasted Brilliant ?
Bronzy Inca ?
Long-tailed Sylph
TROGONIDAE
Masked Trogon
ALCEDINIDAE
Ringed Kingfisher ?
MOMOTIDAE
Andean Motmot ?
RAMPHASTIDAE
Emerald Toucanet --
PICIDAE
Smoky-brown Woodpecker
Spot-breasted Woodpecker ?
Lineated Woodpecker ?
FURNARIIDAE
Azara's Spinetail
Pale-breasted Spinetail
Red-faced Spinetail
Montane Foliage-Gleaner
DENDROCOLAPTIDAE
Plain Xenops
Streak-headed Woodcreeper ?
THAMNOPHILIDAE
Uniform Antshrike --
Jet Antbird
TYRANNIDAE
Black-capped Tyrannulet
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Peruvian Tyrannulet
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Cinnamon Flycatcher ?
Vermilion Flycatcher ?
Great Kiskadee
Dusky-capped Flycatcher ?
Rusty-margined Flycatcher ?
Social Flycatcher ?
Golden-crowned Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird ?
COTINGIDAE
Green-and-black Fruiteater
TYTIRIDAE
Barred Becard
VIREONIDAE
Black-billed Peppershrike
Brown-capped Vireo
HIRUNDINIDAE
Blue-and-white Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow --
TROGLODYTIDAE
House Wren ?
Whiskered Wren
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren ?
Chestnut-breasted Wren
TURDIDAE
Andean Solitaire
Black-billed Thrush ?
COEREBIDAE
Bananaquit ?
THRAUPIDAE
Oleaginous Hemispingus
Hepatic Tanager ?
Flame-rumped Tanager ?
Blue-gray Tanager ?
Palm Tanager
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager ?
Purplish-mangled Tanager
Scrub Tanager ?
Beryl-spangled Tanager
Metallic-green Tanager ?
Saffron-crowned Tanager --
Golden Tanager --
Rusty Flowerpiercer
Ash-throated Bush-Tanager
EMBERIZIDAE
Rufous-collared Sparrow ?
Blue-black Grassquit
Gray Seedeater ?
Black-and-white Seedeater ?
Yellow-bellied Seedeater ?
White-naped Brush-Finch
Rusty Flowerpiercer
Saffron Finch ?
CARDINALIDAE
Streaked Saltator ?
Black-winged Saltator
PARULIDAE
Slate-throated Redstart ?
Russet-crowned Warbler
Three-striped Warbler --
ICTERIDAE
Yellow-hooded Cowbird -
Red-breasted Blackbird
Shiny Cowbird ?
Yellow Oriole
FRINGILLIDAE
Orange-billed Euphonia --
Blue-naped Chlorophonia
Yellow-faced Grassquit
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