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Bird Watching in Panama

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Bird Watching in Panama

Bird Watching

Panama is certainly one of the best destinations in the world for bird watching. Panama is ranked in the top 25 countries for bird watching, with over 970 species. Because of its small size, Panama is more accessible to exotic birds and species that larger countries can’t always provide.

The geographic diversity with two distinct coastlines, Pacific and Caribbean, lush rainforests crisscrossed by rivers flowing from the mountainous continental divide, Panama offers a habitat to some of the most beautiful and rare birds in the world.

For most visitors, whether an avid birdwatcher, or a casual observer who wants to enjoy a gorgeous rainforest hike, Panama is a rare destination that can offer some amazing experiences.

Birds that can be spotted include:

  • Resplendent Quetzals, one of the most beautiful birds in the Americas, with iridescent green and red feathers, with tales up to a meter long.

  • Bare-necked Umbrellabirds in the cloud forests

  • Three-wattle Bellbirds high in the national parks

  • Pelicans or Frigate birds near the islands

  • Toucans in the jungle

  • Larks in the mountain cliffs

  • Vultures guarding the fish markets

  • Sandpipers along the surf

  • Roadside Hawks near the farm roads

  • Harpy Eagles, the national bird, in the Darien jungles

  • Macaws flying through the jungle

  • Killdeer out on the golf courses

  • Oropendolas in their solitary trees

Birding in the Chiriqui Highlands

Western Panama and the Chiriqui Highlands afford birders some of the desired sightings, including the Bare-necked Umbrellabird, the Three-wattle Bellbird, and of course the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the rarest and most beautiful in the Americas.

The area can be reached via the Pan American Highway, or a 45 minute Air Panama flight from Panama City to the city of David, and then head up to Boquete, at the base of the tallest mountains in Panama, and the Volcan Baru National Park.

Year-round, but particularly from December to May, the guides virtually guarantee a Quetzal sighting in an “Aguacatilla” tree on which group the colorful bird’s favorite fruit. Most of the trails in this area lead into the Amistad International Park (shared with Costa Rica), where more than 500 species of tropical birds can be sighted.

Other Birds near Boquete, Chiriqui:

  • Emerald Toucanette

  • Ivory-Billed Aracari

  • Turquoise Cotinga

  • Green Honeycreeper

  • Golden-Browed Chlorophonia

  • Collared Redstart

  • Striped-tailed Hummingbird

  • Yellow-thighed Finch

  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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