birdwatching in Panama
Text and photos by Canadian wildlife photographers M.-F. and D. Rivard.
In November 2019, we had a stop-over in Panama en route to Colombia for a short birdwatching tour. We flew from Montreal to Panama City and then went by car to Canopy Lodge located at El Valle de Antón in Coclé Province. We found that this is a good to way to break a trip to South America, as Panama City is a central hub for flights connecting incoming flights from North America to many South American cities. With close to 1000 species of birds, Panama has much to offer to the birdwatchers. This was our third visit to Panama for birdwatching.
From the lodge, we visited a number of birdwatching locations with a local guide, including Cara Iguana, Tranquilla, Carretera a Juan Hombrón, Camino a Las Minas, Camino Mata Ahogados - Altos del María, Rio Indio and Jordanal. It was our second stay at this lodge and we were not disappointed as a rich variety of bird species can be found at close proximity. Over a period of four days, we saw 190 species of birds and were able to photograph a number of them. An account of our other trips to Panama is provided in "Birdwatching in Panama During the Wet Season" and "Birds of the Darien Province, Panama".
Lance-tailed manakin - Manakin lancéolé
Golden-collared manakin - Manakin à col d'or
Spot-crowned barbet - Cabézon à calotte tachetée
Buff-throated saltator - Saltator des grands-bois
Bay wren - Troglodyte à calotte noire
Bright-rumped attila - Attila à croupion jaune
Rufous-browed peppershrike - Sourciroux mélodieux
Barred puffbird - Tamatia barré
Tawny-capped Euphonia - Organiste à couronne rousse
Dusky-capped flycatcher - Tyran olivâtre
Common tody-flycatcher - Todirostre familier
Rose-throated becard - Bécarde à gorge rose
Cinnamon becard - Bécarde cannelle
Black-chested jay - Geai à poitrine noire
Broad-billed motmot - Motmot à bec large
Gray-cowled wood-rail - Râle de Cayenne
Green honeycreeper - Tangara émeraude
Blue-gray tanager - Tangara évêque
Summer tanager - Piranga vermillon
Rufous-capped warbler - Paruline à calotte rousse
Snowy-bellied hummingbird - Ariane d'Edward
Bat falcon - Faucon des chauves-souris
Angehr George r. and Robert Dean. 2010. The birds of Panama - A field guide. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London. 456 pp.