Search for Santa Marta endemics and other avian jewels of Colombia’s birdy Caribbean Coast on this 9-day Venture.
With nearly 2,000 bird species recorded within its boundaries, Colombia is home to more birds than any other country in the world. Due to its location in northern South America as well as its complex geography, the country contains several key zones of endemism, each with its own unique selection of avian treasures. Once such area is the Santa Marta Mountain range, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, home to 26 species of endemic birds.
Our 9-day trip begins along the Caribbean coast just west of Barranquilla, where patches of pristine mangrove swamps provide important refuge for an enormous diversity of migrating birds throughout the year. We will look for American Flamingos at nearby Flamencos National Park, which also contains dry forest as well as coastal wetlands. At Tayrona Forest we search for the critically endangered and endemic Blue-billed Curassow, and in the shrublands of the Guajira Peninsula, we should find the southernmost species of the Cardinalis genus, the Vermilion Cardinal. We then head up into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta where we will spend the rest of our trip. Avian biodiversity and endemism are downright staggering in these mountains, and we will do our best to find the 26 endemic species of birds that can be found here. We will stay one night in the mid-elevation town of Minca and then 2 nights at the famous El Dorado Lodge up in the cloud forest.
All told we expect to encounter 400-500 bird species on this trip! Join Clifton for what should be an unforgettable trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast!
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Blue-billed Curassow, Military Macaw, Roby-topaz Hummingbird, Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird, Santa Marta Blossomcrown, Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Antbird, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Santa Marta Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Screech-Owl, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Antpitta, Brown-rumped Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Yellow-crowned Whitestar, White-lored Warbler, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta (Black-cheeked) Mountain-Tanager, Black-backed Thornbill, Sierra Nevada Brush-Finch, Vermilion Cardinal, and many many more