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Tour Dates: July 15 - 29, 2017
July 15 - 29, 2018
(15 days)
Tour Price: US$4,400
Tour Size: Limited to 8 Participants
Tour Leader: Christopher Calonje and/or Jose Luna and Angel Ortiz

Location

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Our Leader:

Christopher Calonje was born and raised in Colombia where his grandfather and parents instilled an appreciation for the beautiful birds of Colombia from a young age. He graduated with a degree in Natural Resources Planning at Humboldt State University, located in Northern California, and worked ten years as an environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest. Chris specializes in wetland science, botany, and environmental education. He began leading groups in 2008 in his native Colombia, founded Colombia Birdwatch to promote responsible ecotourism, and devotes his time to various non-profit conservation groups and local communities. His family and friends in Colombia have welcomed numerous tour groups to their properties in all regions of Colombia.

Jose Luna was born and raised in the western Andes of Colombia, and has been birding since he was 16. He is the lead local guide for Colombia Birdwatch, and has shined amongst his colleagues for his proficiency in English and his ability to find birds. He enjoys birding and studying birds on his free time, is an avid e-birder, and has worked as a field biologist in numerous thesis projects and expeditions in the Colombia Andes and Choco Bioregion.

Angel Ortiz is from Santa Marta, Colombia. He began guiding in 2007 and has led hundreds of tours to Tayrona National Park and the surrounding Santa Marta region. He is a recent graduate of Audubon’s bird guide training program delivered in partnership with Calidris. Since taking the course Angel has become one of the region’s “go to” birding guides. Angel worked previously with Aviatur and is a huge soccer fan.

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Day 1: Flights to Cali
A representative will meet you at the airport for your transfer to the hotel.
Lodging: Hampton by Hitlon

Day 2: Km 18
Multicolored Tanager (E)
Scrub Tanager (NE)
Purplish-mantled Tanager (NE)
Chestnut Wood-quail (E)
Purple-throated Woodstar (NE)
Flame-rumped Tanager
Blue-headed Saphire (NE)

Day 3: SAN ANTONIO FOREST AND COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LEK
Colombian Chachalaca (E)
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Nariño Tapaculo (NE)
Scaled Fruiteater
Plain Antvireo
Streak-capped Treehunter
Crested Quetzal

Day 4: SONSO LAGOON
Grayish Piculet (E)
Apical Flycatcher (E)
Bar-crested Antshrike (NE)
Jet Antbird
Great Antshrike
Little Cuckoo
Dwarf Cuckoo
Horned Screamer
Blackish Rail

Day 5: MONTEZUMA
Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (E)
Munchique Wood-wren (E)
Tanager Finch (NE)
Gold-ringed Tanager (E)
Barred Fruiteater
Yellow-breasted Antpitta (NE)
Cloud-forest Pygmy-owl
White-faced Nunbird
Black Solitaire (NE)
Barred Hawk
Chestnut-breasted Chloorphonia
Beautiful Jay (NE)

Day 6: MONTEZUMA
Black-and-gold Tanager (E)
Orange-breasted Fruiteater (NE)
Crested Ant-tanager (E)
White-tipped Sicklebill
Toucan Barbet
Fulvous-dotted Treerunner Alto Pisones Tapaculo (E)
Golden-collared Honeycreeper

Day 7: MONTEZUMA
White-tailed Hillstar (NE)
Violet-tailed Sylph (NE)
Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Parker’s Antbird (E)
Bat Falcon
Scarlet-and-white Tanager (NE)

Day 8: ISLA SALAMANCA NP
Saphire-bellied Hummingbird (E)
Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (E)
Panama Flycatcher
Bicolored Conebill
White-headed Marsh-tyrant
Pied Puffbird
Saphire-throated Hummingbird (E)
Northern Screamer
White-whiskered Spinetail (NE)
Black-crested Antshrike
American Pygmy Kingfisher
Panama Flycatcher

Day 9: MINCA AREA
Red-billed Emerald (NE)
White-vented Pluemteer
Coppery Emerald (NE)
White-bearded Manakin
Rosy Thrush-tanager
Swallow Tanager
Scaled Piculet
Keel-billed Toucan
Bicolored Wren
Golden-winged Sparrow (NE)
Black-and-white Owl
Long-billed Gnatwren
Black-headed Tanager

Day 10: EL DORADO
Santa Marta Parakeet (E)
SM Warbler (E)
SM Bursh-finch (E)
SM Bush-tyrant (E)
SM Mountain-tanager (E)
Sierra Nevada Brush-finch
Brown-rumped Tapaculo
SM Antpitta (E)
SM Antbird (E)
SM Tapaculo (E)
White-tipped Quetzal (NE)
Rusty-headed Spinetail (E)
Slaty Finch
Black-backed Thornbill (E)
Rufous Antpitta

Day 11: EL DORADO
White-lored Warbler (E)
Yellow-crowned Whitestart (E)
Santa Marta Woodstar (E)
Blossomcrown (E)
Black-fronted Wood-quail (NE)
Streak-capped Spinetail
Red-billed Parrot
Grey-throated Leaftosser
Santa Marta Screech-0wl (E)

Day 12: EL DORADO
White-tailed Starfrontlet (E)
Blue-naped Chlorophonia
Rusty-breasted Antpitta
Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (E)
Groove-billed Toucanet
Band-tailed Guan

Day 13: TAYRONA NP
Blue-billed Curassow (E)
White-bearded and Lance-tailed Manakin
Crested Guan
White-bellied Antbird
Barred Antshrike
Bicolored Wren
Scrub Greenlet
Double-Santa Marta Warbler striped Thick-knee

Day 14: LOS FLAMENCOS NP
Buffy Humingbird (E)
Tocuyo Sparrow (NE)
Vermillion Cardinal
American Flamingo
Scarlet Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
White-fringed Antwren
White-whiskered Spinetail (NE)
Chestnut Piculet (NE)
Slender-billed Inezia

Day 15: DEPART BOGOTÁ OR CALI