With the dismantling of the cocaine cartels and elimination of many of the rebel groups, Colombia is open for tourism again. Birders started going back to Colombia about 8 years ago and increasing numbers are taking the opportunity to see birds that can be found nowhere else.
I went with a guide Pablo Florez and his company. I found him on birdingpal. Although he was busy, he booked 2 partners ( ) and they were excellent guides. We did a tour of the central Andes starting in the Medellin area, the second largest city and once infamous as the home of Pablo Escobar....head of the Medellin cartel.
Pablo Florez has cowriiten a book where to bird in Colombia. In it, he has a list of the Top 30 Most Sought-after Birds by a group of 40 birders visiting Colombia. I saw 12 of them on the trip and got photos of 10. When I show one of these birds, I will mention its placement on the list.
So we will begin with everyone's favorite - hummingbirds. Some of these were seen previously in the Ecuador series. However, I got better photos of many of them on this trip.
The pufflegs are hummingbirds of high mountain forests. We saw 2 on the trip. The 3" male Black-thighed Puffleg (Enocnemis derbyi) is green with charcoal puffy feathers on legs that can be seen in this photo.
|Black-thighed Puffleg - male|
|Black-thighed Puffleg - female|
The 4.75" Golden-breasted Puffleg (Enocnemis mosquera) is green with a golden chest and white leg puffs. The sexes are similar.
The 3.25" Steely-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia saucerrottei) is green with bluish wings and tail. The bill is reddish which is typical of this genus.
The 3.75" Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) is green with buffy underparts and green spots along flanks. It has a vertical white strip behind the eye. The sexes are similar.
The 3.5" male Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami) is all green with a blue tail
|Viridian Metaltail - male|
|Viridian Metaltail - female|
|Sword-billed Hummingird - male|
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2006 - 2016 David McDonald
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