Bolivia Birding Tours

Bolivia is perhaps one of the less-frequently-visited birding destinations in South America. Perhaps the reason is that Bolivia is still relatively unknown in birding circles. But the country holds magnificent birds, and with a list of 1452 species it is the sixth country with the largest number of birds after Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, and Ecuador. There are 18 endemic species, but Bolivia also holds several range-restricted species and 50 globally threatened species that are very difficult to find elsewhere. The reason for this avian biodiversity is probably the large number of different ecosystems found in the country, from the Amazon rainforest through the cloudforest (Yungas) mountains, tropical savannas, flooded savannas that border the Pantanal in adjacent Brazil, and xerophytic habitats like the Cerrado and the Gran Chaco to the high Andean mountains including habitats like high plains covered by bunch grasses, Polylepis forests at the base of the snow-capped mountains, and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. This is an amazing number of different habitats for a landlocked country. But even though Bolivia is blessed with this large diversity of ecosystems the countryside is still undeveloped, and some of the largest national parks such as Madidi and Noel Kempff Mercado are quite remote without major infrastructure, which makes visits very challenging.

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Birding Ecotours have developed a tour that focuses on the endemic species and a number of main target species that can be seen on a 23-day tour that follows a relatively easy birding circuit. Our tour focuses on two striking Bolivian endemics, the Critically Endangered (IUCN) Blue-throated and Red-fronted Macaws, as well as on a large number of parrots that make Bolivia a great country for parrot enthusiasts. The remote Gran Chaco is a reliable place for the most-wanted Black-legged Seriema and other Chaco specialists like Chaco Earthcreeper, Many-colored Chaco Finch, Crested Hornero, White Monjita, Lark-like Brushrunner, Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, and with luck the elusive Quebracho Crested Tinamou.

The Trinidad flooded savannas are not only home to Blue-throated Macaw but also possess a large density of birds including Wood Stork, Jabiru, Hoatzin, Roseate Spoonbill, Sunbittern, and Buff-necked, Green, and Plumbeous Ibis.

The spectacular scenery that forms the backdrop to the remainder of our tour holds incredible species such as several Bolivian endemics, including Bolivian Blackbird, Cliff Parakeet, Bolivian Brushfinch, Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Rufous-faced Antpitta, and Black-hooded Sunbeam and other desirable species like Bolivian Earthcreeper, Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, Red-tailed Comet, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Grey-crested Finch, Military Macaw, Slaty Gnateater, Giant Antshrike, Andean Condor, Giant Conebill, Hooded Mountain Toucan, Orange-browed Hemispingus, White-eared Solitaire, Blue-banded Toucanet, the range-restricted Maquis Canastero, and Yellow-rumped Antwren.

Lake Titicaca will provide great views of the sought-after Titicaca Grebe, Andean Goose, Chilean Flamingo, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, and a classic set of Andean waterfowl. Our tour will also provide a short visit to the once-infamous death road, formerly considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world with traffic of buses and trucks; today it is strictly used for cars and bikes only, providing a spectacular drive and species from the top of the mountains like Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Scribble-tailed Canastero to the rare Scimitar-winged Piha, the recently described Diademed Tapaculo, and beautiful Torrent Ducks and colorful Scarlet-bellied and Chestnut-bellied Mountain Tanagers.

We invite you to review our itinerary to get an idea of the route we have prepared for you. Please also contact us for information regarding specific tailor-made birding expeditions in Bolivia to look for extremely localized and rare Bolivian endemics such as Masked Antpitta and Palkachupa Cotinga. We can also easily prepare an extension to the amazing Uyuni Salt Flat (the largest in the world) and the Tiwanaku and Pumapunku archaeological sites, both not far from La Paz.

Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands October 2020/2021

Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands October 2020/2021

2021-10-24

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