Guyana: The Lost World Trip Report, January 2024



By Eduardo Ormaeche

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Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (photo Sue Bryan).


I had the privilege of leading a Guyana birding tour from 21 January to 03 February 2024. The five wonderful participants were absolutely keen on birds and wildlife and very enthusiastic about our adventure exploring this little-visited South American country.

Our two-week birding adventure began by visiting the coast at Georgetown to look for some special birds such as Scarlet Ibis, Rufous Crab Hawk, Blood-colored Woodpecker, White-bellied Piculet, and Festive Amazon.

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Scarlet Ibis flying along the coast (photo John Geeson).

We then flew to (and above) Kaieteur Falls, an amazing waterfall with a single drop of 741 feet (226 meters) – higher than either Niagara or Victoria Falls – but less well-known. This was an amazing place to start the trip. We could see the highlands of Guyana below, which are totally inaccessible, enjoy the dramatic scenery, and appreciate the pristine rainforest. Nevertheless, we were saddened by the threat of “progress”. Large deposits of gold, diamonds, bauxite and crude oil (from the ocean) increased Guyana’s GDP by 43% in 2020. Everything seems to indicate that Guyana’s economy is on a firm upward trend, hopefully the pristine rainforest will be cherished, valued and preserved.

In the rainforest we had fabulous encounters with species such as Pompadour Cotinga, Capuchinbird, Guianan Red Cotinga, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Red-fan Parrot, Black Curassow, Grey-winged Trumpeter, White-winged Potoo, Guianan Toucanet, Guianan Puffbird, Guianan Trogon, Rufous-throated Antbird, Waved Woodpecker, White-plumed Antbird and Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo.

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Grey-winged Trumpeter near Iwokrama River Lodge (photo Sue Bryan).

We then moved on to the savanna, a part of the country which has even fewer foreign visitors. Here, we saw some highly threatened species, considered among the rarest on the continent, such as Red Siskin, Sun Parakeet, Rio Branco Antbird, Hoary-crested Spinetail. Other specials included Bearded Tachuri, Crested Doradito and Least Nighthawk.

This tour had it all; charter flights above unbroken forest, walks in the rainforest interior, canopy walkways through the treetops, boat rides and 4×4 drives. It was so much fun and a great adventure!

Detailed Report

Day 1, 21st January 2024. Arrival in Georgetown and transfer to Cara Lodge

The participants arrived in Georgetown, flying in from Miami and Barbados, and were met by the Birding Ecotours staff. It was a one-hour drive from Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Cara Lodge Hotel. Everyone was excited for our adventure starting the next day.

Day 2, 22nd January 2024.  Exploring Mahaica River, Ogle Mud Flats and Guyana Botanical Gardens

After breakfast we went to a small dock to board a boat and explore the Mahaica River, a small river that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. The boat trip was great fun and a good introduction to the birds of Guyana. We managed to see interesting aquatic species such as Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Yellow Oriole, Carib Grackle, Black-capped Donacobius, and Amazon, Green and American Pygmy Kingfishers. Raptors included Black-collared Hawk, Snail Kite, Great Black Hawk and Long-winged Harrier.

Other species proved more difficult, but we managed Silvered Antbird, Coraya Wren, Yellow-chinned Spinetail and bad light did not stop us from enjoying our first Green-tailed Jacamar, although we did get better views later in the trip. We had great views of Guyana’s national bird, Hoatzin, and were rewarded with views of Giant (River) Otter fishing in the peaceful waters of the Mahaica River. Other species included Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Green Ibis, Striated Heron, Snowy Egret, Tricolored and Little Blue Herons, Great Egret, Limpkin, Southern Lapwing, Yellow-crowned and Orange-winged Amazons, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Brown-throated Parakeet, Bat Falcon, Laughing Falcon, Lineated Woodpecker, a glimpse of Little Cuckoo (the only sighting of the trip), Cayenne Jay, White-winged Swallow and Grey-breasted Martin.

Back on the mainland, we had a great time checking the Ogle Mud Flats, where we had amazing views of the most-wanted Scarlet Ibis, as well as other interesting species like Semipalmated Plover, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet and Hudsonian Whimbrel. In addition to these birds, we found Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Tricolored Heron, Black Skimmer, Royal Tern and Brown Pelican. We also suddenly had a glimpse of a Small Indian Mongoose (introduced to Guyana and the Caribbean in the 19th century) amongst the mangroves.

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Rufous Crab Hawk (photo Sue Bryan).

We enjoyed the views of the Atlantic shores, with the mudflats and the mangroves giving way to the city – where modern buildings stand next to typical colonial architecture – in the background. We left this area to try for Mangrove Rail, which was unfortunately not around today, and hot weather soon started, without mercy. We then had a brilliant encounter with the localized Rufous Crab Hawk, an important bird in this part of the country. We also had nice views of Pearl Kite, as always, lovely to see through the scope. We then returned to our hotel for a rest during the heat of the day.

In the afternoon we had an incredible time in Guyana Botanical Gardens in Georgetown, starting with common species such as Ruddy Ground Dove, Smooth-billed Ani, Plumbeous Kite, Yellow-headed Caracara, Great and Lesser Kiskadees, Black-capped Donacobius, Palm and Blue-grey Tanagers, and the only Turquoise Tanager of the trip. Other species included Blue-black Grassquit, Wing-barred Seedeater, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Pale-breasted Thrush, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Cinereous Becard, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Peregrine Falcon, Brown-throated Parakeet, Black-necked Aracari, Toco Toucan (the largest toucan in the world) and many Orange-winged Amazons. Red-shouldered Macaw produced great excitement, especially when enjoyed through the scope, and even though it took some time, we managed to find Festive Amazon, which we had sadly missed on our 2023 trip.

The gardens were very productive in the afternoon, revealing Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Grey Kingbird, Snail Kite and, of course, two of the main targets of the day, White-bellied Piculet and the most-wanted Blood-colored Woodpecker, which is restricted to the coast of Guyana and Surinam. With all these great sightings we returned to our hotel, after a very long day in the field. Here, we had some sightings of Guianan Brown Capuchin.

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Blood-colored Woodpecker seen at the botanical garden (photo Sue Bryan).

Day 3, 23rd January 2024. Flight to Kaieteur Falls and Surama Eco-Lodge

We started the day with Plain-bellied Emerald in the lodge grounds before transferring to the domestic airport to catch our charter flight to Kaieteur Falls. After an easy flight, we landed at Kaieteur National Park and were fascinated by the incredible geography of this unique place, surrounded by table-like mountains – tepuis. We excitedly anticipated all the key localized species found only in the inaccessible Guyana highlands.

We started hiking to the first viewpoint, birding along the way and found Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Swallow and Silver-beaked Tanagers, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Tropical Kingbird, Cayenne Jay, Forest Elaenia and Black-tailed Tityra. Only a few of us got to glimpse the male Red-shouldered Tanager, which soon disappeared into the bushes, never to be seen again.

We arrived at the impressive waterfall viewpoint and, after taking photos and enjoying the incredible natural beauty, we managed to find an Orange-breasted Falcon hunting along the lowest parts of the waterfall. It was a stunning sighting of this rare and patchily distributed species. We also enjoyed views of White-tipped Swift and Cliff Flycatcher.

The final two sightings here included nice views of the handsome Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, which showed well, and Golden Frog, an Endangered Guyana endemic, with its distribution centered around Kaieteur Falls. This tiny frog is found only on the giant bromeliads of the genus Brocchinia,which are common in the area.

We then took the 30-minute flight to Surama Eco-Lodge, landed on the local airstrip and were picked up by our main driver for the rest of the trip, who transferred us to the lodge. After check-in we managed to do some birding in pleasant surroundings which provided species like Pale-vented Pigeon, Ruddy Ground Dove, Green Ibis, Savanna Hawk, Plumbeous Kite, Great Black Hawk, Neotropical Palm Swift, Blue-headed Parrot and Red-and-green Macaw, which always look spectacular flying above the vast tropical forest. Other birds included Great Potoo (at its day roost), Forest and Plain-crested Elaenias, Crested Oropendola, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Blue-grey and Palm Tanagers (nesting under the cabin rooms) and, before dusk, we had Lesser Nighthawk flying above the Surama Lodge clearing. After supper we went to bed in preparation for tomorrow’s forest interior birding.

Day 4, 24th January 2024. Full day at Surama Eco-Lodge

We started the day watching some open country species such as Scaled Pigeon and White-tipped Dove, before entering the forest and enjoying our first encounter with Great Tinamou, crossing the trail in front of us. We had a great morning, despite the dry conditions of the forest. We managed to find White-crowned Manakin, Green-backed Trogon, Guianan Trogon, Guianan Puffbird, Great Jacamar, Paradise Jacamar, Black Nunbird, Grey-headed Kite, Green Aracari, White-throated Toucan, Lineated and Cream-colored Woodpecker, Channel-billed Toucan, Golden-winged Parakeet and Red-throated Caracara.

We arrived in an area where army ant swarms are often found, and where we had an incredible encounter with two Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoos in 2023. We found the army ant swarm and found Rufous-throated Antbird, the iconic White-plumed Antbird, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Black-chinned Antbird and, in the middle of a mixed feeding flock frenzy, John had a glimpse of the most-wanted Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo, which sadly immediately disappeared behind a log. The ants retreated and the bird activity was over, nevertheless, we continued doing our best to find more species, always hoping to find the ground cuckoo once more. This may sound unrealistic, but it is possible in Guyana, the best place to see this species.

In the evening, we found more species, including Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Black-tailed Tityra, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied and Forest Elaenias, Piratic Flycatcher (near the oropendola nests), Green Oropendola, Red-rumped Cacique, Scarlet Macaw, White-throated Toucan, Orange-winged Amazon, Brown-throated Parakeet, a female Tufted Coquette, and Buff-throated Woodcreeper. The grassland around the lodge provided nice views of Wedge-tailed Grass Finch.

In the evening, we tried for Spectacled Owl and Tawny-bellied Screech Owl, both of which showed well. Additionally, we heard Crested Owl and Amazonian Pygmy Owl.

Spectacled Owl at Surama Eco-Lodge (photo Sue Bryan).

Day 5, 25th January 2024. Birding around Surama and transfer to Iwokrama Lodge

We started the day by visiting a forested swampy area where the shy and secretive Zigzag Heron had been seen recently. We arrived at the site as quietly as possible and, after some effort and patience, we managed to get splendid views of this nocturnal and poorly known species, for everybody’s enjoyment.

After this incredible sighting, we returned to the lodge for breakfast. We then explored some forest trails around Surama, before leaving for Iwokrama Lodge. We had a great morning finding species such as Painted Parakeet, Blue-and-yellow and Red-and-green Macaws, Epaulet Oriole, Helmeted Pygmy Tyrant, and Caica and Blue-headed Parrots giving fly-by views. After some forest walking, we managed to find another army ant swarm and decided to try for Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo. It didn’t take long before we heard the bird approaching, with the characteristic bill-clapping sound, giving everyone goosebumps. Sadly, the individual was very cautious and proved secretive, keeping its distance between foliage and forest floor trunks. Nevertheless, most of us managed to get full views, or at least the full head, before it became aware of us and disappeared, not to be seen again on this tour. Other interesting species included Black-chinned Antbird, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Northern Slaty and Cinereous Antshrikes, Rufous-bellied Antwren, and Grey and Ferruginous-backed Antbirds.

The secretive Zigzag Heron was a nice surprise on our Guyana birding trip (photo Sue Bryan).

We left the general area and drove towards our next destination, Iwokrama River Lodge. As I looked at the progress of the construction of the road that will join Lethan, on the Brazilian border, with Georgetown, I wondered how this will affect the birds and wildlife that inhabit this undisturbed forest. Sadly, the amount of traffic has already increased significantly compared to last year’s tour. The good thing is that the road is closed at 5pm every afternoon, and that might help alleviate nocturnal species being disturbed and becoming roadkill.

Along the drive we saw Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Crested Oropendola and Rufescent Tiger Heron. We arrived at Iwokrama for lunch and enjoyed the beautiful setting next to the Essequibo River, a nice change from all the other lodges, which are surrounded by forest or haciendas. We spent the afternoon birding around the lodge, finding Chestnut-bellied Seedeater, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Fasciated Antshrike, Guianan Streaked Antwren, and Green Honeycreeper, and we scored with the most-wanted Grey-rumped Trumpeter. Trumpeters are part of a family containing only three species in the entire world.

Day 6, 26th January 2024. Turtle Mountain and Boat River

Today we planned to explore the lower and mid portions of Turtle Mountain, for which we split the group into two boats for a 20-minute boat ride and, after reaching the base of the trail, we started the hike together. Activity was very low, starting with views of Spix’s Guan, Guianan Trogon, Red-necked Woodpecker, Black Caracara, Grey-rumped Swift, Bat Falcon, Plumbeous Kite, Black Nunbird, Reddish Hermit, Blue-headed Parrot, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, and other usual suspects. We found a large army ant swarm, but with no birds attending, eventually we encountered a large group of White-lipped Peccaries which gave us the full performance. This was one of our quietest mornings in Guyana. Hot and dry, we returned to the lodge to rest and take another boat trip in the afternoon.

The boat trip was very nice, with a welcome breeze and aquatic species such as Black-collared Swallow, Muscovy Duck, Pied Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Southern Lapwing, Anhinga, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Neotropic Cormorant, Cocoi Heron, Green Ibis, White-winged Swallow, Amazon and Green Kingfishers and, before dusk, Ladder-tailed Nightjar (male and female) and Boat-billed Heron.

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We had a great encounter with the uncommon White-faced Saki at Iwokrama River Lodge (photo Sue Bryan).

Day 7, 27th January 2024. Birding en route to Atta Lodge

This was our last day around Iwokrama, and as we walked around the lodge clearing, we found the usual suspects, along with a Ringed Woodpecker playing hide and seek with us. On our way out we found the amazing White-faced Saki (also called Guianan Saki), which is restricted to northeast South America.

Birding the road to Atta Lodge provided great birds, including Spangled Cotinga, Bronzy Jacamar, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Sunbittern, Capped Heron, King Vulture, Grey-lined Hawk, Ringed Kingfisher and Swallow-tailed Kite, with the other amazing sighting being the stunning Pompadour Cotinga (male and female) feeding in the same tree as Spangled Cotinga and Green Aracari.

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Spangled Cotinga along the Atta Road (photo Sue Bryan).

The rest of the afternoon was quiet. We, however, found Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Long-tailed Hermit, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Black-necked Aracari, Green Oropendola, Channel-billed Toucan, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-throated Caracara, Golden-winged Parakeet, Blue-cheeked Parrot, Southern Mealy Amazon, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, the localized Black-faced Hawk and the diminutive Golden-headed Manakin, which was found on one of the white sand forest trails, where we also saw Bronzy Jacamar.

When we reached Atta lodge, we were given the bad news that the once-reliable Crimson Fruitcrow had not been seen for several days. Despite considerable effort we could not find any during our stay or along the drive out of the rainforest which turned out to be the only Guyana special that we were unable to find on the trip. In the evening we tried for White-winged Potoo, which came into view, as did Short-tailed Nighthawk, but we only heard the scarcer Common Potoo.

Day 8, 28th January 2024. Birding Atta Canopy Walkway

We had a predawn start under the spectacular stars, with the Pleidaes visible next to Orion, and the peaceful Atta rainforest embracing us, as we craved a cup of coffee. There weren’t any owls calling around the clearing this morning, except for the very distant call of Amazonian Pygmy Owl, which proved difficult to see this year. The sounds of the rainforest changed, from the pygmy owl to howler monkeys, then parrots and macaws, merging into a vast chorus of several species of birds, becoming a single sound that marked the beginning of a new morning. We were looking forward to visiting the famous Canopy Walkway at Atta.

Hoping for the best, we hiked up the trail to the canopy, finding no activity in the understory. We crossed the suspension bridges and reached the platforms, where we had our first encounter with the widespread Guianan Weeper Capuchin. One of the main targets, Guianan Toucanet (a localized Selenidera from northern South America) was quickly spotted. In addition, we had Black-eared Fairy, which is regularly seen feeding in the tree canopy. We also saw Green-backed and Guianan Trogons, Guianan Puffbird, Black Nunbird, Blue-cheeked Parrot, Red-and-green Macaw, Black-spotted Barbet and a female Pompadour Cotinga, but still no Crimson Fruitcrow! Other common species encountered included Southern Mealy Amazon, and Spot-tailed Antwren, which is a canopy special.

On one of the trails, we were delighted to have a long-awaited encounter with the distinctive Capuchinbird, not only seeing the bird but hearing its unique display call. Later in the trip we had another encounter with this species, but it was high in the trees and difficult to photograph.

We decided to go back to the lodge for breakfast and to explore the lodge grounds and the road to Atta. On the way back to the lodge we saw Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Screaming Piha and the most-wanted Red-and-black Grosbeak, a fantastic encounter! After breakfast, which was served by the lodge’s friendly staff, we went to explore the entrance road. Again, no sign of the fruitcrow!

Excitingly, we saw a Green Anaconda, well hidden in a flooded area, not far away from the road. This was the second year that I had encountered Green Anaconda in this area! We then had massive flocks of Band-rumped and Grey-rumped Swifts, as well as Plumbeous Pigeon, King Vulture, Paradise and Green-tailed Jacamars, Lineated and Ringed Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Capped Heron and Green Ibis.

In the afternoon we tried for Crimson Topaz along the road, in areas near streams, and searched in every possible place from the moment we arrived at Atta. Our strategy was to play the call and wait for a bit, if it did not show, we would leave and continue birding. We couldn’t even catch a glimpse of it, until the final evening at Atta. The bird responded and landed in a tall tree but took off again so fast that we barely saw the bird in silhouette. Amazingly, Sue managed a photo, in which we could see that it was a male.

Later we explored some of the white sand forest trails that go off from the main road and, after some hard work, we eventually saw one of the main targets in this habitat, the shy Black Manakin. We continued birding along the road and suddenly detected a family of Little Chachalacas (sometimes called Variable Chachalaca by other authorities) crossing the road.

We waited until dusk to try for Black-banded Owl, which came in to the recording and showed nicely, but kept high in the subcanopy where we managed to get great scope views. We also found a Kinkajou watching us from the tops of the Cecropia trees. After a long day, we retreated to the lodge for supper and a good night’s sleep.

Red-fan Parrots showed very well on our last morning at Atta (photo Sue Bryan).

Day 9, 29th January 2024. Last morning at Atta and transfer to Rock View

We had planned to maximize the first hours of the morning around Atta, before leaving the lodge and the rainforest. We scanned the lodge clearing, looking for Crimson Fruitcrow, which sadly did not show. We heard Guianan Warbling Antbird calling around the clearing, but only a few participants glimpsed it. We hurried from the spot when we heard Red-fan Parrot vocalizing. We found the tree where they were nesting and later had the pleasure of seeing this fantastic species, feeding low on one of the fruiting palm trees around the lodge clearing! This was one of the most-wanted birds for both our Johns and we happily feasted our eyes on these attractive parrots, before they flew away from the lodge.

We continued exploring one of the lodge trails and found the Guianan Red Cotinga, which is one of the most-wanted species in Guyana. They quickly moved under the canopy and were difficult to photograph, so we had to be content just watching this gorgeous bird.

We left the lodge and returned to the Crimson Topaz spot, but there was nobody home today. We continued birding along the road, heading back to Surama Lodge. On the way, we saw Dusky Purpletuft and the only Marail Guan of the trip.

We arrived at the junction with Surama Lodge, where we had an amazing time. We spotted a Black Hawk-Eagle flying high and calling, which flew in closer above the track a couple of times, allowing us to see it in detail. Then we were told that we were close to an area where Ornate Hawk-Eagle had been seen recently and soon we heard the bird calling which we managed to see shortly after. It flew about and perched briefly on one side of the trail, allowing us all to see it well, unfortunately, some branches in front ruined the possibility of good photos.

Ironically, after this hawk-eagle madness, we found a Brown-throated Sloth very close to the trail. There were no new birds after this, except for some more classic sightings, including Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Yellow-rumped and Red-rumped Caciques, Yellow-headed Caracara, Scaled Pigeon, and Great Kiskadee.

We ate a delicious lunch at the Surama community and then headed to Rock View Lodge, arriving in the heat of the early afternoon. We agreed to rest and then met again at 3 pm to explore the vicinity.

We arrived at a mix of grasslands and wetlands and had a productive couple of hours birding, finding Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Crested Bobwhite, Burnished-buff Tanager, Grey, Ruddy-breasted and Wing-barred Seedeaters, Red-breasted Blackbird, Yellow Oriole, Orange-backed Troupial, Finsch’s Euphonia, Black-capped Donacobius, Barn Swallow, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Lesser Kiskadee, Short-crested Flycatcher, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Pied Water-Tyrant, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Northern Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, American Kestrel, Black-collared Hawk, Cocoi Heron, Jabiru, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Common Ground Dove, Green-tailed Goldenthroat and Long-billed Starthroat.

We put a great effort into finding White-naped Xenopsaris, which showed very well for the whole group. Other birds seen at this location included Little Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets, Laughing Falcon, Ringed, Amazon and Green Kingfishers, Wattled Jacana, Green Ibis and Striated Heron.

Just before dusk, we were ecstatic when we saw a couple of Least Nighthawks flying above the fields, still with enough light to see their markings and patterns.

Day 10, 30th January 2024. Essequibo River and birding around Rock View

Unfortunately, several of us had battled to sleep the previous night, due to the intense heat and the fans not being strong enough. However, after an early start, a cup of coffee did wonders to raise our spirits for a day full of adventure. We had a scheduled boat ride on the Rupununi River to look for water species, including the Crestless Curassow.

It didn’t start well as soon after we arrived at the river it started raining, which is not fun on a boat trip. We had two boats and went on the river, hoping the weather would change. It rained, then stopped, then drizzled, then stopped again. With this weather there were not many birds, or at least nothing we had not seen on previous boat trips. The birds we saw this morning included Pale-vented Pigeon, Muscovy Duck, Smooth-billed Ani, Grey-rumped Swift, Limpkin, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Black Skimmer, Jabiru, Wood Stork, Anhinga, Capped Heron, Black-collared Hawk and Osprey. As we rounded a bend in the river, we suddenly spotted a pair of Crestless Curassow. They were not walking along the sandbars but sitting on a dead tree on the riverbank. We barely saw them before they disappeared, most likely scared by the boats, and sadly not all participants saw them.

We landed on the mainland and tried for some gallery forest birds, such as Black-crested Antshrike, which showed nicely, Coraya Wren, Cinnamon Atilla, Red-capped Cardinal and others. We returned to Rock View in the heat of the day, had lunch and enjoyed some relaxed birding around the property. The afternoon’s easy birding yielded Pale-breasted Thrush, Burnished-buff Tanager and other common species, including Blue-grey and Palm Tanagers. We also took the opportunity to enjoy coffee and cookies, and some cold drinks as well.

Day 11, 31st January 2024. Sun Parakeet and transfer to Manari

Today we took a special trip to explore the deciduous habitats near the Guyana-Brazil border, to look for the endangered Sun Parakeet, one of the targets of this second part of the tour. Sun Parakeets have been caught at a rate of 800,000 per year for the pet trade and are today poorly known in the wild. They have probably been eradicated from French Guyana and are only found in this small portion of Guyana and adjacent Brazil. We arrived and got excited every time we saw a flock of Brown-throated Parakeets. It took a while, but we eventually saw two pairs of Sun Parakeets flying by and landing below the tree tops, before they left to likely join a larger flock – it is usual for flocks to contain around 100 individuals. On the previous year’s tour, we saw more individuals lower down in the trees. We, however, had great scope views, but photography was challenging.

Sun Parakeet was the star in the Manari area (photo Sue Bryan).

In addition, we managed to find Double-striped Thick-knee, Blue-tailed Emerald, Glittering-throated Emerald, Buff-necked Ibis, Common Ground Dove, Crested Bobwhite, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, White-barred Piculet, Southern White-fringed Antwren, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Pale-legged Hornero, Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia and Ashy-headed Greenlet.

We then continued our drive towards Manari, our base for the next two nights. Along the way we spotted Wedge-tailed Grass Finch, Grassland Sparrow, Yellowish Pipit, Eastern Meadowlark and Grey Seedeater. We made a stop to look for another grassland target in the Rupununi area, the Crested Doradito. We persevered, in the intense heat of the day, searching for this little skulker. Thankfully, we were fortunate to find an individual, as the habitat was untouched in this particular area, whilst other suitable and known habitat had been burned by fires during this unusually dry season.

In the afternoon we hung around the hotel grounds, finding not only some common species, but also our first records of Bicolored Wren, American Yellow Warbler, Burnished-buff Tanager, Olive-grey Saltator, Yellow-bellied and Lesser Elaenias and Common Tody-Flycatcher.

Manari Ranch was very hot, although the food was good, and there was lime and watermelon juice continually available. We also took advantage of the “few quiet moments of the trip” to relax and enjoy other refreshments – at sundown some participants discovered that the Guyanese rum was particularly good.

We retired early to our rooms, immediately after dinner, since a 4 am start was awaiting us the next day. The reason for such an early start was the 4×4 drive to access some Red Siskin habitat, one of the few remaining patches in the world, with arguably the largest known population.

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We had a great encounter with a Giant Anteater in the Rupununi savannas (photo Sue Bryan).

Day 12, 1st February 2024. Red Siskin 4×4 vehicle drive and back to Manari

We had a super-early, super-excited start today. After some good, strong coffee, we climbed into the 4×4 vehicles required to reach the habitat of the ultra-rare Red Siskin. We split the group into two vehicles for comfort’s sake and headed out at dawn’s first light. On the main road we had an incredible encounter with a Giant Anteater and saw two more individuals nearby. After a long drive past rivers, streams and amazing scenery, we reached the habitat and, not long after we arrived, we spotted a small flock of Red Siskins, with the most-wanted male sitting out in the open for us. It was brilliant.

Our local guide was Leeroy who is the representative from the local community, and oversees the project for the conservation of Red Siskin and the development of ecotourism in the area. They have done excellent work here and deserve all possible support from those who can assist in improving facilities for tourists to help protect the habitat of the Red Siskin.

No longer under pressure to find the siskin, we wondered what we should do next. We decided to eat our packed breakfast under a roof, on a nice table recently built for visitors. As we were enjoying breakfast, we suddenly saw the same family party flying by again.

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We had amazing views of the Endangered Red Siskin on our Guyana trip (photo Sue Bryan).

We birded the surroundings, finding pretty much the same common species, so we left and spent more time on the habitats and ponds on the way back. We did well, finding Hooded Tanager, Spotted Puffbird, Hepatic Tanager, Orange-backed Troupial, Grassland Sparrow, Cayenne Jay, Black-crested Antshrike, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Buff-necked Ibis, Common Ground Dove and Crested Bobwhite. An interesting observation through the scope was a juvenile King Vulture. We then encountered Maguari Stork, which was new for the trip, and a superb find in the form of Pinnated Bittern, well camouflaged in the pond’s reeds. Feeling successful, we headed to the community where we had a tasty lunch and, despite the heat of the day, continued towards Manari Ranch.

On the way, we stopped to look for another localized species. We were worried because we saw so many patches of grassland and bushes that had been burned, nevertheless, we did find a couple Bearded Tachuris, which were the cherry on top for the day. We arrived at Manari Ranch and spent the afternoon resting, in preparation for our final day of birding in the area tomorrow. Sadly, our trip was soon coming to an end.

Day 13, 2nd February 2024. Rio Branco and Silver-throated Spinetail, and flight to Georgetown

We had another early start (although not as early as the previous day) and went to explore a mix of habitats between gallery forest and savanna. The main targets were two Critically Endangered species, Rio Branco Antbird and Hoary-throated Spinetail. On the way, we spotted Burrowing Owl, Savanna Hawk, Long-winged Harrier, Common and Ruddy Ground Doves and Buff-necked Ibis.

We started birding in the gallery forest and soon had great views of Rio Branco Antbird. The spinetail was tricky though. We found a pair that were showing fleetingly and were very shy, but we eventually managed fine views of Hoary-throated Spinetail. We also found Spot-breasted and Little Woodpeckers, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Northern Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Glittering-throated Emerald, and Yellow-bellied Elaenia while Rufous-tailed Jacamar was heard only. We tried for Flavescent Warbler, but we could not even hear it today. We started the walk back to the vehicles along which John and Sue saw a Capybara near the river.

We returned to Manari Ranch for lunch, to pack our luggage and transfer to Letham for the commercial flight to Georgetown. We said goodbye to our incredible land crew, especially Gary, and flew to Georgetown. We transferred to Cara Lodge, ate our last meal together and prepared for tomorrow’s early start to be at the international airport three hours before our flight.

I felt a warm and pleasant satisfaction from having led a great group of people, all of whom had vast outdoor experience and who were so enthusiastic about birds and wildlife. The weather had been dry, but we nevertheless got most of our targets and special birds, except the fruitcrow! Everyone was happy, and we had a good reason to come back to Guyana – to tick the fruitcrow!

Thank you very much to the whole group, you were amazing!

Day 14, 3rd February 2024. Transfer to the airport and flight home

The group transferred at different times to the respective airports to connect with their flights home.

Bird ListFollowing IOC (13.2)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: VU = Vulnerable.

Common NameScientific Name
Tinamous (Tinamidae)
Great TinamouTinamus major
Cinereous Tinamou (H)Crypturellus cinereus
Red-legged Tinamou (H)Crypturellus erythropus
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Muscovy DuckCairina moschata
Chachalacas, Curassows, Guans (Cracidae)
Little ChachalacaOrtalis motmot
Marail GuanPenelope marail
Spix’s GuanPenelope jacquacu
Crestless CurassowMitu tomentosum
Black Curassow – VUCrax alector
New World Quail (Odontophoridae)
Crested BobwhiteColinus cristatus
Marbled Wood Quail (H)Odontophorus gujanensis
Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)
Nacunda NighthawkChordeiles nacunda
Least NighthawkChordeiles pusillus
Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennis
Short-tailed NighthawkLurocalis semitorquatus
PauraqueNyctidromus albicollis
White-tailed NightjarHydropsalis cayennensis
Ladder-tailed NightjarHydropsalis climacocerca
Potoos (Nyctibiidae)
Great PotooNyctibius grandis
Common Potoo (H)Nyctibius griseus
White-winged PotooNyctibius leucopterus
Swifts (Apodidae)
White-collared SwiftStreptoprocne zonaris
Grey-rumped SwiftChaetura cinereiventris
Band-rumped SwiftChaetura spinicaudus
White-tipped SwiftAeronautes montivagus
Neotropical Palm SwiftTachornis squamata
Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Crimson TopazTopaza pella
Reddish HermitPhaethornis ruber
Long-tailed HermitPhaethornis superciliosus
Black-eared FairyHeliothryx auritus
Green-tailed GoldenthroatPolytmus theresiae
Black-throated MangoAnthracothorax nigricollis
Tufted CoquetteLophornis ornatus
Long-billed StarthroatHeliomaster longirostris
Blue-tailed EmeraldChlorostilbon mellisugus
Grey-breasted SabrewingCampylopterus largipennis
Fork-tailed WoodnymphThalurania furcata
Plain-bellied EmeraldChrysuronia leucogaster
Glittering-throated EmeraldChionomesa fimbriata
Rufous-throated SapphireHylocharis sapphirina
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga ani
Striped Cuckoo (H)Tapera naevia
Rufous-winged Ground CuckooNeomorphus rufipennis
Little CuckooCoccycua minuta
Squirrel CuckooPiaya cayana
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae) 
Rock Dove (Introduced)Columba livia
Scaled PigeonPatagioenas speciosa
Pale-vented PigeonPatagioenas cayennensis
Plumbeous PigeonPatagioenas plúmbea
Ruddy Pigeon – VUPatagioenas subvinacea
Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
Plain-breasted Ground DoveColumbina minuta
Ruddy Ground DoveColumbina talpacoti
Blue Ground DoveClaravis pretiosa
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
Eared DoveZenaida auriculata
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Ash-throated Crake (H)Mustelirallus albicollis
Trumpeters (Psophiidae)
Grey-winged TrumpeterPsophia crepitans
Limpkin (Aramidae) 
LimpkinAramus guarauna
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Double-striped Thick-kneeBurhinus bistriatus
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Southern LapwingVanellus chilensis
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Pied PloverHoploxypterus cayanus
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
Wattled JacanaJacana jacana
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Hudsonian WhimbrelNumenius hudsonicus
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
WilletTringa semipalmata
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Yellow-billed TernSternula superciliaris
Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Large-billed TernPhaetusa simplex
Sunbittern (Eurypygidae)
SunbitternEurypyga helias
Storks (Ciconiidae)
Wood StorkMycteria americana
Maguari StorkCiconia maguari
JabiruJabiru mycteria
Anhingas, Darters (Anhingidae)
AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Neotropic ComorantNannopterum brasilianum
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Buff-necked IbisTheristicus caudatus
Green IbisMesembrinibis cayennensis
Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruber
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Rufescent Tiger HeronTigrisoma lineatum
Boat-billed HeronCochlearius cochlearius
Zigzag HeronZebrilus undulatus
Pinnated BitternBotaurus pinnatus
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night HeronNyctanassa violácea
Striated HeronButorides striata
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Cocoi HeronArdea cocoi
Great EgretArdea alba
Capped HeronPilherodius pileatus
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Snowy EgretEgretta thula
Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Hoatzin (Opisthocomidae) 
HoatzinOpisthocomus hoazin
New World Vultures (Cathartidae)
King VultureSarcoramphus papa
Black VultureCoragyps atratus
Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Lesser Yellow-headed VultureCathartes burrovianus
Greater Yellow-headed VultureCathartes melambrotus
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus
Pearl KiteGampsonyx swainsonii
Grey-headed KiteLeptodon cayanensis
Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
Black Hawk-EagleSpizaetus tyrannus
Black-and-white Hawk-EagleSpizaetus melanoleucus
Ornate Hawk-EagleSpizaetus ornatus
Long-winged HarrierCircus buffoni
Plumbeous KiteIctinia plúmbea
Black-collared HawkBusarellus nigricollis
Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilis
Rufous Crab HawkButeogallus aequinoctialis
Savanna HawkButeogallus meridionalis
Great Black HawkButeogallus urubitinga
Roadside HawkRupornis magnirostris
White-tailed HawkGeranoaetus albicaudatus
Black-faced HawkLeucopternis melanops
Grey-lined HawkButeo nitidus
Short-tailed HawkButeo brachyurus
Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatus
Owls (Strigidae)
Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia
Amazonian Pygmy Owl (H)Glaucidium hardyi
Ferruginous Pygmy OwlGlaucidium brasilianum
Tawny-bellied Screech OwlMegascops watsonii
Spectacled OwlPulsatrix perspicillata
Crested Owl (H)Lophostrix cristata
Black-banded OwlStrix huhula
Trogons (Trogonidae)
Green-backed TrogonTrogon viridis
Guianan TrogonTrogon violaceus
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Amazon KingfisherChloroceryle amazona
American Pygmy KingfisherChloroceryle aenea
Green KingfisherChloroceryle americana
Green-and-rufous KingfisherChloroceryle inda
Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquata
Jacamars (Galbulidae)
Yellow-billed JacamarGalbula albirostris
Rufous-tailed JacamarGalbula ruficauda
Green-tailed JacamarGalbula gálbula
Bronzy JacamarGalbula leucogastra
Paradise JacamarGalbula dea
Great JacamarJacamerops aureus
New World Barbets (Capitonidae)
Black-spotted BarbetCapito niger
Puffbirds (Bucconidae)
Guianan PuffbirdNotharchus macrorhynchos
Spotted PuffbirdBucco tamatia
Black NunbirdMonasa atra
Swallow-winged PuffbirdChelidoptera tenebrosa
Toucans (Ramphastidae)
Green AracariPteroglossus viridis
Black-necked AracariPteroglossus aracarí
Guianan ToucanetSelenidera piperivora
Channel-billed Toucan – VURamphastos vitellinus
Toco ToucanRamphastos toco
White-throated ToucanRamphastos tucanus
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
White-bellied Piculet – VUPicumnus spilogaster
White-barred PiculetPicumnus cirratus
Little WoodpeckerVeniliornis passerinus
Blood-colored WoodpeckerVeniliornis sanguineus
Red-rumped WoodpeckerVeniliornis kirkii
Spot-breasted WoodpeckerColaptes punctigula
Waved WoodpeckerCeleus undatus
Chestnut WoodpeckerCeleus elegans
Ringed WoodpeckerCeleus torquatus
Lineated WoodpeckerDryocopus lineatus
Red-necked WoodpeckerCampephilus rubricollis
Crimson-crested WoodpeckerCampephilus melanoleucos
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Black CaracaraDaptrius ater
Red-throated CaracaraIbycter americanus
Crested CaracaraCaracara plancus
Yellow-headed CaracaraMilvago chimachima
Laughing FalconHerpetotheres cachinnans
Collared Forest Falcon (H)Micrastur semitorquatus
American KestrelFalco sparverius
Bat FalconFalco rufigularis
Orange-breasted FalconFalco deiroleucus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
African & New World Parrots (Psittacidae)
Golden-winged ParakeetBrotogeris chrysoptera
Blue-headed ParrotPionus menstruus
Festive AmazonAmazona festiva
Blue-cheeked AmazonAmazona dufresniana
Yellow-crowned AmazonAmazona ochrocephala
Southern Mealy AmazonAmazona farinosa
Orange-winged AmazonAmazona amazónica
Red-fan ParrotDeroptyus accipitrinus
Painted ParakeetPyrrhura picta
Brown-throated ParakeetEupsittula pertinax
Sun Parakeet – ENAratinga solstitialis
Blue-and-yellow MacawAra ararauna
Scarlet MacawAra macao
Red-and-green MacawAra chloropterus
Red-shouldered MacawDiopsittaca nobilis
Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)
Plain-brown WoodcreeperDendrocincla fuliginosa
Wedge-billed WoodcreeperGlyphorynchus spirurus
Amazonian Barred WoodcreeperDendrocolaptes certhia
Red-billed WoodcreeperHylexetastes perrotii
Buff-throated WoodcreeperXiphorhynchus guttatus
Straight-billed WoodcreeperDendroplex picus
Streak-headed WoodcreeperLepidocolaptes souleyetii
Pale-legged HorneroFurnarius leucopus
Yellow-chinned SpinetailCerthiaxis cinnamomeus
Hoary-throated Spinetail – CRSynallaxis kollari
Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)
Brown-bellied StipplethroatEpinecrophylla gutturalis
Pygmy Antwren (H)Myrmotherula brachyura
Guianan Streaked Antwren – VUMyrmotherula surinamensis
White-flanked AntwrenMyrmotherula axillaris
Southern White-fringed AntwrenFormicivora grisea
Rufous-bellied AntwrenIsleria guttata
Dusky-throated Antshrike (H)Thamnomanes ardesiacus
Cinereous AntshrikeThamnomanes caesius
Spot-tailed AntwrenHerpsilochmus sticturus
Barred AntshrikeThamnophilus doliatus
Mouse-colored Antshrike (H)Thamnophilus murinus
Northern Slaty AntshrikeThamnophilus punctatus
Amazonian AntshrikeThamnophilus amazonicus
Black-crested AntshrikeSakesphorus canadensis
Fasciated AntshrikeCymbilaimus lineatus
Great AntshrikeTaraba major
Black-throated AntshrikeFrederickena viridis
White-plumed AntbirdPithys albifrons
Rufous-throated AntbirdGymnopithys rufigula
Guianan Warbling AntbirdHypocnemis cantator
Grey AntbirdCercomacra cinerascens
Rio Branco Antbird – CRCercomacra carbonaria
Ferruginous-backed AntbirdMyrmoderus ferrugineus
Black-chinned AntbirdHypocnemoides melanopogon
Silvered AntbirdSclateria naevia
Antthrushes (Formicariidae)
Rufous-capped AntthrushFormicarius colma
Antpittas (Grallariidae)
Spotted AntpittaHylopezus macularius
Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura (Tyrannidae)
Yellow-crowned TyrannuletTyrannulus elatus
Forest ElaeniaMyiopagis gaimardii
Yellow-bellied ElaeniaElaenia flavogaster
Plain-crested ElaeniaElaenia cristata
Lesser ElaeniaElaenia chiriquensis
Rufous-crowned ElaeniaElaenia ruficeps
Southern Beardless TyrannuletCamptostoma obsoletum
Mouse-colored TyrannuletPhaeomyias murina
Bearded TachuriPolystictus pectoralis
Helmeted Pygmy TyrantLophotriccus galeatus
Pale-eyed Pygmy TyrantAtalotriccus pilaris
Common Tody-FlycatcherTodirostrum cinereum
Yellow-olive FlatbillTolmomyias sulphurescens
Cliff FlycatcherHirundinea ferrugínea
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus obscurus
White-headed Marsh TyrantArundinicola leucocephala
Piratic FlycatcherLegatus leucophaius
Rusty-margined FlycatcherMyiozetetes cayanensis
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratus
Lesser KiskadeePhilohydor lictor
Yellow-throated FlycatcherConopias parvus
Streaked FlycatcherMyiodynastes maculatus
Boat-billed FlycatcherMegarynchus pitangua
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana
Grey KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
Short-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus ferox
Cinnamon AttilaAttila cinnamomeus
Bright-rumped Attila (H)Attila spadiceus
Cotingas (Cotingidae)
Guianan Cock-of-the-rockRupicola rupícola
Guianan Red CotingaPhoenicircus carnifex
Purple-throated FruitcrowQuerula purpurata
CapuchinbirdPerissocephalus tricolor
Screaming PihaLipaugus vociferans
Spangled CotingaCotinga cayana
Purple-breasted CotingaCotinga cotinga
Pompadour CotingaXipholena punicea
Manakins (Pipridae)
Black ManakinXenopipo atronitens
White-crowned ManakinPseudopipra pipra
Golden-headed ManakinCeratopipra erythrocephala
Tityras, Becards, Sharpbill (Tityridae)
Ruddy-tailed FlycatcherTerenotriccus erythrurus
Black-tailed TityraTityra cayana
Guianan Schiffornis (H)Schiffornis olivácea
Dusky PurpletuftIodopleura fusca
White-naped XenopsarisXenopsaris albinucha
Cinereous BecardPachyramphus Rufus
White-winged BecardPachyramphus polychopterus
Vireos, Greenlets, Shrike-babblers (Vireonidae)
Rufous-browed PeppershrikeCyclarhis gujanensis
Lemon-chested Greenlet (H)Hylophilus thoracicus
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)  
Cayenne JayCyanocorax cayanus
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
White-winged SwallowTachycineta albiventer
White-banded SwallowAtticora fasciata
Black-collared SwallowPygochelidon melanoleuca
Southern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx ruficollis
Grey-breasted MartinProgne chalybea
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Black-capped Donacobius (Donacobiidae)
Black-capped DonacobiusDonacobius atricapilla
Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Bicolored WrenCampylorhynchus griseus
Coraya WrenPheugopedius coraya
Buff-breasted Wren (H)Cantorchilus leucotis
House WrenTroglodytes aedon
Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)
Tropical GnatcatcherPolioptila plúmbea
Mockingbirds, Thrashers (Mimidae)
Tropical MockingbirdMimus gilvus
Thrushes (Turdidae)
Pale-breasted ThrushTurdus leucomelas
Cocoa ThrushTurdus fumigatus
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Yellowish PipitAnthus chii
Finches, Euphonias (Fringillidae)
Red Siskin – ENSpinus cucullatus
Finsch’s EuphoniaEuphonia finschi
New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)
Grassland SparrowAmmodramus humeralis
Oropendolas, New World Orioles, Blackbirds (Icteridae)
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Red-breasted BlackbirdLeistes militaris
Crested OropendolaPsarocolius decumanus
Green OropendolaPsarocolius viridis
Yellow-rumped CaciqueCacicus cela
Red-rumped CaciqueCacicus haemorrhous
Yellow OrioleIcterus nigrogularis
Orange-backed TroupialIcterus croconotus
Epaulet OrioleIcterus cayanensis
Giant CowbirdMolothrus oryzivorus
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
Carib GrackleQuiscalus lugubris
Yellow-hooded BlackbirdChrysomus icterocephalus
New World Warblers (Parulidae)
American Yellow WarblerSetophaga aestiva
Mitrospingid Tanagers (Mitrospingidae)
Olive-backed TanagerMitrospingus oleagineus
Cardinals & Allies (Cardinalidae)
Red TanagerPiranga flava
Red-and-black GrosbeakPeriporphyrus erythromelas
Tanagers & Allies (Thraupidae)
Hooded TanagerNemosia pileata
Wedge-tailed Grass FinchEmberizoides herbicola
Green HoneycreeperChlorophanes spiza
Swallow TanagerTersina viridis
Purple HoneycreeperCyanerpes caeruleus
Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneus
Blue DacnisDacnis cayana
Olivaceous SaltatorSaltator olivascens
BananaquitCoereba flaveola
Blue-black GrassquitVolatinia jacarina
Fulvous-crested TanagerTachyphonus surinamus
Red-shouldered TanagerTachyphonus phoenicius
Silver-beaked TanagerRamphocelus carbo
Wing-barred SeedeaterSporophila americana
Yellow-bellied SeedeaterSporophila nigricollis
Plumbeous SeedeaterSporophila plúmbea
Chestnut-bellied SeedeaterSporophila castaneiventris
Ruddy-breasted SeedeaterSporophila minuta
Saffron FinchSicalis flaveola
Grassland Yellow FinchSicalis luteola
Red-capped CardinalParoaria gularis
Blue-grey TanagerThraupis episcopus
Palm TanagerThraupis palmarum
Burnished-buff TanagerStilpnia cayana
Bay-headed TanagerTangara gyrola
Turquoise TanagerTangara mexicana
Species Seen326
Species heard only17
Total species recorded343

Mammal List

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: VU = Vulnerable, EN = Endangered, DD = Data Deficient

Common NameScientific Name
Three-toed Sloths (Bradypodidae)
Brown-throated Three-toed SlothBradypus variegatus
Anteaters (Myrmecophagidae)
Giant Anteater – VUMyrmecophaga tridactyla
Spider, Howler, and Woolly Monkeys (Atelidae)
Guianan Red HowlerAlouatta macconnelli
Cebid Monkeys (Cebidae)
Weeper CapuchinCebus olivaceus
Brown CapuchinSapajus apella
Sakis, Titis, and Uakaris (Pitheciidae)
White-faced SakiPithecia Pithecia
Cavies (Caviidae)
Greater CapybaraHydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Agoutis and Acouchis (Dasyproctidae)
Common Red-rumped AgoutiDasyprocta leporine
Sheath-tailed Bats (Emballonuridae)
Proboscis BatRhynchonycteris naso
Mustelids (Mustelidae)
Giant Otter – ENPteronura brasiliensis
Mongooses (Herpestidae)
Small Indian Mongoose Urva auropunctata
Canids (Canidae)
Crab-eating FoxCerdocyon thous
Deer (Cervidae)
Common Red Brocket – DDMazama americana
Amazonian Brown BrocketPassalites nemorivagus
Peccaries (Tayassuidae)
White-lipped Peccary – VUTayassu pecari
Total species recorded15

Reptile List

Common NameScientific Name
Vipers (Viperidae)
Common LanceheadBothrops atrox
Boas (Boidae)
Green AnacondaEunectes murinus
Iguanas and Chuckwallas (Iguanidae)
Green IguanaIguana iguana
Whiptails and Tegus (Teiidae)
Giant AmeivaAmeiva ameiva
Total species recorded4

Amphibian List

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: VU = Vulnerable

Common NameScientific Name
Cryptic Forest Frogs (Aromobatidae)
Golden Rocket Frog – ENAnomaloglossus beebei
Total species recorded1


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