Over 1,900 species have been recorded in Colombia!

Golden-hooded-Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager. © Glenn Bartley

Colombia leads the world in avian biodiversity. With a species count approaching 2,000, almost 20 % of all bird species on Earth can be found in a country less than twice the size of Texas.  It includes 76 known breeding endemics.

Emerald Tanager. © Glenn Bartley

Emerald Tanager. © Glenn Bartley

Geographically, Colombia is the “top” country of South America, the first country below Panama. It is a short two hour flight from Miami. The nation boasts spectacular natural beauty – the Andes mountains, the Amazon rain forest, beautiful coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and the La Guajira Desert.

Ecologically, Colombia is considered one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, and of these, the most biodiverse per square kilometer.  Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, lagging only after Brazil which is approximately 7 times bigger.

Recent years have seen a dramatic change in the country.  It has become a much safer country to visit and and now attracts over 4 million visitors a year.

Cock-of-the-Rock

Cock-of-the-Rock

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, lagging only after Brazil which is approximately 7 times bigger.

Visiting birders face the tough but exciting decision of where to go first.  Distinct areas include the Andean Region, the Amazon region, and both the Pacific and Caribbean areas. The birding is terrific everywhere.

Choco Toucan

Choco Toucan

Use of a local tour company or bird guide is essential in seeing the most birds and remaining safe.

Top guides and tour companies include:

Cali Tours

Colombia Birdwatch

 

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