Although the Colombian Amazon has only one endemic (Chiribiquete Emerald, which lives in a virtually inaccessible area,) this zone offers a wide variety of different habitats with different biogeographical influences. As a result the bird list is very long, and includes many rare and restricted distribution species. As a bonus, birdwatching in the Amazonian region of Colombia is cheap, and there is easy access to some sites providing a chance to observe real rarities. There are still a few insecure areas in this region, but many large areas are very safe and have significant tourism infrastructure. Good examples are:

Leticia Area:This small town is located on the shore of the Amazon River, on the border with Brazil and Peru. Leticia is the jumping off point for the different reserves and lodges located in all three countries. The most popular sites in this area are:

Amacayacu NP (Colombia): This National Park has an excellent Lodge located 2 h by boat from Leticia: Wattled Curassow, White-eared Jacamar, Point-tailed Palmcreeper Rufous-breasted Piculet, Golden-collared Toucanet Olive-spotted Hummingbird, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Canary-winged Parakeet,  Lettered Aracari, Black-throated Hermit, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Yellow-crested Tanager, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Horned Screamer, Collared Forest-Falcon, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Ochre-striped Antpitta,  Leaden Antwren, Banded Antbird, Castelnau’s Antshrike, River Tyrannulet, Purplish Jacamar, Collared Puffbird, Black Bushbird, Rio Suno Antwren, Dull-capped Attila, Striated Antthrush, White-plumed Antbird, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher and Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant all occur.

Palmari Lodge:

Although situated in Brazilian territory in the Yavari river, access to the Lodge is much easier and cheaper from Leticia, and the site is run by Colombians. This location is known for its large number of interesting specialities including: Grey Wren (a Yavari river endemic) Brown-banded Puffbird, Harpy Eagle, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Red-headed Manakin,  Deville´s Parakeet, Flame-crested Manakin, Muscovy Duck, Zigzag Heron, Barred Forest-falcon, Starred Wood-Quail,  Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Hairy-crested Antbird,  White-throated Antbird, White-bellied Parrot, Long-tailed Potoo, White-chinned Swift, Fiery Topaz, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Collared Puffbird, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Scale-breasted Woodpecker, Black Bushbird, Rio Suno Antwren, Leaden Antwren, Reddish-winged Bare-eye, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, White-crested Spadebill, Johannes Tody-tyrant, Snethlage´s Tody-tyrant,  Wire-tailed Manakin and Spangled Cotinga.



A great birding area, offering White-sand Forest, Terra Firme and varzea habitats. This zone, located near the border with Brazil, has nice black rivers and small tepuis. Avian diversity is very high, and it’s possible to see real rarities that are very difficult and expensive to find in other countries. There are no lodges in this area, but there are good hotels and restaurants in the small town of Mitu. Look for: Orinoco Piculet, Chestnut-crested Antbird, Azure-naped Jay, Spot-backed Antwren Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Fiery Topaz, Purple-breasted & Pompadour Cotingas, Lemon-chested & Brown-headed Greenlets, White-naped Seedeater, Black Bushbird, White-plumed Antbird, Plumbeous Euphonia, Pavonine Quetzal, Bronzy Jacamar, Blackish Nightjar, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Paradise Jacamar, Short-billed Leaftosser, Greyish Mourner, Amazonian Inezia, Bar-bellied Woodcreper, Yellow-throated Antwren.


Inirida-Orinoco river basin.


Puerto Inirida is a fascinating Amazonia Colombian site features mostly excellent Varzea habitats but also White-sand Forest and savannah. This area has huge and very beautiful rivers like the Orinoco, Inirida, Guaviare and Atabapo (similar habitat to Junglaven Venezuela). There are no lodges in this area, but there are good and comfortable hotels and restaurants at Puerto Inirida town. Excellent habitats are just near town.

During our stay we’ll look for the following set of birds (many of them seen for only few birders as they only live in small range):  Orinoco softttail, Yapacana Antbird, Orinoco and Golden-spangled Piculets, Rose-breasted Chat, Capuchinbird, White-naped Seedeater, Azure-naped Jay, Spot-backed Antwren, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Collared, Brown Banded, Chestnut-capped, Pied Puffbirds, Yellow-crowned Manakin, Purple-breasted & Pompadour, Spangled Cotingas, Lemon-chested & Brown-headed Greenlets, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Black Bushbird, Citron-bellied Attila, Black-bellied Thorntail, Black Manakin, Guianan Streaked Antwren, Rufous-crested and Plain-crested Elaenias, Blue and Yellow, Scarlet, Red and Green, Chesnut-fronted Macaws, Little Cuckoo, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Dot-Backed Antbird, Curve-billed Scythebill, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Bare-necked Fruitcrown, Hoatzin, Ringed, Cream-coloured, Chesnut, Red Necked, Woodpeckers, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Black skimmer, Slate-coloured, Crane, Great Black Hawks, Racket-tailed Coquette, Brown, Green-tailed Jacamars, Long-billed Woodcreper,  Black-spotted Bare Eye, Wire-tailed Manakin, Amazonian Black Tyrant, Orange-cheeked Parrot,  Plumbeous Euphonia, as well many, many other Amazonian and llanos specialities!!  Plus the just discover Antshrike in description process. .This area is great to see lots the Pink -river Dolphin (Botos) and an amazing landscapes.

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