The Llanos (“The Plains”) is a huge savanna crossed by many rivers that descend from the Andes to join the Orinoco River. This area has a dry climate from November to March, and a heavy rainy season from April to October. As you move away from the centre of the region the climate becomes more typically Amazonian, with less extreme seasons. Birding in the plains is very productive, with over 140 species possible in a day.  Specialities on the plains include White-bearded Flycatcher, Pale-headed Jacamar, Orinoco Goose, Scarlet Ibis, Horned Screamer, Hoatzin and Pinnated Bittern.


A sample of sites visited in this area:

Villavicencio: located in the Foothills of Eastern Andes (400-1000 m), this city is the gateway to explore the plains and the Amazon of Colombia. Just 10 minutes from the city there are patches of forest where you can observe Green-bellied Hummingbird,  Gray-chinned Hermit,  Orange-breasted Falcon (rare), Chestnut-eared Aracari, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Rough-legged Tyrannulet,  Lemon-throated Barbet, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Spot-tailed Nightjar,  Black-tailed Leaftosser, Blackish-gray Antshrike, Spot-winged Antbird, Green Manakin, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Opal-rumped, Paradise, Speckled, Black-faced, Magpie, Flame-crested Tanagers and Bronze-green Euphonia.

Casanare: This big area offers savanna and gallery forest where in the past we have observed Orinoco Goose, Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, Pinnated Bittern, Buff-necked Ibis, White-bearded Flycatcher, Pale-headed Jacamar, Great Potoo’s,   Sunbittern Antbird,  Yellowish Pipit, Double-striped Thick-knee, Whistling Heron  and Black Manakin.

Caño Cristales: This beautiful site is located on the border between the plains and the Amazon jungles, and offers an interesting mix of habitats. Its also home  of one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. A sample of the birds to be found includes: Salvin’s Curassow,  Spix’s Guan Sunbittern, Cream-coloured Woodpecker, Wire-tailed Manakin, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Greyish Mourner, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, White-chested Puffbird, Chestnut-winged Hookbill,  Amazonian Inezia Olive Oropendola  and White-bellied Dacnis.

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