This rainy mountain range is home to many really special birds, including global rarities, country endemics, and others that are just gorgeously colourful! The region is a paradise for tanager fans and hummingbird lovers alike, and includes rich, biodiverse cloud forest between 800-3800 m. In Colombia, the western slope of the western Andes is still mostly covered by forests while the drier eastern slope is largely deforested.

 There are 9 endemics in the western Andes (most of which have only recently been discovered): Urrao Antpitta, Gorgeted &  Colourful Pufflegs, Dusky Starfrontlet, Munchique Wood-Wren, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Alto Pisones Tapaculo, Paramillo Tapaculo and Gold-ringed Tanager. In addition there are a further 7 national endemics, and many other special near-endemics such as Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Black Solitaire, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Bicoloured Antvireo, Choco Vireo and Beautiful Jay. Many of these species also occur in Ecuador, but are easier to see in Colombia.

Examples of sites we visit in this region are:

 Montezuma Road: west slope with premontane forest between 1300-2200 m. Look for the splendid Gold-ringed and Black-and-gold Tanagers, Chestnut Wood-Quail, Munchique Wood-wren,  Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Bicolored Antvireo, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Black Solitaire, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Uniform Treehunter, Bar-crested Antshrike, Glistening-green Tanager, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Beautiful Jay, White-tailed Hillstar, Choco Vireo, Toucan Barbet, Olivaceous Piha, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Orange-breasted Falcon, Purple-bibbed Whitetip. (Las Tangaras Reserve (1200-1900 m) to the west of Medellín is very similar to Montezuma.)

Jardin: Montane cloud forests on the eastern slope between 1900-3000m, with superb species such as Yellow-eared Parrot, Red-bellied Grackle, Chestnut-crested Cotinga, Tanager-Finch, Munchique Wood-Wren, Black-billed Toucan, White-capped Tanager, Red-hooded Tanager, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Citrine Warbler, Golden-crowned Tanager, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Speckle-faced Parrot and Chestnut-naped Antpitta

Urrao-Dusky starfrontlet Reserve: Montane cloud forest and paramo. Search for Fenwick’s or Urrao Antpitta, Dusky Starfrontlet, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Paramillo Tapaculo, Rusty-faced Parrot, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Barred Antthrush, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Flammulated Treehunter, Red-hooded Tanager and Andean Pygmy-Owl. The reserve also features fantastic Antpitta and hummer feeders

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