Colombia is a premium destination for birding

Being home to more bird species than any other country on the planet.

In Colombia almost 2000 different bird species can be found. On top of that, 80 species only exist in Colombia’s natural habitat. With many amazing places to go birding in Colombia, bird spotters, nature lovers and photographers can get themselves ready for some memorable experiences!

Each Colombian region is home to specific bird species. Enjoy a birding experience in the hot spot of biodiversity of the tropical rainforests of the Pacific Coast, while being guided by a local expert. Visit the mountains of Santa Marta in the Colombian Carribean region for the highest concentration of endemic birds. Go out at first light and see many birds in a short time in the montane sub-tropical forests of Antioquia, the department of Medellín. Spot some beautiful, aquatic birds in the Amazon jungle or go to the cloud forests of Los Nevados and get overwhelmed by these places.

To optimize the chance of identifying a bird, local experts of the national network of bird observers take visitors along the best routes. From eagles like the great harpy eagle, hawks and parrots, to 200 species of hummingbirds, elegant, pink flamingos and bright-green toucans: the birds of Colombia won’t let you down.

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Top Birding Destinations

Colombia is a large country and one of the most biodiverse on the planet. Due to the many different ecosystems it is home to many bird species.
Here are some of the best birding destinations in Colombia:

1. Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

This isolated mountain range is home to numerous endemic species, including the Santa Marta Brushfinch and Santa Marta Parakeet. Birders can stay at the El Dorado Lodge, which offers guided tours to spot these unique species.

2. Chocó Bioregion

Known for its high levels of endemism and biodiversity, the Chocó region, especially around Tatamá National Park and the Montezuma Lodge, is perfect for spotting species like the Gold-ringed Tanager and Black-and-gold Tanager.

3. Central Andes and the Coffee Region

The central Andes, including the Rio Blanco Reserve near Manizales, offer opportunities to see antpittas and other high-altitude species. The Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is another hotspot, home to the Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and other rare birds.

4. Amazon Basin

The Colombian Amazon is a birders dream with species such as the Hoatzin and various macaws. The Calanoa Lodge near Leticia provides access to diverse habitats and bird species.

5. Eastern Plains (Llanos)

The Llanos region, with its vast savannas and wetlands, is excellent for spotting the Jabiru, Scarlet Ibis, and various raptors.

6. Magdalena Valley

El Paujil Reserve in the Magdalena Valley is dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Blue-billed Curassow. The reserve also offers sightings of other tropical species in its rainforests and wetlands.

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