With some 1300 species, landlocked Bolivia supports more than forty percent of South America's bird diversity. From a sky full of Andean Condors to a beautiful endemic macaw in a cactus-clad rain-shadow desert; from a flightless grebe on Lake Titicaca to dazzling hummers and a host of endemics in the high Polylepis forest and puna; and from impressive antpittas and mixed-species tanager flocks in humid montane forest to lowland Chaco savannas with fantastic rheas and seriemas, Bolivia offers an exciting chance to truly immerse ourselves in the marvelous bird life of central South America. And, sometimes to the surprise of birders--so few have been to Bolivia--our accommodations and transportation are good.
Bolivia is home to fewer than twenty endemics, but this figure is misleading because we regularly see another 100-plus species confined to a variety of limited ecosystems just overlapping political boundaries, species that may not be seen readily by birders elsewhere. Indeed, our groups have been privileged to see well the Diademed Tapaculo, a distinctly marked species discovered by Bret Whitney while scouting for a previous tour. Straneck's Tyrannulet is a species we usually see; it too has only been described in the past few years! New discoveries still await us in Bolivia.
With aesthetic highlights varying from seeable tinamous and tapaculos to shy but responsive Slaty Gnateaters and Giant Antshrikes, incredible Hooded Mountain-Toucans, the must-see-to-believe Black-hooded Sunbeam, the superb Olive-crowned Crescentchest, and dazzling and exhilarating flocks of Hooded and Scarlet-bellied mountain-tanagers to subtly beautiful Whistling Herons and Scissor-tailed Nightjars, our focus here will be amply rewarded.
Our extension before the start of the tour will seek out the threatened Blue-throated Macaw as well as an additional 250 or so species, including the rare and seldom-seen Crowned Eagle.
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