A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Bolivia's Avian Riches 2023

September 11-27, 2023 with Dan Lane guiding

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The breathtaking view upon our arrival at Refugio los Volcanes is just one of many exquisite views we enjoy on this tour! Photo by Dan Lane.

It’s a shame that Bolivia seems to be such a “well-kept secret” in birding circles, as it is truly a worthy hotspot in its diversity of birds and stunning landscapes! We explored the varied habitats of this great country, seeing an impressive number of bird species along the way (nearly 500)! Our local crew were outstanding as always, providing great logistical support and meals, and we never were lacking for views. Whether it be the sweeping open landscapes in the lowlands of Santa Cruz, the stunning red sandstone cliffs at Refugio los Volcanes, the rugged arid valleys around Comarapa and the Frente Roja Reserve, the forest-encrusted Andean slopes of the Chapare and Coroico regions, or the big sky country of the Altiplano between La Paz and Lake Titicaca, we always had something to look at! And the birds themselves were outstanding too.

We enjoyed the throngs of birds along the entrance road to Lomas de Arena near Santa Cruz, dizzying flocks of parrots and macaws over Refugio los Volcanes, staging of endemic Red-fronted Macaws at Frente Roja Reserve, the stunning Red-tailed Comet showing off his fine tail plumes on the slopes of Cerro Tunari, the secretive Huayco Tinamou that Carlos managed to see with his sharp eyes, the rare and local Scimitar-winged Piha along the “road of death” by La Paz, or the fuzzy Titicaca Grebe on that great lake that is shared with Peru… The birds we encountered on this tour are many and vivid!

I hope you will carry these memories and more with you from this tour, and will travel with us again in the future to see other sights such as these. Until then, keep them binoculars at hand and baile con Dios!


One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant

Rheidae (Rheas)

GREATER RHEA (Rhea americana)

Tinamidae (Tinamous)

HOODED TINAMOU (Nothocercus nigrocapillus) [*]

GRAY TINAMOU (Tinamus tao) [*]

BROWN TINAMOU (Crypturellus obsoletus) [*]

SMALL-BILLED TINAMOU (Crypturellus parvirostris) [*]

RED-WINGED TINAMOU (Rhynchotus rufescens rufescens)

Seen at the airport grasslands near Santa Cruz.

HUAYCO TINAMOU (Rhynchotus maculicollis)

Carlos' sharp eyes got us on this often-impossible-to-see bird on the mountainside by Corani reservoir!

ORNATE TINAMOU (Nothoprocta ornata)

Seen in the edge of puna on Cerro Tunari.

ANDEAN TINAMOU (Nothoprocta pentlandii)

Down in the arid agricultural and shrubland on the slope of Cerro Tunari, thanks to Diane for spotting!

WHITE-BELLIED NOTHURA (Nothura boraquira)

This was at Lomas de Arena, where Michigan Don spotted it and we all got fine views!

DARWIN'S NOTHURA (Nothura darwinii)

This one we kicked up in the dry puna between La Paz and Titicaca.

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Hardly a good photo... but a darned good bird for Bolivia: Sanderling! This bird, at Laguna Alalay within the city of Cochabamba, was perhaps Bolivia's fourth documented record! Photo by Dan Lane.
Anhimidae (Screamers)

SOUTHERN SCREAMER (Chauna torquata)

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata)

ANDEAN GOOSE (Oressochen melanopterus)

CRESTED DUCK (Lophonetta specularioides alticola)

RINGED TEAL (Callonetta leucophrys)

BRAZILIAN TEAL (Amazonetta brasiliensis)

TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata garleppi)

PUNA TEAL (Spatula puna)

CINNAMON TEAL (Spatula cyanoptera orinoma)

WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL (WHITE-CHEEKED) (Anas bahamensis rubrirostris)

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One of the big endemic targets of the tour is Red-fronted Macaw, and we saw them in spades at the eponymously-named Frente Roja Reserve. Photo by Dan Lane.


YELLOW-BILLED TEAL (OXYPTERA) (Anas flavirostris oxyptera)

ANDEAN DUCK (Oxyura ferruginea)

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)


ANDEAN GUAN (Penelope montagnii)

YUNGAS GUAN (Penelope bridgesi)

Kathleen got some of us on two of these at a water tank on the road through the wooded foothills south of Comarapa. They slipped away before all could see them, though.


Split from Blue-throated Piping-Guan, and not rare at Los Volcanes.


Wow! The front car heading down to Los Volcanes got to see this bird on the road ahead. Unfortunately, it disappeared into the forest before others could see it, but we heard it booming the day we departed.

Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

STRIPE-FACED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus balliviani) [*]

Phoenicopteridae (Flamingos)

CHILEAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Podicipedidae (Grebes)

WHITE-TUFTED GREBE (Rollandia rolland)

TITICACA GREBE (Rollandia microptera)

Nice views by the wharf at the hotel on the shore of Titicaca.

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Our first quetzal of the tour was this glorious Crested Quetzal we enjoyed on the Siberia ridge above Comarapa. Photo by Dan Lane.

LEAST GREBE (Tachybaptus dominicus)

PIED-BILLED GREBE (Podilymbus podiceps)

SILVERY GREBE (ANDEAN) (Podiceps occipitalis juninensis)

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

PICAZURO PIGEON (Patagioenas picazuro)

SPOT-WINGED PIGEON (Patagioenas maculosa)

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The well-named Red-tailed Comet is one of the stunning Andean hummingbirds we enjoy on the tour. This one was foraging on the slopes of Cerro Tunari. Photo by Dan Lane.

BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)

PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)

PICUI GROUND DOVE (Columbina picui)

BARE-FACED GROUND DOVE (Metriopelia ceciliae)

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

LARGE-TAILED DOVE (Leptotila megalura)

Our best views were by the bridge below our breakfast spot at Cerro Tunari.

WHITE-THROATED QUAIL-DOVE (Zentrygon frenata) [*]

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

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Recently split from Saffron-billed Sparrow, this Moss-backed Sparrow was unusually candid with us at Los Volcanes. Photo by Dan Lane.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GUIRA CUCKOO (Guira guira)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia) [*]

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

SCISSOR-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis torquata)

Carlos told us where to see this by Frente Roja, and it didn't disappoint!

RUFOUS NIGHTJAR (Antrostomus rufus) [*]

Apodidae (Swifts)

CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

WHITE-TIPPED SWIFT (Aeronautes montivagus)

ANDEAN SWIFT (Aeronautes andecolus)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

GREAT-BILLED HERMIT (AMAZONIAN) (Phaethornis malaris bolivianus)

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This tour may be among the best we offer to see Andean Condor. This immature individual was circling with two adults over us in the forested hills south of Comarapa. Photo by Dan Lane.

BUFF-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis subochraceus)

This was at the SC Botanical Garden.

PLANALTO HERMIT (Phaethornis pretrei)

At the feeders near Samaipata.

WHITE-VENTED VIOLETEAR (Colibri serrirostris)

Wow! This was a new one for me in Bolivia, and it is coming to feeders by Samaipata! Obviously we'll make that a usual stop on the tour from now on!

SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)

LESSER VIOLETEAR (Colibri cyanotus)

AMETHYST-THROATED SUNANGEL (Heliangelus amethysticollis)

SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (INORNATA) (Adelomyia melanogenys inornata)

LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)

RED-TAILED COMET (Sappho sparganurus)

A real stonker that we saw well on Cerro Tunari!

ANDEAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus estella)

This one showed well at Pongo.

WEDGE-TAILED HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus adela)

Great views on the slopes of Cerro Tunari.

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Like gulls anywhere, these Andean Gulls squabble and chase one another over food... only here, it's at 14,000 feet elevation! Photo by Dan Lane.

TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)

BLACK-HOODED SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis pamela) [E]

A stunning endemic we really enjoyed at treeline by the Corani reservoir!

GOULD'S INCA (Coeligena inca inca)


GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus)

Nice views near the Corani reservoir.


Recently split by Clements'/ebird from Booted Racket-tail, we had a glimpse on the Miguelito road.

GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas gigas)

BLUE-TUFTED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster furcifer)

Carlos is a god! He spotted this bird at an incredible distance off the side of the road. Even though we stopped specifically because he'd had it here before, that spot was unbelievable!

WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)

BLUE-TAILED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)

GLITTERING-BELLIED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon lucidus)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

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Another parrot we enjoyed at Frente Roja reserve were these Monk Parakeets of the endemic form often called "Cliff Parakeet" and considered a separate species by some authorities. Photo by Don Brubaker.

GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)

WHITE-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD (HYPOLEUCA) (Elliotomyia chionogaster hypoleuca)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

PLUMBEOUS RAIL (Pardirallus sanguinolentus)

GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus) [*]

COMMON GALLINULE (Gallinula galeata)

GIANT COOT (Fulica gigantea)

Close views at La Cumbre, but a larger concentration on the lake on the road back from Sorata.

SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)

WHITE-WINGED COOT (Fulica leucoptera)

A large concentration trying to make the best of the last remaining water at Guapilo.

Aramidae (Limpkin)

LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)

Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)

BLACK-NECKED STILT (WHITE-BACKED) (Himantopus mexicanus melanurus)

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A new bird for the tour list was this very confiding Southern Antpipit, a terrestrial flycatcher that recalls our Ovenbird in North America. Photo by Dan Lane.

ANDEAN AVOCET (Recurvirostra andina)

Two of these attractive high-elevation avocets at Laguna Alalay, and another two on the shore of Titicaca.

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)

ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens)

Thinocoridae (Seedsnipes)


Carlos did it again by spotting these grouse-like shorebirds at La Cumbre above La Paz! Great bird.

GRAY-BREASTED SEEDSNIPE (Thinocorus orbignyianus)

Shortly before the last, we saw a pair of these.

Jacanidae (Jacanas)

WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

STILT SANDPIPER (Calidris himantopus) [b]

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Yet another stunning endemic of Bolivia is the Black-hooded Sunbeam with that *amazing* aqua rump! Photo by Dan Lane.

SANDERLING (Calidris alba) [b]

Quite possibly the least-expected bird of the tour! We spotted this at Laguna Alalay, and it could be only the 4th documented record for Bolivia!

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (Calidris bairdii) [b]

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (Calidris fuscicollis) [b]

PECTORAL SANDPIPER (Calidris melanotos) [b]

PUNA SNIPE (Gallinago andina)

WILSON'S PHALAROPE (Phalaropus tricolor) [b]

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius) [b]

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca) [b]

LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes) [b]

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)

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Not quite endemic, but hard to find outside of Bolivia, is this Light-crowned Spinetail, here photographed by Chuspipata in La Paz by Dan Lane.
Eurypygidae (Sunbittern)

SUNBITTERN (Eurypyga helias)

Diane and Kathy glimpsed this species on one of our walks on the main road at Los Volcanes. Shame we couldn't all get on it! Their description was intriguing, though, as it suggested the Andean form meridionalis, which is not (as far as I know) documented in Bolivia!

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)

FASCIATED TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma fasciatum)

COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)

WHISTLING HERON (Syrigma sibilatrix)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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Our expectations were subverted by this Puna Tapaculo, who responded to our invitation to come visit by singing from *within* the aquaduct under these concrete slabs! Photo by Dan Lane.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

PUNA IBIS (Plegadis ridgwayi)

GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)

BARE-FACED IBIS (Phimosus infuscatus)

BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)

ANDEAN IBIS (Theristicus branickii)

ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus)

eBird tallies at least 15 on the tour (and there may have been a few more that I didn't make lists for)! That's not a bad haul!

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

Nice views of 3 on the descent from Los Volcanes, but another as we headed to Cochabamba from Frente Roja was a surprise.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (TROPICAL) (Cathartes aura ruficollis)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)

This one was in the airport grasslands at Santa Cruz.

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

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Bolivian Warbling-Finch is one of several species in this group of finch-tanagers that we saw on the tour. Photo by Dan Lane.

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

A crazy "roost" of dozens on the ground at Laguna Guapilo!

PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)

CINEREOUS HARRIER (Circus cinereus)

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (Accipiter striatus)

The bird we saw in the foothills near the main road as we departed Los Volcanes was a Sharp-shinned, but I'm not positive which form. Based on where we were, it's more likely to be "plain-breasted" but I can't rule out "rufous-thighed."

SOLITARY EAGLE (Buteogallus solitarius)

After a brief flyby, we were rewarded with nice perched views of an adult on the road through the deciduous forest south of Comarapa.

ROADSIDE HAWK (SOUTHERN) (Rupornis magnirostris saturatus)

HARRIS'S HAWK (Parabuteo unicinctus)

WHITE-RUMPED HAWK (Parabuteo leucorrhous)

Nice views at the Corani Pipeline sideroad.

WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)

Surprising to see this one in the foothills of La Paz!

VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)

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A very rare and poorly-known cotinga is the Scimitar-winged Piha, a species known from only a few spots in the cloudforest of Bolivia and Peru. We've found a seemingly reliable spot on our tour route. Photo by Dan Lane.

BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

WHITE-THROATED HAWK (Buteo albigula) [a]

Seen in the foothills on two days.

Strigidae (Owls)

RUFESCENT SCREECH-OWL (Megascops ingens)

Mediocre views of this at Los Volcanes as it zipped by.

FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)

BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus auriceps)

CRESTED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus antisianus)

BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)

MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus submontanus)

Momotidae (Motmots)

AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota pilcomajensis)

Formerly part of "Blue-crowned Motmot" which has since been split into several species.

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

SPOT-BACKED PUFFBIRD (CHACO) (Nystalus maculatus striatipectus)

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)

VERSICOLORED BARBET (Eubucco versicolor)

At Miguelito, one of the "usual spots" for the species.

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus derbianus)

This was at Los Volcanes.

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You can almost hear the languid whistled song of this Orange-backed Troupial we encountered at Lomas de Arena. Photo by Dan Lane.

BLUE-BANDED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis)

HOODED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena cucullata)

A distant scope view from Tablas Monte, and a brief one on the Coroico road.

CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)

CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

OCELLATED PICULET (Picumnus dorbignyanus)

This and the next species get "fuzzy" around where they come together. We had this one in the mountains of Santa Cruz for sure... not so sure about La Paz.

WHITE-WEDGED PICULET (Picumnus albosquamatus)

This species is found in the lowlands of Santa Cruz, but the type locality (the place from where the species was first described to science) is in the foothills of La Paz, and I'm pretty sure that the piculet we had around our lodging near Coroico was actually this species, not Ocellated.

WHITE WOODPECKER (Melanerpes candidus)

Nice views at Lomas de Arena.

WHITE-FRONTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cactorum)

In the arid intermontane valleys, this species is closely tied to columnar cacti.

STRIPED WOODPECKER (Dryobates lignarius)

RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis)

At the Miguelito road. This species, usually in the lowlands, does get surprisingly high in Bolivia.

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

GOLDEN-GREEN WOODPECKER (Piculus chrysochloros)

GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)


GREEN-BARRED WOODPECKER (Colaptes melanochloros)

This was the form we had at Lomas de Arena.

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Also at Lomas de Arena was this lovely Green-barred Woodpecker, a flicker species. Photo by Dan Lane.

GREEN-BARRED WOODPECKER (GOLDEN-BREASTED) (Colaptes melanochloros melanolaimus)

This was the form we had in the arid intermontane valleys.

ANDEAN FLICKER (Colaptes rupicola)

CAMPO FLICKER (Colaptes campestris)

Cariamidae (Seriemas)

RED-LEGGED SERIEMA (Cariama cristata) [*]

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) [*]

CRESTED CARACARA (SOUTHERN) (Caracara plancus plancus)

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Daptrius chimachima)

MOUNTAIN CARACARA (Daptrius megalopterus)

AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)

APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)

A bit of a surprise at Laguna Alalay!

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

GRAY-HOODED PARAKEET (Psilopsiagon aymara)

BARRED PARAKEET (Bolborhynchus lineola) [*]

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White-vented Violetear is a local species in Bolivia, and this was our first time getting it on the tour. Photo by Dan Lane.

ANDEAN PARAKEET (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius)

Nice! This is a very unpredictable species. A huge flock passed through before breakfast our day on Cerro Tunari.

MONK PARAKEET (Myiopsitta monachus)

This was the form we saw at Lomas de Arena.

MONK PARAKEET (CLIFF) (Myiopsitta monachus luchsi)

This is the form (sometimes considered a separate species) we encountered near Frente Roja reserve.


RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus) [*]

SCALY-HEADED PARROT (Pionus maximiliani)

SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (PLUM-CROWNED) (Pionus tumultuosus tumultuosus)

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)


SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)

COBALT-RUMPED PARROTLET (Forpus xanthopterygius)



A bird over Santa Cruz city was curious. Was it an escaped cagebird or wild?


RED-FRONTED MACAW (Ara rubrogenys) [E]

Wow, what a great experience watching these birds staging before heading to their evening roost at Frente Roja!

MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris)

Mostly high-fliers over Los Volcanes.

BLUE-CROWNED PARAKEET (BLUE-HEADED) (Thectocercus acuticaudatus neumanni)

MITRED PARAKEET (Psittacara mitratus)

WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

GIANT ANTSHRIKE (Batara cinerea)

After winds made it impossible to try above Comarapa, we succeeded in finding a male on the road to Sallique. What a great (nay: Giant!) bird!

GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)

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Another near-endemic of the cloudforests of Bolivia is this snazzy Orange-browed Hemispingus that we enjoyed by Chuspipata. Photo by Dan Lane.

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)

RUFOUS-CAPPED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus ruficapillus)

Above Comarapa, a bird gave us great views as it sat on an exposed stick in the brush.

CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus palliatus)

BOLIVIAN SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus sticturus)

This near-endemic was easy to see our first morning by the Rio Pirai.

VARIABLE ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus caerulescens)

UPLAND ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus aroyae)

At Miguelito, a pair played hide-and-seek, but we tagged them out eventually.

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

BLACK-CAPPED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus atricapillus)

WESTERN FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena maura)

Melanopareiidae (Crescentchests)

OLIVE-CROWNED CRESCENTCHEST (Melanopareia maximiliani)

A very friendly individual gave us nice views above Comarapa.

Conopophagidae (Gnateaters)

SLATY GNATEATER (Conopophaga ardesiaca)

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

BOLIVIAN ANTPITTA (Grallaria cochabambae) [E]

Fantastic and extended views of this recently-split (from Rufous Antpitta) and endemic species!

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Recently split from the formerly widespread "Rufous Antpitta", Bolivian Antpitta is now endemic to the country. Usually they are very skulky, but this individual was unfazed by his admirers! Photo by Dan Lane.

RUFOUS-FACED ANTPITTA (Grallaria erythrotis) [E]

Seen on two days at Empalme and Corani Pipeline.

LEYMEBAMBA ANTPITTA (Grallaricula leymebambae) [*]

Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

PUNA TAPACULO (Scytalopus simonsi)

Ha! I don't think I've heard a tapaculo singing from *inside* an aquaduct before!

DIADEMED TAPACULO (Scytalopus schulenbergi) [*]

TRILLING TAPACULO (Scytalopus parvirostris)

Great views at Empalme had us smiling! A trilling experience.

BOLIVIAN TAPACULO (Scytalopus bolivianus)

We actually got views of this at Los Volcanes.

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

SLENDER-BILLED MINER (Geositta tenuirostris)

COMMON MINER (ALTIPLANO) (Geositta cunicularia titicacae)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (AMAZONIAN) (Sittasomus griseicapillus viridis)

BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)

STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (ANDEAN/NORTHERN) (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus lineatocephalus)

A pair showed well at Miguelito.

OCELLATED WOODCREEPER (TSCHUDI'S) (Xiphorhynchus ocellatus brevirostris)

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)

NARROW-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)

MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)

ROCK EARTHCREEPER (Ochetorhynchus andaecola)

Wow, what a response from this bird as it crossed the gully at Cerro Tunari and perched in the tree almost in arm's reach!

BOLIVIAN EARTHCREEPER (Tarphonomus harterti) [E]

Just managed to hook and reel in this endemic on the road departing Frente Roja Reserve.

RUFOUS HORNERO (Furnarius rufus)

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A White-browed Brushfinch usually keeps a low profile, but here showed quite well. Photo by Dan Lane.

WREN-LIKE RUSHBIRD (Phleocryptes melanops)

CREAM-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albiventris albiventris)

MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)

BUFF-FRONTED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Dendroma rufa boliviana)

STRIPED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes holostictus)

A skulky furnariid that showed for us at Miguelito.

PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger squamiger)

TAWNY TIT-SPINETAIL (Sylviorthorhynchus yanacensis)

Just before lunch on Cerro Tunari, we had a fine view of this ruddy bird.

BROWN-CAPPED TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura fuliginiceps)

RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus rufifrons)

STREAK-FRONTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus striaticeps)

SPOT-BREASTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus maculipectus)

A nice show by a pair of these local specialties near Torrecillas on the Siberia ridge.

GREATER THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus ruber)

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A denizen of arid thornscrub, White-tipped Plantcutter is actually a cotinga! Photo by Dan Lane.

CREAMY-BREASTED CANASTERO (RUSTY-VENTED) (Asthenes dorbignyi dorbignyi)

BERLEPSCH'S CANASTERO (Asthenes berlepschi) [E]

A disappointing showing at Sorata, probably due to the leaflessness of the shrubs thanks to the drought.

LINE-FRONTED CANASTERO (Asthenes urubambensis)

I think this may be the first time we've had this one on the tour (at least while I've been guiding). It was in the shrubby grassland at the Coroico reservoir road.

SCRIBBLE-TAILED CANASTERO (Asthenes maculicauda)

Our usual, extroverted friend came in to check us out at Pongo.


At Pongo near La Paz.


At the top of Cerro Tunari.


MAQUIS CANASTERO (Asthenes heterura)

Brief glimpses in the scrub of the Cerro Tunari road.

LIGHT-CROWNED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca albiceps)

STRIPE-CROWNED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca pyrrhophia)

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This Riverbank Warbler is very like a waterthrush in its behavior. Photo by Dan Lane

YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

CHOTOY SPINETAIL (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus)

OCHRE-CHEEKED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis scutata)

Nice views of this little skulker at Los Volcanes.

PLAIN-CROWNED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis gujanensis certhiola)

Seen at the SC Botanical Garden.

SOOTY-FRONTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis frontalis) [*]

AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)

Pipridae (Manakins)

YUNGAS MANAKIN (Chiroxiphia boliviana)

After mediocre views at Los Volcanes, we did much better at Miguelito.

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

BAND-TAILED FRUITEATER (Pipreola intermedia)

BARRED FRUITEATER (Pipreola arcuata)


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White-necked Thrushes were evident in the forest around Refugio los Volcanes. Photo by Dan Lane.

RED-CRESTED COTINGA (Ampelion rubrocristatus)


Great views of this often scarce bird at the Corani Pipeline road.

ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus)

AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus)

A female showed for us at breakfast at the La Selva resort near Coroico.

SCIMITAR-WINGED PIHA (Lipaugus uropygialis)

This came together well, and what a stonker! A species that is relatively seldom seen, but we've got a special spot that has been reliable. Two birds gave us a great show.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

MANY-COLORED RUSH TYRANT (Tachuris rubrigastra)

STREAK-NECKED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes striaticollis)

SEPIA-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon amaurocephalus)

SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (ALBIDIVENTER) (Leptopogon superciliaris albidiventer)

SOUTHERN ANTPIPIT (Corythopis delalandi)

Wow! Perhaps one of my favorite birds of the tour, especially how tame it was!

WHITE-BELLIED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis albiventris)

A nice find above Refugio los Volcanes. This is a species we regularly miss!

YUNGAS TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus spodiops)

A challenge, but I think most folks got a view on the side track off the Miguelito road.

PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)

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We took a break from birding our morning near Santa Cruz city to enjoy these empanadas called "salteñas." Yum! Photo by Dan Lane.

YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (MATO GROSSO) (Tolmomyias sulphurescens pallescens)

CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)

CLIFF FLYCATCHER (SWALLOW) (Hirundinea ferruginea bellicosa)

OCHRACEOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias ochraceiventris)

A rather attractive flycatcher of the cloud forest at the upper end of the old Coroico road.

SOUTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET (SOUTHERN) (Camptostoma obsoletum bolivianum)

SUIRIRI FLYCATCHER (Suiriri suiriri suiriri)

BUFF-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus hellmayri)

WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus)

WHITE-THROATED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus leucophrys)

YELLOW-BILLED TIT-TYRANT (Anairetes flavirostris)

TUFTED TIT-TYRANT (Anairetes parulus)


HIGHLAND ELAENIA (Elaenia obscura)

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)

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Don Brubaker managed this fine photo of a Yungas Manakin through the thick understory of the Miguelito cloudforest of the Chapare slope of the Andes.

SMALL-BILLED ELAENIA (Elaenia parvirostris) [a]

We caught a glimpse of this austral migrant along the road at Lomas de Arena.

LESSER ELAENIA (Elaenia chiriquensis)

We had a brief, but good, view of this elaenia in the semi-deciduous woodland near the bottom of the Coroico road.

WHITE-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia albiceps)

Overlapping with the similar Sierran, this one differed by the duller wingbars.

SIERRAN ELAENIA (Elaenia pallatangae)

WHITE-CRESTED TYRANNULET (WHITE-BELLIED) (Serpophaga subcristata munda)

SCLATER'S TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias sclateri)

TAWNY-RUMPED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias uropygialis)

BOLIVIAN TYRANNULET (Zimmerius bolivianus)

FULVOUS-CROWNED SCRUB-TYRANT (Euscarthmus meloryphus)

Formerly called "Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant" but a split cause the change in name.

GREATER WAGTAIL-TYRANT (Stigmatura budytoides)

Cute little tyrants that do a lot of duets in the arid scrub of the central valleys.

PLAIN TYRANNULET (Inezia inornata)

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A "clear" view of another skulker in the arid Andean brushland, the Olive-crowned Crescentchest. Photo by Dan Lane.

BRAN-COLORED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus fasciatus)

EULER'S FLYCATCHER (Lathrotriccus euleri) [*]

SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus) [*]

FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (Cnemotriccus fuscatus) [*]

BLACK PHOEBE (WHITE-WINGED) (Sayornis nigricans latirostris)


VERMILION FLYCATCHER (AUSTRAL) (Pyrocephalus rubinus rubinus)

PLUMBEOUS BLACK-TYRANT (Knipolegus cabanisi)

Great bird! A fine male showed well for us at Empalme on the Siberia ridge.

WHITE-WINGED BLACK-TYRANT (Knipolegus aterrimus)

TACZANOWSKI'S GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola griseus)

This and the next two species were at La Cumbre above La Paz.

CINEREOUS GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola cinereus)

WHITE-FRONTED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola albifrons)

This was the largest of the ground-tyrants, we saw it on the seedsnipe peat bog at La Cumbre.

OCHRE-NAPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola flavinucha) [a]

This and the next two species were at Cerro Tunari. This one was most numerous high up, as birds were migrating south to breeding grounds in Patagonia.

RUFOUS-NAPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola rufivertex)

WHITE-BROWED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola albilora) [a]

RUFOUS-WEBBED BUSH-TYRANT (Cnemarchus rufipennis)

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This Chestnut-crested Cotinga was perched within a smorgasbord of fruit. Photo by Don Brubaker.


STREAK-THROATED BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes striaticollis)

RUFOUS-BELLIED BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes fuscorufus)

GOLDEN-BROWED CHAT-TYRANT (Silvicultrix pulchella)

An understory skulker we glimpsed a few times at the Corani pipeline road.

MAROON-BELTED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca thoracica thoracica) [*]

RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca rufipectoralis)

BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)

D'ORBIGNY'S CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca oenanthoides)

Took a bit of work, but we eventually tracked down a pair of these shrubline tyrants at Pongo in La Paz.

WHITE-BROWED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca leucophrys)

RUFOUS CASIORNIS (Casiornis rufus)

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)

BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa)

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)

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Not a species we get every year, a Fulvous-headed Brushfinch gave us a fantastic look on Cerro Tunari! Photo by Dan Lane.

STREAKED FLYCATCHER (SOUTHERN) (Myiodynastes maculatus solitarius)

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)

VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus varius)

CROWNED SLATY FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)


Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)


CHIVI VIREO (Vireo chivi)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

WHITE-COLLARED JAY (Cyanolyca viridicyanus)

A group of these elegent jays showed well at Tablas Monte.

GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)

PURPLISH JAY (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)

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Antshrikes aren't known for sitting out in the open at midday, so this Rufous-crested Antshrike may have qualified as a mad dog or Englishman... Photo by Don Brubaker.

PLUSH-CRESTED JAY (Cyanocorax chrysops)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

PALE-FOOTED SWALLOW (Orochelidon flavipes)

BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)

ANDEAN SWALLOW (Orochelidon andecola)

SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

SOUTHERN MARTIN (Progne elegans)

Nice views of this mirror-image species to our Purple Martin as they flew over the Frente Roja Reserve.

BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica) [b]

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

MASKED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila dumicola saturata)

The form on the main tour, in the arid intermontane valleys, is the gray-breasted one. They have white breasts in the Beni.

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)

MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)

THRUSH-LIKE WREN (UNSPOTTED) (Campylorhynchus turdinus unicolor)

MOUSTACHED WREN (Pheugopedius genibarbis)

FAWN-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus guarayanus)

FULVOUS WREN (Cinnycerthia fulva)

GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)

Cinclidae (Dippers)

WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (WHITE-CAPPED) (Cinclus leucocephalus leucocephalus)

A few lucky folks got onto this streamside bird.

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)



Stu got us on this lovely species at Lomas de Arena.


As per usual, we got this one on the road as we headed to Cochabamba.

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A more typical view of an antshike, in this case a Giant Antshrike as he pounds out his loud song. Photo by Dan Lane.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (RALLOIDES) (Myadestes ralloides ralloides)


WHITE-EARED SOLITAIRE (Entomodestes leucotis)

Seen fleetingly on two days in the cloudforest.

PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)

HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli)

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (RUFOUS-FLANKED) (Turdus albicollis contemptus)

Several views of this skulker on our hike at Refugio los Volcanes.

RUFOUS-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus rufiventris)

PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)

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The fetching Wedge-tailed Hillstar was much appreciated by the group. Photo by Dan Lane.

CREAMY-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus amaurochalinus)

GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater fuscater)

CHIGUANCO THRUSH (ANTHRACINUS) (Turdus chiguanco anthracinus)

ANDEAN SLATY THRUSH (Turdus nigriceps)

Great views of this thrush on our Siberia morning.

GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus)

Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]

Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)

PUNA PIPIT (Anthus brevirostris)

Formerly part of Short-billed Pipit, which has been split.

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanocephala)

BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanea)

PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chlorotica)

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An austral migrant, this Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant was part of a movement we witnessed on the puna of Cerro Tunari. Photo by Dan Lane.

THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)

ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Only Diane got on this one.

HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)

OLIVACEOUS SISKIN (Spinus olivaceus)

BLACK SISKIN (Spinus atratus)

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus flavopectus)

A species that, as it is presently defined, is distributed from Mexico to Argentina in cloud forests. No doubt, it will be split up in the future, so bear in mind that we saw subspecies argentinus in Santa Cruz, fulvigularis in Cochabamba, and bolivianus in La Paz. Also, the members of Chlorospingus were considered tanagers (and called "Bush-tanagers") until recently, when DNA evidence showed that they were in fact American sparrows.

GRASSLAND SPARROW (Ammodramus humeralis)


Formerly part of Stripe-headed Brushfinch, which has been split into several species. This is the southernmost of that complex, and barely enters Peru and Argentina.

MOSS-BACKED SPARROW (Arremon dorbignii)

Until recently, considered part of Saffron-billed Sparrow, but that species has been split up.

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This Brown-backed Mockingbird showed well on the side of the highway as we approached Cochabamba city. Photo by Dan Lane.

RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

BOLIVIAN BRUSHFINCH (Atlapetes rufinucha) [E]


Spectacular views of this local species (on the tour route at least) at Cerro Tunari.

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (RUSSET-BACKED) (Psarocolius angustifrons alfredi)

DUSKY-GREEN OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius atrovirens)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)

SOLITARY BLACK CACIQUE (Cacicus solitarius)


MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (BOLIVIAN) (Cacicus chrysonotus chrysonotus)

VARIABLE ORIOLE (CHESTNUT-SHOULDERED) (Icterus pyrrhopterus pyrrhopterus)

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Until recently considered a saltator, Rufous-bellied Mountain-Tanager is an outlier of the mountain-tanager radiation in being found in arid habitats. Photo by Dan Lane.

ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL (Icterus croconotus)

SCREAMING COWBIRD (Molothrus rufoaxillaris)

So, a bit of an after-the-fact identification, but two of these were perched on a conifer along the road into Lomas de Arena, and their strange calls drew my attention and alerted me that they weren't the expected Shiny Cowbirds.

SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

CHOPI BLACKBIRD (Gnorimopsar chopi)

BOLIVIAN BLACKBIRD (Oreopsar bolivianus) [E]

Nice views of this endemic Bolivian genus at the feeders of Frente Roja Reserve.

GRAYISH BAYWING (Agelaioides badius)

YELLOW-WINGED BLACKBIRD (Agelasticus thilius)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (Basileuterus culicivorus)

YUNGAS WARBLER (Basileuterus punctipectus punctipectus)

Until recently considered part of Three-striped Warbler, now restricted to the southernmost couple of taxa found from Puno, Peru, east into Bolivia.

CITRINE WARBLER (BOLIVIAN) (Myiothlypis luteoviridis euophrys)

This is a species with several fairly vocally distinct forms, likely to be split up at some point.

PALE-LEGGED WARBLER (Myiothlypis signata)

RIVERBANK WARBLER (Myiothlypis rivularis)

Formerly called "River Warbler" but a name change was required to avoid overlap with a European species.

TWO-BANDED WARBLER (Myiothlypis bivittata)

A common bird around Refugio Los Volcanes.

SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)

BROWN-CAPPED REDSTART (Myioborus brunniceps)

SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

HEPATIC TANAGER (Piranga flava)

WHITE-WINGED TANAGER (Piranga leucoptera)

BLACK-BACKED GROSBEAK (Pheucticus aureoventris)

ULTRAMARINE GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia brissonii)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

RED-CRESTED CARDINAL (Paroaria coronata)

BLACK-FACED TANAGER (Schistochlamys melanopis)

MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)

ORANGE-BROWED HEMISPINGUS (Kleinothraupis calophrys)

A near endemic that is quite a lovely bird. Took a bit of effort, but eventually we scored it!

BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (BLACK-EARED) (Sphenopsis melanotis castaneicollis)

ORANGE-HEADED TANAGER (Thlypopsis sordida)

RUST-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Thlypopsis ruficeps)

SUPERCILIARIED HEMISPINGUS (URUBAMBAE) (Thlypopsis superciliaris urubambae)

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By comparison to the Santa Cruz breakfast, the one we had out of La Paz was a little colder and higher! Photo by Dan Lane.

RUSTY-BROWED WARBLING FINCH (Microspingus erythrophrys)

A rare one we saw well near Torrecillas our day on the Siberia ridge.

RINGED WARBLING FINCH (Microspingus torquatus)

BLACK-CAPPED WARBLING FINCH (Microspingus melanoleucus)

Common in the arid intermontane valleys of central Bolivia.

THREE-STRIPED HEMISPINGUS (Microspingus trifasciatus)

BLACK-GOGGLED TANAGER (Trichothraupis melanops)

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

HOODED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Buthraupis montana montana)

BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER (Sporathraupis cyanocephala)


BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (BOLIVIAN) (Anisognathus somptuosus flavinucha)

This southernmost form of the species is quite distinct in plumage and (especially) voice. Expect a split sometime in the near future.

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The understated Plumbeous Pigeon showed well for us at Refugio los Volcanes. Photo by Dan Lane.


RUFOUS-BELLIED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Pseudosaltator rufiventris)

Formerly called "Rufous-bellied Saltator" and it's hard for me to break the habit. Seen well on Cerro Tunari.

GOLDEN-COLLARED TANAGER (Iridosornis jelskii)

Seen our day returning to La Paz from Coroico.

BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Rauenia bonariensis)

SAYACA TANAGER (Thraupis sayaca)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)

GREEN-THROATED TANAGER (Stilpnia argyrofenges)

Whew, after a few "slip the net" attempts, we finally got some views of this at Miguelito.

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Andean Slaty Thrush is an attractive species found in alder thickets in the Andes. Photo by Dan Lane.

SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)

SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)

GUIRA TANAGER (Hemithraupis guira)

GIANT CONEBILL (Conirostrum binghami)

Unfortunately only a brief view for some folks after our lunch on Cerro Tunari.

WHITE-BROWED CONEBILL (Conirostrum ferrugineiventre)

BLUE-BACKED CONEBILL (Conirostrum sitticolor)


A sharp-looking little tanager we saw near Corani reservoir.

BLACK-THROATED FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa brunneiventris)

Replaces the next near to Peru.

GRAY-BELLIED FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa carbonaria) [E]

A country endemic that is widespread in the higher elevations.

RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides)


Like the next, but with glaring yellow eyes.

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Widespread in the Neotropics, but probably comprising several species, is this Golden-crowned Warbler that we saw near the Santa Cruz airport. Photo by Dan Lane.


BLACK-HOODED SIERRA FINCH (Phrygilus atriceps)

Brief views on Cerro Tunari.

PERUVIAN SIERRA FINCH (Phrygilus punensis)

GLACIER FINCH (Idiopsar speculifer)

PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)

GRAY-CRESTED FINCH (Lophospingus griseocristatus)

A titmouse-like finch of the dry valleys in central Bolivia.

BAND-TAILED SIERRA FINCH (Rhopospina alaudina)

In the dry puna with the Puna Pipit.

DRAB HEMISPINGUS (Pseudospingus xanthophthalmus)

RUFOUS-SIDED WARBLING FINCH (Poospizopsis hypochondria)

BOLIVIAN WARBLING FINCH (Poospiza boliviana)

This near-endemic finally showed for us on Cerro Tunari, expertly spotted by Diane.


Kathleen got us on these large and lovely endemic finch-tanagers on Cerro Tunari.

GREENISH YELLOW-FINCH (Sicalis olivascens)

SAFFRON FINCH (PELZELN'S) (Sicalis flaveola pelzelni)

WEDGE-TAILED GRASS-FINCH (Emberizoides herbicola)

This sparrow-like tanager was in the grassland near the SC airport thanks to Kathy.

GREAT PAMPA-FINCH (WESTERN) (Embernagra platensis olivascens)

So this species occurs in two forms in Bolivia. This highland one, and a lowland one we saw in the Beni.

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

RUSTY-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila collaris)

Amazing that this was the only Sporophila of the main tour! Not one we usually encounter.

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The well-named Spectacled Redstart reminds us a bit of Canada Warbler. Photo by Dan Lane.

PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

BLUISH-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)

Formerly part of "Grayish Saltator" which has been split into three species. This one is the widespread one in Amazonia and adjacent South America.

GOLDEN-BILLED SALTATOR (Saltator aurantiirostris)

Widespread in the Andes.


BRAZILIAN FREE-TAILED BAT (Tadarida brasiliensis)


A bit of a surprise was seeing this nocturnal monkey in the afternoon at the SC Botanical Garden.

WHITE-EARED TITI MONKEY (Callicebus donacophilus)

BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)

BOLIVIAN SQUIRREL (Sciurus ignitus)

Mostly in the humid cloudforest.


Seen on our second day in Santa Cruz.

MONTANE GUINEA PIG (Cavia tschudii)

CAPYBARA (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)

BROWN AGOUTI (Dasyprocta variegata)


These were a big hit at Pongo in La Paz.


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Not often seen about in the daylight, this Azara's Night Monkey was at the Santa Cruz Botanical Garden. If you look carefully, you can see that it is carrying a young baby--a detail we all missed a the time! Photo by Dan Lane.


Yacare Caiman (Caiman yacare)

Argentine Black-and-white Tegu (Salvator merianae)

Lava Lizard sp. (Tropidurus sp.)

Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonarius)

Yellow-headed Sideneck (Podocnemis unifilis)

Walker's Slender Snake (Galvarinus attenuatus)

Totals for the tour: 494 bird taxa and 11 mammal taxa