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Guyana I 2018
Jan 13, 2018 to Jan 24, 2018
Dave Stejskal & Marcelo Barreiros, with Ron Allicock

The Hoatzin! One of the most emblematic birds in the Neotropics. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

It's always a pleasure to be in the very rich country of Guyana. Our trip began in a mangrove swamp in Georgetown, where we were presented with at least three Rufous Crab Hawks, including a young individual. In addition, a huge flock of Scarlet Ibis crossed the nearby canal, really beautiful. Still in the mangrove swamp, three Brown Pelicans, one Roadside Hawk and one rare Mangrove Cuckoo. Our morning still had the boat trip to see the Hoatzin, plus others like Little Cuckoo and the single Long-winged Harrier on the way back to the hotel. In the afternoon we went to the Georgetown Botanical Garden, and besides other cool things we had the most sought-after bird of the day, the male Blood-colored Woodpecker.

The second day was exciting as we flew near Kaieteur Falls and later, we got quite close to the waterfall along the trail! We only spent two hours there, but it was enough to see three Guianan Cock-of-the-rock males in the arena, really amazing bright orange Cotingas! After that, we flew to our first lodge, Iwokrama Lodge, and in the afternoon we took a boat trip where we had great looks at Ladder-tailed Nightjar on a small river island. On the first morning in Iwokrama, we went, before breakfast, to the Capuchinbird lek, which gave a show to the group. After that, Turtle Mountain trail was exciting. Half of the group ventured up the hill and had a magical encounter with an Orange-breasted Falcon pair, as well as a couple of Red-and-black Grosbeaks on the way back, while the rest of the group had great looks at a Spotted Antpitta out there. After lunch we walked the access road until dusk where we saw the Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl.

On the way to Surama Eco-Lodge we made some really nice birding stops and we had fantastic looks at five male Pompadour Cotingas displaying. Besides that, a family of Black-spotted Barbets, a female Blue-backed Tanager, Blue-cheeked Parrot and many other nice birds. At Atta Lodge we had fantastic moments in the backyard, where we saw Dusky Purpletuft, Crimson Fruitcrow, two White Hawks perched, and several other species feeding on some Cecropia sp. fruit. Besides that, they have the canopy walkway where we had a different perspective of the forest and had great looks at the Guianan Puffbird, Guianan Woodcreeper, a very close Black-faced Hawk, and three wonderful Red-fan Parrots in the scope. We made three attempts to see the Harpy Eagle and we finally did it! It was great to see that young female close to the nest, and on the same day, one of our drivers showed us a fantastic day roosting Long-tailed Potoo!

After that, we drove to the savanna habitats and it was really cool to see the differences between those habitats and birds in a short period of driving. Only two hours from Atta Lodge we were in a huge savanna with totally different species of birds like the White-tailed Hawk, Double-striped Thick-knee, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, White-fringed Antwren, and many other new birds for the group. On the next morning we saw the majestic Giant Anteater running in the field for a few minutes and that was simply fantastic! Before we got to Lethem, we made a nice stop to try for two special birds, Rio Branco Antbird and Hoary-throated Spinetail and we had great looks at both on the final day.

It was a great tour and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as the leaders did!

--Marcelo Barreiros

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

Tinamidae (Tinamous)
GREAT TINAMOU (Tinamus major) – Heard a few times during the tour. [*]
CINEREOUS TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinereus) [*]
RED-LEGGED TINAMOU (Crypturellus erythropus) – Heard on an afternoon at Buro-Buro trail. [*]
VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus) [*]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata) – Nice looks in a lake in the savanna area.
MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)
MASKED DUCK (Nomonyx dominicus) – A few individuals in a lake in the savanna area.
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
VARIABLE CHACHALACA (Ortalis motmot) – Great looks in the scope at Iwokrama Lodge's backyard.
MARAIL GUAN (Penelope marail) – Two birds seen very well on the Iwokrama entrance road.
SPIX'S GUAN (GRANT'S) (Penelope jacquacu granti) – Seen a few times during the tour.
CRESTLESS CURASSOW (Mitu tomentosum) [*]
BLACK CURASSOW (Crax alector) – Amazing looks in the Atta Lodge's backyard and a few birds seen on the Linden-Lethem road.
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
CRESTED BOBWHITE (Colinus cristatus)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
LEAST GREBE (Tachybaptus dominicus) – Several birds seen on a lake near Caiman House.
PIED-BILLED GREBE (Podilymbus podiceps)
Ciconiidae (Storks)
MAGUARI STORK (Ciconia maguari) – Wow! More than one hundred of these big guys in the rice fields on the way to Caiman House.
JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria) – Eight birds seen through the scope in the rice fields.
WOOD STORK (Mycteria americana) – Seen a few times in the savanna area.
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
BROWN PELICAN (Pelecanus occidentalis) – Three birds seen on the very first morning at Georgetown city mangroves.
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
PINNATED BITTERN (Botaurus pinnatus)
RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)
COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
STRIATED HERON (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Butorides striata striata)
CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nyctanassa violacea)
BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius) – A single individual spotted by Ron on the beginning of the Turtle Mountain trail. Really cool bird!
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
SCARLET IBIS (Eudocimus ruber) – One of the most beautiful Ibis in the Neotropics! We had excellent looks of a group crossing a canal in the mangroves on the first day.
GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja)

The majestic Kaieteur Falls. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus) – A few birds seen during the tour in the riverine forest and savanna.
GREATER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes melambrotus) – Seen a few times in the forested areas.
KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa) – A single bird flying over the Linden-Lethem road.
Pandionidae (Osprey)
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
PEARL KITE (Gampsonyx swainsonii) – One bird seen in the scope at Georgetown Botanical Garden.
WHITE-TAILED KITE (Elanus leucurus) – A couple of individuals seen in the savanna areas.
GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis) – Seen once, flying over the forest at Iwokrama Lodge.
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus) – Nice looks during the tour, specially at the top of Turtle Mountain trail.
HARPY EAGLE (Harpia harpyja) – We tried three times to get it! That was tough, but the princess of the forest was there! It's always a prize to see that huge eagle.
BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)
SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis) – A few birds seen on the first morning.
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus) – Seen in the scope from the canopy walkway at Atta Lodge.
PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)
LONG-WINGED HARRIER (Circus buffoni) – A single bird seen flying over the rice fields in Georgetown.
CRANE HAWK (Geranospiza caerulescens) – Great looks in the scope from the Iwokrama Lodge main building.
RUFOUS CRAB HAWK (Buteogallus aequinoctialis) – A very special bird! We saw at least three birds, including an immature in the mangroves.
SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)
GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)
BLACK-FACED HAWK (Leucopternis melanops) – Amazing moment on the Atta Lodge canopy walkway!! A bird came really close to the group staying there for a few minutes!
GRAY-LINED HAWK (Buteo nitidus)
ZONE-TAILED HAWK (Buteo albonotatus) – A single bird flying over the Georgetown Botanical Garden.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
OCELLATED CRAKE (Micropygia schomburgkii) – What a bird! After many attempts we got the bird near the Surama Eco Lodge.
GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)
PURPLE GALLINULE (Porphyrio martinicus)
Heliornithidae (Finfoots)
SUNGREBE (Heliornis fulica) – Seen by a few folks on the Rupununi River.
Aramidae (Limpkin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)
Psophiidae (Trumpeters)
GRAY-WINGED TRUMPETER (Psophia crepitans) – We heard it a few times and we saw five birds flying across the Linden-Lethem Road.
Burhinidae (Thick-knees)
DOUBLE-STRIPED THICK-KNEE (Burhinus bistriatus) – Great looks on the first morning in the savanna area.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
PIED LAPWING (Vanellus cayanus)
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
Jacanidae (Jacanas)
WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus)
LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
SOLITARY SANDPIPER (Tringa solitaria)
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
YELLOW-BILLED TERN (Sternula superciliaris)
LARGE-BILLED TERN (Phaetusa simplex)
ROYAL TERN (Thalasseus maximus)
BLACK SKIMMER (Rynchops niger) – A group of birds seen on the beach on the first day, at Georgetown.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)
PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea) – Heard many times and seen for a few minutes in the scope in the Atta Lodge backyard.
COMMON GROUND-DOVE (Columbina passerina)
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)
BLUE GROUND-DOVE (Claravis pretiosa) [*]
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi) – Common in the Surama Eco-Lodge's backyard.
GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)
HOATZIN (Opisthocomus hoazin) – We had these strange, monotypic family birds on the Mahaica River boat trip, on the very first morning.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
GREATER ANI (Crotophaga major)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia) – Great scope looks from the balcony of our boat driver's house, near Georgetown.
LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta) – At least three birds seen very well during the boat trip on the Mahaica River, near Georgetown.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
BLACK-BELLIED CUCKOO (Piaya melanogaster) – Nice looks in the scope at Atta Lodge.
MANGROVE CUCKOO (Coccyzus minor) – We saw it very well on the first morning, in the mangrove area.
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
BARN OWL (Tyto alba) – A single bird seen flying over an avenue in Georgetown.
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) [*]
TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (Megascops watsonii) – A bird got very close to the group in response to Dave's tape.

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)
BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)
MOTTLED OWL (Ciccaba virgata) [*]
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
LEAST NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles pusillus)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles acutipennis)
SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis semitorquatus)
BAND-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Nyctiprogne leucopyga) – A few individuals flying over the Rupununi River at dusk.
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis) [*]
WHITE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis cayennensis) – Nice looks of a group of birds roosting in the daytime.
LADDER-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis climacocerca)
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)
GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis) – The local guides knew his exact address near Surama Eco-Lodge. We had amazing looks!
LONG-TAILED POTOO (Nyctibius aethereus) – Another amazing look at the daytime roosting spot found by one of our drivers. Thanks so much for that!
COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus) – A single bird spotted in the riverside forest on the way back on the boat trip on the Rupununi River.
WHITE-WINGED POTOO (Nyctibius leucopterus) – One of the coolest moments of the trip, for sure! A bird came in near the road in response to John's (local guide) whistling near Atta Lodge. Incredible moment.

White-tailed Nightjar - female. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris) – A group of several birds flying over the village of Surama.
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura) – Seen a few times during the tour.
BAND-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura spinicaudus)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
LESSER SWALLOW-TAILED SWIFT (Panyptila cayennensis) – Three birds flying over the Linden-Lethem road with some Band-rumped Swifts.
FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora) – Seen really well during the boat trip, feeding in an Inga tree with some others species.
LONG-TAILED HERMIT (Phaethornis superciliosus) – Great looks in the scope on the Iwokrama lodge entrance road.
REDDISH HERMIT (Phaethornis ruber)
BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)
RUBY-TOPAZ HUMMINGBIRD (Chrysolampis mosquitus) – A male perched for a few minutes in the riverine forest of the Rupununi River. Beautiful bird.
BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)
RACKET-TAILED COQUETTE (Discosura longicaudus) – We saw a young male feeding for a couple of minutes on a trail near Kaieteur Falls. Another female at Atta Lodge was easier to see.
LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris) – A bird spotted during the Rupununi boat trip.
BLUE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Chlorestes notata)
GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis) – Seen a couple times during the tour.
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
PLAIN-BELLIED EMERALD (Amazilia leucogaster) – Seen really well, feeding every day that we stayed at Cara Lodge, in Georgetown.
RUFOUS-THROATED SAPPHIRE (Hylocharis sapphirina)
Trogonidae (Trogons)
BLACK-TAILED TROGON (Trogon melanurus)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
GUIANAN TROGON (Trogon violaceus) – This bird used to be considered a single species all over the Amazon and now there are two of them. This one, from north of the Amazon River and the Amazonian Trogon, from south of the Amazon River.
BLACK-THROATED TROGON (Trogon rufus) – A couple of birds seen in the scope on the Harpy Eagle trail.
Momotidae (Motmots)
AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)
AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)
GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
GUIANAN PUFFBIRD (Notharchus macrorhynchos) – A bird right above us on the canopy walkway at Atta Lodge.
SPOTTED PUFFBIRD (Bucco tamatia) [*]
BLACK NUNBIRD (Monasa atra) – Common on the forest borders.
SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
YELLOW-BILLED JACAMAR (Galbula albirostris) – A pair of birds showed up briefly on the Cock-of-the-rock trail.
GREEN-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula galbula) – Great looks on the boat trip on the first morning.
BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra) – A white sand forest bird, seen well in the scope near Atta Lodge.
PARADISE JACAMAR (Galbula dea) – Seen a few times during the tour.
GREAT JACAMAR (Jacamerops aureus) – We had really great looks in the scope on the Harpy Eagle trail.
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
BLACK-SPOTTED BARBET (Capito niger) – A family of birds feeding near the road on the way to Surama Eco-Lodge for several minutes.
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
GREEN ARACARI (Pteroglossus viridis) – A Guianan Shield endemic seen well through the scope on the Iwokrama Lodge entrance road.
BLACK-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus aracari) – We saw many times during the tour.
GUIANAN TOUCANET (Selenidera piperivora) – That was tough! We've been looking for this Guianan Shield endemic for several days and finally got it on the Linden-Lethem road near the Harpy Eagle trail.
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (Ramphastos tucanus) – Common during the tour.
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (Ramphastos vitellinus) – A little bit less common than his friend, the White-throated Toucan, we had great looks at this guy feeding a few times over the course of the tour.
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
GOLDEN-SPANGLED PICULET (Picumnus exilis) – That was special for Rick as his bird number 5000! Congratulations man!
WHITE-BELLIED PICULET (Picumnus spilogaster) – Great looks on the boat trip over the Mahaica river and later, at the Georgetown Botanical Garden.
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus) – Nice looks in the scope at Atta Lodge. Many birds were feeding on some Cecropia sp. fruit.
GOLDEN-COLLARED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis cassini) – We heard a few times and saw it in the scope very well near the Harpy Eagle trail.

Blood-colored Woodpecker - One of the main targets on the tour! Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

BLOOD-COLORED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis sanguineus) – Yes! This was one of the main targets on the tour, and we had really good looks at a male at the Georgetown Botanical Garden.
YELLOW-THROATED WOODPECKER (Piculus flavigula) – Seen once on the COTR trail entrance with some other species.
GOLDEN-GREEN WOODPECKER (Piculus chrysochloros)
RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus) [*]
WAVED WOODPECKER (Celeus undatus) – We heard a few times and saw it in the scope for several minutes at Iwokrama Lodge.
CREAM-COLORED WOODPECKER (Celeus flavus) – Great looks at a beautiful male in the Atta Lodge yards.
CHESTNUT WOODPECKER (Celeus elegans) – A pair of birds seen foraging with a mixed species flock.
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus) – Really great looks at a pair of birds close to a possible nest at the Georgetown Botanical Garden.
RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis) – The biggest woodpecker in the Amazon forest seen very well in the scope at Iwokrama Lodge.
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis) [*]
COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
RED-THROATED CARACARA (Ibycter americanus)
CRESTED CARACARA (Caracara cheriway)
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans) – We heard a bird at dusk near the Surama Eco-Lodge. [*]

Cream-colored Woodpecker - A beautiful male at the Atta Lodge. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)
BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis) – We had great looks in the scope of a bird eating a bat near the Harpy Eagle trail.
ORANGE-BREASTED FALCON (Falco deiroleucus) – A beautiful pair of birds seen really well on the top of Turtle Mountain. After a couple hours of hiking we had this great view!
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
GOLDEN-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris chrysoptera) – A few fly-by views during the tour.
CAICA PARROT (Pyrilia caica)
DUSKY PARROT (Pionus fuscus)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)
FESTIVE PARROT (Amazona festiva)
BLUE-CHEEKED PARROT (Amazona dufresniana) – Yes, we got it! Two birds seen in the scope on the way to Surama Eco-Lodge.
YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)
MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)
ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)
GREEN-RUMPED PARROTLET (Forpus passerinus) – Three birds seen on the boat trip on the Mahaica river.
BLACK-HEADED PARROT (Pionites melanocephalus) – Three birds seen briefly in the scope near the Harpy Eagle nest, and later we had a group of birds flying over the Linden-Lethem road.
RED-FAN PARROT (Deroptyus accipitrinus) – One the most beautiful parrots in the world, the nominal subspecies (Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus) of the Guianan Shield has a patch of whitish feathers on the front.
PAINTED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura picta) – We had beautiful looks at this fancy and Guianan Shield endemic Parakeet at Iwokrama Lodge.
BROWN-THROATED PARAKEET (Eupsittula pertinax) – Seen a few times during the tour, mainly in the open areas and forest borders.
RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus) – Closely tied to the Mauritia Palm trees for breeding and feeding, we saw big groups of birds in the savanna areas.
SCARLET MACAW (Ara macao) – Seen well a few times during the tour, we had some fly-by looks and one bird feeding on some nuts around Atta Lodge.
RED-AND-GREEN MACAW (Ara chloropterus)
RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
ASH-WINGED ANTWREN (Euchrepomis spodioptila) – A pair of birds heard in a mixed species flock near the Harpy Eagle trail. [*]
FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE (Cymbilaimus lineatus)
BLACK-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Frederickena viridis) – It's always a challenge but we had satisfactory looks at a pair of birds on the Harpy Eagle trail.
BLACK-CRESTED ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphorus canadensis) – Male and female seen very well during the boat trip on the Mahaica river.
BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)
MOUSE-COLORED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus murinus) – We heard it a few times, and saw a male in the scope on the way back from the canopy walkway in Atta Lodge.
AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)
DUSKY-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)
CINEREOUS ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes caesius)
RUFOUS-BELLIED ANTWREN (Isleria guttata) – Another Guianan Shield endemic seen on the top of Turtle Mountain trail.
BROWN-BELLIED ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla gutturalis) – This little antwren is very often following understory species flocks and usually feeds in dead leaves.

Scarlet Macaw feeding on some nuts. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
PYGMY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula brachyura) – Usually only seen in the canopy, we had great looks at this tiny bird in Atta Lodge's yard!
GUIANAN STREAKED-ANTWREN (Myrmotherula surinamensis) – Another Guianan Shield endemic for the list! That bird likes riverine forest for living.
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis)
GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)
SPOT-TAILED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus sticturus) [*]
TODD'S ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus) – Seen in the scope on the Linden-Lethem road.
WHITE-FRINGED ANTWREN (Formicivora grisea)
GUIANAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis cantator) – A very cooperative pair of birds seen well by the whole group on the Iwokrama Lodge trail.
DUSKY ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides tyrannina) [*]
GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens) [*]
RIO BRANCO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra carbonaria) – After driving for a couple of hours to try for this guy and the Hoary-throated Spinetail, we were reward with fantastic looks at both birds.
WHITE-BROWED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus leucophrys)
BLACK-CHINNED ANTBIRD (Hypocnemoides melanopogon)
SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia) [*]
FERRUGINOUS-BACKED ANTBIRD (Myrmoderus ferrugineus) – What a beauty! This fancy bird gave us a show on the Iwokrama entrance road.
RUFOUS-THROATED ANTBIRD (Gymnopithys rufigula) [*]
COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus) – For those who took the challenge to get to the top of Turtle Mountain, a male gave them a show for a few minutes.
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
SPOTTED ANTPITTA (Hylopezus macularius)
THRUSH-LIKE ANTPITTA (Myrmothera campanisona) [*]
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
RUFOUS-CAPPED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius colma) – Really great looks on the COTR trail.
BLACK-FACED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius analis) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
CINNAMON-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Dendrexetastes rufigula) – Great looks after a great lunch at Ron's aunt's house.
STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus) – Seen with an understory mixed species flock on the beginning of the Turtle Mountain trail.
CHESTNUT-RUMPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus)
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)
GUIANAN WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus) – Another Guianan Shield endemic! We had great looks from the canopy walkways and later with a flock on the Linden-Lethem road.
PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (Furnarius leucopus)
PLAIN-CROWNED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis gujanensis)
HOARY-THROATED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis kollari) – Fantastic looks at this bird that has a pretty small range.

Lineated Woodpecker - Male. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
CRESTED DORADITO (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri) – This was one of the most wanted targets on the tour! Thanks to Ron and the Caiman House local guides for taking us to the bird's address! We had a very nice look at a dry marsh!
FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)
YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)
PLAIN-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia cristata)
RUFOUS-CROWNED ELAENIA (Elaenia ruficeps) – We had nice looks at this bird which is found only in the white sand forest near Kaieteur Falls.
OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)
SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus) – This is the smallest Passerine in the world and we were able to make sure of that.
HELMETED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus galeatus) [*]
PALE-EYED PYGMY-TYRANT (Atalotriccus pilaris) – On a short stop on the way to Caiman House a single bird came in close to check out the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl tape.
SPOTTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum maculatum)
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
PAINTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum pictum) – A tiny fancy bird, endemic to the Guianan Shield, seen in the scope on the Linden-Lethem road.
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
YELLOW-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias assimilis) [*]
GRAY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias poliocephalus)
YELLOW-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias flaviventris) [*]
WHITE-CRESTED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus platyrhynchos) [*]
RUDDY-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Terenotriccus erythrurus) [*]
CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea) – Seen by a few folks near Kaieteur Falls.
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
PIED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola pica)
WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)
RUFOUS-TAILED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon ruficauda) – Nice looks in the scope in a white-sand forest near Atta.
CINNAMON ATTILA (Attila cinnamomeus) [*]
BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus) [*]
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
LESSER KISKADEE (Pitangus lictor)
GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)
RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
GRAY KINGBIRD (Tyrannus dominicensis) – Much less common than his cousin Tropical Kingbird, we saw it very well at Georgetown Botanical Garden.
FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Tyrannus savana) – It's always great seeing those elegant birds flying with their long forked tails.

Black Nunbird. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
GUIANAN RED-COTINGA (Phoenicircus carnifex) – WOW! That was a fantastic moment on the tour! We had two males very close in a white sand forest.
GUIANAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola rupicola) – It doesn't matter how many times you see that bird, it's always a pleasure. On the trails near Kaieteur Falls, a male flew over our heads and landed for a couple of minutes, and later we could appreciate three of them on the lekking area.
CRIMSON FRUITCROW (Haematoderus militaris) – One of the highlights of the trip! After many days looking for it, everyone present could see a female flying over the Atta Lodge yard and later in the scope for a few minutes.
PURPLE-THROATED FRUITCROW (Querula purpurata) – Many great looks during the tour.
CAPUCHINBIRD (Perissocephalus tricolor) – One of the weirdest sounds in the Neotropics! We went to a lekking area at Iwokrama early in the morning and we had an outstanding show!
PURPLE-BREASTED COTINGA (Cotinga cotinga) – A few females seen in the Atta yard and one male seen in the scope near the lodge.
SPANGLED COTINGA (Cotinga cayana) – Fantastic looks at an adult male on the way to Atta Lodge! In the same tree we had this male and five Pompadour Cotinga males displaying.
SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans) – As always happens in the Amazon, we heard these guys every day celebrating life and we found one really low and got him in the scope for a few minutes.
POMPADOUR COTINGA (Xipholena punicea) – Amazing show of five males displaying in a bare tree seen in the scope by everyone. Another highlight of the tour! By the way, this is the last Cotinga on our list and we saw all of them! Great job guys!!!
Pipridae (Manakins)
TINY TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes virescens)
WHITE-THROATED MANAKIN (Corapipo gutturalis) – We tried for many days and finally got an adult male near Atta Lodge.
BLACK MANAKIN (Xenopipo atronitens) – This is another bird that only lives in the white-sand forest. Really shy, tiny bird seen in the scope for a few minutes.
WHITE-BEARDED MANAKIN (Manacus manacus) [*]
GOLDEN-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra erythrocephala erythrocephala) – Manakins are fabulous and this is one of the most beautiful in Guyana! The contrast between the black and gold is gorgeous!
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
OLIVACEOUS SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis olivacea) [*]
DUSKY PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura fusca) – Another Guianan Shield endemic seen by a few folks from the Atta Lodge backyard.
WHITE-NAPED XENOPSARIS (Xenopsaris albinucha) – YES! Great looks in a patch of savanna vegetation near Surama Lodge.
CINEREOUS BECARD (Pachyramphus rufus)
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus)
BLACK-CAPPED BECARD (Pachyramphus marginatus)
PINK-THROATED BECARD (Pachyramphus minor) – Male and female seen really well!
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
RUFOUS-BROWED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis gujanensis) [*]
ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis) – Heard a few times with the flocks and seen very well during a short stop on the way to Caiman House lodge.
LEMON-CHESTED GREENLET (Hylophilus thoracicus)
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis) [*]
BUFF-CHEEKED GREENLET (Pachysylvia muscicapina) – We had nice looks on the first morning at the Iwokrama trails.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
CAYENNE JAY (Cyanocorax cayanus) – Another Guianan Shield endemic for the list!
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLACK-COLLARED SWALLOW (Pygochelidon melanoleuca)
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)
BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
HOUSE WREN (SOUTHERN) (Troglodytes aedon clarus)
BICOLORED WREN (Campylorhynchus griseus) – Great looks in a patch of Mauritia Palm trees in the savanna area.
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya) – Seen briefly on the trails near Kaieteur Falls.
BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis) [*]
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus) [*]
TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)
Donacobiidae (Donacobius)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)
SPECTACLED THRUSH (Turdus nudigenis)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
YELLOWISH PIPIT (Anthus lutescens)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
YELLOW WARBLER (Setophaga petechia) – Seen a few times during the tour.
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Setophaga striata) [*]
RIVERBANK WARBLER (Myiothlypis rivularis) [*]

Purple-throated Fruitcrow. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
RED-CAPPED CARDINAL (Paroaria gularis) – Nice looking bird, seen many times near the rivers and open areas.
HOODED TANAGER (Nemosia pileata)
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus cristatus)
FULVOUS-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus surinamus)
RED-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus phoenicius) – A pair of birds seen well near Kaieteur Falls.
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
BLUE-BACKED TANAGER (Cyanicterus cyanicterus) – A female seen really well in the scope on the way to Atta Lodge, and heard while we were waiting for the Harpy Eagle at her nest area.
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
SPOTTED TANAGER (Tangara punctata)
TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – The name is very appropriate for the bird! It's always nice to see a flock of these colorful birds feeding near the roads.
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola) – We had a bird feeding on some Cecropia fruit in the scope for a few minutes at Atta Lodge.
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus) – The contrast between the purple body and the yellow legs is amazing!
GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)
YELLOW-BACKED TANAGER (Hemithraupis flavicollis)
BICOLORED CONEBILL (Conirostrum bicolor) – Seen on the very first morning in the mangrove area.
GRASSLAND YELLOW-FINCH (Sicalis luteola) – Common in the savanna areas.
WEDGE-TAILED GRASS-FINCH (Emberizoides herbicola) – Two birds responded very well to playback in a marsh near the Caiman House.
BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
RUDDY-BREASTED SEEDEATER (Sporophila minuta) – Great looks at an adult male close to Surama Eco Lodge.
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)
GRAY SEEDEATER (Sporophila intermedia)
WING-BARRED SEEDEATER (Sporophila americana)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
YELLOW-GREEN GROSBEAK (Caryothraustes canadensis) [*]
RED-AND-BLACK GROSBEAK (Periporphyrus erythromelas) – Male and female very well seen by some people who were at the top of the Turtle Mountain trail. We heard another from the canopy walkway but the bird never showed up.
ROSE-BREASTED CHAT (Granatellus pelzelni) – A male gave us a show for a few minutes getting very close to the border of the forest. Thanks Dave for that moment!
BLUE-BLACK GROSBEAK (Cyanocompsa cyanoides) [*]
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella magna)
RED-BREASTED MEADOWLARK (Sturnella militaris)
CARIB GRACKLE (Quiscalus lugubris)
YELLOW-HOODED BLACKBIRD (Chrysomus icterocephalus)
SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)
EPAULET ORIOLE (MORICHE) (Icterus cayanensis chrysocephalus)
ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL (Icterus croconotus)
YELLOW ORIOLE (Icterus nigrogularis)
YELLOW-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus cela) – From the windows of the Surama Eco Lodge we could see the nest colony and hear the birds all the time!
RED-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus haemorrhous) – Some birds interacting with the Yellow-rumped Cacique in Ron's aunt's backyard.
GREEN OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius viridis) – Two birds and their nest seen in the scope on the way to Surama Eco Lodge.
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
FINSCH'S EUPHONIA (Euphonia finschi)
VIOLACEOUS EUPHONIA (Euphonia violacea)
GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)
GOLDEN-SIDED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cayennensis)
HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)
GREATER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio leporinus)
RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus)
GUIANAN SAKI MONKEY (Pithecia pithecia)
BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)
BLACK SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles paniscus) – Nice looks at a female carrying a baby by the Atta Lodge backyard.
GIANT ANTEATER (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
CRAB-EATING FOX (Cerdocyon thous)
GIANT OTTER (Pteronura brasiliensis)
GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)
COMMON HOUSE GECKO (Hemidactylus frenatus)
BLACK-COLLARED LIZARD (Tropidurus hispidus)
GIANT AMEIVA (Ameiva ameiva)
SPECTACLED CAIMAN (Caiman crocodilus)
BLACK CAIMAN (Melanosuchus niger)
CANE TOAD (Rhinella marina)
GOLDEN ROCKET FROG (Anomaloglossus beebei) – Amazing Guianan endemic, this is the little frog seen in the Bromeliads near Kaieteur Falls.


Totals for the tour: 402 bird taxa and 10 mammal taxa