A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Guyana II 2023

March 25-April 5, 2023 with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide guiding

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Fantastic male Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock taken by participant Holger Teichmann.

Guyana is always great, full of life and surprises and this year was not different. The Mahaica river area was very productive, with great birds such the most wanted Blood-colored Woodpecker seen easily around Naresh's house, White-bellied Piculet, Green-tailed Jacamar, Little Cuckoo, Black-crested Antshrike and a very, very cooperative male Silvered Antbird seen extremely well for a couple of minutes. The Hoatzin were around in good numbers, and we also saw a Long-winged Harrier flying over the rice fields. On the way back to Georgetown, a pair of Rufous Crab-Hawk was seen in the scope. On the day we went to the Botanical Gardens we found the main targets like Festive Parrot, Turquoise Tanager, Great-horned Owl, Plain-bellied Emerald, a Zone-tailed Hawk on its nest and a nice surprise Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

The area of Kaieteur Falls itself is great, but it also has some nice birds around, like Red-shouldered Tanager, the stunning Guianan Cock-of-the-rock and besides that, the Golden Rocket Frog is found on the bromeliads around the slopes. Later, we flew over a mighty Amazon forest to land at Iwokrama village and begin the adventure through the forest.

The best thing about birding in the Amazon is we never know what we are going to see along the trails and rivers and this time we had great moments with Red-fan Parrot, Ladder-tailed Nightjar in day-light, a pair of Racket-tipped Thorntails in the scope, both Striped and Straight-billed woodcreepers for comparisons, and some other good ones on our first morning. In the afternoon we did the Iwokrama lodge entrance road and it was also productive with a group of Grey-winged Trumpeter walking across the road, a fantastic Lined Forest-Falcon in the scope for several minutes, an immature Amazonian Royal-flycatcher, our first look at Brown-bellied Stipplethroat and in the evening we also saw a Tawny-bellied Screech-owl in the same area. As last activity at Iwokrama lodge, we went to the Bushmaster trail where the Capuchinbirds have their lek and it was great as always. Right after that we went through a nice understory flock, a pair of Black Curassow, two cooperative Ferruginous-backed Antbirds and also Golden-crowned Spadebill on the way back to the lodge.

Our next destination was Atta Lodge, and more great birds including a female Crimson Fruitcrow, a perched Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Great Jacamar, Black-headed Parrot seen in the scope, Dusky Purpletuft, Guianan Warbling-antbird, Blue-cheeked Parrot and close to the lodge, we visited a patch of white-sand Forest where we found some specialties like Guianan Red-Cotinga, Bronzy Jacamar, Golden-headed, White-crowned and Black manakins, Northern Slaty-Antshrike and the elusive Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin. After that, we went to Surama and along the way we had time to see a pair of Spotted Antpittas, another great look at Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock on their arena and a Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo was heard, really close to us but did not show it self.

The birding around Surama was great, with the Black-throated Antshrike, Cayenne Jay, Collared Forest-Falcon in the forest and Finch's Euphonia, White-naped Xenopsaris, Common and Great potoos and more. The last locality, in the Rupununi Savannah and close to the border with Brazil, we had some great birds like Crested Doradito, Pinnated Bittern, the nice and rarely seen Bearded Tachuri, White-tipped Tyrannulet and the most wanted ones, Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird.

Good birding for all of us!

—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) [*]

RED-LEGGED TINAMOU (Crypturellus erythropus) [*]

VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus) [*]

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata)

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

Both species of Whistling-Duck were seen by the end of the tour.

MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)

A few birds seen on the Essequibo River.

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)

VARIABLE CHACHALACA (Ortalis motmot) [*]

Seen foraging on the Cecropia trees by the buildings at Iwokrama Lodge.

MARAIL GUAN (Penelope marail)

BLACK CURASSOW (Crax alector)

Fantastic looks on the Bushmaster trail at Atta and also the known family close to the rooms at Atta.

Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

CRESTED BOBWHITE (Colinus cristatus)

A few birds seen on the roads along the savannah habitat.

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A stunning female Ferruginous-backed Antbird. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)

PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

COMMON GROUND DOVE (Columbina passerina)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

BLUE GROUND DOVE (Claravis pretiosa) [*]

RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana) [*]

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

A few individuals on the Savannah habitat.

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GREATER ANI (Crotophaga major)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

RUFOUS-WINGED GROUND-CUCKOO (Neomorphus rufipennis) [*]

On the way back from the Harpy Eagle trail, we heard this ghost calling not too far. We were able to get close enough to call it but not to see the bird, unfortunately.

LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta)

Nice looks along the Mahaica river.

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (Coccyzus americanus)

A nice surprise in the Georgetown Botanical Garden.

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

LEAST NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles pusillus)

LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles acutipennis)

SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis semitorquatus)

BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)

A single bird seen on the clearing of Turtle Mountain trail.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

WHITE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis cayennensis) [*]

LADDER-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis climacocerca)

Male and female seen on the rocky island on the Essequibo river.

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis)

Our local guides know exactly where to find one on its roosting tree.

COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)

One of the top 5 moments on the tour; we could see and hear this fantastic bird perched at eye level for a few minutes.

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Common Potoo - One of the most celebrated moments at Surama. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.

WHITE-WINGED POTOO (Nyctibius leucopterus)

The old friend who lives close to Atta Lodge is still there and did not disappoint us this time!

Apodidae (Swifts)

WHITE-CHINNED SWIFT (Cypseloides cryptus)

A large group seen soaring above the buildings at Atta Lodge.

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

BAND-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura spinicaudus)

SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

FORK-TAILED PALM SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

CRIMSON TOPAZ (Topaza pella)

Thanks to our local guide John, we saw a male near to a nice creek by the Linden-Lethem Road.

LONG-TAILED HERMIT (Phaethornis superciliosus)

A bird seen a few times visiting the feeder at Atta Lodge.

BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)


Nice looks in the Savannah habitat.

BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

RACKET-TIPPED THORNTAIL (Discosura longicaudus)

It's always great to see this little jewel and this time we saw it twice!!

LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)

Nice views of an adult one near to the Surama village.

BLUE-TAILED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

PLAIN-BELLIED EMERALD (Chrysuronia leucogaster)


RUFOUS-THROATED SAPPHIRE (Hylocharis sapphirina)

Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)

HOATZIN (Opisthocomus hoazin)

Great looks along the Mahaica river.

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

ASH-THROATED CRAKE (Mustelirallus albicollis)

GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)

OCELLATED CRAKE (Micropygia schomburgkii) [*]

Aramidae (Limpkin)

LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)

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Nice male Silvered Antbird along the Mahaica river. Great picture by participant Eileen Keelan.
Psophiidae (Trumpeters)

GRAY-WINGED TRUMPETER (Psophia crepitans)

Another great bird to see on this tour. This year we had three encounters with them and the first one, on the Iwokrama entrance road was the best one.

Burhinidae (Thick-knees)

DOUBLE-STRIPED THICK-KNEE (Burhinus bistriatus)

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)

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)

SOLITARY SANDPIPER (Tringa solitaria)

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)

LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes)

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

LAUGHING GULL (Leucophaeus atricilla)

A few birds seen at Georgetown.

YELLOW-BILLED TERN (Sternula superciliaris)

LARGE-BILLED TERN (Phaetusa simplex)

ROYAL TERN (Thalasseus maximus)

At least one bird seen perched on a stick in Georgetown.

Ciconiidae (Storks)

MAGUARI STORK (Ciconia maguari)

Fantastic bird seen on the Savannah habitat on the way to Lethem.

JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria)

Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)


Anhingidae (Anhingas)

ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

PINNATED BITTERN (Botaurus pinnatus)

A single bird seen next to the water by the Linden-Lethem road.

COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

TRICOLORED HERON (Egretta tricolor)

CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

STRIATED HERON (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Butorides striata striata)

CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus)

Two birds seen along the Essequibo river.

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Great moment on the Surama area with this White-naped Xenopsaris. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)

ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

An immature seen perched with some Black Vultures near Atta.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)


Pandionidae (Osprey)

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

WHITE-TAILED KITE (Elanus leucurus)

Seen once, from the car, on the way to Lethem.

GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

ORNATE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus ornatus)

Fantastic scope views of perched bird at Atta Lodge. The bird remained for several minutes on a huge tree.

TINY HAWK (Microspizias superciliosus superciliosus)

BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)

PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)

LONG-WINGED HARRIER (Circus buffoni)

One of the first birds we saw on the tour, flying over the rice fields in the Mahaica area.

RUFOUS CRAB HAWK (Buteogallus aequinoctialis)

Two birds seen in the scope near Lethem.

SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)

WHITE HAWK (Pseudastur albicollis)

BLACK-FACED HAWK (Leucopternis melanops)

Nice scope studies on the Atta Lodge entrance road.

GRAY-LINED HAWK (Buteo nitidus)

ZONE-TAILED HAWK (Buteo albonotatus)

John took us to see a nest in the Georgetown Botanical Garden.

Strigidae (Owls)

TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (Megascops watsonii)

Fantastic looks on Iwokrama entrance road,

GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus)

We found one roosting in Georgetown Botanical Garden.

AMAZONIAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium hardyi)

It took us longer than usual but we saw it by the Linden-Lethem Road.

FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)

BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)

BLACK-BANDED OWL (Strix huhula) [*]

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

GUIANAN TROGON (Trogon violaceus)

Smaller than the the Green-backed Trogon, also distinguished by its yellow eye ring on the males.

Momotidae (Motmots)

AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota)

Seen briefly on the Turtle Mountain trail and later, on the very last day, we had a fantastic look in the Moco Moco area.

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Amazonian Motmot - On the very last morning at Moco Moco road near Lethem. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)


Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

GUIANAN PUFFBIRD (Notharchus macrorhynchos)

This nice Guianan Shield endemic was seen well a couple of times.

PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)

SPOTTED PUFFBIRD (Bucco tamatia)

BLACK NUNBIRD (Monasa atra)

SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)

Galbulidae (Jacamars)

YELLOW-BILLED JACAMAR (Galbula albirostris)

Fantastic bird and great looks.

RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)

GREEN-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula galbula)

Seen nicely along the Mahaica river and also by the Linden-Lethem road creeks.

BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra)

A nice white-sand forest bird seen well this year.


GREAT JACAMAR (Jacamerops aureus)

A pair of birds seen very well on the Atta Lodge entrance road.

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)


A male seen very well from the Atta canopy walkway.

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

GREEN ARACARI (Pteroglossus viridis)

Another Guianan shield endemic seen well.

BLACK-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus aracari)

GUIANAN TOUCANET (Selenidera piperivora)

Great bird, endemic to the region, seen very well a couple of times.

WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (Ramphastos tucanus)

CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (Ramphastos vitellinus)

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

WHITE-BELLIED PICULET (Picumnus spilogaster)

Male and female seen nicely along the Mahaica river.

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)


BLOOD-COLORED WOODPECKER (Dryobates sanguineus)

One of the most wanted birds along the coast, we saw it very well near to Naresh's house.

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Participant Eileen Keelan captured this nice butterfly.

RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis)

The largest Woodpecker in the Amazon.

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus)

WAVED WOODPECKER (Celeus undatus)

Seen a couple of times this year.


A family of birds seen along the Linden-Lethem road.


Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]

LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis)

One of the most celebrated moments at Iwokrama. A bird seen in the scope for several minutes. Everyone enjoyed it singing.

CRESTED CARACARA (Caracara plancus)

RED-THROATED CARACARA (Ibycter americanus)

A single bird seen after our lunch at Surama junction.

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Daptrius chimachima)

BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)

AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)

After a nice lunch in a restaurant in the city of Bonfim, on the Brazilian side of the border, we saw a Kestrel flying over the building.

MERLIN (Falco columbarius)

APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)

BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis)

Nice looks along the rivers and roads.

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)


Two big groups seen flying over the canopy along the Linden-Lethem road.

GOLDEN-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris chrysoptera)

A few birds seen flying by and two individuals seen in the scope while feeding on the kapok fruit on the Buro-Buro trail.

CAICA PARROT (Pyrilia caica) [*]

DUSKY PARROT (Pionus fuscus)

Surprisingly rare this time, we only saw one bird flying by along the road.

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

FESTIVE PARROT (Amazona festiva)

A good number of birds at Georgetown Botanical Garden.

BLUE-CHEEKED PARROT (Amazona dufresniana)

A pair of birds seen along the Linden-Lethem road with some Mealy and Orange-Winged parrots.

YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)

MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)

The biggest parrot on the tour.

ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)

GREEN-RUMPED PARROTLET (Forpus passerinus)

Great looks on the savannah habitat, by the riverine forest and border with Brazil.

BLACK-HEADED PARROT (Pionites melanocephalus)

Seen flying by a couple of times and we also had a great moment along the loop trail of Atta Lodge with two birds seen feeding for a few minutes in the scope.

RED-FAN PARROT (Deroptyus accipitrinus)

Maybe the most incredible parrot in South America.

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Another great moment when this Bearded Tachuri showed itself near Manari Ranch. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.

PAINTED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura picta)

A nice colorful parakeet seen very well a few times on the tour.

BROWN-THROATED PARAKEET (Eupsittula pertinax)

RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus)

One of the four species of birds who use Moriche Palm trees to feed and breed.



RED-AND-GREEN MACAW (Ara chloropterus)

RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

ASH-WINGED ANTWREN (Euchrepomis spodioptila)

Moving with the canopy mixed-species flock, it's always a challenge to see this little beauty.

FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE (Cymbilaimus lineatus)

BLACK-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Frederickena viridis)

An inhabitant of the dark Amazonian understory; we heard the bird at Atta and only a couple of people in the group were able to see it. Later, on the Buro-Buro trail, a male was seen extremely well sitting on a log for a few seconds.

GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)

Both male and female seen very well at Moco Moco.

BLACK-CRESTED ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphorus canadensis)

Two nice encounters along the tour.

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)

NORTHERN SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus punctatus)

A white-sand forest specialty seen well near Atta.

AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)

DUSKY-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)

CINEREOUS ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes caesius)


We found it a few times along the tour.

BROWN-BELLIED STIPPLETHROAT (Epinecrophylla gutturalis)

Nice looks foraging with the understory flocks.

GUIANAN STREAKED-ANTWREN (Myrmotherula surinamensis)

WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)

LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis)

GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)

SPOT-TAILED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus sticturus) [*]

TODD'S ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus)

A pair of birds seen well with a big flock on the edge of the forest by the Linden-Lethem road.

WHITE-FRINGED ANTWREN (Formicivora grisea)

GUIANAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis cantator)

Great looks on the loop trail at Atta.

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Fantastic Capuchinbird seen on its lek along the Bushmaster trail at Iwokrama. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.

DUSKY ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides tyrannina)

GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens)

RIO BRANCO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra carbonaria)

A key bird for the tour, restricted to the riverine forest of Rio Branco and its tributaries.

WHITE-BROWED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus leucophrys)

BLACK-CHINNED ANTBIRD (Hypocnemoides melanopogon)

SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia)

Seen much better than the average during our canoe trip on the Mahaica river.

SPOT-WINGED ANTBIRD (Myrmelastes leucostigma)

A female found by it self on the Turtle Mountain trail.

WHITE-BELLIED ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza longipes)

A special bird, not easy to find anywhere. We saw a male very very well on the way to Lethem.

FERRUGINOUS-BACKED ANTBIRD (Myrmoderus ferrugineus)

Fantastic blue color around the eyes, both male and female were seen at Iwokrama.

WHITE-PLUMED ANTBIRD (Pithys albifrons) [*]

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

SPOTTED ANTPITTA (Hylopezus macularius)

After some days looking for it, we saw a couple of birds foraging on the Cock-of-the-rock trail.

THRUSH-LIKE ANTPITTA (Myrmothera campanisona) [*]

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)


Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)

One of the largest woodcreepers in the Amazon seen nicely.

RED-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Hylexetastes perrotii)

Fantastic Guianan Shield Endemic seen foraging with a mixed-species flock.

STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus)

CHESTNUT-RUMPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus)

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)


STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes souleyetii)

Nice surprise seen in a patch of dry forest on the way to Lethem.

GUIANAN WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus)

YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

PALE-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albescens) [*]


A key bird, found in the same habitat as Rio Branco Antbird and, this time, seen in the same place.

Pipridae (Manakins)

TINY TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes virescens)

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The view from the canyon at Kaieteur Falls. Nicely captured by participant Eileen Keelan.

SAFFRON-CRESTED TYRANT-MANAKIN (Neopelma chrysocephalum)

A white sand forest bird, seen better than usual near Atta.

BLACK MANAKIN (Xenopipo atronitens) [*]

WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Pseudopipra pipra)

GOLDEN-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra erythrocephala erythrocephala)

Fantastic Manakin seen displaying around Atta.

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

GUIANAN RED-COTINGA (Phoenicircus carnifex)

In my opinion, this is the Top 3 bird to see in the Amazon. The male flying through the forest like a flame is something amazing! We saw male and female (or a young male) this time.

GUIANAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola rupicola)

A Guianan jewel, always nice to see. We had two nice chances to enjoy these gorgeous males on their lekking area.

CRIMSON FRUITCROW (Haematoderus militaris)

The female who lives around the clearing at Atta lodge showed it self briefly this time and not everybody was there to see it.


Fantastic looks at Atta lodge.

CAPUCHINBIRD (Perissocephalus tricolor)

The lek at Iwokrama is better than ever and we were there to see, and to hear, this fantastic big Cotinga.

SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans)

POMPADOUR COTINGA (Xipholena punicea)

Cotingas were not in good numbers this time but we managed to see a nice male along the Linden-Lethem road.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)


OLIVACEOUS SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis olivacea)

CINEREOUS MOURNER (Laniocera hypopyrra)

A single bird seen foraging under the canopy along the Atta loop trail.

DUSKY PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura fusca)

Nice looks along the Linden-Lethem road.

WHITE-NAPED XENOPSARIS (Xenopsaris albinucha)

Always unpredictable, this migrant was seen on the Savanna at Surama. The bird came really close to the group and some of the participants took a few nice shots.

CINEREOUS BECARD (Pachyramphus rufus)

WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus)

PINK-THROATED BECARD (Pachyramphus minor)

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This nice Green Vine Snake was seen along the Linden-Lethem road and participant Eileen Keelan captured the moment.
Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill, Royal Flycatcher, and Allies)

ROYAL FLYCATCHER (AMAZONIAN) (Onychorhynchus coronatus coronatus)

The local guides at Iwokrama found a young bird along the entrance road.

WHISKERED FLYCATCHER (Myiobius barbatus)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

GOLDEN-CROWNED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus coronatus)

This is one of those birds we need to be really careful to hear. Its voice sounds like a cricket and the bird is associated with the water.

WHITE-CRESTED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus platyrhynchos)

OLIVE-GREEN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes virescens)

Two birds seen with a canopy flock by the Linden-Lethem road.

SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus) [*]

HELMETED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus galeatus)

PALE-EYED PYGMY-TYRANT (Atalotriccus pilaris)

Seen with a flock mobbing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl near Lethem.

SPOTTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum maculatum)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

PAINTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum pictum)

A pair of birds seen on the Atta lodge clearing.


OCHRE-LORED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias flaviventris)




Nice looks in the riverine forest on the border with Brazil.

BEARDED TACHURI (Polystictus pectoralis)

We tried for this little one on the way to Lethem but the good habitats have been burned, but we found a nice adult bird on the Manari Ranch property.

CRESTED DORADITO (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri)

A few habitats remained this time due to the fires and we found a single bird on the way to Lethem.

FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)


Nice looks at Kaieteur falls area.

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)

LESSER ELAENIA (Elaenia chiriquensis)

SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps) [*]



Nice bird, only found in the forest around the Branco river and its tributaries, seen really nice near Lethem.

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Participant Eileen Keelan took this nice photo of the Pinneated Bittern on the way to Manari Ranch.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

PIED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola pica)

BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)

Only one bird seen this year along the Buro-Buro trail.

GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)


BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

LESSER KISKADEE (Philohydor lictor)

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)


A pair seen along the Buro Buro trail.

STREAKED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes maculatus)

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)

SULPHURY FLYCATCHER (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)

Nice looks near to the Moriche Palm trees at Surama.

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

GRAY KINGBIRD (Tyrannus dominicensis)


Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)


Seen a few times during the tour.

ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis)

It took a long time looking for it but the bird finally came down from the canopy.

TAWNY-CROWNED GREENLET (Tunchiornis ochraceiceps)

BUFF-CHEEKED GREENLET (Pachysylvia muscicapina)

Just a few canopy flocks seen this time and this one is one of the leaders.

RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus)

CHIVI VIREO (Vireo chivi)

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What a moment! This adult Lined Forest-Falcon came in and remained singing for a few minutes. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

CAYENNE JAY (Cyanocorax cayanus)

Seen well twice this time and the best one was on the beginning of the Buro Buro trail.

Donacobiidae (Donacobius)

BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

BLACK-COLLARED SWALLOW (Pygochelidon melanoleuca)

SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)


WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)

WHITE-RUMPED SWALLOW (Tachycineta leucorrhoa)

A couple of birds seen on the Rupununi Savanna.

BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

HOUSE WREN (SOUTHERN) (Troglodytes aedon clarus)

BICOLORED WREN (Campylorhynchus griseus)

BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis)

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)


Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)

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A pair of these elusive Spotted Anpittas were seen foraging along the Cock-of-the-rock trail. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

A surprise near to the buildings of Surama lodge.

Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)

YELLOWISH PIPIT (Anthus lutescens)

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

FINSCH'S EUPHONIA (Euphonia finschi)

Nice looks on the Savanna habitat.

GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)

VIOLACEOUS EUPHONIA (Euphonia violacea)

GOLDEN-SIDED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cayennensis)

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

PECTORAL SPARROW (Arremon taciturnus)

Seen right after a male Black-throated Antshrike give us a show at Buro Buro.

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella magna)


GREEN OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius viridis)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)


The nest colony at Surama junction is even bigger and the Red-rumped Cacique are also nesting there.

RED-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus haemorrhous)

EPAULET ORIOLE (MORICHE) (Icterus cayanensis chrysocephalus)

ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL (Icterus croconotus)

Great bird and nice looks on the Rupununi Savanna.

YELLOW ORIOLE (Icterus nigrogularis)

SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

CARIB GRACKLE (Quiscalus lugubris)

YELLOW-HOODED BLACKBIRD (Chrysomus icterocephalus)

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Fantastic adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle seen in the Atta Lodge clearing. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Parulidae (New World Warblers)

BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Setophaga striata)

A single bird seen this time.

RIVERBANK WARBLER (Myiothlypis rivularis) [*]

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

RED-AND-BLACK GROSBEAK (Periporphyrus erythromelas) [*]

AMAZONIAN GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia rothschildii)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

RED-CAPPED CARDINAL (Paroaria gularis)

HOODED TANAGER (Nemosia pileata)

FULVOUS-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus surinamus)

RED-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus phoenicius)

Two males seen very well in the Kaieteur falls area.

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)


TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)

PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)

Probably the most beautiful one in the Amazon.

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)


GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)

GUIRA TANAGER (Hemithraupis guira)

YELLOW-BACKED TANAGER (Hemithraupis flavicollis)

CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL (Conirostrum speciosum)

WEDGE-TAILED GRASS-FINCH (Emberizoides herbicola)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)


A single male seen near to a lake in Surama area.

CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)

GRAY SEEDEATER (Sporophila intermedia)

WING-BARRED SEEDEATER (Sporophila americana)

PLUMBEOUS SEEDEATER (Sporophila plumbea)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

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On the way back to Georgetown, we spotted this Rufous Crab-Hawk and participant Eileen Keelan took this nice picture.


OLIVE-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator olivascens)


Nice looks on the canopy walkway at Atta lodge.


RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus)

BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)

BLACK SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles paniscus)

SOUTHERN TWO-TOED SLOTH (Choloepus didactylus)

Great looks at Buro Buro trail.

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Southern Two-toed Sloth - Another great moment along the Buro-Buro trail. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.

CAPYBARA (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

RED-RUMPED AGOUTI (Dasyprocta agouti)


COMMON HOUSE GECKO (Hemidactylus frenatus)

GIANT AMEIVA (Ameiva ameiva)

GREEN VINE SNAKE (Oxybelis fulgidus)

BLACK CAIMAN (Melanosuchus niger)

GOLDEN ROCKET FROG (Anomaloglossus beebei)

One female and also a gorgeous male spotted at Kaieteur falls.


Other relevant sightings:

Allobates femoralis (Brilliant-thighed Poison Frog - The four-note singing frog constantly heard in the forest.

Green Garden Lizard - Common around the lodges.

Totals for the tour: 373 bird taxa and 6 mammal taxa