A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Western Panama: Chiriqui & Bocas del Toro I 2022

February 25-March 6, 2022 with Jesse Fagan guiding

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This was a fun tour to Western Panama. Thanks to Suzy, Russ, and Ben for making it an enjoyable, easy trip. It was a small group and I knew all of you from previous outings so that was really nice. We tallied nearly 300 species of birds in just a week of birding! Highlights included "best views ever" of Spotted Wood-Quail, a day roosting Great Potoo, 21 species of hummingbird (standouts: Talamanca Hummingbird and Magenta-throated Woodstar), Resplendent Quetzal (numerous scope views at Mount Totumas), lekking Golden-collared Manakins at Tranquilo Bay, Black-faced Solitaire (for the song alone!), Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Fiery-throated Warbler, and the rare Sulphur-rumped Tanager. In total, we recorded 22 species of Chiriqui Highland Endemics. We also witnessed a pretty cool Turkey Vulture migration on the Caribbean side that included thousands of vultures and Swainson's Hawks slowly making their way north (or west as it was in this case!).

I also want to thank both lodges, Mount Totumas (Jeffrey, Alma, and Karin) and Tranquilo Bay (Jim, Jay, and Renee, plus our local guide, Roger), for all the care they showed us. The food was delicious and the birding equally as good. Thanks to Jeffrey for showing us his incredible insect collection and the camera trap videos. This tour is truly an adventure with plenty of birding, hiking, boating, sun, some rain and fog, plus the landscapes between the Caribbean and Pacific sides give us all a true sense of the diversity that Panama has to offer.

Until the next time, good birding!

—Jesse aka Motmot (from Dahlonega, Georgia)

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

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

Small numbers along the road to Punto Robalo.

MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)

Also, wild birds seen near our boat launch at Punto Robalo.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL (Spatula discors)

Both this species and the next were seen at the Changuinola River mouth. There were more numbers of wigeon, however. This is about the southern most wintering point for these two species.

AMERICAN WIGEON (Mareca americana)

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)

GRAY-HEADED CHACHALACA (Ortalis cinereiceps)

CRESTED GUAN (Penelope purpurascens)

A pair were seen very well in the forest at Mount Totumas.

Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

SPOTTED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus guttatus)

Incredible looks at the Mount Totumas feeders. This is a species that is usually a heard only.

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

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This incredible photo of Spotted Wood-Quail was taken by Ben Loehnen at Mount Totumas. This is a bird that is normally a "heard only," but not this year!

WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON (Patagioenas leucocephala)

Small numbers on the grounds at Tranquilo Bay. This species appears to be seasonal at this location; it is mostly a Caribbean species, but also breeding in Northern Central America along the coast.

BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)

This large highland pigeon was fairly common at Mount Totumas.

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

SHORT-BILLED PIGEON (Patagioenas nigrirostris)

Super good looks on the grounds of Tranquilo Bay where they were feeding on the small berries.

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

BLUE GROUND DOVE (Claravis pretiosa)

A couple of quick fly-bys on the Changuinola Canal.

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

GRAY-HEADED DOVE (Leptotila plumbeiceps) [*]

CHIRIQUI QUAIL-DOVE (Zentrygon chiriquensis) [*]

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GROOVE-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis semitorquatus)

Seen well at dusk near the Tranquilo Bay tower.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis) [*]

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis)

Fantastic day-time views of a two roosting birds on the Changuinola Canal.

COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)

A couple of birds were heard calling and seen in the spotlight as we departed Tranquilo Bay for our day along the Fortuna Road. They roost in the mangroves here.

Apodidae (Swifts)

WHITE-CHINNED SWIFT (Cypseloides cryptus)

At least 6 individuals were seen from the tower. This species was only recently documented for Panama, however. swift identification is problematic. It might turn out to be relatively common in the lowlands. Good photographs is the key!

One of the attractions to Mount Totumas is the arrival of the bellbirds in January and February. Video by guide Jesse Fagan.

SPOT-FRONTED SWIFT (Cypseloides cherriei)

Ditto for this species. Good numbers were seen on the Changuinola Canal where we were able to photograph them.

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

VAUX'S SWIFT (Chaetura vauxi)

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

LESSER SWALLOW-TAILED SWIFT (Panyptila cayennensis)

Small numbers seen from the tower and again on the Changuinola Canal.

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

BRONZY HERMIT (Glaucis aeneus)

BAND-TAILED BARBTHROAT (Threnetes ruckeri)

GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)

STRIPE-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis striigularis)

BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)

LESSER VIOLETEAR (Colibri cyanotus)

PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY (Heliothryx barroti)

One was visiting the garden near our cabins at Tranquilo Bay. The bright white underparts and flashes in the tail really stand out.

GREEN-BREASTED MANGO (Anthracothorax prevostii)

GREEN THORNTAIL (Discosura conversii)

A couple of these tiny hummingbirds were seen along the Fortuna Road.


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Slaty Flowerpiercer was a common bird at Mount Totumas feeding on the abundance of flowers around the main house. Photo by participant Ben Loehnen.

TALAMANCA HUMMINGBIRD (Eugenes spectabilis)

This regional endemic was seen well at the Mount Totumas feeders.

LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)

One was putting in an appearance at the Mount Totumas deck.

WHITE-THROATED MOUNTAIN-GEM (Lampornis castaneoventris)

Seen a few times at the Mount Totumas feeders.


One of the more difficult highland endemics to see, but it wasn't a problem at Mount Totumas. Several were visiting the feeders.

SCINTILLANT HUMMINGBIRD (Selasphorus scintilla)

VIOLET SABREWING (Campylopterus hemileucurus)

CROWNED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania colombica)


SNOWY-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD (Saucerottia edward niveoventer)



Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)

COMMON GALLINULE (Gallinula galeata)

PURPLE GALLINULE (Porphyrio martinica)

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The Talamanca Hummingbird is a Chiriqui Highland Endemic found only in the highlands from Costa Rica to Western Panama. This was a regular visitor to the hummingbird feeders at Mount Totumas. Photo by participant Ben Loehnen.

WHITE-THROATED CRAKE (Laterallus albigularis) [*]

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Pluvialis squatarola)

SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)

COLLARED PLOVER (Charadrius collaris)

Several were on the beach at the Changuinola River mouth.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Jacanidae (Jacanas)

NORTHERN JACANA (Jacana spinosa)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus)

RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)

SANDERLING (Calidris alba)

LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)

Stercorariidae (Skuas and Jaegers)

POMARINE JAEGER (Stercorarius pomarinus)

One was seen from the boat near Isla Bastimiento.

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

LAUGHING GULL (Leucophaeus atricilla)

CASPIAN TERN (Hydroprogne caspia)

Several were flying around the Changuinola River mouth.

The feeder action on the ground at Mount Totumas was pretty impressive. Video by guide Jesse Fagan.

ROYAL TERN (Thalasseus maximus)

SANDWICH TERN (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)


Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)

BROWN BOOBY (Sula leucogaster)

Several good looks from the boat near the Changuinola Canal.

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Pelecanidae (Pelicans)

BROWN PELICAN (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

TRICOLORED HERON (Egretta tricolor)

CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

GREEN HERON (Butorides virescens)

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nyctanassa violacea)

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We ate well at Mount Totumas where Karin and Alma served up home-style dishes with fresh ingredients. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.

BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius)

One was roosting in the small marshy pond behind the gas station!

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)

Good numbers around Tranquilo Bay.

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

We counted roughly 1500 on their migration north in the Caribbean lowlands of Bocas del Toro.

Pandionidae (Osprey)

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

This elegant raptor was seen a few times on the tour including from the main lodge at Mount Totumas.

BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus) [*]

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (Accipiter striatus)

One seen at Mount Totumas was a good record for the site. This is a rare winter visitor to the country.

COMMON BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus anthracinus)

Good numbers around Isla Bastimiento where they hunt crabs in the mangroves.

GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)

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It was also a special treat for us to get a showing of Jeffrey's incredible insect collection (mostly moths!). Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE HAWK (Pseudastur albicollis)

One was perched distantly on the Fortuna Road.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)

We had a "river of raptors" moving north in the Caribbean lowlands that included mostly Turkey Vultures and this species.

SWAINSON'S HAWK (Buteo swainsoni)

A few Swainson's Hawks were mixed in with the raptor migration in Bocas del Toro.

RED-TAILED HAWK (COSTARICENSIS) (Buteo jamaicensis costaricensis)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

RESPLENDENT QUETZAL (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Lots of great experiences with this emblematic species at Mount Totumas.

SLATY-TAILED TROGON (Trogon massena)

A pair were seen at Isla Popa.

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

BELTED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle alcyon)

AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)

This species hadn't been recorded on this tour before! We found a pair on a new side road that we explored after a full day on the Fortuna Road in the Caribbean lowlands.

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)

RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)

Good looks at Mount Totumas.

From Mount Totumas we crossed over to Bocas del Toro and Isla Bastimiento. A double rainbow! Video by guide Jesse Fagan.
Semnornithidae (Toucan-Barbets)

PRONG-BILLED BARBET (Semnornis frantzii)

The call of this species is pretty unusual. What is THAT sound?! We saw this Chiriqui Highland Endemic at Mount Totumas.

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

NORTHERN EMERALD-TOUCANET (BLUE-THROATED) (Aulacorhynchus prasinus caeruleogularis)

COLLARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus torquatus)

KEEL-BILLED TOUCAN (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

Daily in the Caribbean lowlands.

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

ACORN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes formicivorus)

BLACK-CHEEKED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes pucherani)

RED-CROWNED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes rubricapillus)

HAIRY WOODPECKER (COSTA RICAN) (Dryobates villosus extimus)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus) [*]

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) [*]

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]

CRESTED CARACARA (Caracara plancus)

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)

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We enjoyed great looks at this day roosting Great Potoo on the Changuinola Canal. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

ORANGE-CHINNED PARAKEET (Brotogeris jugularis)

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

These were common in the Caribbean lowlands. Great looks were had from the Tranquilo Bay tower.

RED-LORED PARROT (Amazona autumnalis)

Super common in the Caribbean lowlands. We watched daily flights going to roost from the Tranquilo Bay tower. They roost in the taller forest on Isla Bastimiento.

SULPHUR-WINGED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura hoffmanni)

Seen well, mostly in flight, at Mount Totumas, but also heard on the Fortuna Road.

OLIVE-THROATED PARAKEET (AZTEC) (Eupsittula nana astec)


Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

BLACK-CROWNED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus atrinucha)

Fairly common in the forest at Tranquilo Bay.

WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)

Also, small numbers in the forest on Isla Bastimiento. They like to forage within the mixed-species flocks.

SLATY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula schisticolor)

DOT-WINGED ANTWREN (Microrhopias quixensis)


Pretty common in the understory at Isla Bastimiento. Seen well a couple of times, but mostly heard giving their two-noted call.

DULL-MANTLED ANTBIRD (Sipia laemosticta)

Amazing looks along the Fortuna Road.

Here we go down the Changuinola Canal! Video by guide Jesse Fagan.
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

SILVERY-FRONTED TAPACULO (Scytalopus argentifrons)

A responsive bird approached close on the trail at Mount Totumas.

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius rufipectus) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

SPOTTED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius)

STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes souleyetii)

SPOT-CROWNED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes affinis)

Seen well a few times in the taller forest at Mount Totumas. Birds here in the Chiriqui Highlands sound very different than more northern birds. I see a split coming...

LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)

STREAK-BREASTED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes rufobrunneus)

We worked hard at seeing one and eventually it paid off. This Chiriqui Highland Endemic was seen along the Big Tree Loop Trail at Mount Totumas.

RED-FACED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca erythrops)

SLATY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis brachyura) [*]

Pipridae (Manakins)

GOLDEN-COLLARED MANAKIN (Manacus vitellinus)

Super common at Mount Totumas. We enjoyed several leks on the property.

RED-CAPPED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra mentalis)

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

THREE-WATTLED BELLBIRD (Procnias tricarunculatus)

One of the highlights of the trip was seeing this species so well at Mount Totumas. Lots of birds vocalizing and several males were scoped for lengthy studies.

SNOWY COTINGA (Carpodectes nitidus)

Finally caught up with one on Isla Popa on our second attempt. One of our last new birds!

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor)

CINNAMON BECARD (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)

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This pair of Collared Plovers was photographed by guide Jesse Fagan at the Changuinola River mouth.
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WHITE-THROATED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus mystaceus)

This small flycatcher was seen in the understory a couple of times at Mount Totumas. This is a foothill and higher elevation species.

OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

BLACK-HEADED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum nigriceps)

Good looks at this tiniest of flycatchers along the Changuinola Canal. They have a loud voice for such a small bird.


BROWN-CAPPED TYRANNULET (Ornithion brunneicapillus) [*]


Seen at our gas station stop at Gualaca before we crossed the Continental Divide.

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)

MOUNTAIN ELAENIA (Elaenia frantzii)

ROUGH-LEGGED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias burmeisteri)

A good bird to see at Mount Totumas. This Central American population is disjunct from South American birds. Sometimes referred to as White-browed Tyrannulet.


TUFTED FLYCATCHER (Mitrephanes phaeocercus)

DARK PEWEE (Contopus lugubris)

YELLOWISH FLYCATCHER (Empidonax flavescens)

BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)

LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus)

BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)

Mostly heard on both Pacific and Caribbean slopes, but seen once at Mount Totumas.

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

GRAY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes granadensis)

GOLDEN-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes hemichrysus)

A Chiriqui Highland Endemic seen at Mount Totumas and again on the powerlines at La Division.

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius) [*]

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)


Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)


SCRUB GREENLET (Hylophilus flavipes) [*]

LESSER GREENLET (Pachysylvia decurtata)

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO (Vireo flavifrons)

YELLOW-WINGED VIREO (Vireo carmioli)

One showed very well on our walk at Romilo's Ridge at Mount Totumas.

PHILADELPHIA VIREO (Vireo philadelphicus)

BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)

YELLOW-GREEN VIREO (Vireo flavoviridis)

A pair were probably breeding at the Gualaca gas station.

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

BROWN JAY (Psilorhinus morio)

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Here is an early morning departure from the dock at Tranquilo Bay. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
Hirundinidae (Swallows)

BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

PURPLE MARTIN (Progne subis)

Several northbound migrants were seen from the tower.

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

MANGROVE SWALLOW (Tachycineta albilinea)

BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)

CLIFF SWALLOW (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus) [*]

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

SCALY-BREASTED WREN (WHISTLING) (Microcerculus marginatus luscinia) [*]

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)

OCHRACEOUS WREN (Troglodytes ochraceus)

This small arboreal wren was seen feeding in the epiphytic growth at Mount Totumas.

BLACK-THROATED WREN (Pheugopedius atrogularis) [*]

CANEBRAKE WREN (Cantorchilus zeledoni)

Several were seen on the Changuinola Canal.

BAY WREN (Cantorchilus nigricapillus)

WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta)

GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)

GRAY CATBIRD (Dumetella carolinensis)


Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

BLACK-FACED SOLITAIRE (Myadestes melanops)

Good looks at Mount Totumas, but the voice is the real show stopper!


MOUNTAIN THRUSH (Turdus plebejus)


Ptiliogonatidae (Silky-flycatchers)


Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

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Nice shot by Ben Loehnen. Prothonotary Warbler proved to be fairly common in the mangroves around the Tranquilo Bay property.
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

GOLDEN-BROWED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia callophrys)

This species was foraging in the mistletoe clumps along Romalo's Ridge. Good looks were had by all.

YELLOW-CROWNED EUPHONIA (Euphonia luteicapilla)

"Deet-deet" call was heard in the Caribbean lowlands. Seen once or twice.


A pair were seen on the grounds at Tranquilo Bay.



LESSER GOLDFINCH (Spinus psaltria)

YELLOW-BELLIED SISKIN (Spinus xanthogastrus)

Small flocks were seen on the grounds of Mount Totumas most days.

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus flavopectus)

BLACK-STRIPED SPARROW (Arremonops conirostris)


RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

WHITE-NAPED BRUSHFINCH (YELLOW-THROATED) (Atlapetes albinucha brunnescens)


We finally caught up with this species on the Big Tree Loop trail at Mount Totumas.

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)


YELLOW-BILLED CACIQUE (Amblycercus holosericeus) [*]

MONTEZUMA OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius montezuma)

SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SCARLET-RUMPED) (Cacicus uropygialis microrhynchus)

Several were seen in the forest on the Fortuna Road.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Icterus galbula)

BRONZED COWBIRD (Molothrus aeneus)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (Quiscalus mexicanus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

WORM-EATING WARBLER (Helmitheros vermivorum)

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Parkesia motacilla) [*]

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (Parkesia noveboracensis)


PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (Protonotaria citrea)

This was the dominant species at the Tranquilo Bay banana feeders!

FLAME-THROATED WARBLER (Oreothlypis gutturalis)

Fantastic looks at Romalo's Ridge.

TENNESSEE WARBLER (Leiothlypis peregrina)

MOURNING WARBLER (Geothlypis philadelphia)


COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (Geothlypis trichas)

AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla)

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (Setophaga castanea)

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This Green (Emerald) Basilisk lizard was a nice addition to the critter list. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.


YELLOW WARBLER (Setophaga petechia)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (Setophaga pensylvanica)


BLACK-CHEEKED WARBLER (Basileuterus melanogenys)

This regional endemic was seen a few times in the understory of the Mount Totumas forest.

GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (Basileuterus culicivorus)

BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER (Myiothlypis fulvicauda) [*]

WILSON'S WARBLER (Cardellina pusilla)

SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)

Mitrospingidae (Mitrospingid Tanagers)

DUSKY-FACED TANAGER (Mitrospingus cassinii)

We encountered a couple of large flocks along the Fortuna Road where they work loudly in the understory.

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra)

FLAME-COLORED TANAGER (Piranga bidentata)

Super common at Mount Totumas.

WHITE-WINGED TANAGER (Piranga leucoptera) [*]


CARMIOL'S TANAGER (Chlorothraupis carmioli)

We caught up with a silent pair in the drizzly rain on the Fortuna Road.

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

BLUE-BLACK GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia cyanoides)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

TAWNY-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus delatrii)

Seen on Isla Bastimiento and again on the Fortuna Road.

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)

CRIMSON-COLLARED TANAGER (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus)

SCARLET-RUMPED TANAGER (Ramphocelus passerinii)

CRIMSON-BACKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

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This troop of White-nosed Coatis were seen at Metro Park in Panama City where our adventure began. Thanks again and best birding to everyone. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.

SPECKLED TANAGER (Ixothraupis guttata)

Seen in the larger mixed-species flock on the Fortuna Road.

GOLDEN-HOODED TANAGER (Stilpnia larvata)

PLAIN-COLORED TANAGER (Tangara inornata)

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

EMERALD TANAGER (Tangara florida)

Good numbers in the mixed-species flocks on the Fortuna Road. A lovely Tangara tanager.

SILVER-THROATED TANAGER (Tangara icterocephala)

Seen well at Mount Totumas (including at the feeders), but also again on the Fortuna Road.

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

SHINING HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes lucidus)

Their yellow legs really pop! Seen at Tranquilo Bay.


SULPHUR-RUMPED TANAGER (Heterospingus rubrifrons)

One of the better birds of the trip. A rare species endemic to the Caribbean lowlands in Costa Rica and Panama.

BLACK-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Chrysothlypis chrysomelas)

One was seen on the Fortuna Road.

SLATY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa plumbea)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

THICK-BILLED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila funerea)

NICARAGUAN SEED-FINCH (Sporophila nuttingi)

VARIABLE SEEDEATER (Sporophila corvina)

MORELET'S SEEDEATER (Sporophila morelleti)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)




STREAKED SALTATOR (Saltator striatipectus)


GRAY FOUR-EYED OPOSSUM (Philander opossum)

COMMON OPOSSUM (Didelphis marsupialis)


A regular nighttime visitor to the banana feeders on the deck at Tranquilo Bay.

RED-NAPED TAMARIN (Saguinus geoffroyi)

Seen in Metro Park in Panama City on our first day of birding.

MANTLED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta palliata)




Super easy to see and several found on Isla Bastimiento among other sites.

RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)

CENTRAL AMERICAN AGOUTI (Dasyprocta punctata)

WHITE-NOSED COATI (Nasua narica)

WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)


GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)

GREEN BASILISK (Basiliscus plumifrons)

SPECTACLED CAIMAN (Caiman crocodilus)


MESO-AMERICAN SLIDER (Trachemys venusta)

Totals for the tour: 295 bird taxa and 12 mammal taxa