A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Succinct Suriname: Cotingas & Trumpeters 2024

January 7-18, 2024 with Micah Riegner & Sean Dilrosun guiding

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Tour participant Benedict De Laender photographed this Guianan Cock-of-the-rock at the lek at Fred's Place.

Suriname is an exciting place to be a birder and a naturalist. There’s always something cool to see whether it’s a Crimson Fruitcrow glowing on a roadside snag, a troop of Guianan Sakis at a fruiting Clusia tree, or Poison Dart Frog with tadpoles on its back at a forest pool. These were just a few of the many wonderful things we saw during our time on the Guianan Shield.

Our day one out of Paramaribo, we visited the abandoned coffee plantation of Peperpot where we found a pair of Spotted Puffbirds, both Blood-colored and Cream-colored Woodpeckers, Arrowhead Piculet, Finch’s Euphonia and a pair of Violaceous Euphonias building a nest. Then, we made a brief stop at Chocopot where we were eye-to-eye with a brilliant male Crimson-hooded Manakin. At the mangroves of Weg Naar Zee we found a cluster of shorebirds and a couple Scarlet Ibis along with both adult and juvenile Rufous Crab Hawks, Pale-tipped Tyrannulet, a migrant Gray Kingbird, Red-crowned Woodpecker and a Yellow Oriole at its nest.

Our drive up to Brownsberg was quite an adventure as it always is, but our skilled driver Jurgen got us up there with no issues and we were greeted by the troop of Gray-winged Trumpeters when we arrived. During our next three days we walked the Brownsberg trails, immersed in a world of antbirds, manakins, woodcreepers and forest-falcons. The Clusia grandiflora at the overlook was producing lots of fruit and attracting White-throated and White-fronted Manakins, McConnell’s Flycatchers, a Black-throated Trogon, and many Purple and Red-legged Honeycreepers. During our walks we encountered a Collared Puffbird, the skulking Red-and-black Grosbeak and a family of Black-throated Antshrikes, Long-tailed Hermits at their lek, and we heard a close Variegated Antpitta, but the darn thing didn’t want to come out of its vine tangle. During a night walk after dinner, we saw Foothill Screech-owls, several cool frogs and an adorable mouse opossum we later learned was Kalinowski’s Mouse Opossum Hyladelphys kalinowskii, a super rare species known only from a handful of specimens and sight records. This was possibly the first record of this little marsupial for Suriname!

At Fred’s Place (aka Fredberg), we saw the three big cotingas of the Guianan Shield, those being Guianan Cock-of-the-rock at the usual lek, the strange and spectacular Capuchinbird also at a lek, and a flashy Crimson Fruitcrow posing nicely in the canopy right along the road. At night we went out to a nearby hill and patiently waited for a White-winged Potoo. Just before giving up hope the bird responded and flew right in. Spectacular! During our roadside birding at Fred’s we encountered canopy flocks of Red-billed Pied Tanagers, Todd’s Sirystes, Glossy-backed Becards and Guianan Woodcreepers. The Yellow-billed Jacamar on our final day there was the last jacamar we needed to complete our set of Suriname’s jacamars.

Returning to Colakreek we had a fun day of “cleaning up” on the white sand forest specialties, finding a secretive Pale-bellied Mourner at Kakanku and a cooperative Campina Thrush at the O.P. Savanna. The roosting Lesser Nighthawks, Slender-billed Xenops, Rufous-throated Antbird and Pink-throated Becard behind Colakreek were icing on the cake!

Many people made this tour a success. First, we’d like to thank Karen in our office for all the pre-tour arrangements, Cameiro, our outstanding cook at Brownsberg and Fred’s Place, Marino the Brownsberg groundskeeper for his assistance at getting us on Foothill Screech-Owls, Mell for her great meals at Colakreek and the staff at Fred’s for attending to us so well. Sean and I would like to thank you for joining us on this tropical adventure—we look forward to seeing you again soon!


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 daily at Brownsberg.

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That's one happy group at the Mazaroni Overlook at Brownsberg! Photo by that friendly couple from French Guiana who took our photo.

CINEREOUS TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinereus) [*]

Heard at Peperpot and Fredberg.

RED-LEGGED TINAMOU (Crypturellus erythropus) [*]

Heard at Kakanku.

VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus)

Heard at Fredberg.

RUSTY TINAMOU (Crypturellus brevirostris)

We made a special effort to call this species into view at Fredberg. It showed for a split second right at dusk.

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)

One flew past us near Colakreek.

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)

VARIABLE CHACHALACA (Ortalis motmot) [*]

MARAIL GUAN (Penelope marail)

Sean spotted some way up in the canopy at Brownsberg. There were at least 7 individuals in the flock.

BLACK CURASSOW (Crax alector) [*]

We heard its deep humming during one of our early morning forays at Fred's.

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)

We had nice looks at Kakanku and around Fred's Place.

PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

We had nice looks at one from the Brownsberg clearing.

COMMON GROUND DOVE (Columbina passerina)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

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This Rufous-throated Antbird was in a patch of forest behind Colakreek. It is one of the obligate army ant followers, though when we saw it there were no ants present. Photo by Micah Riegner.

RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana) [*]

GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta)

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles acutipennis)

We saw them roosting at an island of vegetation near the airport.

BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)

Seen on the rocky outcropping near the cock-of-the-rock lek at Fredberg.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

WHITE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis cayennensis)

Seen in the white sand savannas around Colakreek.

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)

We scoped one from the road near Colakreek.

WHITE-WINGED POTOO (Nyctibius leucopterus)

We sat for several minutes in suspense waiting for it to call back and then when it did, we waited another several minutes for it to show. Patience paid off though!

Apodidae (Swifts)

BAND-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura spinicaudus)

The common Chaeturas at Brownsberg.

CHAPMAN'S SWIFT (Chaetura chapmani)

A few of these dark-rumped swifts zipped past us at Fredberg.

SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

LESSER SWALLOW-TAILED SWIFT (Panyptila cayennensis)

One made a loop over us at Peperpot.

FORK-TAILED PALM SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)

Common around Colakreek.

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All the rain brought out the frogs! Top row: Ameerega trivittata, a common frog at Brownsberg, Anomaloglossus baeobatrachus with tadpoles on its back at Brownsberg, Physalaemus ephippifer in amplexus along one of the roads at Brownsberg. Bottom row: Rhinella glandulosa at Brownsberg, Boana punctata seen in the leaf litter at Kokanku, Pithecopus hypochondrialis at Brownsberg. Photos by Micah Riegner.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

CRIMSON TOPAZ (Topaza pella)

One of the favored birds of the trip! We had many great views of males and females along the Little Saramaca River at Fred's Place.

STRAIGHT-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis bourcieri)

Abundant both at Brownsberg and Fred's Place.

LONG-TAILED HERMIT (Phaethornis superciliosus)

We were fortunate to find a lek of these hermits at Brownsberg so we could finally see them perched!

REDDISH HERMIT (Phaethornis ruber)

BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)

Numerous sightings. We saw one taking a bath while we were waiting for the Rusty Tinamou to show at Fred's.


RUBY-TOPAZ HUMMINGBIRD (Chrysolampis mosquitus)

Sean pointed out a female at Fred's Place.

BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

BLUE-TAILED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)

GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis)

Common both around Brownsberg and Fred's.

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

Certainly the most common hummer at Brownsberg. Males and females were seen daily.

PLAIN-BELLIED EMERALD (Chrysuronia leucogaster)


WHITE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Chlorestes cyanus)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)

RUSSET-CROWNED CRAKE (Rufirallus viridis) [*]

Psophiidae (Trumpeters)

GRAY-WINGED TRUMPETER (Psophia crepitans)

Brownsberg is certainly one of the best places in the world to see trumpeters. We saw them just about every day!

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This was an incredible tour for snakes. We saw 15 individuals of various species, most of them harmless. Top row: Fer-de-lance (Bothrops atrox) at Brownsberg, Slender Tree Boa (Corallus hortulanus) at Fred’s Place, Amazon Puffing Snake (Pseustes sulphureus) at Fred’s Place. Bottom row: Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) at Brownsberg, Black-headed Snake (Tantilla melanocephala) near Colakreek, Brown Sipo (Chironius fuscus) on a granite outcropping at Fred’s Place, Velvet Swamp Snake (Erythrolampus typhlus) on the main road at Fred’s Place. Photos by Micah Riegner.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Pluvialis squatarola)

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Jacanidae (Jacanas)

WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus)

The following shorebirds were seen during our afternoon visit to Weg Naar Zee.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)

SOLITARY SANDPIPER (Tringa solitaria)

LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes)

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)

RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)

LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

LAUGHING GULL (Leucophaeus atricilla)

ROYAL TERN (Thalasseus maximus)

Distant views at Weg Naar Zee.

Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)


Anhingidae (Anhingas)

ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)

A juvenile sat in a tree along the road at Fred's.

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We had returned from a night walk at Brownsberg, when I noticed this little mouse opossum scampering along the handrail at the overlook. Later, I sent these photos around to some mammal experts and had it identified as Kalinowski’s Mouse Opossum Hyladelphys kalinowskii, a super rare species known only from a handful of specimens and sight records from Peru, Brazil and French Guiana. To my knowledge nobody has documented it in Suriname before. Photo by Micah Riegner.

ZIGZAG HERON (Zebrilus undulatus) [*]

Unfortunately it didn't come into view this time around, despite several attempts.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON (Nyctanassa violacea)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)

CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus)

Seen from the bridge over the Little Saramaca River.

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

TRICOLORED HERON (Egretta tricolor)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

STRIATED HERON (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Butorides striata striata)


GREAT EGRET (AMERICAN) (Ardea alba egretta)

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

SCARLET IBIS (Eudocimus ruber)

Nice! We saw a few of these colorful ibis around Weg Naar Zee.

GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis) [*]

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

We saw some circling over Brownsberg and along the main road at Fred's Place.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (TROPICAL) (Cathartes aura ruficollis)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)

Wow! Amazingly close views at the Zanderij Airport.


The most common vulture at Brownsberg. Also seen regularly at Fredberg.

Pandionidae (Osprey)

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

PEARL KITE (Gampsonyx swainsonii)

Sean spotted one along the road while we were driving from Colakreek to Brownsberg.

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Tour participant Benedict De Laender photographed this Blood-colored Woodpecker when it came down to eye level at Peperpot.

GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis)

We had a couple sightings at Fredberg.

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

It was great to watch big groups of them over Brownsberg.

BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus)

We watched one go over the road at Fredberg.

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

SLENDER-BILLED KITE (Helicolestes hamatus)

We watched one drop down and grab a snail from a drainage ditch, then it swooped to a swan statue to dismember it.

DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)

PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)

CRANE HAWK (Geranospiza caerulescens)

We had astonishingly good looks at one from the bridge near Kakanku.

RUFOUS CRAB HAWK (Buteogallus aequinoctialis)

We saw an adult and a juvenile at Weg Naar Zee. Always a fun bird to see.

SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)

GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)

Jurgen spotted one along the road at Fred's.

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)

Nice spotting Travis! Seen perched on a palm near the Zanderij airport.

WHITE HAWK (Pseudastur albicollis)

We saw some flying over the Brownsberg clearing and one perched along the road at Fred's Place.

BLACK-FACED HAWK (Leucopternis melanops) [*]

GRAY-LINED HAWK (Buteo nitidus)

BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)

A few seen at Brownsberg.

SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus)

ZONE-TAILED HAWK (Buteo albonotatus)

We saw a couple around Paramaribo.

Check out this tour highlights video filmed and edited by Micah Riegner.
Strigidae (Owls)

FOOTHILL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops roraimae)

We had exceptional views of two at Brownsberg thanks to the help from Marino, the groundskeeper.

SPECTACLED OWL (Pulsatrix perspicillata) [*]

AMAZONIAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium hardyi)

We saw two on the exact same branch off the road to Fred's Place. So cute!

BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)

Great views right around the airport.

Trogonidae (Trogons)

BLACK-TAILED TROGON (Trogon melanurus)

We did a clean sweep of all the trogons possible in Suriname! That doesn't happen on every tour!

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

GUIANAN TROGON (Trogon violaceus)


I was amazed to see this species at eye level in the fruiting Clusea grandiflora.

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)

Momotidae (Motmots)

AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota) [*]

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)


One zipped across the road at Peperpot.

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)


We had above average views of one perched across the river at Fred's Place.

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This was one of two Foothill Screech-Owls we saw at Brownsberg. Photo by Micah Riegner.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

GUIANAN PUFFBIRD (Notharchus macrorhynchos)

They might have been a mile away, but they were still Guianan Puffbirds!

PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)

Seen at Fred's Place.

SPOTTED PUFFBIRD (Bucco tamatia)

We saw a pair along one of the side trails at Peperpot. They were sitting side-by-side on a looping vine.

COLLARED PUFFBIRD (Bucco capensis)

This species is easy to miss, but we actually saw it twice, once at Brownsberg and once behind Fred's Place. One of my favorite birds in Suriname!

BLACK NUNBIRD (Monasa atra)

SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)

Galbulidae (Jacamars)

BROWN JACAMAR (Brachygalba lugubris)

The bridge over the Little Saramaca River is a good place to see this species. We saw several quite well.

YELLOW-BILLED JACAMAR (Galbula albirostris)

Kudos to Sean for getting us on this one! We had to go off trail a bit to get the right window on it.

GREEN-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula galbula)

BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra)

Wow! We got up close and personal with a pair at Kakanku. They were super cooperative.


GREAT JACAMAR (Jacamerops aureus)

While we were watching the capuchinbirds, one shot through our field of view doing a series of bill snaps. Pretty sweet!

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)


Ramphastidae (Toucans)

GREEN ARACARI (Pteroglossus viridis)

BLACK-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus aracari)

GUIANAN TOUCANET (Selenidera piperivora)

This is always a fun bird to see! We had great views of one at the lodge clearing at Brownsberg.

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Meet Slender-billed Xenops, a scarce canopy ovenbird that joins feeding flock of tanagers, becards and woodcreepers. We saw this one right behind Colakreek. Photo by Micah Riegner.

WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (RED-BILLED) (Ramphastos tucanus tucanus)

CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (CHANNEL-BILLED) (Ramphastos vitellinus vitellinus)

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

ARROWHEAD PICULET (Picumnus minutissimus)

After getting so-so views at Peperpot, we went to Chocopot where we had one at eye level in perfect light! Just awesome.

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

RED-CROWNED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes rubricapillus)

We don't see this species on every tour, so I was pleased to find one at Weg Naar Zee.


BLOOD-COLORED WOODPECKER (Dryobates sanguineus)

One of our main targets at Peperpot. We had exceedingly good views!

RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis)

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

WAVED WOODPECKER (Celeus undatus)

We had great views of a female at Fred's Place.


Seen at Peperpot.


We went back to the spot where we had seen a pair at Fred's Place in November and they were in the exact same area.


GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)

Marino pointed out one that was in its nest cavity at night at Brownsberg.

SPOT-BREASTED WOODPECKER (Colaptes punctigula) [*]

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis)

We managed to get parts of it in the scope that add up to a full bird. Not an easy thing to see in full view.

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This female Ferruginous-backed Antbird was seen at Brownsberg. The male with a solid black throat was not far from her at the time. Photo by Micah Riegner.

CRESTED CARACARA (Caracara plancus)

RED-THROATED CARACARA (Ibycter americanus)

These wasp-nest raiders were common around Fred's Place.

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Daptrius chimachima)

BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis)

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)


GOLDEN-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris chrysoptera)

DUSKY PARROT (Pionus fuscus)

Regular around Brownsberg and Fred's Place.

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)

ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)

GREEN-RUMPED PARROTLET (Forpus passerinus)

BLACK-HEADED PARROT (Pionites melanocephalus)

RED-FAN PARROT (Deroptyus accipitrinus)

These are always a treat to see! We had great views along the road at Fred's.

PAINTED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura picta)

We kept getting fly-bys at Brownsberg but towards the end of the tour at Fred's Place we finally saw them perched.

BROWN-THROATED PARAKEET (Eupsittula pertinax)

Seen around Weg Naar Zee and Colakreek.

RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus)


On this tour we had particularly good luck with macaws, finding Blue-and-yellow, Red-and-green and Scarlets at Fredberg.



RED-AND-GREEN MACAW (Ara chloropterus)

RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis)

These tiny macaws are quite common around Colakreek.

WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

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Crimson Fruitcrow is never common anywhere in its range, but Fredberg Suriname is one of the most accessible areas to see it. You still need a fair bit of luck to see one alongside the road like this. Photo by Micah Riegner.
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE (Cymbilaimus lineatus)

We had great close looks at a pair along the road at Brownsberg.

BLACK-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Frederickena viridis)

We saw a family group foraging close to the ground at Brownsberg.

BLACK-CRESTED ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphorus canadensis)

Common around Peperport.

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)

MOUSE-COLORED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus murinus)

NORTHERN SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus punctatus)

Seen well at Brownsberg on the trail to the Mazaroni Overlook.

AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)

We saw this species both at Brownsberg and at Fred's Place.

DUSKY-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)

CINEREOUS ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes caesius)

Seen in several of the feeding flocks we worked on.


Sean and I were both thrilled to find one of these scarce understory antwrens at Fredberg.

BROWN-BELLIED STIPPLETHROAT (Epinecrophylla gutturalis)

Seen in several of the understory flocks.

PYGMY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula brachyura) [*]

GUIANAN STREAKED-ANTWREN (Myrmotherula surinamensis)

We had nice views of one close to the bridge over the Little Saramaca River.

WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)

The following three Myrmotherula antwrens were in the feeding flocks at Brownsberg and Fred's Place.

LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis)

GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)

SPOT-TAILED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus sticturus) [*]

TODD'S ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus)

After hearing them from up in the canopy for over a week, we finally got a decent look at one in a canopy vine tangle at Fred's Place.


We saw this species at a few of the white sand sites near Colakreek.

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Glossy-backed Becards hang out in the high canopy with groups of Todd's Sirystes. I presume this one is a young male. Photo by Micah Riegner.

GUIANAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis cantator)

DUSKY ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides tyrannina)

BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens)

GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens)

WHITE-BROWED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus leucophrys)

We got scope views of a male behind Fred's Place.

BLACK-CHINNED ANTBIRD (Hypocnemoides melanopogon)

We saw a male right along the water at Fred's Place.

SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia) [*]

BLACK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Percnostola rufifrons)

Both male and female were seen at Brownsberg.

FERRUGINOUS-BACKED ANTBIRD (Myrmoderus ferrugineus)

Wow! I was amazed at how close we got to them at Brownsberg. Both male and female showed nicely.

BLACK-THROATED ANTBIRD (Myrmophylax atrothorax)

RUFOUS-THROATED ANTBIRD (Gymnopithys rufigula)

One of the very last birds of the tour. We had great views of one at Colakreek.

SPOT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Hylophylax naevius)

COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus)

Nice close views of a male at Brownsberg.

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

VARIEGATED ANTPITTA (Grallaria varia) [*]

We came super darn close to seeing this elusive giant, but it just wouldn't come out of its vine tangle way up in the canopy.

THRUSH-LIKE ANTPITTA (Myrmothera campanisona) [*]

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

BLACK-FACED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius analis) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

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This Crane Hawk showed nicely from the bridge near Kakanku. Photo by Micah Riegner.


We had nice views of a pair along the bridge over the Little Saramaca River.


We saw a pair along the Mazaroni Road.

BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)

Seen in one of the feeding flocks at Brownsberg. It sat on a trunk and we all got great views.

STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus) [*]

CHESTNUT-RUMPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus pardalotus)

Common in the understory flocks at Brownsberg.

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)


Seen at Peperpot.

GUIANAN WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus)

The common canopy woodcreeper at Fredberg.

SLENDER-BILLED XENOPS (Xenops tenuirostris)

We found one behind Colakreek the very last day of the tour. Not an easy bird to find!

PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)


I was blown away by our experience with this species at Colakreek. We were so close and it stuck around for so long!



We found one stunned in the middle of the road at Fred's so we moved it off and wished for the best.

OLIVE-BACKED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Automolus infuscatus) [*]

YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

We had nice views of one at that lake we stopped at near Chocopot.

PLAIN-CROWNED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis gujanensis)

We were able to blue-tooth a pair into the open at Peperpot.

MCCONNELL'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis macconnelli)

One zipped across the road near Fred's Place.

PALE-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albescens)

Wow! I've never seen one out in the open like that. Great views at Weg Naar Zee.

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White-throated Manakins were visiting the fruiting Clusia grandiflora at the Brownsberg overlook. Photo by Micah Riegner.

RUDDY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis rutilans)

We called in a pair in the forest behind Fred's Place.

Pipridae (Manakins)

TINY TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes virescens)

Seen on the trail near the cock-of-the-rock lek.

SAFFRON-CRESTED TYRANT-MANAKIN (Neopelma chrysocephalum)

We watched one vocalizing at Kakanku. What a strange sound!

WHITE-THROATED MANAKIN (Corapipo gutturalis)

We had no shortage of great views of both males and females coming into the fruiting Clusia grandiflora tree at Brownsberg. Fantastic!

BLACK MANAKIN (Xenopipo atronitens)

Always a difficult bird.

WHITE-FRONTED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix serena)

Also visiting the Clusia at Brownsberg.


We saw some lekking behind Fred's Place.


We had absolute point blank views of a male at Chocopot. We didn't even have to walk 50 meters from the bus!

WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Pseudopipra pipra)

We saw a couple females coming in to feed at the Clusia at Brownsberg and a couple males at Fred's Place.

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

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

This is always a favorite among our groups and this year was no exception. We saw a number of males at the lek at Fredberg and some folks saw a female come by to check things out.

CRIMSON FRUITCROW (Haematoderus militaris) [E]

I had quite honestly given up hope in finding Crimson Fruitcrow since they hadn't been seen at Fredberg in months and we missed it on our November tour. So when Travis said "oh, there's that red fruitcrow you're looking for" I was in disbelief! And sure enough, there it was, in its crimson glory sitting stoically on a snag along the road that peaceful afternoon.


These social fruitcrows graced our group multiple times throughout the tour.

CAPUCHINBIRD (Perissocephalus tricolor)

Seeing these and more importantly, hearing their alien sounds at Fredberg was a highlight of the tour.

SPANGLED COTINGA (Cotinga cayana)

SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans)

After hearing them for over a week, we finally saw one over the trail behind Fred's Place.

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Here's one of the fruits from the Clusia grandiflora responsible for attracting so many great birds and mammals to the Brownsberg overlook. Photo by Micah Riegner.

POMPADOUR COTINGA (Xipholena punicea)

We saw a female with a juvenile along the road at Fred's Place. The youngster had a dark eye, interestingly.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)


BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor)

Normally this is a tough bird to see. We saw them regularly at the bridge over the Little Saramaca River.

OLIVACEOUS SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis olivacea)

We actually saw one perched along the road at Brownsberg! Often times they just shoot past without stopping in view.

CINEREOUS MOURNER (Laniocera hypopyrra)

This strange species we saw at Brownsberg. We could even see the orange dots on the wing!

CINEREOUS BECARD (Pachyramphus rufus)

We saw a pair constructing a nest at Weg Naar Zee.

WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus)

BLACK-CAPPED BECARD (Pachyramphus marginatus)

GLOSSY-BACKED BECARD (Pachyramphus surinamus)

Seen in the canopy flock with the Todd's Sirystes at Fredberg.

PINK-THROATED BECARD (Pachyramphus minor)

We saw this species our very last day behind Colakreek.

Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill, Royal Flycatcher, and Allies)

RUDDY-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Terenotriccus erythrurus)

Seen in a feeding flock at Fred's.

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris) [*]

OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus) [*]

MCCONNELL'S FLYCATCHER (Mionectes macconnelli)

These were coming by the fruiting Clusia at Brownsberg.

SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus)

The tiny ball of feathers that zipped across the road at Fred's Place.

DOUBLE-BANDED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus vitiosus)

HELMETED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus galeatus)

SPOTTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum maculatum)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

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This male Crimson-hooded Manakin was almost too close to focus on. Notice the tick it has on its neck. Photo by Micah Riegner.

PAINTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum pictum)

We saw one surprisingly low along the road at Fred's. Great bird.

YELLOW-MARGINED FLATBILL (EXAMINATUS) (Tolmomyias assimilis examinatus)

In the canopy flocks at Brownsberg.


The high canopy tyrannulet we saw a couple times at Fred's.


NORTHERN MOUSE-COLORED TYRANNULET (Nesotriccus incomtus eremonomus)

YELLOW-CROWNED TYRANNULET (Tyrannulus elatus) [*]

FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)

YELLOW-CROWNED ELAENIA (Myiopagis flavivertex)

We got one to land right in front of us at Peperpot.

PLAIN-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia cristata)

The elaenias we saw at O. P. Savanna.


One showed nicely at Kakanku. We could even see the sliver of rufous on the crown.

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)


Seen a couple times at Brownsberg.


The tyrannulet we saw at Weg Naar Zee.

WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

PIED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola pica)

LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus)

CINNAMON ATTILA (Attila cinnamomeus)

Nice views at Peperpot.

BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)

TODD'S SIRYSTES (Sirystes subcanescens)

I was nervous we'd miss this species after so much time scanning for canopy flocks at Fred's, but on our very last day we hit the jackpot and found a flock with at least 8 Sirystes! They just kept streaming across the road.

GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)

PALE-BELLIED MOURNER (Rhytipterna immunda)

We invested a special effort to see this scarce and difficult-to-see flycatcher of white sands forests. And thank goodness it stuck around for all of us to see it!

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer) [*]

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Rufous Crab Hawk is a species we look for around Weg Naar Zee. This year we saw both adult and juvenile. Photo by Micah Riegner.


GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)

DUSKY-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes luteiventris)

This high canopy flycatcher was along the entrance road at Fred's.


A regular component of the canopy flocks at Fred's.

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)

It was nice to compare this species alongside Variegated around Colakreek.

VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus varius)

SULPHURY FLYCATCHER (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)

Seen at Kakanku.

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

GRAY KINGBIRD (Tyrannus dominicensis)

I was excited to see this Caribbean migrant at Weg Naar Zee.

Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)


ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis)

LEMON-CHESTED GREENLET (Hylophilus thoracicus)

BUFF-CHEEKED GREENLET (Pachysylvia muscicapina) [*]

Heard in most canopy flocks at Brownsberg and Fred's.

CHIVI VIREO (Vireo chivi)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

CAYENNE JAY (Cyanocorax cayanus)

Donacobiidae (Donacobius)

BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)

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This Point-tailed Palmcreeper gave us quite a show! Photo by Micah Riegner.

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

The common martin seen most days of the tour.


We saw a pair around the Zanderij Airport.

WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)

These were regular around the bridge over the Little Saramaca River.

BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)

A few were seen at Weg Naar Zee.

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (PLUMBEA) (Polioptila plumbea plumbea)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

HOUSE WREN (SOUTHERN) (Troglodytes aedon clarus)

CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)

BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis) [*]

WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta)

MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada)

We saw and more importantly heard this forest songster at Brownsberg.

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)


Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)

COCOA THRUSH (Turdus fumigatus)

Seen along the trails behind Fred's Place.

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]

Unfortunately, this one was reluctant to come into view at Brownsberg.

SPECTACLED THRUSH (Turdus nudigenis)

Sean pointed one out at Peperpot.

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We got quite close to this male Common Scale-backed Antbird at Brownsberg. Photo by Micah Riegner.

CAMPINA THRUSH (Turdus arthuri)

Yes! After a couple attempts we nailed it at the O. P. Savanna. It sat for several minutes right out in the open.

Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

FINSCH'S EUPHONIA (Euphonia finschi)

We saw one our very first morning at Peperpot! Fantastic!

GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)

Seen in the high canopy on the entrance road to Fred's Place.

VIOLACEOUS EUPHONIA (Euphonia violacea)

We watched a pair setting up their nest at Peperpot.

GOLDEN-SIDED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cayennensis)

This elegant Guianan Shield endemic, was seen well at Brownsberg.

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

GRASSLAND SPARROW (Ammodramus humeralis)

We spotted a few along the fence at the Zanderij Airport.

PECTORAL SPARROW (Arremon taciturnus) [*]

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

EASTERN MEADOWLARK (EASTERN) (Sturnella magna quinta)

It was fun to watch these familiar birds all the way down here in Suriname.


Common in the open fields around the airport.

GREEN OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius viridis)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)


RED-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus haemorrhous)

Seen along the main road at Fred's Place.

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Another tough-to-see understory bird is the Yellow-billed Jacamar. This one we had to go off trail a bit to find. Photo by Micah Riegner.

EPAULET ORIOLE (EPAULET) (Icterus cayanensis cayanensis)

Seen in the clearing around Fred's Place.

YELLOW ORIOLE (Icterus nigrogularis)

We saw one at a nest at Weg Naar Zee! Gorgeous.

SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

CARIB GRACKLE (Quiscalus lugubris)

Surprisingly this was a lifer for me! We saw one at Weg Naar Zee.

YELLOW-HOODED BLACKBIRD (Chrysomus icterocephalus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

Seen in the treetops at Brownsberg.

YELLOW WARBLER (Setophaga petechia)

Seen around the hotel at Paramaribo.

Mitrospingidae (Mitrospingid Tanagers)

RED-BILLED PIED TANAGER (Lamprospiza melanoleuca)

We finally caught up with a flock of these high canopy tanagers our final afternoon at Fred's Place. Nice save!

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

RED-AND-BLACK GROSBEAK (Periporphyrus erythromelas)

A pair of these sneaky grosbeaks showed briefly at Brownsberg.

YELLOW-GREEN GROSBEAK (Caryothraustes canadensis)

Seemingly everywhere at Fred's Place. I don't remember them being so common there.

ROSE-BREASTED CHAT (Granatellus pelzelni)

Seen both at Fred's and at the bridge near Kakanku.

AMAZONIAN GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia rothschildii) [*]

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

BLACK-FACED TANAGER (Schistochlamys melanopis)

FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Loriotus cristatus)

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Collared Puffbird is always a treat to see. We saw one at Brownsberg and at Fred's Place. Photo by Micah Riegner.

FULVOUS-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus surinamus)

Makes and females were coming in to feed on the fruiting Clusia at Brownsberg.

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)

RED-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus phoenicius)

Seen at the O.P. Savanna.


Seen at Brownsberg.

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

SPECKLED TANAGER (Ixothraupis guttata)

TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)


We saw a flock at Fred's and behind Colakreek.

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

Seen at the Mazaroni Overlook at Brownsberg.

BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)

Lots of honeycreepers were coming in to feed at the fruiting Clusia at Brownsberg.


GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)

BICOLORED CONEBILL (Conirostrum bicolor)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

WING-BARRED SEEDEATER (Sporophila americana)

Seen around Weg Naar Zee and Colakreek.

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

BUFF-THROATED SALTATOR (Saltator maximus) [*]

OLIVE-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator olivascens)


Seen right around the cabins at Fred's Place.


KALINOWSKI'S MOUSE OPOSSUM (Hyladelphys kalinowskii)

I love doing night walks in the tropics because you never know what you’ll come across. During a night walk at Brownsberg I noticed a small marsupial scampering along the handrail at the overlook. It was close to 10 pm and most of the group was asleep, but I was able to call over Sean and a few other tour participants who were still awake. The animal ran to the ground, then up a small palm tree. We could tell it was a mouse opossum, but which one??? I did some rudimentary scanning through Inaturalist but didn’t come up with a good match, so we put it down as mouse opossum sp. on the checklist. When I returned home, I sent my photos to my friend Fiona Reid (author of the Peterson Guide to North American Mammals), and she sent them to Robert Voss, the world authority on mouse opossums. He identified it as Kalinowski’s Mouse Opossum Hyladelphys kalinowskii, a species known only from a handful of specimens and sight records from Peru, Brazil, and French Guiana, in other words a very rare find! There were only 2 other photos of it on Inaturalist, those being from French Guiana, so this is perhaps the first record for Suriname.

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One of the Bronzy Jacamars we saw at Kakanku. Photo by Micah Riegner.

COMMON OPOSSUM (Didelphis marsupialis)

We saw one up in a tree behind Colakreek.


Seen around Colakreek at Fred's Place.


We had nice views at Peperpot and along the highway on our way to Fred's Place.

RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus)

We saw some along the road to Weg Naar Zee.

GUIANAN SAKI MONKEY (Pithecia pithecia)

We were all excited to see this species so well at Brownsberg.


These were the capuchins we saw dashing across the road at Fred's Place.

BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)

Great views at Peperpot.

BLACK SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles paniscus) [*]


Seen along the road to Colakreek. It was a male with a dark mark on its back.

GUIANAN SQUIRREL (Sciurus aestuans)

This active squirrel zoomed past us along the overlook trail at Brownsberg.

RED-RUMPED AGOUTI (Dasyprocta agouti)

KINKAJOU (Potos flavus)

We saw one during one of our night walks at Fred's Place.

TAYRA (Eira barbara)

Benedict spotted one crossing the road at Fred's Place! Awesome.

JAGUAR (Panthera onca)

Fresh tracks seen at Fred's Place.

WHITE-LIPPED PECCARY (Tayassu pecari) [*]

We heard and smelled them at Brownsberg.



Rhaebo guttatus The enormous toads we saw at Brownsberg and Fred’s Place.

Rhinella glandulosa We saw one on the cement ledge at Brownsberg.

Rhinella lescurei The cryptic toads in the leaf litter around Brownsberg.

Rhinella marina One giant male sang from the pond at Brownsberg.

Ameerega trivittata Heard all over the place at Brownsberg and also Fred’s Place. We saw a few hopping along the trail.

Anomaloglossus baeobatrachus We regularly encountered this small leaf litter frog at Brownsberg. We even saw a couple males carrying several tadpoles on their backs.

Hypsiboas boans Along the river at Fred’s Place.

Hypsiboas crepitans The large yellow frogs we saw at Brownsberg.

Osteocephalus taurinus This frog was in Jaque’s room at Fred’s Place.

Pithecopus hypochondrialis A couple of these fancy tree frogs were at Brownsberg.

Physalaemus ephippifer These were laying eggs in the pools at Brownsberg.

Leptodactylos pentadactylus Seen and heard at Brownsberg.

Leptodactylos knudseni Seen along the entrance road at Fred’s Place.

Dendropsophus minutus The small yellow frogs at Brownsberg and Fred’s

Boana punctata The bright green frog we saw in the leaf litter at Kakanku.


Fer-de-lance Bothrops atrox Yikes! We saw a few of these pit vipers at Brownsberg and gladly gave them their space.

Tantilla melanocephalus We saw one following the other at Kakanku. I wonder if it was a male following the female.

Boa Constrictor Boa constrictor We found a young one at Brownsberg.

Slender Tree Boa Corallus hortulanus We found a couple at Fred’s Place during our night walks.

Giant Anaconda Eunectes murinus I wrestled one that was crossing the road to Fred’s Place.

Chironius fuscus This was the snake we saw on the granite boulders at Fredberg.

Chironius scurrulus The big red snake crossing the road on our way out of Fred’s Place.

Erythrolampus typhlus The small green snake on the road at Fred’s Place.

The large impressive snake we almost ran over at Fred’s.

Yellow-tailed Cribo Drymarchon corais Amazingly, we saw 2 of these scarce snakes, one at Brownsberg and one at Fred’s Place.


Pseudogonatodes guianensis I caught one on the trail to Fredberg.

Anolis punctatus Seen on the tree at Fred’s Place.

Plica Plica Seen right outside Fred's Place.

Tropidurus hispidus On the granite boulders at Fredberg.

Giant Ameiva Ameiva ameiva

Kentropyx calcarata

Kentropyx striata

Golden Tegu Tupinambis teguixin

Turnip-tailed Gecko Thecadactylus Caiman crocodilus

Green Iguana iguan iguna

Spectacled Caiman Caiman crocodilus Seen at the lake in Paramaribo.

Totals for the tour: 370 bird taxa and 16 mammal taxa