The route of Andes Hummingbird
In three days you will visit the most representative places for the sighting of hummingbirds in the Andes mountain range. This will make you vibrate with each photograph you take of these colorful and iridescent birds. On average you can observe up to 10 different species per day depending on the date of the year, for a minimum total of 30 species at the end of the three days.
Hummingbirds are the jewel in the birdwatching crown in Colombia, with a total of 165 species from 343 species ranging from southern Alaska to “Tierra del Fuego” in Argentina. 16 of them are endemic and 96 are almost endemic or in danger. This bird family is the second largest in the world.
The ecological importance of the hummingbirds lies in their pollination function, where they visit innumerable types of flowers, so the anatomy of their peaks vary according to the flora of each habitat from sea level to the snow line of the Andes. One of the favorite places of hummingbirds is the cloud forest of the subtropical mountains, where the density of these birds depends on the number different types of flowers per square meter. Those are the conditions where it is really easy to see this small bird.
Hummingbirds have captured the attention of scientists, birders and photographers among others, for their ability to fly in all kinds of directions, even face up, for their striking colors and their ability to save energy in ecosystems with hostile climates such as páramo.
These sightings will be made in private reserves and will be the dessert of your bird watching day in each region.
Adelomyia melanogenys, Aglaeactis cupripennis, Aglaiocercus kingii, Amazilia cyanifrons, Amazilia franciae, Amazilia saucerottei, Amazilia tzacatl, Anthracothorax nigricollis, Boissonneaua flavescents, Campylopterus falcatus, Chaetocercus heliodor, Chaetocercus mulsant, Chalcostigma heteropogon, Chalybura buffonii, Chlorostilbon gibsoni, Chlorostilbon poortmani, Chrysolampis mosquitus, Coeligena bonapartei, Coeligena coeligena, Coeligena helianthea, Coeligena prunellei, Coeligena torquata, Colibrí coruscans, Colibrí cyanotus, Colibri delphinae, Doryfera ludovicae, Ensifera ensifera, Eriocnemis cupreoventris, Eriocnemis vestita, Florisuga mellivora, Glaucis hirsutus, Haplophaedia aureliae, Heliangelus amethysticollis, Heliangelus exortis, Heliodoxa rubinoides, Heliomaster longirostris, Lafresnaya lafresnayi, Lepidopyga goudoti, Lesbia nuna, Lesbia victoriae, Metallura tyrianthina, Ocreatus underwoodii, Oxypogon guerinii, Phaethornis guys, Phaethornis striigularis, Ptherophanes cyanopterus, Ramphomicron microrhynchum, Schistes geoffroyi y Thalurania colombica.
Stage 1. Calera “Observatory of Hummingbirds” – March 9
Stage 2. San Francisco “Járdin Encantado” – April 13
Stage 3. Fusagasuga “Finca Colibrí Gorriazul” – May 11
In the 1st Stage, we will start the route on the road that leads to the Chingaza National Park, where we will enjoy the birds walking on the road, there are about 167 species registered. About 11 am, we will go to the Hummingbird Observatory private reserve where we will see and take pictures of species such as Ensifera ensifera, Chaetocercus mulsant, Lesbia Victoriae and Lesbia nuna among others. Be prepared with your camara!
Each stage has a cost of $ 95,000 pesos per person. If you decide to participate in the three stages, you will only pay $ 225,000 pesos (75,000 for each tour).
In order to boo, you should make the payment of the first stage and if you take the three stages, the balance you will pay the day of the first stage.
We thank Christian Irian @christian_de_la_selva for the bird photos.
Meeting point: Calle 63 with Cra 7 in Carulla Grocery Store
Departure time: 5.30 am
Estimated time of arrival in Bogota: 4:00 p m
Maximum capacity: 12 people