Humid Lowlands Tour (part 1 of 3)
12 days, US$ 4,400
Upon request for 2017
If you look at a map of Bolivia, you will see that a good 70% of the country is actually lowlands; extremely rich Rainforest, tropical savanna, a vast area of low impacted cerrado, to seasonally flooded Pantanal. This area also holds 70% of the bird diversity. The Humid lowland tour has been designed to comfortably visit the important lowland sites, with enough time in each habitat to see the species that you should see when in Bolivia- such as Endemic, Range-restricted and region specialities.
Our lowlands trip begins in the excellent Sadiri Amazon Lodge where you will be able to begin your studying of Amazonian rainforest birds, as well as the rare, hard to find foothill species. This site is truly spectacular with insane bird diversity only the rainforest can provide- but the foothill element knocking that over the normal edge. Eight species of owl in the area! With potential to see the special foothill birds as Military Macaw (six macaw species recorded at Sadiri), Subtropical Pygmy-owl, Band-bellied Owl, Buff-throated Tody-tyrant, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Red-billed Tyrannulet, and Scaled Fruiteater, all special hard to find birds (see Sadiri Bird List).
From the humid forest, were birds are hard to see, we will travel east to the recently created Barba Azul Nature Reserve with a completely new set of easy to see tropical savanna birds, including the flagship of the reserve, the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw (Bird List). This will easily be the big day of the tour, with records of over hundred and twenty birds seen in a day. The tall grass of the reserve also protects rare savanna species like the Cock-tailed Tyrant, Sharp-tailed Tyrant and Black-masked Finch as well as recording abundant populations of the Near Threatened Orinoco goose and Greater Rhea. Barba Azul also hold the extremely odd (suggesting species potential) disjunct populations of the Streamer-tailed Tyrant and Great Pampa-Finch.
We will then travel north for a couple of days to catch up on some more Amazonian species, including the Bolivian Endemic Masked Antpitta. We will also travel to the Bolivian Cerrado belt for a day to see such specialities as the Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, and Ocellated Crake.
We expect to see over 400 species of birds on such a trip, and had enough time to have good odds at seeing the Bolivian specialities of these diverse habitats.