DAY TOURS AROUND CALI

Thanks to the privileged position of Cali, in our one day tours we’ll have plenty of time to visit some highly productive natural regions,  the andes and choco foothills, or the striking dry forests and action-packed water lands and their specialities! 

Option 1: Andes and Choco Feeders:

On the morning we will go straight to Queremal feeders and enjoy a delicious breakfast courtesy of the lovely staff at the place, while enjoying the photo opportunities at Choco specialist birds. You can look at this feeders for Black-chinned mountain-tanager (Anisognathus notabilis), Silver-throated (Tangara icterocephala)  and Rufous-throated tanager (T. Rufigula), Chestnut-headed oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri), White-tailed Hillstar (Urochroa bougueri), Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii) and with luck, the impressive Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus)!

Then we will head to km 18, have a very good lunch and prepare ourselves to see over 10 species of hummingbirds and different tanagers from the Andean Mountains in Colombia. The super-star of the trip is the multicolored tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima), which is feeding almost daily. Other tanagers are the golden (Tangara arthus), Saffron-crowned (T. xanthocephala), metallic-green (T. labradorides) , golden-naped (T. Ruficervix) and the fabulous Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus).  Other good birds are the Masked flowerpiercer (Diglossa cyanea), green honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and the red-headed barbet (Eubucco bourcierii). The hummingbirds include the Blue-headed sapphire (Hilocharis grayi), brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae), White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora),  Fawn-breasted brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides), Speckled hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) and with some luck a Green (Phaethornis guy) or Tawny-bellied (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)  Hermit. Also there are two beautiful hummers that amaze with their tais:  the dreamy Long-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus kingii) and the Booted racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii).

Option 2: Sonso Lagoon & Yotoco Forest.

Early birding will be at Sonso lagoon looking for marvelous aquatic species such as Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi), Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), Osprey (Pandion haeliatus), Snail kite (Rhostramus sociabilis), Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta), Neotropical cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Striated Heron (Butorides striata), Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) and more like a good dose of sandpippers, rails and plovers. Also almost sure bets include Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus), and the Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) and Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus), both of which we know their exact spots!

In the afternoon we’ll look for Andean foothill birds at the very beautiful Yotoco forest. We have a good chance to see the endemic Cauca Guan (Penelope perspicax) and, and other birds including Sooty-headed Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias griseiceps), Rufous-naped Greenlet (Hylophylus semmibruneus), Dusky-capped flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer), Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus), Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus), Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira) the near-endemic Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina) and the elusive Chestnut-crowned Gnateater (Conopophaga castaneiceps). Also Howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) are at the order of the day!

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Tour leader: Rubén Darío Palacio