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Bird Watching

At Aité Eco Hotel you can enjoy a varied sighting of unique and beautiful birds. Prepare to know the best of Colombian wildlife:

These birds are:

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American purple gallinule

(Porphyrio martinica)

The purple gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) is a swamphen in the genus Porphyrio. It is in the order Gruiformes, meaning “crane-like”, an order which also contains cranes, rails, and crakes. The purple gallinule is a rail species, placing it into the family Rallidae. It is also known locally as the yellow-legged gallinule. The specific name martinica denotes “of Martinique”.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_purple_gallinule

Caribbean coot

(Fulica caribaea)

Coots resident in the Caribbean and Greater and Lesser Antilles lack the red portion of the frontal shield, and were previously believed to be a distinct species, the Caribbean coot (Fulica caribaea).

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_coot#Caribbean_coot

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By Damián Ruiz - Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link

Rufous-tailed hummingbird

(Amazilia tzacatl)

The rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) is a medium-sized hummingbird that breeds from east-central Mexico, through Central America and Colombia, east to western Venezuela and south through western Ecuador to near the border with Peru. The larger Escudo hummingbird from Isla Escudo de Veraguas in Panama is commonly considered a subspecies of the rufous-tailed hummingbird. This is a common to abundant bird of open country, river banks, woodland, scrub, forest edge, coffee plantations and gardens up to 1,850 m (6,070 ft).

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous-tailed_hummingbird

Long-tailed hermit

(Phaethornis superciliosus)

The long-tailed hermit (Phaethornis superciliosus) is a large hummingbird that is a resident breeder in Venezuela, the Guianas, and north-eastern Brazil. This species is commonly referred to as the eastern long-tailed hermit, but it is likely, following recommendations from Gary Stiles in February 2006, [1] that the new name will be adopted by most authorities.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-tailed_hermit

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By Alexander Yates - originally posted to Flickr as Aruba Parakeet, CC BY 2.0, Link

Brown-throated parakeet

(Eupsittula pertinax)

The brown-throated parakeet (Eupsittula pertinax), commonly known as the St Thomas conure or brown-throated conure in aviculture, is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown-throated_parakeet

Green-rumped parrotlet

(Forpus passerinus)

The green-rumped parrotlet (Forpus passerinus) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is the nominate species (F. p. passerinus).

Green-rumped parrotlets are very gregarious and roost communally;[2] they are often seen in flocks of up to 100 individuals.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-rumped_parrotlet

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By kulyka on flickr - flickr, CC BY 2.0, Link

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Blue-headed parrot

(Pionus menstruus)

The blue-headed parrot, also known as the blue-headed pionus (Pionus menstruus) is a medium-sized parrot of about 27 cm in length. The body is mostly green, with a blue head and neck, and red undertail coverts.[2] It is a resident in tropical and subtropical South America and southern Central America, from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia and Brazil.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-headed_parrot

Black vulture

(Coragyps atratus)

The black vulture (Coragyps atratus), also known as the American black vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America. Although a common and widespread species, it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the turkey vulture, which breeds well into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_vulture

By Mdf - first upload in en wikipedia on 21:55, 13 December 2005 by Mdf, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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By Don DeBold from San Jose, CA, USA - Vulture Landing on Dead Tree Branch Uploaded by Snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, Link

Turkey vulture

(Cathartes aura)

The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow,[2] is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_vulture

Great egret

(Ardea alba)

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret, or (in the Old World) great white egret[2] or great white heron[3][4][5] is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_egret

Great egret (Ardea alba) Tobago.jpg
By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) Pantanal.JPG
By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Cocoi heron

(Ardea cocoi)

The Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) is a species of long-legged wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae found across South America. It has predominantly pale grey plumage with a darker grey crest. A carnivore, it hunts fish and crustaceans in shallow water.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoi_heron

Snowy egret

(Egretta thula)

The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is a small white heron. The genus name comes from the Provençal French for the little egret aigrette, a diminutive of aigron, “heron”. The species name thula is the Araucano for the black-necked swan, applied to this species in error by Chilean naturalist Juan Ignacio Molina in 1782.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_egret

Egretta thula at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds.jpg
By © Frank Schulenburg, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Cattle egret

(Bubulcus ibis)

The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard two of its subspecies as full species, the western cattle egret and the eastern cattle egret.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_egret

House wren

(Troglodytes aedon)

The house wren (Troglodytes aedon) is a very small songbird of the wren family, Troglodytidae. It occurs from Canada to southernmost South America, and is thus the most widely distributed bird in the Americas.[2] It occurs in most suburban areas in its range and it is the single most common wren. Its taxonomy is highly complex and some subspecies groups are often considered separate species.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_wren

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By S. King, US NPS - [1] at US NPS, Public Domain, Link

Thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris crassirostris) male.jpg
By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography.co.uk, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Thick-billed euphonia

(Euphonia laniirostris)

The thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) is a species of bird in the family Fringillidae, formerly placed in the Thraupidae.

This euphonia measures 10 cm (3.9 in). The male has entirely yellow underparts from throat to vent save for a small terminal patch of white on the undertail. Upperparts are a dark blue-black except for the yellow crown patch which extends from the bill over the head to just past the eye. The female, like many euphonias, is dull olive above and yellow below.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thick-billed_euphonia

Great-tailed grackle

(Quiscalus mexicanus)

The great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is a medium-sized, highly social passerine bird native to North and South America. A member of the family Icteridae, it is one of ten extant species of grackle and is closely related to the boat-tailed grackle and the slender-billed grackle.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-tailed_grackle

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By Patrick Coin (Patrick Coin) - Photograph taken by Patrick Coin, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Carib grackle

(Quiscalus lugubris)

The Carib grackle (Quiscalus lugubris) is a New World tropical blackbird, a resident breeder in the Lesser Antilles and northern South America east of the Andes, from Colombia east to Venezuela and north-eastern Brazil.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carib_grackle

Squirrel cuckoo

(Piaya cayana)

The squirrel cuckoo (Piaya cayana) is a large and active species of cuckoo found in wooded habitats from northwestern Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay, and on Trinidad. Some authorities have split off the western Mexican form as the Mexican squirrel-cuckoo (Piaya mexicana).

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_cuckoo

Black-chested jay

(Cyanocorax affinis)

The black-chested jay (Cyanocorax affinis) is a species of bird in the family Corvidae.

Measuring 34 cm (13 in) long, this jay is easily recognized from its distinctive facial pattern and yellow eye. The head, face, and chest are mostly black with violet-blue spots above and below the eye, as well as a violet-blue malar stripe. The underparts are white as is the tip of the tail, while the upperparts and wings are mainly dark violet-blue.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-chested_jay

Grey-breasted martin

(Progne chalybea)

The grey-breasted martin (Progne chalybea) is a large swallow from Central and South America. Adult grey-breasted martins are 18 cm (7.1 in) in length, with a forked tail and relatively broad wings, and weigh 39 g (1.4 oz). Adult males are a glossy blue-black with the grey-brown throat, breast and sides contrasting with the white lower underparts. Females are duller than the male, and juveniles have dull brown upperparts.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-breasted_martin

Bicolored wren

(Campylorhynchus griseus)

The bicolored wren (Campylorhynchus griseus) is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and far-northern Brazil.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest. At 21.5 cm (8.5 in) long, it is the largest South American wren and second in size only to the giant wren overall for the family.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicolored_wren

Neotropic cormorant

(Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

The Neotropic cormorant or olivaceous cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) is a medium-sized cormorant found throughout the American tropics and subtropics, from the middle Rio Grande and the Gulf and Californian coasts of the United States south through Mexico and Central America to southern South America, where he is called by the Indian name of “biguá”.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neotropic_cormorant

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By © Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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By Terry Foote - Own work (Original text: I (Terry Foote (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Brown pelican

(Pelecanus occidentalis)

The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a North American bird of the pelican family, Pelecanidae. It is one of three pelican species found in the Americas and one of two that feed by diving in water. It is found on the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to the mouth of the Amazon River, and along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to northern Chile, including the Galapagos Islands.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_pelican

Magnificent frigatebird

(Fregata magnificens)

The magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is a seabird of the frigatebird family Fregatidae. With a length of 89–114 centimetres (35–45 in) and wingspan of 2.17–2.44 m (7.1–8.0 ft) it is the largest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Ecuador on the Pacific coast and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnificent_frigatebird

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By Andrew Turner from Washington, DC, United States - Frigate Bird Uploaded by snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, Link

Striated heron

(Butorides striata)

The striated heron (Butorides striata) also known as mangrove heron, little heron or green-backed heron, is a small heron, about 44 cm tall.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striated_heron

Tropical kingbird

(Tyrannus melancholicus)

The tropical kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) is a large tyrant flycatcher. This bird breeds from southern Arizona and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States through Central America, South America as far as south as central Argentina and eastern Peru, and on Trinidad and Tobago. Birds from the northernmost and southern breeding areas migrate to warmer parts of the range after breeding.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_kingbird

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By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Great kiskadee

(Pitangus sulphuratus)

The great kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) is a passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. It is the only member of the genus Pitangus.

The adult great kiskadee is one of the largest of the tyrant flycatchers. It is 25 to 28 cm (9.8 to 11.0 in) in length and weighs 53 to 71.5 g (1.87 to 2.52 oz).[14] The head is black with a strong white supercilium and a concealed yellow crown stripe.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_kiskadee

Lesser kiskadee

(Pitangus lictor)

The lesser kiskadee (Philohydor lictor) is a species of passerine bird in the family Tyrannidae. It is the only species in the genus Philohydor. It is found in Argentina, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, Guatemala, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and swamps.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_kiskadee

Lesser kiskadee (Pitangus lictor panamense).jpg
By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography.co.uk, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


(Coereba flaveola)

The bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) is a species of passerine bird of uncertain relation. It is tentatively placed in the tanager family. Its classification is debated, and it is often placed in its own family: Coerebidae. It has recently been suggested the bananaquit should be split into three species, but this has yet to receive widespread recognition. This small, active nectarivore is found in warmer parts of the Americas, and is generally common.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bananaquit

Crimson-backed tanager

(Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

The crimson-backed tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is found in Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela, and introduced to French Polynesia.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. A nickname in Panama is sangre de toro (“Blood of the bull”).

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimson-backed_tanager

By Mdf - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Blue-gray tanager

(Thraupis episcopus)

The blue-gray tanager (Thraupis episcopus) is a medium-sized South American songbird of the tanager family, Thraupidae. Its range is from Mexico south to northeast Bolivia and northern Brazil, all of the Amazon Basin, except the very south. It has been introduced to Lima (Peru). On Trinidad and Tobago, this bird is called blue jean.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-gray_tanager

Palm tanager

(Thraupis palmarum)

The palm tanager (Thraupis palmarum) is a medium-sized passerine bird. This tanager is a resident breeder from Nicaragua south to Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil. It also breeds on Trinidad and, since 1962, on Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is known by colloquial names such as the “palmiste” and the “green jean”.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_tanager

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By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Crimson-crested woodpecker

(Campephilus melanoleucos)

The crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) is a very large woodpecker which is a resident breeding bird from Panama south to northern border regions of Argentina, and on Trinidad.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimson-crested_woodpecker

Red-crowned woodpecker

(Melanerpes rubricapillus)

The red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus) is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Tobago.

This woodpecker occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation. It nests in a hole in a dead tree or large cactus. The clutch is two eggs, incubated by both sexes, which fledge after 31–33 days.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-crowned_woodpecker

Greyish saltator

(Saltator coerulescens)

The greyish saltator (Saltator coerulescens) is a seed-eating songbird that is widespread in the tropical Americas. Traditionally placed in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae), the saltators actually seem to be closer to the tanagers (Thraupidae).[2] In El Salvador, it is well known as dichosofui after the “elaborate” version of its call, which sounds like a drawn-out ¡dichoso fui!, Spanish for “I was happy!”

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyish_saltator

Pale-breasted thrush

(Turdus leucomelas)

The pale-breasted thrush (Turdus leucomelas) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae.

It is found in a wide range of wooded habitats in eastern and northern South America, from Colombia to Uruguay,[2] with localized population in the west.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale-breasted_thrush

Yellow-rumped cacique

(Cacicus cela)

The yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela) is a passerine bird in the New World family Icteridae. It breeds in much of northern South America from Panama and Trinidad south to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil. However, they have been sighted as far north as Nayarit state in Mexico.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-rumped_cacique

Yellow-bellied elaenia

(Elaenia flavogaster)

The yellow-bellied elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster) is a small bird of the tyrant flycatcher family. It breeds from southern Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula through Central and South America as far as northern Argentina, and on Trinidad and Tobago.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-bellied_elaenia

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By dominic sherony - originally posted to Flickr as Blue Ground-dove, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Blue ground dove

(Claravis pretiosa)

The blue ground dove (Claravis pretiosa) is a small New World tropical dove. It is a resident breeder from southeastern Mexico to northwestern Peru and northern Argentina, and on Trinidad.

The blue ground dove is relatively common in open woodland, forest edges, clearings and roadsides, especially in more humid areas. It is found from sea level to about 1200 m altitude. It builds a flimsy dish nest of twigs 1–11 m high in a tree and lays two white eggs.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_ground_dove

Rufous-tailed jacamar

(Galbula ruficauda)

The rufous-tailed jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) is a near-passerine bird which breeds in the tropical New World in southern Mexico, Central America and South America as far south as southern Brazil and Ecuador.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous-tailed_jacamar

Rufous-tailed jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) male 2.JPG
By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Russet-throated puffbird

(Hypnelus ruficollis)

The russet-throated puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis) is a near-passerine bird which breeds in tropical South America in northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. It is commonly named in Colombia as Bobito, Utta, Tol and Coludo.

The puffbirds are an insectivorous bird family related to the jacamars, but lacking the iridescent colours of that group. The russet-throated puffbird is fairly common in dry scrub and dry forest. It excavates a burrow in an arboreal termite colony and lays three white eggs.

Original full article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russet-throated_puffbird

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