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  Locations and Activities, close to Las Plumas Holiday Home Rentals: Parque International la Amistad: 407,000 ha of forest, plant and animal life, more than 600 bird types, excellent bird-watching and hiking through the forests, there are several trails all starting from the Cerro Punta area (Las Nubes) like Sendero Cascada leading to 55 m / 180 feet waterfall; Sendero El Retono; etc. (30 minutes by car from our holiday homes). Sendero los Quetzales: The trail linking Cerro Punta and Boquete, excellent hike for spotting quetzales and other birds and is much easier to walk from Cerro Punta to Boquete since it is heading downhill most of the trail. (25 minutes by car from our holiday homes). Parque National Volcan  Baru: 14,300 ha good place for long hikes and bird-watching. One of the summit trails to the Volcan Baru (3,475 m / 11,400 ft) is starting in Paso Ancho. The other trail to the summit is starting at Finca Fernandez. (20 minutes by car from our holiday homes). Buena Vista: Excellent bird-watching area due to different altitudes on the trail. (20 minutes by car from our holiday homes).     Janson's Coffee Farm: The coffee shop is preparing a great variety of excellent types of coffees based on fresh roasted coffee beans. The coffee shop has a beautiful view on the Volcan Baru. Coffee tours are available. (10 minutes by car from our holiday homes). Finca Dracula: Famous botanical garden in Guadalupe with more than 1,200 species of  orchides. (25 minutes by car from our holiday homes)                                               Finca Hartmann: Coffee farm with bird-watching facilities, near to Rio Sereno. More than 280 bird species have been identified. (30 minutes by car from our holiday homes).                                                                       Lagunas de Volcan: 2 picturesque lakes and very famous with Audubon Society for good bird-watching and hiking. The lakes are located inside the Janson Coffee farm. (10 minutes by car from our holiday homes). Finca Fernandez: Located at the beginning of the Sendero Quetzales famous as prime place to see the quetzals. (20 minutes by car from our holiday homes). (note: there are a number of well known bird-watching guides available in the Volcan and Chiriqui Highland area)
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Bird watching in Panama The Republic of Panama, a tropical country with a large variety of easily accessible habitats, is a great place for an introduction to the birds of the American tropics. The total number of bird species found in Panama, about 950, is surprisingly large, especially when you consider the relatively small surface of the country. Some 150 of these are neotropical migrants that only occur in the country from September till April. It is not rare to see more than twenty different migrant warblers and vireos on a good morning on spring or fall migration, and that added to fifty or sixty resident species. This variety is partly explained by the fact that Panama is a land bridge between North and South America. Therefore, our resident avifauna is composed of a mix of birds from both North and South. (Source: Bird watching in Panama, Darién Montañez, Director of Publications, Panama Audubon Society)
Local Birding Resources: Panama Hotspots: Description of Panama's National Parks and various articles related to birding and nature.           Checklists, tours and guides, etc. Link: http://www.camacdonald.com. Exotic birding: Panama Canal Zone & Chiriqui birding tour Link: http://www.exoticbirding.com. Birding resources by the Fat Birder: Local contacts, guides, bird clubs and birding organizations.           Link: http://www.fatbirder.com Independent, well-known, Spanish and English speaking guides in the Volcan and Chiriqui Highland area. Please contact us for more           information. The best time to see the Quetzal is end of December to middle April. If you like to see the quetzal? Please let us know, we will advise you           to a location where you will have the best change to see this beautiful bird. But please note there is never a guaranty. Panama Bird Checklists   Audubon Panama: Information on birds in 4 regions: South Central American Caribbean Slope Lowlands; Pacific Lowlands; Western           Highlands and Darien Lowlands. Publications, projects and activities, etc. Link: http://www.audubonpanama.org   Printable checklist of the birds of Panama prepared by the Panama Audubon Society           Link: http://www.audubonpanama.org/w/wp-content/uploads/aves-panama-2010.pdf   Checklist of Hummingbirds of Panama, 59 species of hummingbirds have been reported.           Link: http://www.rubythroat.org/ChecklistPanamaMain.html   Xenornis: The latest sightings of rare birds in Panama. Also, information on the endemic bird species found in Panama and a checklist          of the birds of Panama. Link: http://www.xenornis.com Checklist of birds found in and around Paso Ancho and Volcan: At request of visiting birdwatchers, we have compiled a list of birds found in Volcan and around Las Plumas Holiday Home Rentals (total of 200). We have used as a base the checklist of the Panama Audubon Society. If you want to add some of the birds you have seen to this list, please advice us. Thank you for your cooperation. Tinamous Little Tinamou Ducks, Swans, and Guese Blue-winged Teal Masked Duck Grebes Least Grebe Pied-billed Grebe Herons Great Blue Heron  L Great Egret  L Snowy Egret  L Little Blue Heron  L Cattle Egret Green Heron  L Vultures Black Vulture * Turkey Vulture  * Hawks, Eagles, and Kites Osprey Pearl Kite White-tailed Kite  * Gray Hawk  Roadside Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Red-tailed Hawk  * Falcons and Caracaras Yellow-headed Caracara Laughing Falcon American Kestrel  * Rails and Gallinules White-throated Crake Gray-necked Wood-Rail Common Moorhen American Coot Plovers and Lapwings Southern Lapwing Jacanas Northern Jacana Sandpipers and Allies Solitary Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper Tyrant Flycatcher Allies Rose-throated Becard Masked Tityra Swifts Vaux´s Swift Mockingbirds and Allies Tropical Mockingbird Waxwings Cedar Waxwing Jays and Crows Black-chested Jay Kingfishers Ringed Kingfishers Amazon Kingfishers Barbets and Toucans Red-headed Barbet Fiery-billed Aracari note:  * = birds seen on and from our property.           L =  seen at the lakes. List compiled by Marlene Rothenbury, Jim Cone, Ami Summerfelt, Gary and Melinda Markowski and others.
Pigeons and Doves Rock Pigeon Scaled Pigeon Band-tailed Pigeon  * Ruddy Ground-Dove  * White-tipped Dove  * Gray-headed Dove Gray-chested Dove Chiriqui Quail-Dove Sulphur-winged Parakeet White-crowned Parrot Cuckoos Squirrel Cuckoo Smooth-billed Ani Typical Owls Tropical Screech-Owl Nightjars Common Pauraque  * Hummingbirds Green Hermit Violet Sabrewing  * Green Violet-ear Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  * Stripe-tailed Hummingbird White-throated Mountain-gem Magnificent Hummingbird Long-billed Starthroat Volcano Hummingbird Scintilant Hummingbird  * Trogons Collared Trogon Resplendent Quetzal Motmots Blue-crowned Motmot Woodpeckers Olivaceous Piculet Acorn Woodpecker Red-crowned Woodpecker  * Hairy Woodpecker Smoky-brown Woodpecker Pale-billed Woodpecker Swallows Blue and -white Swallow  * Wrens Riverside Wren House Wren White-breasted Wood-Wren Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Old World Warlers Tropical Gnatcatcher Thrushes Orange-bliled Nightingale-Thrush Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Mountain Thrush Clay-colored Thrush  * White-throated Thrush  * Silky Flycatchers Black-and yellow Silky-flycatcher Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  *
Woodcreepers Olivaceous Woodcreeper Streak-headed Woodcreeper Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Tapaculos Silvery-fronted Tapaculo Tyrant Flycatchers Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Yellow-bellied Elaenia Lesser Elaenia Mountain Elaenia Torrent Tyrannulet Sepia-capped Flycatcher Common Tody-Flycatcher Eye-ringed Flatbill White-throated Spadebill Bran-colored Flycatcher Common Tufted-Flycatcher Olive-sided Flycatcher Tropical Pewee Acadian Flycatcher White-throated Flycatcher Yellowish Flycatcher Black Phoebe  * Bright-rumped Attila Dusky-capped Flycatcher Great Crested Flycatcher Great Kiskadee  * Boat-billed Flycatcher Social Flycatcher  * Tropical Kingbird  * Eastern Kingbird Fork-tailed Flycatcher Cotingas Three-wattled Bellbird Manakins Orange-collared Manakin Lance-tailed Manakin White-crowned Manakin Vireos Yellow-troated Video Yellow-wiged Video Brown-capped Video Philadelphia Video Red-eyed Video Yellow-green Video Rufous-browed Peppershrike Ovenbirds and Allies Pale-breasted Spinetail Slaty Spinetail Red-faced Spinetail Buffy Tuftedcheek Lineated Foliage-gleaner Buff-throated Foliage-cleaner
Tanagers Common Bush-Tanager Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager Gray-headed Tanager Sulphur-rumped Tanager White-lined Tanager Hepatic Tanager Summer Tanager  * Flame-colored Tanager  * Crimson-backed Tanager  * Blue-gray Tanager  * Palm Tanager Silver-throated Tanager Speckled Tanager Bay-headed Tanager Golden-hooded Tanager Red-legged Honeycreeper Buntings and Allies Blue-black Grassquit Variable Seedeater Yellow-bellied Seedeater Yellow-faced Grassquit  * Yellow-thighed Finch White-naped Brush-Finch  * Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Orange-billed Sparrow Rufous-collared Sparrow Cardinals and Allies Streaked Saltator Buff-throated Saltator Rose-breasted Grosbeak  * American Blackbirds Eastern Meadowlark  * Great-tailed Grackle  * Bronzed Cowbird  * Orchard Oriole  * Orange-crowned Oriole  * Baltimore Oriole  * Goldfinches and Allies Thick-billed Euphonia Spot-crowned Euphonia Yellow-bellied Siskin  * Lesser Goldfinch Wood-Warblers Tennessee Warbler  * Flame-throated Warbler  * Tropical Parula Chestnut-sided Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler  * Blackburnian Warbler Black- and  White Warbler  * Prothonotary Warbler Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Mourning Warbler Masked Yellowthroat Wilson´s Warbler  * Canada Warbler Slate-throated Redstart Collared Redstart Rufous-capped Warbler Black-cheeked Warbler Three-striped Warbler Buff-rumped Warbler Bananaquit Bananaquit
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