Bird Monitoring 2019

Santa Lucía's 2019 Bird Monitoring program was finished in mid-December. Meanwhile the data has been entered and we are working on the analysis. Between Noé Morales and Holger Beck 5.436 data points were collected (equals the number of observed birds). 169 species were registered. 5 species were observed for the first time in the monitoring programe (although they were no newcomers to Santa Lucía):


  • Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter ventralis)

  • Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)

  • Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)

  • Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)

  • Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger)


The Top 20 of most observed species holds no surprises:

  1. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys): 403 observations

  2. Orange-bellied Euphonia: (Euphonia xanthogaster): 303 observations

  3. Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaeiocercus coelestis): 279 observations

  4. Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni): 225 observations

  5. Dusky Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus semifuscus): 218 observations

  6. Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus): 188 observations

  7. Slate-throated Whitestart (Myioborus miniatus): 179 observations

  8. Booted Racket-tail: (Ocreatus underwoodii): 168 observations

  9. Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus): 163 observations

  10. Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus): 143 observations

  11. Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus): 142 observations

  12. Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis): 136 observations

  13. Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans): 126 observations

  14. Andean Solitaire (Myadestes ralloides) : 115 observations

  15. Plumbeous Pigeon (Patagioenas plumbea): 111 observations

  16. Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris): 108 observations

  17. Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps): 91 observations

  18. Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus): 91 observations

  19. Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens): 90 observations

  20. Tricolored Brush-Finch (Atlapetes tricolor): 75 observations

  21. Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) : 75 observations

Of those species only the Sparkling Violetear is somewhat seasonal, all others can be easily observed throughout the year in the Santa Lucía reserve. We'll present more information on our monitoring activities soon.


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