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Observations of birds in 8 days

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One of the sites include the largest number of endemic birds of the country is La Gran Sabana, although most are found in the jungles or on the slopes of the tepuis, we see few species in the savanna itself, here are noted for their beauty: Cock of the Rock Umbrella Bird, Bird Cappuccino, Red Cotinga, among others.

Day 1: Enjoy the Tepuys and the incredible jungle. The forest of southern Gran Sabana is characterized by diverse biological communities and often unique, and is known for high levels of endemism. More than 700 bird species and more than 20 endemic species, live in southern Venezuela. Perhaps one of the major physiographic features of the area is the tepui, a term used by the indigenous Pemon the table mountains with vertical walls and summits cheers mostly flat. The shelter tepuis most birds endemic to this area and is one of the highest levels of endemism in the world. We will have one hour flight to Puerto Ordaz, located south of the Orinoco River leyendary. Then, on the road to El Palmar, we could stop at several places to look for more birds. Between open dry forests and wetlands, many species of interest can be seen, including Purple Gallinule, Black and White Hawk-Eagle, White-eyed parakeet, cute striped Slaty Antshrike, Painted Tody-flycatcher, Chestnut Conebill vent, and many more. In humid areas, yellow-chested Crake is often seen. We will spend the next two nights at the Parador Taguapire in El Palmar.

Day 2: Rio Grande, home of the Harpies Imataca Forest Reserve is a special area that has an incredible diversity of wildlife. Although it has been exploited by logging companies and gold miners in recent years, it is still very pristine and untouched. This forest has perhaps the highest density of Harpy Eagles in Venezuela and is probably the best place in the world to see. After our encounter with the Harpies, we will continue our birding adventure in search of other interesting species such as Crimson Topaz, Racket-tailed Coquette, Plain-backed Spinetail, Toucanet Guiana oral white collar, sequin Cotinga, of Long-tailed Tyrant, Green Oriole, Magpie Tanager, among many others. You can also find the Nunbird Black and purple throat Fruitcrow

Day 3: Imataca to tepui and the Gran Sabana After birding near Rio Grande at the beginning, we will drive 5 hours to the home of all bird lovers in Venezuela, the nacelle Strawberry hostel. With several bird feeders and trails and orchards, nacelle is a huge place to observe some of the wonderful rainforest birds. Here we can enjoy a beer or coffee in the garden while watching the evening program as foraging for many species in the garden. More than 10 species of hummingbirds visit the feeder, even Sabrewing gray breast, Long-billed Starthroat, Crimson Topaz, and Fork-tailed Woodnymph. Also, in the trees until we saw Cayenne Jay, Purple breast Cotinga, Toucan Ramphastos as Deroptyus Parrot.We staying in the hostel for three nights to take full advantage of many bird watching in the area.

Day 4, 5, 6: Bed linen, Tepuis, Forest, Hills, and during these three days, we will explore the Sierra de Lema in various heights, and the lowland rainforest and the top of the Gran Sabana, evening consists mainly of trees alternating mountain savanna and gallery forests at an altitude of 1,400 meters. Tepui Goldenthroat, Great Elaenia, Black-faced Tanager, and wedge-tailed Grass-Finch are among the birds found here. Then, as we descend through the Sierra de Lema (The Ladder), we find a most amazing vegetation and equally charming bird: Cock of the Rock Guiana, white, bearded Ringers, Scarlet Tepui horns and Jumping, and Mountain-Grackle Tepuy with his song-like harp. We can also see olive-backed, yellow-bellied Tanangers, Paradise, and mottled, Flutist Wren, Tepui Spinetail, pink collar Piha, and greenlet Tepui. Once in the lowlands, we could detect the Bird Capuchin Pompador Cotinga, Red-billed Toucan, Black hawk-faced, as well as many nests, jumping, and flycatchers.

Day 7: Back to civilization in the early morning, we will walk the path of the nacelle. Here we will be able to find Aegypius Antshrike, Black-spotted Barbet, Golden-headed Manakin, neck and oral. After a while the birds in the morning, we said goodbye. We have a trip ahead six hours to catch a flight back to the central coast, with transfer to hotel for the night.

Day 8: Departure from the hotel and with fond memories of an unforgettable trip. Birdwatching in Venezuela

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