CANAL AREA PACIFIC SLOPE
A birdwatching and wildlife tour visiting one of the most accessible protected area of the world
Metropolitan Nature Park (MNP) as the Lung of the City of Panama. Its 232 hectares saved one of the last remnants of Tropical Dry Forest of Central Pacific. As we get in to this area of life we will gradually discoverer this wonderful environment with 227 species of birds, 45 mammals, 36 reptiles and 14 amphibians. It is one of the wild scenes of Panama to observe some of the rich bird life of our country.
MNP is part of the Biological Corridor located along the east shore of the Panama Canal, which includes the Camino de Cruces and Soberania National Parks. The existence of this extensive protected rainforest along with others, such as Chagres National Park, ensures the efficiency of the Panama Canal which requires large quantities of water for its operation, and also provides drinking water for Panama, Colon and Chorrera.
METROPOLITAN NATURE PARK
METROPOLITAN NATURE PARK
Maximum of 2-4 participans.
The walking effort is mostly easy-moderate.
Ground Transport with air-conditioned.
Up to 3 species
WHAT TO EXPECT:
*Bird list including many species. Plus endemic Yellow-green Flycatcher (uncommon)
*Led by an expert naturalist and birdguide
MOSAIC OF THE TOUR
The capped heron (Pilherodius pileatus) is a species of heron in the Ardeidae family. It is in the monotypic genus Pilherodius. Its natural habitats are rivers, swamps, and freshwater lakes.
The common potoo, grey potoo, lesser potoo or poor-me-one (Nyctibius griseus), is a nocturnal bird which breeds in tropical Central and South America from Nicaragua to northern Argentina and northern Uruguay. This potoo is a large cypselomorph bird related to the nightjars and frogmouths, but like other potoos it lacks the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars.
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 Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is often found in small groups. It feeds on insects and some fruit and nectar. It responds readily to the (easily imitated) call of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum).
The white-necked jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) is a large and attractive hummingbird that ranges from Mexico south to Peru, Bolivia and south Brazil. The white-necked jacobin is a widespread inhabitant of forest, usually being seen at a high perch or just above the canopy. It is less common at lower levels, except near hummingbird feeders.
The roadside hawk (Rupornis magnirostris) is well adapted to most ecosystems in its range. It is also an urban bird, and is possibly the most common species of hawk seen in various cities throughout its range—or perhaps just the most conspicuous one, as it becomes aggressive when nesting and has been recorded attacking humans passing near the nest.
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus). It is found in a wide range of wooded habitats (even gardens and parks) in both humid and arid regions. Throughout a large part of its range, it is among the most common antbirds.
The Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus) is named for the creature of Greek mythology made up of parts of a rooster, snake, and lion which could turn a man to stone by its gaze: the basilisk.
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