The Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis) and the Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis) were observed in elevations above 2.000m in Santa Lucía. This is somewhat unusual. The Blue-necked Tanager is common at Santa Lucía’s parking spot (~1.450m) and below. The Chocó Toucan can sometimes be heard and there are in fact a few observations just below the lodge, but last week it was seen at 2.100m.
We’ve just finished the revision of our bird list. We had to scrap some species that were on the old list (existance in and around Santa Lucía could not be confirmed or have been split or merged with other species) and some were added. We end up at a total of 398 species in 17 orders and 51 families.
The top orders are:
(1) Passeriformes (Songbirds): 280 species
(2) Apodiformes (Hummingbirds and Swifts): 53 species
(3) Accipitriformes (Hawks and Vultures): 25 species
(4) Piciformes (Woodpeckers / Toucans): 23 species
(5) Columbiformes (Doves and Pigeons): 10 species
The top families are:
(1) Thraupidae (Tanagers): 70 species
(2) Tyranidae (Flycatchers): 61 species
(3) Trochilidae (Hummingbirds): 47 species
(4) Furnariidae (Woodcreepers and allies): 32 species
(5) Acciptridae (Hawks): 22 species
According to the current IUCN list:
15 species are considered Near Threatened (NT)
10 species are considered Vulnerable (VU)
2 species are consiered Endangered (EN)
We are currently classifying the species into common / fairly common and rare in and around Santa Lucía. Right after that is finished, the list will be available for download on our web page.