Birding in the Cerro Ancón (Panama)

When I visited Panama, I spent my first night in Panama City (described more accurately in this other post: —>”Wild nature in Panama City”) and I booked a room in the Bodhi hostel, nearby the Cerro Ancón. So the next morning I walked to the top of this hill

…and I had my first taste of tropical nature: I was surprised by the number of colorful birds I observed, but also some nice mammals.

The hill, surrounded by a safe residential area plenty of villas, administrative palaces and gardens, is covered by dry woodland and, from the top, you can appreciate a fantastic view to the “Casco Viejo” (the old city center), the Albrook airport and the Canal area.

The new City in the dawn
The new City in the dawn
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Puente de las Américas
Puente de las Américas
Panama Canal with the Miraflores locks
Panama Canal with the Miraflores locks
One or two containers by the canal

During the morning I spent there I recognized 30 species of birds, including stunning Keel-billed Toucans (Ramphastos sulfuratus), and 4 specie of mammals, going from the Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) to the Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata).

Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) are awake, while the Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) not yet
Nocturnal Social Wasp (Apoica pallens)
Blue-grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina)
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Southern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus chiriquensis)
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
Red-lored Amazon (Amazona autumnalis)
Central American Agouti  (Dasyprocta punctata)
Red-crowned Woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)
Golden Silk Orbweaver (Nephila clavipes)
Green and Black Poison Frog (Dendrobates auratus)
Chestnut-headed Oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri)
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides)
Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)
Yellow-headed Gecko (Gonatodes albogularis)
Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Tree bug (Dysdercus sp.)
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
Camoati (Polybia occidentalis)
Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)
Mango (Mangifera indica)
Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Red-mantled Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fervida)
Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

Luca Boscain

3 thoughts on “Birding in the Cerro Ancón (Panama)

  1. Complimenti per la varietà di fauna immortalata, bello il Mangrove Cuckoo , cercato più volte a Panama e mai trovato !


    1. Grazie Francesco!! Ti dirò, mi hanno scritto su iNaturalist che dovrebbe essere la prima osservazione di mangrove Cuckoo di sempre per Cerro Ancon, per cui immagino non sia così frequente… Per me era un lifer!


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