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Collared Inca, Gorgeted Sunangel, and Speckled Hummingbird. If you continue over Tandayapa Pass to San Tadeo, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager and Velvet-purple Coronet are possible, though both of these are more easily seen on half day trips to Paz de las Aves.

Golden-breasted and Sapphire- vented Pufflegs, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, and Buff-winged Starfrontlet among others. If you get to Tandayapa before dark, you could see 25 or more hummers in a single day, a great start to any tour. Most of the other birds here are flock species, and they include stunning mountain-tanagers, Bar-bellied Woodpecker, Barred Fruiteater, and the strangely-named Superciliaried Hemispingus. Between November and March, you will almost certainly hear Undulated, Rufous, Tawny, Chestnut-naped, and Chestnut

Ocellated and Blackish Tapaculos, Plushcap, Andean Guan, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, and Chestnut-crowned Antpitta. The dry scrub at Calacalí is home to the globally threatened White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, and other arid-zone birds such as Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Black-tailed Trainbearer, and Golden-rumped Euphonia. Giant Hummingbird can sometimes be seen when tall Agaves are in bloom too.

And open áreas: Club-winged Manakin lek, Trogon, Chocó Warbler, and superb mixed flocks. The hummingbird feeders attract Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Thorntail, White-whiskered Hermit, and Crowned Woodnymph

Yellow-breasted, Ochre breasted, and Giant Antpittas are regularly seen here, and the local covey of Dark-backed Wood-Quail is seen sometimes too. Others Golden-headed Quetzal, Olivaceous Piha, and Scaled Fruiteater. Crested Quetzal can occasionally be found at fruiting trees.

Lack Solitaire, Orange breasted Fruiteater, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Uniform Treehunter, Moss- backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, and Chocó Vireo (very rare). Orange- breasted Fruiteater is frequently seen at Mashpi

Scarlet-breasted and Scarlet-thighed Dacnises, Blue-whiskered, Rufous-winged, Golden-hooded, Gray-and-Gold, and Scarlet-browed Tanagers, Orange-fronted Barbet, and Griscom’s Antwren. Dusky Pigeon is regular, and after the mixed flock has passed you should look out for Pale-mandibled Araçari, Chocó and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Western Slaty- Antshrike, and White-tailed and Chocó Trogons.

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