Five Good Reasons for Bringing Binoculars to Bocas del Toro, Panama

By patrick on

Bocas del Toro is one of the must see destinations for anyone taking a trip to Panama. The tropical beauty of this Caribbean Sea archipelago appeals to everyone from young backpackers to retired doctors. It also attracts a fair number of ecotourists because even if you just happen to be visiting the islands to indulge in the relaxing sights and sounds of beautiful beaches, visitors can’t help but notice toucans in the treetops, parrots flying overhead, and a wealth of other beautiful birds and butterflies in the tropical rainforests of the islands.

The following are five of the best reasons why we believe every visitor to Bocas del Toro should bring binoculars:

  • Collared Aracari: These small, colorful toucans are a common sight in Bocas del Toro. They move around in small family groups and are often seen in hotel gardens and in roadside trees.

    Collared Aracari.

  • Slaty-tailed Trogon: This big, fancy relative of the quetzal likes to quietly perch in rainforest trees. It is fairly common and can be seen in fruiting trees in most parts of the island.

    Slaty-tailed Trogon.

  • White-crowned Parrot: One of several parrot species in Bocas del Toro, this one is sometimes seen as it flies overhead in screeching flight. It also loves Guavas and will quietly perch in a Guava tree as it feeds on the fruits.

    White-crowned Parrot.

  • White-necked Jacobin: Yes, what a beautiful hummingbird and it’s just one of several species that live in Bocas del Toro!

    White-necked Jacobin.

  • Great Egret: This bird adds an elegant touch to wetlands in Bocas del Toro.

    Great Egret.

Bring binoculars to see these and more than 300 hundred bird species that occur in Bocas del Toro. Identify them with our easy to use field guide app for the birds of Panama. Meant to enhance every trip to Panama, it is available in the iTunes store and, for Android devices, in the Amazon store.


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