Preparation for Birding in Panama

By patrick on

The birding trip to Panama is set! You have your tickets, know your itinerary, and are ready to see hundreds of bird species at such classic, world class birding sites as Pipeline Road, Cerro Azul, and Boquete. You have field gear, one of those handy wide-brimmed hats, and a field guide.

You might see Yellow-thighed Finches near Boquete.

Since it’s a tour, there will be a great birding guide on hand. This means that you don’t have to worry too much about bird identification but even so, it’s nice to know what we might see. Browse through a field guide and you can become familiar with the colors, shapes, and overall appearance of hundreds of tropical birds. With so many to choose from, we can’t expect to remember all of them before the trip (especially when so many have confusing, unfamiliar names), but looking from time to time at a field guide for birds in Panamawill help.

You might see Blue and Gold Macaws. These were seen on a Cheepers! Birding on a Budget tour.- http://www.cheepersbirding.com/

It also helps to study sounds made by birds in Panama, especially when you can look at pictures of the bird while listening to them. You can do just that with the Panama Birds Field Guide app. Just touch the music note icon at the bottom of the screen to hear what a bird sounds like. To keep the app from taking up to much memory, sounds for various wading birds, vultures, and other species that don’t vocalize much are not included. However, sounds for 500 plus species are included.

A few other ways to use this birding app before the trip:

  • Range maps: Check the maps to see which birds you might encounter when birding around Boquete, near Panama City, or Bocas del Toro.
  • Learn birds by family: Even if you don’t want to learn how to ¬†identify the 700 plus species on this field guide app, you can still see what puffbirds look like, or check out pictures of raptors that occur in Panama.
  • Search filters: Play around with the search filters to see which species live in open habitats and forest, to see which hummingbirds live in the highlands, and see how you can use the app during your trip.

It’s always nice to look at images of Gartered Trogon. This one was taken at Linda Scott’s bird-friendly place near Boquete.

Download the lite version of the Panama Birds Field Guide app for free!

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