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BELLA VISTA RESERVE

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# Species*:122
# Excl Vagrants*:122
# Endemics*:9
# Near Endemics*:11
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Humid forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Bella Vista Natural Reserve protects a tract of humid forest in the middle Magdalena Valley of Colombia. Birding in the reserve is mainly along the roadside. The reserve has recently gained a reputation among birders as a relatively easy place to see Tody Motmot, a diminutive motmot that is widely distributed but quite difficult to see in most places. Endemics in the reserve are White-mantled Barbet, Beautiful Woodpecker, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, a small flycatcher that mainly frequents upper levels of the forest canopy, Sooty Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia. A number of other interesting birds are also found in the reserve. These include White-bibbed and Western Striped Manakin, both quite common, and the near-endemic Bar-crested Antshrike. In more open areas around Victoria it's possible to find Yellow-backed Tanager and other birds.

LOCATION OF SITE

Bella Vista Natural Reserve is located a short 15-min drive from the small town of Victoria, which itself is located just 12 km north of Mariquita.