|# Excl Vagrants:||368|
|# Near Endemics:||20|
|Habitat: Subtropical dry forest, bamboo|
ABOUT THE BIRDING
The Bushbird Reserve is named after the species it's meant to protect, the Recurved-billed Bushbird. This very unusual antbird with the strangely thick, upcurved bill, was known only from specimens and a single sighting in 1965 until it was rediscovered in 2003. It lives in dense grass-like bamboo, which predominates in the reserve. A second endangered bird, the Perija (Todd's) Parakeet is also found in the reserve. This bird is currently considered part of the Painted Parakeet complex but is a likely future split into a separate species.
Other notable birds in the reserve are the near endemic Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Warbler, and Moustached Brush-Finch along with range-restricted species such as Lazuline Sabrewing, Rufous-shafted Woodstar, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Black-headed Tanager, and Moustached Brush-Finch.
A nearby birding locale near Pueblo Nuevo is a good place to look for Todd's Parakeet and other species such as Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, White-whiskered Spinetail, Curve-billed Scythebill, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Black-faced Tanager, and Rosy Thrush-Tanager.
LOCATION OF SITE
The Recurved-billed Bushbird Reserve (RNA Hormiguero de Torcoroma) is located just 20 min from the colonial town of Ocaña, which is about 5 hours north of Bucaramanga.