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BAYANO VALLEY

PANAMA
LOCALE

# Species*:165
# Excl Vagrants*:165
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:10
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Riverine woodland, scrub, savanna

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Bayano Valley is an important birding locale because it represents the western-most limit of the range of many Darien endemic and specialty birds. The habitat in the valley consists of forests that protect the Bayano River watershed, riverine woodlands, scrub, and open savanna. Birding can be done by road and along several trails within the valley. A reservoir within the valley provides habitat for a variety of aquatic birds and is nearly the northern-most limit of the range for Cocoi Heron.

The most notable target bird is the Black Antshrike, whose range is limited to Darien Province of eastern Panama and adjoining northern Columbia. Other species of special interest that can be seen in the valley include Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Rufous-winged Antwren, Green Manakin, White-eared Conebill, and Orange-crowned Oriole.

LOCATION OF SITE

Bayano Valley and reservoir are located 1½ to 2 hours east of Panama City and are reached by a side road off Highway 1. It is east of Tocumen International Airport in a relatively remote area.