Birders

The Yellow-crowned Whitestart is ENDEMIC from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. He is conspicuous and confident. It spreads its tail as it jumps and flutters through the foliage in search of insects. Myioborus derives from the Greek muia = fly and boros = devourer. The epithet Flavivertex refers to the color of its crown and derives from the Latin roots flavus = yellow and vertex = crown.

The lyre-tailed nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) is a species of nightjar in the family Caprimulgidae.The male of this species is unmistakable due to its long tail, almost three times the length of its body. It is found in the Andes from 800 to 2500 meters above sea level. Its name Uropsalis means scissor tail and derives from the roots oura = tail and psalis = scissors. Its epithet lyra derives from the Latin lyre = lira.

The blackish owl (Asio stygius) is a species of strigiform bird belonging to the genus Asio that is part of the family Strigidae. It is native to the Neotropics.
It measures between 38 and 46 cm weighing between 632 and 675 g, the female is heavier. Large and understated, her entire appearance is somber. It has two long tufts of black feathers on its head that are mistaken for «ears» or «horns». Yellow-orange eyes. Brownish-black face with whitish eyebrows and a clearly visible light spot on the forehead between the “ears”. Dorsal parts black-brownish with scattered light spots. Underparts buffy or dirty white with the chest all dark stained and thick black-brownish stripes in the shape of a herringbone in the rest; blackish outer shirts. Tail dark brown barred brown. Her fingers are bear with feathered tarsi. The beak is black.

This turkey has a restricted geographic distribution to the north of Colombia and Venezuela. It is distinguished from other turkeys by a pale caudal band. The origin of her name Penelope is unclear. It could derive from the Greek penelops, which refers to a type of duck from which in Greek mythology it is said that it rescued and fed Penelope (daughter of Icarus and wife of Ulysses) after her parents threw her into the sea. The epithet argyrotis comes from the Greek arguros = silver and otis = ear.

The collared inca (Coeligena torquata) is a species of hummingbird found in humid Andean forests from western Venezuela, through Colombia and Ecuador, to Peru and Bolivia. It is very distinctive and unique in having a white chest-patch and white on the tail. Like other hummingbirds it takes energy from flower nectar (especially from bromelias), while the plant benefits from the symbiotic relationship by being pollinated. Its protein source is small arthropods such as insects. It is normally solitary and can be found at varying heights above the ground, often in the open.

The Flame-faced Tanager has a bright orange forehead and cheeks which grade to yellow on the rest of the head. It has a black throat and ear patcher. The upperparts are black with a greenish-yellow shoulder patch and yellow and greenish-buff rump. The underparts are greenish-buff grading to rufous toward the belly. It is similar to the Saffron-crowned Tanager but is distinguished by having a black back and greenish buff underparts.

The black-chested buzzard-eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) is a bird of prey of the hawk and eagle family(Accipitridae). It lives in open regions of South America. This species is also known as the black buzzard-eagle, grey buzzard-eagle or analogously with «eagle» or «eagle-buzzard» replacing «buzzard-eagle», or as the Chilean blue eagle. It is sometimes placed in the genus Buteo.

The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. It has about a two to one range in size over subspecies and sex, varying in size from about the weight of a blue jay to a mourning dove. It also ranges to South America, and is a well-established species that has evolved seventeen subspecies adapted to different environments and habitats throughout the Americas. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size (females being moderately larger) and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring. Its plumage is colorful and attractive, and juveniles are similar in plumage to adults.

The spectacled parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is the nominate species (Forpus conspicillatus conspicillatus).
There are two subspecies: the Cauca spectacled parotlet (F. c. caucae) and the Venezuelan spectacled parotlet (F. c. metae).