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Gavin Bieber reports from the famed Canopy Tower of Panama

December 14: Gavin Bieber reports from the famed Canopy Tower of Panama

Our short fall 2021 trip to the famous Panama Canopy Tower was packed with birds and several charismatic mammal species including almost daily visits to the tower from Geoffrey’s Tamarins and a Western Lowland Olingo.

Around the tower we located well over two hundred species of birds, including gaudy and overtly tropical birds such as Black-throated Trogon, Collared Aracari Orange-chinned Parakeet and Black-cheeked Woodpecker. Pipeline Road, a signature site for lowland forest in Central America was excellent this year, with point-blank views of Ocellated Antbird and Streak-chested Antpitta.

The day trip up to the (relative) highlands of Cerro Azul produced a wonderful Blue Cotinga, plentiful butterflies such as this handsome Sara Heliconian and a surprise in the form of this Fasciated Tiger-Heron.

This tour continues to impress me, as the diversity and richness of the region, paired with ease of access and the comforts and uniqueness of the tower make for a truly wonderful experience.

Collared Aracari

Western Lowland Olingo

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Black-throated Trogon

Blue Cotinga

Sara Heliconian

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Ocellated Antbird

Geoffrey’s Tamarin

Streak-chested Antpitta

Fasciated Tiger-Heron


Posted: December 14, 2021