Panama is a paradise
for bird watching. Due to the country's location between two continents
and its narrow girth, more species of birds inhabit Panama than
anywhere else in Central America. In this country, many North
and South American birds are represented, both native and migratory.
Surprisingly, one of the sites with the most birds in the country,
the famed Pipeline Road at National Park Soberanía, is
found just 20 minutes from Panama City. A number of organizations
and companies, like the Panama Audubon Society
with information of activities and news related to Panama, can
help assist in planning your bird watching expedition and maximize
your chances of seeing the greatest number of bird species.
Another good reference for the lovers of this activity is the
book "A Guide to the Birds of Panama", By Robert S.
Ridgely and John A. Gwynne. Revised and expanded edition of a
field guide to some 1,000 species in this region. More than 800
of the species are illustrated, most on 48 color plates, of which
19 were newly prepared for this edition. This book made bird watching
in Panama much easier, and is still considered one of the best
field guides of the region. The book contributed to the increase
of local bird watchers as well as those from other countries.
Now it has a spanish edition too.
One of the most important companies and places for bird watching
are: Los Quetzales Lodge & Spa (771-2182/771-2291), Fascinate
Adventures (215-9659/264-4048), Servitur Travel Agency (Tel. 264-3014/264-3029)
and Panama Explorer Club (Tel. 215-2330/215-2328).
Audubon Society website
Panama Audubon Society from Pananet's website
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (AMCHAM)
of Commerce and Industry
of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama