Canopy Observation Tower Bird List

Tranquilo Bay’s canopy observation tower was opened in 2014 and since then it has been a great addition to the different alternatives the lodge place offers.  The amazing view along with the nightly Red-lored parrot (Amazona autumnalis) commute are some of the guaranteed experiences.  Some times, we see different species of animals, like White-faced capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capuchinus) or the raptor migration, when Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus) and Swainson´s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) fly over Bastimentos Island by hundreds or thousands.

Parrot Commute at Tranquilo Bay

This is a common scene that can be observed every morning and evening from different points of Tranquilo Bay, but for me, the observation tower is the ideal place to do it, and proof of that is this great picture that Ramon got of these colorful and noisy birds from the tower.

At Tranquilo Bay we have seen and heard over 200 different species of birds, from those 126 have been seen or heard from the tower. Ramon and I put together a list of the different bird species we have seen and/or heard from the tower, to give you an idea of how diverse and abundant the tower can be.  Download it here:  TowerBirdList

Bird Watching Panama

Tracy Curran took this pretty shot of a Montezuma Oropendola, while she was at the tower. This species is a common visitor to the balsa tree next to the tower, allowing to get really nice views and if you have a camera, the possibility to take a great picture.

Montezuma Oropendola Three

Birdwatching Panama

Montezuma Oropendolas are distributed along the Atlantic slope of central and southern Mexico and along the Caribbean slope from Belize south to southern Panama. This beautiful bird is one of the most common species at Tranquilo Bay, often seen feeding at the central America oil palm, almost at the ground level, or jumping from branch to branch, looking for insects. It’s always a pleasure to enjoy the active and curious behavior of these very social animals.

Birding Panama

Both sexes look similar, the only difference is in size.  The male is significantly bigger (over 45cm) than the female (less than 40cm). The songs in songbirds are very important for aspects such as mating and territoriality.  Vocalizations in Oropendolas are loud and elaborate and often accompanied by a very peculiar display.  This visual display is easy to observe during mating season, as the males perch in different branches singing, and swing them self, almost hanging upside down.

Tranquilo Bay Bird Species

Psarocolius montezuma Source:

Price, J.J., Earnshaw, S.M. & Webster, M.S. (2006). Montezuma oropendolas modify a component of song constrained by body size during vocal contests. — Anim. Behav. 71:799-807