Colombia is a paradise for birds and a dream destination for birdwatchers. No country in the world has more bird species than Colombia (nearly 2000 species, including dozens of endemics). This diversity is partly explained by the large variety of habitats. Not only birds, but also many other taxonomic groups including amphibians or orchids thrive here, which is one of the reasons why Colombia was identified by the United Nations as one of the 17 megadiverse countries.

Colombia is located in the northwest corner of the South American continent and is roughly the size of France and Spain combined. The main biogeographical regions are the Andes, which in Colombia split up into 3 distinct chains and harbour different species at each altitudinal level; the Caribbean, including the Santa Marta mountains with their extremely high level of endemism; the Pacific (Chocó), known as one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world; the Orinoquía, which consists mainly of seasonal wet savannas; and the Amazon, one of the most important and diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Although Colombia’s modern history is marked by internal conflicts and social problems that are still partially unsolved today, large parts of the country are nowadays safe to travel to. In recent years, both the number of visiting birders and Colombia’s national birding community have grown rapidly and there are now birdwatching groups, bird fairs, excellent birding guides and tour operators almost everywhere in the country. Due to the size and the diversity of the country, several visits are needed to get a good insight into Colombia’s avifauna. Anyone who has experienced this fascinating country once will surely come back.

Short (max. 10 sentences) introduction to this country, including information on geography, biogeography, habitats, typical bird communities, importance for birdwatching

Edited by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) on 2022-10-21 17:57
Colombia is a paradise for birds and a dream destination for birdwatchers. No country in the world has more bird species than Colombia (nearly 2000 species, including dozens of endemics). This diversity is partly explained by the large variety of habitats. Not only birds, but also many other taxonomic groups including amphibians or orchids thrive here, which is one of the reasons why Colombia was identified by the United Nations as one of the 17 megadiverse countries. Colombia is located in the northwest corner of the South American continent and is roughly the size of France and Spain combined. The main biogeographical regions are the Andes, which in Colombia split up into 3 distinct chains and harbour different species at each altitudinal level; the Caribbean, including the Santa Marta mountains with their extremely high level of endemism; the Pacific (Chocó), known as one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world; the Orinoquía, which consists mainly of seasonal wet savannas; and the Amazon, one of the most important and diverse ecosystems on the planet. Although Colombia’s modern history is marked by internal conflicts and social problems and some problems that are still partially unsolved today, large parts of the country are nowadays safe to travel to. In recent years, not only both the number of vsiting visiting birders but also and Colombia’s internal national birding community has have grown rapidly and there are now birdwatching groups, bird fairs and fairs, excellent birding guides and tour operators almost everywhere in the country. Due to the size and the diversity of the country, several visits are needed to get a good insight into Colombia’s avifauna. Anyone who has experienced this fascinating country once will surely come back.
Edited by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) on 2022-10-21 17:29
Colombia is a paradise for birds and a dream destination for birdwatchers. No country in the world has more bird species than Colombia (nearly 2000 species, including dozens of endemics). This diversity is partly explained by the large variety of habitats. Not only birds, but also many other taxonomic groups including amphibians or orchids thrive here, which is one of the reasons why Colombia was identified by the United Nations as one of the 17 megadiverse countries. Colombia is located in the northwest corner of the South American continent and is roughly the size of France and Spain combined. The main biogeographical regions are the Andes, which in Colombia split up into 3 distinct chains and harbour different species at each altitudinal level; the Caribbean, including the Santa Marta mountains with their extremely high level of endemism; the Pacific (Chocó), known as one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world; the Orinoquía, which consists mainly of seasonal wet savannas; and the Amazon, which does not need much introduction one of the most important and is obviously is yet another world by itself. diverse ecosystems on the planet. Although Colombia has a complicated Colombia’s modern history is marked by internal conflicts and social problems and some problems are still unsolved today, large parts of the country are nowadays safe to travel to. In recent years years, not only the number of vsiting birders but also Colombia’s internal birding community has grown rapidly within the country and there are now birdwatching groups, bird fairs and excellent birding guides almost everywhere in the country. Several trips Due to the size and the diversity of the country, several visits are needed to get a good insight into Colombia’s diversity. This shouldn’t be difficult, because anyone avifauna. Anyone who has experienced the this fascinating country once will surely come back.
Edited by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) on 2022-10-19 19:53
Colombia is a paradise for birds and a dream destination for birdwatchers. No country in the world has more bird species than Colombia (nearly 2000 species, including dozens of endemics). This diversity is partly explained by the large variety of habitats. Not only birds, but also many other taxonomic groups including amphibians or orchids thrive here, which is one of the reasons why Colombia was identified by the United Nations as one of the 17 megadiverse countries. Colombia is located in the northwest corner of the South American continent and is roughly the size of France and Spain combined. The main biogeographical regions are the Andes, which in Colombia split up into 3 distinct chains and harbour different species at each altitudinal level; the Caribbean, including the Santa Marta mountains with their extremely high level of endemism; the Pacific (Chocó), known as one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world; the Orinoquía, which consists mainly of seasonal wet savannas; and the Amazon, which does not need much introduction and is obviously is yet another world by itself. Although Colombia has a complicated history and some problems are still unsolved today, large parts of the country are safe to travel to. In recent years the birding community has grown rapidly within the country and there are now birdwatching groups, bird fairs and excellent birding guides almost everywhere in the country. Several trips are needed to get a good insight into Colombia’s diversity. This shouldn’t be difficult, because anyone who has experienced the country once will surely come back.

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