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A guided birding tour five minutes from Panama City. The Metropolitan Park is on the Pacific side on the Panama Province, we are proud to have the only tropical forest park located within a major metropolitan area in Latin America. It is an excellent place to find local and migrant birds.
Excellent for birds of dry and second growth forest as well as the more widespread forest species of Central Panama (Panama Canal/ former Canal Zone).

Entrance park fee for foreigners is us $5.00 per person.


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Easy to moderate walking is required.
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With an early morning start, expect to see by noon 50 to 70 species. By the end of the day a final count of 90+ is common.

Birding is done primarily on trails except around the visitor center (park offices) where the open areas are found and covered with cut grass. Five different trails are for good birding and are cover of dry and second growth forest as well as the more widespread forest species of Central Panama (Panama Canal/ former Canal Zone). It takes about 3 hours to cover that wonderful site by foot, at a birder pace.

The climate in Central Panama /Canal Zone is usually warm, with mornings in the 70s and afternoons in the 80s. Conditions at mid
Bluehead Parrotday can be humid and very warm, with temperatures reaching into the lower 90s. Rainstorms may occur at any time of year, but are more likely during the rainy season, which runs from the summer months into early December. Generally, the weather in Central Panama is mild and pleasant, with our activities corresponding to the cooler parts of the day and heightened bird.


BIRDING ALL MORNING   (from 6:00am till noon )  

Metropolitan Nature Park

None at the Park. But in Panama City, at about 5 minutes from the park, it is easy to find all the stars Hotels and Inns of preference. And near the city, you have a good array of Lodges, B&B and Hostels to choose from. For advance reservations or for reference click here, will be glad to help you.

In Panama City, you will find very good restaurants (and fast food) on every street corner and we can assure that every country of the world cuisine is well represented. The real true problem is to decide what and where..!.

Dress for tropical hot humid weather and be ready for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts or t-shirts - earth colors preferable – long (preferable) and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, hat, insect repellent and sun block. 

Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera (optional ). 

These two books are an example of hard work put into, and for the benefit, of conserving Panama´s birds: 
“The Birds of Panama, a field guide by George R Angehr and Robert Dean Can be described as the “bible” for Panama and some Costa Rica birds. First published 2010 .This excellent field guide is highly recommended as your primary reference book on the birds. 
“An Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Panama” by Ernesto Ponce and Giselle Muschett, 2006, 1st Edition. It can described “a descriptive fieldwork tool” for fast information .

This is a listing of some of the birds we have seen along the Metropolitan Nature Park and surrounding areas on different tours, and some additions from friends, guess and people who have collaborated sharing with us their sightings. The list is continuously on the move. Feel free to send your findings and comments

Among the dry forest or Pacific slope, specialties found in the park are:      
Yellow-green Tyrannulet
Pheasant Cuckoo
Sepia -capped Flycatcher,
Lance-tailed Manakin
Rosy Thrush-Tanager
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager...

Also look for:
Spot-crowned Barbet,  Keel-billed Toucan,
Collared Aracari,  Red-crowned Woodpecker,  Lineated Woodpecker, Bare-crowned Antbird, Stripe-breasted Wren,  Gray Hawk, Pale-vented Pigeon, Short-billed Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Barred Antshrike, Chestnut-backed Antbird, White-necked Puffbird, Black-breasted Puffbird, Panama Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Southern Bentbill, Masked Tityra, Purple-throated Fruitcrow,
Golden-collared Manakin, Lance-tailed Manakin, Bay Wren, Black-bellied Wren, Northern Waterthrush, Thick-billed Euphonia, Flame-rumped Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Streaked Saltator, Buff-throated Saltator, Variable Seedeater, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Scarlet-rumped Cacique

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The total number of bird species found in Panama is surprisingly large: 972 (and counting), especially when you consider the relatively small surface of the country. Some 150 of these are neo-tropical migrants that only occur in the country from September till April. It is not rare to see more than twenty different migrant warblers and vireos on a good morning on spring or fall migration, and that added to fifty or sixty resident species.
This variety is partly explained by the fact that Panama is a land bridge between North and South America. Therefore, our resident avifauna is composed of a mix of birds from both North and South. In Panama it is possible to find species typical of Central America like Passerini’s Tanager, Green Shrike-Vireo, and Resplendent Quetzals, as well as their South American Counterparts: Flame-rumped Tanager, Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo, and Golden-headed Quetzal. As it would be expected, the South American birds are easier to find on the eastern portion of the country, while the Central American species are found west of the Canal Area. The birds of the central part of the country, the area surrounding Panama City, include species from both ends..

Central Panama birding spots including Cerro Azul , Cerro Campana and Canal Area are:

Achiote Road
Altos de Campana National Park
Barro Colorado Nature Monument
Black Tank
Camino de Cruces National Park
Chagres National Park
Chagres River at Fort San Lorenzo
Chiva Chiva Road
Costa del Este
Crested Eagle trail
Dock 45 Road
Drop Zone, Gatun
El charco Trail
El Patriarca Trail (Cerro Azul)
El Roble Trail
Fort San Lorenzo National Park
Fort Sherman
French Canal
Gamboa Ammo Dump
Gamboa Town
Gatun hillGatún spillway
Isla Margarita (next to Colón)
La Cienaguita trail
Las Cruces Trail
Los Caobos Trail (Metropolitan Nature Park)
Los Momotides Trail
Madden Dam-Lake (Chilibre Road)
Margarita Town (Colon)
Mono Tití Rd. (Metropolitan Nature Park)
Old Gamboa Road
Pavon Hill
Piña Road
Pipeline Road
Plantation Road
San Lorenzo Dirt Road
San Lorenzo Trails
Semaphore Hill Road
Sendero Capilla de Cardenas (Camino de Cruces)
Sendero Capricornio (Camino de Cruces)
Sendero Mirador (Camino de Cruces)
Skunk Hollow
Soberania National Park
Summit Botanical Gardens
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