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     Some other places besides Pipeline Road worth visiting at the Soberania National Park are Old Gamboa Road and Summit Ponds in Central Panama. 

Half an hour from from Panama City, or fifteen minutes from Gamboa Town.  The entrance to Old Gamboa and Summit
Naturalist Bird guide for hire in panama. Birding groups at Panama hotspots. Ponds is in front of the Summit Nature Park also a very good place for birding for novices because of the open areas and the walkways surrounding the place. All located in Central Panama, Canal area.

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With an early morning start, expect to see by noon 55 to 77 species. By the end of the day a final count of 87+ is common. 

Birding is done through 2 km of dry forest, scrub, and grassland and is the best place in the immediate Canal Area to find some of the species typic
hire a bird guide in panama. Birding groups at Panama of those habitats. In the open habitats, it is far more easier to spot birds compared to what we experience inside a dense forest like the one on Pipeline Road. So is a great place to be introduce to the tropical birds. Along the road go into small trails. You will be astonished by the birding quality in the area.

The climate in Central Panama /Canal Zone is usually warm, with mornings in the 70s and afternoons in the 80s. Conditions at midday 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 activity
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Old Gamboa Road  (Summit Ponds)

In Gamboa town (10 min drive) you will find a couple of small and comfortable B&B´s (family type operation) for overnight. Panama City is only 45 minutes from Pipeline Road and driving back and forward is not a big issue. For
reservations or for reference will be glad tohelp you.

Besides the B&B which serves meals to their guests, there is no restaurant in Gamboa besides the fancy Gamboa Rainforest Resort... if solicited in advance B&B´s can help with this. For  reservation or reference.

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

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 describe as the “bible” forPanama 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 be described as “a descriptive fieldwork tool” for fast information .

This is a listing of birds we have seen along the Old Gamboa Road, Summit Pond and surrounding areas
American Pigmy Kingfisheron 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 to  Check here for the complete list of Central Panama Birds.

Among the specialties found in Old Gamboa Road and Summit Ponds :                                                                            Go Back

Lance-tailed Manakin
Rosy Thrush-Tanager
Jet Antbird
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant
White-winged Becard
Spectacled Owl
Great Antshrike
Bran-colored Flycatcher
Boat-billed Heron
Capped Heron

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Blue Ground-Dove

Also look for:

Gray-necked Wood-Rail,Rufescent Tiger-Heron,Green-backed Heron,Bat Falcon,Gray Hawk,Pale-vented Pigeon,Short-billed Pigeon,RudyGround-Dove,Gray-chested Dove,White-tipped Dove,Orange-chinned Parakeet,Red-lored Amazon,Pheasant Cuckoo,Squirrel Cuckoo,Rufous-tailed Hummingbird,Slaty-tailed Trogon,Ringed Kingfisher,Amazon Kingfisher,Green Kingfisher,Spot-crowned Barbet,Keel-billed Toucan,
Collared Aracari,Red-crowned Woodpecker,Lineated Woodpecker,Long-tailed Woodcreeper,Plain Xenops,Barred Antshrike,Fasciated Antshrike,
Bare-crowned Antbird,Chestnut-backed Antbird (H),White-necked Puffbird,Black-breasted Puffbird,Tropical Kingbird,Social Flycatcher,Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher,Streaked Flycatcher,Sepia -capped Flycatcher,Panama Flycatcher,Yellow-bellied Elaenia,Northern Bentbill,Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher,Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic),Purple-throated Fruitcrow,Masked Tityra,Golden-collared Manakin,Lance-tailed Manakin,Buff-breasted Wren,Rufous-breasted Wren,Bay Wren,Black-bellied Wren,Stripe-breasted Wren,Clay-colored Thrush,Tropical Gnatcatcher,Yellow Warbler,Bay-breasted Warbler,Northern Waterthrush ,Acadian ´Flycatcher,Northern Oriole,Blue Dacnis,Thick-billed Euphonia,Plain-colored Tanager,Golden-hooded Tanager,Palm Tanager,Blue-gray Tanager,Flame-rumped Tanager,Crimson-backed Tanager,Red-crowned Ant-Tanager,Red-throated Ant-Tanager,White-shouldered Tanager,Gray-headed Tanager,Streaked Saltator,Buff-throated Saltator,Ruddy-breasted Seedeater,Variable Seedeater,Yellow-faced Grassquit,Yellow-tailed Oriole,Scarlet-rumped Cacique,Yellow-rumped Cacique,Rufescent Tiger-Heron

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1. No waste of time. Starting from your Panama City hotel, a transfer to the next “birding hotspot” will be in a less than 25 minutes drive;
2. The Republic of Panama have 972 species in the official bird-list, including a total of 107 regional endemics, some 149 regular migrants
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3. During a tour - depends on itinerary - you will visit lowland, foothills and highlands in search of endemic, local and target birds.
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5. You can choose from an all inclusive ready made birding itinerary or we can help you plan an itinerary that fits your needs and specifications.
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6. Birding is good in Panama any time of the year. Even during the rainy season rain are usually brief and limited most of the time to the afternoon.

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