Panama offers an astonishing diversity of bird life for a country smaller than the state of South Carolina. Some 970 species have been recorded in the country, more than the number recorded in continental United States and Canada combined and more than any other country in North or Central America apart from Mexico, which is 26 times Panama's size. Panama has 12 national endemics and 105 regional endemics as well as many South American species that range no further north. The location of many species within a days drive of Panama City makes it straightforward to see a wide diversity of species in a short period of time. Panama's diversity is further augmented by many migrants visiting during the northern winter. Both Atlantic and Pacific seabirds reach its shores. Panama retains more of its forest cover than most other countries in Central America and much of it is protected by a network of national parks. The Darien features some of the wildest country remaining in the Americas. Ornithological riches await visitors to Panama. Text adapted from 'Where to find birds in Panama: a site guide for birders'

Shining Honeycreeper

Shining Honeycreeper, Panama © Sam Woods

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Showing the 33 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Panama - 26th May - 9th June 2006, author Birdseekers (added September 9, 2007)
(Darien National Park, Pipeline Road, 400 species, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo)

Eastern Panama - August 30th - September 2nd 2013 , author Joshua Murphy (added September 7, 2013)
(Darien, San Blas, Green Mankin, Sapoya, Disaster)

Panama August 12-20, 2006 - Canal Zone/Canopy Tower, author April Grunspan (added September 13, 2006)

Central Panama, March 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Canopy Tower Eco-lodge and Nature Observatory, Panama, August 29th - September 6th 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Panama - Eastern Panama Birds - 17th - 18th July 2007, author Jose Garcia (added October 2, 2007)

Western Panama - September 2009, author Brandon Best (added October 17, 2009)
(Chiriqui, Bocas del Toro, Finca Lerida, Resplendant Quetzal)

Panama - November 21, 2008 - December 3rd, 2008, author Brad Weinert (link created October 15, 2012)
(Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge)

Panama and Costa Rica - August 2012, author Sander Bot (added October 1, 2012)
(Canal area, Western Highlands)

Panama - March 2008, author Mohamad Mahdi (link created May 8, 2008)
(Chagres National Park, Achiote, Darien Province, Panama City Area)

Birds of Panama, February 22 — March 7, 2004, author Elise Faike (added May 19, 2005)

Birding in Cana, Darien National Park, Panama, author Surfbirds Admin (added May 18, 2005)

Panama Aug-Sep 2008, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created March 9, 2011)

Panama Apr-May 2010, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created March 9, 2011)

Wild Imagination Tours Panama 2008 Trip Report, author David Shaw (link created March 21, 2008)
(Panama, Canal Zone, Gamboa, Pipeline Road, Plantation Road, Ammo Dump, San Blas, Boquete)

Mexico to Panama - Feb/March 2009, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Panama - 7th - 25th February 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created March 10, 2018)
(So here we are at the Canopy Lodge, in a wonderful setting beside a clear-flowing stream, in a steep-sided verdant forested valley, with perfect weather, in contrast to the freezing cold back home.)

Central & Eastern Panama - January 15th - 25th 2009, author Mike Nelson (added March 1, 2009)
(Harpy Eagle, Darien, El Valle, Pipeline Road,)

Panama - 14th - 22nd April 2007 - Canal Zone, Chiriquí, & Bocas, author Scott Olmstead (added June 5, 2007)
(Metropolitan Park, Chiriqui, El Respingo, Bocas del Toro, Pipeline Road)

Panama - Best of Birding I Mar-Apr 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 14, 2017)
(Panama, Darien, Chiriqui, Swallow-tailed Kite, Harpy Eagle, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Sapayoa, Blue Dacnis, Broad-billed Motmot, Broad-winged Hawk, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-throated Trogon, Spotted Antbird, Gartered Trogon, Tody Motmot, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, )

Panama - Darien Extension III Apr 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 14, 2017)
(Panama, Darien, Crested Eagle, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Golden-collared Manakin, Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Rufescent Tiger Heron)

Panama, El Valle de Anton - Canopy Lodge - May 2007, author April Grunspan (added June 1, 2007)

Southern California, Baja and Panama - 21 March - 18 April 2016, author Kathie Claydon (added July 29, 2016)
(San Diego, Borrego Springs, Salton Sea, Baja California, Panama, birds, whale-watching)

Panama Birding: short trip to Achiote Road and Metro Park - May 2008, author Pat O'Donnell (added July 29, 2008)
(by pubic transport)

Panama - 12th to 28th April 2015, author Jon Hornbuckle (added July 26, 2015)
(Russet-crowned Quail-Dove, Dusky-backed Jacamar, Beautiful Treerunner, Coiba Spinetail, Speckled Antshrike, Pirre Warbler, Green-naped Tanager, Pirre Bush-Tanager and Viridian Dacnis)

Panama - Canopy Tower, Darien, Canopy Lodge and Tranquilo Bay - 7th - 20th January 2016, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created February 12, 2016)

Panama - Canopy Tower - January 13-17, 2009, author Paul Jones (added February 11, 2009)
(Army Ants and Ground-Cuckoos)

Panama - September 29th - October 25th 2015, author Greg Roberts (added December 4, 2015)
(Darien, Cerro Pirre, Central Panama, Chiriqui Highlands. Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Crested Eagle, Black-crowned Antpitta, Sapayoa. )

Panama, Panama City, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Pipeline Road, December 15-21, 2017, author Brent Steury (added December 29, 2017)
(Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Pipeline Road, Bright-rumped Attila, Buff-breasted Wren, White-bellied Antbird, Yellow-billed Cacique)

Panama - 1st - 14th May 2010, author Dick Meijer and Peter van Scheepen (link created December 2, 2012)
(Cana Field Station and Cerro Pirre in the Darien.)

Panama and Darien - 17th January - 8th February 2009, author Pete Morris (link created August 15, 2009)
(525 species including many range restricted and threatened species on this Birdquest tour)

Panama - April 2012 , author Michael Hurben (added April 9, 2012)
(Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge, El Valle de Antón, Panama City, Rufous-Vented Ground-Cuckoo)

Panama, Canal Area and Cana, March 19th - 27th 2010,, author Noah Gaines (added April 19, 2010)
(Canopy Tower, Pipeline Rd., Achiote Rd., Cana, Cerro Pirre.)

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