Birding Panama

Tranquilo Bay has listed nearly 200 species of birds on-sight and over 460 from our daily excursions to nearby bird-rich environments. Bocas del Toro, Panama is geologically gifted, creating extreme species diversity; there are an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and altitudinal zones only a short distance from the lodge. Our guides are passionate about observing wildlife, excellent at spotting as well as identification and frequently work with bird watching groups and individuals with birding specific itineraries.

Wildlife Viewing & Photography

Tranquilo Bay’s two most overlooked features are its amazing location and superior facilities. Situated on 200 heavily forested acres of Panama’s Western Caribbean Coast and surround by three distinct ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife thrive. In less than a week you might see white faced monkeys, night monkeys, two and three toed sloths, iguanas, caiman, blue morph butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards.If you are into eco-adventures such as birding and wildlife watching, hiking, snorkeling the coral reef, kayaking or forest ecology, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime.

Birds of Panama

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Birding Panama

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Birding Panama's Western Caribbean Slope

Bird watching in Panama, an area roughly the size of South Carolina, includes well over 900 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada Combined. The Province of Bocas del Toro hosts two overlapping Endemic Bird Areas, (EBA 019) Central American Caribbean Slope and (EBA 020) Panama and Costa Rica Highlands. A Panama birding tour is not complete without visiting western Panama’s Caribbean slope, one of the most important areas for restricted range avifauna in the world.

In western Panama the Caribbean Slope of the Talamanca mountain range, Tranquilo Bay’s back yard, plunges some 11,000 feet from the high alpine forest of La Amistad National Park into the lowland rainforests bordering the Caribbean Sea, in a span of less than 40 miles. Within the areas we explore from our comfortable facility the altitude ranges from 7,000 feet to sea level in a zone where nearly 500 species of birds can be found. This extreme biodiversity and high level of endemic species is due to abrupt changes in altitudinal zones and extreme geographic features creating many distinct ecosystems, as well as, migratory corridors.

Tranquilo Bay is located on 100 pristine acres, adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park, amongst the convergence of 3 distinct ecosystems. This creates an extremely diverse and unique wildlife observation site where flora and fauna overlap from separate worlds increasing diversity. In a week it is possible to identify over 100 species of birds without leaving the property. There are several elevated porches throughout the facility, creating an incredible eye-level view. While birding onsite you might also encounter white-faced capuchin monkeys, night monkeys, two and three toed sloths, iguanas, caiman, butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards, and within the canopy a collage of rain forest hardwood and fruit trees, lianas, mangroves, ferns, orchids and cycads.

From your cabana, on the rainforests edge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, wake to the morning call of hundreds of Red-lored Parrots, the beautiful voice of flocks of Montezuma Oropendolas, and the mysterious sounds of the Green Ibis on the wing. Take coffee on your private elevated veranda as humming birds zip by, raptors hunt for their morning meal and brown pelicans share a few sardines with the magnificent frigates, just beyond the mangrove forest. Hundreds of trees, bushes, and flowering plants have been strategically blended throughout our living areas to attract a diverse variety of birds without the use of feeders.

Our central location in the archipelago allows us to explore freely, traveling by boat directly from the facility for all of our excursions. Due to dramatic geographic formations and Bocas del Toro’s dynamic environment the range of different bird habitats seem endless.

Experienced Naturalist Guides


All of our guides have called Bocas del Toro home for ten years or more. They are biologists and naturalists who for many reasons have spent a lifetime in the pursuit of wildlife. They have years of experience observing the local flora, fauna, ecology and natural history of the Bocas del Toro area specifically and Panama in general. Collectively our guides have over 40 years experience exploring this remote area of the Western Caribbean Slope. During the last decade our expeditions have taken us through many habitats from the upper montane cloud forests through the lowland rainforest to the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea. Our guides have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training and are well prepared to manage challenging situations if necessary. The Western Caribbean Slope is a remarkable geographic natural phenomenon, seeing it come to life through the knowledgeable eyes of our guides is a fascinating experience.
Red-capped Manakin Bocas del Toro Panama
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Panama
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Clay-colored Thrush Panama
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Red Lored Parrot Bocas Panama
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Protonary Warbler Bocas del Toro Panama
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Red-Eyed Vireo Bocas del Toro Panama
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American Pgmy Kingfisher Bocas del Toro Panama
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Gray-necked Woodrail Bocas Panama
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Dusky-capped Flycatcher Bocas Panama
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Keel-billed Toucan Bocas del Toro Panama
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Raptor Migration Bocas del Toro Panama
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Olive-throated Parakeet Bocas Panama
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Band-tailed Barbthroat
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Blue-chested Hummingbird Bocas Panama
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Green Honeycreeper Bocas del Toro Panama
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Montezuma Oropendoas in flight Bocas del Toro Panama
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Bananaquit Bocas del Toro Panama
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Western Slaty Antshrike Bocas Panama
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Violet Crowned Woodnymph Bocas del Toro Panama
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Orange-bellied Trogan
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Sulphur-winged Parakeet Bocas Panama
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Juvenile Yellow-headed Caracara Bocas del Toro Panama
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Green Heron Bocas del Toro Panama
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Red-billed Tropicbird Bocas del Toro Panama
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Three-wattled Bellbird Bocas del Toro Panama
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Birding Panama Photo Galleries

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Phone

(713) 589-6952 (USA)
(507) 838-0021 (Panama)
Email

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Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro, Panama includes an archipelago of some 68 tropical islands which are excellent for beach combing, birding and exploring.  Around the many reefs and lagoons, you may fish, snorkel and surf. 
Panama Vacation
We can help you make arrangements for your entire Panama vacation including ground transportation in the city, lodging reservations throughout the country and domestic airfare ticketing.
Memories
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Intimate Nature
Our nature preserve encompasses 200 plus acres and over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline. Over 75% of the preserve has been left in its natural state.
Eco Adventures
Our biologist guides use hiking, kayaking and snorkeling to explore the diverse range of habitats in the area. All of our excursions tread lightly on the area's natural resources.

Bocas del Toro Hotel

Tranquilo Bay is an owner-operated, family-friendly eco lodge and hotel located on 200 plus acres in the rainforest adjacent to the Caribbean Sea and a national park. We offer deluxe accommodations, delicious meals, first-world facilities, naturalist guided adventure tours, and trip planning assistance in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Central America for your vacation.

Tour Operator

All excursions depart directly from our comfortable facility where our staff will handle the preparation of everything you need for a comfortable and interesting experience.
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Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro
Panama, Central America
84M2W JJ891
(713) 589-6952 (USA)
(507) 838-0021 (Panama)
(713) 344-1125 (USA Fax)