Nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Central Andes in Colombia lies Otún-Quimbaya, a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. This small national protected area holds immense significance as part of a vital corridor connecting it to the Ucumarí Regional Park and Los Nevados National Park. With its rich biodiversity and diverse avian population, Otún-Quimbaya has rightfully earned its reputation as a premier birding destination.
One of the most sought-after species in Otún-Quimbaya is the endemic and rare Cauca Guan. This magnificent bird, with its striking plumage and distinctive call, is a true symbol of the region’s unique biodiversity.
Otún-Quimbaya is also home to a host of other restricted-range birds, including the endemic Crested Ant-tanager, Stile’s Tapaculo, and Multicolored Tanager. These elusive creatures add to the allure of this birding paradise, attracting birdwatchers from around the globe.
Birdwatching enthusiasts can also keep an eye out for the Grayish Piculet, Moustached Antpitta, and the incredibly rare Hooded Antpitta. Along the banks of the Otun River, Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dippers gracefully grace the waters, while the White-capped Tanager, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Wattled Guan, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, and Black-banded Woodcreeper flit through the trees.
The area also boasts a thriving population of the Venezuelan Red Owler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus), adding another dimension to the wildlife encounters in Otún-Quimbaya.
While a single morning might suffice for a quick birding adventure in Otún-Quimbaya, dedicating an entire day to exploring this avian wonderland is highly recommended. With its diverse habitats and abundance of birdlife, Otún-Quimbaya promises an unforgettable birding experience for those who venture into its verdant embrace.