Birdwatching in Panama City

If you're a bird lover visiting Panamá with your notebook, be sure to spend a couple of days in Panama City. Nearly half of the more than 1,000 species that live in the country can be seen in and around the city.

Panama City is one of the 5 places in the world where you can see migrations of more than 1 million birds. If you visit us in October, your records can reach up to 2 million birds in a single day, including more than 15 species of endangered birds of prey.

Birds in National Parks

Birds in National Parks

In the Metropolitan National Park and the Soberania National Park, you can take guided sighting tours so you don't miss anything.

Sightings in Gamboa, Cerro Azul and Cerro Jefe

Sightings in Gamboa, Cerro Azul and Cerro Jefe

Near Gamboa you can also walk the old trail that connects the town with Panama City or walk along the Summit Lakes. On these trails, look for the jet antbird (Cercomacra nigricans), the pale-eyed pygmy tyrant (Lophotriccus pilaris) and the boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius).

Birdwatching Seasons

Birdwatching Seasons

It's always a great time to see Panama City's resident birds. But if you want to see migratory birds on their way south, make sure you come in September, October, or November. The number of birds that pass over the city is truly impressive, especially in October.

For those of us who walk looking up at the sky, the trails of the City and National Parks of Panamá will be the perfect place to increase our species count.

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