Bird Watching

Panamá is home and a place of pilgrimage to more than 1,000 bird species. The tropical isthmus hosts diverse migratory and endemic birds due to its geographic location between North and South America and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Panamá is home to 10% of the world’s known bird species and 107 endemic species and has more of a variety of birds than the United States and Canada combined. Panamá is also one of the five migratory bird corridors in the world. 

All that makes Panamá the perfect year-round destination for bird-watching, though each season may bring different sightings. From endemic to migratory birds escaping the North and South American winters, Panamá is a sanctuary of color and song.

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In Panamá City

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In Panamá City

Panamá City has three protected national parks within its limits that tend to the birds nesting there. These parks also reside within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a conservation effort protecting the biodiversity hotspots. Because of this, these parks have become a haven for endemic and migratory birds.

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Beyond City Limits

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Beyond City Limits

Beyond Panamá City’s national parks are various must-see destinations for birding.

 

Eagle

 

Few places in the world rival the Darien National Park for bird-watching. Darien is the largest national park in Panamá at 5,750 square kilometers and resides in western Panamá near the Colombian border. Its untouched rainforests and mangroves are home to countless birds — the golden-headed quetzal, tanagers, toucans, oropendolas, black-tipped cotingas, and four macaw species, including blue and gold, red and green, great green, and chestnut-fronted. Since it’s a remote, underdeveloped area, arrangements through a tour company are strongly encouraged. They will handle everything, including lodging at a traditional Embera indigenous village, where bird-watching opportunities are plentiful. While there, arrange for a tour guide to take you on a jungle hike to the harpy eagle nesting site. The harpy eagle is Panamá’s national bird and one of the largest eagles in the world, featuring a wingspan of over two meters and claws that resemble those of a grizzly bear.

choose your birding destination

Barro Colorado

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Darien National Park

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Chiriqui

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