Living in just a few small patches of elfin forest in northwest Colombia, the Dusky Starfrontlet is one of the rarest birds in the world. For decades this dapper hummingbird was only known from a single historical specimen of an immature male, and it was suspected that this specimen may have been an odd morph of Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, but in 2004 a population was discovered in the wild, which changed everything. Today this stunning bird is severely threatened by deforestation and mining, with just 25 square kms of suitable habitat remaining, and perhaps fewer than 250 individuals exist. The area it inhabits, the Paramo de Frontina, is home to numerous other endemic and endangered birds, including Multicolored Tanager, Antioquia Antpitta, Rusty-faced Parrot and more.
Rockjumper guide Forrest Rowland has years of experience in Colombia and is headed back November 30th, 2016 for an adventure to the wilds of “Remote Colombia”, an itinerary that he has specially designed. Here is what Forrest has to say about the trip:
“Within the political boundaries of Colombia more than 1,900 species of birds have been found. It’s a huge, diverse, impressive country that has far too many fabulous birding destinations to include in the few classic birding routes that we and other tour companies have devised. Colombia deserves better representation, so I came up with the Remote Colombia Tour, which focuses on areas seldom visited and little-known to birders despite the fact that these areas offer an even higher diversity than those visited on more typical tours.
On top of allowing access to many exciting endemic and near-endemic species not found on the regular tours, the sites visited on this tour are almost as diverse as those visited on Rockjumper’s groundbreaking Colombia 1,000 Birds Mega Tour. It’s an amazing itinerary! I’m honored to present it to our clientele, old and new. This tour is more than worthwhile for veterans of Colombia and Northern South America, as well as being a spectacular adventure for those new to the astonishing variety of ecosystems therein. Despite being labelled ‘Remote’, food and accommodations are decent to outstanding, and one thing I’m certain any tour participant would appreciate will be the organic and indigenous nature of the experiences we will enjoy by spending time in places little frequented by foreigners.
I hope to see you soon, in my favorite place to bird: Colombia.”