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JARDÍN BOTÁNICO HALF-DAY TOUR
The former estate of the ruling López dynasty, Asunción´s Jardín Botánico counts on a small natural reserve of dry forest that makes for some excellent birding. Look out for species like Pale-crested Woodpecker, Flavescent Warbler and Blue-winged Parrotlet and don´t be surprised if your path is crossed by the resident troop of Brown Capuchin monkeys that make their home in this city centre park. Combine it with half-day at the Bahía de Asunción or Arroyos y Esteros (see below) for a full day of top notch birding.
Brown Capuchin (right) Cebus apella
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Our target on this half-day trip is to amass as big a list as possible in the allotted time.
This is a half-day tour only.
Best time to visit:
The Botanico can be visited all year round with a differing selection of birds present during the different seasons.
Day 1 - Departure from hotel, bird-watching in the Bahía de Asunción and return to hotel.
(Itineraries are subject to change according to levels of animal activity or client´s preference.)
What else might we see?:
Formerly the estate of the ruling López family the Jardín Botanico de Asunción is less of a botanical gardens and more of an extensive green oasis in the centre of Paraguay´s capital city. Incorporated within the vast park-like expanses of the Botánico is a small forest reserve which houses an interesting community of birds and plays host to a troop of Brown Capuchin monkeys. With a variety of species gathering here the Jardín Botánico offers a gentle introduction to birding in Paraguay with a list of 70 species possible in a single morning at peak times of year.
This is the ideal trip for first time visitors to the Southern Cone of South America wanting to familiarise themselves with the fascinating birdlife of the region. Amongst the first species that will attract your attention will be the gorgeous Red-crested Cardinal, it is usually found in mixed flocks with other seedeating birds such as Saffron Finch, Shiny and Screaming Cowbirds, Greyish Saltator and Chalk-browed Mockingbird. There are three species of thrush possible here, Creamy-bellied being the most numerous, but look out also for the handsome Rufous-bellied and more muted Pale-breasted Thrush. Cast your eyes into the tree-tops and you´ll see the enormous communal nests of the Monk Parakeets, but that is by no means the only parrot species found here, you may also see Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, the dimunitive Blue-winged Parrotlet and the spectacular Turquoise-fronted Amazon. Tyrant flycatchers are, as usual, amongst the most conspicuous of bird species, you´ll undoubtedly see Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Fork-tailed Flycatcher and even Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher and Vermillion Flycatcher. Sayaca Tanager and Purple-throated Euphonia will both brighten your day with a does of colour, but the Thrush-like Wren, whilst less likely to grab your attention for his plumage, will impress you with his size, especially when viewed alongside his "normal-sized" cousin the Southern House Wren. In the woodland listen out for the sweet song of White-rimmed and Flavescent Warblers. Everybody likes woodpeckers, so you´ll be please to hear that several species are present in "the Botánico", the three largest and most eyecatching are the gaudy Green-barred and Campo Flickers, their loud calls ringing out through the woodland nd the whacky haired Pale-crested Woodpecker, but at the other extreme is the tiny White-barred Piculet, barely larger than a hummingbird. Speaking of hummingbirds you can expect to see those too, with possibilities including Gilded Sapphire, Blue-tufted Starthroat and Glittering-bellied Emerald. Within the forest reserve Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Masked Gnatcatcher, Barred Antshrike and Rufous-browed Peppershrike skip through the branches, Variegated Flycatcher perches prominently and Blue-crowned Trogon is sometimes encountered. Plush-crested Jays are one of the most distinctive and beautiful birds that we are likely to see, but Guira Cuckoo and Narrow-billed Woodcreeper overcome the handicap of their dull plumage with their quirky characters. Black Tegu and Banded Skinks are part of the reptile fauna that are commonly seen on the forest tracks here, and for mammals you may see a Crab-eating Fox, oh and don´t forget those monkeys!!
What does it include?:
The price includes pick-up from and return to Asunción hotel, accommodation, transport, food, non-alcoholic drinks and guiding fees.
It does not include travel insurance, personal expenses, alcoholic drinks or travel costs incurred before the beginning of the tour or after return to Asunción.
Combine with an afternoon at the Bahia de Asuncion or Arroyos y Esteros for a full day birding:
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Pale-crested Woodpecker Celeus lugubris