Exotic Birds of Panama

According to Wikipedia there are 978 bird species recorded in Panama. The avifauna of Panama includes a total of 978 (Angehr & Dean) species, of which 12 are endemic, 6 have been introduced by humans, and 120 are rare or accidental. 20 species are globally threatened. The total figure includes a number of species whose occurrence in the country is considered hypothetical: no specimen or photograph has been taken in the country and they are known only from sight records.

At my house above Boquete, I see beautiful birds every day.  There are hundreds of hummingbirds, tanagers of all different colors, and an occasional flock of very noisy green parrots.  I don’t usually get my camera out… but I know I should.. especially when I see something as beautiful as the bird in the photo below.

Sometimes birds fly in to the windows above my front door. I think they see the clouds reflection in the window and think it is sky.  Usually, the birds are just knocked unconscious for a few minutes.  Sometimes they hit the window so hard they don’t make it.   I sat this one on a branch on a cedar tree.  Twenty minutes later he/she was gone so I knew this one made it!

Bird in Panama


Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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  1. Charles Monroe says

    AARRRGGHH! How could you put such a beautiful bird in this article and NOT identify it? I figured it out though – it’s a bay-headed tanager. It took awhile to peruse it bird books and confirm on the web. Thanks for the article – right up my alley!

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  2. Sheran says

    I am a bird watcher! What beautiful birds! I would love to see more species there,and how sweet of you to take such wonderful care òf the injured birds

  3. Kirk Williams says

    If you cut out silhouette of a falcon swooping out of black construction paper and tape it to the window it will reduce the number of birds hitting the window. They will see that soon enough to alter course before hitting the window usually. Planning to be moved to Boquete by the end of this year (2021), will book a private tour as soon as we have our passports. Can’t wait to see all the birds.

    • Jackie Lange says

      WE tried the falcon in the window but it did not work. We now have a new system for preventing bird strikes.

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