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The Canopy Tower - Ecolodge and Nature Observatory

  • Awaken to a tropical chorus of motmots, toucans, and fruitcrows.Your bedroom is at treetop level, no more than 40 feet from the birds. In the cool Panamanian dawn you can feel Panamá's great rainforest awakening around you. Blue Cotingas and Green Shrike-Vireos, birds normally glimpsed high in the tops of trees, perch right outside your Canopy Tower room......Read more


Panama and Costa Rica August 2012

  • This is a report of our trip to Panama and Costa Rica. We started and ended our trip in Gamboa, and stayed there for a while. This was because we visited friends, Wouter and Assia, living there for one or two years. We intended to visit Darién but the region was regarded unsafe, so we went to Costa Rica instead, to see Pacific lowland specialties. We saw/heard a total of 437 bird species...Sander Bot and Janne Ouwehand report.

Panama July 2003

  • After lunch, we packed up our bags and spent some time on top of the tower adding a Plumbeous Kite, soaring well overhead.  We then headed to Plantation Trail.  We walked a very short way down Plantation Trail and were lucky to find an ant swarm that had Ocellated Antbird, two Spotted Antbirds, a Bicolored Antbird, and a Royal Flycatcher...Jim Holmes reports.

Panama March -April 2002

  • From March 2 through April 12 I was in Panama. Most birding was solo, but I did do two trips with the Panama Audubon Society, who do some interesting and relatively inexpensive field trips on a regular basis....I saw 459 species, and heard another 10, for a trip total of 469. 33 were lifers, and another 25 were new North American birds...Dave Klauber reports

Birds observed in Panama 24-28 March 2001

  • Cindy and I had a very enjoyable trip to Panama.  We spent the entire trip in central Panama, mostly within the former Canal Zone.  We stayed at the Canopy Tower ....The Canopy Tower is located with Soberania National Park and is surrounded by quality forest.  The birding along the road down Semaphore Hill and on the Plantation Trail was nothing short of fantastic...Mark Lockwood reports. 

Central Panama March 10th - 20th 2000

  • The following is a summary of a birding trip to Panama from March 10 through March 20, 2000.  I have birded in Panama three times before and this was a chance to re-acquaint myself with the myriad of species found on PipelineRoad and the surrounding area...Jim Danzenbaker reports.

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Some Useful bird books for Panama:
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The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide

George Richard. Angehr (Contributor), Robert Dean(Contributor): Buy from or

  • The isthmus of Panama, where North and South America meet, hosts more bird species than all of North America. More accessible than ever to birdwatchers and other ecotourists, the country has become a premier neotropical birding and nature tourism destination in recent years. The Birds of Panama will be an essential tool for the new generation of birders traveling in search of Panama's spectacular avifauna.

A Bird-Finding Guide to Panama
George R Angehr, Dodge Engleman, Lorna Engleman: Buy from or

  • What this is, is a guide to hiking trails and and other areas where you are likely to see birds and other wildlife. If only I had had this book on my last trip to Panama I could have saved myself much grief and actually have found the trails I was looking for. Panama is a beautiful country, but the trails are very difficult to locate without a guide. This book solves that problem.

Travel & Site Guide to Birds of Costa Rica With Side Trips to Panama
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  • This is not a birding field guide, but a helpful guide to quite a few Costa Rica birding sites. Very good descriptions of sites included (including some information not available elsewhere) but many other places were not covered. The author's assessments are useful.

A Guide to the Birds of Panama
Robert S. Ridgely, John A. Gwynne: Buy from

  • This is a good, standard guidebook with beautiful bird plates. Three chapters ("Migration and Local Movements", Recent Developments...", and "Finding Birds in Panama") were especially interesting and helpful. The chapter "Finding Birds in Panama" was very accurate and useful to me. I wish I had purchased this guidebook before my earlier birding trips to Costa Rica. It is an important book for the entire region.

Where to Watch Birds in Central America & the Caribbean
Nigel Wheatley, David Brewer: Buy from or

  • This guide covers the best birding sites in Central America and the Caribbean. In a format familiar to readers of this very popular series, each site is considered in terms of 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', allowing birders to plan excursions to maximise the chances of getting the best out of each site and each region. The book includes detailed maps of the larger sites, plus general maps of the regions covered, and it is illustrated with line drawings.

Recommended travel books for Panama

Lonely Planet Panama
Scott Doggett: Buy from or

  • I have visited Panama twice. I found this guide book to be both useful and interesting enough to read from cover to cover. I read all the sections, not just those that pertained to my areas of interest. I especially liked the author's insights and comments about Panama's history, culture and society. I got a sense of what Panama is "really" like. The frank reviews, both good and bad, of the restaurants and hotels, are very helpful. Also, there is contact information for a number of local guides. I would recommend this book for first time visitors to Panama as well as repeat visitors wishing to have current information.

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