Bird sounds from our Bolivia birding trip September/October 2000


See trip report at  -  introduction


Here are 50 recordings from this trip to highlands and lowlands, with wetter and drier sites.

This is a selection of what we recorded there on minidisc, and typically it contains several species that may puzzle the birder visiting these sites: often heard but not often seen.

Included is a recording of a spluttering river dolphin.


The sounds are in mp3 format, which greatly reduces file size, and which can be played easily now (just try by clicking on the file name). In case you cannot yet play mp3, download e.g. the free WinAmp player program at e.g.


The species are given below in the sequence of the trip. I checked this selection on Sjoerd Mayer’s CD-ROM Birds of Bolivia version 2 (see info on Compared to the wealth of sounds on that CD-ROM (with an enormous photo collection as well), the selection below is just meant to appetize, but still representative of what you will hear on such a trip in that season. Sjoerd himself has helped me identify some of the species of the early part of the trip.

Sjoerd Mayer himself checked this page later also, and made several corrections and found several extra species at the background. His identifications are indicated with "SjM".



Rio Pirai - semi-arid foothills of Andes near Santa Cruz - in the bushes along the river

A002 - Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant (69 KB)


At Samaipata, La Vispera lodge garden/orchard etc. c. 1500 m semi-arid but locally more moisty

A011 - Mouse-coloured Tyrannulet (65 KB)

A016a2 - Southern Beardless Tyrannulet (24 KB)

A016a1f - Variable Antshrike (42 KB)


Into the Cuevas valley, moistier subtropical.

A031a - Ochre-cheeked Spinetail (61 KB)

A035 - Tataupa Tinamou (and Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant once in beginning) (60 KB) (SjM: plus singing Roadside Hawk at the background)


In Siberia cloud forest:

A060 - Buff-banded Tyrannulet (30 KB)

A064 - Brown Tinamou (28 KB)

A076 - Crested Quetzal (36 KB)

A081 - White-eared Solitaire once (33 KB)

A082s - Rufous-faced Antpitta; with tapaculo (53 KB) (SjM: the latter is Trilling Tapaculo, also known as Gray Tapaculo)


From Tunal back through arid bushes at 1500 m

A086 - Spot-backed Puffbird (14 KB)


In Siberia cloud forest:

A108 - Andean Slaty thrush (SjM); Crested Quetzal (76 KB)

A110s - Barred Forest-falcon (47 KB)

A112 - Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (98 KB)


Behind Tambo Mission School - arable fields, hedges etc.:

A119b - White-tipped Plantcutter (37 KB)


Chaco forest in lowland Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz:

A129s - White-backed Fire-eye (93 KB)

A133 - Plain-crowned Spinetail (82 KB) (SjM: with Tropical Parula)


Near Laguna Suarez in moist tropical lowland with savanna's, Trinidad:

A143 - Great Kiskadee, White-tipped Dove, Rufous-tailed Jacamar (89 KB)

A149s - Striped Cuckoo; Piratic Flycatcher (67 KB); SjM: also Greater Thornbird


Near and at the Blue-throated Macaw excursion lodge in savanna woodland North

A163s - Great Potoo; Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (2) (at night) (110 KB)

B002b - river dolphin, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Thrush-like Wren (53 KB)

B010f -  Barred Antshrike (42 KB)

B010f1 - Blue-winged Parrotlet (33 KB)


At river near Trinidad:

B019 - Chopi Blackbird group, very agitated (71 KB)

B028 - Blue-headed Parrot (59 KB)


B035 - C047: in tropical rainforest lowland zone near Riberalta

At Hamburgo, low forest near river at Riberalta:

B036a - Band-tailed Nighthawk, Pauraque (139 KB)

B041s - Blackish Antbird (pair, acc. to SjM CDROM) (82 KB) (SjM: this is subspecies fuscicauda, which probably will get species status)


In terra firme rainforest remains of Antofagasta near Riberalta:

B052 - Buff-throated Woodcreeper (47 KB)

B057 - Red-headed Manakin display song of 2 males (36 KB)


In terra firme (and other) rainforest remains of Siete Julio near Riberalta:

B063a - Cinnamon Attila (52 KB) (SjM: with calls of Straight-billed Woodcreeper)

B065a - Warbling Antbird (72 KB)

B066a - Mealy Parrot (55 KB)

B070b - Scale-breasted Woodpecker (33 KB)

B071e - Black-spotted Barbet (60 KB)


At the small river near Siete Julio near Riberalta:

C023as - Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin (60 KB)

C027 - Amazonian Streaked Antwren (53 KB)


Along forest island in Lago Tumichucua near Riberalta:

C038s - White-eyed Attila (81 KB) (SjM: with calls of a Tityra probably)


Coroico road puna:

C049s - Bar-winged Cinclodes pair probably near nest (82 KB)


Cotapata upper temperate woods:

C055 - Tufted Tit-Tyrant (38 KB)


Road to Chulumani temperate forest down into yungas:

C071 - Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant (60 KB)

C072 - SjM: Two-banded Warbler (48 KB)


In Apa Apa forest (yungas; lower temperate) near Chulumani:

C083a - Masked Trogon (60 KB)

C083b - Three-striped Warbler (62 KB)

C100 - Yungas Manakin (76 KB)

C104 - Russet-backed Oropendola call (32 KB)


Back along Chulumani road up to upper temperate forest:

C128 - White-necked Thrush song (37 KB)

C132 - Rufous-breasted Woodquail (based on altitude + SjM CDROM) (36 KB)