Sterling Wildlife Biology with Colombia Birding (Diego Calderon)

Birding in Central Colombia

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golden tanager
Golden Tanager  © John Sterling 2010

World Famous Birding Destinations:

Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Magdelena River Valley, Jardin, Rio Blanco Reserve, Los Nevados National Park, Apia, Agualinda Park, Montezuma, Otun National Park.

July 29 - August 12, 2017.  See the exciting itinerary with key endemic and specialty birds.

Experience the incredible birdlife with: leaders Diego Calderon of Colombia Birding and John Sterling.

Expect: 400+ species, good accommodation, some long drives, warm to cool climate.

   red ruffed fruitcrow

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow © John Sterling 2010
$6,000 with three participants
$5,500 with four-five participants
Single supplement $400

The price includes:
All meals,

Snacks and beverages during outings,
Airport group transfers,
Transportation to all the birding spots,
Entrance fees to parks and preserves, and

Professional local bird guide service.

The price does not include:
international airfare to and from Medellin.

Tips to locals guides and drivers,
Medical, travel and luggage insurance,
Personal items such as telephone calls, internet, laundry, extra ala cart dishes apart from normal meals, and
Airport transfers apart from main group.

           crested ant-tanager

Crested Ant-Tanager  © John Sterling 2010

Limited to 3-5 participants

Spaces are limited, so contact John Sterling as soon as possible for reservations or additional information at or 530 908-3836.

A deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your reservation and needs to be sent to Sterling Wildlife Biology, 26 Palm Ave., Woodland, CA 95695. 

Long-tailed Sylph
Long-tailed Sylph © John Sterling 2010
torrent ducks 
Torrent Ducks  © John Sterling 2010
multicolored tanager
               Multicolored Tanager  © John Sterling 2010


About the Leaders
John Sterling had conducted tropical bird research for many years as a staff avian ecologist for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in southern Mexico and Peru, and his other experience includes stints as a resident naturalist in the Amazon Basin in southeastern Peru, as a tour leader in Costa Rica and Ecuador, and as a field ornithologist on many expeditions in Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica.  In 2010, he traveled to Argentina and Colombia.  While in Argentina, John discovered and photographed the first South American record of a Eurasian Curlew!

John has spent years birding in tropical ecosystems and has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge on tropical bird identification, ecology and conservation.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge of these fascinating birds.

Diego Calderon-Franco has been birding since 2000 when he started his academic career in biology, and is a top guide in Colombia for his own company Colombia Birding.  For more details see

diego calderon
barred puffbird
Barred Puffbird  © John Sterling 2010
cauca guan
Cauca Guan  © John Sterling 2010
Crimsom-rumped Toucanet
Crinsom-rumped Toucanet  © John Sterling 2010