The Exotic Birds of Panama's Tropical Rainforest

Panama's Tropical Rainforests Are A Birdwatching Heaven

Panama is considered one of the world's best birding destinations and theĀ amount of wildlife you will see in the tropical rainforests of Panama is truly astounding.

The avifauna of Panama included a total of 992 species as of June 2019, according to Bird Checklists of the World. Eight additional species have been added through eBird through July 2019.

A must-see trail for birdwatching is called the Pipeline Road, on which the Audubon Society organized a world record census that recorded 525 species of birds in just one day back in 1996. 

Other birding hotspots near Panam City include the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Soberania National Park, and Chagres National Park, the Gamboa Rainforest and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on the island of Barro Colorado, the largest island in the Panama Canal zone.

Away from Panama’s capital, other excellent birdwatching locations include: Coiba Island, La Amistad International Park, Sendero de los Quetzales near Boquete and Darien National Park.


1. The Harpy Eagle

The Harpy Eagle is the national bird of Panama.

2. Collared Aracari

Small flocks of Collared Aracari usually consisting of 6-15 birds, are seen throughout the jungles of Central America.

3. The Resplendent Quetzal

A bird in the trogon family. It is found from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama and is well known for its colorful plumage.

4. Lesser Violetear

There are over 50 species in Hummingbird found in Panama.

5. The Keel-Billed Toucan

A colorful Latin American member of the toucan family found in the rainforests of Panama.

6. Great Green Macaw

Also known as Buffon's macaw, this stunning bird is found throughout Central and South America.

7. Scarlet Macaw

Another awe-inspiringly beautiful bird is the large red, yellow, and blue Central and South American parrot.

Panama Ecotourism Guide

Learn about the interconnected ecology of Panama's tropical rainforest, an isthmus bridge between oceans and continents.


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