Casa Anibal/4×4

Habitats: Lowland humid forest
Duration: Full day with a picnic lunch at Casa Anibal, or half day returning to the lodge for lunch
Departure: Flexible (suggested departure 07:00)
Journey time: 20 minutes each way
What to take: Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plenty of water, sturdy walking boots, a waterproof jacket.
Useful info: Transport to the trailhead is via pickup. In dry weather it is possible to drive to the top of the trail – this allows more time in the prime birding area.
Price: Included in the accommodation price

This trail was once a reliable site for Eastern Striped Manakin Machaeropterus regulus but this species, on the very southern edge of its range at REGUA, is not currently being seen here. The trail is particularly good for White-bibbed Antbird and Slaty Bristlefront.

The trail is actually a 4×4 track that starts at the Small Wetland and leads steadily upwards through well established secondary forest to a derelict house (Casa Anibal) at an altitude of 352 m. The overgrown garden at the house is a reliable site for Frilled Coquette, and the strangler figs here attract Spot-billed Toucanets, Bare-throated Bellbirds, and hoards of tanagers when fruiting.

Target species:

White-necked Hawk
Mantled Hawk
Black Hawk-Eagle
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Plain Parakeet
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Scaly-headed Parrot
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Saw-billed Hermit
Frilled Coquette
Surucua Trogon
Black-throated Trogon
Rufous-capped Motmot
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Buff-bellied Puffbird
Crescent-chested Puffbird
Channel-billed Toucan
Spot-billed Toucanet
White-barred Piculet
Yellow-eared Woodpecker
Yellow-throated Woodpecker
Blond-crested Woodpecker
Spot-backed Antshrike
Spot-breasted Antvireo
Plain Antvireo
Star-throated Antwren
Rufous-winged Antwren
Streak-capped Antwren
Scaled Antbird
White-bibbed Antbird
Black-cheeked Gnateater
Plain-winged Woodcreeper
White-throated Woodcreeper
Lesser Woodcreeper
Black-capped Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
White-eyed Foliage-gleaner
Plain Xenops
Streaked Xenops
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Grey-hooded Flycatcher
Sepia-capped Flycatcher
Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant
Rough-legged Tyrannulet
Eared Pygmy-Tyrant
Euler’s Flycatcher
Long-tailed Tyrant
Bare-throated Bellbird
Black-tailed Tityra
Chestnut-crowned Becard
Black-capped Becard
Crested Becard
Long-billed Wren
White-thighed Swallow
Yellow-legged Thrush
White-necked Thrush
Black-goggled Tanager
Azure-shouldered Tanager
Golden-chevroned Tanager
Green-headed Tanager
Red-necked Tanager
Brassy-breasted Tanager
Rufous-headed Tanager
Yellow-backed Tanager
Yellow-green Grosbeak
Orange-bellied Euphonia
Chestnut-bellied Euphonia

The top of the trail to Casa Anibal (© Lee Dingain)
Female Slaty Bristlefront (© Leonardo Pimentel)
White-bibbed Antbird are frequently encountered near the top of the trail (© Leonardo Pimentel)
Eared Pygmy-Tyrant (© Leonardo Pimentel)