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Isla Coiba, Panama (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Isla Coiba, Panama

Map of Isla Coiba, Panama

Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) - Male Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus) Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) - Female Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris) White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

Coiba was a prison island and off limits to the public for quite awhile, and it offers some pristine wilderness. Unfortunately, it can be quite expensive to really visit the island. Much of the island is covered by primary rain forest, and the waters surrounding it are rich in fish life.


Mexico to Panama

3/5/2009: After our fiasco with the weather at Santa Fe, we headed to the south coast of Panama to visit the former prison island of Coiba. We rode three different buses to get to our base of Santa Catalina.

To visit Coibe, we came on a day snorkeling trip from Santa Catalina. The snorkeling here was some of the best that I have seen anywhere with a number of sea turtle and shark sightings.

The trip to the island was OK, but it was only about an hour. There is not much to see on the island to justify such a short visit. I would have loved to visit the forest, but it was too inconvenient at this time.

Previous Visit (Santa Fe: 3/3/2009)
Next Visit (El Valle de Anton: 3/6/2009)

Species Recorded (20)

Birds ( 19 )

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Common Black-Hawk - Buteogallus anthracinus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum

Frigatebirds ( Fregatidae )
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
American Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Vaux's Swift - Chaetura vauxi

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Red-crowned Woodpecker - Melanerpes rubricapillus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Streaked Flycatcher - Myiodynastes maculatus
Northern Scrub-Flycatcher - Sublegatus arenarum
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus savana

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Red-legged Honeycreeper - Cyanerpes cyaneus
Crimson-backed Tanager - Ramphocelus dimidiatus

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Streaked Saltator - Saltator striatipectus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Black-striped Sparrow - Arremonops conirostris
Yellow-faced Grassquit - Tiaris olivaceus


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