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Boca de Cupe, Panama (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Boca de Cupe, Panama

Map of Boca de Cupe, Panama

Village Near Boca de Cupe
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)

Boca de Cupe is a village at the mouth of the tidal Rio Cupe. The discos here will keep you up at night. This site includes the river up to El Real.


Mexico to Panama

3/15/2009: We walked out from Cruce de Mono to this village to catch our boat ride toward the Pacific coast of the Darien. Quite a ways from the village, we entered the endless banana plantations. We had to make several river crossings to get to the village proper. While it was nice to get some cold drinks for the first time in several days, the village was a huge letdown in comparison to the forest from which we had just hiked.

In the morning, we rode in a motorized dugout canoe to El Real. The landscape along the river could best be described as environmental devastation. Every bit of nature had been replaced by bananas, and the river doubled as a trash can. Even our boatman was throwing his trash in the river.

Previous Visit (Cruce de Mono Ranger Station: 3/14/2009)
Next Visit (Rancho Frio: 3/16/2009)

Species Recorded (42)

Birds ( 39 )

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

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Muscovy Duck - Cairina moschata

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Gray-lined Hawk - Buteo nitidus
Broad-winged Hawk - Buteo platypterus

Chachalacas, Guans, and Curassows ( Cracidae )
Great Curassow - Crax rubra

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Red Junglefowl - Gallus gallus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Southern Lapwing - Vanellus chilensis

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
Wattled Jacana - Jacana jacana

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi
Pale-vented Pigeon - Patagioenas cayennensis

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Orange-chinned Parakeet - Brotogeris jugularis

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Greater Ani - Crotophaga major

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Short-tailed Swift - Chaetura brachyura

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Amazon Kingfisher - Chloroceryle amazona

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

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Rusty-margined Flycatcher - Myiozetetes cayanensis
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus savana

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Gray-breasted Martin - Progne chalybea
Southern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx ruficollis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Black-chested Jay - Cyanocorax affinis

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
House Wren - Troglodytes aedon

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Thick-billed Euphonia - Euphonia laniirostris
Plain-colored Tanager - Tangara inornata

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus


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