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My first trip to The Andes, state of Mérida in Venezuela, made deep impression. I visited already before Isla Margarita and some states in the north of Venezuela like Monagas, Anzoategui and Guarico but The Andes is completely different.

Nature is overwhelming. The Andean population is very kind and polite and most of all the birds are astonishing beautiful.

Most of the time I was exploring the Páramo region of the higher Andes, wet to moderately dry tropical alpine grass- or shrublands.

I visited the National Park Sierra Nevada ( 600-5007m.) in Eastern Mérida. Humid montane forest, páramo and high mountain peaks with glaciers.

Also the Botanic Garden of Mérida - 1850m. (Jardín Botánico de Mérida). It pertains to the University of Science of Mérida and their mission is; investigation and educate people in order to conserve the beauty and bio-diversion from The Andes. Several species of beautiful birds were flying around there.

I saw the Andean Teal in the Lake of Mucubaji (Laguna de Mucubaji). A duck of high Andean lakes.

The photos on this site show birds that you can find in the regions that I visited. As well as photos made during boattrips on the river “Morichal Largo” and the lagoon “Laguna de la Restinga” on the Northern coast of Isla Margarita.

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I did making them.


Anneray Westerling Vermeij


Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
Moustached-Brush Finch Atlapetes albofrenatus
Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus melanopterus
Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
Yellow-bellied Eleania Elaenia flavogaster
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus ballux
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
Russet-throated Puffbird Hypnelus ruficollis bicinctus
Blue-and-white Swallow Noitiochelidon cyanoleuca
White-fronted Whitestart Myioborus albifrons
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Inca jay Cyanocorax yncas
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana monachus
Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Andean Teal Anas flavirostris andium
Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor
White-faced Wistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Bare-faced(Whispering) Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitelllinus
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Wistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Violet-chested Hummingbird Sternoclyta cyanopectus
Mérida Sunangel Heliangelus spencei
Golden-tailed Starfrontlet Coeligena eos
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
Buffy Hummingbird Leucippus fallax
Anhinga Ahinga anhinga
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
Cayenne Jay Cyanocorax cayanus
Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus
Green Oropendola Psarocolius viridis
Bicolored Wren Campylorhynchus griseus
Stripe-backed Wren Campylorhynchus nuchalis
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Blackish Chat Tyrant Ochthoeca nigrita
Osprey Pandian haliaetus
Yellow Oriole Icterus nigrogularis
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax olivaceus
Chestnut-fronted macaw Ara severa
Carib Crackle Tordo Quiscalus lugubris
Scaly (Inca) Dove Scardafella squammata
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus