Bird watching

The Botanical Garden of Cartagena is a Bird Watching Hotspot according to eBird ( The Botanical Garden is open from 8 am—4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Admission costs COP $23,000 per person; you can do your bird watching independently during this time. We publish a bird guide and a checklist that you can obtain for free below.

For a more professional bird watching experience accompanied by bilingual guides (English-Spanish) in the surroundings of the Botanical Garden, please contact Matute Birding (

Birds of the Botanical Garden

We have a permanent natural spring that allows an enduring forest cover, which functions as an oasis for local and migratory fauna. Some of the birds that can be found here are: Caribbean Nightjar, Red-tailed Jacamar, Whooping motmot, Russet-throated Puffbird, Clay-coloured thrush, Blue-gray tanager, bananaquit, Grayish Saltator, and manakins.

In migration season, you can see species that come from North America such as: warblers, migratory Tyrannida, and tanagers. In addition to the garden, the buffer zone is characterized by open areas where you can see flycatchers, tropical kingbird, thrushes, doves, wrens, swallows, parakeets, horneros and Blue-black Grassquit, among other species.

Identify and check the birds you observe during your visit:

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Birds of Ciénaga de la Virgen

If you are interested in watching and photographing coastal birds, you can visit the Ciénaga de la Virgen. Is home to many species of birds, finding a high richness of local and migratory waterfowl. Of the most representative local aquatic birds we find: herons, ibis, wild ducks, pelicans, cormorants, boobies, gulls, terns, yellow warbler, frigates, ospreys, and kingfishers. From September to April, we can also observe migratory birds, such as: plovers, waders, migratory herons, warblers and if you are lucky, you can observe flamingos and bone-headed storks.