Birding Bogotá & Colombia

The Enchanted Garden

Key species

Endemic: Indigo-capped Hummingbird.

Near endemics: Red-billed and Short-tailed emeralds and Scrub Tanager.


Brown Violetear, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, White-bellied and Gorgeted woodstars, Black-throated Mango and Lazuline Sabrewing although some of these are present only irregularly, or for only a few months each year.

Approximate number of bird species: 47 (hummingbirds: 27).


Height above sea level: 1520m (4990ft).


There are so many hummingbirds coming to the approximately forty hummingbird feeders at the Enchanted Garden in the town of San Francisco that it is difficult to focus on them one at a time because up to 300 individuals can be present at any moment. This site, which is at a private residence, is located about an hour and a half west of Bogotá on a main highway leading to the Magdalena River Valley. Twenty-seven hummingbird species have been recorded at this site. The most common ones are Indigo-capped Hummingbird (endemic), Black-throated Mango, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, White-vented Plumeleteer and Sparkling Violetear. Two small woodstars (above) are also frequent here. Less common are Green Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Green and Brown violetears, White-necked Jacobin, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird and several others.

The owner of the Enchanted Garden also has feeders with fruit and these are visited by Scrub, Crimson-backed, Grey-headed, Palm and Blue-grey tanagers, Thick-billed Euphonia, Bananaquit and Saffron Finch. Ruddy Ground-Doves and Shiny Cowbirds are more often seen on the ground where they take bananas, bread or rice.

At Birding Bogotá & Colombia often we combine the trips to the Enchanted Garden with morning visits to nearby El Tabacal lagoon (click here) for species associated with drier woodland, humid forest and partially open areas, or to La Florida Park (click here) for marsh endemics and other wetland species.

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