The latter half of the Peak of Diversity Bolivia tour took in the Villa Tunari area, the Chapare Road, and the area around Cochabamba. The lower elevations were surprisingly devoid of mixed flocks, but we still managed to see some good birds. Oilbird, Amazonian Umbrellabird, White-shouldered Antshrike, and Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant were some of the highlights. The forest here was gorgeous.
This large Senecio sp. bush had a foul smell. In the close-up you can see the single series of even-length, dark-tipped phyllaries (the bracts under the flower head) that are characteristic of this huge genus.
This looks like a giant, lustrous ladybug and is probably in the same family, Chrysomelidae.
Some of us took a hike to look for Short-tailed Finch, which has an easily identified habitat, even if the birds aren't so easy to find.
We spent our last morning at Laguna Alalay right in the city, where a vagrant Sick's Swift (perhaps a first record for the department of Cochabamba), and my lifer Puna Snipe were the best finds. But the excellent views of a Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and the good diversity of water birds made it a great stop.
A Red-crested Cardinal on a Jacaranda tree.