Soberanía National Park

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Soberanía National Park

Soberanía National Park (Parque Nacional Soberanía) is a national park in Panama near the banks of the Panama Canal in the provinces of Panamá and Colón, some 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Panama City. The Chagres River runs through the park. Established as a national park in 1980, the park covers 55,000 acres (220 km2).[1]

An immature male white-tailed trogon near Panama Pipeline Road, Parque Nacional Soberania

The park is popular with birdwatchers due to its abundance of bird species; some 525 bird species are found here. Pipeline Road extends for 17.5 km north–south through the park and passes through old-growth and secondary forest. Pipeline Road is one of the best places to see tropical birds in the Americas, with a bird species list exceeding 400.[2] Birds regularly seen along Pipeline Road include double-toothed kite, slaty-backed forest-falcon, orange-chinned parakeet, brown-hooded parrot, blue-headed parrot, red-lored parrot, squirrel cuckoo, white-necked jacobin, violet-bellied hummingbird, crowned woodnymph, blue-chested hummingbird, white-tailed trogon, gartered trogon, black-throated trogon, black-tailed trogon, slaty-tailed trogon, black-mandibled toucan, keel-billed toucan, collared aracari, black-cheeked woodpecker, cinnamon woodpecker, crimson-crested woodpecker, white-whiskered puffbird, broad-billed motmot, rufous motmot, northern barred woodcreeper, cocoa woodcreeper, black-striped woodcreeper, fasciated antshrike, black-crowned antshrike, checker-throated stipplethroat, dot-winged antwren, white-flanked antwren, spotted antbird, bicolored antbird, ocellated antbird, chestnut-backed antbird, black-faced antthrush, southern bentbill, brownish twistwing, olivaceous flatbill, ruddy-tailed flycatcher, bright-rumped attila, purple-throated fruitcrow, red-capped manakin, blue-crowned manakin, golden-collared manakin, bay wren, song wren, gray-headed tanager, white-shouldered tanager, red-throated ant-tanager, blue-black grosbeak, scarlet-rumped cacique, and yellow-rumped cacique.[3]

Panamanian night monkeys (Aotus zonalis) in Soberania National Park, Panama

The park's 105 species of mammals include white-faced capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, Panamanian night monkeys, Geoffroy's tamarins, two-toed sloths, three-toed sloths, southern tamanduas, white-nosed coatis, and agoutis. Green iguanas are also found in the park.[4]

Visitors to the Soberanía National Park can also explore the Las Cruces Trail (Camino de Cruces). This historical trail dates back to the 16th century and was used by the Spanish to transport gold. Parts of the trail are still lined with old stones that once marked the trail's original path.

The land that is now the Parque Municipal Summit was originally included in this park, but was turned over to Panama City in 1985.[5]


  1. ^ Soberania National Park
  2. ^ Angehr G, Engleman D, Engleman L. 2008 A bird-finding guide to Panama. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, New York, USA. 391 pp.
  3. ^ Kent Livezey, Birding Pipeline Panama, East Coast Tower, Costa del Este, Panama City, Panama 33192-4177
  4. ^ Friar, William "Moon Handbook Panama", First Edition, p. 114
  5. ^ "Summit: exuberance of flora and fauna". Critica-EPASA. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

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Coordinates: 9°04′27″N 79°39′35″W / 9.0742977°N 79.6598053°W / 9.0742977; -79.6598053