The Amazon area has lots of interesting wildlife. I was especially thrilled to see the Amazon River Dolphin ssp. geoffrensis (Pink River Dolphin) and the Tucuxi (Grey River Dolphin), and, for the first time, sloths, both a two-toed sloth and a three-toed sloth.

The smaller rivers flowing into the Amazon have mostly "blackwater". The blackwater is dark due to tannin from decaying vegetation. The whitewater in the main Amazon is light brown in color due to sediments. When a blackwater river flows into the whitewater Amazon, you can clearly see the dividing line between the two types of water.

Even though the trip was mainly to Colombia, the visit to the Marashá Reserve was in Perú. I included the nature and bird observations from this reserve in my Perú pages.

Pictures of birds in Colombia and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Colombia
Bird Page for Colombia
Nature Pages
Other Nature Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Nature in Colombia

Waterway Lake Tarapoto Black
Waterway to Lake Tarapoto with black water. (1091k)
Blackwater Lake Tarapoto Flowing
Blackwater from Lake Tarapoto flowing into the whitewater Amazon. (622k)
Waterfall San Agustín
Waterfall near San Agustín. (1177k)
Tatacoa Desert
Tatacoa Desert. (786k)
Tortoise Fossil
Tortoise fossil. (1440k)

Flora in Colombia

Shelf Fungus (Hydnopolyporus sp.)
Shelf Fungus (Hydnopolyporus sp.). (1170k)
Mushrooms
Mushrooms. (1346k)
Cup Mushroom (Cookeina speciosa)
Cup Mushroom (Cookeina speciosa). (774k)
Log Mushrooms
Log with mushrooms. (1221k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (917k)
Espeletia (Espeletia argentea)
Espeletia (Espeletia argentea). (1200k)
Candelabra Bush (Senna alata)
Candelabra Bush (Senna alata, french: Dartrier). (1291k)
Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum)
Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum). (1091k)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus). (565k)
African Lily (Agapanthus praecox)
African Lily (Agapanthus praecox, french: Agapanthe). (757k)
Bamboo Orchid (Arundina graminifolia)
Bamboo Orchid (Arundina graminifolia). (632k)
Orchid
Orchid. (695k)
Spider Lily (Crinum asiaticum)
Spider Lily (Crinum asiaticum, french: Lys araignée). (1022k)
Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea). (834k)
Beehive Ginger (Zingiber spectabile)
Beehive Ginger (Zingiber spectabile). (1190k)
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata)
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge). (648k)
Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior)
Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine). (779k)
Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao)
Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao, german: Kakaobaum, french: Cacaoyer). (1275k)
Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao)
Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao, german: Kakaobaum, french: Cacaoyer) fruit. (915k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (989k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (953k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (696k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (1012k)
Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae gen.)
Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae gen., german: Bromelien­gewächse). (1125k)
Small Cacti Tatacoa Desert
Small cacti in the Tatacoa Desert. (1348k)
Small Cactus
Small cactus. (1102k)
Large Cactus
Large cactus. (1014k)
Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)
Naranjilla fruits (Solanum quitoense, german: Lulo, french: Narangille). (1222k)
Giant Water Lily (Victoria amazonica)
Giant Water Lilies (Victoria amazonica, german: Amazonas-Riesenseerose, french: Victoria d'Amazonie). (1424k)
Lianas Everywhere
Lianas everywhere. (1418k)
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas)
A liana called Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas, french: Cœur de la mer). (1104k)
Tree Fern (Cyathea sp.)
Large Tree Fern (Cyathea sp., german: Becherfarne). (1459k)
Coca Tree (Erythroxylum novogranatense)
Coca Tree (Erythroxylum novogranatense). (1211k)
Red Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia sanguinea)
Red Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia sanguinea, french: Trompette des anges écarlate). (1063k)
Naked Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides)
Naked Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides). (1270k)
Mango (Mangifera indica)
Mango Tree (Mangifera indica, german: Mango, french: Manguier). (1095k)
Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete)
Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete, german: Kalebassenbaum, french: Calebassier). (1131k)
Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete)
Fruits on the Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete, german: Kalebassenbaum, french: Calebassier). (1119k)
Amazon Tree Grape (Pourouma cecropiifolia)
Amazon Tree Grape (Pourouma cecropiifolia, french: Raisin d'Amazonie). (1026k)
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza)
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza, german: Wanderpalme, french: Palmier marcheur). (1418k)
Huge Strangler Fig
Huge Strangler Fig. (1.7M)
Different Kind Strangler Fig
Different kind of Strangler Fig. (1.6M)
Capirona (Calycophyllum spruceanum)
Capirona (Calycophyllum spruceanum, german: Mulateiro), brown, next to a Strangler Fig. The Capirona protects itself from Strangler Figs by shedding its bark every 3-6 months, which gets rid of anything that tries to grow on it. (1398k)
Various Flowering Trees Along
Various flowering trees along the Amazon. (953k)
African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis)
African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis, german: Ölpalme, french: Palmier à huile). (878k)
Huicungo Palm (Astrocaryum huicungo)
Huicungo Palm (Astrocaryum huicungo). (1.5M)
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera)
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera, german: Kokospalme, french: Cocotier). (1046k)
Açaí Palm (Euterpe oleracea)
Açaí Palm (Euterpe oleracea, german: Kohlpalme, french: Açaï). (1147k)
Açaí Palm (Euterpe oleracea)
Red roots of the Açaí Palm (Euterpe oleracea, german: Kohlpalme, french: Açaï). (1195k)
Moriche Palm (Mauritia flexuosa)
Moriche Palm (Mauritia flexuosa, german: Buriti-Palme, french: Palmier-bâche). (1027k)
Bacaba Palm (Oenocarpus bacaba)
Bacaba Palm (Oenocarpus bacaba, french: Bacaba açu). (852k)
Tree Camouflage-like Bark
Tree with camouflage-like bark. (866k)
Red Mata Mata (Eschweilera juruensis)
Red Mata Mata (Eschweilera juruensis). (1247k)
Pink Cedar (Acrocarpus fraxinifolius)
Pink Cedar (Acrocarpus fraxinifolius). (1149k)

Fauna in Colombia

Small Tower Beetle Nest
This small tower is a beetle nest. (1038k)
Termite Nest
Termite nest. (1247k)
Bee Nest Tree
Bee nest in a tree. (1062k)
Entrance Bee Nest
Entrance to the bee nest. (951k)
Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata)
Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata, german: 24-Stunden-Ameise). (1151k)
Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi fam.)
Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi fam., german: Geißelspinnen). (773k)
Golofa Beetle (Golofa sp.)
Golofa Beetle (Golofa sp.). (1125k)
Stick Insect (Pseudophasma bispinosum)
Stick Insect (Pseudophasma bispinosum, french: Pseudophasmatidae). (731k)
Stick Insect (Verophasmatodea fam.)
Stick Insect (Verophasmatodea fam.). (648k)
Cicada (Cicadidae gen.)
Cicada (Cicadidae gen., german: Singzikaden, french: Cigale). (633k)
Rhinocricidae (Rhinocricidae gen.)
Millipede (Rhinocricidae gen.). (1036k)
Black Pondhawk (Erythemis attala)
Black Pondhawk (Erythemis attala). (791k)
Banana Stem Borer (Telchin licus)
Banana Stem Borer (Telchin licus). (870k)
Lepidoptera (Lepidoptera fam.)
Butterfly (Lepidoptera fam., german: Schmetterlinge, french: Papillons). (769k)
Lepidoptera (Lepidoptera fam.)
Butterfly (Lepidoptera fam., german: Schmetterlinge, french: Papillons). (957k)
Crethon Daggerwing (Marpesia crethon)
Crethon Daggerwing butterfly (Marpesia crethon). (997k)
Many-banded Daggerwing (Marpesia chiron)
Butterflies, Many-banded Daggerwing (Marpesia chiron), left and Orange Daggerwing (Marpesia berania), right. (1118k)
Many-banded Daggerwing (Marpesia chiron)
Butterflies. The center one is a Many-banded Daggerwing (Marpesia chiron). (998k)
Queen Flasher (Panacea regina)
Queen Flasher butterfly (Panacea regina). (962k)
True Katydid (Pseudophyllinae gen.)
True Katydids with long antennae (Pseudophyllinae gen.). (705k)
Cricket (Grylloidea fam.)
White Cricket with long antennae (Grylloidea fam., french: Gryllidea). (679k)
Katydid (Leptotettigini gen.)
True Katydid with long antennae (Leptotettigini gen.). (837k)
Grasshopper
Grasshopper. (491k)
Beaked Toad (Rhinella sp.)
Beaked Toad (Rhinella sp.). (767k)
Common Big-headed Frog (Oreobates quixensis)
Common Big-headed Frog (Oreobates quixensis). (892k)
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina, german: Aga-Kröte, french: Crapaud buffle). (1058k)
Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva)
Giant Ameiva (Ameiva ameiva, german: Grüne Ameive, french: Ameive commun). (1.6M)
Guinea Pig (Cavia porcellus)
Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus, german: Hausmeer­schweinchen, french: Cochon d'Inde). Locals keep them in the kitchen to keep the floor clean of scraps. They may also serve as food for the family. (793k)
Red-tailed Squirrel (Sciurus granatensis)
Red-tailed Squirrel (Sciurus granatensis, german: Rotschwanz­hörnchen, french: Écureuil à queue rouge). (1303k)
Humboldt's Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri cassiquiarensis)
Humboldt's Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri cassiquiarensis, german: Humboldt-Totenkopfaffe). (819k)
Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons)
Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons, german: Weißstirn-Kapuzineraffe, french: Capucin à front blanc). (1.5M)
Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons)
Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons, german: Weißstirn-Kapuzineraffe, french: Capucin à front blanc) on my back. (1016k)
Common Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha)
Common Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha, german: Brauner Wollaffe, french: Lagotriche commun). (866k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (637k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (689k)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus, german: Eigentliches Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Paresseux à deux doigts). (1130k)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus, german: Eigentliches Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Paresseux à deux doigts). (901k)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus, german: Eigentliches Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Paresseux à deux doigts). (974k)
Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)
Tucuxi or Grey River Dolphin, (Sotalia fluviatilis, german: Amazonas-Sotalia, french: Tucuxi). (435k)
Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)
Tucuxis or Grey River Dolphins, (Sotalia fluviatilis, german: Amazonas-Sotalia, french: Tucuxi). (449k)
Amazon River Dolphin ssp. geoffrensis (Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis)
Amazon River Dolphin ssp. geoffrensis (Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis, german: Amazonasdelfin, french: Boto). (540k)

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