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Pictures from Los Llanos in Colombia: Llaneros, horses, and scarlet ibis.  

Llanero and horses in Los Llanos, Colombia
Llanero (Gaucho or Vaquero) and horses in Los Llanos, Colombia.


Los Llanos is a vast tropical grassland plain situated to the east of the Andes in Colombia and Venezuela. It is a land of adventure with an incredibly rich flora and fauna. In the wet season (May to October) most of the Llanos is flooded. It is one of the most important ecosystems in the world.

The region is famous for its large herds of cattle. The Llaneros and Los Llanos are to Colombia what Gauchos and the Pampas are to Argentina. The Llaneros have their own culture, music and food. Bird watching and wildlife watching are the main tourist attractions of los Llanos. The city of Villavicencio is the ideal base to explore the region. Sumapaz National Park is located southwest of Villavicencio.

Los Llanos is also characterized by the flat landscape and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.


Scarlet Ibis in Los Llanos
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in Los Llanos, Colombia.

The Scarlet Ibis is a species of ibis that is found in tropical South America and in the Caribbean. The highest concentrations are found in the Llanos region.

The Scarlet Ibis is a wading bird that belongs to the same order as herons and spoonbills. It
is a gregarious bird. Its main diet consists of shrimps, other crustaceans and aquatic invertebrates. As a result, adult plumage is virtually all scarlet. Females and males are identical in coloration, but the male's body size and bill length are much larger.

The Scarlet Ibis has been classified as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. It is the national bird of Trinidad-and-Tobago.


 

Links

Wildlife Photographer
Find here more pictures from Colombia (Bogota, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva, Los Llanos, wildlife, bird watching and more) as well as from many other countries in the world.
National Parks
Official web site of the national natural parks of Colombia with all useful pieces of information.

See also

Colombia > Pictures and travelogues > Tayrona National Park
Colombia > Pictures and travelogues > Wildlife in Los Llanos

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