Birding Tour Peru: Comprehensive Northern Peru


WE HAVE KEPT 2024 PRICES THE SAME AS 2023 ONES. THIS TRIP WILL BE GUARANTEED WITH A MINIMUM OF ONLY 4 PARTICIPANTS!

Dates and Costs:

 

10 – 30 May 2026

Price: US$9,428  / £7,664 / €9,088 per person sharing (4 – 8 participants) plus US$472 / £383 / €455 for domestic flights, which we will book for you

Single Supplement: US$1168 / £949 / €1,126

In the event of only 3 participants, there will be a 15% surcharge to guarantee departure if all participants agree.


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Tour Details

Duration: 21 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Tour Start: Lima
Tour End: Lima

Accommodation:
We try to provide the best accommodation available on trips to provide our clients with a good rest after long birding days. We normally stay in three-star, comfortable hotels in big cities and towns and we look for the most adequate, best possible accommodation in the countryside and remote locations. We rate the accommodation for this trip as good and comfortable but not luxurious. All accommodations have en-suite bathrooms and hot showers. In warm, tropical locations air conditioning and fans are available; however, heater systems are not available in the few places where the temperature could be cold and damp at night.

A single supplement might not be available at the Owlet Lodge and Huembo Lodge (it depends on availability).

 

Level of difficulty:
We rate this trip as moderate. Even though the tour has easy birding days, the trip requires long drives, very early starts every day, long days in the field, and some steep hikes along mountainous trails. We will face different kinds of weather, including hot weather in the northwest, the Marañón Valley, and the upper Amazon with temperature reaching 35°C (95°F) and high humidity, and low temperatures in the cloudforest and the Andes of Cajamarca with temperatures between 8°C-10°C (46°F-50°F). The maximum elevation on this trip is 3600 meters (11800 feet). Participants should be able to walk each day around four kilometers (2.5 miles) on paved roads, sandy surfaces, uneven terrain, and some steep trails. However, the tour provides several easy birding days by roads next to the car, and we will have breaks and siesta time after lunch on several days. A certain level of fitness is required for the trip, and the tour would not be good for people with back and knees problems and lack of stamina.

 

Highlights of the trip:
We expect to get over 500 species of birds, including over 50 species of hummingbirds and with luck over 10 species of owls, including several Peruvian endemics and regional endemics. Perhaps the main targets for many people are the Marvelous Spatuletail and the Long-whiskered Owlet. During the trip we will visit different hummingbird feeder stations and an antpitta feeding station. The trip also offers great scenery and good photographic opportunities.


Price includes:

All transfers to and from the airport
All accommodation (hotels and lodges)
Private tour leader
Private vehicle during the whole trip
All admission fees
All meals (except where indicated)
Bottles of water in the field
All excursions described in the itinerary
Tipping

 

Price excludes:

All airfare
Any airline fee relative to excess luggage or extra pieces of luggage
Personal expenses (laundry service, phone calls, internet calls, alcoholic drinks, and drinks at the lodges)
First dinner in Lima on day 1
Any birding or cultural activity in Lima on day 1 and day 21 after your arrival at Lima airport
Meals on day 21 (only breakfast included)
Any activity not described in the itinerary (city tours, visiting museums, shopping assistance)
Health and trip cancellation insurance

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Comprehensive Northern Peru
May 2026

 

This expansive tour of the magnificent north of Peru will lead us through all of the most rewarding birding hotspots of this astounding area brimming with avian riches. Major highlights will be the Owlet Lodge in the Abra Patricia Mountains and the Marvelous Spatuletail, perhaps the most beautiful hummingbird in the world. Other targets will include several range-restricted species, such as the endemics Peruvian Plantcutter and White-winged Guan in the deciduous habitat of the Northwest, the endemic and shy Little Inca Finch and Maranon Crescentchest in the dry Marañón Valley, and a high diversity of species such as White-capped Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Sword-billed Hummingbird, and the endemic Yellow-scarfed Tanager in the Abra Patricia humid montane forest.

Northern Peru birding toursSword-billed Hummingbird will be targeted on this trip.

 

We will visit antpitta stations, where one can see the endemic Rusty-tinged, Chestnut, and Ochre-fronted Antpittas on the same day, and continue exploring the upper tropical lowlands, where wonderful species such as Andean Cock-of-the-rock and several tanagers, such as Bay-headed, Paradise, Golden, Saffron-crowned, Flame-faced, Black-faced, White-winged, Magpie, Yellow-backed, Guira, Spotted, Yellow-bellied, and the endemic Huallaga Tanagers can be seen.

Northern Peru birding tourLong-whiskered Owlet, endemic to northern Peru and only described to science in 1978, is one of our main targets on this trip (photo Alan van Norman).

 

Other classic tropical Amazonian birds include Golden-collared Toucanet, Channel-billed and White-throated Toucans, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Green-backed Trogon, Rufous Motmot, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Violaceous Jay, Sungrebe, Golden-headed Manakin, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, and the endemic Mishana Tyrannulet. The upper Amazon forest will provide you with views of Hoatzin, Oilbird, White-backed Fire-eye, the endemic Ash-throated Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Chestnut-throated, Cinereous-breasted, Dusky, and Dark-breasted Spinetails, and if we are lucky enough to find army ant swarms we could be rewarded with views of the splendid White-plumed Antbird.

Finally we will explore the Utcubamba and Marañón valleys and the Cajamarca region, looking not only for a classic set of Andean species, such as Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, and Giant Hummingbird, but also for a very poorly known set of range-restricted endemics, such as  Russet-mantled Softtail, Buff-bridled Inca Finch, Grey-winged Inca Finch, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, and Grey-bellied Comet.

Due to the high diversity of species this trip might provide over ten species of owls and 55 species of hummingbirds. It all depends on luck and the efforts of our friendly leaders and enthusiastic participants. We invite you to visit one of the more rewarding and adventurous birding trips in South America!

 

Itinerary (21 days/20 nights)

 

Day 1. Arrival in Lima

You will arrive at the Jorge Chávez International Airport of Lima and be transferred to your hotel. No activities are included on day 1, since most international flights arrive in Lima late in the evening. If you arrive on an early flight you might be charged an extra accommodation fee for an early check-in at the hotel, or we can organize an additional birding morning near the city.

Overnight: Hotel in Lima

Northern Peru birding toursPeruvian Booby can be seen at the fishing village of Pucusana.

 

 Day 2. Birding Pucusana and Pantanos de Villa

We will have an easy morning visiting the fishing village of Pucusana, 60 kilometers/37 miles south of the city. Here we will have the chance to see many coastal birds and Humboldt Current specialists like Inca Tern, Belcher’s Gull, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Blackish Oystercatcher, Humboldt Penguin, and the endemic Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes.

Later we will drive to the marshes of the Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge, where we will look for Great Grebe, Andean Coot, Cinnamon Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, Peruvian Meadowlark, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Grassland Yellow Finch, Grey-headed Gull, American Oystercatcher, and Grey Gull.

Overnight: Hotel in Lima

 

Day 3. Birding Lomas de Lachay and flight to Chiclayo

Today we will have an early start driving north of Lima to the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve, where we will look for a number of endemics like Cactus Canastero and, if we are lucky, Thick-billed Miner and the nomadic Raimondi’s Yellow Finch. Other birds include Greyish Miner, Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Least Seedsnipe, Masked Yellowthroat, Collared Warbling Finch, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Mountain Parakeet. We will return to Lima and connect with our afternoon flight to the city of Chiclayo.

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo, Chiclayo

Northern Peru birding toursLeast Seedsnipe can be seen at lower elevations along the coast.

 

Day 4. Birding the Bosque de Pómac Historic Sanctuary

We will explore the Bosque de Pómac Historic Sanctuary, which is an area of large deciduous mesquite woodland. Here we spend a nice morning, looking for several range-restricted species, including the endemic Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, and Tumbes Tyrant. Other birds include Tumbes Swallow, Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, White-edged Oriole, Lineated Woodpecker, White-tailed Jay, Fasciated Wren, Superciliated Wren, Short-tailed Field Tyrant, Cinereous Finch, Tawny-crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Pacific Hornero, Collared Antshrike, Baird’s Flycatcher, Pacific Parrotlet, and Amazilia Hummingbird. After lunch we will explore the coastal shores of Chiclayo in search of Gull-billed Tern and, with luck, Peruvian Tern.

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo, Chiclayo

Northern Peru birding toursWe should encounter a number of antpitta species on this trip, including Chestnut-crowned Antpitta.

 

Day 5. Birding the Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge, transfer to Salas

We will explore the Laquipampa Wildlife Reserve above the mountains of Chiclayo in search of the endemic and Endangered (IUCN) White-winged Guan and also of White-headed Brushfinch, White-winged Brushfinch, Red-masked Parakeet, Elegant Crescentchest, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Pacific Elaenia, Black-capped Sparrow, Grey-and-gold Warbler, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Tumbes Sparrow, Ecuadorian Trogon, Whooping Motmot, Short-tailed Woodstar, and Short-tailed Swift. Later we will transfer to Salas, where we will spend an overnight at the charming Los Faiques guesthouse. Before dusk we will look for Lesser Nighthawk and after a delicious dinner for West Peruvian Screech Owl.

Overnight: Los Faiques, Salas

 

Day 6. Birding the Porculla mountain pass, transfer to Jaén

Today we will have a very early start to explore the Porculla mountain pass (the lowest Peruvian mountain pass), where we will look for White-winged Brushfinch, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Black-cowled Saltator, Chapman’s Antshrike, Black-and-white Seedeater, Grey-chinned Hermit, Three-banded Warbler, Elegant Crescentchest, the endemic Piura Chat-Tyrant, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, and Ecuadorian Piculet. If we are extremely lucky, we might find some rarities such as Grey-headed Antbird. After some hours of birding in this area we will head to the heat of Jaén. In the afternoon we will explore the Yanahuanca area in search of the endemic Spot-throated Hummingbird and of Anthony’s Nightjar.

Overnight: Hotel El Bosque, Jaén

 

Day 7. Birding Bosque de Yanahuanca, transfer to Gocta

An early start will take us back to Bosque de Yanahuanca, which is located near the city of Jaén. Here we will look for the localized Maranon Spinetail, Chinchipe Spinetail, Red Pileated Finch, the endemic Spot-throated Hummingbird, Green-backed Becard, Black-and-white Becard, Striped Cuckoo, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, Ecuadorian Ground Dove, Maranon Crescentchest, and the endemic and shy Little Inca Finch. We will drive along the Utcubamba Valley with good chances for Blue Ground Dove, Fasciated Tiger Heron, Pied Plover, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Striated Heron, Savanna Hawk, Mitred Parakeet, Amazon Kingfisher, and Maranon Thrush. In the afternoon we will drive to Gocta, where we will stay in a hotel with an impressive view of the third-largest waterfall in the world, 771 meters (2530 feet) high. We will have a relaxed birding session in the afternoon around the hotel ground, and at night we will try for the seldom-seen Buff-fronted Owl.

Overnight: Gocta Andes Lodge, Cocachimba

 

Day 8. Huembo hummingbird feeders and transfer to the Owlet Lodge

After an early start we will explore the surroundings of Gocta and the Utcubamba River valley, looking for the endemic Speckle-chested Piculet, White-lined Tanager, Lemon-browed Flycatcher, Speckle-breasted Wren, Maranon Crescentchest, Maranon Pigeon, and Tooth-billed Tanager. Then we will drive to the famous Huembo feeding center, where we will look for the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail, Bronzy Inca, Andean Emerald, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Sparkling Violetear, Lesser Violetear, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-bellied Woodstar, Little Woodstar, White-bellied Hummingbird, and Green-tailed Trainbearer. Here we might also have good chances for Black-throated Toucanet as well as Chestnut-capped Brushfinch, Northern White-crowned Tapaculo, Sierran Elaenia, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, and Azara’s Spinetail. Later we will drive to the Abra Patricia area and arrive at the Owlet Lodge for a three-night stay.

Overnight: Owlet Lodge

 

Day 9. Owlet Lodge

Today we will explore the trails of the lodge, looking for species such as Grass-green Tanager, the endemic Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Masked Flowerpiercer, the endemic Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, Green-and-black Fruiteater, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Variable Antshrike, Russet-crowned Warbler, Grey-breasted Wood Wren, Rufous Spinetail, the endemic Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant, Spotted Barbtail, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Pearled Treerunner, White-banded Tyrannulet, Capped Conebill, and Strong-billed, Montane, and Olive-backed Woodcreepers. The hummingbird feeders of the lodge provide views of Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Bronzy Inca, Collared Inca, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, White-bellied Woodstar, Long-tailed Sylph, and Chestnut-breasted Coronet. In the afternoon we will explore the steep Owlet Trail, where we will look for the enigmatic, endemic Long-whiskered Owlet. If we are lucky we might encounter Rufous-bellied Nighthawk.

Overnight: Owlet Lodge

Northern Peru birding toursLong-tailed Sylph regularly visits the feeders at Owlet Lodge.

 

 Day 10. Owlet Lodge and Fundo Alto Nieva

After having had a full day with no driving yesterday, today we will explore the lowest parts of the mountain pass, especially the recently new Fundo Alto Nieva, a private reserve, where we will enjoy hummingbird feeders with Greenish Puffleg, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Peruvian Racket-tail, Green-fronted Lancebill, and the spectacular Royal Sunangel. But not only hummingbirds are the attraction of this reserve, but we also will have a chance to see the endemic Rusty-tinged Antpitta coming to a worm feeder. Other birds at lower elevations include the range-restricted Bar-winged Wood Wren, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Olive-chested Flycatcher, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Flame-faced Tanager, and Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer. We will return to the lodge for lunch, and after some rest we will get back to Fundo Alto Nieva to look for the endemic and secretive Ochre-fronted Antpitta, which attends the worm feeders only in the afternoon. Before dusk we will try for Cinnamon Screech Owl and Lyre-tailed Nightjar and have another chance for Long-whiskered Owlet (in case we need it).

Overnight: Owlet Lodge

Northern Peru birding tourThe outrageously colored Andean Cock-of-the-rock

 

Day 11. Afluentes and Moyobamba

Today, we will leave the mountains and head to lower elevations to the upper tropical forest. Here we will focus on mixed-flock species, including colorful birds such as Golden Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, Vermilion Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Magpie Tanager, and also Versicolored Barbet, Ash-browed Spinetail, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Lined Antshrike, White-backed Fire-eye, Northern White-crowned Tapaculo, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Grey-mantled Wren, and Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant. We will also have another chance for Speckle-chested Piculet and the fabulous Andean Cock-of-the-rock.

Later we will reach Rioja in the flat lowlands, where we will look for the secretive Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Hauxwell’s Thrush, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, and Chestnut-bellied Seedeater.

Finally we will arrive in the Moyobamba area in the tropical Amazon foothills at our basic but good accommodation, the Waqanki Lodge. Here we will spend the afternoon admiring the hummingbird feeders, looking for Rufous-crested Coquette, Blue-tailed Emerald, Black-throated Mango, Long-billed Starthroat, White-necked Jacobin, Brown Violetear, Long-tailed Hermit, Black-throated Hermit, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Wire-crested Thorntail, White-chinned Sapphire, and with luck even Amethyst Woodstar.

Northern Peru birding toursAt another fabulous feeding station, we hope to find the likes of Brown Violetear.

 

The area around Waqanki provides good chances for owls, including Band-bellied Owl, Stygian Owl, Striped Owl, Black-banded Owl, Foothill Screech Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, and Tropical Screech Owl. But getting the largest number of them depends very much on how hard we work and on luck. They have different times where they are active at night, so hard work is required to track down most of them.

Overnight: Waqanki Lodge, Moyobamba

 

 

Day 12. Waqanki and Moyobamba

Today we will hike up the mountains above Moyobamba along a steep trail, looking for Fiery-capped Manakin, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant, the endemic Mishana Tyrannulet, White-lored Tyrannulet, Spot-winged Antbird, Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Plain-winged Antshrike, Peruvian Warbling Antbird, Channel-billed Toucan, Golden-collared Toucanet, Rufous Motmot, Blue-rumped Manakin, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, and the endemic and Endangered (IUCN) Ash-throated Antwren. In the evening we will keep trying for owls and for Spot-tailed Nightjar and Ocellated Poorwill.

Overnight: Waqanki Lodge, Moyobamba

 

Day 13. Boat ride on the Rio Negro and transfer to Tarapoto

Today we will have an easy boat ride along the narrow Rio Negro channels, looking for species such as Band-tailed Antbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Spangled Cotinga, Epaulet Oriole, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Barred Antshrike, Great Antshrike, Pale-legged Hornero, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Limpkin, and with luck the most wanted Sungrebe. After the boat ride we will check some grasslands around Moyobamba for Black-faced Tanager, Wedge-tailed Grass Finch, Black-billed Seed Finch, Greyish Saltator, and with luck Russet-crowned Crake. We will leave Moyobamba on the way to Tarapoto and stop to look for Oilbird en route. We will arrive at Tarapoto for an overnight.

Overnight: Hotel Rio Shilcayo, Tarapoto

Northern Peru birding toursThe attractive Capped Heron.

 

Day 14. Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area

We will leave the hotel and head toward the buffer zone of the Cordillera Escalera protected zone. In this area we will have good views of Cliff Flycatcher, White-tipped Swift, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Slate-colored Grosbeak, and if we are lucky Military Macaw. We will arrive at a local hummingbird center, where we will have nice views of the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit, Gould’s Jewelfront, Black-throated Brilliant, and Pale-tailed Barbthroat. This nice center located in the upper Amazon forest also provides great views of White-throated Toucan, Violaceous Jay, Magpie Tanager, and some understory species such as Carmiol’s Tanager, Golden-headed Manakin, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Black-faced Antthrush, White-breasted Wood Wren, Spot-winged Antbird, Green-backed Trogon, and if we are lucky to find army ant swarms the stunning White-plumed Antbird and Bicolored Antbird.

Overnight: Hotel Rio Shilcayo, Tarapoto

 

Day 15. Huallaga River and transfer to Moyobamba

The dry areas of Tarapoto along the Huallaga River are good for species like Bluish-fronted Jacamar, White-browed Antbird, Northern Slaty Antshrike, Rufous Casiornis, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant, Rusty-backed Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Inca Jay, Coraya Wren, Ashy-headed Greenlet, White-winged Swallow, White-banded Swallow, and with some luck Comb Duck, Sand-colored Nighthawk, and Black-bellied Whistling Duck. Later we will drive back to Moyobamba for an overnight

Overnight: Hotel Puerto Mirador, Moyobamba

 

Day 16. Reserva Arena Blanca and transfer to Pomacochas

A predawn start will take us to visit the recently opened Reserva Arena Blanca, where we will visit the feeders, which attract Rufous-breasted Wood Quail, Cinereous Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Orange-billed Sparrow, and Grey-cowled Wood Rail. The hummingbird feeders attract Blue-fronted Lancebill, Amethyst Woodstar, Long-billed Starthroat, Wire-crested Thorntail, Many-spotted Hummingbird, and a few others. Other interesting species in the reserve are Golden-collared Toucanet, Inambari Woodcreeper, Dusky Spinetail, and Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch.

Overnight: Huembo Lodge, Pomacochas

 

Day 17. Pale-billed Antpitta and transfer to Leymebamba

Today we will explore the San Lorenzo trails above Lake Pomacochas, which is a well-known place for the endemic and sought-after Pale-billed Antpitta. The way to the antpitta habitat is not easy; it is a steep, narrow trail and a horse path that passes through pastures and secondary growth and relicts of humid montane forest and bamboo patches. However, even though the hike is demanding the place holds some interesting species, such as Plain-tailed Wren, the endemic Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, the endemic Peruvian Wren, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant and Pale-billed Antpitta. After the long hike we return to our car and get ready for the long drive toward Leymebamba. On the way we will look for the endemic Koepcke’s Screech Owl (if roosting at daytime), Torrent Duck, and Buff-bellied Tanager.

Overnight: La Casona de Leymebamba, Leymebamba

Northern Peru birding toursUndulated Antpitta is never easy but can be seen along the Black Mud Pass.

 

Day 18. Black Mud Pass and Leymebamba

We will leave before dawn to explore the high-elevation habitat of the Black Mud Pass. The main targets here are the endemic Russet-mantled Softtail, White-chinned Thistletail, the endemic Coppery Metaltail, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Sedge Wren, Many-striped Canastero, Blackish and Neblina Tapaculos, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan, Superciliaried Hemispingus, White-banded Tyrannulet, White-throated Tyrannulet, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Andean Guan, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Crowned Chat-Tyrant, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, and with luck Undulated Antpitta and Rusty-breasted Antpitta. In the afternoon we will check the Atuen road in search of Golden-headed Quetzal, Rainbow Starfrontlet, and with luck the majestic Andean Condor.

Overnight: La Casona de Leymebamba, Leymebamba

 

Day 19 Birding Balsas and transfer to Cajamarca

We will have a very early start to drive to Balsas in the Marañón valley. Here we will look for the endemic Yellow-faced Parrotlet, the endemic Grey-winged Inca Finch, the endemic Buff-bridled Inca Finch, the endemic Black-necked Woodpecker, and the endemic Chestnut-backed Thornbird. We might also find Bare-faced Ground Dove, Rufous-webbed Bush Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant and Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant.

Overnight: Wyndham Costa del Sol Cajamarca, Cajamarca

 

Day 20. Chonta Canyon and Cajamarca

Today we will explore the Chonta Canyon near Cajamarca, looking for the endemic Grey-bellied Comet, the endemic Black Metaltail, the endemic Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Black-crested Warbler, Giant Hummingbird, and White-winged Cinclodes. Later we will explore the Encañada area, looking for the endemic Rufous-eared Brushfinch, and, if time permits, Unicolored Tapaculo.

Overnight: Wyndham Costa del Sol Cajamarca, Cajamarca

 

Day 21. Flight back to Lima and connection with your international flight

You will be transferred to the Cajamarca airport to connect with your flight back to Lima and from there with your international departure.

 

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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Comprehensive Northern Peru Trip Report

10–30 MAY 2024

By Eduardo Ormaeche

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The exquisite Marvelous Spatuletail is one of the main targets on this spectacular tour (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Overview

Our Comprehensive Northern Peru tour is an excellent overlanding birding adventure that covers five Peruvian states, with a focus on country endemics and regional specials shared with adjacent Ecuador and some neighboring countries. We started our trip by visiting the coast of Lima in search of Humboldt Current specials such as Inca TernHumboldt PenguinPeruvian PelicanPeruvian Booby, and Red-legged Cormorant. We then explored the desert and arid coastal valleys, where we had wonderful encounters with Rufescent FlycatcherPied-crested Tit-TyrantParrot-billed and Drab SeedeatersPacific Pygmy OwlWest Peruvian DoveCroaking Ground DoveCoastalGreyish and Thick-billed MinersAmazilia Hummingbird, and Dark-faced Ground Tyrant. The coastal freshwater lagoons delivered other species, including Great Grebe and Many-colored Rush Tyrant.

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Inca Tern is one of the best-looking birds along the coast of Lima (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

After two introductory birding days south of Lima, we flew to Chiclayo, the capital of the Lambayeque State in northwest Peru, where we had several terrific birding days, finding many Tumbesian endemic species like Peruvian Plantcutter and the Critically Endangered White-winged Guan. The participants had the chance to enjoy tasty Peruvian cuisine at the local restaurants in the northwest – a non-birding highlight for many!

After cleaning up the Tumbesian zone, we crossed the Andes and descended into the Marañon Valley, where we enjoyed Maranon CrescentchestMaranon and Chinchipe SpinetailsSpot-throated HummingbirdLittle Inca FinchSpeckle-breasted Wren, and Yellow-tailed Oriole.

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Peruvian Plantcutter – a Peruvian endemic (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

The lush tropical humid montane forest of the Amazonas State in Huembo and the famous Abra Patricia did not disappoint. Despite many rainy days, we managed great looks at the striking Marvelous Spatuletail – an endemic of the Utcubamba Valley, restricted to the Amazonas State! This bird is often regarded as the most spectacular hummingbird in the world and is a major drawcard of this tour. We also managed to feast our eyes with great views of the enigmatic Long-whiskered OwletChestnutRusty-tinged and Ochre-fronted AntpittasLulu’s Tody-FlycatcherBar-winged Wood WrenWhite-capped TanagerYellow-scarfed TanagerRed-ruffed FruitcrowCrested QuetzalTorrent Duck, and White-capped Dippers, among many others.

We continued visiting the upper tropical Amazon rainforest in Moyobamba and Tarapoto, which in recent years have emerged as key sites, together with the Amazonas State, providing us with the best bird feeding station route in the country. Moyobamba was superb, offering us the mega endemic Ash-throated Antwren, gorgeous Rufous-crested CoquetteRufous-sided CrakePale-eyed BlackbirdBlack-billed Seed FinchGolden-collared Toucanet, and Cream-colored Woodpecker.The feeders above Tarapoto played host to Gould’s Jewelfront, the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit, and a lek of Golden-headed Manakins. For those on their first visit to the neotropics, seeing Hoatzin was a major highlight, and we had good views of a number of these prehistoric-looking birds in the tropical lowlands.

Before the end of our trip, we spent a few days exploring the upper Utcubamba Valley in the Amazonas State, where we saw Speckle-chested PiculetBuff-bellied Tanager, and Golden-rumped Euphonia. We then embarked on one of the most scenic drives in Peru descending from the Abra Barro Negro Pass at 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) elevation down to the Marañon River in the Cajamarca State at 2,300 feet (700 meters). We were delighted to have pleasant weather to admire and enjoy the dramatic descent to the river, where we found species such as Russet-mantled SofttailCoppery MetaltailAndean CondorGrey-breasted Mountain Toucan and localized endemics including Yellow-faced ParrotletBuff-bridled and Grey-winged Inca FinchMaranon Pigeon, and Chestnut-backed Thornbird.

We concluded our adventure in Cajamarca, a historical city that dates back to the 16th century. This is the site where the Spaniards met the Inca civilization and changed the country’s history forever, establishing 300 years of colonial rule in Peru. It was, however, not all history in Cajamarca. Not far from the Otuzco ancient ruins, it is possible to see one of the rarest hummingbirds in the world, the endemic Grey-bellied Comet, and we had at least three different individuals of this mega endemic.

An immensely successful birding trip with long drives, several endemics, delectable cuisine, busy bird feeding stations, and daily early starts came to an end. We recorded 544 species of birds, perhaps slightly fewer than possible, but our group prioritized views of quality birds and good photos rather than achieving a high total. The hummingbirds deserve a special mention, as we saw no less than 56 species! We have included a detailed daily report as well as bird/mammal lists  below and look forward to our next departure to this fantastic part of Peru.

 

Detailed Report

 

Day 1, 10th May 2024. Arrival in Lima

The group arrived in Lima and transferred to a comfortable hotel in Miraflores, where we spent the night.


Day 2, 11th May 2024. Southern coast of Lima

We left Lima early in the morning and transferred to Pucusana, an active fishing village and a great place to start birding the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, which are strongly influenced by the Humboldt Current. For most people, Inca Tern was one of the birds of the day, and we enjoyed good numbers of both roosting and flying individuals.

At Pucusana, we saw Belcher’s GullRed-legged CormorantPeruvian PelicanPeruvian BoobyBlackish Oystercatcher, and the charismatic Humboldt Penguin, which is the only breeding penguin species in the country. We took a short boat ride around the Pucusana Bay, and we added larger numbers of Inca TernsRuddy TurnstonesPeruvian PelicanPeruvian BoobiesBlackish OystercatcherNeotropic and Red-legged Cormorants, and Kelp Gull. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any Blue-footed Boobies, and the number of pelicans was less than usual. We enjoyed South American Sea Lions among the fishing boats near the dock, however, the breeding colony was absent, probably due to the late El Niño.

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As the name suggests, Humboldt Penguin is another target of the cold waters of the Humboldt Current (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We left Pucusana and headed towards the town of Chilca. On the way, we explored the small wetlands along the shores of the Playa Yaya, where we were hoping for Peruvian Thick-knee and Peruvian Martin, both seen earlier this year on a Birding Ecotours day tour. Sadly, none were around, however, we entertained ourselves with great views of common species such as Cinnamon TealWhite-cheeked PintailGrey-headed and Franklin’s GullsPuna Ibis, and Black-necked Stilt. We even saw some of the last-remaining shorebirds before their winter departure, such as KildeerSnowy PloverWilson’s PhalaropeHudsonian WhimbrelMarbled GodwitWilletLesser and Greater YellowlegsStilt Sandpiper, and Pectoral Sandpiper. While enjoying Black Skimmers, we spotted Peruvian PipitLeast Seedsnipe, and Coastal Miner.

The morning was ending, and we continued south to our next location – the Puerto Viejo wetlands, where we planned to have our picnic lunch. At the entrance to the wetland, I was surprised to see it was all fenced off. Finally, the land under extreme pressure from the adjacent chicken farms and building resorts has been purchased and no longer allows visitors. I knew this would eventually happen, but it was still disheartening to see the loss of habitat and the efforts of some Peruvian conservationists who tried to preserve the wetland, to no avail. We were granted access to the wetlands after a brief talk with the new landowner. We saw Many-colored Rush TyrantWren-like RushbirdGrassland Yellow FinchVermilion Flycatcher, and Croaking Ground Dove. We left the wetlands here for what could be the last time and headed to the desert and dry valleys around Asia.

We had a productive afternoon exploring the inland arid valleys where we found Pacific Pygmy OwlPied-crested Tit-TyrantParrot-billed and Drab SeedeatersPlumbeous RailRufescent FlycatcherAmazilia HummingbirdPacific Parrotlets (introduced population), Collared Warbling Finch, and Short-tailed Field Tyrant.Sadly, we missed the Tschudi’s Nightjar, which we have often seen here before on our tours. We returned to the hotel and enjoyed a tasty dinner in an Argentine restaurant where we found a solo Peruvian Thick-knee in the parking lot.

 

Day 3, 12th May 2024. Lomas de Asia and flight to Chiclayo

Today, we explored the Lomas de Asia, which offers chances for some of the notable endemics also found at Lomas de Lachay but with better opportunities for some of the rare endemics, including Raimondi’s Yellow Finch, Thick-billed Miner and Cactus Canastero. We arrived at the reserve and found Band-tailed Sierra FinchSouthern Beardless Tyrannulet, and Greyish Miner at our breakfast stop. We heard Thick-billed Miner, but despite our best efforts, it would remain unseen, for now. Once we ended our breakfast, we started walking to the “Canastero Ridge.”

This walk can be a demanding hike for some folks. However, as soon as we started hiking, we saw Burrowing Owl and a Variable Hawk (the red-backed form) with a Montane Vizcacha in its talons. Later along the walk, we got onto at least five Thick-billed Miners,and those who conquered the top of the cacti ridge managed to see Cactus Canastero. We also enjoyed a few Raimondi’s Yellow Finches drinking from a water tank. With all of the endemic targets in the pocket, we started our return to the car. We were hoping for an Andean Fox or Pampas Cat along the way, but no luck this time.

We left and were transferred to the airport for our flight to Chiclayo, where we landed in the afternoon and made our way to our lovely hotel for the night.

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The endemic Cactus Canastero in Lomas de Asia (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 4, 13th May 2024. Bosque de Pomac and transfer to Olmos

We left Chiclayo and headed towards the Bosque de Pomac History Sanctuary to explore a large tract of Prosopis pallida, locally known as Algarrobal woodland. This sanctuary is one of the only areas in northwest Peru where this habitat occurs, and it harbors several exciting species, including Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher. We started the morning with our mandatory stimulants – fresh hot coffee, English breakfast tea, Monster energy drink or hot chocolate – the choice is yours! While enjoying a quick field breakfast, we were distracted by an active bird party containing Fulvous-crowned Pygmy TyrantGrey-and-white TyrannuletWhite-browed GnatcatcherPacific HorneroLong-tailed MockingbirdCollared Antshrike, and Golden-olive Woodpecker.

We started walking along trails, and we found Chinchipe Spinetail, Amazilia Hummingbird, Fasciated Wren, Scarlet-backed WoodpeckerStreak-headed WoodcreeperPacific Parrotlet (wild population), White-edged Oriole, and the handsome Tumbes Tyrant (Tumbes Chat-Tyrant). We were also treated to views of Guayaquil Squirrel and the first of the endemics: Rufous Flycatcher.

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Rufous Flycatcher, yet another endemic (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We visited other areas in the sanctuary, where we finally had good views of Peruvian Plantcutter (male and female) and several Tumbes Swallows. We had to settle with just a glimpse of White-tailed Jays, which were scarce on this trip. We left Bosque de Pomac and added a few extra birds driving through fields and villages, such as Grey-breasted MartinPearl KiteHarris’s HawkBlack and Turkey VulturesSaffron FinchCrested Caracara, and Western Cattle Egret.

Due to new road constructions, we had to return to Chiclayo by driving through the roughest suburbs of this bustling town. However, we were out of the hectic city soon and enjoyed another great meal where participants could enjoy the northern cuisine – fresh flounder seafood dishes.

We headed to Olmos during the heat of midday, not before adding Ringed Kingfisher and Least Grebe to the list. We arrived in Olmos in the afternoon and had a rest break for the next day’s predawn start.

 

Day 5, 14th May 2024. Quebrada Frejolillo

We left Olmos after a 4 am breakfast and headed to Quebrada Frejolillo, the site where White-winged Guan was rediscovered in 1977. During our drive, some of us saw American Barn Owl as well as Sechura Fox and Stripe-nosed Hog Skunk.

We arrived at dawn, and after checking in with the members of the community to organize our visit permits, we started our morning exploring the foothills of the dry Tumbesian zone. To our delight, the first species we saw was the Critically Endangered White-winged Guan and not just one but 20 individuals! I have visited this place for over 20 years and have never seen this many individuals close to the village. Later, we saw two more individuals who posed for a photo.

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The critically endangered White-winged Guan was rediscovered in 1977 at Quebrada Frejolillo (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We heard Pale-browed Tinamou, which generally prefers to stay along the dry riverbed and while walking around, we found Whooping MotmotEcuadorian TrogonTropical ParulaRed-masked ParakeetPacific ElaeniaTumbes PeweeSlaty Becard (a good record for the area), White-headed BrushfinchHepatic TanagerThick-billed EuphoniaBay-crowned BrushfinchBaird’s FlycatcherPacific Pygmy Owl, three King VulturesShort-tailed Swift (the occipitalis race, sometimes considered to be a separate species: Tumbes Swift), Chestnut-collared SwiftHarris’s HawkBlack-chested Buzzard-EaglePlumbeous-backed ThrushGolden Grosbeak, and Short-tailed Woodstar.

On the way out, while driving the mid-elevations and lower sections, we made strategic stops to look for Cinereous FinchTumbes Hummingbird, and Tumbes Sparrow. We saw all exceedingly well, not before we found a large flock of at least 30 Peruvian Thick-knees roosting during the day. Our time at Quebrada Frejolillo was excellent and made our early start all worth it. We retreated south to spend the afternoon at Los Faiques Lodge, where we refreshed ourselves with a hot shower, ordered drinks, and walked around the woodland property looking for birds. We had another sighting of Plumbeous-backed Thrush, and some enjoyed the impressive botanical collection at the lodge.

After a tasty dinner, we secured great views of West Peruvian Screech Owl, and we found a Black-eared Opossum. We retreated to the comfort of our rooms in preparation for the following day.

 

Day 6, 15th May 2024. Abra Porculla and transfer to Jaen

After a much-needed cup of excellent quality coffee at 4.30 am, we were ready to face the day. We left Salas before dawn and headed to Abra Porculla (the lowest mountain pass in the Peruvian Andes at a maximum of 6,600 feet (2,010 meters) elevation). The habitat here consists of pockets of vegetation on the mountain slopes where some west slope species, like Fasciated Wren, occur at their upper elevational limit. Similarly, some east slope species occur here, that do not cross the west slope of the Andes, such as Silver-backed TanagerSlate-throated WhitestartRufous-chested Tanager. Other specials, including Three-banded WarblerChapman’s AntshrikeRufous-winged TyrannuletTumbesian TyrannuletLine-cheeked SpinetailBlack-cowled SaltatorYellow-tailed OrioleGreat Thrush, and Sparkling Violetear also occur here and were seen very well. The weather was great! The air was cool, and conditions were overcast, which these birds seemed to favor. We were hoping for Grey-and-gold Warbler and Ecuadorian Piculet, but neither cooperated today. We soaked up a fantastic encounter with a Fawn-breasted Tanager and then tried for Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, which we taped out and eventually had satisfactory views of. We also had a Black-and-white SeedeaterDull-colored GrassquitPacific Pygmy Owl and Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, and this was just during the first couple of hours!

We tried for Elegant Crescentchest and were rewarded with splendid views of a pair of these incredible birds! We tried hard for the two foliage-gleaners, which were vocal and ended with reasonably good looks at Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner and an excellent view of Rufous-necked Foliage-gleanerPiura Chat-Tyrant was shy and showed well, but only briefly. Ash-breasted Sierra Finch was seen in the drier parts, and Azara’s Spinetail performed well on the west slope of the Andes foothills. We continued our journey, travelling through Huancabamba and Chamaya and crossed the states of Piura and Cajamarca on our way to the Cajamarca lowlands, near the border with Ecuador.

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Elegant Crescentchest at Abra Porculla (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

During our descent from the Andes, we saw our first Bare-faced Ground Dove, and along the rice fields of the Chamaya River, we had great views of Comb Duck and Scrub Blackbird. We then arrived at our comfortable hotel in Jaen and had the last hours of the afternoon free to shower and relax until dinnertime.

 

Day 7, 16th May 2024. Bosque de Yanahuanca and transfer to Huembo

We had another early start today to explore Bosque de Yanahuanca Private Reserve, a relatively new addition to our itinerary that offers opportunities to see all of the Marañon specials close to Jaen. We arrived early in the morning and got our first Striped Cuckoo and Chinchipe Spinetail, followed by Yellow-tailed OriolePurple-throated EuphoniaCordilleran ParakeetBlue Ground Dove, and Andean Emerald. We then searched for the endemic and localized Little Inca Finch, which we found in a pristine section of xerophytic habitat.

We continued birding, finding Red Pileated FinchInca Jay, the endemic Spot-throated Hummingbird, and Speckle-breasted Wren (nominate race). Vermillion FlycatcherBlack-and-white BecardNorthern Slaty Antshrike (leucogaster race, sometimes treated as Marañon Antshrike), Streaked SaltatorTropical Gnatcatcher (maior race), Chestnut-throated SeedeaterBrown-crested FlycatcherSocial FlycatcherRufous-fronted Thornbird, and the handsome Maranon Crescentchest all showed well. We explored the humid gulleys and managed views of a secretive and shy Maranon Spinetail. We heard Tataupa Tinamou distantly and saw White-lined TanagerGolden Grosbeak, and Common Tody-Flycatcher.

We crossed the Marañon River in Corral Quemado and entered the state of Amazonas. Here, we followed the course of the Utcubamba River towards the semi-humid montane forest in the Bongara province to stay at the Huembo Reserve, the site for Marvelous Spatuletail. We arrived late in the afternoon, but we still managed to see Little and White-bellied WoodstarsLesser VioletearWhite-bellied HummingbirdAndean EmeraldChestnut-breasted Coronet, and Green-tailed Trainbearer.

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Marvelous Spatuletail put on a show for us! (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 8, 17th May 2024. Huembo and transfer to Abra Patricia

It was lovely to sleep in until 06.00 am and to get a proper breakfast at 06.30 am after several days of predawn starts and covering long distances. Everyone greatly appreciated the relatively relaxed morning, and it helped us recover slightly in preparation for another busy day of birding. We could afford this luxury as our main target, Marvelous Spatuletail, is best seen visiting the feeders here. As soon as we finished breakfast, we walked down to the feeders of this lovely little reserve and sat down to wait for this magnificent bird. We saw Bronzy IncaSparkling and Lesser VioletearsViolet-fronted BrilliantPurple-throated SunangelWhite-bellied HummingbirdWhite-bellied Woodstar, and Chestnut-breasted Coronet. We waited for some time until the spatuletail decided to show up, as other more aggressive species chased it off. We managed to see this global mega very well and even walked away with satisfactory photos. Other birds in the area included Variable AntshrikeYellow-breasted BrushfinchInca JayStreaked XenopsSierran ElaeniaBrown-capped VireoSilver-backed TanagerWhite-crowned Tapaculo, and Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner – the latter two remained heard only. We also had large flocks of Mitred Parakeet flying over the reserve.

We left the reserve and headed to Owlet Lodge in the Abra Patricia Mountains. Due to the exceptional avian diversity, the humid montane forest here has long been on the radars of visiting birders. We arrived at the lodge and spent the day birding the lodge grounds and enjoying the hummingbird feeders. The feeders were busy, and we saw Emerald-bellied PufflegCollared IncaLong-tailed SylphSpeckled Hummingbird, and Fawn-breasted Brilliant – all new additions to the trip list. The day was quiet for a while, and we heard several birds, including Rufous-vented TapaculoRusset-crowned WarblerGreen-and-black Fruiteater, and Rufous Spinetail.Later, on the way down to the gate, we heard the distant call of a flock of White-capped Tanagers. After some playback, we had walk-away views of these stunning birds. Immediately after the tanagers, our first mixed species flock passed by the lodge, producing Yellow-scarfed TanagerLacrimose Mountain TanagerGrass-green TanagerSpectacled WhitestartBlue-capped TanagerOlivaceous SiskinHooded Mountain Tanager,and Montane Woodcreeper. We concluded the day with a Bat Falcon perched in the lodge grounds.

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Chestnut Antpitta is always a treat to see (photo Dr Uwe Speck)!

 

Day 09, 18th May 2024. Owlet Lodge

We started the day with incredible views of the endemic Chestnut Antpitta at theworm feeding station. We then spent an hour birding along the road out of the lodge, looking for Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, which is no longer found in the lodge gardens and seems to prefer disturbed habitat with bamboo scrub, but unfortunately drew a blank, for now. We, however, saw Streak-headed AntbirdGreen-fronted LancebillFlame-faced and Blue-and-black TanagersOlive-backed Woodcreeper, and Silver-backed Tanager. We returned to the lodge quickly to be the first group attending the new Rufous-breasted Wood Quail feeding station, a new birding facility for birders and photographers. We had a successful session with a covey of quails and both Chestnut-capped Brushfinch and White-throated Quail-Dove.

We continued birding the trails, but unfortunately, there was little activity. We went up to the canopy platform and enjoyed good views of Sword-billed HummingbirdPeruvian TyrannuletBeryl-spangled Tanager, and Ruddy Pigeon. We heard the coveted White-faced Nunbird distantly, and despite trying to lure the bird in closer, our efforts were unsuccessful. A bustling mixed species flock allowed for views of Pearled TreerunnerStreaked TuftedcheekMontane WoodcreeperBlue-and-black TanagerWhite-sided FlowerpiercerRusset-crowned WarblerSpectacled WhitestartDrab Hemispingus, and Pale-edge Flycatcher.

With an overcast sky and a drizzle, we decided to walk down the trail searching for Long-whiskered Owlet. We did not bird too much on the way down except in a well-preserved patch of bamboo where we saw the endemic Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher. Despite the excellent condition of the trail, we still had to walk some distance and cross a few fast-flowing streams. However, our group was determined to give it their best, and we were rewarded with views of this most-wanted and poorly known owlet. On the way back, we managed to get a glimpse of the endemic Andean Night Monkey. There was no loop, so we had to return the same way; predictably, the walk was far more manageable with Long-whiskered Owlet in the bag.

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Long-whiskered Owlet at Abra Patricia (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 10, 19th May 2024. Owlet Lodge and Alto Nieva

Another predawn cup of coffee, and we were ready to start our day looking for the endemic Ochre-fronted Antpitta. Within our first hour of birding, we had a male along one of the trails, success! Later, we moved on to a feeding station where the lodge feeds the endemic Rusty-tinged Antpitta, but it wasn’t to be today. We explored the trail and had Uniform AntshrikeRusset-crowned WarblerInca FlycatcherGreen-and-black FruiteaterMottle-cheeked TyrannuletWhite-collared JayOlive-backed WoodcreeperMasked TrogonSpotted BarbtailRufous Spinetail, and Rufous-vented Tapaculo.

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Ochre-fronted Antpitta found at Owlet Lodge (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

One of our participants photographed a Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, which sadly was not seen again during the tour. Before we returned to the lodge, I spotted a Chestnut-crested Cotinga, which everyone enjoyed.

Back at the lodge, we saw many of the same hummingbirds as on the previous day at the feeders, plus a Black Agouti who came to feed on the bananas the lodge staff left for it. We explored the Alto Nieva area out from the lodge and saw a pair of Torrent Ducks along the river and a few White-capped Dippers. We returned to the lodge for lunch and planned to return in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, the main target was the localized Royal Sunangel, which, after some time, we managed to see well. We tried for the localized Bar-winged Wood Wren without success and added Golden-eyed FlowerpiercerPeruvian Racket-tailRufous-tailed TyrantMetallic-green Tanager, and Yellow-throated Tanager.On the way back to the lodge, we lucked onto an unusual sighting of a flushed Hooded Tinamou flying across the road with its typical clumsy wingbeat.

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The striking Chestnut-crested Cotinga at Owlet Lodge (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 11, 20th May 2024. Owlet Lodge and transfer to Moyobamba

On our last morning at Owlet Lodge, we decided to try again for Rusty-tinged Antpitta at the feeding station. However, we ended with merely a glimpse of it coming to get the worm and disappearing in a fraction of a second. We, however, encountered Striped TreehunterBarred BecardBluish FlowerpiercerOleaginous HemispingusCinnamon FlycatcherGrass-green Tanager, and Grey-breasted Wood Wren.

We stopped at Nieva, where we got a glimpse of Bar-winged Wood Wren and a few great sightings, including Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and a nice Crested Quetzal.

We left Nieva with heavy rain and headed towards the tropical lowlands of the San Martin State, making a stop at the Yacumama restaurant and recreational center where we managed to add our first set of lowland species such as Boat-billed FlycatcherCrested and Russet-backed OropendolasYellow-rumped CaciqueThrush-like WrenWhite-lored Euphonia (also known as Golden-bellied Euphonia), Ringed KingfisherAmazon KingfisherStriated HeronBlack CaracaraBlack-fronted NunbirdCobalt-winged ParakeetChestnut-eared AracariGreen-backed TrogonAmazonian Barred WoodcreeperWhite-winged BecardBlue Ground DoveWhite-tipped Dove, and of course one of our main targets, the Point-tailed Palmcreeper, which we saw remarkably well.

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Crested Quetzal with protein supply at Nieva (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We continued our drive towards Moyobamba and to the Wakanki Lodge. We arrived at the lodge, and immediately after check-in, we saw the striking Rufous-crested Coquette, another of the group’s most-requested birds. We managed to get superb views of a male in the bushes in front of the rooms.

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Rufous-crested Coquette at its best (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 12, 21st May 2024. Moyobamba foothills

Today we started after breakfast and drove north of Moyobamba to reach our target elevation of about 4,600 feet meters (1,400). We looked for the endemic Masked Fruiteater, which, unfortunately, was not around that morning. However, we saw other exciting species, such as the mega endemic Ash-throated Antwren, an Endangered endemic of the San Martin State. Other birds included Blackish Antbird, fabulous views of Wing-barred PipritesWhite-crowned ManakinOrange-eared TanagerBlue-winged Mountain TanagerMasked TanagerBlack-faced DacnisPurple HoneycreeperGreen HoneycreeperBlue DacnisLineated WoodpeckerOlivaceous WoodcreeperForest ElaeniaGrey-capped FlycatcherSwallow Tanager, and Ruddy Pigeon. We heard Western Fire-eye,but it didn’t cooperate for views. We also heard Collared Forest Falcon and saw Swallow-tailed Kite and Plumbeous Kite.I managed to get a glimpse of the elusive Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, but unfortunately, the group missed it. We returned to Wakanki Lodge and visited the Finca San Camilo owned by Jose Altamarino (former manager of Owlet Lodge), where we got an exquisite gourmet coffee and saw Paradise TanagerBlue DacnisBlack-faced Dacnis, and Lafresnaye’s Piculet.

Then, in the afternoon, we spent a couple of hours at the hummingbird feeding station enjoying views of Black-throated MangoGrey-breasted SabrewingGolden-tailed SapphireGreat-billed and Black-throated HermitRufous-crested Coquette (including a female), Blue-tailed EmeraldWhite-necked JacobinFork-tailed WoodnymphSapphire-spangled Emerald, and some participants saw White-chinned Sapphire.

 

Day 13, 22nd May 2024. Morro de Calzada and transfer to Tarapoto

Today, we had another early start to explore the Morro de Calzada south of Moyobamba. This time, we had the chance to visit a new private reserve that has a feeding station for Rufous-sided Crake. I have to say that watching “Tito and Tita” feeding out in the open of the swampy pond was a really unexpected treat for both me and the participants.

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Rufous-sided Crake put on an excellent performance (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

The reserve also offered a number of other good birds like Golden-collared ToucanetChannel-billed Toucan (heard), Cream-colored WoodpeckerSwallow TanagerPeruvian Warbling AntbirdNorthern Chestnut-tailed Antbird (also known as Zimmer’s Antbird), Red-stained WoodpeckerShort-tailed Pygmy TyrantYellow-bellied TanagerYellow-crowned TyrannuletGrey-crowned FlatbillRufous-crested CoquetteWhite-vented Euphonia, the endemic Huallaga TanagerParadise TanagerWhite-winged TanagerBluish-fronted JacamarMasked TityraYellow-tufted Woodpecker, and others. We tried for the recently described Painted Manakin, but despite our efforts, it didn’t come out into the open.

We left Moyobamba and headed north to Tarapoto. Along the route, we stopped at the famous Quisquirumi bridge, where we got good views of dozens of monotypic Oilbirds, flocks of White-eyed Parakeets and a single Short-tailed Hawk. We arrived at our hotel in Tarapoto and enjoyed a few hours off before heading to a lovely pasta restaurant in town.

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The mega endemic Ash-throated Antwren was seen nicely on our tour (photo Charles Davies).

 

Day 14, 23rd May 2024. Aconavit Reserve

We scheduled an entire morning at the Aconavit feeding station to look for lowland species and interesting foothill hummingbirds. This place is also known as Koepcke’s Hermit Reserve as the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit is commonly seen at the reserve’s feeders. We had a delightful session with hummingbirds, including Gould’s JewelfrontBlue-fronted LancebillPale-tailed BarbthroatGolden-tailed SapphireGrey-breasted SabrewingSapphire-spangled EmeraldFork-tailed Woodnymph, and several Koepcke’s Hermits.

From a vantage point in the reserve, we got views of White-tippedShort-tailed and White-collared SwiftsSwallow-tailed Kite and our first Double-toothed Kite, which showed well for everyone. We also connected with Paradise TanagerViolaceous JayMagpie TanagerCommon Tody-Flycatcher, and Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch – all showing well.

We walked along a steep trail into the forest, and after a few minutes, we arrived at the Golden-headed Manakin lek, where we got great views of a few males displaying. En route, we heard several forest birds such Black-faced AntthrushPlain-winged and Mouse-colored AntshrikesSouthern Nightingale-WrenOchre-throated Foliage-gleanerCoraya WrenWhite-flanked Antwren, and Yellow-margined Flatbill;all these remained as heard only species.

We left the reserve and made our way back to Tarapoto, where we had lunch at a local restaurant and enjoyed traditional Amazon cuisine. Our plan for the afternoon was to focus on exploring the lower parts of the road to Aconavit. However, our plans were unfortunately cut short due to ongoing road construction.

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Hoatzin in the Huallaga River(photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 15, 24th May 2024. Tarapoto and return to Moyobamba

After many days of having predawn breakfasts, we had a welcome break and decided to get breakfast at the hotel at about 6.30 am. This break was strategic as we had a few long days to come. We left Tarapoto and headed to the Huallaga River, where our goal was to find the widespread and monotypic Hoatzin, a species high on the wish list of any birder visiting the neotropics for the first time. We did not have to search for long, and soon had several individuals at this site. Also seen here were White-banded and White-winged SwallowsSouthern Rough-winged SwallowSwallow-winged PuffbirdYellow-tufted WoodpeckerYellow-browed SparrowDusky-headed ParakeetShort-crested FlycatcherCobalt-winged Parakeet, and Yellow-headed Caracara.We did not explore thedry portions of the Huallaga River this time, instead, we returned to Moyobamba in time to explore the rice fields of Posic, south of Moyobamba.

The afternoon was excellent with views of Spotted RailRed-capped CardinalSpot-breasted and Little WoodpeckersPale-legged HorneroOriole BlackbirdOrange-backed TroupialLittle Cuckoo (which was seen briefly), Bluish-grey SaltatorPurple GallinuleBlack-capped DonacobiusStriated HeronRinged Kingfisher and of course our two targets Black-billed Seed Finch and Pale-eyed Blackbird.

 

Day 16, 25th May 2024. Reserva Arena Blanca and transfer to Huembo

We had a predawn start so that we could be at the Arena Blanca Reserve before 06.30 am to try for Little and Cinereous Tinamous and Rufous-breasted Wood Quail that had been visiting the feeding station. The landowner informed us that the Little Tinamou had not been coming for several days, but the other two were attending normally. The rain had set in again, so we started with the hide, followed by breakfast, hummingbird feeders, and the gardens, which sounded like a plan considering the inclement weather.

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The incredibly cute Rufous-breasted Wood Quail (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

A covey of Rufous-breasted Wood Quails was the first to show – this was our second encounter with this species after our first experience at Owlet Lodge. Then we were thrilled to see a Cinereous Tinamou coming with a youngster to the feeder. Our adrenaline had barely settled before the Little Tinamou showed up, too, with a chick! What an unforgettable experience! We waited for some usual suspects here, such as Grey-cowled Wood Rail, Ruddy Quail-Dove and Orange-billed Sparrow, but they were not around this morning. We then got our breakfast and enjoyed birds at the feeders.

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Cinereous Tinamous with a chick (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Following breakfast, our first mission was to find the handsome Wire-crested Thorntail, a tropical foothill hummingbird found between 5,900 and 2,900 feet (1,800 and 900 meters). We enjoyed some already-seen hummingbirds, such as Black-breasted Mango. However, we also saw Green HermitMany-spotted Hummingbird, and Blue-fronted Lancebill before we spotted a stunning male Wire-crested Thorntail.

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Little Tinamou also witha tiny chick, what a morning! (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We saw some birds around the gardens, including Guira TanagerRed-billed Tyrannulet, and Inambari Woodcreeper (named after the Inambari region in the Madre de Dios State in the southern Amazonia of Peru). We moved on and started to climb up the Abra Patricia Mountains again before driving through the rain to Huembo, where we spent the night.

 

Day 17, 26th May 2024. Utcubamba valley

We left Huembo and set off towards Pedro Ruiz. We arrived at the Chachapoyas Road following the mid and upper Utcubamba River, where we admired the scenic valley with its rocky formations. Our first stop produced Cliff FlycatcherBlack Phoebe, and Torrent Tyrannulet, but more importantly, the endemic Speckle-chested Piculet, which showed and behaved very well for us.

We continued along the road and entered the drier section at 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) elevation, where we had fantastic views of Golden-rumped EuphoniaBuff-bellied TanagerLine-cheeked and Azara’s SpinetailBarred Becard, a juvenile Black-capped Sparrow (nigriceips race), Streaked XenopsMaranon TyrannuletYellow-bellied ElaeniaChivi VireoInca JayWhite-lined TanagerSilver-backed Tanager, and Slate-throated Whitestart.

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Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan in the never-ending drizzle (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

In the afternoon, we explored the Atuen Road above Leymebamba and got two targets: the exquisite, Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan and the majestic Andean Condor. We could not escape the drizzle; however, we got a mixed feeding flock with Pearled TreerunnerStreaked TuftedcheekCapped ConebillSuperciliaried HemispingusWhite-banded TyrannuletRusset-crowned WarblerBeryl-spangledBlue-and-black and Blue-capped Tanagers, and Brown-capped Vireo. We also found White-collared JaySmoke-colored PeweeGolden-headed Quetzal (heard only), and had a fantastic view of Crimson-mantled Woodpecker.

 

Day 18, 27th May 2024. Abra Barro Negro and Leymebamba

We started the day with a lovely coffee and breakfast from our friend Azelita at Kentitambo Lodge, where we were based. We drove up to the Abra Barro Negro pass at 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) and explored the cloud forest on both slopes. Our main target was the endemic and secretive Russet-mantled Softtail. We did remarkably well with this localized species, which can still be seen in these mountains, despite rampant deforestation and human encroachment.

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The endemic Russet-mantled Softtail at Abra Barro Negro (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We had Mountain Caracara and Aplomado Falcon posing nicely for us, as well as Sapphire-spangled EmeraldTyrian MetaltailAmethyst-throated SunangelRed-crested CotingaWhite-collared JayMasked FlowerpiercerWhite-banded TyrannuletSpectacled Whitestart, and Andean Guan.

At the highest point on the pass, we saw Brown-bellied SwallowsGrass WrenMany-striped CanasteroParamo PipitWhite-throated HawkCream-winged Cinclodes, and White-chinned Thistletail. We worked hard for Neblina Tapaculo, but only a participant sitting next to me managed to get a glimpse of this “mouse in the grass”. We saw Brown-backed Chat-TyrantTufted Tit-TyrantCrowned Chat-TyrantScarlet-bellied Mountain TanagerMoustached Flowerpiercer,and Coppery Metaltail – an endemic of the northern and central elfin forest in the Peruvian Andes.

We heard a Yungas Pygmy Owl, but could not locate it, which was a real disappointment for me. We returned to the lodge around midday and saw our only Rainbow Starfrontlet of the trip. In the afternoon, we returned to the western slope of the pass. After a lull in activity, we saw the Yungas Pygmy Owl,which, after our challenges earlier, felt good, and the participants were happy. Additionally, we saw Rufous-browed PeppershrikeUtcubamba Tapaculo (a recent split from Blackish Tapaculo), Blue-backed ConebillHighland ElaeniaShining Sunbeam, and we got a glimpse of a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

The plan was to stay out until dusk to try for a few species of owls, but the rain started again, and we retreated for dinner. Later on, with the constant drizzle continuing, we played for the endemic Koepcke’s Screech Owl, which at first responded distantly and then came to us. Many dogs were barking from houses in the area, making any further owling a nightmare.

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Views from Abra Barro Negro at 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) elevation (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

Day 19, 28th May 2024. Balsas and transfer to Cajamarca

We drove down to the Marañon Valley in Balsas at 04.30 am to be there around 07.00 am. This was a busy day as we aimed to get the big five species of the Marañon Valley, on the southern border of the Amazonas state and Cajamarca. We arrived at a good time, and we started to get species such as Croaking Ground DoveLong-tailed MockingbirdHepatic TanagerAndean EmeraldSpot-throated Hummingbird, and the first of the five endemics Buff-bridled Inca Finch.

Suddenly, I asked the driver to stop the vehicle when I noticed the call of the much-desired Yellow-faced Parrotlet. Shortly afterwards, we were enjoying great views of this Vulnerable species, which is vanishing from its tiny range due to habitat loss.

Then we tried for Maranon Pigeon, which we saw well but only in flight above the river. We heard the endemic Black-necked Woodpecker, which we missed along the Utcubamba River. However, it refused to show and remained a heard-only species.

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Yellow-faced Parrotlet – jewel of the Marañon (photo Dr Uwe Speck).

 

We rushed to continue driving up to Hacienda El Limon, where we had great views of the endemic Grey-winged Inca Finch and fly-by views of the secretive and endemic Chestnut-backed Thornbird near its nest.With thebig five of the Marañon in the bag, we continued our journey towards Cajamarca. It is possible to break the long journey by staying in the town of Celendin. However, there were several complications, including road construction projects and community tension regarding mining in the area, so we decided to push through to Cajamarca. On the way, we manage to see Black-billed Shrike-TyrantAndean FlickerPuna IbisAndean Lapwing, and American Kestrel.

 

Day 20, 29th May 2024. Chonta Canyon

Our last birding morning took us to the Chonta Canyon near the pre-Hispanic site of Otuzco, outside Cajamarca. The weather was a bit chilly, but we had a memorable final morning finding the endemic, localized and Endangered Grey-bellied Comet, which showed exceptionally well for us, allowing us to get three different males and a single female.

In addition to the comet, we saw Black-crested WarblerBlack-crested Tit-TyrantRufous-naped Ground TyrantBlue-and-yellow TanagerPeruvian Sierra FinchWhite-browed Chat-TyrantBand-tailed SeedeaterSmoky-brown WoodpeckerAndean SwiftBlack-chested Buzzard-EagleGiant HummingbirdWhite-winged CinclodesYellow-billed Tit-Tyrant, and the endemic Black Metaltail.

For the grand finale, we witnessed an Andean Fox (also known as Andean Culpeo), the largest canid in the Andes, hunting a chicken.

We returned to Cajamarca, where we had a nice lunch before walking around the colonial town, whose buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. This is the city where the Spaniards met the Inca empire and finished with the last Inca ruler, Atahualpa.

This was a great trip with a lovely group of enthusiastic birders, fantastic spotters and good travelers who quickly adapted to the circumstances of the trip. We had long drives, daily early starts, occasional picnic lunches, and a few basic accommodations, however, these events were balanced by comfortable lodges, excellent restaurants, enjoyable drinks, and an outstanding selection of Peruvian birds!

Thanks to all of you, and I hope to see you again on another Birding Ecotours trip!

 

Bird List – Following IOC 14.1

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.

Common name Scientific name
Tinamidae
Hooded Tinamou Nothocercus nigrocapillus
Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus
Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
Brown Tinamou Crypturellus obsoletus
Pale-browed Tinamou (H) Crypturellus transfasciatus
Tataupa Tinamou (H) Crypturellus tataupa
Anatidae
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis sylvicola
Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera
Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris
White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
Cracidae
Speckled Chachalaca (H) Ortalis guttata
Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis
Odontophoridae
Rufous-breasted Wood Quail Odontophorus speciosus
Caprumulgidae
Parauque (H) Nyctidromus albicollis
Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris
Steatornithidae
Oilbird Steatornis caripensis
Nyctibiidae
Common Potoo (H) Nyctibius griseus
Apodidae
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
Fork-tailed Palm Swift Tachornis squamata
Trochilidae
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes leucurus
Black-throated Hermit Phaethornis atrimentalis
Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus
Great-billed Hermit Phaethornis malaris
Koepcke’s Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae
Blue-fronted Lancebill Doryfera johannae
Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae
Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus
Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
Purple-throated Sunangel Heliangelus viola
Royal Sunangel Heliangelus regalis
Wire-crested Thorntail Discosura popelairii
Rufous-crested Coquette Lophornis delattrei
Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingii
Grey-bellied Comet Taphrolesbia griseiventris
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae
Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe
Greenish Puffleg Haplophaedia aureliae
Emerald-bellied Puffleg Eriocnemis aline
Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani
Marvelous Spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena
Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii
Peruvian Racket-tail Ocreatus peruanus
Gould’s Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens
Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides
Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
White-bellied Woodstar Chaetocercus mulsant
Little Woodstar Chaetocercus bombus
Short-tailed Woodstar Myrmia micrura
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
Grey-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis
Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
Tumbes Hummingbird Thaumasius baeri
Spot-throated Hummingbird Thaumasius taczanowskii
Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus
Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilis amazilia
Andean Emerald Uranomitra franciae
Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone
Sapphire-spangled Emerald Chionomesa lactea
White-bellied Hummingbird Elliotomyia chionogaster
Cuculidae
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia
Little Cuckoo Coccycua minuta
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
Columbidae
Rock Dove Columba livia
Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea
Maranon Pigeon Patagioenas oenops
Croaking Ground Dove Columbina cruziana
Ruddy Ground Dove Columbina talpacoti
Blue Ground Dove Claravis pretiosa
Bare-faced Ground Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
White-throated Quail-Dove Zentrygon frenata
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
West Peruvian Dove Zenaida meloda
Rallidae
Spotted Rail Pardirallus maculatus
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
Russet-crowned Crake (H) Rufirallus viridis
Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius
Aramidae
Limpkin Aramus guarauna
Podicipedidae
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Great Grebe Podiceps major
Burhinidae
Peruvian Thick-Knee Hesperoburhinus superciliaris
Haematopodidae
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
Recurvirostridae
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Charadriidae
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
Kildeer Charadrius vociferus
Snowy Plover Anarhynchus nivosus
Pied Plover Hoploxypterus cayanus
Jacanidae
Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
Thinocoridae
Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus
Scolopacidae
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Laridae
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Inca Tern Larosterna inca
Belcher’s Gull Larus belcheri
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus
Grey-headed Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Spheniscidae
Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti
Phalacrocoridae
Red-legged Cormorant Poikilocarbo gaimardi
Guanay Cormorant Leucocarbo bougainvillii
Neotropic Cormorant Nannopterum brasilianum
Pelecanidae
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
Sulidae
Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
Threskiornithidae
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
Ardeidae
Fasciated Tiger Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum
Black-crowned Night Heron
Striated Heron Butorides striata
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret Ardea alba
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Opisthocomidae
Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin
Cathartidae
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Accipitridae
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsonii
Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
Tytonidae
American Barn Owl Tyto furcata
Strigidae
Long-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Yungas Pygmy Owl Glaucidium bolivianum
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
Pacific Pygmy Owl Glaucidium peruanum
Koepcke’s Screech Owl (H) Megascops koepckeae
West Peruvian Screech Owl Megascops roboratus
Rufous-banded Owl (H) Strix albitarsis
Trogonidae
Golden-headed Quetzal (H) Pharomachrus auriceps
Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
Masked Trogon Trogon personatus
Ecuadorian Trogon Trogon mesurus
Green-backed Trogon Trogon viridis
Alcedinidae
Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
Momotidae
Amazonian Motmot (H) Momotus momota
Whooping Motmot Momotus subrufescens
Capitonidae
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
Galbulidae
Bluish-fronted Jacamar Galbula cyanescens
Bucconidae
White-faced Nunbird (H) Hapaloptila castanea
Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
Swallow-winged Puffbird Chelidoptera tenebrosa
Ramphastidae
Black-throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus atrogularis
Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
Golden-collared Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii
Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan Andigena hypoglauca
Picidae
Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri
Lafresnaye’s Piculet Picumnus lafresnayi
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
Scarlet-backed Woodpecker Veniliornis callonotus
Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Leuconotopicus fumigatus
Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Colaptes rivolii
Black-necked Woodpecker (H) Colaptes atricollis
Spot-breasted Woodpecker Colaptes punctigula
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
Cream-colored Woodpecker Celeus flavus
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
Crimson-bellied Woodpecker Campephilus haematogaster
Falconidae
Black Caracara Daptrius ater
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
Crested Caracara Caracara plancus
Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
Collared Forest Falcon (H) Micrastur semitorquatus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
Psittacidae
Andean Parakeet (H) Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides
Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
Scaly-naped Amazon Amazona mercenarius
Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis
Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops
Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii
Cordilleran Parakeet Psittacara frontatus
Mitred Parakeet Psittacara mitratus
Red-masked Parakeet Psittacara erythrogenys
White-eyed Parakeet Psittacara leucophthalmus
Furnariidae
Coastal Miner Geositta peruviana
Thick-billed Miner Geositta crassirostris
Greyish Miner Geositta marítima
Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
Tyrannine Woodcreeper Dendrocincla tyrannina
Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes certhia
Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
Inambari Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes fatimalimae
Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans
Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
Pacific Hornero Furnarius cinnamomeus
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes albiventris
White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis
Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla rufosuperciliata
Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla ruficollis
Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis erythrocephalus
Ochre-throated Foliage-gleaner (H) Automolus ochrolaemus
Striped Treehunter Thripadectes holostictus
Black-billed Treehunter (H) Thripadectes melanorhynchus
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
Point-tailed Palmcreeper Berlepschia rikeri
Rufous-fronted Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons
Chestnut-backed Thornbird Phacellodomus dorsalis
Cactus Canastero Pseudasthenes cactorum
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
White-chinned Thistletail Asthenes fuliginosa
Russet-mantled Softtail Cranioleuca berlepschi
Line-cheeked Spinetail Cranioleuca antisiensis
Maranon Spinetail Synallaxis maranonica
Chinchipe Spinetail Synallaxis chinchipensis
Necklaced Spinetail Synallaxis stictothorax
Dark-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis albigularis
Azara’s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa
Thamnophilidae
Stripe-chested Antwren (H) Myrmotherula longicauda
White-flanked Antwren (H) Myrmotherula axillaris
Ash-throated Antwren Herpsilochmus parkeri
Collared Antshrike Thamnophilus bernardi
Lined Antshrike (H) Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus
Chapman’s Antshrike Thamnophilus zarumae
Plain-winged Antshrike (H) Thamnophilus schistaceus
Mouse-colored Antshrike (H) Thamnophilus murinus
Uniform Antshrike Thamnophilus unicolor
Northern Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus
Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens
Rufous-capped Antshrike (H) Thamnophilus ruficapillus
Streak-headed Antbird Drymophila striaticeps
Peruvian Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana
Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird Sciaphylax castanea
Blackish Antbird Cercomacroides nigrescens
Western Fire-eye (H) Pyriglena maura
Formicariidae
Black-faced Antthrush (H) Formicarius analis
Grallaridae
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
Rusty-tinged Antpitta Grallaria przewalskii
Chestnut Antpitta Grallaria blakei
Ochre-fronted Antpitta Grallaricula ochraceifrons
Conopophagidae
Chestnut-crowned Gnateater (H) Conopophaga castaneiceps
Rhinocryptidae
Neblina Tapaculo Scytalopus altirostris
Rufous-vented Tapaculo (H) Scytalopus femoralis
Utcubamba Tapaculo Scytalopus intermedius
White-crowned Tapaculo Scytalopus atratus
Melanopareia
Elegant Crescentchest Melanopareia elegans
Maranon Crescentchest Melanopareia maranonica
Tyrannidae
Wing-barred Piprites Piprites chloris
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Tyrannulus elatus
Forest Elaenia Myiopagis gaimardii
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
Pacific Elaenia Myiopagis subplacens
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
Highland Elaenia Elaenia obscura
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
Rufous-winged Tyrannulet Mecocerculus calopterus
Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet Mecocerculus minor
Black-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinérea
Southern Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Nesotriccus murinus
Tumbesian Tyrannulet Nesotriccus tumbezanus
Maranon Tyrannulet Nesotriccus maranonicus
Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps
Fulvous-crowned Scrub Tyrant Euscarthmus fulviceps
Grey-and-white Tyrannulet Pseudelaenia leucospodia
Red-billed Tyrannulet Zimmerius cinereicapilla
Peruvian Tyrannulet Zimmerius viridiflavus
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet Phylloscartes ventralis
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
Inca Flycatcher Leptopogon taczanowskii
Mouse-grey Flycatcher Myiophobus crypterythrus
Rufescent Flycatcher Myiophobus rufescens
Many-colored Rush Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant (H) Hemitriccus granadensis
Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant Myiornis ecaudatus
Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant (H) Lophotriccus pileatus
Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus luluae
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
Yellow-olive Flatbill Tolmomyias sulphurescens
Grey-crowned Flatbill (H) Tolmomyias poliocephalus
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus
Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Olive Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes olivaceus
Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
Tumbes Pewee Contopus punensis
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus obscurus
Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex
Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus
Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montanus
Tumbes Tyrant Tumbezia salvini
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant (H) Ochthoeca thoracica
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
Piura Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca piurae
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
Crowned Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix frontalis
Short-tailed Field Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Grey-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Baird’s Flycatcher Myiodynastes bairdii
Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Rufous Flycatcher Myiarchus semirufus
Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes
Sooty-crowned Flycatcher Myiarchus phaeocephalus
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
Short-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus ferox
Cotingidae
Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii
Peruvian Plantcutter Phytotoma raimondii
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristatus
Chestnut-crested Cotinga Ampelion rufaxilla
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow Pyroderus scutatus
Pipridae
Painted Manakin (H) Machaeropterus eckelberryi
Fiery-capped Manakin (H) Machaeropterus pyrocephalus
White-crowned Manakin Pseudopipra pipra
Golden-headed Manakin Ceratopipra erythrocephala
Tityridae
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Black-and-white Becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
Slaty Becard Pachyramphus spodiurus
Vireonidae
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
Chivi Vireo Vireo chivi
Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
Corvidae
White-collared Jay Cyanolyca viridicyanus
White-tailed Jay Cyanocorax mystacalis
Inca Jay Cyanocorax yncas
Violaceous Jay (H) Cyanocorax violaceus
Hirundinidae
Tumbes Swallow Tachycineta stolzmanni
White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
White-banded Swallow Atticora fasciata
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
Brown-bellied Swallow Orochelidon murina
Grey-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Donacobiidae
Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
Troglodytidae
Fasciasted Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
Grass Wren Cistothorus platensis
Coraya Wren (H) Pheugopedius coraya
Speckle-breasted Wren Pheugopedius sclateri
Superciliated Wren Cantorchilus superciliaris
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Grey-breasted Wood Wren (H) Henicorhina leucophrys
Bar-winged Wood Wren Henicorhina leucoptera
Southern Nightingale Wren (H) Microcerculus marginatus
Chestnut-breasted Wren (H) Cyphorhinus thoracicus
Polioptilidae
Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
White-browed Gnatcatcher Polioptila bilineata
Mimidae
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
Turdidae
Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides
Andean Slaty Thrush Turdus nigriceps
Plumbeous-backed Thrush Turdus reevei
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
Maranon Thrush Turdus maranonicus
Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
Cinclidae
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
 Passeridae
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Motacillidae
Peruvian Pipit Anthus peruvianus
Paramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
Fringillidae
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
Hooded Siskin Spinus magellanicus
Olivaceous Siskin Spinus olivaceus
Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
White-vented Euphonia Euphonia minuta
White-lored Euphonia Euphonia chrysopasta
Golden-rumped Euphonia Chlorophonia cyanocephala
Passerellidae
Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus
Tumbes Sparrow Rhynchospiza stolzmanni
Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
Orange-billed Sparrow (H) Arremon aurantiirostris
Black-capped Sparrow Arremon abeillei
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch Arremon brunneinucha
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
White-headed Brushfinch Atlapetes albiceps
White-winged Brushfinch Atlapetes leucopterus
Bay-crowned Brushfinch Atlapetes seebohmi
Yellow-breasted Brushfinch Atlapetes latinuchus
Icteridae
Peruvian Meadowlark Leistes bellicosus
Yellow-billed Cacique (H) Amblycercus holosericeus
Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus
Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons
Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
Yellow-tailed Oriole Icterus mesomelas
White-edged Oriole Icterus graceannae
Orange-backed Troupial Icterus croconotus
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus
Scrub Blackbird Dives warczewiczi
Oriole Blackbird Gymnomystax mexicanus
Pale-eyed Blackbird Agelasticus xanthophthalmus
Parulidae
Tropical Parula Setophaga pitiayumi
Black-crested Warbler Myiothlypis nigrocristata
Russet-crowned Warbler Myiothlypis coronata
Three-banded Warbler Basileuterus trifasciatus
Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
Cardinalidae
Tooth-billed Tanager Piranga lutea
Golden Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
Thraupidae
White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata
Little Inca Finch Incaspiza watkinsi
Buff-bridled Inca Finch Incaspiza laeta
Grey-winged Inca Finch Incaspiza ortizi
Band-tailed Sierra Finch Rhopospina alaudina
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
Swallow Tanager Tersina viridis
Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
Bluish-grey Saltator Saltator coerulescens
Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
Black-cowled Saltator Saltator nigriceps
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
Dull-colored Grassquit Asemospiza obscura
Red Pileated Finch Coryphospingus cucullatus
White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus Rufus
Yellow-backed Tanager Hemithraupis flavicollis
Huallaga Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch Sporophila angolensis
Black-billed Seed Finch Sporophila atrirostris
Parrot-billed Seedeater Sporophila peruviana
Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
Chestnut-throated Seedeater Sporophila telasco
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater Sporophila castaneiventris
Cinereous Finch Piezorina cinérea
Drab Hemispingus Pseudospingus xanthophthalmus
Collared Warbling Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
Oleaginous Hemispingus Sphenopsis frontalis
Buff-bellied Tanager Thlypopsis inornata
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
Superciliaried Hemispingus Thlypopsis superciliaris
Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
Blue-backed Conebill Blue-backed Conebill
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola
Raimondi’s Yellow Finch Sicalis raimondii
Peruvian Sierra Finch Phrygilus punensis
Ash-breasted Sierra Finch Geospizopsis plebejus
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
Golden-eyed Flowerpiercer Diglossa glauca
Bluish Flowerpiercer Diglossa caerulescens
Moustached Flowerpiercer Diglossa mystacalis
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
Yellow-throated Tanager Iridosornis analis
Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Rauenia bonariensis
Hooded Mountain Tanager Buthraupis montana
Blue-capped Tanager Sporathraupis cyanocephala
Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus
Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
Orange-eared Tanager Chlorochrysa calliparaea
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leverianus
Red-capped Cardinal Paroaria gularis
Yellow-bellied Tanager Ixothraupis xanthogastra
Blue-grey Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
Silver-backed Tanager Stilpnia viridicollis
Blue-necked Tanager Stilpnia cyanicollis
Masked Tanager Stilpnia nigrocincta
Burnished-buff Tanager Stilpnia cayana
Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii
Metallic-green Tanager Tangara labradorides
Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala
Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii
Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana
Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
 
Species seen: 504
Species heard: 40
Total recorded: 544


Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile Lists

Mammals
Andean Saddle-backed Tamarin Leontocebus leucogenys
Andean Night Monkey Aotus miconax
Sechura Fox Lycalopex sechurae
Andean Fox Lycalopex culpaeus
Long-tailed Weasel Neogale frenata
Stripe-nosed Hog Skunk Conepatus semistriatus
Black-eared Opossum Didelphis marsupialis
Guayaquil Squirrel Sciurus stramineus
Black Agouti Dasyprocta fuliginosa
Andean Tapeti Sylvilagus andinus
South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens
Amphibians
Cane Toad Rhinella marina
Three-striped Poison Frog Ameerega trivittata
Reptiles
Tropical House Geckoo Hemidactylus mabouia
Amazon Racerunner Ameiva ameiva
Lined Ameiva Ameiva edracantha
Tumbesian Tegu Callopistes flavipunctatus
Peru Pacific Lizard Microlophus peruvianus
Koepcke’s Curly-tailed Lizard Microlophus koepckeorum
Western Curly-tailed Lizard Microlophus occipitalis
South American Elegant Racer Pseudalsophis elegans

 

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‘I have recently taken a trip with four friends to northern Peru with Eduardo Ormaeche, Birding Ecotours. I have no hesitation in recommending Eduardo and his co-guide Giancarlo Ventolini to anyone wanting to take a birdwatching trip to Peru. Eduardo was an outstanding bird guide. His knowledge of birds and ability to quickly and easily identify birds was truly exceptional. This includes all those very tricky flycatcher types that are so difficult to ID. Eduardo was extremely helpful, patient, and was excellent company. I am an extremely experienced bird watcher having travelled the globe extensively and Eduardo proved to be one of the very best bird guides I have ever experienced. If you are considering bird watching in Peru then think no further than using Eduardo!’

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