Republic of Peru
Peru is one of the three most diverse countries for birds on Earth and stands at the top of the international birder's agenda. Its varied geography and topography, and its wildernesses of so many different life zones, have endowed Peru with the greatest bio-diversity and a large density of birds.
About 1760 bird species occur in Peru (105 being endemic to the country) with many more being described as I write; that's more than 50% of all Neotropical birds. For ornithologists, it doesn't come more exciting than this - many species new to science have been discovered in Peru in recent years; some of them so new they have not yet been given scientific names.
Unlike other top-ranking Neo-tropical birding destinations, such as Ecuador and Costa Rica, Peru has vast tracts of forest and wilderness untouched by civilization; two-thirds of the Manu Biosphere reserve, for example, is completely unexplored, hosting un-contacted stone-age tribes as well as the birds.
If you are new to Neo-tropical birding, Peru's potential can be daunting; a four-week trip can produce over 750 species, and some of the identifications can be tricky! Fortunately, there is an excellent field-guide that covers all the birds of Peru. All of Peru's birding sites cannot be covered in one trip, but the following will give a taste of what this country has in store not only for the exploring birder but of a relaxed nature to a mystical country with rich culture.
Apart from some of the world's best birding (and as we all know, birding is just an excuse to get us to wild and wonderful places), Peru is just a great place to be. It has unsurpassed scenery, a magnificent history, friendly people, impressive archaeological sites, stunning scenery, and great food .
Below are the most popular birding circuits in Peru:
This circuit holds a bagful of endemics - though less well known that the North Peru circuit it's a fantastic trip. First is a stop on the West slope of the Andes which has a suite of endemic birds including Rufous-breasted warbling Finch and Great Inca-Finch, then at area of high Puna grass- and bog-land, about four hours drive east of Lima along the central highway. This is high-altitude birding at its extreme: a giddy 4,500 m.a.s.l. Take it easy here, and drink lots of fluids. Besides regular high Andean species such as ground-tyrants, seed-snipes and sierra-finches, the main reason for birding here istwofold: the Diademed Sandpiper, a rare, almost mythical wader of the mineral-rich marshes, and White-bellied Cinclodes, perhaps the prettiest and one of the rarest of the Ovenbirds. With luck, both can be seen here. Other highlights include and the smart black-breasted Hillstar, a hummingbird endemic to Peru, Dark-winged Miner and Puna Tinamou.
A quick side trip down the Satipo road for a few days will find you some interesting species with 3 being described to science right now and the endemic Junín Tapaculo just described
Continuing along the Central Highway, the well-paved road continues another 120 kms. to Lake Junin, where, with prior arrangement, it is possible to hire a boat to see the endemic Junín Flightless Grebe. This lake is also a fantastic place to see all the highland waterbirds and raptors, and the surrounding fields abound with sierra-finches and ground-tyrants.
A further 180 kms. along the highway brings you to Huánuco. This is the base for exploring the Carpish Tunnel area. About one hour's drive northeast of Huánuco, the road passes through the Carpish range, and birding either side of the tunnel can be very productive. Powerful Woodpecker, Sickle-winged Guan and large mixed feeding flocks appear out of the mist in the epiphyte-laden cloud-forest. The more adventurous may visit an area of tree-line forest which hold sought after endemics such as Golden-backed Mountain Tanager, Bay-vented Cotinga, Pardusco, Neblina Tapaculo and more
Crossing the Andes from East to West, a spectacular drive, you can finish at the Huascaran National Park, situated in the central Andes, Huaráz is the starting point for excursions. From this base, it is possible to explore the more remote areas of the mountains, such as the lakes of Llanganuco, where, in the surrounding high Andean woodlands, many little-known and interesting birds can be seen. Here, a search may produce that rare mistletoe specialist, the White-cheeked Cotinga, or the endemic Plain-tailed Warbling Finch, whilst a check on the skyline will surely produce an Andean Condor soaring against the breathtaking backdrop of 6,000 ms. snow peaks. Three or four days in this area will produce a wide variety of both grassland and woodland species.
Starting at the coastal city of Chiclayo, a long but rewarding trip can be made into the deep Marañon valley and its environs and the Tumbezian endemic zone with its suite of endemic birds. On this route, some of the most sought-after and spectacular of Peru's birds can be found - legendary species such as the Marvellous Spatuletail, Marañon Crescent-chest, Long-whiskered Owlet,White-winged Guan, Pale-billed Antpitta, Chestnut-baked Thornbird, Buff-bridled Inca Finch, Scarlet-banded Barbet to name but a few. Staying at eco-lodges or nearby hotels in cities, many endemic species and impressive numbers of species are available. This route from being relatively unknown 10 years ago has become a very popular destination.
From this city it is possible to visit a number of rainforest lodges. Some of these are very touristy, but nonetheless good for birds. For the birder, some lodges stand out above the rest: ExplorNapo with its excellent canopy walkway, which is superb for observing tree-top birds, Tahuayo and Muyuna Lodges with river island specialists and varzea forest birds. These lodges are quite expensive but very comfortable. . but all lodges in the area are excellent for Amazon birds, especially for the many species that are not seen south of the Amazon river and for river island specialties. The Allpahauayo-Mishana Reserve just outside Iquitos City holds some very rare recently discovered species and is a must.
Machu Picchu & Abra Málaga
Most visitors to Peru visit the southeast of the country, attracted principally by the archaeological sites of the Inca civilization, and the city of Cusco is the starting point for trips in this area for birder and non-birder alike. Nearby Machu Picchu is the major tourist destination - and a nightmare for lovers of peace and solitude. However, the bamboo stands surrounding the ruins provide excellent opportunities for seeing the Inca Wren! Also, a walk along the tracks near the railroad station can produce species which are difficult to see elsewhere such as Sclater's Tyrannulet and Oleaginous Hemispimgus; this is the place in Peru to see White-capped Dipper and Torrent Duck.
From the town of Ollantaytambo, on the way to Machu Picchu, it is only two hours drive to one of the most accessible native Polylepis woodlands in the Andes, whilst the humid temperate forest of Abra Málaga is only 45 minutes further on. In the polylepis, some very rare birds can be located without too much difficulty, including Royal Cinclodes and White-browed Tit-spinetail (the latter being one of the ten most endangered birds on earth). The humid temperate forest is laden with moss and bromeliads, and mixed species flocks of including multi-colored tanagers are common.
Manu Biosphere Reserve
This is probably the most pristine conservation unit in the world! The reserve itself is over half the size of Switzerland, and much of it is completely unexplored. Un-contacted Amazonian peoples still inhabit the upper reaches of Manu's forest. The variety of birds is astounding; the reserve holds over 1,000 species - significantly more than the whole of Costa Rica and over one tenth of all the birds on earth. Large mammals such as Jaguar, Giant Otter and Andean Bear also occur at maximum population levels.
Access to Manu is strictly limited, and only authorized operators can take visitors into the park itself. However, there are adjacent areas where one can see all the Manu bird specialties and an astounding variety of other wildlife. A typical trip into Manu starts in Cusco and takes in the wetlands at nearby Huacarpay, where a variety of Andean waterfowl and marsh birds are abundant. Here the endemic and beautiful Bearded Mountaineer Hummingbird can be seen feeding on tree tobacco. Then the route proceeds to the cloud forest of the eastern Andean slopes. Trees are then continuous from the tree-line at 3,300 m.a.s.l. down in to the Amazon basin, and on to the borders of Brazil and Bolivia. Driving slowly down through the cloud forest, every 500 ms. loss of elevation produces new birds. This is the home of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, and a visit to one of their leks (courtship sites) is one of the world's great ornithological spectacles. There are also two species of quetzal here; in fact, these humid montane forests are home to a mind-boggling variety of multi-colored birds; a mixed flock of tanagers, honeycreepers and conebills can turn any tree into a Christmas Tree!
The last forested foothills of the Andes level out into the upper tropical zone, a forest habitat that elsewhere has disappeared, to be replaced by tea, coffee and coca plantations. In Manu the forest is intact, and special birds such as the Amazonian Umbrellabird, and Blue headed and Military Macaws can be found. From here, transport is by river. The beaches are packed with nesting birds in the dry season; Large-billed terns scream at passing boats and Orinoco Geese watch warily from the shore. Huge colonies of Sand-colored Nighthawks roost and nest on the hot sand.
As you leave the foothills and reach the untouched forests of the western Amazon, you enter jungle with highest-density of birdlife per square km. On earth. But beware! - sometimes it seems as if there are fewer birds than in a European woodland; only strange calls betray their presence - until a mixed flock comes through, containing an astonishing 70-plus species; or a brightly colored group of, say, Rose-fronted Parakeets dashes out of a fruiting tree. For the birder who craves the mysterious and rare, this is the site. This forest has produced the highest day-list on foot ever recorded on earth, and it holds such little-seen gems as Black-faced Cotinga and Rufous-fronted Ant-thrush. Antbirds and Ovenbirds creep in the foliage and give tantalizing glimpses until, eventually, they reveal themselves in a shaft of sunlight. To get to this forest is difficult and expensive, but the experience is well worth it.
A trip to Manu is one of the ultimate birding experiences, and topping it off with a macaw lick is a great way to finish; hundreds of brightly colored macaws and other parrots congregate to eat the clay essential to their digestion in one of the world's great wildlife spectacles.
Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone
This area is accessible via the Tambopata river. A number of jungle lodges offer excellent lowland rainforest birding, providing a reasonable alternative for those who do not have the time or money to visit Manu.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 1828
As at November 2016
Number of endemics: 105
Junin Grebe Podiceps taczanowskii White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops Long-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi Koepcke's Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii Green-and-white Hummingbird Amazilia viridicauda Peruvian Piedtail Phlogophilus harterti Rufous-webbed Brilliant Heliodoxa branickii White-tufted Sunbeam Aglaeactis castelnaudii Purple-backed Sunbeam Aglaeactis aliciae Black-breasted Hillstar Oreotrochilus melanogaster Royal Sunangel Heliangelus regalis Bronze-tailed Comet Polyonymus caroli Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis Fire-throated Metaltail Metallura eupogon Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe Grey-bellied Comet Taphrolesbia griseiventris Marvellous Spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis Scarlet-banded Barbet Capito wallacei Yellow-browed Toucanet Aulacorhynchus huallagae Speckle-chested Piculet Picumnus steindachneri Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis
Number of endemics: 105
Coastal Miner Geositta peruviana Dark-winged Miner Geositta saxicolina Thick-billed Miner Geositta crassirostris Striated Earthcreeper Upucerthia serrana Surf Cinclodes Cinclodes taczanowskii White-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes palliatus Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax Russet-bellied Spinetail Synallaxis zimmeri Apurimac Spinetail Synallaxis courseni Great Spinetail Siptornopsis hypochondriacus Creamy-crested Spinetail Cranioleuca albicapilla Marcapata Spinetail Cranioleuca marcapatae Baron's Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni Eye-ringed Thistletail Schizoeaca palpebralis Vilcabamba Thistletail Schizoeaca vilcabambae Pale-tailed Canastero Asthenes huancavelicae Rusty-fronted Canastero Asthenes ottonis Cactus Canastero Asthenes cactorum Junin Canastero Asthenes virgata Russet-mantled Softtail Phacellodomus berlepschi Chestnut-backed Thornbird Phacellodomus dorsalis Ash-throated Antwren Herpsilochmus parkeri Creamy-bellied Antwren Herpsilochmus motacilloides Allpahuayo Antbird Percnostola arenarum White-masked Antbird Pithys castanea Pale-billed Antpitta Grallaria carrikeri Rusty-tinged Antpitta Grallaria przewalskii Bay Antpitta Grallaria capitalis Red-and-white Antpitta Grallaria erythroleuca Chestnut Antpitta Grallaria blakei Ochre-fronted Antpitta Grallaricula ochraceifrons Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor Large-footed Tapaculo Scytalopus macropus Junin Tapaculo Scytalopus getyii Rufous-vented Tapaculo Scytalopus femoralis Vilcabamba Tapaculo Scytalopus urubambae Neblina Tapaculo Scytalopus altirostris Ancash Tapaculo Scytalopus affinis Tschudi's Tapaculo Scytalopus acutirostris Peruvian Plantcutter Phytotoma raimondii Bay-vented Cotinga Doliornis sclateri White-cheeked Cotinga Zaratornis stresemanni Masked Fruiteater Pipreola pulchra Cerulean-capped Manakin Lepidothrix coeruleocapilla Inca Flycatcher Leptopogon taczanowskii Mishana Tyrannulet Zimmerius villarejoi Peruvian Tyrannulet Zimmerius viridiflavus Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant Anairetes agraphia Johnson's Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus luluae White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus albifacies Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus pulchellus Piura Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca piurae Tumbes Tyrant Tumbezia salvini Rufous Flycatcher Myiarchus semirufus Peruvian Wren Cinnycerthia peruana Inca Wren Thryothorus eisenmanni Iquitos Gnatcatcher Polioptila clementsi Cuzco Warbler Basileuterus chrysogaster Parodi's Hemispingus Hemispingus parodii Rufous-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris Brown-flanked Tanager Thlypopsis pectoralis Black-bellied Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis aureodorsalis Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti Green-capped Tanager Tangara meyerdeschauenseei Sira Tanager Tangara phillipsi Pardusco Nephelornis oneilli White-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus auricularis Great Inca-Finch Incaspiza pulchra Rufous-backed Inca-Finch Incaspiza personata Gray-winged Inca-Finch Incaspiza ortizi Buff-bridled Inca-Finch Incaspiza laeta Little Inca-Finch Incaspiza watkinsi Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch Poospiza alticola Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch Poospiza rubecula Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch Poospiza caesar Raimondi's Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii Vilcabamba Brush-Finch Atlapetes terborghi Cusco Brush-Finch Atlapetes canigenis Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch Atlapetes nationi Rufous-eared Brush-Finch Atlapetes rufigenis Apurimac Brush-Finch Atlapetes forbesi Black-spectacled Brush-Finch Atlapetes melanopsis Selva Cacique Cacicus koepckeae
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A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru
by James E Clements & Noam Shany illustrated by Dana Gardener & Eustace Barnes. Paperback from Lynx Edicions 2001
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A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru
Clive Byers 144 pages, 280 colour photos. New Holland Publishers due May 2007
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The Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region
by Barry Walker | - Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru: Includes a Bird Finding Guide to the Area | Lynx Edicions | Paperback | July 2015 | 243 Pages | 82 Colour Plates
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ISBN: 9788496553972Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Peru
TS Schulenberg, DF Stotz, DF Lane, JP O'Neill and TA Parker Helm 2007
ISBN: 167909Buy this book from NHBS.com
DVD - Birding Southern Peru
The film takes the birder on a species-rich tour, starting at the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, exploring a diversity of wetland and high altitude habitats and also taking in historical sites such as Machu Picchu. Buy direct from the filmmaker:
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruviana
Guides & Tour Operators
Tanager Tours is a young and fast growing company, started at the end of 1999 Dutchman Wim ten Have is leading the international team of excellent and enthusiast drivers and guides. Our target is to offer well-organized, medium-priced tours for all kinds of birdwatchers: from luxury birdwatching trips into Manu to off-the-beaten-track camping tours throughout Perú. We also offer combined birdwatching-culture tours for birdwatchers and their less dedicated partners…
Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992 with the purpose of combining tourism with environmental education, research and local sustainable development to support the conservation of the areas where we operate. Our two lodges in the rain forest of Tambopata, Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center, reflect our philosophy. At Tambopata Research Center, we have been lodging tourists and researchers since 1989, watching the symbiosis between conscientious quality ecotours and scientific research come to life.
Manu Expeditions and Wildlife Tours
Manu Expeditions and Wildlife tours are a bespoke professional tour operator based in Peru and running guided birding tours in Peru and throughout South America. We are specialized in catering for serious birders, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and relaxed birding experiences. We are birders ourselves and we know how important it is for birders to have trouble free logistics arranged for them whilst in country…
Kolibri Expeditons is giving you thorough birding trips to all corners of South America. We are based in Lima, Peru. General Director is Gunnar Engblom, a well known tour leader and birdguide. Our groups are small size and we have our own transport of 4WD cars (or a van where appropriate). We often go off the beaten track to give you all possible endemics and specialties of the particular area you are in. There is usually a bias on quality of unique birds rather than overall numbers. Then again, visiting areas where the endemics are, usually gives a large final overall list. For more comfort demanding clients we also provide Marvelous Spatuletail Tours – spectacular birding and great comfort.
Birding Peru was formed in 2001 with the goals of providing birders with affordable, reliable, and knowledgeable service in Peru. As well as promoting and providing sustainable ecotourism, Birding Peru also is involved in conservation of Peruvian habitats, and a portion of your payment goes directly to conservation projects in the very areas we visit on our trips.
Peru Manu Expeditions
Wildlife and Birding Adventures by dugout canoe in Peru`s undisturbed Amazoninan rain forest reserve, Manu Park led by naturalist trained guides. Comfortable rustic lodges and safari style riverside camps year around. Also Horse Supported high Andes Treks, Archaeological Expeditions and Inca study.
Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992 by Eduardo Nycander and Kurt Holle with the purpose of combining providing authentic educational experiences that support the conservation of the areas where we operate. Our two lodges in the rain forest of Tambopata, Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center, reflect our philosophy…
Inside Peru with Aracari means meticulous attention to detail. Peru is South America's culinary as well as cultural heartland, and carefully planned itineraries include time to enjoy the unique local cuisine, as well as shopping and evening relaxation. To enhance the quality of your sightseeing, we've chosen small, characterful and comfortable lodges and hotels, each conveying something of the local depth and richness of the Peruvian heritage.
Welcome to Pantiacolla, we organize ecotours to Manu National Park in Peru, South America. Manu is considered by many to be the finest ecotourism destination in the entire Amazon basin. A world heritage site, it is considered the world`s most biodiverse national park, and possibly the best location, due to lack of hunting pressure, for viewing large animals, such as giant otters, black caiman, harpy eagles, jaguars, giant anteaters, and tapirs. Pantiacolla aims to inspire an understanding and appreciation for this unique wilderness area…
GreenTracks has two excellent birding guides, Segundo Mesia and Bill Lamar , one of who accompanies every riverboat expedition. Although we no longer offer trips which are open exclusively to birders, almost any GreenTracks riverboat expedition is an excellent opportunity to add species to your Life List.
Peru Green Travel
Our company offers a wide variety of itineraries in Peru, our main destinations are the wildlife in National Parks and the legendary Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Birding in Peru
The Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest diversity of life on Earth and is one of the most important conservation units in the world. If one were to choose THE best birding trip in the world, this must surely be a candidate for the winner…
Peru has the second-highest species list on earth and a huge list of 125+ endemic species; ever more are being discovered as the forests are studied now more readily than in the past. There is a huge amount of habitat to discover, and the remnants of the Inca Empire add to the majesty of any trip here. Because of its large size several trips or one long one are recommended to cover the major regions and give all of the fantastic EBAs (Endemic Birding Areas) due birding….
Nature Travel Specialists
Nature Travel Specialists believes that travel is most enjoyable when it expands the horizons of both visitor and visited, when both give and receive from each other. With this in mind we design itineraries that enable our travelers to explore the natural areas of the world, in the company of English-speaking local tour guides who know their country and region intimately…
Peru is the birdiest country in the world. Peru ties Colombia with over 1800 species of birds, more than 85% of which are permanent residents. Peru is second only to Brazil in the number of endemic birds and second only to Indonesia in the number of bird species with restricted geographical ranges. Several rainforest lodges in Peru offer superb birding, each with a list of over 550 species! In 1982 a team of birders in Manu in southeastern Peru established the current world record big day when they recorded 331 species while only walking and paddling canoes…
Gran Peru Bird Tours
The time has come to witness Peru`s unrivalled diversity of birds - from exotic hummingbirds (118 species), cotingas (33 species), and antbirds (142 species), to flocks of hundreds of macaws at clay licks, mixed species flocks of over 60 species, and rare endemics like the White-winged Guan and the flightless Junin Grebe…
…The Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest diversity of life on Earth and is one of the most important conservation units in the world. The beauty of this trip is the variety of habitats visited ranging from orchid laden cloud forest where Spectacled Bears and Cock-of-the-Rocks still live unmolested, to untouched Amazon rainforest where Monkeys abound and Giant Otters still exist in the ox-bow lakes…
Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, we conduct bird conservation and conduct ornithological research…
Off the beaten path birding tours Manu & Candamo, Tambopata…
Peru is a paradise for bird watching lovers and nature lovers in general, thanks to a great amount of habitats, climates and the variety of its geography. With more than 1800 species of birds, 117 of them endemic to Peru, it becomes a dream to any ornithologist, especially when you think that we keep discovering new species in remote areas of Perú and unknown regions for biologist…
Dawn on the Amazon
Iquitos, Peru, is the port of departure for the voyage to tropical paradise for bird watching. Imagine yourself birding in the most avian diverse region in the world, the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, home to 560 species of neo-tropical birds…
Amazon Trails Peru
The Andean slopes, the Cloud Forest and the lowland forest of Manu are considered the best and most interesting places for birdwatching…
Neotropical Birding Tours
A group of Peruvian guides have created a new tour operator company called Neotropical Birding Tours. Our company was founded with the desire to offer high quality tours at low costs. During this year we will offer birding trips in Peru's most popular routes and during 2011 we will offer trips to Ecuador and Bolivia. We hope that in the following years we can expand our operations to the rest of the Neotropical region…
Amazon Birding Expeditions
We are a team of energetic explorers seeking to experience the real world with a grassroots approach to travel. We create amazing tours that are meaningful and memorable. And we invite you to join us on the path less travelled and experience something extraordinary…
Peru Birding Tours
Peru birding Tours based in Puerto Maldonado-Perú, this place is the entrance of Tambopata National Reserve one of the most pristine forest in South America. Peru Birding operates several selections of holidays, sharing culture, nature and wildlife. Our activities are orientated into conservation, birding tours and expeditions in the best choice places in Perú…
Rockjumper Birding Tours
Peru is the leading South American destination in which to enjoy both the snow-capped Andes and tropical Amazon rainforest, while also boasting one of the largest bird lists in the world. Our comprehensive tour of this classic birding nation also visits the magical and mysterious Machu Picchu - undoubtedly one of the finest architectural achievements of the New World!
Tribes invites you to see some of the most special parts of this earth through the eyes of the people who live there. Their empathy with the land, their respect for the wildlife and its habitat, and their deep-rooted beliefs in their traditional lifestyle will leave a lasting impression on you…
Fantastic biodiversity in a wonderful country…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2007 [01 January] - Roger Ahlman - North Peru & Iquitos
2009 [11 November] - Matt Denton
The Manu is unique in South America in offering birders the most accessible and diverse example of contiguous Andean east slope together with western Amazonia forest, a protected area harbouring over 1000 species…
2009 [01 January] - Gary Crowder
Photo rich report from Agami Photography…
2009 [07 July] - Derek Kverno - Huascarán National Park
Second only to the Himalayas, the Cordillera Blanca is an awesome spectacle of glacier-spackled fan-shaped and pyramidal peaks. A hallowed destination for climbers, trekkers, and general nature enthusiasts, Huascarán National Park is also a worthy site for birders as it protects thousands of hectares of puna, paramo, and polylepis forest habitat, all of which abound with endemic bird species of the high Andes. Using the Lazy Dog Inn, located about 8km east of Huaráz, as a very comfortable base of operations, I spent the better part of four days birding arid montane scrub, polylepis forest, and puna grasslands, while Aimee fought off a cold and doggedly continued her research for the next LP Peru guide…
2009 [06 June] - Derek Kverno - Abra Patricia
A new private reserve cum birding lodge strategically located near several of northern Peru's endemic bird areas, Abra Patricia is one of the most important and desirable birding sites in South America, offering unparalleled access to subtropical, montane, and ridgetop forest in the northeastern Peruvian Andes. Located near the highest point of one of Peru's most famous birding roads, the lodge serves as a multi-day base for birding groups in northern Peru that roam the area in search of fabulous endemic species, several of which the reserve itself boasts, including, most famously, the Long-Whiskered Owlet….
2013 [11 November] - Christopher Hall - Pacific to Amazon via Machu Picchu
…On the lagoon there were yellow and white-billed forms of Andean Coot, and Andean Duck, a relative of the Ruddy Duck with a similarly bright blue bill, plus White-cheeked Pintail, with a bright red bill, lovely Cinnamon Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, and a pair of very smart Great Grebes…
2013 [09 September] - Jim McConnell - Central Peru
…Yellowish Pipits were flushed around the lagoon edge with frequency, and another Coastal Miner was found. I ate quite a lot of the sea purslane plants growing at the edge of the lagoon. They were tasty and nutritious, and were not any different from the species growing in coastal Delaware from what I could tell. There were a couple of locals collecting clams along the flat part of the beach, which was a 10 meter stretch of sand between the ocean and the lagoon….
2013 [09 September] - Barry Walker
…A week’ birding in the Peruvian Amazon in search of some special birds with limited distribution in the country, primarily recently discovered birds in the nutrient poor white sand forests of the Allpahuayo – Mishana Reserve, the endangered Wattled Curassow and some birds with a distribution only south and east of the Amazon an Ucayali Rivers. An intense and thoroughly relaxing week in bustling Iquitos and the charming Muyuna Lodge on the Yanayacu River..
2013 [09 September] - Silverio Duri
2013 [08 August] - Fabrice Schmitt
…Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, White- winged Guan, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Bar-winged Wood-wren, and so many more…
2013 [08 August] - Steve Hilty
…But, despite their top billing, there were plenty of other show-stopping items around—nearly a dozen lovely Orange-cheeked Parrots, a blur of wings from 250 Blue-headed Parrots exploding from the clay bank, and a large representation of Mealy and Yellow-crowned parrots that arrived early to the clay bank. From our spacious elevated “blind” or hide we also added Laughing Falcon, Zone-tailed Hawk, a rare Black-billed Seed-Finch and other species….
2013 [08 August] - Silverio Duri
2013 [08 August] - Jesse Fagan
…A really fun trip with an enjoyable friendly group. Thanks, Don & Peg, Steve & Cindy, I hope you all had a memorable time. Avian highlights included my closest Andean Geese to date, Bearded Mountaineer along the towering cliffs of the Urubamba River, very good (in the scope) White-tufted Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird (probably more spectacular than seeing it perched was watching it fly!), Bar-bellied Woodpecker (often missed), three species of tapaculos (not bad), the endemic White-browed Tit-Spinetail in the Polylepis forest, Junin Canastero (!! missed 90% of the time !!), five species of ground-tyrants, Masked Fruiteater, Inca Wren (because we did visit Machu Picchu and it is a Peruvian endemic), a pair of Plushcaps, and Versicolored Barbet (not the best looks, but still a fantastic bird)….
2013 [07 July] - Andrew Whittaker
…Highlights came thick and fast including magical scope views of the poorly-known White-faced Nunbird, two different rarely seen Lanceolated Monklets, multiple breathtaking views of the stunning Yellow-scarfed Tanager, a close pair of Fiery-throated Fruiteaters, Golden-headed Quetzal, three endemic antpittas (Ochre-fronted, Rusty-tinged, and Chestnut), stellar studies of three Rufous-vented Tapaculos (endemic), the recently described endemic Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, and Cinnamon- breasted Tody-Tyrant….
2013 [07 July] - Jesse Fagan
…Nearly 200 species of birds ain't bad, but what really counts are those specialty birds and endemics. We had a bunch. Great birds like Inca Wren below the ruins, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Black-and-chestnut Eagle nearly as soon as we stepped off the train in Aguas Calientes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail in the Polylepis (another endemic), and the cooperative Black-streaked Puffbird in the towering Mandor Valley. The tops for the group, however, included Andean Condor, Masked Fruiteater, and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, a yard bird for Maxima's which took top vote-getter. A quality week of birding…
2013 [07 July] - Eustace Barnes
…Of course there were many other magnificent species and unforgettable experiences that peppered the tour including being watched by the endangered Grey-bellied Comet, playing around with the very elegant Ochre-fronted Antpitta and the rare White-faced Nunbird. As is said on many occasions the diversity of life in the Andes is unparalleled and those countries with its dramatic folds within their borders enjoy high levels of biodiversity….
2013 [07 July] - Dane Lane & Pepe Rojas
…birds such as Spot-tailed Nightjar and Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, as well as many tanagers, tyrants, and the occasional barbet, aracari, and saltator to liven up breakfast in the field…
2013 [05 May] - Clayton Burne
I spent almost five months in Peru, most of it birding by bicycle, motorbike or car. My brother joined me for some of the trip, adding a valuable extra set of eyes and company for the first time on my South American journey!
2013 [03 March] - Barry Lyon - Amazon Cruise
…Unlike land-based tours to Amazonia, which focus on birds that occur in both varzea (seasonally flooded) and terre firme (above floodline) forest types, an Amazon River cruise is primarily a varzea- type trip. Whereas a land-based trip concentrates on a limited area, an Amazon River cruise brings exposure to a broad swath of territory. While fewer birds are seen on a cruise than on a land-based trip, the joys of a river cruise lie in its efficacy in delivering a more diverse travel experience…
2013 [02 February] - Barry Lyon - Machu Picchu
…On our day in the Andes outside the old city of Ollantaytambo, we ranged from 8,500 feet up to 14,000 feet at Abra Malaga Pass searching for the region’s specialty birds. Excellent views of the endemic Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch and Creamy-crested Spinetail were special, but equally memorable were our encounters with hummingbirds…
2013 [01 January] - Steve Hilty
…In a large and diverse avifauna such as that of the Iquitos area, much of one’s enjoyment comes from the sum of visiting the many different habitats in which birds live and in observing their behaviors— their unusual, often novel songs, duets, and breeding activities. …
2013 [08 August] - Fabrice Schmitt - North peru
…it is not surprising that some of the species found here are some of the most sought after for any keen birder: Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter, White- winged Guan, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Bar-winged Wood-wren, and so many more!!…
2013 [12 December] - Silverio Duri
2013 [12 December] - Jacob Drucker & Justin Baldwin
…In this early morning, relatively stationary period, other highlights included a few more Cook’s Petrels, Peruvian and Black (Chlidonias niger) Terns, a distant Swallow- tailed Gull and a Chilean Skua flyby…
2014 [01 January] - Pepe Rojas & Dan Lane - Iquitos
…Mauritia palm swamps are important for Sulphury Flycatcher, for example, or bromeliads in flooded forest for Long-billed Woodcreeper….
2014 [01 January] - Omar Diaz - Manu Biosphere
2014 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Amazon River Cruise
…This afternoon we retraced our route back downriver a short distance and again stopped at the Caño Dorado, in preparation for a night outing which produced quite a few Great Potoos…
2014 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Northern Cloud Forest
…we had a spectacular morning, seeing a wide array of colorful tanagers and such tantalizing goodies as Gray-mantled Wren, Olivaceous Piha, Golden- collared Honeycreeper, and more than enough little tyrannulets for one morning…
2014 [01 January] - Omar Diaz - Tambopate & Santa Eulalia
List & Photos
2014 [01 January] - Peter Hawrylyshyn - Northern Birding Route
…n the afternoon I returned to the feeders for some multi-flash hummingbird photography, while Boris and Bob went on the lower trails and saw Long-tailed Tyrant, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, and the endemic Huallaga Tanager. A Russet-crowned Crake was near the orchid garden. Dinner was a fresh vegetable soup, grilled chicken with potatoes and custard dessert….
2014 [04 April] - Jon Hornbuckle
Birding was good for me as I had 18 ticks, including Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Pale-billed and Rusty-tinged Antpittas and Unicoloured Tapaculo. The only real disappointments were missing Buckley’s Forest-Falcon, Buff-throated Treehunter and Peruvian Martin after a lot of effort to try and see them all. I also failed to see Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, Buff-fronted Owl and Barred Antthrush, despite Alex’s efforts, but my expectations were low for these. Bird activity was disappointing at times, especially along the Abra Patricia road where tanagers were mostly surprisingly scarce. However we were very fortunate in having sightings of two Critically Endangered monkeys: Yellow-tailed Woolly-Monkey and San Martin Titi...
2014 [11 November] - Gustavo Bautista
The Manu is a special trip - dropping off the top of the Andes near Machu Picchu and Cusco and sliding down through bromeliad laden cloud forest staying at very comfortable eco-lodges with well-developed fruit and Hummingbird feeding stations, canopy towers and floating catamarans on Ox-bow lakes. More than 1000 bird species exist within the park.
2014 [11 November] - Alex Durand
Manu biosphere reserve...
2015 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Northern Cloud Forest
.... This was an unscouted area and that quickly became apparent. It might have been relatively uneventful during dry weather but the trail was among the worst I’ve encountered in many years. For our efforts we did see a five species of hummingbirds including two lancebills (although it was difficult to distinguish between them), a surprise Orange-billed Sparrow, and a female Little Tinamou that came to the corn feeder. A large-eared, short-tailed rat of some sort also ate more than its share of the cracked corn too. We had lunch at the Olla de Barro restaurant in Moyobamba (yes, still raining!) and continued on to Tarapoto with a brief stop for oilbirds and more rain following us almost to the little Tarapoto airport...
2015 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Amazon Cruise
...Among the highlights of our trip, top honors surely go to the Razor-billed Curassow, with the wonderful Spectacled Owl a close second; others included the remarkable number of Great Potoos seen (as well as one Common Potoo), Blue-and-yellow Macaws, and almost a dozen male Plum-throated Cotingas. There were, of course, large numbers of raptors almost daily, many parakeets and parrots, some cute tody-flycatchers, and a great mix of river edge and river island species including Lesser Wagtail-Tyrants, Black-and-white Antbirds, Orange-fronted Plushcrowns, kingfishers, and many more...
2015 [01 January] - David Marques - Southeast Peru
... The famous Cock-of-the-Rock lek has been moving to different sites over the last years and its size has been decreasing, currently holding 4-5 courting males. It is still next to the road and the lek site was protected by a plastic wall at the time of our visit. Hotels...
2015 [07 July] - Silverio Duri - Central andes
No other Peru itinerary provides more little known and localized endemics as the Central Peru tour, though the better-known North Peru tour comes a close second. This little known circuit takes us into the arid canyons of the Atacama desert, shrubby mountain valleys, high-Andean bogs, bleak open puna country, bromeliad-laden cloudforests, gnarled elfin forests, cool Polylepis woodland against the spectacular backdrop of the stunning Cordillera Blanca, and seashore habitats.
2015 [04 April] - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range topped by permanent snowfields that are within sight of the sea; it is also one of the most endemic-rich areas in the world, many of them with "Santa Marta" in the name. The principal base was a comfortable lodge on the ProAves reserve at 2650 meters on an outlying ridge of the mountains where saw a large share of those endemics, as well as many other stunning birds.
2015 [09 September] - Jose Illanes - Manu & Machu Picchu
...This gave us a few endemic species like Bearded Mountaineer and Rusty-fronted Canastero; along with other less local species like Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Plumbeous Rail, Puna Teal, Andean Negrito and Puna Ibis. The following day we birded along the road towards Manu where we picked up birds like Peruvian Sierra-Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, Spot-winged Pigeon, and a beautiful Peruvian endemic in the form of Creamy-crested Spinetail.
2015 [08 August] - Dan Lane & Pepe Rojas - North Peru
...Our next day, we continued to enjoy the interesting avifauna of the unique Mayo Valley, where there are influences of Amazonian rainforest (Green-backed Trogon, Scaly-breasted Wren, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, and Fiery-capped Manakin), the drier cerrado of Bolivia and Brazil (Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Little Nightjar, and Pale-breasted Thrush), and one or two elements all its own (the undescribed "Striped" Manakin). After a morning there, we savored the hummingbird smorgasbord at the Waqanki feeders.
2015 [07 July] - Andrew Whittaker - Northern Peru
... These included the holy grail of Neotropical birding and one of the greatest hummingbird gems of all, the critically endangered and endemic Marvelous Spatuletail. Alas, this year the Long-whiskered Owlet was only heard (however, we have seen it 4 out of the last 5 years); in fact, the unseasonal rains certainly hurt hard our owling this year.
2015 [07 July] - Eduardo Ormaeche - South Peru
Brief Diary and annotated list
2015 [07 July] - Jesse Fagan - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga
...Back to Ollantaytambo, and birding the pass of Abra Malaga with the high peak known as Veronica in her white dress. She's always lovely, but especially so in the early morning sun. We birded both slopes: the drier west side, and the more humid east. A visit to Maxima's house, enjoying her warm potatoes, and we marvelled at her strong, yet lonely existence. Plus, y'all climbed the ridge above the pass (14,500' or so), breaking trail through snow, to stand on hallowed ground. So quiet, peaceful, just the wind, the valley below... and soaring condors.
2015 [06 June] - Eduardo Ormaeche - Northern Peru
Diary and annotated list
2015 [07 July] - Birding Ecotours
2015 [07 July] - Birding Ecotours - Central Peru
2016 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Amazon Cruise
2016 [01 January] - Steve Hilty - Northwest Peru
2015 [12 December] - Alex Durand Torres - Abra Malaga & Cusco
Where esle can you get 13 Peruvian endemics in 2 days? A short but interesting extension where we recorded 13 Peruvian endemics and 18 range restricted species and flagship birds such as Inca Wren, Torrent Duck, Black-streaked Puffbird, Green and White Hummingbird, Bearded Mountaineer, Tawny-Tit-Spinetail, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Unstrakedd Tit-tyrant, Junin Canastero, Marcapata and Creamy-crested Spinetails, Masked Fruiteater, White-tufted Sunveam, Parodi’s Hemispingus and the rarely seen Tacznowski’s Tinamou and Royal Cinclcodes
2015 [12 December] - Dan Lane - Iquitos
The Amazon is one of those "Bucket List" places -- particularly if you’re a birder! But why is the Amazon so diverse, so amazing? Well, as I was trying to explain during the tour, the Amazon is thought to be one of the few regions in the world blessed with relatively continuous climatic conditions for the past tens of millions of years. While the higher latitudes have had to deal with glacial cycles, extreme shifts in rainfall, and ocean level rises and falls, the Amazon has had patches of humid tropical forests that probably maintained populations of many of the animals and plants that live there today, in fairly similar conditions...
2015 [12 December] - Keith Taylor - Southern Ecuador
...Manglares-Churute came into view soon after where the trees standing in the flooded ricefields were scanned but no Horned Screamers were seen despite looking from two spots. Unfortunately we were searching in the wrong area and the proper site was an inconspicuous marsh three kilometers back along Highway 25 where there are no shoulders and heavy traffic makes viewing virtually impossible with the exception of one area to pull off on the right heading in the direction of Guayaquil. All of the birds had been seen previously but Limpkin was noted in case of a South American split...
2015 [11 November] - Jesus Cieza - – Machu Picchu & Manu Road
...Our last morning at Amazonia Lodge and we went out for a morning walk getting a nice Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Gray Antwren and Buff Throated Woodpecker, then a very fresh boat ride to Pantiacolla Lodge then once at the Lodge there a short walk around with good birds like Broad Billed Motmot, Sulphury Flycatcher, Yellow Margined Flycatcher and by the end of the day a big flock of Olive Oropendola plus a family of Red Howler Monkey...
2016 [03 March] - Silverio Duri - Apurimac
This short 3-days trip to see the special Apurimac’s SPECIALITIES & ENDEMICS it was very successful - where we recorded 11 Peruvian endemics and a great bonus (Buff-fronted Owl) that is a new record in this part of the country – this coupled with spectacular scenery gave us a stunning 3 days birding....
2016 [04 April - Silverio Duri - Manu
...We regularly record 600 species on this tour and often see Jaguar. No birding in cutover forest on this trip! Imagine birding on forest trails with mixed species flocks that might contain over 50 species and bumping into a troop of Peruvian Spider Monkeys around the corner, or quietly paddling on a catamaran on an Ox-bow Lake with Giant Otters and teeming lakeside birdlife!...
2016 [03 March] - Roger Ahlman - Northern Peru
...D’Orbigny's Chat-Tyrant and Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant were, on the other hand, the frst time I see in northern Peru. We also found other birds that are diffcult in the north like Striated Earthcreeper, Green-headed Hillstarand Stripe-headed Antpitta. On the rarity account we fnd Sora, Black-billed Cuckoo and Cliff Swallow. The event of the trip happened already the frst morning at Pantanos de Ventanilla just north of Lima when we watched tens of thousands of Guanay Cormorants and Peruvian Boobies in a constant stream migrating south. Absolutely breathtaking!..
2016 [05 May] - Silverio Duri
Seen at Laguna Piuray. Andean populations have often (e.g., Hellmayr & Conover 1948a, Siegfried 1976, Sibley & Ahlquist 1990, AOU 1998, Ridgely & Greenfield 2001, Jaramillo 2003) been treated as a separate species, O. ferruginea ("Andean Duck" or "Andean Ruddy-Duck"). However, see Adams and Slavid (1984), Fjeldså (1986), and McCracken & Sorenson (2005) for rationale for treating them as conspecific, as done previously (e.g., Blake 1977, Johnsgard 1979), and then followed by Fjeldså & Krabbe (1990) and Carboneras (1992f). Siegfried (1976) and Livezey (1995) considered ferruginea to be more closely related to O. vittata than to O. jamaicensis, but McCracken & Sorenson (2005) showed that this is incorrect.
2016 [07 July] - Andrew Whittaker - Northern Peru
...Again this year we had incredible views of three endemic antpittas: Ochre-fronted, Chestnut, and even the very hard to see Rusty-tinged! The huge and magnificent Crimson-bellied Woodpecker was seen not once but 3 times! It is certainly one of the world’s greatest woodpeckers; its fiery crimson underparts contrasted with its black back and huge, flashy white wing patches as it glided through the forest and landed on a tree, the sun blazing down and exaggerating its splendid bright colors...
2016 [07 July] - Andrew Whittaker - Lima's Coastal Marshes
...As always, the marshes were full of life and the sea just teeming with an estimated 100,000 Sooty Shearwaters (probably caused by the strong El Nino year as the cold current has returned), thousands of Peruvian Boobies and cormorants, and wave after wave of Peruvian Pelicans. Gray Gulls were present and are unique amongst gulls, nesting in the desert! We also had several Andean Gull austral migrants to this part, as were the Black Skimmers (that fly over the Andes from the Amazon) to feed in this rich area...
2016 [07 July] - Andrew Whittaker - Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon
...Late afternoon the feeders around the lodge graced us with killer looks at the endangered endemic White-winged Guan, spectacular White-tailed Jays, Golden Grosbeak, White-edged Oriole, Pacific Hornero, and Long-tailed Mockingbird. During our wonderful dinner a very friendly Sechuran Fox graced us with a visit....
2016 [07 July] - David Milton - Remote Northern Peru
...Our itinerary aimed to maximise new birds and to see 14 possible targets species. This included three side trips: to a tributary of the Maranon River (Yellow-browed Toucanet) where we walked in with our 5 horse team; the Scarlet-banded Barbet four-wheel drive trip to Plataforma; and the small plane flight into the northern Amazon (San Lorenzo) to see the White -masked Antbird. At the end of the full 8 week trip to Brazil and Peru together with our 2015 trips to Peru (remote south and Cusco/Manu Rd area) and Japan we successfully achieved the 30 birds from our target families....
2016 [09 September] - Steve Hilty - Manu Biosphere Reserve
...Lower down we encountered our first really good mixed species flocks with furnariids, wrens, warblers, tanagers, and brush-finches, and then spent time at a wonderful Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek before continuing our journey downward. In the foothills everything seemed to change again. There were aquatic species, hoatzins, parrots, macaws, antbirds, woodcreepers, and a different cast of hummingbirds; the increase in diversity was obvious....
2016 [08 August] - Jesse Fagan & Cory Gregory - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga
...Bird highlights were many, but there were some standouts. You loved the already mentioned Andean Condor (this is Peru), and the male Andean Cock-of-the-rock. The endemic Bearded Mountaineer somehow managed to make it on the list (duh!) as did the Royal Cinclodes (a lifer for EVERYBODY). However, the bird of the trip was one of the smallest, if not the cutest: Peruvian Pygmy-Owl. The experience of eating home-grown warm Peruvian potatoes at Maxima's house was one of the non-birding treats and experiences we will never forget....
2016 [07 July] - Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan - Peru's Magnetic North
...Less glittery species also made the list, including the wonderful song duetting antics of Black-capped Donacobius, the sluggish Black-streaked Puffbird, the noble Laughing Falcon, the boldly patterned "Moriche Oriole" (now part of Variable Oriole), the little ball of spitfire called Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, the large and impressive Strong-billed Woodcreepers we watched tearing moss off the tree trunks, the nightjar morning, the massive group of Comb Ducks, and the tame Chestnut Antpitta that allowed us to view it beside the trail. ...
2016 [07 July] - Gustavo Bautista - Manu and Cusco area
Diary & annotated list
2016 [08 August] - Silverio Duri - Northern Peru
...A full morning birding the Ridgeline trail out of camp and afternoon down to 45 village trail. After a hot breakfast and coffee we set off to the muddy trail, which fortunately was drier than usual. Luckily we didn’t have any rain, and it was incredibly rewarding – we spent all morning with a field lunch up on the ridge trail packed by Aurelio, seeing 2 Scarlet-banded Barbets, Foothill Schiffornis and great views of Gray-tailed Piha, lot of Tanagers and after lunch went back to the hotel (very basic hotel) for a little break and in the afternoon we explored a new trail...
2016 [07 July] - Barry Walker - Cusco to Lima
Diary & annotated list
2016 [08 August] - Alex Durand Torres - Manu Biosphere Reserve
Diary and annotated list
2016 [07 July] - Pepe Rojas - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga
...During the rest of our time in this area, we birded a combination of the Mandor Valley, Aguas Calientes and our hotel grounds, all of which are very productive areas. As a result of our efforts, we scored great views of Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Golden-headed Quetzal, Andean Motmot, Blue-banded Toucanet, Ocellated Piculet, Speckled-faced Parrot, Variable Antshrike, plus astonishing views of a male Andean Cock-of-the-Rock at our hotel grounds -- not to mention the many species of tanagers and hummingbirds we scored at the feeders!...
2017 [03 March] - Alex Durand - Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga
A short but interesting extension where we recorded 12 Peruvian endemics and 12 other range restricted species plus the impressive Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu and flagship birds such as Inca Wren, Torrent Duck, Masked Fruiteater, Green and white Hummingbird, Bearded Mountaineer, Tawny-Tit-Spinetail, Royal Cinclodes, Junín Canastero, Marcapata Spinetail and many more...
2017 [02 February] - Andrew Whitaker - Northern Peru Cloud Forest
...Highlights included fabulous male and female Rufous-crested Coquettes, the rare Many-spotted Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Black-throated Mango, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Long-billed Starthroat, Black-throated Hermit, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, White-chinned Sapphire, and both Amethyst and Little woodstars (a lovely male) and many more....
2017 [01 January] - Doris Valencia - Machu Picchu
...The highlights were Blackcapped Tyrannulet, Pale-eyed Flycatcher, Gray-mantled Wren, Tricolored Brush-Finch, colorful tanagers, and more, as well as a migrant Blackburnian Warbler....
2016 [11 November] - Jesse Fagan - High Arid Deserts & Nazca Lines
...Highlights were many and varied. They included White-eared Puffbird (Iris especially liked this one), Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (spotted by Rosy!), the flashy Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant (Josh liked his haircut), Andean Condors, Rufous-collared Sparrows (yep, Buzz appreciated them), while Derryn and I both agreed highlight was the Bearded Mountaineer....
2016 [12 December] - Eustace Barnes - Amazonian Peru
...still recorded 376 species, including Red-billed Ground Cuckoo and White-bellied Dacnis! In addition, particularly memorable were the spectacular views of Wattled Curassow, Blue-cheeked and Purplish Jacamars, Brown-banded, Rufous-necked and Collared Puffbirds, incredible views of a very responsive Fulvous Antshrike, equally superb views of the shy Black-necked Red Cotinga and retiring Orange-crested Manakin along with many other species....
2016 [11 November] - Silverio Duri - Manu Biosphere
...On this trip we recorded 639 species of birds including 53 species of Antbird, 50 species of Hummingbird and 12 species of Owl of which 11 were seen....
2016 [11 November] - Eustace Barnes - Central Peru
...The tour went without a hitch and day after day we found our target species and many others besides, producing 482 species and a record breaking 110 write-ins plus a few BQ lifers and the inevitable selection of near-arctic waders....
2016 [11 November] - Richard Webster - Northern Peru
...Among the highlights were Tumbes Tyrant, Hummingbird, and Sparrow, along with White-winged Guan, White-tailed Jay, White-headed Brushfinch, Peruvian Screech-Owl, Elegant Crescentchest, and Sulphur-throated Finch. We finished the day with a lovely walk on the beach, although our destination, the river mouth, was short on special birds....
2016 [10 October] - Silverio Duri - Manu Biosphere
...The beauty of this trip is the variety of habitats visited ranging from orchid laden cloud forest where Spectacled Bears and Cock-of-the-Rocks still live unmolested, to untouched Amazon rainforest where 13 species of Monkey abound and Giant Otters still exist in the ox-bow lakes...
2016 [10 October] - Jose Illanes - Manu & Machu Picchu
...Collared Puffbird, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Sclater’s Antwren, Golden-collared Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Pavonine Quetzal, Spangled Cotinga and also Horned Screamer, Orinoco Goose, and Red-and-green Macaw. Before leaving the Amazon behind completely, we stopped near the Manu town of Puerto Maldonado where we found the very local Whitethroated Jacamar....
2016 [09 September] - Dubi Shapiro - Northern Peru
This tour just gets better and better. This year the 7 participants, Rob and Baldomero enjoyed a bird filled trip that found 723 species of birds. We had particular success with some tricky groups, finding 12 Rails and Crakes (all but 1 being seen!), 11 Antpittas (8 seen), 90 Tanagers and allies, 71 Hummingbirds, 95 Flycatchers. We also found many of the iconic endemic species of Northern Peru, such as White-winged Guan, Peruvian Plantcutter, Marañón Crescentchest, Marvellous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Royal Sunangel, Koepcke’s Hermit, Ash-throated RBL Northern Peru Trip Report 2016 2 Antwren, Koepcke’s Screech Owl, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Grey-bellied Comet and 3 species of Inca Finch. We also found more widely distributed, but always special, species like Andean Condor, King Vulture, Agami Heron and Long-tailed Potoo on what was a very successful tour.
Places to Stay
Posada Amazonas, the winner of multiple conservation and ecotourism Awards, is an Ecolodge in the fullest sense of the word. It is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24 - room lodge owned jointly by the Ese'eja Community of Tambopata and Rainforest Expeditions, the leading Ecotour Company of Peru.
Explorama offers five Lodges and one Resort in over 250,000 acres of Privately Protected Primary Amazon Rainforest Reserves. Spectacular Canopy Walkway, Birdwatchers Paradise, Full-week & Weekend Specials.
Our first visit will cross the river by canoe to Monkey Island, the first and only one of its kind in the heart of the Madre de Dios River; protected and conserved by EcoAmazonia Lodge…
Manu Wildlife Centre
The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru. Based along the Manu de Dios river, the wildlife center provides tours for bird watching, the Tapir Lick, the Macaw Clay Lick and observing Giant Otters swimming in Ox Bow lakes from floating platforms…
The trip takes 4 hours by our speedboat. Amazonia`s lodge on the Tahuayo River is rustic, yet comfortable. There are fifteen cabins; some are honeymoon cabins, with a single large bed, others are cabins with two beds and a few are family style cabins with one large bed and several single beds…
Sandoval Lake Lodge
Sandoval Lake Lodge is located on the high bluffs overlooking Sandoval Lake, within the protected Tambopata-Candamo Reserve of southeastern Peru. Internationally famous as the site of the world's greatest lowland concentrations of birds and butterflies, Tambopata offers an exciting and unique Amazon experience.
Ceiba Tops, the newest and only luxury resort on the Amazon River, offers 53 air conditioned rooms and cottages with private bathrooms with hot water, swimming pool, and you can add on an excursion to the longest Canopy Walkway in the world…
Heliconia, is an authenticate Ecolodge located in Yanamono Reserve, 80 Km. away from Iquitos City, Perú. Ideal for those who want to experience a real adventure in the Amazon…
We own two beautiful lodges in the amazon jungle, and a Research Center ( Peru Wildlife center) , the first one; Wasai Maldonado Lodge, is located in the tropical city of Puerto Maldonado at the bank of the Madre de Dios river . The others , Wasai Tambopata Lodge and Peru Wildlife Center are located in the Tambopata Candamo National Park, very close to the largests Macaw Clay Licks knowns on the World.
Amazon Yarapa River Lodge
The Amazon Yarapa River Lodge is located on the Yarapa River, a pristine tributary of the Amazon River. Overwhelm your senses in this incredible adventure. It`s a complex ecosystem like no other. We invite you to join us in an amazing voyage into the Amazon rainforest…
It's an authentic Ecolodge, located to 12 miles far from Iquitos City; to 45 minutes sailing by the Nanay River; and 30 minutes by the Iquitos-Nauta highway…
Tambopata Research Center
The Tambopata Research Center is a spartan yet comfortable 13 bedroom lodge built by Rainforest Expeditions with the object of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. Because of its remote location in a Connecticut-sized tract of uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides, Tambopata Research Center is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife…
San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves
San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves owns three beautiful eco-lodges and four private birding reserves. Our tours offer over 1,000 species & 60 varieties of Hummingbirds, and will take you through San Jorge Botanical Reserve (High Barren Plains/Highland Rain Forest - Quito Foothills),San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest), San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, (Tropical Rainforest), San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayacu Bird/Wildlife Reserve (Eastern Slope), adjoining Antizana NP.
Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge
Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge is one of the most exclusive lodges in the Peruvian Amazon and a heaven for visitors in search of a quiet retreat. From this unique place, our guests can visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is the largest protected natural area in Peru…
We will visit Tumbes, Cordillera del Colan and the Marañon river basin with Jonas Nilsson, who knows this area extremely well. Jonas was one of the first birders to rediscover the Great Spinetail and to obtain the first recording of an alternate call of the Ochre-fronted Antpitta, so anything could be possible! Our highlights include such amazing and enigmatic birds like Peruvian Plantcutter, White-winged Guan, Marañon Crescentchest, Marvellous Spatuletail, Orange-throated Tanager, Ochre-fronted Antpitta, White-capped Tanager, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, 3 species of Inca-Finches, Gray-bellied Comet and Great Spinetail!
Manu Paradise Lodge
Our eco-lodge is settled in the heart of the cloud forest; 6 hours by road from Cusco and one hour from the rural airstrip at Pilcopata. Our unique location allows us the opportunity to offer a large variety of special programs in and around this beautiful zone. Our lodge is situated in a truly privileged location - between the Kosnipata and San Pedro Rivers - which gives us a magnificent view of this green paradise…
Peru's Explorers' Inn is a well known Amazon rainforest lodge and research station, in operation since 1975. It is the only Lodge in the region located wholely within the Tambopata National Reserve (TNR), in western Amazonia, Madre de Dios, Peru…
The Manu jungle lodge at Blanquillo is locally known as a Tambo. It is a typical Peruvian Amazon communal jungle building called “maloca”, in which one can feel safe and comfortable and still enjoy the surrounding wildlife. Next to our new lodge we are building a special trail system for birdwatchers. We have planted native fruit tree on a secondary forest to attract a great variety of bird species… Also see Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lodgetamboblanquillo
Tambopata Research Centre
The Tambopata Research Centre (TRC) is a basic yet comfortable 13 bedroom lodge. It was designed using traditional, low impact native architecture to provide the creature comforts necessary for enhancing the wilderness experience without compromising its authenticity. An unobstructed view of forest 10 meters from lodge perimeter maximizes wildlife encounter possibilities…
Amazon Waterfalls Association
Our goal for the Amazon Waterfalls Association is to assist and support the local community in becoming the caretakers and primary benefactors of these natural wonders. Creating this infrastructure will give the locals a prideful responsibility and a financial ability to protect and share these treasures with visitors well into the future…
Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN)
Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos is a leading Peruvian conservation organization specializing on working with local communities to establish and manage protected areas…
Area De Ornitología Colección Científica Museo De Historia Natural - UNSA
Conservation of fragmented forest patches with extremely threatened birds is difficult. At Abra Malaga in SE Peru in Cusco department there is a c. 10 ha Polylepis woodland at 4000-4300m and some adjacent smaller patches. Among the critically threatened and endangered birds there are White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax, Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus. The locality is very close to the road at the pass on the Cusco-Quillabamba road…
Parque Nacional del Manu
Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest concentration of bird life on Earth. At the time of writing approximately, 925 species have been recorded. Ornitholigists expect this figure to break the 1000 mark in the near future as remoter areas of the reserve are explored. There are a little under 9000 species of birds in the world, meaning Manu holds one in every nine species found on the planet. No other protected area on Earth contains so many birds.
Reserva Territorial Madre de Dios
This reserve is an ecosystem that has had an unchanging evolution throughout thousands of years, housing one of the biggest variety of flora and fauna in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 bird species in the park and over 200 mammals. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 plant species, 10% of which are still unknown by scientists.
Reserva Nacional Tambopata
Tambopata Reserve protects the biological diversity of the entire watersheds of the Tavara and the Candamo Rivers and most of the watershed of the Tambopata River. The declaration and the design of the reserve includes an underlying philosophy of sustainable development and conservation of forest resources…
Reserva Nacional De Paracas
The Paracas National Reserve is the most important point along the Peruvian coast for many species of mammals, including two species of seals, 160 species of birds, and numerous fish and shellfish. It hosts large colonies of guano birds…
Área de Conservación Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo
The best in northeast Peru is the Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo. The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo was designated a reserve by the Peruvian government in 1991 to protect the range of the rare red uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking monkey with a bright red face. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world's richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds.
Peru currently has 13 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a massive surface area of 6,784,042 hectares.…
Parque Nacional Rio Abiseo
The cloud forest supports a wide diversity of fauna with such notable species as turkey vulture Cathartes aura, Andean guan Penelope montagnii, scarlet-fronted parakeet Aratinga wagleri, lyre-tailed nightjar Uropsalis lyra, marvellous spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis (VU); cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana, carbonated flower-piercer Diglossa carbonaria and hepatic tanager Piranga flava (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975). Altitude zonation has strongly influenced the avifauna; there are over 132 bird species between 3,000m and 4,100m (Narvaez, 1989). More threatened species include nine endemics to the country and five species of restricted distribution, found otherwise only in the northern part of Bolivia. The park is the northern limit for the distribution of a variety of scarce species and a new location for species such as yellow-browed toucanet Aulacorhynchus huallagae (LR). Other notable species include South American pochard Netta erythrophthalma and golden-plumed conure Leptosittaca branickii (VU) (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975; Narvaez, 1989).
Sunchubamba Cloud Forest
One of the world's greatest concentrations of biodiversity occurs where the eastern slopes of the tropical Andes meet the Amazonian lowlands. Tremendous climatic changes occur as the landscape sweeps from snow-capped mountains across the treeless plains and dry valleys of the altiplano and suddenly descends into steep, dissected valleys of lush cloud forests down into the broad expanse of the low lying Amazon floodplain. The result of this topographic complexity is a tremendous number of habitats that sustain a vast quantity of biodiversity…
Reserva Nacional del Pacaya-Samiria
The name of Pacaya-Samiria comes from the names of two rivers that run through it: Pacaya and Samiria. The Reserve has a great diversity of wildlife as well as aquatic life: 449 bird species, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 256 fish and 1,204 plants…
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Laguna de Villa Reserva Privada
The creation of a private nature reserve in Peru…
Birding in Southern Peru - Mauricio Ugarte
Birding in Southern Peru http://birding-south-peru.blogspot.com/ Do you want to bird in Southern Perú? we know where, when, how and everything to make that experience just outstanding. If you are considering to spend some time in southwest Perú,or you are in your way north from Chile, or if you want to connect Lima with some destination in Cusco, Bolivia or North Chile, contact us for some hints to make that trip unforgettable…
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Las Aves del Vuelo
Las aves del vuelo son aquellas que pueden volar. Suena tonto, pero para poder ejercer esta función el cuerpo tiene que presentar ciertas características. Una de ellas es que los músculos de las extremidades superiores, las alas en las aves, deben de ser fuertes y a la vez flexibles. Lo cual requiere que el esternón, hueso en el pecho donde se unen las costillas, sea en forma de quilla. Y por eso se les llaman carenadas…
A Roadside Hawk was tangled in our hummingbird net, but as I walked toward him, he broke loose. His next wingbeat, however, tangled him again. This happened twice more, and he got closer and closer to the edge of the net. Each time he broke free I had weird conflicting emotions - a sense of relief that we wouldn`t have to deal with him and yet disappointment that we wouldn`t…
A Web Page by Roy J. Beckemeyer…
Ten seabird species are confined in their distribution to the cold Peruvian current waters off Peru and northern Chile and are known to breed along the Peruvian coast. Here you will find links to information on the biology of these species…
Birds of Loreto
A list of all species that occur or might occur in lowland Loreto and information about limits of their distributions and subspecies in Loreto.
Adventure in Peru
For practical purposes Peru can be divided into three major regions: the central Andean highlands, the long, low coastal strip, and the remote eastern vastness of the Amazon basin. The best-known of these regions, the Andes, is also home to Huascaràn, the country's most celebrated park and South America's premier mountaineering and trekking destination…
We are a non-profit-making research and conservation organisation offering hands-on wildlife conservation and adventures with a purpose for everyone. Our projects are not tours, photographic safaris or excursions, but genuine wildlife expeditions placing ordinary people with no research experience alongside scientists who are at the forefront of conservation work. Our expeditions are open to all, there are no special skills (biological or otherwise) required to join and there are no age limits whatsoever. We have two expeditions involving birds: one to the Ukraine where we conduct a net capture census on the Black Sea coast and one to the Peru Amazon where we invstigate parrot behaviour at clay lick sites…
Peru possesses an extraordinary ornithological diversity. New species are continually being discovered every year in its cloud-forests and Amazon jungles, as well as in its rugged mountains and inter-Andean valleys. At last count, there were 1.710 registered species (close to 20% of the world’s total), of which more than 300 are endemic…
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