Bird Tour Sandoval Lake Reserve
Las Collpas: As far as collpas are birds, Madre de Dios is a Latin American reference for the number of collpas that exist in its territory, and for possessing one of the largest in the world, which is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, called the Colorado Collpa. Usually the clay licks are associated with the macaws, however many mammals also go to clay licks located in the forest. In this way, they become a source of meat for native communities and local populations. The birds and mammals that congregate in the clay licks consume the clay that contains the soil of these natural formations to supplement their diet and catalyze the acids they ingest in their bodies when eating green fruits.
A fact that very few know, is that there are also the so-called collpas de palms. In this case, the dry trunks of the palm trees provide the macaws with the mineral salts they have obtained from the soil throughout their lives. This case, still little investigated, occurs around Lake Sandoval, also within the Tambopata National Reserve. Finally, it is also known that the clay licks attract thousands of tourists to Madre de Dios, and that they are fascinating places for wildlife research.