Bird Trips in the North of Peru 10 days
Northern Peru is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. The complex topography of the Andes, the strong influence on the climate of two major oceanic currents, the cold Humboldt running north from the Antarctic and the warm North Equatorial, and the proximity of the Amazon lowlands, have conspired to create an incredible variety of habitats in a relatively small area. This diversity is reflected in the incredible number of bird species found here, nearly 1400, incluiding species representative of no less than eight endemic bird areas. The region supports a staggering 137 restricted-range bird species and some 65 that are considered globally threatened and a further 29 that are considered near-threatened.The Northern Perú circuit is also known as the endemic bird route. The Tumbesian area, the Marañon drainage and, the Napo refuge, at the Coast, Andes and Jungle, are the core sections that form the spinal chord of this route that is becoming more and more popular. A section of the Panamerican Highway and the relatively new paved road that goes from Chiclayo to Tarapoto and in the future all the way to Yurimaguas, is the logistical spinal chord of the route. Being relatively recently developed, there are some sections of the route that lack overnight facilities. So if you don’t have a car, you need to camp or skip some of the areas. In your own car, the birding sites can be reached in reasonable distances from hotels.
Parrot. Several species reach the southern limit of their distribution here and recent surveys have turned up some new records for Peru like Pale-mandibled Aracari, Flame-rumped Tanager and Pallid Dove. There are no facilities in the forest itself, so for staying overnight you would have to camp or stay in the park guards houses. Manglares de Tumbes:
The Manglares de Tumbes ( Tumbes Mangroves) offer relaxing birding from a boat or canoe. Located close to the city of Tumbes, they are an ideal site for some a morning or afternoon birding. Hotels are plentyful in town which is were you would stay when visiting these sites. About 200 bird species have been recorded here. The Tumbes mangroves are basically the southernmost limit of this habitat on the Pacific coast of South America, and this is likely to be your only chance in Peru to see Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Bare-throated Tiger-heron, Mangrove Warbler and many more. At low tide, the muddy banks are good for rails and grackles, but
Day1: Chiclayo- Bosque Pomac – Olmos
Today we will travel from Chiclayo to Bosque Pomac, at Bosque Puma’s dry forest we will look for: Peruvian Plant Cutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Tumbes Swalow, Scarlet Backed Woodpecker, Necklaced Spinetail, and Cinereous Finch. after birding Bosque Pomac we will continue to Olmos pass and Quebrada limon in order to see the endemic White winged Guan, Tumbes Tyrant, Elegant Crescentchest, Guayaquil woodpecker, Red masked Parakeet among other birds; we will spend the night at Olmos in a local Hotel.
Day 2: Olmos – Limon de Purcoya – Jaen .
This day we will travel to Limon the Purcoya very, the area is a very good site for birding where we can see. Piura Chat Tyrant, Chapman´s Antshire, Black Cowlet Saltator, Ecuadorian piculet, Rufous Necked Foliage gleaner, Henna Hooded Foliage Gleaner, Purcoya Hermit and Bay Crowned Brush Finch. After explore the area we will continue towards Jaenñ before Jaen we will make a stop in order to find the following species: Little Inca Finch, Marañon Crescent chest, Chichipe Spinetail and Marañon Slaty Antshire.
Day3: Jaen – Pomacochas or Florida.
Today in our way to Pomacochas we will look for the following species: Little Inca Finch, Spotted Rail, Marañon Spinetail, Yellow Tailed Oriole, Marañon Thrush, and Buff Bellied Tanager, besides the birds mentioned above we can also several species of hummingbirds, seedeaters. In this day we will have the chance to see the Endemic and very Famous Marvelous Spatuletail; humming like Little Woodstar, purple Collared Woodstar, Purple Throated Sunangel, Andean Emerald can also be found in the area. We will spend the Night at Puma cochas.
Day4: Pomacochas- Abra Patricia .
This day we will look for the very elusive Rusty tinged Antpitta, as well as for Russet mantled Softailm, Blackish Tapaculo, Red Hooded Tanager, and White capped Diper. At our Lodge in Abra Patricia we will spend two nights; in the area we will look for the famous long whiskered Owlet.
Day5: Abra Patricia lodge area all day .
Along the road on the cloud forest this day we will look for very nice to tanagers, flycatchers, and Endemic Species like: Speckle Chested Piculet, Ocre Fronted Antpitta, Bar Winged Wood wren, Royal Sunangel, cinnamon Breasted tody Tyrant, Inca Flycatcher, Vermilion Tanager, Ecuadorian Pietail, Andean Cock of the Rock, Red Ruffd Fruitcrow, White Capped tanager, Yellow Scarf Tanager, Chestnut Crestescotinga Lulu´s Tody Flycatcher, Chestnut Antpitta and a lot more bird species.
Day6: Abra Patricia – Rioja .
In our way to Rioja, we will have the chance to see species like: Golden Collared Honeycreeper, Virsicolored Barbet, Black Bellied Tanager, Lanceolated Monklet, Masket Trogon, Crested Quetzal, Speckle Chested Piculet, Blue Browed Tanager, White Collared Jay, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker,White Capped Diper, Point Tailed Palmcreeper, Russet Crowned Crake, Yellow Tyrannulet, Stripe Necked Tody Tyrant and Blakish Rail. We will spend the night at Rioja in a local Hotel.
Day7: Rioja – Wakanky Lodge (Moyobamba) .
This day we will start Birding at Morro de Calzada community, in the area we will look for some endemic species; in the artea we can see species like: Misshana Tyranunnlet, Red legged Honeycreeper, Red billed Tyrannulet, Stripe Manakin, Cinereous Breasted Spinetail, lafresnaye´spiculet, Buff Throated Tody Tyrant, Fiery capped Manakin and pale Breasted Thrush. Later we will continue towards Wakanky Lodge; at the lodge there are some hummingbird feeders that attract several species of hummingbirds, there you will have the chance to take some photos.
Day8: Wakanky – Tarapoto .
In the morning we will look for birds around the Loge as we well as we along of some of the trails that are found close to the lodge; we can find in the area the following birds: Fiery throated Fruiteater, White bellied Tody Tyrant, White Plumed Antbird, Spot Backed Antbird, Cerulean Warbler, Black and white tody tyrant, Short Tailed pygmy Tyrant, Black faced Tanager Misshana Tyrannulet among other birds. Later we will return to the lodge in order to pick up our luggage and continue traveling towards Tarapoto where we can have the chance to see the special Oilbird.
Day9: Tarapoto – Yurimaguas – Tarapoto .
This day we will have the chance to see the following species: Spotted Tanager, Plumbeous Euphonia, Koepcke´s Hermit, Masked Tanager, Blackish Pewee, Dotted Tanager, Slaty capped Shrike vireo, Solitary Eagle, Scaled pigeon and a lot more bird species.
Day10: Tarapoto – Lima .
Before head to the airport in Tarapoto we will visit Juanjui, in the area we will look for: Rusty Backed Antwren, Peruvian meadowlark, Spotted Rail, Oriole Black Bird, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Coraya Wren, Sulphur Bellied Tyrant Manakin, White Browed Antbird, and Hoatzin. Later we will head to the airport in order to take the plane to Lima; at the airport our services end