Birding Cusco – Abra Malaga 2 Days

Birding Cusco – Abra Malaga 2 Days / 1 night

One and Two Day Birding trips from Cusco
Short trips that are convenient if visiting Cusco, or before or after another trip to the old Inca Capital.

 

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Birding Cusco – Abra Malaga 2 Days / 1 night

Bird Day 1:
If leaving from Cusco Very early start for the 3 hour drive to Abra Malaga.

If leaving from Urubamba or Ollantaytambo a later start and an hour and a half’s drive After a field breakfast we’ll have all day to work the humid temperate forest. Starting at a large patch of Chusquea bamboo we should see Parodi’s Hemispingus (endemic) and Puna Thistletail (endemic). Other possibilities throughout the day include: Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Himispingus, Golden-collared and other Tanagers, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Andean Ibis, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-rumped Hawk, Sierran Elaenia, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Inca Wren ( endemic), Diademed and Trilling Tapaculo plus a lot more. Rufous and Undulated Antpitta’s are here too. In the afternoon we’ll look for Cuzco Brush Finch (endemic). We’ll return to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the evening. L:D

Bird Day 2: We’ll head for the Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga.

We’ll devote the whole morning to explore this unique habitat. Possibilities include Line-fronted Canastero, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-browed Tit-spinetail (endemic), Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Condor, Thick-billed Siskin, Junin Canastero (endemic) and more. Our major target bird here will be the endemic Royal Cinclodes, which we discovered here in the 80’s. On the valley floor we’ll check a variety of Ground-tyrants and Sierra-Finchs. After a picnic lunch we’ll concentrate on some local endemics on the west side, including Creamy-crested Spinetail, (endemic) Rusty-fronted Canastero, (endemic) White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic) and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (endemic). We return to Cusco or if you wish the Sacred Valley of the Incas and your hotel. B:L:

 

 

 

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