Birding in the North of Peru 10 days and 9 nights
One of the main observation areas in northern Peru, and one of the best bird watching spots is the Abra Patricia (actually called the Abra Juan Pardo in the maps), at the head of the cliff of Alto Mayo. The bird watching here is simply fantastic. The trees seem to filter birds like a huge storm of flocks mixed through the canopy of the forest, filling the senses with colors and chants. These flocks are dominated by the incredible Gorriblancas, Verde Esmeraldas, Coroniazufranes, Nuquidoradas, Yellow and Dorsiplateadas scarves as just a selection of those that can probably be seen. The forests also support a great variety of hummingbirds with species such as the Long-tailed Silfo and the Collapsed-collared Hummingbird, and the very local and threatened Angel-del-Sol Real. In the dense understory you can see Partridges, Tapaculos and various Tororois present, but it is more common to hear them than to see them. Here you should also be able to see the impressive Tirano-Todi of Lulu, very recently described for science, and this is the domain of the legendary Lechucita Bigotona, the smallest owl in the world that is, even, known only by catches in networks of haze by pure chance.
Descending from Abra Patricia to the subtropical forests of Alto Mayo, one crosses with the striking Gallito de las Rocas, which can be observed in some well-known areas, such as the Naranjos, or can be seen along the road feeding on fruit trees. These stand-up forests are the transition to the lowlands, so here we find a new place for birds and a greater diversity, particularly of groups such as the Tangaras and the Hormigueros; with luck you can also find species such as the incredible White Down Hormigueros, Riachueleros and the Crested Quetzal, among others. Most of the lowlands of the Mayo River are now dominated by agricultural areas, but some birds remain in the forests and protected areas left in northern Peru for bird watching.
Birds Day 1: 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.
Birds 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.
Birds Day 3: 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.
Birds Day 4: 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.
Birds Day 5: 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.
Birds Day 6: 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.
Birds Day 7: 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.
Birds Day 8: 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.
Birds Day 9: 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.
Birds Day 10: 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.
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