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A Report from

Northern Peru, 23rd -31st October 2012,

Robert and Angela Page

Introduction and Summary

Our trip could be said to be remarkable for the birds we saw like White-faced Nunbird, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant and Pale-billed Antpitta and the birds we didn’t, like Gilded Barbet, Many-striped Canastero and Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant.  This report describes a nine day custom based tour, guided by Andrew Spencer, in Northern Peru with Tropical Birding, who made all the ground arrangements. The region visited is popular with birdwatchers and with good reason, so it is no surprise many tour companies operate in this part of Peru. Consequently the birds are relatively well known and listed in numerous bird reports. The justification for adding yet another bird report for Northern Peru is an opportunity to describe the adverse effects of current road improvements, diversions and the resulting destruction of habitat to a section of the road used by most bird watchers visiting Northern Peru. A recently constructed forest ride south east of Abra Patricia is described.

Before the trip I had some idea of the main features of 636 birds, which I anticipated we may see based trip reports for Northern Peru. 

I used a field note book throughout the trip but regretfully only listed some of the birds as they were seen.

Our guide identified 377 species of birds during the tour.

Tour Itinerary

23 Oct.

Lan Flight Lima- Tarapoto. Travel + birding Quiscarrumi Bridge and Waqanki. Night Waqanki Lodge.

24 Oct.

Birding Quebrada Mishquiyacu and Waqanki.  Night Waqanki Lodge.

25 Oct.

Travel to Abra Patricia + birding Rioja area and Afluente. Night ECOAN Owlet Lodge.

26 Oct.

Birding Royal Sunangel Ridge and Forest Ride. Night ECOAN Owlet Lodge.

27 Oct.

Birding Cinnamon Screech-Owl, Grallaria Trails and Forest Ride. Night ECOAN Owlet Lodge.

28 Oct.

Travel to Leymebamba + Birding San Lorenzo Area, Huembo, Hotel Chillo and Canyon de los Condores. Night Hotel Casona de Leymebamba in Leymebamba.

29 Oct.

Travel to Celendin + Birding Abra Negro Pass, Balsas and Marañon Canyon. Night Hostal de Turistas Celendin.

30 Oct.

Travel to Cajamarca + Birding Marañon Canyon and Rio Chonta. Night Hotel Laguna Seca Cajamarca.

31 Oct.

Travel to San Marcos return to Cajamarca + birding San Marcos and Rio Chonta. LAN Flight Cajamarca - Lima.

Daily Log

Day 1. Tuesday 23 October

Andrew greeted us at the national section of Jorge Chavez airport and checked us in for our 1hr. 25min. flight to Tarapoto. Horacio, our driver for the next nine days, was waiting for us when we landed at 10.45 hrs. It was quickly decided to abandon a suggestion of going to Juan Guerra as the sky was cloudless and getting hotter, so by midday bird activity would be minimal. We drove for an hour and 35 minutes before stopping shortly before the 515 km post at the Quiscarrumi Bridge. The Oilbirds nearby were unusually active allowing excellent views of the white spotting in their rufous plumage. Unlike when previously seen at night in Trinidad.

We continued on the 5N road arriving at Moyobamba at 13.40 hrs. After lunch at La Olla de Barda we drove to Waqanki Lodge. At 15.40 hrs. we climbed the hillside above the lodge to the hummingbird feeders. A resplendent male Rufous-crested Coquette was among the 10 species of hummingbirds seen from the tower. Good views were had of a Varzea Thrush, a recent split from Black-billed Thrush on the wooden bridge before we continued up into the Quebrada Mishquiyacu. Andrew heard and drew in a Chestnut-throated Spinetail, from a clump of Guadua bamboo, which flew across the narrow path, flitting about close to the edge where it was repeatedly clearly seen if briefly. Andrew said he had decided not to include this difficult bird on the bird checklist. It was certainly one I had hoped to see and was on the list I made before the trip, using different bird reports. The reports by Goodie (2007), Vercruysse et al. (2010) and Matheve et al. (2011) were particularly helpful. We returned to the lodge at 18.00 hrs.

Day 2. Wednesday 24 October

At 05.50 hrs. a Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher was seen within the cultivated area before reaching the trail into the Quebrada Mishquiyacu.  We saw Plain-brown, Long-tailed and Ocellated Woodcreepers amongst others, before persistent heavy rain caused us to return to the lodge with our box/picnic lunches at 11.00 hrs.  We returned to the observation tower above the hummingbird feeders, just in time to see seven Swallow-tailed Kites fly past close to the tower and alight in a distant tree. The distinctive slow wing beats of a Grey-breasted Sabrewing, a hummingbird that we didn’t see from the tower yesterday, was then seen. A responsive Coraya Wren flew about in the area in front of the tower and was at last seen well, in some small trees just behind the tower. The rain had cleared now and we returned to the Quebrada Mishquiyacu.  The army ants we had seen in the morning were still on the path and Andrew decided to try and tape in a Hairy-crested Antbird. However a Scale-backed Antbird was the only bird to respond but I only had a glimpse of it. At 14.30 hrs. there was again torrential rain, but we did see an Orange-backed Troupial, before returning to the lodge at 15.20 hrs. by then the rain had stopped. Just outside the entrance to the grounds of Waqanki Lodge some Fork-tailed Palm-swifts were flying about. Also we enjoyed close up views of Black-throated Tanagers in excellent light. We saw two Black-faced Tanagers on the right hand side of the track as we walked down towards the main road. We tried unsuccessfully to lure a very vocal Dusky-breasted Spinetail out of an isolated thicket. Andrew reluctantly admitted defeat after trying all known strategies. We again had a lovely meal in the evening at the Japanese restaurant close to the lodge.

Day 3. Thursday 25 October

Having failed to see Point-tailed Palmcreeper in the Mauriti palms close to the lodge at La Selva in Ecuador I was keen to try to see it in the stand of Mauriti palms Mauritia flaeuosa close to the road just outside Rioja as described by Matheve (2011). I had a description of the site and its location with me. Horacio parked our 4x4 Hyundai vehicle in a lay by and we crossed the road, fortunately I was wearing rubber Wellington boots, as to get close to the palms, we had to cross several flooded paddy fields. The very narrow access paths dividing the flooded rice fields were barely above the water level and had many gaps making access difficult. At least we didn’t have to turn back, which had we approached differently, would have been necessary.

Andrew said our best chance of seeing the palmcreeper was not to enter the stand of palms but to watch from about 36.58 metres / 40 yards away. In addition to a Point-tailed Palmcreeper which flew the length of the plantation and a Spotted Rail we heard. We saw the following between 06.15 – 07.25 hrs. Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Limpkin, Blackish Rail, Wattled Jacana, Blue Ground Dove, Red-bellied Macaw, Ringed Kingfisher and Black-capped Donacobius.

We arrived at Afluente and parked in the large area of bare ground opposite the vulcanizadora (tyre repairs) where the road reaches the top of a hill before descending the other side. As soon as we were out of the vehicle Andrew was watching a flock of tanagers, in some trees at the side of the road, which included a Blue-browed Tanager. We then turned left and started to walk downhill. Almost immediately we could hear and see a canopy flock of tanagers in the trees on the opposite side of the road. At times the light was not ideal but soon we had seen 18 species of tanager. The flock just seemed to keep on coming but possibly was also slow moving. The flock then started crossing the road and many birds started feeding on berries in a small tree. The birds were now about 3.66 metres / 12 feet above the ground and about 7.62 metres / 25 feet away. Also as we were downhill from them, they were not only at eye level, but were now in perfect light. We both saw Orange-eared, Silvery, Spotted, Paradise, and Bay-headed Tanagers for the first time in such optimum conditions. Altogether we were on this stretch of road for 2 hours 45 minutes and probably watched the flock for at least 40 minutes. The flock also contained White-eared Solitare, Speckle-chested Piculet, Smoky-brown and Golden-olive Woodpeckers. A Versicoloured Barbet was seen on the left hand side of the road before we returned to the car. Where Horacio had set up a table and chairs for a 20 minute lunch break. We then walked downhill with the vulcanizadora on our left but no birds were seen apart from an Ecudorian Piedtail which only our guide saw.

The ECOAN Owlet Lodge was now just 40 minutes away by car which we reached just after 13.00 hrs. There were no the hummingbirds at the feeders that we hadn’t already seen on this trip. As bird activity was now minimal we stayed around the lodge until 15.00 hrs. when we passed the tower and then followed the Grallaria trail. A Rufous-vented Tapaculo was seen before we reached the lodge gates. The endemic Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher was seen close to the road just down from the gates before we returned to the lodge at 17.40 hrs. Andrew showed us a Cinnamon Screech-Owl later that evening, which flew in just above our heads and remained motionless on a branch in the beam from Andrew’s spotlight.

Day 4. Friday 26 October

We left the lodge at 06.00 hrs. and drove eastwards stopping by the river where a White-collard Jay was seen flying amongst the trees on the far bank. It responded to playback and eventually flew in and perched momentarily in a tree about 6 metres / 20 feet away. Just as we entered the sunangel site gate a White-capped Tanager was heard in the trees at the roadside. This unusual singleton was very responsive to playback which enabled us to have a prolonged look at this magnificent tanager from the road. Returning to the sunangel ridge we climbed to the high vantage point close to the gate and waited, seeing a Bar-winged Wren before we had two good views of probably the same male Royal Sunangel atop a bush. From the vantage point we could see a forest ride had recently been bulldozed through the forest about 402.34 metres / 440 yards away.

 We then followed an overgrown trail leading down from the gate where we found a suitable place to tape in a Barred Antthrush, heard calling. After several attempts we all got a brief view of the bird as it came out into the open at another suitable location further along the trail. Fortunately it followed playback for a considerable distance without losing interest. At one point whilst waiting motionless in anticipation of seeing the Barred Antthrush, a male Royal Sunangel visited a flowering bromeliad in full sunshine about 2.44 metres / 8 feet away. Amazing. Before we returned to the lodge we stopped by the roadside where Andrew wanted to call in a Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant with a recording he had not used before. I have never seen a bird respond so persistently or aggressively. At one stage we could have reached out and touched its rictal bristles.

We returned to the lodge at 11.50 hrs. and set off again at 15.00 hrs. intent on exploring the forest ride we had seen in the morning. After Andrew and Horacio had spoken to some people in some near-by houses, it was decided to ignore the no entry sign. Apparently the forest ride was made to enable the inhabitants of a village to have access to local transport. We spent an hour and forty minutes birding along the forest ride. Its construction has caused the removal of trees and vegetation which have simply been pushed to one side, revealing many large smooth boulders amongst the underlying soil composed of light coloured sand together with yellow and reddish clay. The forest ride had cut through several streams resulting in pools of water stained with tannins, indicative of the surrounding low nutrient acidic soil.

We were fortunate to eventually see a Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant in response to playback that flitted back and forth across the open ride. Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant is not always an easy bird to see at the ECOAN Owlet Lodge being listed as near threatened (Schulenberg et al. 2012) and rare and local by Ridgely & Tudor (2009). I saw it well, in what may be a typical posture, perched exactly as in the photograph taken at Abra Patricia, on 13 February 2010 by I.Davies (Schulenberg et al. 2012). except it was facing directly towards me. White-throated Hawk was later seen perched in a tree close to the edge of the ride. We were back in the lodge at 17.40 hrs.

Day 5. Saturday 27 October

After breakfast we headed off towards the tower from which we saw a Common Bush-Tanager.

Once on the trail again we reached the start of the Grallaria trail. We debated whether to continue down along the Cinnamon Screech Owl trail or make our way down to the lodge gates via the Grallaria trail. We decided at 06.35 hrs. to turn left and had hardly taken a few paces when I saw, as did Andrew and Angela at the same time, a large puffbird fly in on our left and settle in perfect light on an exposed branch about 7.62 metres / 25 feet above the ground. I knew it wasn’t a bird on the list I had prepared before the trip and the reason for this, as I now know was, being rarely seen, it was not in any of the bird reports I consulted, being described as rare with a patchy distribution (Stotz et al. 1996). Andrew of course knew immediately it was a White-faced Nunbird which remained perched long enough for us all to see the detail in the plumage of this beautiful bird. The rich orange-rufous breast and underparts were particularly striking in the sunlight contrasting with the white chin and lores below a black band. The breast seemed more orange in sunlight than the chestnut its specific name suggests. Since returning to the UK, I found White-faced Nunbird listed in a trip report for Northern Peru by Rowlett & Webster (2009).

We saw a Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant bill-snapping, before we reached the end of the Grallaria trail at 10.25 hrs. as well as Black-throated Tody-Tyrant and Long-tailed Antbird amongst others. A Pale-edged Flycatcher was the only bird seen from the tower before lunch at 12.30 hrs. At 14.30 hrs. we made our second visit to the forest ride where a Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant responded to playback at the same place as before. Later I had an opportunity to see all the features on a Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet perched about 1.83 metres / 6 feet away. Unfortunately a Jet Manakin remained unresponsive to playback. It started to rain at 16.10 hrs. so we made our way back to Horacio and our vehicle.

Around 20.30 hrs. we reached the end of the Long Whiskered Owlet trail, where we were rewarded by seeing Long-whiskered Owlet well.

Day 6. Sunday 28 October

We left the ECOAN Owlet Lodge at 05.45 hrs. passing the large Pomacochas Lake on our left before turning right at 06.35 hrs. on to an unpaved road to San Lorenzo, where we left the car at 06.45 hrs. In the distance, on the far side of the valley, we could see the area where the Rio Chido Trail lies above La Florida.

We crossed a field and started a long climb up a mule track made up largely of stone steps. There is a thicket of bamboo on the right hand side, just before the steps leading to where the path appears to level off.  We could hear the very distinctive call of Pale-billed Antpitta from amongst the bamboo. Once inside the thicket, the ground was remarkably free of vegetation, with only a few bare branches or dead stems of small bushes preventing a clear view of the ground. We all had good views of two Pale-billed Antpittas as they crossed this bare area of ground immediately in front of us and too close to need, or to focus binoculars. The pale bill, dark head and deep red eyes were particularly noticeable.

On the steep slope opposite the stand of bamboo Andrew could hear the call/song of Plain–tailed Wren Pheugopedius euophrys schulenbergi which has a different song which he wanted to record. Thankfully on this one occasion I appreciated the difference remembering the amazing vociferous response by a pair of Plain-tailed Wren Pheugopedius euophrys euophrys in the Upper Tandayapa Valley in Ecuador when Angela and I played its prerecorded song. The subspecies schulenbergi was very responsive too. On our way down we managed to call in a Rusty-tinged Antpitta which while responsive, remained largely hidden within the thick ground cover and was only partially seen.

It took 40 minutes to drive to Huembo, We walked down from the gates with its impressive marvelous spatuletail in wrought iron at 09.50 hrs. We took our seats facing the hummingbird feeders and didn’t have to wait long before a male Marvelous Spatuletail (Huembo, 2012) flew in and lived up to all our expectations. We added five new Trochlidae to our list out of the eight species seen at Huembo before we set off again at 10.40 hrs. We reached the Hotel Estancia Chillo by the river an hour and a half later. Andrew asked the owner if the Koepcke’s Screech-Owl was still roosting in the large eucalyptus tree, while Horacio set up the picnic table and chairs for our picnic lunch.  We searched for the owl amongst the many branches of the eucalyptus tree, always partially hidden by other branches and leaves in vain, before searching the other trees along the road. A strategy we repeated. As we returned for a third time to search the eucalyptus tree we saw Horacio too was looking up into the tree. He was all smiles as we reached him, having found two Koepcke’s Screech-Owls perched together some 9.14 metres / 30 feet up in the tree. A nice example of when bird watching four pairs of eyes are often better than three. We birded along the river for half an hour where we saw a Fasciated Tiger-Heron standing quite unconcerned in the middle of the river, with a pair of Torrent Ducks and a Torrent Tyrannulet that flitted about perching on boulders close to the river bank. We arrived at the La Casona Hotel in Leymebamba in glorious sunshine at 14.35 hrs. and settled into our room before going to the Canyon de los Condores at 15.15 hrs. We left the car in the Canyon de los Condores at 15.45 hrs. seeing Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue and Black and Silver Backed Tanagers among others before returning to our hotel at 18.00 hrs.

Day 7. Monday 29 October

We left La Casona just after 06.00 hrs. and continued along the road 8 towards the Abra Barro Negro pass, birding on the way. Between 06.20 – 07.40 hrs, we saw Russet-mantled Softtail, Moustached Flowerpiercer, and Blue-capped Tanager among others. Between 08.15 – 09.36 hrs. we saw Lined Canastero, and White-chinned Thistletail among others. We reached the pass at an altitude of 3680 metres / 12073.50 feet at 10.20 hrs.

Shortly after the pass Andrew and I climbed, quite a way, up a steep grassy bank to where a Neblina Tapaculo was calling. I saw it briefly when, as Andrew had contrived with the aid of playback, it flew across an open area and settled momentarily before disappearing into a grass tussock. As we climbed down to the roadside it followed, for all three of us soon had amazing views for at least 70 seconds of this endemic tapaculo and its rufous brown flanks.

We drove for 10 minutes and then stopped at 11.25 hrs. at a hand held red “PARE” sign. Little did I think we would still be looking at it 3 hours and 40 minutes later. The reason for the delay was, the recently resurfaced road required its closure for 5 hours. Unfortunately we had no knowledge of this or any subsequent road closures. We passed the 349 km. post at 15.40 hrs. and crossed the bridge at Balsas over the river Marañon at 15.40 hrs. It was now getting late in the day and our guide was concerned, we would have to drive all the way back to Balsas tomorrow morning, if we missed seeing certain birds now. Fortunately we had several views of Peruvian Pigeons flying upriver. Then Andrew, with the aid of a laser light beam, enabled me to see a distant yellow dot in one of the few trees in this arid valley, which he said was a Yellow-faced Parrotlet. Fortunately two Yellow-faced Parrotlets then flew past just below us. The blue in their wings was particularly conspicuous before they settled in a tree about 18.29 metres / 20 yards away. We stopped near the 322 km. post and quickly found a Buff-bridled Inca-Finch which we all saw well. We then drove to Celendin arriving at the Hostal de Turistas at 18.45 hrs. All four of us had a good meal at a nearby restaurant before retiring for the night.

Day 8. Tuesday 30 October

We left the hostal at 05.30 hrs and retraced our steps for a short distance downhill towards Balsas. We were to have breakfast in the field, so while Horacio set up the table etc, a co-operative Baron’s Spinetail showed well, as did an unusually non skittish Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant. Which enabled its wing bars and the different configuration of its supra loral which distinguishes it from golden-browed chat-tyrant to be seen. Other birds seen, after we had driven on a bit further, included Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird and Fasciated Wren. We were back in Celendin at 09.38 hrs. where Horacio bought our lunch for the day. We were off again at 10.05 hrs. heading towards Cajamarca. Extensive road works were in progress on the road 8 just outside Celendin and the road was closed with a clearly signposted diversion, which we followed towards Sucre. At 10.35 hrs. we reached a manned check point and were confronted with a barrier across the diversionary road. Apparently this road was now also closed because dynamite was being used to loosen rock required for the road works on the main road between Celendin and Cajamarca. Therefore for several hours no one could travel between Celendin and Cajamarca or vice versa.

After an hour and a half the barrier was lifted allowing about a dozen cars to continue their journey. We reached the main road at 12.15 hrs. and for the next 35 minutes we drove along a section of the road where bulldozers and other heavy plant had been working. The road had been straightened and widened thus destroying the roadside vegetation. At one point, which was previously an ideal place to see striated earthcreeper, several tons of rubble had been tipped down the hillside, completely destroying the habitat. We reached Abra Gran Chimu the highest point of our trip at 12.52 hrs. We drove through Cajamarca and arrived at the Rio Chonta at 14.45 hrs. where White-winged Cinclodes was seen well on rocks in the river. We continued our search for Grey-bellied Comet, after sheltering from a thunderstorm with torrential rain, but only saw Black Metaltail. We returned to Cajamarca and checked into the Laguna Seca Hotel at 17.20 hrs.

Day 9. Wednesday 31 October

After breakfast we checked out of the Laguna Seca Hotel and were on our way to San Marcos at 06.00 hrs. We stopped close to a small bridge in open countryside just before the town of San Marcos.

Andrew said as he could hear Great Spinetail calling by the roadside just above the bridge. So Instead of following the trail to the area usually visited by birdwatchers, we set off back up the road and soon had a pair of Great Spinetails responding to playback.  Fortunately they crossed the road where they were seen well in good light fanning their tails. On the left hand side of the road towards Cajamarca there was a raised piece of ground extending into the trees. This enabled us to look down on to the Great Spinetails as they moved about in the tops of the trees, just below this man made vantage point. Great Spinetail is not a challenging spinetail to identify, and placed in a separate genus Siptornopsis (Ridgely & Tudor, 1989; Clements et al. 2007) for apart from its large size and its restricted range in the Upper Marañon valley, it has pronounced dark streaking below the white chin. Remsen et al. (2012) merge Siptornopsis into Synallaxis as followed in this report.

We still hadn’t seen the endemic Black-necked Woodpecker during the trip and as I thought it was on the site list of birds, I prepared before the trip for this area, I asked if it was a difficult bird to see. Andrew said he had never seen it here and I guessed I was probably mistaken in thinking other people had seen it here. However within a few minutes Andrew heard a Black-necked Woodpecker which landed on the trunk of a nearby tree. It responded to playback and stayed in the immediate area enabling us all to see it well and for Andrew to photograph it.

At 18.15 hrs. after seeing Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant we returned to Cajamarca and to the Rio Chonta arriving there at 09.54 hrs. Blue and Yellow Tanager was seen on the far bank of the river and then at 10.25 hrs. two Rufous-crowned Tit-Spinetails responding to playback were flying around close by.  They are delightful birds to watch, hanging up side down on the thinnest of branches flapping their wings. As I was watching one perched on the top of a bush with the aid of binoculars in perfect light, a male Grey-bellied Comet appeared in my field of vision. This was indeed a memorable way to see this endemic hummingbird for the first time. Almost at once I saw the brilliant blue gorget. The slimness of this hummingbird appeared accentuated by its long tail.

It took an hour to reach Abra el Gavilan at 3050 meters / 12073 feet where we had a picnic lunch at 11.45 hrs. After lunch Andrew taped in a nearby Unicoloured Tapaculo which crossed the narrow open area we were watching, but very quickly.

This was the last day of our tour with Tropical Birding, so with our flight to Lima scheduled to leave Cajamarca at 17.00 hrs. Horacio drove to the airport, arriving at 13.20 hrs. which gave us plenty of time to check in and for Horacio to make the long journey back to Chiclayo.

Ground Arrangements

All the ground arrangements for the tour were made by Tropical Birding. We are grateful to Nick Athanas, who fine tuned our initial suggested itinerary, based on his knowledge of the area, having previously guided tours in Northern Peru, and to our guide Andrew Spencer for all the birds he enabled us to see and for making the tour both interesting and enjoyable. Andrew clearly liked this part of Peru and had an amazing knowledge of the birds and skill in identifying them from their calls/songs alone. He carried a 55.88 cms / 22" Parabola, when in the field, fitted with a Sennheiser mkh20 as part of his sound equipment. He shared his enthusiasm with us telling us when he had heard a song/call he had never heard before and showed us the photographs he was particularly pleased with, from the many taken on the trip with his Canon camera. We also thank Horacio for his safe driving in a comfortable vehicle, choosing the food for many of our picnics and for finding the Koepcke’s Screech-Owls!

Tropical Birding provided a ring bound bird checklist on the first day for the nine days of the tour. The checklist of 698 birds was completed daily but when our guide called out the birds seen that day I was surprised at the number of birds included that we never heard mentioned during the day and which only our guide saw. I remember birds like the Fiery-throated Manakin which I tried hard to see and failed but others for example Broad-billed Motmot we never had the chance to see. Usually Momotidae are not difficult to locate, perhaps a missed opportunity but we saw many other birds, including 36 endemic to Peru with Tropical Birding.  The birds only our guide saw are listed at the end of this report marked with an asterisk as a suffix.

Internal Flights

We have flown with LAN airlines in South America before and I was pleased our internal flights were with this airline rather than with Star Peru as originally planned by Tropical Birding.


Waqanki Lodge

Our accommodation for the first two nights was changed at the last moment from the Puerto Mirador Hotel in Moyobamba to the new lodge at Waqanki. The rooms at the lodge were clean and save but unfortunately the gap, left under the door of our room, allowed easy access to any insect attracted into the room by the electric lights. Possibly the very heavy rain we had, was the first since the roof was completed as we had a small leak in the bathroom with a trickle of water seeping down the wall. No problem for us and the owner appreciated we brought it to his attention. The advantage of staying at Waqanki rather than Moyobamba meant we had easy access to the extensive grounds and to Quebrada Mishquiyacu. We had breakfast at 05.30 hrs. at the lodge and had our evening meal at the nearby excellent Hospedaje Ecológica Rumipata (Siraishi, 2012) restaurant run by Japanese immigrants, Seizo Siraishi and his wife who served us for the two lovely meals we had there.

ECOAN Owlet Lodge

We spent the next three nights at the ECOAN Owlet Lodge, together with a group of five friends with Manu Tours. Our room was spacious and comfortable and as the adjoining room was empty, we had exclusive use of the bathroom.  The electricity was switched on around 04.15 hrs. and again at 18.00 hrs. The trails within the grounds were muddy in places but well maintained which made walking easy, with the exception of the Long Whiskered Owlet trail. Initially this trail is very steep and muddy, so we decided not to try to see Long-whiskered Owlet on our second night thinking we could lose our balance in the dark.  The group with Manu, which Andrew now referred to as “The Brits” was keen to go a second time and persuaded us we could both manage the trail. I am grateful to the doctor in the group who recommended we both take and use one of the sticks from the lodge. Earlier that day we had seen workman carrying out maintenance at the top of the trail.

Andrew invited “The Brits” who wanted to see and photograph the Long-whiskered Owlet again to join us at 20.00 hrs. Andrew led us in single file onto the trail but came to an abrupt stop after about 18.29 metres / 20 yards when confronted by a strategically placed locked gate that had only just been put there that day. Andrew agreed to go back to the lodge for the key. I then understood the manager had said he wished to minimize the number of visits to avoid undue disturbance and wasn’t keen for any one go twice. We were very relieved when Andrew returned with the key but surprised at the news, that as from today the ECOAN Owlet Lodge was charging 10 US Dollars for the opportunity of seeing the Long-whiskered Owlet. However under the circumstances the manager had agreed with Andrew it wouldn’t apply to us this time. We had no success in obtaining a response from the owlet until we reached the wooden bench at the end of the trail, where we waited in silence. After quite a while Andrew switched on his spot light to reveal a Long-whiskered Owlet perched on a branch not far above us. Magical! We were both glad we wore Wellington rubber boots and found the stick a great help in keeping pace with the others going back uphill. We reached the lodge at 22.10 hrs.

It was interesting to met up with “The Brits” in the evening and hear about the birds they had seen and to exchange information, as we also did, when we met the group on the road just after we saw a Russet-mantled Softail. Andrew had quickly told their guide where he had seen the White Faced Nunbird. It was the “The Brits” who gave Andrew the directions and GPS coordinates of the location where they had seen the Pale-billed Antpitta earlier in their trip, saying it was a long hike but easier than trying to see this antpitta on the Rio Chido trail.

La Casona de Leymebamba

La Casona de Leymebamba situated in a quiet narrow street in the town of Leymebamba, was for me the most enjoyable place we stayed at on the tour. It seemed an old building full of character. Once inside there was a wooden staircase from an open courtyard leading to a landing and the upstairs bedrooms. The food was superb and the proprietors Nelly and Julio Zumaeta Diaz made us so welcome. We met “the Brits” again at La Casona de Leymebamba. I wish we could have stayed there longer.

The Hostal de Turistas

The Hostal de Turistas in Celendin was clean and appeared to have been recently redecorated but I understand Tropical Birding is unlikely to use this hotel again. I can only add we never had running water in our bathroom and as we were assured the problem would be fixed immediately we didn’t ask to change our room, having already unpacked our cases before we realized the water situation.

The Hotel Laguna Seca

The Hotel Laguna Seca in Cajamarca was as one would expect from a luxurious four star hotel set in extensive grounds. It was a pity we spent so little time there but at least we were able to have a cooked breakfast at 05.30 hrs. before we left at 06.00 hrs.

Travel & Road Closures

That we lost so much time owing to road works was unfortunate, however Andrew kept “The Brits” with Manu Tours informed of the delays between the pass at Abra Barro Negra and Balsas. Also the times of the road closures clearly displayed at the barrier between Celendin and Cajamarca. Hindsight is always easy, but this information may have been available well beforehand from the Associacion Automotriz del Peru, 299 Avenida Dos de Mayo, San Isidro. Lima Peru Telephone 51 1 440 0495. (ASIRT, 2004). It was disheartening to see the habitat destroyed as a result of road improvements and as a probable consequence of the loss of habitat and the delays owing to road closures, we never had the opportunity to see Striated Earthcreeper, Thin-billed Miner, Many-striped Canastero or any of the Ground-Tyrants.


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Robert and Angela Page, Surrey, United Kingdom

Northern Peru, 23rd -31st October 2012

A list of 377 birds seen

The taxonomy follows Remsen, J. V., Cadena, C. D., Jaramillo, A., Nores, M., Pacheco, J., Robbins, M. B., Schulenberg, T. S., Stiles, F. G., Stotz, D. F. & Zimmer, K. J. (2012). A classification of the bird species of South America. American Ornithologists’ Union. Version:19 November 2012

Birds seen by guide = 357, Suffix* = Seen only by guide.
Heard only (H) = 20
Seen by report author = 322.
Endemic Birds = 36 of the 44 included in the 698 birds on the checklist (Clements, 2007) prepared by Tropical Birding for the tour were seen.




Grey Tinamou


Tinamus tao


Cinereous Tinamou


Crypturellus cinereus


Little Tinamou


Crypturellus soui



Torrent Duck


Merganetta armata



Andean Guan,


Penelope montagnii


Wattled Guan


Aburria aburri


Speckled Chachalaca


Ortalis guttata



Fasciated Tiger-heron


Tigrisoma fasciatum


Striated Heron


Butorides striatus


Cattle Egret


Bubulcus ibis


Great Egret


Ardea alba



Turkey Vulture


Cathartes aura


Greater Yellow-headed Vulture


Cathartes melambrotus


Black Vulture


Coragyps atratus



Swallowtail Kite


Elanoides forficatus


Sharp-shinned Hawk


Accipiter striatus


Roadside Hawk


Rupornis magnirostris





Aramus guarauna




Rufous-sided Crake


Laterallus melanophaius


Spotted Rail


Pardirallus maculatus


Blackish Rail


Pardirallis nigricans


Common Gallinule


Gallinula galeata



Andean Lapwing


Vanellus resplendens



Spotted Sandpiper


Actitis macularius



Wattled Jacana


Jacana jacana




Andean Gull


Chroicocephalus serranus



Ruddy Ground Dove


Columbina talpacoti


Croaking Ground Dove


Columbina cruziana


Blue Ground Dove


Claravis pretiosa


Rock Pigeon


Columba livia


Band-tailed Pigeon


Patagioenas fasciata


Peruvian Pigeon


Patagioenas oenops


West Peruvian Dove


Zenaida meloda


Eared Dove


Zenaida auriculata


White-tipped Dove


Leptotila verreauxi


Grey-fronted Dove


Leptotila rufaxilla


White-throated Quail-Dove*


Geotrygon frenata



Squirrel Cuckoo


Piaya cayana


Smooth-billed Ani


Crotophaga ani


Groove-billed Ani


Crotophaga sulcirostris


Striped Cuckoo


Tapera naevia



Koepcke’s Screech-Owl 


Megascops koepckeae


Cinnamon Screech-Owl


Megascops petersoni


Yungas Pygmy-Owl


Glaucidium bolivianum


Peruvian Pygmy-Owl


Glaucidium peruanum


Long-whiskered Owlet


Xenoglaux loweryi





Steatornis caripensis



White-chinned Swift


Cypseloides cryptus


Grey-rumped Swift


Chaetura cinereiventris


Short-tailed Swift


Chaetura brachyura


Fork-tailed Palm-Swift


Tachornis squamata


Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift*


Panyptila cayennensis



Black-throated Hermit*


Phaethornis atrimentalis


Long-tailed Hermit


Phaethornis superciliosus


Brown Violetear


Colibri delphinae


Sparkling Violetear


Colibri coruscans


Black-throated Mango


Anthracothorax nigricollis


Amethyst-throated Sunangel


Heliangelus amethysticollis


Purple-throated Sunangel


Heliangelus viola


Royal Sunangel


Heliangelus regalis


Wire-crested Thorntail*


Discosura popelairii


Rufous-crested Coquette


Lophornis delattrei


Ecuadorian Piedtail*


Phlogophilus hemileucurus


Speckled Hummingbird


Adelomyia melanogenys


Long-tailed Sylph


Aglaiocercus kingi


Grey-bellied Comet


Taphrolesbia griseiventris


Green-tailed Trainbearer


Lesbia nuna


Tyrian Metaltail


Metallura tyrianthina


Coppery Metaltail


Metallura theresiae


Black Metaltail


Metallura phoebe


Buff-thighed Puffleg*


Haplophaedia assimilis


Emerald-bellied Puffleg


Eriocnemis alinae


Marvelous Spatuletail


Loddigesia mirabilis


Shining Sunbeam


Aglaeactis cupripennis


Bronzy Inca


Coeligena coeligena


Collared Inca


Coeligena torquata


Violet-throated Starfrontlet


Coeligena violifer


Rainbow Starfrontlet*


Coeligena iris


Chestnut-breasted Coronet


Boissonneaua matthewsii


Booted Rackettail


Ocreatus underwoodii


Black-throated Brilliant*


Heliodoxa schreibersii


Fawn-breasted Brilliant


Heliodoxa rubinoides


Violet-fronted Brilliant


Heliodoxa leadbeateri


White-bellied Woodstar


Chaetocercus mulsant


Blue-tailed Emerald


Chlorostilbon mellisugus


Grey-breasted Sabrewing


Campylopterus largipennis


Fork-tailed Woodnymph


Thalurania furcata


Many-spotted Hummingbird


Taphrospilus hypostictus


Spot-throated Hummingbird


Leucippus taczanowskii


White-bellied Hummingbird


Amazilia chionogaster


Andean Emerald


Amazilia franciae


Sapphire-spangled Emerald


Amazilia lactea


Golden-tailed Sapphire


Chrysuronia oenone




Golden-headed Quetzal


Pharomachrus auriceps


Green-backed Trogon


Trogon viridis


Blue-crowned Trogon


Trogon curucui


Collared Trogon


Trogon collaris



Ringed Kingfisher


Megaceryle torquata



Broad-billed Motmot*


Electron platyrhynchum



White-faced Nunbird


Hapaloptila castanea




Gilded Barbet


Capito auratus


Versicoloured Barbet


Eubucco versicolor




Black-mandibled Toucan


Ramphastos ambiguus


Emerald Toucanet


Aulacorhynchus prasinus


Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan


Andigena hypoglauca



Speckle-chested Piculet


Picumnus steindachneri


Yellow-tufted Woodpecker


Melanerpes cruentatus


Smoky-brown Woodpecker


Picoides fumigatus


Little Woodpecker


Veniliornis passerinus


Yellow-vented Woodpecker*


Veniliornis dignus


Golden-olive Woodpecker


Colaptes rubiginosus


Crimson-mantled Woodpecker


Colaptes rivolii


Black-necked Woodpecker


Colaptes atricollis


Andean Flicker


Colaptes rupicola



Mountain Caracara


Phalcoboenus megalopterus


American Kestrel


Falco sparverius



Red-bellied Macaw


Orthopsittaca manilata


Golden-plumed Parakeet


Leptosittaca branickii


Mitred Parakeet


Aratinga mitrata


White-eyed Parakeet


Aratinga leucophthalma


Yellow-faced Parrotlet


Forpus xanthops


Cobalt-winged Parakeet


Brotogeris cyanoptera


Red-billed Parrot


Pionus sordidus


Speckle-faced Parrot


Pionus tumultuosus


Blue-headed Parrot


Pionus menstruus


Orange-winged Parrot


Amazona amazonica


Scaly-naped Parrot


Amazona mercenarius



Variable Antshrike


Thamnophilus caerulescens


Ornate Antwren


Epinecrophylla ornata


Stripe-chested Antwren*


Myrmotherula longicauda


Yellow-breasted Antwren*


Herpsilochmus axillaris


Long-tailed Antbird


Drymophila caudata


Peruvian Warbling-Antbird*


Hypocnemis peruviana


White-backed Fire-eye


Pyriglena leuconota


Spot-backed Antbird


Hylophylax naevius


Common Scale-backed Antbird


Willisornis poecilinotus




Chestnut-crowned Antpitta


Grallaria ruficapilla


Pale-billed Antpitta


Grallaria carrikeri


Rusty-tinged Antpitta


Grallaria przewalskii


Rufous Antpitta


Grallaria rufula



Blackish Tapaculo 


Scytalopus latrans


Unicoloured Tapaculo


Scytalopus unicolor


Trilling Tapaculo


Scytalopus parvirostris


Rufous-vented Tapaculo


Scytalopus femoralis


Neblina Tapaculo


Scytalopus altirostris



Barred Antthrush


Chamaeza mollissima


Olivaceous Woodcreeper


Sittasomus griseicapillus


Long-tailed Woodcreeper


Deconychura longicauda


Tyrannine Woodcreeper


Dendrocincla tyrannina


Plain-brown Woodcreeper


Dendrocincla fuliginosa


Ocellated Woodcreeper


Xiphorhynchus ocellatus


Buff-throated Woodcreeper


Xiphorhynchus guttatus


Olive-backed Woodcreeper


Xiphorhynchus triangularis


Montane Woodcreeper


Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger


Plain Xenops


Xenops minutus


Streaked Xenops


Xenops rutilans


Point-tailed Palmcreeper


Berlepschia rikeri


Streaked Tuftedcheek


Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii


Rusty-winged Barbtail


Premnornis guttuliger


Cream-winged Cinclodes


Cinclodes albiventris


White-winged Cinclodes


Cinclodes atacamensis


Montane Foliage-gleaner


Anabacerthia striaticollis


Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner


Philydor rufum


Spotted Barbtail


Premnoplex brunnescens


Pearled Treerunner


Margarornis squamiger


Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail


Leptasthenura pileata


Rufous-fronted Thornbird


Phacellodomus rufifrons


Chestnut-backed Thornbird


Phacellodomus dorsalis


Line-fronted Canastero


Asthenes urubambensis


Russet-mantled Softtail


Thripophaga berlepschi


Ash-browed Spinetail*


Cranioleuca curtata


Baron's Spinetail


Cranioleuca baroni


White-chinned Thistletail


Asthenes fuliginosa


Great Spinetail


Synallaxis hypochondriacas


Dark-breasted Spinetail


Synallaxis albigularis


Azara’s Spinetail


Synallaxis azarae


Rufous Spinetail


Synallaxis unirufa


Chestnut-throated Spinetail


Synallaxis cherriei




Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet


Phyllomyias plumbeiceps


Yellow-bellied Elaenia


Elaenia flavogaster


White-crested Elaenia


Elaenia albiceps


Lesser Elaenia*


Elaenia chiriquensis


Sierran Elaenia*


Elaenia pallatangae


Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet


Camptostoma obsoletum


White-tailed Tyrannulet


Mecocerculus poecilocercus


White-banded Tyrranulet


Mecocerculus stictopterus


White-throated Tyrannulet


Mecocerculus leucophrys


Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet


Mecocerculus minor


Black-crested Tit-Tyrant


Anairetes nigrocristatus


Torrent Tyrannulet


Serpophaga cinerea


Mouse-coloured Tyrannulet


Phaeomyias murina


Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant


Pseudotriccus ruficeps


Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant


Euscarthmus meloryphus


Red-billed Tyrannulet*


Zimmerius cinereicapilla


Misahana Tyrannulet


Zimmerius villarejoi


Peruvian Tyrannulet


Zimmerius viridiflavus


Variegated Bristle-Tyrant


Phylloscartes poecilotis


Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant


Phylloscartes ophthalmicus


Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet


Phylloscartes ventralis


Ecuadorian Tyrannulet*


Phylloscartes gualaquizae


Streak-necked Flycatcher


Mionectes striaticollis


Ochre-bellied Flycatcher


Mionectes oleagineus


Sepia-capped Flycatcher


Leptopogon amaurocephalus


Slaty-capped Flycatcher


Leptopogon superciliaris


White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant


Myiornis albiventris


Short tailed Pygmy-Tyrant*


Myiornis ecaudatus


Black-throated Tody-Tyrant


Hemitriccus granadensis


Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant


Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus


Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher


Poecilotriccus luluae


Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher


Poecilotriccus latirostris


Common Tody-Flycatcher


Todirostrum cinereum


Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher*


Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum


Yellow-olive Flycatcher


Tolmomyias sulphurescens


Yellow-breasted Flycatcher*


Tolmomyias flaviventris


Bran-coloured Flycatcher


Myiophobus fasciatus


Cinnamon Flycatcher


Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus


Euler's Flycatcher


Lathrotriccus euleri


Smoke-coloured Pewee


Contopus fumigatus


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Contopus virens


Vermilion Flycatcher


Pyrocephalus rubinus


Rufous-tailed Tyrant


Knipolegus poecilurus


White-winged Black-Tyrant


Knipolegus aterrimus


Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant


Agriornis montanus


White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant


Agriornis albicauda


Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant


Myiotheretes striaticollis


Smoky Bush-Tyrant


Myiotheretes fumigatus


Jelski's Chat-Tyrant


Ochthoeca jelskii


Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant


Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris


Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant


Ochthoeca rufipectoralis


Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant


Ochthoeca fumicolor


White-browed Chat-Tyrant


Ochthoeca leucophrys


Piratic Flycatcher


Legatus leucophaius


Social Flycatcher


Myiozetetes similis


Great Kiskadee


Pitangus sulphuratus


Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher*


Myiodynastes luteiventris


Streaked Flycatcher


Myiodynastes maculatus


Boat-billed Flycatcher


Megarynchus pitangua


Tropical Kingbird


Tyrannus melancholicus


Dusky-capped Flycatcher


Myiarchus tuberculifer


Short-crested Flycatcher


Myiarchus ferox


Pale-edged Flycatcher


Myiarchus cephalotes





Green-and-black Fruiteater


Pipreola riefferii


Red-crested Cotinga


Ampelion rubrocristata


Andean Cock-of-the-rock


Rupicola peruvianus




Jet Manakin


Xenopipo unicolor


Fiery-capped Manakin*


Machaeropterus pyrocephalus


Golden-headed Manakin


Ceratopipra erythrocephala




Barred Becard


Pachyramphus versicolor


White-winged Becard


Pachyramphus polychopterus


Black-and-white Becard


Pachyramphus albogriseus


Wing-barred Piprites*


Piprites chloris



Rufous-browed Peppershrike


Cyclarhis gujanensis


Red-eyed Vireo


Vireo olivaceus


Olivaceous Greenlet*


Hylophilus olivaceus



White-collared Jay


Cyanolyca viridicyanus


Green Jay


Cyanocorax yncas



Blue-and-white Swallow


Pygochelidon cyanoleuca


Brown-bellied Swallow


Orochelidon murina


Grey-breasted Martin


Progne chalybea



Scaly-breasted Wren


Microcerculus marginatus


Grey-mantled Wren*


Odontorchilus branickii


House Wren


Troglodytes aedon


Sedge Wren


Cistothorus platensis


Fasciated Wren


Campylorhynchus fasciatus


Thrush-like Wren*


Campylorhynchus turdinus


Plain-tailed Wren


Pheugopedius  euophrys


Coraya Wren


Pheugopedius  coraya


Sharpe's  Wren


Cinnycerthia olivascens


Bar-winged Wood-Wren


Henicorhina leucoptera



Tropical Gnatcatcher


Polioptila plumbea



Black-capped Donacobius


Donacobius atricapilla



Swainson's Thrush


Catharus ustulatus


White-eared Solitaire


Entomodestes leucotis


Pale-breasted Thrush


Turdus leucomelas


Hauxwell’s Thrush


Turdus hauxwelli


Varzea Thrush


Turdus sanchezorum


Black-billed Thrush


Turdus ignobilis


Marañon Thrush


Turdus maranonicus


Slaty Thrush*


Turdus nigriceps


Great Thrush


Turdus fuscater


Chiguanco Thrush


Turdus chiguanco


Glossy-black Thrush


Turdus serranus


Long-tailed Mockingbird


Mimus longicaudatus



Black-faced Tanager


Schistochlamys melanopis


Magpie Tanager


Cissopis leverianus


White-capped Tanager


Sericossypha albocristata


Superciliaried Hemispingus


Hemispingus superciliaris


Drab Hemispingus


Hemispingus xanthopthalmus


Grey-hooded Bush-Tanager


Cnemoscopus rubrirostris


Buff-bellied Tanager


Thlypopsis inornata


Yellow-crested Tanager*


Tachyphonus rufiventer


White-lined Tanager


Tachyphonus rufus


Black-bellied Tanager


Ramphocelus melanogaster


Hooded Mountain-Tanager


Buthraupis montana


Grass-green Tanager


Chlorornis riefferii


Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager


Anisognathus lacrymosus


Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager


Anisognathus igniventris


Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager


Anisognathus somptuosus


Blue-grey Tanager


Thraupis episcopus


Palm Tanager


Thraupis palmarum


Blue-capped Tanager


Pipraeidea hraupis cyanocephala


Blue-and-yellow Tanager


Pipraeidea  bonariensis


Yellow-throated Tanager


Iridosornis analis


Orange-eared Tanager


Chlorochrysa calliparaea


Silvery  Tanager


Tangara viridicollis


Blue-necked Tanager


Tangara cyanicollis


Yellow-bellied Tanager


Tangara xanthogastra


Spotted Tanager


Tangara punctata


Blue-and-black Tanager


Tangara vassorii


Beryl-spangled Tanager


Tangara nigroviridis


Metallic-green Tanager


Tangara labradorides


Blue-browed Tanager


Tangara cyanotis


Turquoise Tanager


Tangara mexicana


Paradise Tanager


Tangara chilensis


Bay-headed Tanager


Tangara gyrola


Golden-eared Tanager*


Tangara chrysotis


Saffron-crowned Tanager


Tangara xanthocephala


Green-and-gold Tanager


Tangara schrankii


Golden Tanager


Tangara arthus


Black-faced Dacnis


Dacnis lineata


Blue Dacnis


Dacnis cayana


Green Honeycreeper


Chlorophanes spiza


Chestnut-vented Conebill


Conirostrum speciosum


Blue-backed Conebill


Conirostrum sitticolor


Moustached Flowerpiercer


Diglossa mystacalis


Black-throated Flowerpiercer


Diglossa brunneiventris


White-sided Flowerpiercer


Diglossa albilatera


Deep-blue Flowerpiercer*


Diglossa glauca


Masked Flowerpiercer


Diglossa cyanea


Peruvian Sierra-Finch


Phrygilus punensis


Plumbeous Sierra-Finch


Phrygilus unicolor


Band-tailed Sierra-Finch


Phrygilus alaudinus


Grey-winged Inca-Finch


Incaspiza ortizi


Buff-bridled Inca-Finch


Incaspiza laeta


Saffron Finch


Sicalis flaveola


Blue-black Grassquit


Volatinia jacarina


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater


Sporophila castaneiventris


Band-tailed Seedeater


Catamenia analis


Plain-colored Seedeater


Catamenia inornata




Coereba flaveola


Dull-coloured Grassquit


Tiaris obscurus



Greyish Saltator


Saltator coerulescens


Golden-billed Saltator


Saltator aurantiirostris


Streaked Saltator


Saltator striatipectus



Rufous-collared Sparrow


Zonotrichia capensis


White-browed Brush-Finch


Arremon torquatus


Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch


Atlapetes latinuchus


Common Bush-Tanager


Chlorospingus flavopectus


Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager


Chlorospingus canigularis



Hepatic Tanager


Piranga flava


Summer Tanager


Piranga rubra


Scarlet Tanager*


Piranga olivacea


White-winged Tanger


Piranga leucoptera


Golden-bellied Grosbeak


Pheucticus chrysogaster



Blackburnian Warbler


Dendroica fusca


Cerulean Warbler*


Dendroica cerulea


Masked Yellowthroat


Geothlypis aequinoctialis


Canada Warbler


Wilsonia canadensis


Slate-throated Redstart


Myioborus miniatus


Spectacled Redstart


Myioborus melanocephalus


Black-crested Warbler


Basileuterus nigrocristatus


Russet-crowned Warbler


Basileuterus coronatus


Three-striped Warbler


Basileuterus tristriatus


Buff-rumped Warbler*


Phaeothlypis fulvicauda



Russet-backed Oropendula


Psarocolius angustifrons


Crested Oropendola


Psarocolius decumanus


Mountain Cacique


Cacicus chrysonotus


Yellow-rumped Cacique


Cacicus cela


Scarlet-rumped Cacique


Cacicus uropygialis


Orange-backed Troupial


Icterus croconotus


Yellow-tailed Oriole*


Icterus mesomelas


Peruvian Meadowlark


Sturnella bellicosa



Hooded Siskin


Sporagra magellanica


Olivaceous Siskin


Sporagras olivacea


Lesser Goldfinch


Astragalinus psaltria


Thick-billed Euphonia


Euphonia laniirostris


Orange-bellied Euphonia


Euphonia xanthogaster


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