Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lomas de Asia
A new birding hotspot south of Lima




By Wilson Diaz
www.greentours.com.pe

There is not doubt that the tropics are full of surprises for bird lovers, and Peru is not the exception. This July I met a few friends in Lima for a pelagic trip, unfortunately the weather conditions at sea were not good at all and we had to cancel the pelagic expedition. Yes, I was quite disappointed, but nature lovers always keep an ace up our sleeves, and someone proposed to visit a new site he recently discovered a few months ago. So, we decide to spend the day exploring a particular coastal habitat south of Lima known as "Lomas de Asia".

To get to Lomas de Asia we drove for about two hours south of Lima along the Panamerican highway, then we took a dirty road eastwards into the hills of Asia (a Lima district). The members of the local community have organized themselves to preserve the area for deforestation, and they charge a small entrance fee to all visitors to collect funds for the maintenance of the reserve.

If you want to see all the interesting bird species in the area you will have to make a quite exhausting hike all the way up the mountains for about two hours, the elevation difference between the entrance gate and the top of the hills is around 700 meters (starts at 200 and ends at 900 meters).

Common birds in the area are West Peruvian and Eared Doves, Cinereous Conebill, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch, Collared Warbling-Finch, Peruvian Meadowlark, just to mention a few. Some interesting sights were a female Variable Hawk perched on a cliff high above the trail, and a Harris's Hawk flying above our heads.

As soon as we started our walk up the trail we heard the characteristic calls of the Thick-billed Miner, a Peruvian endemic that is not easy to find but appears to be very common in this area during the austral winter.


Thick-billed Miner, a Peruvian endemic easy to find in Lomas de Asia during the winter.

After enjoying the magnificent miner we continued our walk up the trail when we found a couple of Southern Viscacha (Lagidium viscacia) trying to warm up despite the cold, misty day. They were very cooperative and allow us to get very close for photographs.






Another surprise awaited for us a little bit later. When we stopped a few minutes to catch up our breath, a couple of hunting Burrowing Owls came very close to us, making "jumps" behind a rock.





It was around 11:00 am when we realized we were still half the way from the top of the hill, then we started to walk without stopping till we get to the end of the trail, at 900 meters of elevation. The walk is tough but really worth it. At the summit the vegetation is quite different, dominated by cacti and short bushes, the perfect habitat for another Peruvian specialty: the Cactus Canastero.


Cactus Canastero at its nest.
Cactus Canasteros are not easy to find because they're very shy birds, and are active only early in the morning. This time we were lucky enough to find a couple of birds building a nest, the birds weren't disturbed by our presence (we were not too close actually) and allowed to make good photos and video.



I couldn't been happier after making this video, this is probably the only footage in the world of this species building its nest.

After this superb experience we walk back down the trail to our car and hit the road back to Lima. Weather was fantastic for the hike, birds showed very well.... what else could we asked for !!!!!

Currently we are not included Lomas the Asia in out set itineraries, but if you are interested in a private tour send us an email to info@greentours.com.pe and ask for a quotation.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

ID Challenge


Yesterday I went out in the field for the first time with my brand new recording equipment. I made a recording of a calling Slender-billed Miner (http://www.xeno-canto.org/371072), but there is another bird calling, it's a two notes call, you can see the sonogram here:



So, here is the prize to whoever identify the bird: 20% discount on any of the birding trips we feature on our website. Offer expires May 25th, 2017 at 00:00 Greenwich time.
Let those comments flow !!!!! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My very first photographs of Rusty-tinged Antpitta



By Wilson Díaz
www.greentours.com.pe



Some birds are easy to see because they’re quite common, some others are not so easy to see because they’re uncommon on rare….. but when talking Antpittas things are different. Most species are common, you can hear them every day, but their shy nature make them extremely difficult to see. For instance, Rusty-tinged Antpitta is a fairly common bird of the humid mountain forest of northeast Peru (it is a Peruvian endemic actually !), its calls can be heard on a daily basis if you’re in the right habitat, but the bird have been seen only very few times, and almost never have been photographed.

I’ve been visiting the Alto Mayo and Abra Patricia forests for more than 15 years now and never had the chance to even have a glance of a Rusty-tinged Antpitta, all my trip reports mentioned this Antpitta as “heard only” until this last April that I went to Fundo Alto Nieva 
(http://www.perubirds.org/rutas_fundo_alto_nieva_en.shtml) with a group of friends, including Carlos Calle, photographer and owner of Fundo Alto Nieva. Carlos organized the trip intending to photograph as many bird species as possible and wanting to share his photography knowledge with friends, so as you can imagine, I was quite excited about this trip and dreaming about photographing hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and all those colourful birds of the mountains forests, but didn’t really expected things like Antpittas. The first day of the trip Carlos gave us a briefing about what to expect for the next days, and he mentioned something I’ll never forget: “high chances to photograph Rusty-tinged Antpittas”…… Really?- I asked..... Well, it happens that Kenny Rodriguez, resident manager of Fundo Alto Nieva, had been working on making the antpittas to come out in the open to feed on worms, and after three months he succeeded and the birds lost their natural shyness and began to come out on the open trail as soon as they hear Kenny’s calls for food.


The first day at Fundo Alto Nieva we walked up the Owlet trail early in the morning to get to the Antpitta site as early as possible. Once there we set up the tripods and all photo stuff, light is dim in the forest so we had to high up the ISO settings of the cameras, lowered the f-stop and pray to have a clear shot at a slow shutter speed. We didn’t want to spoil Kenny’s hard work by using the flashes on these birds, the risk of frighten the birds was too high, so we decided not to use them, instead we put a led flashlight in front of us hoping it would help increasing the available light. Our technique didn’t really help much, that’s why the images you see here are not very sharp, but I’m happy with them. The bird really didn’t care about our presence, he was focused on getting the worms, and at a certain moment he got as close as two meters away from me and it was hard to keep it in the frame. After all that excitement all we had to do was to walk back to the Fundo’s house and have breakfast to regain energy to keep on with bird photography during the rest of the day.


All birders visiting Fundo Alto Nieva these last two months have had the chance to see this endemic Antpitta, and I hope the sightings will keep going on for a while.

At Green Tours we are offering 20% discount on any of our private tailor-made 2017 birding trips to Alto Mayo and Abra Patricia. Book now and don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most difficult Peruvian endemics: Rusty-tinged Anpitta.

Sunday, April 9, 2017



The quest for the Great Spinetail


A hard to find Peruvian endemic



By Wilson Díaz
9th April 2017

Great Spinetail is a restricted range and very local  species endemic to northern Peru. It looks similar to Necklaced Spinetail but it larger, has a bigger bill and longer tail, and it seems their distribution ranges do not overlap. I've been looking for this special, elusive bird for several years. Despite the classic sites for this Spinetail are very close to my hometown I always failed to see it. The "typical" and "most reliable" place to find Great Spinetail is a small creek west of the town of San Marcos, some 50 Km from the city of Cajamarca, the dry scrub in the area offers the perfect habitat for the bird, but also offers great places to hide. The many times I've been there I've always seen "movement", not even heard it calling, so I'm not sure the movement was made by "the Spinetail", so, as you can imagine, all my visits were quite disappointing for me and my clients.

A couple of years ago a friend told me he saw the bird at Laguna San Nicolas, a place closer to Cajamarca than is San Marcos, but located at a much higher elevation (slightly above 2800 meters). Since then I was planning to visit the area but for many reasons I wasn't able to go there until March 2017, just less than a month ago.

Laguna San Nicolas is surrounded by agricultural fields and dry scrub

Most of the area has been deforested for agriculture but the hills south of the lake still hold nice scrub patches that provides good habitat for birds. The area is connected by creeks to the Río Cajamarquino, which flows towards the Río Marañón, so there is an easy way for the birds and vegetation from lower elevations to reach this high elevation lake.

It took me two visits to find the Great Spinetail, the first time it seems I spend to much time looking for in the wrong places and missed the bird, but I must say I had to try since I did not knew of any specific spot to look for. Yes, I missed the Spintetail, but I had a lot of other Marañón specialists that I will mention later on this post, and I didn't expect to see there.

I returned a week later, and went straight to a patch of scrub that looked promising last week. As soon as I started to playback the song I had a response from a couple of Great Spinetails that showed up very quickly, they were calling back and moving among the top of the bushes no farther than 10 feet away from me. The couple stayed in the area for at least half an hour, until they stop singing and disappeared.

My very first pair of Great Spinetails

As I said before, some unexpected birds also showed up, like a Black-necked Woodpecker and many Spot-throated hummingbirds, and endemic hummingbird species of the Río Marañón valley. This species seems to be quite abundant around San Nicolas.

Black-necked Woodpecker


Spot-throated hummingbird

Another nice surprises were Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Tropical Parula, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, Cinereous Conebill.

Also, Band-tailed, Yellow-bellied, and Black-and-white Seedeaters were very common in the area, and showed up very quickly when the Pacific Pygmy-Owl call was played. Common hummingbirds in the area were Sparkling Violetear, Purple-collared Woodstar, Green-tailed, and Black-tailed Trainbearers.

Female Green-tailed Trainbearer

Another interesting species that can be found in this scrub are Peruvian Meadowlark, Hooded Siskin, Chiguanco Thrush, Golden-billed Saltator, Golden Grosbeak, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, and Andean Flicker.

Peruvian Meadowlark

But the birding adventure doesn't end up there, if you go further on the road and stop by the east side of the lake you will find a lot of more species on the shore and in the lake. The most abundant birds are of course Common Gallinules and Slate-colored Coots.

Slate-colored Coot

A huge population of Ruddy Duck also inhabits the lake. During this second visit I was pleased to find Puna Ibis walking on the shore, a Yellow-billed Pintail sleeping on a small island, some Wren-like Rushbirds calling among the reeds, Pied-billed and Silvery Grebes swimming among the Coots, a lone Osprey catching fish, a few Plumbeous Rails walking among the reeds, a Little Blue-Heron trying to catch something to eat near the shore, but the most pleasant views were provided but a flock of 10 Andean Gulls resting on the water not far from the shore.

Andean Gull

Ruddy Duck and Common Gallinule

If interested, for a complete list of the area you can visit http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2344292?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

Or visit www.greentours.com.pe for a personalized tour and special prices.

Friday, March 17, 2017

WINGS – Birdwatching Tours Worldwide

WINGS birding trip to North Peru – Río Huallaga dry valley, the cloud forests of the Río Mayo and Abra Patricia

Operated by Green Tours


Lead by Richard Hoyer

Participants: Wilson Díaz (co-leader Green Tours), Christopher Balchin, David Fisher, John O’Sullivan, Li Li, Zhi Li

Trip report prepared by Wilson Díaz
17th -26th February 2017


Day 1. Feb 17th. Lima
The group arrived to Lima.

Day 2. Feb 18th. Lima - Tarapoto - Cordillera Escalera - Pumarinri Lodge.
Mid-morning fly from Lima to Tarapoto. I met the group at the Tarapoto airport and took the bus to Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area. We drove for about 20 minutes to our first stop at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde” where we usually have lunch. Along the road we had our first birds of the trip from the car windows: Saffron Finch, Turkey and Black Vultures, Social Flycatcher, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Smooth-billed Ani, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Eared Doves. At the restaurant, while waiting for our meal we had time for birding around the gardens which produced a few interesting species: Rose-fronted Parakeets perched just behind the dining area. A small pond in the garden had White-banded, and Blue-and-white. Moving up a hill right of the restaurant’s pool we heard a Plain-winged Antshrike calling, after a few minutes playing the song we managed to bring him to the open and everybody had good views of bird. Right after that, and a few meters higher, we heard a Spot-winged Antbird vocalizing, it took a little more time playing the playback song but it finally showed up well in the open for a few seconds. The trees above us had White-lored Tyrannulet, Piratic Flycatcher, Violaceous Jay, and Paradise Tanager. On our way back to the dining room we had a flock of White-tipped Swifts near a cliff on the other side of the road. Near the entrance gate there was a Cecropia tree with good bird activity with Yellow-rumped Cacique nests being harassed by a Giant Cowbird. Also landed on that same tree Blue Dacnis, Black-faced Dacnis, and Chesnut-bellied Seed-Finch.

After lunch we drove up the road for a few minutes till our next stop a couple of turns after “Restaurante El Mono y la Gata” where a few minutes of roadside birding produced Sulphury Flycatcher, Dotted Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Yellow-backed Tanager and Bronze-green Euphonia.

Back in the car we drove for another 10 minutes to El Tunel, there were almost none bird activity, just a Short-tailed Hawk soaring way high, so we decided to move on to ACONABIKH reserve (this is a private institution devoted to the preservation of the Keopcke’s Hermit hummingbird), some 3 Km beyond El Tunel. At the hummingbird feeders we had White-necked Jacobin, the endemic Koepecke´s Hermit, Brown Violetear, the nice looking Gould’s Jewelfront, Black-throated Mango, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Fork-tailed Woodnymph and Golden-tailed Sapphire. From the third story of the canopy tower we could see a Chestnut-eared Aracari and many couples of Blue-headed Parrots flying above the forest canopy.

Black-throated Mango
Grey-breasted Sabrewing
We made a short walk into the forest (less than 5 minutes) and were able to find Gilded Barbet, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-Olive Flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Golden-headed Manakin, White-winged Becard; we also heard a Cinereous Tinamou and a Musician Wren singing in the tangled scrub. A Three-striped Poison Dart Frog was also seen during this short walk.

Golden-headed Manakin
Before it got dark we leaved ACONABIKH and drove to Pumarinri Lodge, where we spend the night. On our way to the lodge along the Río Huallaga we had Snowy and Cattle Egrets flying above the river, a couple of Speckled Chachalacas crossing the road just in front of the bus, several Roadside Hawks, Black Caracaras and Barn Swallows flying above our heads; we had of first woodpecker of the trip in the town of Shapaja, a Yellow-tufted Woodpecker building its nest in a palm tree in the middle of a park; and to end up a fantastic birding day we found a couple of Hoatzins perched on a tree on the bank of the Huallaga River.

Hoatzin
After checking in at the very comfortable Pumarinri Lodge and have a delicious dinner, we walk up the road looking for possible owls. We did not hear any owl but had a great view of a South American Coati making his way up in the canopy.

Day 3. Feb 19th. Pumarinri Lodge - Quebrada Upaquihua - Tarapoto - Drive to Moyobamba - Waqanki Lodge.
We did a short walk along the road just after a very early breakfast, at a distance we heard White-tipped Dove, Grey-fronted Dove and Pale-vented Pigeon calling; not far from the entrance gate of the lodge we had great views of Black-fronted Nunbird, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Yellow Tyrannulet, and Yellow-breasted Flycatcher.

We leave Pumarinri early in the morning towards Quebrada Upaquihua, an area of the Huallaga valley with seasonal dry forest. In the first part of the road, between Pumarinri and the Puente Colombia, we had Speckled Chachalacas and Black Caracaras crossing the road, and several Great and Cattle Egrets flying above the Huallaga river. Once we reached Puente Colombia we head southwards aside the Huallaga River and made a couple of stops to search the banks and the islands of the river looking for Comb Ducks, we had at least five of these birds flying near the sandy banks of the river, White-banded and White-winged Swallows were also abundant along the road. At this same area we heard Tataupa Tinamou calling at a distance.

At the small town of Buenos Aires we leaved the paved road behind and enter a dirty road that runs northwest along the Upaquihua valley. The first kilometres we were just driving but could see from the car some Blue-winged Parrotlets and a Great Antshrike moving in the bushes. Our first stop was at Km 8 of the dirty road, where we found Dark-billed Cuckoo, Ferrugineous Pygmy-Owl, Barred Antshrike, Northern Slaty-Antshrike, Striped-chested Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Plain-crested Spinetail, Southern Bearless-Tyrannulet, Greenish Elaenia, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin (nesting!), White-winged Becard, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Coraya Wren (which were quite abundant), White-lined Tanager, Turquoise Tanager. On that same spot we heard Russet-crowned Crake, Striped Cuckoo, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Alder Flycatcher, and Buff-breasted Wren. Then we stopped at Km 10 and walked inside the forest where we found White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, and White-browed Antbird.

Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin
After having lunch in Tarapoto we drove straight to Moyobamba with a short stop at Quiscarrumi Bridge where we had a colony of Oilbirs, also in the area we had White-eyed Parakeet, White-collared Swift, and Fork-tailed Palm-Swift. We spend the night at Waqanki Lodge, near the city of Moyobamba.

Oilbirds
Day 4. Feb 20th. Morro de Calzada - Rioja rice fields - Arena Blanca reserve - Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge - Fundo Alto Nieva.
Early departure to Morro de Calzada, a sandstone isolate mountain in the middle of the Río Mayo valley, just 20 minutes from Moyobamba. During breakfast in Waqanki we heard Varzea and Pale-breasted Thrushes singing. Our first stop was at a pasture with some bushes before the Morro where we had flocks of Cobalt-winged parakeets and pairs of Blue-headed Parrots flying above us, also Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Fiery-capped Manakin, Thick-billed Euphonia, Golden-bellied Euphonia, Blue-naped Chlorophonia. Then we walked in the forest at the base of El Morro and found Green-backed and Blue-crowned Trogons, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Yellow Tyrannulet, Forest Elaenia, Lesser Elaenia, Mishana Tyrannulet, Peruvian Tyrannulet, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Grey-capped Flycatcher, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, White-winged Becard, Chestnut-crowned Becard. We also heard Little Tinamou, Russet-crowned Crake, Blue Ground-Dove, Common Pauraque, Amazonian Motmot, Channel-billed Toucan, White-browed Purpletuft, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin.

Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant
By mid-morning we drove north towards Rioja to explore the rice fields of the Mayo valley, there we found Great, Snowy, and Cattle Egrets; Little Blue Heron, Striated Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Spotted Rail, Black-necked Stilt, Black Caracara, Grey-breasted and Brown-chested Martins, Black-capped Donacobius, and Oriole Blackbird. Around the rice fields we also heard Rufous-sided Crake.

Before noon we hit the road again towards the Town of Aguas Verdes for a visit to Arena Blanca Reserve, where there are hummingbird and tinamou feeders. After a light lunch at the reserve house we pay a visit to the Hummingbird feeders where we had White-necked Jacobin, Reddish Hermit, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Lesser Violetear, Wire-crested Thorntail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Rufous-throated Sapphire, and Golden-tailed Sapphire. Before leaving the reserve we visited the tinamou feeders where we saw a family of 10 individuals of Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, also came a timid Grey-necked Wood-Rail along with a Grey-fronted Dove. On our way back to the bus we had some more birds along the trail: Black-bellied Tanager, Masked Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Black-faced Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Purple Honeycreeper.

Blue-fronted Lancebill
Wire-crested Thorntail
Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail
Rufous-crested Coquette
Grey-fronted Dove
After leaving Arena Blanca we drove straight to Abra Patricia Owlet lodge. After checking in we spend a few minutes at the hummingbird feeders where we had Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Bronzy Inca, Collared Inca, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, and White-bellied Woodstar, Sierran Elaenia, Great Thrush and White-sided Flowerpiercer were common around the gardens of the lodge.

Collared Inca
Sword-billed Hummingbird
Emerald-bellied Puffleg
Before it got dark we went to Fundo Alto Nieva reserve, a reliable place to look for the enigmatic Long-Whiskered Owlet. First bird we saw when we arrived there was a Greenish Puffleg just in front of the house. We walked for about 30 minutes up a hill to the place where the Owlet is regularly seen, we played the call for several minutes but we only attracted a Cinnamon Screech-Owl that stayed very close to us for quite a long time. We suspected the Owlet will not come with the Screech-Owl around so we decided to walk down the trail for a few minutes and try again to call the bird. This time the Long-Whiskered Owlet responded very quickly, landed on a tree just above our heads and stayed there for several minutes for us to enjoy. Tropical Screech-Owl and Rufous-banded Owl were also calling in the area. Mission accomplished we drove back to the Owlet Lodge for the overnight.

Cinnamon Screech-Owl
Day 5. Feb 21st. Owlet Lodge and Abra Patricia: Tino trail - Royal Sunangel cliffs - S/N bridge.
Before breakfast some people saw a Lyre-tailed Nightjar flying around the main building of the lodge. Just after an early breakfast we had the first sights of the Tayra that comes every day to the feeder located in the garden. We spent the first couple of hours of the morning birding the road by the lodge’s entrance gate, it wasn’t as productive as usual but we saw Sharp-shinned Hawk, Scaly-napped Parrot, Azara’s Spinetail, White-tailed Tyrannulet, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant, Green-and-Black Fruiteater, Sharpe’s Wren, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren.

Green-and-black Fruiteater
The rest of the morning was devoted to walk the Tino Trail (about 1.4 Km loop around the lodge), along the first 400 meters we had Barred Parakeet, Streak-headed Antbird, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Slaty Finch. Further we had a couple of mixed flocks with Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Montane Woodcreeper, Streaked Xenops, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Pearled Treerunner, Streak-necked Flycatcher, Grey-hooded Bush Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Silvery Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Capped Conebill, White-sided Flowerpiercer; we also heard Variable Antshrike, Chestnut Antpitta, Slaty-back Nightingale-Thrush; Maroon-chested Ground-Doves were calling almost the whole morning but we couldn’t see any (except Rich Hoyer that saw one crossing the trail just in from of him!).

Streak-headed Antbird
After lunch we spent a couple of hours resting by the hummingbird feeders with the usual visitors: Lesser Violetear, Speckled Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Collared and Bronzy Incas, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, and White-bellied Woodstar. Then we drove for about 15 minutes to the place where the Royal Sunangel Hummingbird was first discovered, it took some time but we finally spotted the Sunangel feeding around the cliffs by the road, at this same spot some members of the group spotted an elusive White-tailed Hillstar flying fast among the bushes. On our way back to the lodge we had Cliff Flycatcher, White-collared Jay, Masked Flowerpiercer, Glossy-black Thrush.

After dinner the group did a night walk towards the canopy tower and saw a White-throated Screech-Owl. Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Day 6. Feb 22nd. Owlet Lodge - Highway and Grallaria trail - Huembo - Pomacochas lake - Owlet trail.
Before breakfast everybody had good views of the Lyre-tailed Nightjar near the dining room. Around the Parking lot we had Black-throated Tody-Tyrant and Johnson’s Tody-Flycactcher. There was no activity by the highway, we just saw flying Speckled-faced and Scaly-naped Parrots, so we decided to better walk along the Grallaria trail where we had Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Barred Parakeets feeding on Bamboo seeds, Variable Antshrike, Montane Woodcreeper, Rusty-winged Barbtail, Rufous Spinetail, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Olive Flycatcher. On the trail we heard Uniform Antshrike, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Striped Treehunter, Smoke-colored Pewee.

Johnson's Tody-Flycactcher
Variable Antshrike, female
By mid-morning we drove towards Huembo, while driving we saw Swallow-tailed Kite and a Spotted Sandpiper. At and around the hummingbird feeders in Huembo we had Sparkling Violetear, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Marvelous Spatuletail, Collared and Bronzy Incas, Violet-fronted Brilliant, White-bellied Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, Emerald Toucanet, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner. In this area we also heard the call of a Highland Elaenia.

Marvelous Spatuletail
We had lunch at a resort by lake Pomacochas. In the lake we saw a White-cheeked Pintail, and on the reeds of the lake shores we had Striated Heron and heard Plumbeous Rails. The pastures near the lake had Peruvian Meadowlark. On our way back to the Owlet Lodge we had a large flock of Mitred Parakeets flying around a cliff, and a pair of White-eyed Parakeets joined the flock for a few seconds then they flew away into the forest. It seems these two species overlap in the transitional area between the dry forests of the Marañon valley and the cloud forests of the Cordillera de Colán and Abra Patricia.

Late afternoon we walked down the Owlet trail for about 1500 meters, there was not much activity but we had Tawny-bellied Hermit, Oleaginous and Black-eared Hemispingus, and heard Rusty-tinged Antpitta, and several Maroon-chested Ground-Doves. Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Day 7. Feb 23th. Owlet Lodge: Canopy tower - Grallaria trail - Fundo Alto Nieva - Highway and Venceremos rangers post.
After an early breakfast we visited the canopy tower behind the lodge’s cabins. From above the canopy tower we heard Wattled Guan, Plumbeous and Ruddy Pigeons, White-throated Quail-Dove, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals, Rufous-vented Tapaculo. Then we walk down the Grallaria trail for about 200 meters and we had Masked Trogon, Variable Antshrike, Streaked-headed Antbird, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Barred Becard. By mid-morning we drove to Fundo Alto Nieva for a visit to the hummingbird feeders, there we had Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Booted Racket-tail, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Violet-fronted Brilliant. Then we walked the trail above the house looking for the near-endemic Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant but we just heard it in the bushes. Inside the forest in Alto Nieva we had Ornate Flycatcher, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Yellow-throated Tanager.

Masked Trogon, female
Amethyst-throated Sunangel
Rufous-vented Whitetip
After lunch we went down the road to Venceremos rangers post, inside the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. At the hummingbird feeders we had Tawny-bellied Hermit, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca, Booted Racket-tail, and Violet-fronted Brilliant. On our way back to the lodge we made several stops on the road and we had Broad-winged Hawk, Ash-browed Spinetail, Green Jay, White-capped Dipper, Glossy-black Thrush, Slate-throated Redstar, several young White-capped Tanagers, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Russet-backed Oropendola. Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Booted Racket-tail
White-capped Tanager
Day 8. Feb 24th. Owlet Lodge: Grallaria trail - Highway to S/N bridge - Puente Nieva - Tino trail.
Before dawn we heard a Rufous-bellied Nighthawk around the lodge. We spent the first hour of light in the morning around the parking lot and on the first 400 meters of the Grallaria trail. Both spots produced Barred Parakeet, Scaly-napped Parrot, Variable Antshrike, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, Flavescent Flycatcher, Olive Flycatcher, Smoke-colored Pewee, Pale-edge Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Sharpe’s Wren, Glossy-black Thrush, Russet-crowned Warbler. Maroon-chested Ground-Doves could be heard around the parking lot, as well as Chestnut Antpitta, Trilling Tapaculo, and Barred Antthrush.

Then we walked down the highway left of the entrance gate towards S/N bridge. Along the road we had Yungas Pygmy-Owl, Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet, Sierran Elaenia, Streak-necked Flycatcher, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Andean Solitaire, Citrine Warbler, Red-hooded Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager. Near Puente Nieva we had a male Golden-headed Quetzal that was very cooperative for pictures, Torrent Tyrannulet, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, then we had a mixed species flock with Rufous-crested Tanager, Drab Hemispingus, Grass-green Tanager, the endemic Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Blue-capped Tanager, Silvery Tanager, Blue-and-Black Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Capped Conebill, Masked Flowerpiercer. Back in the lodge, just before lunch had a Chestnut-crested Cotinga perched between the highway and the Grallaria trail.

Black-capped Tyrannulet
Hooded Mountain-Tanager
Golden-headed Quetzal
In the afternoon we walk the Tino trail and had good views of a White-eared Solitaire, then it rained almost the whole afternoon and we had to walk back to the lodge. Nevertheless, on the trail we heard Chestnut-capped Brush Finch and Hooded Siskin.

Late in the afternoon some people walk the upper part of the Grallaria trail and briefly saw a Rusty-tinged Antpitta. Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.

Day 9. Feb 25th. Owlet Lodge - Early departure towards Moyobamba - Birding stops at El Mirador, Alto Mayo forest, Llanteria, Puente Serranoyacu, Indañe pond - Waqanki lodge.
Before dawn we heard the Rufous-bellied Nighthawk again. After breakfast we drove straight to El Mirador area where we had great views of Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Green-fronted Lancebill, Streak-necked Flycatcher, Pale-edge Flycatcher, Brown-capped Vireo, Andean Solitaire, Three-striped Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Black-faced Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Metallic-green Tanager, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer.

Deep-blue Flowerpiercer
We made a couple of stops below El Mirador and we had a fantastic birding with Versicolored Barbet, Emerald and Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Lineated Woodpecker, Plain Antvireo, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Streaked Xenops, Striped Treehunter, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Mottled-cheeked Tyrannulet, Ashy-headed Tyrannulet, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Long-tailed Tyrant, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Grey-mantled Wren, White-capped Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Black-bellied Tanager, Vermilion Tanager, Summer Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Russet-backed Oropendola, Purple-throated Euphonia, Bronze-green Euphonia, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Blue-napped Chlorophonia.

White-lined Tanager
Vermilion Tanager
Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Around La Llanteria and at the hummingbird feeders we had Plumbeous Pigeon, Green Hermit, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Red-billed Parrot, Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Variegated and Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrants, Ornate Flycatcher, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Wing-barred Piprites. Below La Llanteria we made another stop and we had Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Rufous-crested Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Golden-eared Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Golden Tanager, Yellow-throated Chlorospingus.

Green Hermit
After lunch we drove for about 1.5 hours straight to Moyobamba, with a stop 5 minutes before the city at Indañe pond where we had Masked Duck, Striated Heron, Pearl Kite, Ringed Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Black-capped Donacobious, Orange-backed Troupial. At the pond we also heard Purple Gallinule, Russet-crowned Crake, and Ocellated Crake. Then we drove straight to Waqanki lodge for the overnight.

Day 10. Feb 26th. Indañe pond - Waqanki hummingbird feeders - Road to Tarapoto - Lake Ricuricocha - Tarapoto airport.
Last day of the trip. Everybody was excited about hearing Ocellated Crake in Indañe yesterday, so we did a visit to the pond very early this morning, set up a clearing in the grass and called the bird, despite our great efforts this time the birds did not responded the tape. After about half an hour of playing the tape we drove back to the lodge, but without losing the hope for our next visit to the pond.

Back in Waqanki, we stepped out of the car just before the entrance gate and walk the shrubbery area left of the road. First bird we had was a Double-collared Seedeater singing, we also had Greyish Saltator, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, and heard the call of a Short-crested Flycatcher. After breakfast we visited the hummingbird feeders and had Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, White-chinned Sapphire, Violet-headed Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Lesser and Brown Violetears, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Great-billed Hermit, Black-throated Mango.

We leaved Waqanki by mid-morning towards Tarapoto without doing any stops. Had lunch at noon in Tarapoto and then drove to lake Ricuricocha for a last birding stop before going to the airport. This last stop added a few interesting species to the list: Dull-colored Grassquit, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Comb Duck, and Southern Lapwing (probably first record for the area).

Then we drove to the airport for the group to take their flight back to Lima and then their flights back home.



Systematic list of the bird species recorded during the trip

Check-list according to:
Remsen, J. V., Jr., J. I. Areta, C. D. Cadena, S. Claramunt, A. Jaramillo, J. F. Pacheco, J. Pérez-Emán, M. B. Robbins, F. G. Stiles, D. F. Stotz, and K. J. Zimmer. Version 02/March/2017. A classification of the bird species of South America. American Ornithologists' Union. http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.htm

Species seen: 330

Heard only: 47


Tinamous Tinamidae

Hooded Tinamou Nothocercus nigrocapillus Heard on day 9 Alto Mayo Protected Forest

Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus Heard on day 9 Alto Mayo Protected Forest

Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui Heard on day 2 in Calzada, and on day 9 in Alto Mayo Protected Forest

Tataupa Tinamou Crypturellus tataupa Heard on day 2 dry hills by the Huallaga river on the way to Upaquihua


Ducks Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Seen on day 10 lake Ricuricocha

Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos Seen on day 2 banks of the Huallaga river. Seen on day 10 lake Ricuricocha

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis Seen on day 6 lake Pomacochas

Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus Seen on day 9 Indañe pond


Guans Cracidae

Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata Seen on days 2 and 3 crossing the road several times. Heard on days 4 and 9 around Waqanki lodge

Wattled Guan Aburria aburri Heard several times along the road on days 7, 8, 9, in Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forests


Wood-Quails Odontophoridae

Rufous-breasted wood-Quail Odontophorus speciosus Seen on day 4 Arena Blanca feeders


Pigeons Columbidae

Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata Seen everywhere from day 5 to 10

Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis Heard on day 3 in Pumarinri

Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea Heard around Abra Patricia on days 4 and 7. Seen on day 9 La Llanteria

Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea Heard on day 5 around Abra Patricia. Seen on day 7 in Abra Patricia from the canopy tower

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard on day 3 in Upaquihua, on day 5 and 6 around Huembo, and on day 10 near Tarapoto

Grey-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla Heard on day 3 in Pumarinri. Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

White-throated Quail-Dove Zentrygon frenata Heard on days 4 to 8 around Abra Patricia

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata Seen on days 2, 3, and 10 around Tarapoto

Ruddy Ground Dove Columbina talpacoti Seen on days 3, 4, 9 and 10 around Moyobamba and Tarapoto

Maroon-chested Ground-Dove Claravis mondetoura Heard on dyas 5 to 8 around Owlet Lodge


Cuckoos Cuculidae

Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani Seen on days 2 and 3 between Pumarinri and Upaquihua

Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard on day 2 in Upaquihua

Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana Seen on day 2 in ACONABIKH and on day 4 in Calzada. Heard on day 3 in Upaquihua

Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua


Oilbirds Steatornithidae

Oilbird Steatornis caripensis Seen on day 3 Quiscarrumi bridge, near Moyobamba


Nightjars Caprimulgidae

Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris Heard on days 8 and 9 around Abra Patricia

Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis Heard on day 2 ACONABIKH and on day 4 in Calzada

Lyre-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis lyra Seen on days 6 to 9 Owlet Lodge


Swifts Apodidae

White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris Seen on days 2, 5 and 9, very common in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus Seen on day 1 near El Tunel, and on day 5 around the S/N bridge

Fork-tailed Palm Swift Tachornis squamata Seen on days 2, 3 and 9, very common in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys


Hummingbirds Trochilidae

White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Grey-chinned Hermit Phaethornis griseogularis Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

Green Hermit Phaethornis guy Seen on day 9 at La Llanteria feeders

Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus Seen on day 6 on the Owlet trail, and on day 7 at Venceremos feeders

Koepcke's Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders

Great-billed Hermit Phaethornis malaris Seen on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae Seen on day 9 near El Mirador

Blue-fronted Lancebill Doryfera johannae Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus Seen from days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans Seen on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis Seen on day 4, 6, 7, 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, and on day 7 at Alto Nieva feeders

Royal Sunangel Heliangelus regalis Seen on day 5 at the cliffs below Abra Patricia

Wire-crested Thorntail Discosura popelairii Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

Rufous-crested Coquette Lophornis delattrei Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, and on day 7 at Venceremos feeders

Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders

Greenish Puffleg Haplophaedia aureliae Seen on day 4 at Alto Nieva, and on day 8 by the entrance gate of Owlet Lodge

Emerald-bellied Puffleg Eriocnemis alinae Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders

Marvelous Spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis Seen on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, on day 6 at 
Huembo feeders, and on day 7 at Venceremos feeders

Collared Inca Coeligena torquata Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, and on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera Seen on days 4, 5, and 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders

Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, and on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii Seen on day 7 at Alto Nieva and at Venceremos feeders, on day 9 at La Llanteria feeders

White-tailed Hillstar Urochroa bougueri Seen on day 5 at the cliffs below Abra Patricia

Rufous-vented Whitetip Urosticte ruficrissa Seen on day 7 at Alto Nieva feeders

Gould's Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders

Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders

Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri Seen on day 6 at Huembo feeders, on day 7 at Alto Nieva feeders, and on day 9 at La Llanteria feeders

Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris Seen on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

White-bellied Woodstar Chaetocercus mulsanti Seen on days 4 to 8 at Owlet Lodge feeders, on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti Seen on day 9 in the Waqanki gardens, and on day 10 at the Waqanki feeders

Grey-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, on day 9 at La Llanateria feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

White-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia chionogaster Seen on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Andean Emerald Amazilia franciae Seen on day 6 at Huembo feeders

Sapphire-spangled Emerald Amazilia lactea Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone Seen on day 2 at ACONABIKH feeders, on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders, and on day 10 at Waqanki feeders

Rufous-throated Sapphire Hylocharis sapphirina Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

White-chinned Sapphire Hylocharis cyanus Seen on day 10 at Waqanki feeders


Hoatzins Opisthocomidae

Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin Seen on day 2 on the road to Pumarinri by the Hualllaga river, past the village of Shapaja


Rails Rallidae

Ocellated Crake Micropygia schomburgkii Heard on day 9 near Indañe pond

Grey-necked Wood Rail Aramides cajaneus Seen on day 4 at Arena Blanca feeders

Russet-crowned Crake Anurolimnas viridis Heard on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 near Indañe pond

Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius Heard on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja

Spotted Rail Pardirallus maculatus Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus Heard on day 6 Pomacochas lake

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja, and on day 9 at Indañe pond

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus Heard on day 9 near Indañe pond


Plovers Charadriidae

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis Seen on day 10 lake Ricuricocha


Avocets and Stilts Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja


Sandpipers Scolopacidae

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius Seen on day 6 by the road to Huembo


Jacanas Jacanidae

Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja, and on day 10 near lake Ricuricocha


Herons Ardeidae

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja

Striated Heron    Butorides striata    Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja, on day 6 lake Pomacochas, on day 9 Indañe pond

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Seen on days 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys, and on day 6 around Pomacochas

Great Egret Ardea alba Seen on days 3, 4, 9 and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys, and on day 6 around Pomacochas

Snowy Egret Egretta thula Seen on days 2, 4, 9 and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja


Vultures Cathartidae

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Seen every day of the trip

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Seen every day of the trip, except days 7 and 8


Hawks Accipitridae

Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsonii Seen on day 9 near Indañe pond

Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja, and on day 6 above the road on the way back from Pomacochas to Owlet lodge

Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus Seen on day 5 by the Owlet Lodge entrance gate

Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris Seen almost every day along the roads

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Seen on day 7 in Abra Patrica, by the road just below the Owlet lodge

Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus Seen on day 2 at El Tunel


Owls Strigidae

Tropical Screech Owl Megascops choliba Heard on day 4 in Alto Nieva

Cinnamon Screech Owl Megascops petersoni Seen on day 4 in Alto Nieva

White-throated Screech Owl Megascops albogularis Seen on day 5 at Owlet Lodge

Band-bellied Owl Pulsatrix melanota Heard on day 4 in Alto Nieva

Yungas Pygmy Owl Glaucidium bolivianum Heard on day 6 near Owlet Lodge, seen on day 8 in Abra Patricia by the road below Owlet Lodge

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Glaucidium brasilianum Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua

Long-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi Seen on day 4 in Alto Nieva


Trogons Trogonidae

Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps Heard on days 6, 7, and 9 around Abra Patricia, seen on day 8 above Puente Nieva

Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus Heard on day 7 canopy tower Owlet Lodge

Green-backed Trogon Trogon viridis Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Masked Trogon Trogon personatus Seen on day 7 on the Grallaria trail


Kingfishers Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata Seen on day 9 near Indañe pond


Motmots    Momotidae

Amazonian Motmot Momotus momota Heard on day 4 in Calzada


Jacamars Galbulidae

Bluish-fronted Jacamar Galbula cyanescens Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons Seen on day 3 in Pumarinri Lodge


Barbets Capitonidae

Gilded Barbet   Capito auratus Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Versicolored Barbet Eubucco versicolor Seen on day 9 in Alto Mayo Forest, below El Mirador


Toucans Ramphastidae

Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus Heard on day 4 in Calzada

Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus Seen on day 6 in Huembo, on day 8 on the Grallaria trail, and on day 9 by the road below Abra Patricia

Chestnut-tipped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus derbianus Seen on day 9 by the road below Abra Patricia

Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis Seen on day 2 in ACONABIKH


Woodpeckers Picidae

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus Seen on day 2 in the town of Shapaja

Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus Heard on day 5 Tino trail

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Colaptes rivolii Seen on day 5 Tino trail, and on day 6 Grallaria trail

Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos Seen on day 3 Pumarinri Lodge


Falcons Falconidae

Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans Heard on day 9 near Moyobamba

Black Caracara Daptrius ater Seen on days 2, 3, and 4 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys


Parrots Psittacidae

Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola Seen on days 5 to 8 around Owlet Lodge

Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera Seen on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 near Indañe pond

Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus Seen on day 9 near La Llanteria

Speckle-faced Parrot Pionus tumultuosus Seen on day 6 entrance gate of Owlet Lodge

Blue-headed Parrot   Pionus menstruus   Seen on days 2, 3, and 4 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenarius Seen days 4 to 9 Around Owlet Lodge

Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Rose-fronted Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons Seen on day 2 Paraiso Verde restaurant

Mitred Parakeet Psittacara mitratus Seen on day 6 Huembo and road back to Owlet Lodge near Pomacochas

White-eyed Parakeet Psittacara leucophthalma Seen on day 3 at Quiscarrumi bridge, on day 6 near Pomacochas, on day 7 near Venceremos, and on day 9 near Indañe


Antbirds Thamnophilidae

Great Antshrike Taraba major Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Plain-winged Antshrike Thamnophilus schistaceus Seen on day 2 Paraiso Verde restaurant

Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens Seen on days 6 to 8 around Owlet Lodge

Uniform Antshrike Thamnophilus unicolor Heard on day 6 on the Grallaria trail

Plain Antvireo   Dysithamnus mentalis   Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Stripe-chested Antwren Myrmotherula longicauda Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Streak-headed Antbird Drymophila straticeos Seen on days 5 to 9 around Owlet Lodge

Peruvian Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana Seen on day 4 in Calzada

White-backed Fire-eye Pyriglena leuconota Seen on day 5 on the Tino Trail, heard on days 7 and 8 around Abra Patricia

White-browed Antbird Myrmoborus leucophrys Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Spot-winged Antbird Myrmelastes leucostigma Seen on day 2 Paraiso Verde restaurant


Gnateaters Conopophagidae

Chestnut-crowned Gnateater Conopophaga castaneiceps Seen on day 9 below El Mirador


Antpittas Grallariidae

Rusty-tinged Antpitta Grallaria przewalskii Heard on days 5 to 7 around Owlet Lodge, seen on day 8 Grallaria trail

Chestnut Antpitta Grallaria blakei Heard on days 5 and 8 around Owlet Lodge


Tapaculos Rhinocryptidae

Trilling Tapaculo Scytalopus parvirostris Heard on day 8 around Owlet Lodge

Rufous-vented Tapaculo   Scytalopus femoralis Heard from days 4 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

White-crowned Tapaculo Scytalopus atratus Heard on day 9 around La Llanteria


Antthrushes Formicariidae

Barred Antthrush Chamaeza  mollissima Heard on day 8 around Owlet Lodge


Ovenbirds Furnariidae

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper Dendrexetastes rufigula Seen on day 3 Pumarinri Lodge

Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Straight-billed Woodcreeper Dendroplex picus Heard on day 3 Upaquihua

Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, and on day 6 on Grallaria trail

Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, on day 8 on Grallaria trail, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, on day 6 on Grallaria trail

Rusty-winged Barbtail Premnornis guttuliger Seen on day 6 on Grallaria trail

Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufum Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Montane Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia striaticollis Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner   Syndactyla rufosuperciliata   Seen on day 6 in Huembo

Striped Treehunter Thripadectes holostictus Heard on days 5 and 6 on the Grallaria Trail. Seen on day 10 below El Mirador

Pearled Treerunner   Margarornis  squamiger Seen on day 5 on Tino trail

Rufous-fronted Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Ash-browed Spinetail Cranioleuca curtata Seen on day 7 on highway above Venceremos

Plain-crowned Spinetail   Synallaxis gujanensis Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Dark-breasted Spinetail   Synallaxis albigularis Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Heard most days around Abra Patricia. Seen on day 6 by the Owlet Lodge entrance gate

Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa Heard most days around Abra Patricia. Seen on day 6 on the Grallaria trail


Tyrant Flycatchers Tyrannidae

Black-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias nigrocapillus Seen on day 8 on highway by the entrance gate to Owlet Lodge

Ashy-headed Tyrannulet     Phyllomyias cinereiceps Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Tyrannulus elatus Seen on day 2 in ACONABIKH. Heard on day 3 Pumarinri Lodge and on day 4 in Calzada

Forest Elaenia     Myiopagis gaimardii   Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster Heard on day 3 Upaquihua. Seen on day 4 in Calzada and on day 9 near Indañe Pond

Lesser Elaenia     Elaenia chiriquensis  Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Highland Elaenia Elaenia obscura Heard on day 6 in Huembo

Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae Seen from day 4 to 8 around Owlet Lodge

White-lored Tyrannulet Ornithion inerme Seen on day 2 Paraiso Verde restaurant

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum Seen on day 3 Upaquihua, and on day 4 in Calzada

White-tailed Tyrannulet Mecocerculus poecilocercus Seen on day 6 by the Owlet Lodge entrance gate

Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet Mecocerculus minor Seen on day 4 in Calzada, on day 7 on the Grallaria trail, and on day 8 by the road below Abra Patricia

Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea Seen on day 8 at Puente Alto Nieva

Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina Seen on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 10 in Waqanki

Yellow Tyrannulet Capsiempis flaveola Seen on day 3 in Pumarinri Lodge, and on day 4 in Calzada

Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps Seen on day 5 highway by the entrance gate to Owlet Lodge, and on day 8 on the Grallaria trail. Heard on days 6 and 7 around Owlet Lodge

Mishana Tyrannulet Zimmerius villarejoi Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Peruvian Tyrannulet Zimmerius viridiflavus Seen on days 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Variegated Bristle Tyrant Pogonotriccus poecilotis Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet Phylloscartes ventralis Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, on day 8 above S/N birdge, and on day 9 above El Mirador

Olive-striped Flycatcher    Mionectes olivaceus Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus Seen on day 2 in ACONABIKH, and on day 4 in Calzada

Sepia-capped Flycatcher    Leptopogon amaurocephalus Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Slaty-capped Flycatcher   Leptopogon superciliaris Seen on days 6 and 7 on the Grallaria trail

Ornate Flycatcher Myiotriccus ornatus Seen on day 7 in Alto Nieva, and on day 9 around La Llanteria

Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant Myiornis ecaudatus Seen on day 4 in Calzada

White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant Myiornis albiventris Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus Heard pn day 7 around Alto Nieva, and on day 9 below El Mirador

White-eyed Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus zosterops Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus striaticollis Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis Seen from days 5 tp 8 around Owlet Lodge

Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus Heard on day 7 in Alto Nieva

Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus luluae Seen on days 6 and 8 around Owlet Lodge

Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus capitalis Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria

Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus latirostris Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua, on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Yellow-olive Flatbill Tolmomyias sulphurescens Seen on day 2 in ACONABIKH

Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris Seen on days 2, 3, and 4 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Flavescent Flycatcher Myiophobus flavicans Seen on day 8 on the Grallaria trail

Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus Seen on days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea Seen on day to on the road near Pumarinri Lodge, and on day 5 below S/N bridge

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum Seen on day 4 in Calzada. Heard on day 3 in Upaquihua, on days 8 and 9 around Abra Patricia

Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus Seen on day 8 on Grallaria trail. Heard on days 6 and 7 around Abra Patricia

Western Wood Pewee Contopus sordidulus Heard on day 4 in Calzada

Olive Flycatcher Mitrephanes  olivaceus Seen on days 6 and 8 on the Grallaria trail

Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus Seen on day 9 below La Llanteria

Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris Seen on day 8 above Puente Nieva

Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius Seen on day 2 ACONABIKH. Heard on day 4 in Calzada and on day 9 near Moyobamba

Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis Seen on days 3, 4 and 9 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Grey-capped Flycatcher   Myiozetetes granadensis    Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Seen on days 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus Seen on days 2 and in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua Seen on day 4 in Calzada and on day 9 near Indañe pond

Sulphury Flycatcher Tyrannopsis sulphurea Seen on day 2 in Cordillera Escalera, above "El Mono y la Gata" restaurant

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus Seen on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer Seen on day 2 ACONABIKH

Short-crested Flycatcher     Myiarchus ferox    Heard on day 10 in Waqanki

Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes Seen on days 5, 7, 8, 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus Seen on day 3 Upaquihua


Cotingas  Cotingidae

Green-and-Black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii Seen on days 4, 6, 8, and 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Chestnut-crested Cotinga Ampelion rufaxilla   Seen on day 8 from the highway near the Owlet Lodge's entrance gate

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruvianus Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria


Manakins Pipridae

Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin Neopelma sulphureiventer Seen on day 1 in Upaquihua. Heard on day 4 in Calzada

Fiery-capped Manakin Machaeropterus pyrocephalus Heard on day 4 in Calzada

Golden-headed Manakin Ceratopipra erythrocephala Seen on day 2 ACONABIKH


Tityras Tityridae

White-browed Purpletuft Iodopleura isabellae Heard on day 4 in Calzada

Barred Becard     Pachyramphus versicolor   Seen on day 7 on the Grallaria trail

Chestnut-crowned Becard Pachyramphus castaneus Seen on day 4 in Calzada

White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus Seen on days 2, 3, and 4 in Huallaga and Mayo valleys


Incertae sedis (unclear status)

Wing-barred Piprites Piprites chloris Seen on day 9 around La Llanteria


Vireos Vireonidae

Rufous-browed Peppershrike     Cyclarhis gujanensis   Seen on day 8 Around Owlet Lodge. Heard on days 4, 5, 6, and 7 around Abra Patricia

Ashy-headed Greenlet Hylophilus pectoralis Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys Seen on day 9 El Mirador. Heard on day 7 above Venceremos

Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceous Seen on day 3 Upaquihua and on day 4 in Calzada


Jays Corvidae

White-collared Jay Cyanolyca viridicyanus Seen on day 5 below Abra Patricia

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas Seen on day 7 above Venceremos, and on day 9 below El Mirador


Swallows Hirundinidae

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca Seen every day

White-banded Swallow Atticora fasciata Seen on day 2 at "Paraiso Verde" restaurant, and on day 3 by the Huallaga river

Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis Seen on day 4 near Calzada, and on day 9 near Moyobamba

Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera    Seen on day 4 at the rice fields near Rioja

Grey-breasted Martin Progne chalybea Seen on day 4 at the rice fields near Rioja

White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer Seen on day 3 by the Huallaga river

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica Seen on day 2 by the Huallaga river on the way to Pumarinri lodge


Wrens Troglodytidae

House Wren Troglodytes aedon Seen and heard almost every day

Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis Seen between days 4 to 8 around Owlet Lodge

Coraya Wren Thryothorus coraya Seen on day 3 Upaquihua

Speckle-breasted Wren Thryothorus sclateri Heard on day 6 Huembo

Buff-breasted Wren Thryothorus leucotis Heard on day 3 Upaquihua

Sharpe´s Wren Cinnycerthia olivascens Seen on days 5 and 8 near the Owlet Lodge's entrance gate

Bar-winged Wood Wren   Henicorhina leucoptera Seen on day 9 El Mirador. Heard on days 4 and 7 around Alto Nieva

Grey-breasted Wood Wren Henicorhina leucophrys     Seen on days 5, 7 and 8 near Owlet Lodge's entrance gate, on day 7 in Alto Nieva, and on day 9 at El Mirador

Musician Wren Cyphorhinus arata Heard on day 2 ACONABIKH


Donacobius Donacobiidae

Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla Seen on day 4 at the rice fields near Rioja, and on day 9 at Indañe pond


Dippers Cinclidae

White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus Seen on day 7 above Puente Nieva


Thrushes Turdidae

Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Seen on days 8 and 9 by the highway below Abra Patricia

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater Heard on day 5 on Tino trail

Swainson's Thrush   Catharus ustulatus    Seen on days 2, 4, 7, and 9 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

White-eared Solitaire Entomodestes leucotis Seen on day 8 on the Tino trail. Heard from days 4 to 6 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Pale-eyed Thrush Turdus leucops Heard on day 9 below El Mirador

Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas Heard on day 4 in Waqanki

Varzea Thrush  Turdus sanchezorum Heard on day 4 in Waqanki

Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis Seen on days 3, 4, 9, and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Great Thrush Turdus fuscater Seen from day 4 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus Seen on days 7 and 8 around Owlet Lodge


Tanagers Thraupidae

Black-faced Tanager Schistochlamys melanopis Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 at El Mirador

Magpie Tanager Cissopis leverianus Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata Seen on day 7 at El Mirador, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Rufous-crested Tanager Creurgops verticalis Seen on day 8 around Puente Nieva, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Oleaginous Hemispingus Hemispingus frontalis Seen on day 6 on the Owlet trail, on day 7 above venceremos, and on day 9 near El Mirador

Black-eared Hiemispingus Hemispingus melanotis Seen on day 6 on the Owlet trail

Drab Hemispingus    Hemispingus xanthophthalmus  Seen on day 8 around Puente Nieva

Grey-hooded Bush Tanager Cnemoscopus rubrirostris Seen on day 5 on Tino trail

White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus    Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Black-bellied Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo Seen on day 2 near restaurante "El Mono y la Gata"

Vermilion Tanager Calochaetes coccineus Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Hooded Mountain Tanager Buthraupis montana Seen on day 7 above Venceremos, and on day 8 above S/N bridge

Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii Seen o  day 5 on Tino trail, and on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Blue-winged Mountain Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus Seen on day 7 above Venceremos, and on day 9 at El Mirador

Yellow-throated Tanager Iridosornis analis Seen on day 7 in Alto Nieva, and on day 9 at El Mirador

Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti Seen on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Orange-eared Tanager Chlorochrysa calliparaea Seen on day 9 below El Mirador below La Llanteria

Blue-grey Tanager Thraupis episcopus Seen on days 3, 4, 6 and 9 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum Seen on days 2, 3, 4, and 9 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala Seen from days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Silvery Tanager Tangara viridicollis Seen from days 5 on Tino trail, on day 6 in Huembo, and on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Masked Tanager Tangara nigrocincta Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca

Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 at El Mirador

Dotted Tanager Tangara varia Seen on day 2 near restaurante "El Mono y la Gata"

Yellow-bellied Tanager Tangara xanthogastra Seen on day 9 below La Llanteria

Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii Seen on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis Seen from days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Metallic-green Tanager Tangara labradorides Seen on day 9 El Mirador

Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua

Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola Seen on day 2 near restaurante "El Mono y la Gata", and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Green-and-gold Tanager    Tangara schrankii Seen on day 9 below La llanteria

Golden-eared Tanager Tangara chrysotis Seen on day 9 below La Llanteria

Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala Seen from days 4 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii Seen from days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Golden Tanager Tangara arthus Seen on day 9 below La Llanteria

Swallow Tanager Tersina viridis Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Black-faced Dacnis         Dacnis lineata        Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, on day 4 near Arena Blanca, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, and on day 8 near Puente Nieva

White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera Seen on days 4 and 5 around Owlet Lodge

Deep-Blue Flowerpiercer Diglossopis glauca Seen on day 9 El Mirador

Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea Seen on day 5 on Tino trail, and on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Slaty Finch Haplospiza rustica    Seen on day 5 on Tino trail

Saffron Finch    Sicalis flaveola Seen on day 2 ouside the Tarapoto airport

Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus Seen on days 3, 4, and 9 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Greyish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Seen on day 10 near Waqanki

Slate-colored Grosbeak    Saltator grossus   Seen on day 9 below la Llanteria

Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Seen on day 3 Upaquihua, on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja, and on day 9 near Indañe pond

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater Sporophila castaneiventris Seen on day 4 near Arena Blanca

Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch    Sporophila angolensis     Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, on day 9 near Indañe pond, and on day 10 in Waqanki

Double-collared Seedeater Sporophila caerulescens Heard on day 10 near Waqanki

Slate-colored Seedeater     Sporophila schistacea      Seen on day 5 on Tino trail

Bananaquit Coereba flaveola Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscurus Seen on day 10 lake Ricuricocha 


Sparrows Emberizidae

Yellow-throated Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavigularis Seen on day 9 below La Llanteria. Heard on day 8 near Puente Nieva

Common Chlorospingus       Chlorospingus ophthalmicus Seen from days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Yellow-browed Sparrow    Ammodramus aurifrons Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, on day 4 in Calzada, and heard on day 9 below La Llanteria

Chestnut-capped Brush Finch Arremon brunneinucha Heard on day 8 on Tino trail

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Seen almost every day of the trip

Yellow-breasted Brush Finch     Atlapetes latinuchus Seen on days 5 to 8 around Abra Patricia


Cardinal Grosbeaks Cardinalidae

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Red-hooded Tanager Piranga rubriceps Seen on day 8 above S/N bridge


Wood-Warblers Parulidae

Tropical Parula Setophaga pitiayumi Seen on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 below La Llanteria

Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca Seen on day 5 on Tino trail and on day 9 below El Mirador

Citrine Warbler Myiothlypis luteoviridis Seen on day 8 above S/N bridge

Russet-crowned Warbler Myiothlypis coronatus Seen on days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest

Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus Seen on day 9 El Mirador

Canada Warbler Cardelina canadensis See on day 9 around La Llanteria

Slate-throated Restart Myioborus miniatus Seen on day 7 above Venceremos, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Spectacled Restart Myioborus melanocephalus Seen on days 5 to 9 around Abra Patricia and Alto Mayo forest


Blackbirds Icteridae

Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons Seen on day 3 in Upaquihua, on day 4 near Arena Blanca, on day 7 above Venceremos, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Scarlet-rumped Cacique    Cacicus uropygialis Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Yellow-rumped Cacique    Cacicus cela Seen on days 2, 3, 4, and 10 in the Huallaga and Mayo valleys

Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus Seen on day 7 above Venceremos

Orange-backed Troupial    Icterus croconotus Seen on day 9 near Indañe pond

Oriole Blackbird Gymnomystax mexicanus Seen on day 4 in the rice fields near Rioja

Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus Seen on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, and on day 3 in Upaquihua

Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa Seen on day 6 near lake Pomacochas


Finches Fringillidae

Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica Heard on day 8 on Tino trail

Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica Seen on day 9 below El Mirador. Heard on day 2 at “Restaurante Paraiso Verde”, and on day 4 in Calzada

Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris Seen on day 4 in Calzada

Golden-bellied Euphonia Euphonia chrysopasta Seen on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 below El Mirador

Bronze-green Euphonia     Euphonia mesochrysa   Seen on day 2 above restaurante "El Mono y la Gata", and on day 9 below El Mirador

Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster Seen on day 9 below El Mirador

Blue-naped Chlorophonia Chlorophonia cyanea Seen on day 4 in Calzada, and on day 9 below El Mirador