DAY 1 – August 15th: Airport to La Escalera mountain range. After arrival in Tarapoto we met our driver Milton & well experience field Chef Aurelio and went to our Hotel for lunch and after lunch we drove to La Escalera mountain range. We spent the balance of the day birding here and then we returned to our hotel in the bustling town of Tarapoto. Department of San Martin.
DAY 2 – August 16th: Tarapoto to Bellavista – birding at Upaquihua. Early departure from the Hotel to the south, to the now well-known Quebrada Upaquihua which Barry had discovered on an LSU field expedition with Dan Lane in 2000. After mid- morning, we drove toward Bellavista with a little scouting for a good patch of proper forest for more birding after Picota with not much luck, after a substantial field lunch nearby we drove to Bellavista. Night at Bellavista. Department of San Martin.
DAY 3 – August 17th: Bellavista to Flor de Cafe. Departure from the Hotel after breakfast where we switched to pre-organized specially modified Toyota 4 x 4 pickups for several hours to the Barbet Camp (PLATAFORMA). First time that the road was in quite good shape, allowing us to do some birding stops along the way and arriving around mid-day, then we had lunch at Plataforma. After lunch, we birded the trail to Km 45. Night at Flor de Cafe at 1400 meters, Department of San Martin.
DAY 4 – August 18th: A full morning birding the Barbet ridgeline trail. After a hot breakfast and coffee, we set off to the muddy trail, which fortunately was drier than usual. Luckily, we didn’t have any rain, and it was incredibly rewarding – we spent all morning with a field lunch up on the ridge trail packed by Aurelio, seeing 2 Scarlet-banded Barbets, Foothill Schiffornis with great views, lots of Tanagers and after lunch went back to our rustic hotel. Night at the unnamed hotel. Department of San Martin.
DAY 5 – August 19th: Another full day at Plataforma. All morning birding at the new site of the undescribed Antbird; where we had to work hard with our local guide to finally have a good view of this interesting new bird for science, and after that we spent the rest of the morning birding the area and the trail back to our hotel. Rest in the afternoon. Night in Tarapoto. Department of San Martin.
DAY 6 – August 20th: Short birding the new Antbird site and onto Tarapoto. In the morning before departure we birded the new Antbird site. Then it was a long drive back to Tarapoto for the night with some birding stops along the way where we saw a great number of Comb Ducks. Night in Tarapoto. Department of San Martin.
DAY 7 – August 21th: Tarapoto to Yurimaguas. Dawn found us at the La Escalera mountain range - the tunnel on the road to Yurimaguas. A field breakfast with slow activity. We birded the tunnel area for a short time and then we moved to the Aconabikh private reserve which has well developed feeders with the endemic Koepcke’s Hermit and many other species and then onto Yurimaguas with a couple of stops and to our hotel complete with pool and view of the Huallaga River. Department of Loreto.
DAY 8 – August 22th: Yurimaguas to San Lorenzo. To the airport and flew to a small airstrip at San Lorenzo on the Marañon River. Early lunch at San Lorenzo and then out by cars to a site for the White-masked Antbird. Heavy rain a day before, the road condition did not let us get to the right destination so we had to walk about 2 km. We finally arrived at the locality and entered the forest and started playing tape-the bird came in like a bullet, went across the trail two times and finally perched on a quite good open branch for a while calling – fantastic views of a male! After that we returned to the road and again walked back to the vehicle exhausted but happy. In the evening - dinner and celebration!!! Night in San Lorenzo. Department of Loreto.
DAY 9 - August 23st: All day San Lorenzo. All day back to the same road where we walked the same trail in the morning to have another view or perhaps pictures but NO luck, not even heard. In the afternoon onto another trail nearby with no luck as well. Some other good birds around such as the Red-necked Cotinga, Lunulated Antbird but no more White-masked Antbirds. Night in San Lorenzo. Department of Loreto.
DAY 10 - August 24th: San Lorenzo to Yurimaguas and onto Waqanki Lodge. We flew to Yurimaguas and drove on to Moyobamba via Tarapoto; checked in at Waqanki Lodge and ended the evening owling at Morro de Calzada. Night Waqanki Lodge. Department of San Martin.
DAY 11 - August 25th: Waqanki Lodge. A full day at Waqanki. Apart from birding the hummingbird feeders, garden area and the nearby forest we spent the balance of the morning along the Mishquiyacu trail and in the afternoon, we birded nearby Moyobamba. Night at Waqanki Lodge, Department of San Martin.
DAY 12 August 26th: Waqanki Lodge to Fundo Alto Nieva. Early departure to the Hummingbird feeders at Arenas Blancas and after that we continued to Afluente also known as “Llanteria” and then to Alto Nieva a new private conservation area and then led by the local expert we headed for the forest and a Long- whiskered Owlet stakeout where we failed that evening and so we had to try again the next night where finally we had pretty good views of a different individual. Night at Alto Nieva. Department of San Martin.
DAY 13 August 27th: Alto Nieva to Abra Patricia (Owlet Lodge). We spent all morning around Alto Nieva starting with the brand new Antpitta feeder station where we had fantastic views of a mother feeding a young Rusty-tinged Antpitta and nearby we found a pair of Ochre-fronted Antpittas. We birded nearby localities the rest of the morning and in the afternoon after lunch we headed to Owlet Lodge; and after checking in we birded the Monkey trail. Night at Owlet Lodge. Department of San Martin.
DAY 14 August 28th: Owlet Lodge to San Lorenzo (a different San Lorenzo). Morning found us at the bottom of the Rio Chido (San Lorenzo) steep trail (almost a staircase in parts) that took us up to a small patch of Chusquea bamboo but we made it and a Pale-billed Antpitta was calling but we got distracted by another of a client's important targets......Russet-mantled Softtail. By the time we focussed on the Antpitta it was too late, so after all we never saw the Antpitta...only heard. We got back very late to San Lorenzo, then we decide to go back to Owlet Lodge. Night at Owlet Lodge. Department of Amazonas & San Martin.
DAY 15 August 29th: Owlet Lodge. Full birding morning at Monkey and Tino trail with pre-dawn owling. Birding elevations 2000- 2800. In the afternoon, down to Alto Nieva area again. Night at Owlet Lodge - Department of San Martin.
DAY 16 August 30th: Owlet Lodge to Leymebamba. After breakfast and short birding at the Lodge itself we drove to Leymebamba with stop at Huembo hummingbird feeders station where we had great views of a couple of Marvellous Spatuletail moulting their tails and after an early lunch we continued to Leymebamba with a couple of stops along the way looking for Black-necked Woodpecker with great success with two individuals plus Rufous-chested Tanager among others good birds. After arrival to Leymebamba we went to the Hummingbird feeders station above Leymebamba where we had great views of Rufous-winged Tyrannulet which was another main client target. Night at Leymebamba - Department of Amazonas.
DAY 17 August 31st: Leymebamba to Cajamarca. Early departure from the Hotel to Cajamarca with field breakfast at Abra Barro Negro where it was raining and we did not see much, then we continued and stopped above Balsa where we saw the Buff-bridled Inca-finch with the spectacular view of the Marañon valley and after we crossed the Marañon River (Balsas) we continued birding, another stop at Limon for the Gray-winged Inca-finch with great views of 2 individuals, where we also had our substantial field lunch. After that we had long drive to Rio Chonta right outside of Cajamarca itself to look for the Gray-bellied Comet with success and late afternoon to our fancy Hotel at Cajamarca. Night at Cajamarca - Department of Cajamarca.
DAY 18 September 1st: Cajamarca to Cajabamba. Departure after breakfast at the Hotel to San Marcos where we had good views of the Great Spinetail and then long drive to Cajabamba. Night at Cajabamba – Department of Cajamarca.
DAY 19 September 2nd: Cajabamba to Simbal. Early departure to El Molino after a long drive we finally arrive to Molino and while Aurelio was preparing breakfast we looked for the very localized and Peruvian endemic hummingbird - Purple-backed Sunbeam where quickly we found one individual where we had great views and pictures. After another substantial breakfast and celebration for another important target for the clients. After that we continued our journey to Simbal. Night at Simbal – Department of La Libertad.
DAY 20 September 3rd: Simbal to Chiclayo. Another early departure from the Hotel to our birding destinations at Sinsicap for another special target (Russet-bellied Spinetail) with field breakfast provided by our amazing chef Aurelio. Great weather conditions where we saw our main target, the Russet-bellied Spinetail among other great ones such the Piura Chat-Tyrant and more. After mid-morning, we headed to Chiclayo with field lunch on the way and short birding stops in the afternoon near Chiclayo. Night at Chiclayo - Department of Lambayeque.
DAY 21 September 4th: Chiclayo to Chaparri Lodge. After breakfast at the Hotel we drove out to Batan Grande “Pomac Forest” the protected carob forest for more targets such the Tumbes Swallow where we had amazing views reacting to the Peruvian Pygmy-Owl tape, also Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, etc. And about mid-day we drove to Chaparri, picking up our local guide on the way and birding the rest of the afternoon near Chaparri. Night at Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Department of Lambayeque.
DAY 22 September 5th: Chaparri Lodge to Lima. Birding morning at Chaparri Lodge and after an early lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon, long drive to Lima. Night at Lima – Department of Lima.
DAY 23 September 6th: Lima to Tarma via Santa Eulalia. Early departure from the Hotel to Santa Eulalia road that eventually joins the Marcopomacocha road that eventually joined the Central Highway that took us to Tarma. Some birding near Marcopomacocha with White-bellied Cinclodes and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. Night at Tarma – Department of Junín.
DAY 24 September 7th: Tarma to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge via Villa Rica. Early departure from the Hotel to above Villa Rica at the coffee plantation where we had amazing views of a pair of Creamy-belied Antwren where we also had another field breakfast and then we went back to Villa Rica to go to the El Oconal lake for some birding where we also had lunch. In the afternoon, we drove to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge via Oxapampa. After dinner, we went out for the mythical Cloud-forest Screech-Owl where we saw it after a really hard effort. Night at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge – Department of Pasco.
DAY 25 September 8th: Ulcumano Eco-Lodge to Satipo. Birding morning at the Ulcumano Eco-Lodge, and after lunch at the Lodge we drove pretty much straight to Satipo. Night at Satipo – Department of Junín.
DAY 26 September 9th: Satipo to Concepcion. Early departure to Concepcion with breakfast below Calabaza and birding above Calabaza where we had amazing views of the endemic Junín Tapaculo and finding great mixed species flock and then we continued our journey with short birding stops on some of the lakes found on the way and late arriving to Concepcion. Night at Concepcion – Department of Junín.
DAY 27 September 10th: Concepcion to Lima. Today was just basically a long drive back to Lima with no particular birding site to visit and early afternoon arrival to our Hotel in Lima. Night in Lima – Department of Lima.
NOTE: As we birded two locations named San Lorenzo they are called in this report San Lorenzo Loreto (lowlands) and San Lorenzo Amazonas (highlands).
Family: TINAMIDAE (TINAMOUS)
GRAY TINAMOU – Tinamus tao. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe - VULNERABLE.
CINEREOUS TINAMOU - Crypturellus cinereus. Heard only, at Arenas Blanca.
LITTLE TINAMOU - Crypturellus soui. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Loreto.
BROWN TINAMOU – Crypturellus obsoletus. Heard only, at Ulcumano Lodge.
TATAUPA TINAMOU - Crypturellus tataupa. Heard only, at Upaquihua and also at Flor de Cafe.
ANDEAN TINAMOU – Nothoprocta pentlandii. One seen really well at Chaparri Lodge.
Family: ANATIDAE (DUCKS AND GEESE)
TORRENT DUCK – Merganetta armata. A pair seen on the Satipo road and one more on our travel day back to Lima from Concepcion.
COMB DUCK - Sarkidiornis melanotus. 300+ seen on the Huallaga River bank near Tarapoto on our travel day from Flor de Cafe to Tarapoto.
ANDEAN GOOSE – Chloephaga melanoptera. 30+ seen near Marcopomacocha on our travel day to Tarma via Santa Eulalia road and also on some of the lakes we passed by on our travel day to Concepcion from Satipo.
MUSCOVY DUCK – Cairina moschata. 3 seen at El Oconal Lake by Villa Rica.
CRESTED DUCK – Lophonetta specularioides. About a dozen seen on some of the lakes on our travel day to El Molino and Simbal, a few more seen on our travel day to Concepcion and 5 more on our travel day to Lima.
YELLOW-BILLED TEAL – Anas flavirostris. 8 seen at Sausacocha Lake also on our travel day to El Molino.
YELLOW-BILLED PINTAIL – Anas georgica. 10+ seen at Laguna de Pomacocha on our travel day to Concepcion from Satipo.
MASKED DUCK – Nomonyx dominicus. Good views of 7 individuals on a pond near Rioja.
ANDEAN DUCK – Oxyura ferruginea. 7 seen at El Toro Lake on our travel day to Simbal from Cajabamba and 3 more on our travel day to Lima from Concepcion.
Family: CRACIDAE (GUANS)
SPECKLED CHACHALACA - Ortalis guttata. Quite common in the lowland – seen at Upaquihua and one more on Satipo road.
WATTLED GUAN - Aburria aburria. Heard only, at Owlet Lodge.
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN – Chamaepetes goudotil. Very good view of 5 at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge. Named for Justin Maria Goudot French Naturalist in Colombia (1822-1843).
WHITE-WINGED GUAN – Penelope albipennis. A few seen at Chaparri Lodge in the valley. CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
Family: PHOENICOPTERIDAE (FLAMINGOS)
CHILEAN FLAMINGO - Tachybaptus dominicus. Nice view of 1 next to the Laguna de Pomacocha on our travel day to Concepcion from Satipo and 15 more at Huascocha Lake near Ticlio on our travel day back to Lima.
Family: PODICIPEDIDAE (GREBES)
LEAST GREBE - Tachybaptus dominicus. Nice view of 4 at El Oconal Lake at Villa Rica.
Family: COLUMBIDAE (PIGEONS)
ROCK PIGEON – Columba livia. Common.
SCALED PIGEON - Patagioenas speciosa. Every day at Flor de Cafe.
BAND-TAILED PIGEON – Patagioenas fasciata. Quite common around Abra Patricia.
PALE-VENTED PIGEON - Patagioenas cayennensis. Common at Upaquihua and two more seen on our way in to Flor de Cafe and 2 more at San Lorenzo Loreto.
PERUVIAN PIGEON – Patagioenas oenops. One seen at Balsas in the Marañon valley on our travel day to Cajamarca. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON - Patagioenas plumbea. One seen on our travel day to Flor de Cafe and 2 more at Villa Rica on our travel day to Ulcumano Lodge.
RUDDY PIGEON - Patagioenas subvinacea. Heard only.
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE - Columbina talpacoti. Common in the eastern lowlands.
CROAKING GROUND-DOVE – Columbina cruziana. Quite common seen in the coastal area.
BLUE-GROUND DOVE - Claravis pretiosa. A female seen in the lookout site on our way to La Escalera (the tunnel).
BARE-FACED GROUND-DOVE – Metriopelia ceciliae. 3 individuals seen above Balsas and 3 more on the Santa Eulalia road. Named for Cecile Gautrau daughter of French naturalist Rene Lesson.
BLACK-WINGED GROUND-DOVE – Metriopelia melanoptera. 14 seen on the Santa Eulalia road.
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE - Leptotila verreauxi. Fairly common throughout the trip. Named for the impressive sounding John Baptiste Edouard Verreaux (1810-1868) French Natural History dealer and collector.
WHITE-THROATED QUAIL- DOVE - Geotrygon frenata. Heard only, on the Satipo road below Calabaza.
EARED DOVE - Zenaida auriculata. Very common – seen in several localities.
WEST PERUVIAN DOVE – Zenaida meloda. Common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
Family: CUCULIDAE (CUCKOOS)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI - Crotophaga ani. Common in the eastern lowlands.
GROOVE-BILLED ANI – Crotophaga sulcirostris. Common on the western slope.
STRIPED CUCKOO – Tapera naevia. One seen at Chaparri Lodge.
LITTLE CUCKOO – Coccycua minuta. One seen on the Recreo road at San Lorenzo.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO - Piaya cayana. Heard only.
BLACK-BELLIED CUCKOO – Piaya melanogaster. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
Family: NYCTIBIDAE (POTOOS)
COMMON POTOO – Nyctibius griseus. Heard only, at Ulcumano Lodge.
Family: CAPRIMULGIDAE (NIGHTJARS)
LESSER NIGHTHAWK - Chordeiles acutipennis. A very good view of one at Pomac forest.
BLACKISH NIGHTJAR - Nyctipolus nigrescens. Heard only, at Morro de Calzada.
SPOT-TAILED NIGHTJAR - Hydropsalis maculicaudus. Heard only, at Waqanki Lodge.
RUFOUS NIGHTJAR - Antrostomus rufus. Heard only, at Morro de Calzada.
Family: APODIDAE (SWIFTS)
CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT - Streptoprocne rutila. One seen on our travel day to Flor de Cafe.
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT - Streptoprocne zonaris. Five seen below Calabaza on the Satipo road.
GREY-RUMPED SWIFT - Chaetura cinereiventris. 3 on our way in to Flor de Cafe.
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT - Chaetura brachyura. 2 seen around Moyobamba.
WHITE-TIPPED SWIFT - Aeronautes montivagus. Seen around the tunnels near Tarapoto also on our travel day to Flor de Café and 24 more at Alto Nieva.
NEOTROPICAL PALM-SWIFT - Tachornis squamata. Seen several days throughout the trip – San Lorenzo and Waqanki Lodge, always near Mauritia palms.
Family: TROCHILIDAE (HUMMINGBIRDS)
BUFF-TAILED SICKLEBILL – Eutoxeres condamini. After a hard time looking for it, finally one came to look for us literally to our faces (Angie and I) while we were watching the Yungas Manakin at Flor de Café. Named for Charles Marie de la Condamine (1701-1774), French scientist and mathematician who travelled in the Amazon 1735-1743.
GREEN HERMIT - Phaethornis guy. One at Flor de Cafe and one more at Arenas Blancas hummingbird feeder station.
GREAT-BILLED HERMIT - Phaethornis malaris. At the Aconabikh & Waqanki Hummingbird feeders.
KOEPCKE’S HERMIT - Phaethornis koepckeae. Seen at Aconabikh hummingbird feeder station. Named for Maria Emilia Ana Koepcke nee von Mikuliez-Radecki German ornithologist and explorer in Peru 1949-1971. ENDEMIC.
REDDISH HERMIT - Phaethornis ruber. One seen at Arenas Blancas Reserve.
BLACK-THROATED HERMIT Phaethornis atrimentalis. Great views at Waqanki Hummingbird Feeders and also at Arenas Blancas hummingbird feeders. We saw the subspecies riojae. Range Restricted.
BLUE-FRONTED LANCEBILL- Doryfera johannae. Common at Arenas Blancas private Reserve but also 1 at Aconabikh.
GREY-BREASTED SABREWING - Campylopterus largipennis. Common at the Waqanki, Aconabikh and Arenas Blanca hummingbird feeders.
NAPO SABREWING – Campylopterus villaviscensio. Pretty good view of a male one along the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Café. Named for Manuel Montufar Villaviscenso, Italian Jesuit naturalist and collector in Peru and Ecuador 1847-1869. Range Restricted.
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN - Florisuga mellivora. Very common at the Aconabikh & Waqanki Hummingbird Feeders.
BROWN VIOLET-EAR - Colibri delphinae. Seen at Aconabikh and Arenas Blanca feeders station.
LESSER VIOLET-EAR - Colibri cyanotus. Seen every day at Owlet Lodge and a few more at Huembo hummingbird feeders. This split occurs from Costa Rica to Bolivia with the other half – Mexican Violet-ear from Mexico to Nicaragua.
SPARKLING VIOLET-EAR - Colibri coruscans. Seen at Waqanki and Arenas Blanca. The bully of the feeders.
BLACK-THROATED MANGO - Anthracothorax nigricollis. Seen at Waqanki Hummingbird Feeders.
RUFOUS-CRESTED COQUETTE - Lophornis delattrei. Common at the Waqanki Hummingbird feeders, but also seen at Arenas Blancas hummingbird feeders station. Named for Adolphe de Lattre, French collector in Mexico and Colombia.
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH - Thalurania furcata. Common at the Waqanki and Aconabikh and Arenas Blanca Hummingbird feeders station but also seen at Plataforma.
WHITE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE - Hylocharis cyanus. One seen at Waqanki Hummingbird feeders.
GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE - Chrysuronia oenone. At the Waqanki, Aconabikh and Arenas Blanca Hummingbird feeders.
TUMBES HUMMINGBIRD – Leucippus baeri. Two seen just by CG at Chaparri Lodge. Nmaed for G.A Baer (1839-1918) French naturalist and collector in Peru and Brazil. Range Restricted.
SPOT-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – Leucippus taczanowskii. Great views of 4 individuals at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca and one more at San Marcos. Named for Wladyslaw Taczanowski (1819-1890) Polish collector in Peru. ENDEMIC.
OLIVE-SPOTED HUMMINGBIRD – Leucippus chlorocercus. One seen at the Hotel in Yurimaguas.
WHITE-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD – Amazilia chionogaster. 3 seen at Huembo hummingbird feeders.
AMAZILIA HUMMINGBIRD – Amazilia amazilia. Common at San Marcos and also at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
ANDEAN EMERALD – Amazilia franciae. A few seen at the Huembo – ECOAN hummingbird feeders and few more at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca.
SAPPHIRE-SPANGLED EMERALD – Polyerata 15acteal. At the Waqanki Hummingbird Feeders and one more at Arenas Blanca hummingbird feeders.
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD – Adelomyia melanogenys. Excellent views at the Owlet Lodge feeders at Abra Patricia, but also seen at Flor de Café and, Arenas Blanca, Alto Nieva and the different race at Sinsicap.
BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT – Heliodoxa schreibersii. One seen at Arenas Blanca hummingbird feeder station. Range Restricted.
GOULD’S JEWELFRONT – Heliodoxa aurescens. Good views at the La Escalera Aconabikh feeders. Named for John Gould English publisher, collector and artist.
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT – Heliodoxa rubinoides. One of the stars of the Owlet Lodge feeders.
VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT - Heliodoxa leadbeateri. Seen at Arenas Blanca feeders and also at Alto Nieva private Reserve.
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET - Boissonneaua metthewsi. The dominant bully at the Owlet Lodge and Huembo feeders. Named for English botanist and collector in the Neotropic Andrew Matthews.
PURPLE-BACKED SUNBEAM – Aglaeactis aliciae. Another great Peruvian endemic that required a special trip to get to the right location where is literally easy to see it. Named for Alice Robinson wife of UD collector Col. W. Robinson ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
BRONZY INCA - Coeligena coeligena. Daily at the Owlet Lodge feeders and some at the Huembo feeders, and also at Alto Nieva.
COLLARED INCA - Coeligena torquata. Another star player at the Owlet Lodge feeders.
VIOLET-THROATED STARFRONTLET - Coeligena violifer. One seen on our hike up to the Pale-billed Antpitta site at San Lorenzo. Range Restricted.
RAINBOW STARFRONTLET – Coeligena iris. Very nice view of 1 at the hummingbird feeder station in Leymebamba.
SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD - Ensifera ensifera. What a bill!! Amazing views at the Owlet Lodge feeders!
AMETHYST-THROATED SUNANGEL - Heliangelus amethysticollis. Common at the hummingbird feeder station at Alto Nieva.
PURPLE-THROATED SUNANGEL - Heliangelus viola. One seen at Huembo hummingbird feeder station.
ROYAL SUNANGEL - Heliangelus regalis. 3 in total seen below the Owlet Lodge at Abra Patricia. From the Greek Helios =sun, Angelos = angel. From the habit of this genus of lifting their wings monetarily as in stylized angel paintings, on alighting on a twig. A near endemic – has been seen in a remote area of Ecuador. ENDANGERED, Range Restricted.
EMERALD-BELLIED PUFFLEG - Eriocnemis alinae. Common at the feeders at the Owlet Lodge.
GREENISH PUFFLEG – Haplophaedia aureliae. Common at the hummingbird feeders at Alto Nieva.
PERUVIAN RACKET-TAIL - Ocreatus peruvianus. 2 seen along the ridge trail at Plataforma and a few more at Arenas Blanca and Alto Nieva. Range Restricted.
TYRIAN METALTAIL - Metallura tyrianthina. A few seen throughout the trip. Named after the color Tyrian purple. Variously known as Royal purple, Tyrian purple, purple of the ancients, this ancient dyestuff, mentioned in texts dating about 1600 BC, was produced from the mucus of the hypobranchial gland of various species of marine mollusks, notably Murex. Although originating in old port of Tyre in modern day Syria (hence the name), man's first large scale chemical industry spread throughout the world. With the decline of the Roman Empire, the use of the dye also declined and large-scale production ceased with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. It was replaced by other cheaper dyes like lichen purple and madder.
COPPERY METALTAIL – Metallura theresiae. Good view of one individual at Abra Barro Negro. Named for Therese Charlotte Maria Anna Princess of Bavaria (1850-1925), anthropologist, explorer, ethnologist, zoologist, botanist, travel writer and leader in social care, daughter of Luitpold Prince-Regent of Bavaria. ENDEMIC.
RUFOUS-CAPPED THORNBILL – Chalcostigma ruficeps. Nice view of 2 at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
GRAY-BELLIED COMET – Taphrolesbia griseiventris. After some work, finally I found one feeding in the flowers along the Rio Chonta near Cajamarca – another very important target, ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
LONG-TAILED SYLPH - Aglaiocercus kingi. Common at the Owlet Lodge feeders, but also seen at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge and Satipo road.
MARVELOUS SPATULETAIL - Loddigesia mirabilis. Marvelous! Amazing views of two males with new growing tails, at Huembo hummingbird feeders. The genus is named after British taxidermist and natural history dealer G. Loddiges (1784-1846), who specialised in hummingbirds! ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
AMETHYST WOODSTAR - Calliphlox amethystina. Brief view of a male one at Arenas Blanca hummingbird feeders.
PURPLE-COLLARED WOODSTAR – Myrtis fanny. Seen at Huembo, Limon, San Marcos and at Sinsicap.
SHORT-TAILED WOODSTAR – Myrmia micrura. Very good views at Chaparri Lodge.
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR - Chaetocercus mulsant. Wonderful views of this insect-sized bird, at the Owlet Lodge and Huembo hummingbird feeders. Named for Martial Etienne Mulsant Frenxh zoologist and explorer.
LITTLE WOODSTAR - Chaetocercus bombus. A rare hummingbird – a female seen at the feeders at Huembo. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
Family: ARAMIDAE (LIMPKIN)
LIMPKIN – Aramus guarauna. Seen at three different locations in the lowlands in rice fields.
Family: RALLIDAE (RAILS)
RUFOUS-SIDED CRAKE – Laterallus melanophaius. One seen by CG at the pond near Rioja.
PAINT-BILLED CRAKE – Neocrex erythrops. Heard only, near Tarapoto.
PURPLE GALLINULE - Porphyrio martinicus. 2 seen on our travel day from Tarapoto to Bellavista and 5 more seen in the pool near Rioja.
COMMON GALLINULE - Gallinula galeata. Seen in the rice fields in several locations.
ANDEAN COOT – Fulica ardesiaca. Seen at the small lagoon near Marcopomacocha.
GIANT COOT – Fulica gigantea. 3 seen at the Huascocha Lake near Ticlio on our travel day back to Lima.
Family: CHARADRIIDAE (PLOVERS)
ANDEAN LAPWING – Vanellus resplendens. Quite common in the high Andes.
BLACK-BELLLIED PLOVER – Pluvialis squatarola. One seen at our stop near the shore on our travel day to Chiclayo.
KILLDEER – Charadrius vociferous. 5 seen also by the shore near Chiclayo.
PIED PLOVER - Vanellus cayanus. Two seen on the Huallaga River on our way to Bellavista from Tarapoto and one more on the way back from Flor de Café to Tarapoto.
Family: RECURVIROSTRIDAE (STILTS & AVOCETS)
BLACK-NECKED STILT - Himantopus mexicanus. Common in the rice fields in the lowlands. Taxonomy is a bit confusing. The SACC says “Himantopus mexicanus was formerly considered a subspecies of Old World H. himantopus (“Common Stilt”). Some authors have treated southern South American melanurus (White-backed Stilt) as a separate species. The six taxa in the genus Himantopus form a near-globally distributed super species and between one to six species-level taxa recognized by various authors. Virtually no data are available relevant to taxon-ranking of allopatric populations. The contact between mexicanus and melanurus in South America, where at least some hybridization occurs, affords one of the best opportunities for such study.
Family: JACANIDAE (JACANAS)
WATTLED JACANA - Jacana jacana. Common in the rice fields in the lowlands.
Family: THINOCORIDAE (SEEDSNIPES)
RUFOUS-BELLIED SEEDSNIPE – Attagis gayi. Very good view of 4 individuals at Marcopomacocha.
GRAY-BREASTED SEEDSNIPE – Thinocorus orbygnianus. Also seen at Marcopomacocha, 3 individuals.
Family: SCOLOPACIDAE (SANDPIPERS)
PUNA SNIPE – Gallinago andina. Two seen at Marcopomacocha.
HUNSONIAN WHIMBREL – Numenius phaeopus. 5 seen near Chiclayo.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS – Tringa flavipes. 20+ seen on our travel day to Bellavista from Tarapoto.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER – Tringa macularia. One seen on our travel day to Chaparri Lodge.
SANDERLING – Calidris alba. 2 seen near Chiclayo.
Family: LARIDAE (GULLS & TERNS)
ANDEAN GULL – Chroicocephalus serranus. Quite commonly seen in high Andes.
GRAY-HEADED GULL – Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus. 3 seen by the shore on our quick stop near Chiclayo.
GRAY GULL – Leucophaeus modestus. 50+ seen also near Chiclayo.
BELCHER’S GULL – Larus belcheri. Also seen near Chiclayo and 3 more on our travel day to Lima. Named for Admiral Sir Edward Belcher (1799-1877) British naval explorer on the Pacific coast of America.
KELP GULL – Larus dominicanus. 1 seen also near Chiclayo.
Family: PHALACROCORACIDAE (CORMORANTS)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT - Phalacrocorax brasilianus. Common.
GUANAY CORMORANT – Leucocarbo bougainvillii. One also seen in flight by the shore near Chiclayo. Named after Vice Admiral Louis Antoine Baron de Bourgainville.
Family: ANHINGIDAE (ANHINGA)
ANHINGA – Anhinga anhinga. Good views of 3 at Laguna El Oconal.
Family: PELECANIDAE (PELICANS)
PERUVIAN PELICAN – Pelecanus thagus. 4 seen flying near the shore near Chiclayo.
Family: ARDEIDAE (HERONS)
FASCIATED TIGER-HERON – Tigrisoma fasciatum. One seen on the Utcubamba River on our travel day to Leymebamba and another one seen on our travel day to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON – Nycticorax nycticorax. 2 seen at Laguna El Oconal at Villa Rica.
STRIATED HERON - Butorides striatus. 2 seen around Moyobamba and 2 more at El Oconal Lake.
WESTERN CATTLE EGRET - Bubulcus ibis. Common throughout the trip.
COCOI HERON – Ardea Cocoi. At El Oconal Lake.
GREAT EGRET - Ardea alba. Common.
LITTLE-BLUE HERON – Egretta caerulea. 5 seen in the rice fields around Moyobamba.
SNOWY EGRET - Egretta thula. Common.
Family: THRESKIORNITIDAE (IBISES & SPOONBILLS)
ANDEAN IBIS – Theristicus branackii. Very nice views of 9 individuals in the high Andes on our travel day Concepcion from Satipo. Range Restricted.
PUNA IBIS – Plegadis ridgwayi. Common in the Andes.
Family: CATHARTIDAE (NEW WORLD VULTURES)
TURKEY VULTURE - Cathartes aura. Common throughout the trip.
BLACK VULTURE - Coragyps atratus. Common throughout the trip.
ANDEAN CONDOR – Vultur gryphus. A female seen at Marcopomacocha.
Family: ACCIPITRIDAE (HAWKS)
PEARL KITE – Gampsonyx swainsonii. One seen on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba.
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE - Elanoides forficatus. One of the most beautiful raptors in South America! Several seen on several days.
BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE - Spizaetus melanoleucus. A great view of one in flight at Flor de Cafe.
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE – Harpagus bidentatus. An immature seen on the first day at La Escalera (the tunnel).
CINEREOUS HARRIER – Circus cinereus. One seen at Sinsicap and another at Chaparri Lodge.
PLUMBEOUS KITE - Ictinia plumbea. Only one seen on our travel day from Plataforma to Tarapoto.
SNAIL KITE - Rostrhamus sociabilis. In the lowlands, always near water – seen at several locations.
ROADSIDE HAWK - Rupornis magnirostris. Many of this common raptor.
HARRIS’S HAWK – Parabuteo unicinctus. One seen at lunch time on our way to Chaparri and two more at Chaparri Lodge next day.
VARIABLE HAWK - Geranoaetus polyosoma. Seen at several locations throughout the trip.
BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE – Geranoaetus melanoleucus. One seen on our travel day to Leymebamba.
WHITE HAWK - Pseudastur albicollis. One seen on our travel day from Bellavista to Flor de Cafe.
WHITE-THROATED HAWK - Buteo albigula. One seen at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
SHORT-TAILED HAWK - Buteo brachyurus. Two seen soaring at one of our stops on our travel day to Plataforma.
Family: TYTONIDAE (BARN OWLS)
AMERICAN BARN OWL – Tyto furcata. Heard only, at Moyobamba.
Family: STRIGIDAE (OWLS)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL - Megascops choliba. Seen on two consecutive days at our hotel grounds in Tarapoto.
CINNAMON SCREECH-OWL - Megascops pertersoni. Good views of one on the Owlet trail at Alto Nieva. Named for American pioneer ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Petersen (1908-1996). Range Restricted.
CLOUD-FOREST SCREECH-OWL – Megascops marshalli. After a really special effort we saw one at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge. Ulcumano Lodge is as long as I know the ONLY place with a reasonable chance to see this special bird. Range Restricted.
NAPO SCREECH-OWL - Megascops napensis. Very nice view of two individuals just by the corner of the soccer field at Plataforma. The taxanomic status of this species is moot. M. napensis (including helleri and bolivianus) was split from M. guatemalae (König et al. 1999), but relations to roraimae and vermiculatus need study (SACC, H&M4). Named for the modern-day student of nightbirds, especially their vocalizations, Joe T. Marshall. Range Restricted.
WHITE-THROATED SCREECH-OWL - Megascops albogularis. One seen near the canopy tower on monkey trail at Abra Patricia.
RUFOUS-BANDED OWL - Ciccaba albitarsus. Heard only, at Owlet Lodge and also at Ulcumano Lodge.
BAND-BELLIED OWL - Pulsatrix melanota. Heard only, at Waqanki.
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL - Glaucidium brasilianum. Heard only.
PERUVIAN PYGMY-OWL – Glaucidium peruanum. Common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
LONG-WHISKERED OWLET - Xenoglaux loweryi. We failed the first night but the second night we had good views at Alto Nieva private Reserve. Xenoglaux = Strange Owl. Named for George Hines Lowery US Zoologist, ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
STYGIAN OWL - Asio stygius. Heard only, at Morro De Calzada.
Family: TROGONIDAE (TROGONS)
GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL - Pharomachrus auriceps. 4 in total seen above Calabaza on the Satipo road.
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON – Trogon curucui. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Loreto.
COLLARED TROGON - Trogon collaris. Heard only, at Ulcumano Lodge.
MASKED TROGON - Trogon personatus. A male one seen on the Satipo road.
GREEN-BACKED TROGON - Trogon viridis. A male one seen at Waqanki Lodge.
Family: ALECEDINIDAE (KINGFISHERS)
AMAZON KINGFISHER - Chloroceryle amazona. One seen at Chaparri Lodge.
Family: MOMOTIDAE (MOTMOTS)
ANDEAN MOTMOT – Momotus aequatorialis. Great views of 2 on the Satipo road.
Family: GALBULIDAE (JACAMARS)
BLUISH-FRONTED JACAMAR - Galbula cyanescens. 1 seen at Upaquihua, also at Waqanki and 3 more on the Satipo road.
Family: BUCCONIDAE (PUFFBIRDS)
WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD – Notharchus hyperrhynchus. Heard only, at Recreo road in San Lorenzo Loreto.
RUFOUS-CAPPED NUNLET – Nonnula ruficapilla. Nice view of 2 at Upaquihua.
WHITE-FACED NUNBIRD – Hapaloptila castanea. Wonderful view of 2 at Owlet Lodge.
BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD - Monasa nigrifrons. One seen at Quebrada Upaquihua.
WHITE-FRONTED NUNBIRD – Monasa morphoeus. One seen at the Aconabikh trail. Moepheoeus was the Greek god of sleep and dreams referring to lethargic behaviour of the Nunbirds.
SWALLOW-WING - Chelidoptera tenebrosa. Seen around Yurimaguas.
Family: CAPITONIDAE (NEW WORLD BARBETS)
SCARLET-BANDED BARBET - Capito wallacei. Our most targeted bird! Great views of 2 individuals on our full day at Flor de Cafe. Stunning and satisfying! Named for Robert B Wallace of New York for his support of Louisiana State University Expeditions in Peru, VULNERABLE ENDEMIC.
GILDED BARBET - Capito auratus. One seen at San Lorenzo.
VERSICOLORED BARBET - Eubucco versicolor. Two seen along the Barbet trail at Plataforma.
Family: RAMPHASTIDAE (TOUCANS)
BLUE-BANDED TOUCANET – Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis. 2 seen on the Satipo road.
IVORY-BILLED ARACARI - Pteroglossus azara. 4 seen on the Recreo road at San Lorenzo Loreto. Named for Brigadier-General Felix Manuel de Azara (1742-1821) Spanish Military engineer commanding the Paraguayan- Brazilian border.
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI - Pteroglossus castanotis. One seen at Waqanki Lodge.
GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET - Selenidera reinwardtii. Wonderful views of 2 at Waqanki. Named fro Prof. Gasper Georg Carl Reinwardt Dutch collector.
GRAY-BREASTED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN – Andigena hypoglauca. One seen on the Satipo road.
Family: PICIDAE (WOODPECKERS)
LAFRESNAYES PICULET - Picumnus lafresnayi. Very good views at Waqanki Lodge. Named for the impressive sounding Noel Frederic Armand Andre Baron de Lefresnay (1783-1861) French Ornithologist and collector. Range Restricted.
SPECKLE-CHESTED PICULET – Picumnus lafresnayi. Heard only, at Huembo. ENDEMIC.
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER - Melanerpes cruentatus. A few throughout the trip – common lowland woodpecker.
LITTLE WOODPECKER - Veniliornis passerinus. 1 seen around Waqanki.
SCARLET-BACKED WOODPECKER – Veniliornis callonotus. 5 seen at Pomac forest.
RED-STAINED WOODPECKER – Veniliornis affinis. One seen at San Lorenzo.
GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER – Colaptes rubiginosus. One seen at Plataforma.
CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER – Colaptes rivolii. 2 seen at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
BLACK-NECKED WOODPECKER – Colaptes atricollis. Very good view of 2 on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba. ENDEMIC.
SPOT-BREASTED WOODPECKER - Colaptes punctigula. 3 seen on the Recreo road at San Lorenzo Loreto.
LINEATED WOODPECKEER - Dryocopus lineatus. Two seen at Chaparri Lodge.
RED-NECKED WOODPECKER – Campephilus rubricollis. One seen at Flor de Cafe.
Family: FALCONIDAE (FALCONS AND CARACARAS)
BLACK CARACARA – Daptrius ater. One seen around Moyobamba and an immature on our travel day to Satipo from Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
MOUNTAIN CARACARA – Phalcoboenus megalopterus. Quite common in the high Andes.
AMERICAN KESTREL Falco sparverius. Common throughout the trip.
APLOMADO FALCON – Falco femoralis. Two seen on our travel day to Leymebamba from Owlet Lodge and one more and better view at Chaparri Lodge.
Family: PSITTACIDAE (PARROTS)
COBALT-WINGED PARAKEET - Brotogeris cyanoptera. Small flocks seen at the airport in San Lorenzo, here the subspecies gustavi with yellow on the wings. SACC comment: The subspecies gustavi was formerly (e.g., Cory 1918, Peters 1937) considered a separate species from Brotogeris cyanoptera, but Traylor (1958) indicated that they probably intergrade in the Huallaga valley.
BLUE-HEADED PARROT - Pionus menstruus. Common in the lowlands – seen at Waqanki.
SCALY-NAPED PARROT – Amazona mercenarius. 9 seen on the Satipo road.
PACIFIC PARROTLET – Forpus coelestis. Common at Chaparri Lodge.
ROSE-FRONTED PARAKEET - Pyrrhura roseifrons. 14 seen at Flor de Café. The taxonomy of Rose-fronted Parakeet is complicated, however, by a second subspecies, peruviana, which occurs in two separate areas: in northwestern Amazonian Peru north of the Marañón river, and in the Apurímac valley in south central Peru. Subspecies peruviana lacks red on the head, and its appearance is very similar to that of Bonaparte's Parakeet (Pyrrhura lucianii) of southwestern Brazil. The available genetic evidence, however, suggests that peruviana and roseifrons constitute a single lineage, despite their very different appearance. The Rose-fronted Parakeet is widespread and fairly common in lowland evergreen forest, but the biology of this species is very poorly known.
BLACK-CAPPED PARAKEET - Pyrrhura rupicola. 8 seen on the Recreo road at San Lorenzo Loreto. Range Restricted.
MITRED PARAKEET – Psittacara mitratus. 30+ seen on our travel day to Leymebamba from Owlet Lodge.
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET - Psittacara leucophthalma. Common in the lowlands– seen at Upaquihua and also at Waqanki.
SCARLET-FRONTED PARAKEET – Aratinga wagleri. 30+ seen in flight at Sinsicap and 3 more at Chaparri Lodge.
Family: THAMNOPHILIDAE (ANTBIRDS)
FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE - Cymbilaimus lineatus. A female seen at El Shuyal (Recreo road) in San Lorenzo Loreto.
GREAT ANTSHRIKE – Taraba major. 2 seen at Quebrada Upaquihua.
COLLARED ANTSHRIKE – Thamnophilus bernardi. Great views at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge. Named for Captain Bernard (fl. 1844) French navigator and collector from Bordeaux.
BARRED ANTSHRIKE - Thamnophilus doliatus. Heard only, at Waqanki.
LINED ANTSHRIKE - Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus. Very good views of a male and female on the ridge trail at Flor de Cafe. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE – Thamnophilus unicolor. Two seen at Abra Patricia.
MOUSE-COLORED ANTSHRIKE – Thamnophilus murinus. A male one seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
NORTHERN SLATY ANTSHRIKE - Thamnophilus punctatus huallagae. Fairly common at Quebrada Upaquihua – 3 seen in total. The SACC says “Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) further recognized leucogaster of the Marañon Valley (with huallagae of Huallaga Valley) as a separate species from punctatus; this taxon was tentatively retained as a subspecies of T. punctatus by Isler et al. (1997), with further evidence confirming subspecies status presented by Isler, Walker et al. (2001). The subspecies huallagae was formerly (e.g. Peters 1951) treated as a subspecies of T. amazonicus, but see Isler et al. (1997).
VARIABLE ANTSHRIKE - Thamnophilus caerulescens. Two seen at Owlet Lodge – in Abra Patricia.
RUFOUS-CAPPED ANTSHRIKE – Thamnophilus ruficapillus. Heard only, above San Lorenzo.
PLAIN ANTVIREO - Dysithamnus mentalis. Seen every day at Flor de Cafe and one more on the Satipo road.
SPOT-WINGED ANTSHRIKE – Pygiptila stellaris. A male one seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
ORNATE ANTWREN – Epinecrophylla ornata. Good views of 2 at Flor de Cafe.
STRIPE-CHESTED ANTWREN - Myrmotherula longicauda. 1 at Quebrada Upaquihua.
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN - Myrmotherula axillaris. 2 at Quebrada Upaquihua, here of the slow voiced form. The SACC says: s (1984b), Ridgely & Tudor (1994), Hilty (2003), and Zimmer & Isler (2003) noted that vocal differences among several subspecies of Myrmotherula axillaris suggest that more than one species is involved.
CREAMY-BELLIED ANTWREN – Herpsilochmus motacilloides. A wonderful view of a pair at Villa Rica on our travel day to Ulcumano Lodge. ENDEMIC.
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN - Herpsilochmus axillaris. 1 seen along the ridge trail at Plataforma. VULNERABLE.
RUFOUS-WINGED ANTWREN - Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus. Heard only, at La Escalera and Upaquihua.
STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD - Drymophila straticeps. Heard only, at Abra Patricia.
BLACKISH ANTBIRD - Cercomacroides aequatorialis. Male and female seen on the ridge trail at Flor de Cafe. Now split from the lowland Riparian Antbird.
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE – Pyriglena leuconota. A female seen at Abra Patricia.
WHITE-BROWED ANTBIRD - Myrmoborus leucophrys. 2 seen on the Satipo road.
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD - Myrmoborus myotherinus. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Loreto.
PERUVIAN WARBLING ANTBIRD - Hypocnemis peruviana. One seen at Shuyal at San Lorenzo.
CHESTNUT-TAILED ANTBIRD – Sciaphylax hemimelaena. 2 seen well at Upaquihua.
ZIMMER’S ANTBIRD - Myrmeciza castanea. Very good views of a pair at Arenas Blanca. Range Restricted.
CORDILLERA AZUL ANTBIRD Myrmoderus eowilsoni. After a hard effort with our local guide we finally saw a male one at Flor de Café. A Spectacular new Antbird to science. It looks like Ferruginous-backed Antbird from the Guyana Shield but the male with significant amounts of black below and a distinct whistling song. Super! Named in honor of Dr. Edward Osborne Wilson to recognize his tremendous devotion to conservation and his patronage of the Rainforest Trust. ENDEMIC.
SOOTY ANTBIRD – Hafferia fortis. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
WHITE-MASKED ANTBIRD – Pithys castaneus. Amazingly just one SEEN but great view in the first attempt at in San Lorenzo – and surprisingly we didn’t see it again the next day when we had a full day in the same area. ENDEMIC.
LUNULATED ANTBIRD – Gymnopithys lunulatus. Great views of a pair also at Shuyal in San Lorenzo Loreto. Range Restricted.
Family: GRALLARIIDAE (ANTPITTAS)
UNDULATED ANTPITTA – Grallaria squamigera. Heard only, at Abra Barro Negro.
SCALED ANTPITTA – Grallaria guatimalensis. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe.
CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA – Grallaria ruficapilla. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Amazonas and Owlet Lodge.
PALE-BILLED ANTPITTA - Grallaria carrikeri. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Amazonas. ENDEMIC.
RUSTY-TINGED ANTPITTA - Grallaria przewalskii. Amazing view of female feeding its young at the brand new Antpitta feeders station at Fundo Alto Nieva – a really hard to see Antpitta. Named for Generla Nikolai Mikhailovic Przhevalsky Russian Explorer in Asia. VULNERABLE ENDEMIC.
CHESTNUT ANTPITTA - Grallaria blakei. Heard only, at Abra Patricia. ENDEMIC.
OCHRE-FRONTED ANTPITTA - Grallaricula ochraceifrons. Wonderful view of a male and female also at Fundo Alto Nieva. ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
Family: RHINOCRYPTIDAE (TAPACULOS)
WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO – Scytalopus atratus. One seen on the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Cafe.
RUFOUS-VENTED TAPACULO - Scytalopus femoralis. Heard only, at Abra Patricia. ENDEMIC.
TRILLING TAPACULO – Scytalopus parvirostris. Heard only, at Owlet Lodge.
UNICOLORED TAPACULO – Scytalopus unicolor Good views of one at El Molino. ENDEMIC.
JUNIN TAPACULO – Scytalopus gettyae. Another target of the trip – after some effort I finally found one that responded really well to playback and we had wonderful views and even good pictures above Calabaza on the Satipo road. Named after Caroline Marie Getty in honor of her long-term dedication to nature preservation. She has devoted significant time and effort to conservation, serving on boards for numerous organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). ENDEMIC.
Family: MELANOPAREIIDAE (CRESCENTCHESTS)
ELEGANT CRESCENTCHEST – Melanopareia elegans. Wonderful view of one below Sinsicap.
Family: FORMICARIIDAE (ANTTHRUSHES)
RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTHRUSH - Formicarius rufipectus. Heard only, commonly on the Barbet Ridge.
SHORT-TAILED ANTHRUSH - Chamaeza campanisona. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe.
Family: FURNARIIDAE (OVENBIRDS AND WOODCREEPERS)
COASTAL MINER – Geositta maritime. 5 in total seen at Pomac forest. ENDEMIC.
TYRANNINE WOODCREEPER - Dendrocincla tyrannina. Heard only, at Owlet Lodge.
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER - Sittasomus griseicapillus amazonus. One seen at Villa Rica. Note where you see these and what subspecies they are –they WILL be split as sure as death and taxes!
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER - Sittasomus griseicapillus virdis. One seen at Waqanki. Comment as above! The subspecies viridis and amazonus are elevational replacements in southern Peru with different song types (Robbins et al. 2013).
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER – Glyphorynchus spirurus. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto and another one at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
STRAIGHT-BILLED WOODCREEPER - Dendroplex picus. Heard only, at Upaquihua.
TSCHUDI’S WOODCREEPER - Xiphorynchus chunchotambo. One seen at Flord e Cafe and another one at La Escalera.
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER – Xiphorynchus guttatus. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER - Xiphorhynchus triangularis. Seen twice at Abra Patricia.
STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER – Lepidocolaptes souleyetii. One seen at Chaparri Lodge.
MONTANE WOODCREEPER – Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger. Seen at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
BUFF-BREASTED EARTHCREEPER – Upucerthia validirostris. Amazing view of one responded really well at Santa Eulalia road.
CREAM-WINGED CINCLODES – Cinclodes albiventris. Common in the high Andes.
WHITE-WINGED CINCLODES – Cinclodes atacamensis. One seen at Marcopomacocha.
WHITE-BELLIED CINCLODES – Cinclodes atacamensis. A very good surprise of 2 at Marcopomacocha on our travel day to Tarma via Santa Eulalia. CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
PACIFIC HORNERO – Furnarius cinnamomeus. Common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
RUSTY-CROWNED TIT-SPINETAIL – Leptasthenura pileata. Nice view of one along the Santa Eulalia road. ENDEMIC.
WHITE-CHINNED THISTLETAIL – Asthenes fuliginosa. Heard only, at Abra Barro Negro.
RUFOUS SPINETAIL - Synallaxis unirufa. One seen at Alto Nieva and another one at Abra Patricia and one more on the Satipo road.
AZARA'S SPINETAIL - Synallaxis azarae. Seen at Alto Nieva, Owlet Lodge and two more at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL - Synallaxis albogularis. Heard only, at Arenas Blanca.
CHESTNUT-THROATED SPINETAIL - Synallaxis cherrei. Heard only, at Waqanki Lodge.
PLAIN-CROWNED SPINETAIL - Synallaxis gujanensis. Heard only, at Quebrada Upaquihua.
RUSSET-BELLIED SPINETAIL – Synallaxis zimmeri. Great views and pictures of 4 individuals at Sinsicap. One of the best Spinetails! ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
NECKLACED SPINETAIL – Synallaxis stictothorax. Common at Pomac forest.
GREAT SPINETAIL – Siptornopsis hypochondriaca. Good view of one individual at San Marcos on our travel day to Cajabamba. VULNERABLE ENDEMIC.
CREAMY-CRESTED SPINETAIL – Cranioleuca albicapilla. Heard only, at El Molino. ENDEMIC.
ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL - Cranioleuca curtata. 1 seen along the ridge trail at Plataforma. VULNERABLE.
RUSSET-MANTLED SOFTTAIL – Thripophaga berlepschi. Amazing views of 2 individuals at San Lorenzo Amazonas. Named after Hans Hermann Carl Ludwig Graf von Berlepschi (1850-1915) German ornithologist and collector specialising in Neotropical birds. ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
[MARAÑON] RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD - Phacellodomus rufifrons peruvianus. Two seen well at Waqanki. Here the subspecies peruvianus, sometimes treated as a distinct species. SACC comment: Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) considered northern inornatus (with castilloi) a separate species from Phacellodomus rufifrons, and this was followed by and Hilty (2003); vocalizations are reported to differ, but no analysis or data have been published. SACC proposal to recognize inornatus as separate species did not pass because of insufficient published data. Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) also suggested that the subspecies peruvianus of the Marañon valley deserved recognition as a separate species.
CHESTNUT-BACKED THORNBIRD – Phacellodomus dorsalis. After a little effort, finally we saw 2 properly at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca. VULNERABLE ENDEMIC.
STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK - Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii. One seen above Calabaza on the Satipo road.
LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER – Syndactyla ruficollis. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe.
BUFF-BROWED FOLIAGE-GLEANER - Philydor rufus. Very good view and recording of 1 individual at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
RUFOUS-TAILED XENOPS – Microxenops milleri. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
PLAIN XENOPS – Xenops minutus. Good views of 2 individuals at Flor de Cafe.
STREAKED XENOPS - Xenops rutilans. 1 on the ridge trail at Flor de Cafe and one more at Owlet Lodge.
Family: TYRANNIDAE (TYRANT FLYCATCHERS)
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET - Phyllomyias griseiceps. Very nice view and photos of 2 at Waqanki.
FOREST ELAENIA – Myiopagis gaimardii. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA - Elaenia flavogaster. Quite common at Waqanki.
WHITE-CRESTED ELAENIA - Elaenia albiceps. Seen at Waqanki and Chaparri Lodge.
SMALL-BILLED ELAENIA - Elaenia parvirostris. One seen La Escalera and another one at Abra Patricia.
MOTTLE-BACKED ELAENIA – Elaenia gigas. One seen near Calabaza on the Satipo road.
HIGHLAND ELAENIA – Elaenia obscura. Common Elaenia at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
SIERRAN ELAENIA - Elaenia pallatangae. Seen at Owlet Lodge – great views!!
SOUTHERN-BEARDLESS TYRANNULET - Camptostoma obsoletum. 5 seen at Limon and a few at San Marcos, Sinsicap, Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET – Mecocerculus poecilocercus. Great view of one at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge on two consecutive days.
RUFOUS-WINGED TYRANNULET – Mecocerculus calopterus. Wonderful views of 2 individuals at the hummingbird feede station at Leymebamba.
SULPHUR-BELLIED TYRANNULET - Mecocerculus minor. Two seen at Owlet Lodge.
YELLOW-BILLED TIT-TYRANT – Anairetes flavirostris. One seen above Balsas on our travel day to Cajamarca.
TORRENT TYRANNULET – Serpophaga cinerea. Very good views of 2 individuals on the Rio Chonta near Cajamarca.
MOUSE-COLORED TYRANNULET - Phaeomyias murina wagae. Heard only, at Upaquihua, of the wagae subspecies.
TUMBESIAN TYRANNULET – Phaeomyias tumbezana. One seen at Pomac forest and another one at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
RUFOUS-HEADED PYGMY-TYRANT - Pseudotriccus ruficeps. An immature seen at Owlet Lodge.
RINGED ANTPIPIT - Corythopis torquatus. One seen at Flor de Cafe.
TAWNY-CROWNED PYGMY-TYRANT – Euscarthmus meloryphus. 2 seen at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca and 1 more at San Marcos on our travel day to Cajabamba and one more at Chaparri Lodge.
GRAY-AND-WHITE TYRANNULET – Pseudelaenia leucospodia. Common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
RED-BILLED TYRANNULET - Zimmerius cinereicapillus. Good views of 2 on our bay back from Flor de Cafe. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
MISHANA TYRANNULET - Zimmerius villarejoi. Great view of 2 in the same spot as the previous species on our way back from Flor de Cafe. The San Martin birds may prove to be distinct from the Iquitos birds. VULNERABLE ENDEMIC.
PERUVIAN TYRANNULET - Zimmerius viridiflavus. Commonly heard around Abra Patricia area and seen on the Barbet Ridge and also at La Escalera. These are vocally identical to those found in Central Peru, but recently there has been considerable debate about whether these are distinct from the Golden-faced Tyrannulet (likewise the species status of Loja Tyrannulet). Probably they should be lumped with Golden-faced. ENDEMIC.
MOTTLE-CHEEKED TYRANNULET - Phylloscartes ventralis. One seen at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET – Phylloscartes gualaquizae. One seen at Flor de Cafe. Range Restricted.
OLIVE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER - Mionectes olivaceus. One seen at Villa Rica on our travel day to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCYACHER - Mionectes oleaginous. One seen at Waqanki.
INCA FLYCATCHER - Leptopogon taczanowskii. One seen at Owlet Lodge and 2 more at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge. ENDEMIC.
BRAN-COLORED FLYCATCHER – Myiophobus fasciatus. 2 seen at Limon and one at Chaparri Lodge. This rufescens race is very distinct.
PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT - Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer. Very nice view of 1 at Quebrada Upaquihua.
BLACK-THROATED TODY-TYRANT - Hemitriccus granadensis. Seen on two consecutive days at Abra Patricia. Named for New Granada a former South American Republic incorporating Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. In early ornithology “New Granada” and “Bogota” were used to designate species of unknown provenance presumed to be from the Spanish Main (The Spanish held Mainland).
CINNAMON-BREASTED TODY-TYRANT - Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus. Very good views of 2 at Alto Nieva below Abra Patricia – missed by most tours– just sneaks in to an inaccessible part of Ecuador. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
BUFF-THROATED TODY-TYRANT – Hemitriccus rufigularis. 3 in total seen at Plataforma – NEAR THREATENED, Range Restricted.
WHITE-BELLIED PYGMY-TYRANT - Myiornis albiventris. Nice looks of one individual at Quebrada Upaquihua. Not an easy bird to see and has a disjunct range. Range Restricted.
SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT – Lophotriccus pileatus. One seen at Afluente.
DOUBLE-BANDED PYGMY-TYRANT – Lophotriccus vitiosus. Heard only, at San Lorenzo.
JOHNSON’S TODY-FLYCATCHER - Poecilotrccus luluae. Wonderful views on two consecutive days at Owlet Lodge – a cracking looking bird! The scientific name is from the late Lulu May Von Hagen for her support of research in avian genetics. ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER - Todirostrum cinereum. One seen at La Escalera.
OLIVE-FACED FLATBILL - Tolmomyias viridiceps. Seen at La Escalera and Upaquihua. The SACC says: Tolmomyias flaviventris almost certainly involves more than one species; see Bates et al. (1992) and Ridgely & Tudor (1994). The subspecies viridiceps is almost certainly a distinct species, and was so considered by Ridgely et al. (2001) and Hilty (2003). However, Zimmer (1939a) considered them conspecific because the subspecies he considered the subspecies subsimilis and dissors to represent taxa that were intermediate between the two, and this treatment was followed by Fitzpatrick (2004) in the absence of published data supporting a split. Proposal needed. The IOC recognizes the split.
YELLOW-THROATED SPADEBILL – Platyrinchus flavigularis. Another spectacular bird seen really well at Flor de Cafe. Range Restricted.
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER - Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus. One seen at Abra Patricia and another one on the Satipo road.
CLIFF FLYCTACHER - Hirundinea ferruginea. Common at La Escalera “the tunnel” and also seen at Abra Patricia.
EULER’S FLYCATCHER – Lathrotriccus euleri. Heard only, at Plataforma.
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE – Contopus fumigatus. Seen on the way in and out to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
TUMBES PEWEE – Contopus punensis. One seen at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca. Range Restricted.
VERMILION FLYCATCHER – Pyrocephalus obscurus. Common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge and also on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba.
RUFOUS-TAILED TYRANT – Knipolegus poecilurus. One seen at Alto Nieva.
LITTLE GROUND-TYRANT - Muscisaxicola fluviatilis. Very good view of one on the soccer field at Flor de Cafe.
BLACK-BILLED SHRIKE-TYRANT – Agriornis montanus. One seen by CG on our travel day from Satipo to Concepcion.
STREAK-THROATED BUSH-TYRANT – Myiotheretes striaticollis. Heard only, above San Lorenzo Amazonas.
TUMBES TYRANT – Tumbezia salvini. Very good view of 2 at Chaparri Lodge – occurs just over the border in nearby Ecuador. Range Restricted.
GOLDEN-BROWED CHAT-TYRANT – Silvicultrix pulchella. Nice surprise of one at the Pale-billed Antpitta site above San Lorenzo.
RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT - Ochthoeca rufipectoralis. One seen above Calabaza on the Satipo road.
PIURA CHAT-TYRANT – Ochthoeca piurae. A wonderful view of a total of 3 at Sinsicap. ENDEMIC.
LONG-TAILED TYRANT - Colonia colonus. Common above Flor de Cafe – 5 in total.
SHORT-TAILED FIELD-TYRANT – Muscigralla brevicauda. One seen at Pomac forest and 2 more at Chaparri Lodge.
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER - Myiozetetes similis. Common in the lowlands.
GREAT KISKADEE - Pitangus sulphuratus. Several sightings.
LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER – Conopias cinchoneti. One seen on the Satipo road.
BAIRD’S FLYCATCHER – Myiodynastes bairdii. Quite common at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
STREAKED FLYCATCHER - Myiodynastes maculatus. An austral migrant seen at La Escalera.
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER - Megarynchus pitangua. Seen on several occasions.
SNOWY-THROATED KINGBIRD – Tyrannus niveigularis. Uncommon seasonal breeder in northwest – 1 seen at Pomac forest.
TROPICAL KINGBIRD - Tyrannus melancholicus. TK! Very common.
RUFOUS CASIORNIS – Casiornis rufus. Heard only, at Upaquihua.
RUFOUS FLYCATCHER – Myiarchus semirufus. Spectacular bird – a total of 7 seen at Pomac forest. ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER - Myiarchus tuberculifer. 2 seen at Sinsicap.
PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER - Myiarchus cephalotes. Fairly common at Abra Patricia – seen on two consecutive days.
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER – Myiarchus tyrannulus. One seen well at Upaquihua.
CITRON-BELLIED ATTILA – Attila citriniventris. Heard only, at San Lorenzo Loreto.
Family: COTINGIDAE (COTINGAS)
PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER - Phytotoma raimondii. Great looks: named for Antinio Raimondii Italain naturalist and explorer resident in Peru 1850-1890. ENDANGERED ENDEMIC.
CHESTNUT-CRESTED COTINGA – Ampelion rufaxilla. Quite common at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge seen on two consecutive days.
GREEN AND BLACK FRUITEATER - Pipreola rieferii. Seen on two different days at Owlet Lodge.
MASKED FRUITEATER – Pipreola pulchra. Two seen on the second day at Ulcumano Eco-Lodge. ENDEMIC.
SCARLET-BREASTED FRUITEATER - Pipreola frontalis. Great views of 2 along the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Cafe.
BLACK-NECKED RED-COTINGA – Phoenicircus nigricollis. Very nice view of 1 individual in the usual lek at San Lorenzo Loreto.
SCREAMING PIHA – Lipaugus vociferans. Heard only, at San Lorenzo.
GREY-TAILED PIHA - Snowornis subalaris. Seems to be a species on outliers of the Andes – heard commonly and one seen well at the new site of the new Antbird at Flor de Cafe. Range Restricted.
PURPLE-THROATED FRUITCROW – Querula purpurata. 4 seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
Family: PIPRIDAE (MANAKINS)
SULPHUR-BELLIED TYRANT-MANAKIN - Neopelma sulphureiventer. Great views of 2 at Quebrada Upaquihua.
JET MANAKIN - Xenopipo unicolor. One seen on the Barbet ridge trail at Afluente.
YUNGAS MANAKIN - Chiroxiphia boliviana. 3 seen really well in the very last morning at Flor de Café.
BLUE-CROWNED MANAKIN – Lepidothrix coronata. 3 seen at San Lorenzo.
BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN – Lepidothrix isidorei. Seen on two consecutive days at Flor de Café.
WHITE-BEARDED MANAKIN – Manacus manacus. A male one seen at San Lorenzo.
WESTERN-STRIPED MANAKIN – Machaeropterus striolatus. Nice view at San Lorenzo and at Waqanki.
FIERY-CAPPED MANAKIN – Machaeropterus pyrocephalus. A male one seen at Waqanki.
WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN – Pseudopipra pipra. A female one seen at San Lorenzo.
GOLDEN-HEADED MANAKIN – Pipra erythrocephala. One seen at Waqanki.
Family: TITYRIDAE (TITYRAS)
BLACK-TAILED MYIOBIUS – Myiobius atricaudus. One seen at Quebrada Upaquihua.
MASKED TITYRA – Tityra semifasciata. One seen on our travel day to Plataforma.
FOOTHILL SCHIFFORNIS – Schiffornis aenea. Very good view of 1 individual along the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Cafe. Range Restricted.
CINEREOUS MOURNER – Laniocera hypopyrra. One seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
BARRED BECARD – Pachyramphus versicolor. A female seen at Abra Patricia and another one on the Satipo road.
WHITE-WINGED BECARD – Pachyramphus polychopterus. A male one seen at Waqanki Lodge.
BLACK-CAPPED BECARD – Pachyramphus marginatus. One seen at San Lorenzo Loresto.
Genera: INCERTAE SEDIS
WING-BARRED PIPRITES – Piprites chloris. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe.
Family: VIREONIDAE (VIREOS)
RUFOUS-BROWED PEPPERSHRIKE – Cyclarhis gujanensis. One seen at Upaquihua.
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO – Vireolanius leucotis. Heard only, at Flor de Cafe.
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO – Vireo leucophrys. One seen at Flor de Cafe.
[CHIVI] RED-EYED VIREO – Vireo olivaceus (Chivi). Seen at La Escalera. Some classifications (e.g., Pinto 1944) have considered the South American chivi group as a separate species (“Chivi Vireo”) from V. olivaceus, or as conspecific with V. flavoviridis (Hamilton 1962). Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) suggested, however, that more than one species may be involved within the South American chivi group.
ASHY-HEADED GREENLET – Hylophilius pectoralis. One seen really well along the Huallaga River on our way in to Upaquihua.
DUSKY-CAPPED GREENLET – Hylophilus hypoxanthus. 1 seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
OLIVACEOUS GREENLET – Hylophilus olivaceus. Very good views of 2 individuals at Villa Rica on our way to Ulcumano Eco-Lodge.
Family: CORVIDAE (JAYS)
WHITE-COLLARED JAY - Cyanolyca viridicyana. One seen really well above Calabaza on the Satipo road. Range Restricted.
VIOLACEOUS JAY – Cyanocorax violaceus. Good view of one on the Satipo road.
WHITE-TAILED JAY – Cyanocorax mystacalis. Common Jay at Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
[INCA] GREEN JAY - Cyanocorax yncas. Fairly common – seen at Upaquihua and few more at Alto Nieva. Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) and Hilty (2003) treated Middle American populations as a separate species, C. luxosus ("Green Jay") from South American C. yncas ("Inca Jay"), but no data presented; they were formerly considered separate species.
Family: HIRUNDINIDAE (SWALLOWS)
TUMBES SWALLOW – Tachycineta stolzmanni. Wonderful view of 10+ at Pomac forest that reacted to the Peruvian Pygmy-Owl play-back. Range Restricted.
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW – Tachycineta albiventer. Seen in flight on the Huallaga River near Tarapoto and also at Yurimaguas from the hotel.
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN Progne chalybea. Seen twice throughout the trip.
BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN - Progne tapera. Seen on our travel day to Yurimaguas from Tarapoto.
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW - Pygochelidon cyanoleuca. Very common.
ANDEAN SWALLOW – Haplochelidon andecola. Two seen near Ticlio on our travel day back to Lima.
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW - Atticora fasciata. A few seen on the Huallaga River near Tarapoto.
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW - Stelgidopteryx ruficollis. Another common swallow in the Lowlands.
Family DONACOBIDAE (DONACOBIUS)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS - Donacobius atricapillus. 3 seen in the little swampy area near Rioja and one more at El Oconal Lake.
Family: TROGLODYTIDAE (WRENS)
FASCIATED WREN – Campylorhynchus fasciatus. Good view of 4 at Pomac forest.
THRUSH-LIKE WREN – Campylorhynchus turdinus. Common at Plataforma – seen every day.
GRAY-MANTLED WREN – Odontorchilus branickii. Seen on two consecutive days at Flor de Cafe.
SEPIA-BROWNED (SHARPE’S) WREN - Cinnycerthia olivascens. Good views at Abra Patricia.
BUFF-BREASTED WREN - Cantorchilus leucotis. Heard only, at Upaquihua.
SUPERCILIATED WREN – Cantorchilus superciliaris. Great views at Pomac forest and also at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
HOUSE WREN - Troglodytes aedon. Very common. Many authors (e.g., Hellmayr 1934, Pinto 1944, Phelps & Phelps 1950a) formerly treated Neotropical mainland populations as a separate species T. musculus; see also Brumfield and Capparella (1996); this treatment was followed by Brewer (2001) and Kroodsma & Brewer (2005). The Falklands population, T. a. cobbi, might also be best treated as a species (Wood 1993), as was done by Brewer (2001), Mazar Barnett & Pearman (2001), Jaramillo (2003), and Kroodsma & Brewer (2005).
MOUNTAIN WREN - Troglodytes solstitialis. 2 at Abra Patricia and 2 more on the Satipo road.
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN – Henicorhina leocosticta. Good view of 2 at San Lorenzo Lorteo.
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN - Henicorhina leucophrys. Heard only.
BAR-WINGED WOOD-WREN - Henicorhina leucoptera. Very good views of 2 at Alto Nieva. Juts sneaks into Ecuador. Range Restricted.
SCALY-BRESTED (SOUTHERN NIGHTINGALE) WREN - Microcerculus marginatus. Heard only.
Family POLIOPTILIDAE (GNATCATCHERS)
TROPICAL GNATCATCHER - Polioptila plumbea. Seen at Limon, San Marcos, Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
Family: CINCLIDAE (DIPPERS)
WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER – Cinclus leucocephalus. 3 seen along the Pampa Hermosa River on the Satipo road on our travel day to Concepcion from Satipo.
Family: TURDIDAE (THRUSHES)
ANDEAN SOLITAIRE - Myadestes ralloides. One seen at Abra Patricia.
SLATY-BACKED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH - Catharus fuscater. Heard only, at Abra Patricia.
WHITE-EARED SOLITAIRE – Entomodestes leucotis. One seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge.
GREAT THRUSH - Turdus fuscater. Common at Abra Patricia and Alto Nieva.
CHIGUANCO THRUSH – Turdus Chiguanco. Seen in several locations.
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH – Turdus serranus. Very good view of one at Ulcumano Ecolodge.
PLUMBEOUS-BACKED THRUSH – Turdus reevei. 3 seen at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
PALE-BREASTED THRUSH - Turdus leucomelas. Seen at Waqanki.
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH - Turdus ignobilis. Common in the lowlands.
VARZEA THRUSH - Turdus sanchezorum. Very good views at Morro de Calzada.
Family: THRAUPIDAE (TANAGERS AND ALLIES)
RED-CAPPED CARDINAL – Paroaria gularis. One seen on our travel day to Bellavista from Tarapoto.
MAGPIE TANAGER - Cissopis leverianus. A few sightings throughout in the Lowlands – common at Flor de Cafe and a few more on the Satipo road.
WHITE-CAPPED TANAGER - Sericossypha albocristata. Good views of 4 at Fundo Alto Nieva - VULNERABLE.
RUFOUS-CRESTED TANAGER - Creurgops verticalis. Two seen at Fundo Alto Nieva.
WHITE-BROWED HEMISPINGUS – Hemispingus auricularis. One seen on the Satipo road. ENDEMIC.
BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS – Hemispingus melanotis. 2 seen at Owlet Lodge.
DRAB HEMISPINGUS - Hemispingus xanthophthalmus. One seen on the Satipo road.
BUFF-BELLIED TANAGER – Thlypopsis inornata. Very good views of 4 on the Utcubamba valley on our travel day to Leymebamba. ENDEMIC.
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER – Tachyphonus cristatus. One seen at Shuyal on the Recreo road at San Lorenzo Loreto.
YELLOW-CRESTED TANAGER – Tachyphonus rufiventer. 2 seen at La Escalera.
FULVUS-CRESTED TANAGER – Tachyphonus surinamus. 2 seen at Shuyal in San Lorenzo Loreto.
WHITE-LINED TANAGER - Tachyphonus rufus. Seen around Upaquihua.
BLACK-BELLIED (HUALLAGA) TANAGER - Ramphocelus melanogaster. Quite common at Waqanki. ENDEMIC.
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER - Ramphocelus carbo. Common in the lowlands.
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER - Thraupis episcopus. Common. We saw the eastern form with white wing patches. From Episcopal blue.
PALM TANAGER - Thraupis palmarum. Quite common in the lowlands.
BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER - Thraupis cyanocephala. One seen at Leymebamba.
BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER – Thraupis bonariensis. A female seen at Sinsicap.
HOODED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER – Buthraupis Montana. Good views of 3 individuals in a mixed-species flock on the Satipo road.
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER - Anisognathus somptuosus. 3 seen on the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Cafe.
YELLOW-THROATED TANAGER – Iridosornis analis. One seen at Abra Patricia.
ORANGE-EARED TANAGER - Chlorochrysa calliparaea. A pretty small tanager seen on the Barbet Ridge trail at Flor de Cafe.
PARADISE TANAGER - Tangara chilensis. Quite common but colorful, seen in several places. Does not occur in Chile!
GREEN AND GOLD TANAGER - Tangara schrankii. Fairly common in the lowlands – seen at the Barbet ridge trail at Plataforma and also at San Lorenzo. Named for Franz von Paula Schrank (1747-1835), German theologian, entomologist, botanist and collector.
GOLDEN TANAGER - Tangara arthus. 3 seen at Flor de Cafe.
SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER - Tangara xanthocephala. Common at Abra Patricia and Alto Nieva and also seen at the Barbet ridge and also on the Satipo road – here they do have a saffron crown!
FLAME-FACED TANAGER - Tangara parzudakii. Splendid looks at 6 individuals at Alto Nieva.
YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER - Tangara xanthogastra. One seen at La Escalera.
SPOTTED TANAGER – Tangara punctate. 2 seen at Villa Rica.
BAY-HEADED TANAGER - Tangara gyrola. Seen in several places in the lowlands.
GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER - Tangara ruficervix. Two seen along the Barbet ridge trail at Plataforma.
METALLIC-GREEN TANAGER - Tangara labradorides. Seen on two different days at Alto Nieva.
BLUE-BROWED TANAGER - Tangara cyanotis. Another main target – 3 seen really well along the Barbet ridge trail.
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER - Tangara cyanicollis. Common.
MASKED TANAGER - Tangara nigrocincta. 2 seen at La Escalera (the tunnel).
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER - Tangara nigroviridis. Quite common at Abra Patricia.
SILVER-BACKED (SILVERY) TANAGER - Tangara viridicollis. Quite common at Abra Patricia, but also seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge.
GREEN-THROATED TANAGER – Tangara argyrofenges. Wonderful view of 2 along the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Café. VULNERABLE, Range Restricted.
ORANGE-HEADED TANAGER - Thlypopsis sordida. Two seen just outside of our Hotel at Yurimaguas.
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER - Tangara vassorii. Also seen at Abra Patricia.
BLACK-FACED DACNIS - Dacnis lineata. Seen at La Escalera and also at Plataforma.
BLUE DACNIS - Dacnis cayana. Seen at la Escalera, Waqanki and Villa Rica.
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER - Cyanerpes caeruleus. 7 seen at Waqanki.
RED-LEGGED HONEYCEEPER – Cyanerpes cyaneus. A male one seen at San Lorenzo Loreto.
GREEN HONEYCREEPER - Chlorophanes spiza. Seen at Waqanki.
GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER - Iridophanes pulcherrimus. One seen well along the Barbet ridge trail at Flor de Cafe.
CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL – Conirostrum speciosum. A male seen at Quebrada Upaquihua.
CINEREOUS CONEBILL – Conirostrum cinereum. Good views of 2 at Sinsicap.
CAPPED CONEBILL – Conirostrum albifrons. 2 seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge.
BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER - Diglossa caerulescens. 5 seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge and a few more localities.
MASKED FLOWERPIERCER - Diglossa cyanea. Good view of 2 on the Satipo road.
PERUVIAN SIERRA-FINCH – Phrygilus punensis. A male one seen on our travel day from Leymebamba to Cajamarca and 2 more seen on the Santa Eulalia road.
ASH-BREASTED SIERRA-FINCH – Phrygilus plebejus. 20+ seen on the Santa Eulalia road.
WHITE-WINGED DIUCA-FINCH – Diuca speculifera. 2 seen at Marcopomacocha.
CINEREOUS FINCH – Piezorina cinerea. 6 seen at Pomac forest and one more seen at Chaparri. ENDEMIC.
GRAY-WINGED INCA-FINCH – Incaspiza ortizi. 2 seen at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba. Named for Javier Ortiz de La Puente Peruvian ornithologist. ENDEMIC.
BUFF-BRIDLED INCA-FINCH – Incaspiza laeta. 1 seen really well above Balsa on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba. ENDEMIC.
COLLARED WARBLING-FINCH – Poospiza hispaniolensis. 1 seen at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
BRIGHT-RUMPED YELLOW-FINCH – Sicalis uropigyalis. 50+ seen on the Santa Eulalia road.
SAFFRON FINCH - Sicalis flaveola. 1 seen in Tarapoto.
SULPHUR-THROATED FINCH – Sicalis taczanowskii. After some effort, we found 20+ the first day at Chaparri Lodge but not very good views, but on the second day we saw 3 more but much better views. Range Restricted.
SLATE-COLORED GROSBEAK - Saltator grossus. Heard only, at Waqanki.
BUFF-THROATED SALTATOR - Saltator maximus. Fairly common especially on the Barbet ridge and Waqanki.
GRAYISH SALTATOR - Saltator coerulescens. Common in the lowlands – seen at Upaquihua.
STREAK SALTATOR – Saltator striatipectus. 3 seen at Pomac forest.
BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT - Volatinia jacarina. Seen on several occasions in the lowland – and 5 of the costal race bellow Sinsicap.
PARROT-BILLED SEEDEATER – Sporophila peruviana. Pretty common below Sinsicap, Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
DRAB SEEDEATER – Sporophila simplex. 4 seen at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEEDEATER - Sporophila castaneiventris. One seen at the Tarapoto Hotel.
CHESTNUT-THROATED SEEDEATER – Sporophila telasco. 3 seen at Chaparri Lodge.
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH - Sporophila angolensis. Seen around Moyobamba.
BLACK-BILLED SEED-FINCH – Sporophila atrirostris. Very good view of one around Moyobamba. Does not occur in Angola!
BAND-TAILED SEEDEATER – Catamenia analis. 3 seen at Rio Chonta near Cajamarca.
PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER – Catamenia inornata. One seen on our travel day to Cajamarca.
DULL-COLORED GRASSQUIT – Tiaris obscurus. One seen at Limon and 3 more seen next day at San Marcos.
BANNANAQUIT - Coereba flaveola. Seen in several places throughout the tour! We saw intermedia but it changes to mangnirostris in the Maranon.
Family: EMBERIZINAE (BUNTINGS, SPARROWS AND ALLIES)
COMMON (BUSH-TANAGER) CHLOROSPINGUS - Chorospingus flavopectus. Seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge and also on the Satipo road.
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW - Zonotrichia capensis. Very common in higher areas.
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW - Ammodramus aurifrons. Very common in lowland areas.
TUMBES SPARROW – Rhynchospiza stolzmanni. Great view of 2 at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
GRAY-BROWED BRUSHFINCH - Arremon assimilis. 5 seen at the Pale-billed Antpitta site above San Lorenzo and one more at Owlet Lodge and one more on the Satipo road.
TRICOLORED BRUSHFINCH – Atlapetes tricolor. One seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge and another one on the Satipo road. The subspecies crassus of the W. Andes of Colombia and Ecuador meritc species rank (Ridgely & Greenfield 2001) as Chaco Brushfinch. ENDEMIC.
YELLOW-BREASTED BRUSHFINCH - Atlapetes latinuchus. A few seen at Abra Patricia.
WHITE-HEADED BRUSHFINCH – Atlapetes albiceps. 2 seen well at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
BAY-CROWNED BRUSHFINCH – Atlapetes seebohmi. Great views of 4 at Sinsicap. Named for Henry Seebohm British businessman, ornithologist, oologist and collector. Range Restricted.
RUSTY-BELLIED BRUSH-FINCH – Atlapetes nationi. 2 on the Santa Eulalia road. ENDEMIC.
Family CARDINALIDAE (CARDINALS AND ALLIES)
TOOTH-BILLED TANAGER - Piranga lutea. Two seen on our travel day to Cajamarca and 2 more seen at San Marcos.
GOLDEN GROSBEAK - Pheucticus chrysogaster. 2 seen on our travel day to Cajamarca and 2 more at San Marcos.
Family: PARULIDAE (NEW WORLD WARBLERS)
BLACK-LORED YELLOWTHROAT – Geothlypis auricularis. A female seen at San Marcos on our travel day to Cajabamba.
TROPICAL PARULA - Setophaga pitiayumi. Common.
CITRINE WARBLER - Myiothlypis luteoviridis. Seen at Abra Patricia and Satipo road.
BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER – Myiothlypis nigrocristata. Very nice view of 2 at El Molino.
THREE-BANDED WARBLER – Basileuterus trifasciatus. 2 seen at Sinsicap.
THREE-STRIPED WARBLER - Basileuterus tristriatus. Heard only, at Ulcumano Ecolodge. Note that a proposal supports the split of the form in Southern Peru and Bolivia as Yungas Warbler Basileuterus punctipectus.
SLATE-THROATED WHITESTART - Myioborus miniatus. At Flor de Cafe.
SPECTACLED WHITESTART - Myioborus melanocephalus. Common around Abra Patricia and Ulcumano Ecolodge.
Family: ICTERIDAE (TROUPIALS AND ALLIES)
PERUVIAN MEADOWLARK - Sturnella bellicosa. A female seen at San Marcos, Sinsicap, Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA - Psarocolius angustifrons. Common in the Lowlands. Ranges higher in the North with the absence of Dusky-Green Oropendola.
DUSKY-GREEN OROPENDOLA – Psarocolius atrovirens. One seen at Ulcumano Ecolodge and 2 more on the Satipo road.
CRESTED OROPENDOLA - Psarocolius decumanus. One seen at Waqanki and 2 more on the Satipo road.
YELLOW-RUMPED CACIQUE - Cacicus cela. Common in the eastern lowlands.
SUBTROPICAL CACIQUE - Cacicus uropygialis. 4 seen at Afluente on our travel day to Fundo Alto Nieva.
SOLITARY BLACK CACIQUE - Cacicus solitarius. One seen along the Barbet ridge trail.
MORICHE ORIOLE – Icterus chrysocephalus. 2 seen at Upaquihua and 2 more at Flor de Cafe.
WHITE-EDGED ORIOLE – Icterus graceannae. One seen at Chaparri Lodge.
GIANT COWBIRD - Molothrus oryzivorus. Seen at Waqanki and also at San Lorenzo.
SHINY COWBIRD - Molothrus bonariensis. A dozen seen on the Huallaga River and at also at Pomac forest.
SCRUB BLACKBIRD – Dives warszewiczi. Common at Sinsicap, Pomac forest and Chaparri Lodge.
ORIOLE BLACKBIRD - Gymnomystax mexicanus. One seen around Moyobamba.
Family: FRINGILLIDAE (FINCHES)
LESSER GOLDFINCH – Spinus psaltria. 2 seen at Limon on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba.
OLIVACEOUS SISKIN - Spinus olivacea. One seen at Abra Patricia and one more on our travel day to Leymebamba.
HOODED SISKIN – Spinus magellanicus. One seen on the Santa Eulalia road.
PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA - Euphonia chlorotica. Common in drier habitats, seen at Upaquihua, Tarapoto and also in the Marañon valley on our travel day to Cajamarca from Leymebamba.
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA - Euphonia laniirostris. Seen at La Escalera (tunnel) and Chaparri Lodge.
GOLDEN-BELLIED (WHITE-LORED) EUPHONIA – Euphonia chrysopasta. A female seen at La Escalera.
BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA - Euphonia mesochrysa. 3 at Plataforma and 2 more at Ulcumano Ecolodge.
WHITE-VENTED EUPHONIA - Euphonia minuta. A few at La Escalera and Aconabikh feeder station and also at Waqanki.
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA - Euphonia xanthogaster. Seen at La Escalera and Ulcumano Ecolodge.
PLUMBEOUS EUPHONIA - Euphonia plumbea. Great views and even pictures at La Escalera.
ORANGE-CROWNED EUPHONIA – Euphonia saturata. Rare in semi-deciduous forest – male and female seen at Chaparri Lodge. Range Restricted.
BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA - Chlorophonia cyanea. Seen at La Escalera and 2 more at Plataforma.
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CHLOROPHONIA – Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys. A male one seen on the ridge trail above San Lorenzo Amazonas.
Family: PASSERIDAE (OLD WORLD SPARROWS)
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus. In Tarapoto and Cajabamba.