Peru - Manu Biosphere Reserve, Abra Malaga and Apurimac Region - November - December 2007

Published by Barry Walker (bwalker AT

Participants: Huw Lloyd,Mark Eaton, Beverly and Hollis McCall, Roger and Chris Andrew, Clive Mann, David Close, Riley and Maureen Atkins


Crested Quetzal
Crested Quetzal, copyright Gary Rosenberg

Birding localities along the Manu Road, Cusco and Abancay regions

Huacarpay Lakes (3100 m)
Tipon Ruins (3335m)
Pisaq Pass (3990-3840m)
Parcatambo Quebrada (3035m)
Waquecha Research Station: (2800m)
Pillahuata Tunnels and Alder Woodlands: (2600-2200m)
Rocotal : (2010m)
Cock of the Rock Lodge (CORL) Area: (1300 - 1300m)
Quita Calzones: (1100-1000 m)
Hacienda Amazonia Lodge : (500 m)
Manu Wildlife Center (270 m)
Machu Picchu and Puente Ruinas (2400m – 2000m)
Abra Malaga Polylepis woodland (4200 – 3600m) and Elfin Forest habitat (3300m- 2900m)
Abancay – road to Andehualas (2135m);
Montane remnants (3565m); Huanipaca Road (3325m)

Day by day activities

November 21st: Arrive in Cusco. Birding Tipon ruins and Huacarpay lakes.

November 22nd: Full day birding pass above Pisaq, Paucartambo region, Acjanacu guard station puna; getting stuck behind a truck wreck and birding road above CORL!

November 23rd: Full day birding Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge (CORL) area.

November 24th: Full day birding CORL area.

November 25th: Birding CORL to Wayqecha Research Station.

November 26th: Birding the Manu road area below Wayqecha between 2600m – 2225m

November 27th: Birding Manu road 2300m-2225m; Rocotal 1900m; Mirador region (1635m); Quita calzones (1025m). Journey to Hacienda Amazonia Lodge (HAL).

November 28th: Birding the trails through the secondary forest (jeep track and small cocha) and lower floodplain forest around HAL (500 mts).

November 29th: Birding the trails through the secondary forest (jeep track, quebrada and small cocha) and lower floodplain forest around HAL (500 mts).

November 30th: Birding Rio Alto Madre de Dios and Rio Madre de Dios – journey from HAL to Manu Wildlife Centre (MWC – 310m).

December 1st: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: canopy platform and look-out trail.

December 2nd: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: Grid trail network in old floodplain forest.

December 3th: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: Macaw ccollpa and canopy tower.

December 4th: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: Grid trail network and Cocha Camungo oxbow lake

December 5th: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: Creekside and ccollpa trails, and Cocha Blanco oxbow lake

December 6th: Birding Manu Wildlife Centre: Antthrush trail and Cocha Nueva bamboo, and grid trail network

December 7th: Getting utterly drenched travelling from MWC to Puerto Maldonado

December 8th: Birding disturbed habitats around Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Cusco and travel to Abancay.

December 9th: Birding arid xeric scrub and tree-line fragments near Abancay, and road to Huanipaca. Travel to Ollantaytambo.

December 10th: Birding eastern humid side of Abra Malaga. Afternoon birding semi-humid western slope.

December 11th: Morning birding Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga.

December 12th: ravel to Machu Picchu, afternoon birding around Puente Ruinas area.

December 13th: Birding Puente Ruinas area. Return to Cusco.

Species list

* = Heard Only
RR = Restricted-range species
Conservation Status follows Birdlife International (2004)
Taxonomy follows South American Check-list (2007)

Gray Tinamou* Tinamus tao
Great Tinamou * Tinamus major
Flushed one! Better luck next time.
White throated Tinamou * Tinamus guttatus
Hooded Tinamou* Nothocercus nigrocapillus
Cinereous Tinamou * Crypturellus cinereus
Little Tinamou* Crypturellus soui
Brown Tinamou* Crypturellus obsoletus
Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus
One seen by Clive, twice, who turned into a bit of a tinamou-guy on this trip!
Black-capped Tinamou * Crypturellus atrocapillus
Bartletts Tinamou Crypturellus bartletti
Quite a remarkable encounter with one bird that literally ran over our feet along the ccollpa trail at MWC. Only those at the front of the ground were lucky enough to see it.
Variegated Tinamou Crypturellus variegatus
Another seen by Clive! The genus name Crypturellus means “hidden tail”
Small-billed Tinamou * Crypturellus parvirostris
White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
Two at Huacarpay Lakes.
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
Six in total on consecutive days at both oxbow lakes, MWC.
Horned Screamer Anhima cornuta
Great views of this stunning bird at different locations during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
Nice views of several individuals during our time at Manu Wildlide Centre
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata turneri
Ace looks at Puente Ruinas along the Rio Urubamba
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
Common at Huacarpay Lakes
Puna Teal Anas puna
Common at Huacarpay Lakes
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Over nine individuals seen at Huacarpay Lakes
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
Several seen at Huacarpay Lakes
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus
Wow! Great views of this guy along the Rio Madre de Dios
Cocoi (White-necked) Heron Ardea cocoi
Commonly seen along the rivers at MWC. Formerly known as "White-necked Heron," but this name is also used for the Old World species Ardea pacifica.
Great Egret Ardea albus
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Striated Heron Buterides striatus
Several seen along both oxbow lakes at Manu
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
One seen at Huacarpay
Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum
Common along the Rio Alto Madre de Dios
Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum
Great views of two adults at HAL and Cocha Blanco
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
Common at Huacarpay, Huancarani and Pantanos de Villa
Green Ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis
One seen along the Madre de Dios river during the torrential rain!
Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja
One seen along the Rio Alto Madre de Dios
American Wood Stork Mycteria americana
Great views of two birds during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre
Jabiru Jabiru mycteria
One seen along the Rio Madre de Dios en route to Puerto Maldonado – then the rain came!
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
Two seen during our time at MWC
Andean Condor Near-Threatened Sarcoramphus papa
One seen at Abra Malaga and then we were all treated to the ultimate “post-card shot” of one flying past us at Machu Picchu ruins!
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Always a winner to see these guys in Manu!
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
Nice! Seen on three different days during the trip at Manu Wildlife Centre
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
Two seen at Cocha Blanco
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
Common throughout our time at Manu. One nest with a mature chick (ready to fledge) seen along the road below CORL.
Slate-coloured Hawk Leucopternis schistacea
Two seen eventually singing and preening in the subcanopy of the old floodplain forest around the grid system at MWC
Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollis
One seen at Cocha Camungo
Black-chested Buzzard Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
Two seen soaring above the road to Andhualas, near Abancay
Great Black Hawk Buteogallus urbitinga
Several sightings along the Rio Madre de Dios
Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
Great looks at one bird along the Manu road. Another fly by at HAL
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Close quarter views of several perched individuals along the Manu road
White-rumped Hawk Buteo leucorrhous
One seen along the Manu road at Pillahuata
Grey Hawk Buteo nitidus
Two highly vocal individuals were seen in the secondary habitats on the outskirts of PEM
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Nice looks ta a melanistic morph flying low over the secondary habitats at PEM
Variable Hawk Buteo polysoma
Six individuals seen during the trip. Taxonomy for this “group” is a little confusing and a recent publication has again proposed to split this into Puna and Red-backed Hawks. However, the data presented is poor and recent genetic data are consistent with the earlier hypothesis that both forms are conspecific. No vocal differences exist between the forms and apparent differences in wing formula represent an elevational cline. Lump ‘em folks!
Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus
One seen in the secondary habitats around PEM
Black-and-White Hawk Eagle Spizaetur melanoleucus
One seen from the boat soaring low over the canopy along the Rio Madre de Dios
Ornate Hawk Eagle Spizaetus ornatus
Good looks at a soaring/singing adult from the Canopo toser at MWC. Better views were to follow when an adult decided to perch directly above us in the Canopo of old floodplain forest along Creekside trail at MWC.
Black Caracara Daptrius ater
Common along the Rio Madre de Dios
Red-throated Caracara Ibycter americanus
Seen on two separate occasions during the trip in the Manu lowlands
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
Nice looks on two occasions during our time in Manu
Lined Forest Falcon * Micrastur gilvicollis
So close! But did not respond to tape.
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
Several seen along both main rivers between Amazonia and Manu Wildlife Centre
Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata
Common in the lowlands.
Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
Four seen along the Manu road above Rocotal
Spix’s Guan Penelope jacquacu
One seen at Amazonia lodge and another three at Manu Wildlife Centre
Blue-throated Piping-Guan Pipile cumanensis
Several seen throughout our time in the Manu foothills and lowlands. The SACC says: “As noted by Ridgely & Greenfield (2001), evidence for species rank for the four species of Pipile is weak, and various authors have used just about every possible permutation of species limits” Many authors continue to treat them as a single species, Pipile pipile ("Common Piping-Guan"), whereas others consider all four major groups as separate species, the treatment followed here.
Razor-billed Curassow * Mitu tuberosa
Starred Wood-Quail * Odontophorus stellatus
Grey-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
Bonkers! All over the place!
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
Two at Huacarpay lakes
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca.
Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius
Nice looks at a pair on the small aguajal along the jeep trach at HAL
Sungrebe Heliornis fulica
Great views of this species on both oxbow lakes around Manu Wildlife Centre
Sunbittern * Eurypyga helias meridionalis
Pale-winged Trumpeter Psophia leucoptera
Awkward views of four birds along the grid trails at Manu Wildlife Centre
Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
One of the most vivid birds of the oxbow lakes
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
One at Huacarpay
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Also seen at Huacarpay
Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia
Oh joy!
Pied Lapwing Vanellus cayanus
Probably the most under-rated wader species in Peru, we got repeated looks at more than 10 different individuals during our time in the Manu lowlands. A stunning wader!
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
Only one individual seen at Abra Malaga
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
A pair seen on the sand banks of the Rio Madre de Dios
Andean Gull Larus serranus
Several seen
Large-billed Tern Phaetusa simplex
Four seen on Cocha Blanco and another two along the Rio Madre de Dios
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Three individuals seen along a sand bar along the Rio Alto Madre de Dios
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Guzillions of them! The New World Columba species are here placed in the genus Patagioenas.
Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
Common in the lowlands.
Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea
Two seen at HAL and one around PEM
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
A few seen on the first day of the tour
Ruddy Ground-dove Columbina talpacoti
Common in the disturbed habitats around PEM
Bare-faced ground Dove Metriopelia cecilae
Common on the first day of the tour, two seen later at Abra Malaga
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
Several seen at Puente Ruinas
Grey-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla
Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
Two seen foraging along the deck on the jeeptrack at HAL
Blue-and-Yellow Macaw Ara ararauna
Stunning birds, and we had svereal sightings throughout our time in the Manu lowlands – one of the best places to seen these guys.
Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
Daily views around Manu Wildlife Centre
Red-and-Green Macaw Ara chloropterus
Gangbuster performance at the Macaw Lick!
Chestnut-fronted Macaw Ara severa
Red-bellied Macaw Diopsittaca manilata
Nice looks of several birds on the outskirts of PEM
Blue-headed Macaw Endangered RR Primolius couloni
It simply doesn’t get better than this for a bird that is rarely seen perched. Sensational views of a two birds feeding in trees at road-side of the heavily disturbed habitats on the outskirts of PEM. This is a bird in trouble. Probably a relict species and now considered globally-threatened with a tiny global population. Reasons for its decline are not clear but an increase in numbers caught for the pet-trade is a major contributory factor.
Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata alticola
A flock of almost two doxen individuals seen at Puente Ruinas. Peruvian Ornithogist Peter Hocking’s thesis states that this species may consist of three of four distinct taxa.
White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus
Common in the lowlands
Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii
Rose-faced Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons
Good views of three guys feeding in a fruiting tree from the canopy platform tower at MWC. The Painted Parakeet complex has recently been split into several species and the Manu bird is now Rose-faced Parakeet.
Andean Parakeet Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
A flock of 20+ birds seen in the elfin forest habitat at Wayqecha Research Station
Dusky-billed Parrotlet Forpus sclateri
Great views of seven individuals at roadside, on the outskirts of PEM
Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera cyanoptera
Tui Parakeet Brotogeris sanctithomae
A couple of sightints along the trail to the macaw clay lick and others at Cocha Blanco
Amazonian Parrotlet Near-threatened RR Nannopsittaca dachilleae
How about this one! Two birds (there were more nearby) feeding and chattering in seeding Guadua bamboo along ant-thrush trail at MWC.
White-bellied Parrot * RR Pionites leucogaster
Orange-cheeked Parrot Pionopsitta barrabandi
Another star performer at the Macaw Lick
Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
Yellow-crowned Parrot Amazona ochrocephala
Five seen at the Macaw lick
Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria
Several high passes
Mealy Parrot Amazona farinosa
Seen on consecutive days at Manu Wildlife Centre
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
Little Cuckoo Piaya minuta
Good views of one bird at Cocha Camungo
Coccyzus sp.
Amazingly, we saw an unidentifiable Coccyzus species foraging along roadside elfin forest habitat at Abra Malaga. Always two steps ahead of us and we were unable to get good enough looks to ID the thing. Size and undertail pattern most closely resembled Dark-billed Cuckoo but everything about this sighting was just “wrong” i.e. it shouldn’t have been there.
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
Greater Ani Crotophaga major
Seen at both oxbow lakes in the Manu lowlands
Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin
Common at Amazonia lodge and at both Manu oxbow lakes. Two active nests at Cocha Blanco.
Rufescent Screech Owl Meagascops ingens
Gangbuster views in response to tape as we trudged along the Manu road to CORL whilst our bus got held up by “that truck”. Recent analyses of genetic and vocal differences confirm a major division of the screech-owls into New World Otus and Old World groups. Consequently, the AOU placed all New World Otus (except O. flammulatus) in the genus Megascops.
Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl Megascops watsonii
One seen at Amazonia lodge.
Koepcke’s Screech Owl * RR Megascops koepckeae
Denied! Bombed over us once near Abancay and never came back!
Rufous-banded Owl * Strix albitarsis
Spectacled Owl * Pulsatrix perspicillata
Drove us to insanity!
Crested Owl * Lophostrix cristata
Amazonian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium hardyi
Gangbuster views as one came into the canopy platform tree at Manu Wildlife Centre
Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum
Two individuals seen during the tour – the first at Tipon, the second at Abancay
Burrowing Owl Speotyto cunicularia
One seen from the plane as we waitied on the run-way for take-off from PEM airport! Always have your bins handy!
Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus
One seen in the open lower floodplain forest behind Amazonia lodge
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris
One seen briefly at dawn, foraging above the CORL garden
Sand-coloured Nigthhawk Chordeiles rupestris
One large group seen along the Rio Madre de Dios but better views of two birds a few days later
Ocellated Poorwill * Nyctiphrynus ocellatus
Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata
Gangbuster stuff – three individuals seen well at Wayqecha
Lyre-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis lyra
But this guy was hard to beat. After no response to tape, we saw a female fly into its known territory and suddenly the male went nuts! Doesn’t get better than this!
Ladder-tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis climacocerca
Stunning afternoon views of several different individuals (males and females) perched low over the lake edge at Cocha Blanco.
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutilus
Several sightings at CORL and HAL. Nesting in the first tunnel at Pillahuata!
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris
Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
Several sightings
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
Common at Abancay
Neotropical Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata
Several sightings
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
Three seen along the quebrada at HAL
Great-billed Hermit Phaethornis malaris
Great looks at the feeders at Cock of the Rock Lodge
White-bearded Hermit Phaethornis hispidus
One seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Koepcke’s Hermit Near-threatened RR Phaethornis koepckeae
A Peruvian endemic and a speciality at Amazonia Lodge. Stunning views of two birds along ther ridge trail.
Needle-billed Hermit Phaethornis philippii
One sighting in the terra firme forest at Manu Wildife Center
Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae
One seen near CORL
Grey-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis
Daily at the feeders at Amazonia lodge
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
Daily at the feeders at Amazonia lodge
Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
One male seen in the garden at Amazonia Lodge
Rufous-crested Coquette Lophornis delattrei
Another highlight of the trip. Stunning daily views of “the male” at Amazonia lodge
Wire-crested Thorntail Popelairia popelairii
One of my all-time favourite hummingbirds or all time, we got incredible views of a male and female in the garden at CORL.
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
Common at Amazonia lodge
Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
Common. Also found a delightful nest with two eggs along the grid trails at MWC.
Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone
Common at Amazonia lodge
Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus
Great looks at the CORL feeders
Green and White Hummingbird RR Leucippus viridicauda
Common at Machu Picchu
White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster
Common in the hotel garden at Ollantaytambo, one seen at Tipon ruins and several more along the road to Andashualas below Abancay.
Sapphire-spangled Emerald Polyerata lactea
One male seen daily in the garden at HAL. We also found anoterh individual nest building in scrub habitat along the road from PEM to Cusco.
Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
Common at CORL
Fawn breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides
Brief views at CORL
Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri
Common at CORL
Rufous-webbed Brilliant RR Heliodoxa branickii
One female seen in the garden at CORL
Goulds Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens
Crack-a-lacking views at the Amazonia lodge feeders.
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
Several sightings: at Tipon, Abra Malaga, Abancay and at the Ollantaytambo hotel
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis caumatonotus
Common along the upper Manu road, around Acjanacu and Waquecha
Whie-tufted Sunbeam RR Aglaeactis castelnaudii
Nice eh? Two seen at Abra Malaga.
Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
One male seen well at Pillahuata
Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena
One seen near CORL
Gould’s (Collard) Inca RR Coeligena (coeligena) inca
Crack-a-lacking views of a male at Puente Ruinas. We saw the inca form with the rufous chest band. The SACC does not recognize the split. Schuchmann (1999) treated the southern inca subspecies group as a separate species from Coeligena torquata, a return to an older classification, but provided little evidence for the split. Looks good to me!
Violet-throated Starfrontlet RR Coeligena violifer osculans
Seen well around Pillahuata
Chesnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii
One seen along the Manu road below the second Pillahuata tunnel
Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
Seen on consecutive days along the upper Manu road near Pillahuata
Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani
Three seen at Abra Malaga. Here the southern subspecies sapphiropygia which has been considered a separate species from E. luciani but most subsequent classifications treat them as conspecific. There is currently a proposal pending with the SACC to recognize sapphiropygia as a separate species. Intermediate specimens between the two forms exist however and I personally think this is a very dubious split.
Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii annae
Quality views at CORL. Stunning bird!
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
One male seen at Tipon
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
One male seen at Huacarpay and two seen also in the garden of the hotel in Ollantaytambo
Scaled Metaltail RR Metallura aeneocauda
Gangbuster views of males at Wayqecha
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina smaragdinicollis
Rufous-cappped Thornbill Chalcostigma ruficeps
Again … awesome looks at a male at Wayqecha
Blue-mantled Thornbill RR Chalcostigma stanleyi
Great looks at this species in the Abra Malaga Polylepis
Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
A female seen in the garden at CORL
Bearded Mountaineer RR Oreonympha nobilis
Great views of two birds foraging on the Nicotania bushes around Huacarpay Lakes
Black-eared Fairy Heliothryx aurita
One seen foraging on the garden shrubs in the MWC clearing
Amethyst Woodstar Calliphlox amethystine
Seen on consecutive days (males and females) at HAL
White-bellied Woodstar Acestrura mulsant
Great views of a male during our time at CORL
Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
Great close views of five birds in total near the CORL.
Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps
Even better views of this fella – well, three individuals at Pillahuata!
Pavonine Quetzal Pharomachrus pavoninus
And to complete the Quetzal hat-trick, we saw a male and female singing in the terra firme sandy clay forest along look-out trail, MWC. A most-wanted bird for many on the trip!
Black-tailed Trogon Trogon melanurus melanurus
Several throughout our time at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre
(Amazonian) White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis (viridis)
Good spot by Scott which completed the trogon family for us. One male seen along the toucan loop, in the old floodplain forest as it foraged with a mixed species flock. Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) considered the subspecies chionurus of the Chocó region to be a separate species from Trogon viridis but this has not been accepted by SACC because of insufficient published data
Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
Three sightings during our time at both HAL and MWC
Masked Trogon Trogon personatus
Great views of a pair near CORL
Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui
One pair seen along at HAL
(Amazonian) Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus (violaceus)
One male seen on consecutive days at HAL. Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) considered caligatus (Northern Violaceous Trogon) of Middle America and northwestern South America to be a separate species from Trogon violaceus but SACC did not recognize this split because of insufficient published data.
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
Four individuals seen during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre
Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle Americana
Seen along the Rio Madre de Dios and oxbow lakes
Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum
One seen in the mid-storey of the terra firme sandsy clay forests along Ccollpa trail at Manu Wildlife Centre
Rufous Motmot * Baryphthengus martii
Highland Motmot Momotus momota aequatorialis
Seen well at CORL. The SACC lumps this with Blue-crowned Motmot. Fjeldså & Krabbe (1990) proposed that the Andean form aequatorialis was a separate species from M. momota, and other authors agree (Ridgely & Greenfield 2001, Dickinson 2003), thus returning to the classification of Cory (1919) and Chapman (1923, 1926). However, no formal analysis has ever been published, and the published evidence in support of treating aequatorialis as a species-level taxon is weak.
Purus Jacamar RR Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus
Great views at Cocha Camungo. Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis and G. purusianus were formerly treated as separate species, but some authors considered them conspecific ("Chestnut Jacamar"). Haffer (1974) noted that they are parapatric in the Río Ucayali area with no sign of interbreeding and that they differ in plumage to the same degree as other jacamars currently ranked as species.
Bluish-fronted Jacamar Galbula cyanescens
Great Jacamar Jacamerops aureus
Saw this guy as he was hanging around some mid-storey vine tangles in the terra-firme sandy clay forest at Manu Wildlife Centre. Came into tape of its ‘cat-like’ wail! Truely amazing!
Striolated Puffbird Nystalus striolatus
Great views from the canopy tower at Manu Wildlife Centre
White-eared Puffbird Nystalus chacuru
What a fantastic find in the arid xeric forest along the road to Andashualas! A pair started singing from way up the slope above our breakfast spot and then came into view (using playback) rather nicely!
Semicollard Puffbird * Malacoptila semicincta
Black-streaked Puffbird Malacoptila fulvogularis
Great views of one bird as it came bombing into tape in the cloud forest habitat above the bridge at Puente Ruinas, Aguas Claientes. And this was after it had given us so much trouble at CORL!
Lanceolated Monklet Micromonacha lanceolata
Probably the bird of the trip for most people. Nothing I can say in a trip report can hammer home enough the sheer amazement at seeing this guy at such close quarters. Stunning!
Rufous-capped Nunlet * Nonnula ruficapilla
Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus
Two seen foraging with a large mixed flock on our last day at Manu Wildlife Centre
Swallow-wing Chelidoptera tenebrosa
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
A pair seen weel from the canopy tower at Manu Wildlife Centre
Lemon-throated Barbet Eubucco richardsoni
Stunning views of males and females during our time in the lowlands
Versicolored Barbet Eubucco versicolor
One male seen at CORL and another at Puente Ruinas. Ice-cold ones all round!
Blue-banded Toucanet RR Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis
Good views of one guy at Rocotal following a bit of playback
Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
Curl-crested (Kevin Keegan) Aracari Pteroglossus beauharnaesii
What about this fella! Several seen during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre.
Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan * Near-threatened Andigena hypoglauca
Golden-collard Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii
Nice looks at a male from the MWC canopy tower
Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus
One seen along the Rio Madre de Dios. Previous authors have considered R. culminatus ("Yellow-ridged Toucan") and R. citrolaemus ("Citron-throated Toucan") as separate species from Ramphastos vitellinus. Haffer (1974) treated these as a subspecies of R. vitellinus. This has been followed by most subsequent authors but oddly enough, not Sibley & Monroe (1990) or Hilty (2003). Haffer identified broad hybrid zones between vitellinus and culminatus wherever they meet.
White-throated Toucan Ramphastos tucanus
Common at Manu Wildlife Centre. Haffer (1974) showed that R. cuvieri ("Cuvier's Toucan") and R. tucanus form a broad hybrid zone in northern and eastern Amazonia, and, therefore, treated cuvieri as a subspecies of Ramphastos tucanus; see also Short & Horne (2001); this treatment has been followed by most subsequent authors except Sibley & Monroe (1990).
Fine-barred Piculet RR Picumnus subtilis
Great views of a male hanging around the garden at Amazonia lodge. Important one this!
Rufous-breasted Piculet Picumnus rufiventris
Crack-a-lacking views of a male in the bamboo along anthrush trail, MWC.
Ocellated Piculet Picumnus dorbygnianus
Great looks of male and female at Punte Ruinas
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
Nice bird!
Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
Ace looks at a female foraging in roadside elfin forest at Abra Malaga
Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
One male seen in the lower floodplain forest along the trail to the MWC ccollpa
Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis
Nice looks at a female from the canopy tower at Manu Wildlife Centre
White-throated Woodpecker Piculus leucolaemus
A male was seen shortly after the previous woody from the canopy tower and another foraging with a mixed flock along the grid system, both at MWC.
Golden-green Woodpecker Piculus chrysochloris
The woodpeckers kept coming thick and fast with a male of this species seen foraging with a mixed flock in the primary foothill forest along the ridge trail at HAL.
Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
Great views near CORL and Puente Ruinas
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii atriceps
Nice looks of a pair foraging in the tree-line forests around Wayqecha, just behind the dining room!
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
Seen during the first 2 days of the tour and also at Abra Malaga
Scaly-breasted Woodpecker Celeus grammicus latifasciatus
We spotted a female on two separate days during our time birding old floopdlain forest at MWC
Cream-coloured Woodpecker Celeus flavus
One male seen along the trail to the macaw clay lick following a bit of playback
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
Seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Red-necked Woodpecker Campephilus rubricollis
Great views of one bird at MWC. Remember that double-rap!? Ducks taking off no doubt!
Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
Seen at both Amazonia lodge and Manu Wildlife Centre
Slender Miner Geositta tenuirostris
One seen in the altiplano at the Pisaq-Paucartambo pass.
Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus rivularis
Common at Abra Malaga and Cusco area
Royal Cinclodes Critically Endangered RR Cinclodes aricomae
One seen well at Abra Malaga with fly-by’sd of two other, different individuals, and a fourth, heard only! This species is in real trouble with less that 200 pairs remaining and is without doubt, one of the most threatened birds in the world. It is now the focus of an intense forest restoration program in the Cordillera Vilcanota.
Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus tricolor
Seen on a few occasions during our time at Amazonia and Manu Wildlife Centre
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptus melanops
One seen at Huacarpay lakes
White-browed Tit-Spinetail RR Endangered Leptasthenura xenothorax
One individual of this highly endangered species were seen well in the Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga
Tawny Tit-Spinetail RR Near threatened Leptasthenura yanacensis
Great close views of this species at Abra Malaga
Puna Thistletail RR Schizoeaca helleri helleri
Good views of one individual at Pillahuata and four more at Abra Malaga
Azara’s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae urubambae
Seen at Pillahuata, CORL, and Puente Ruinas
Apurimac Spinetail RR Vulnerable Synallaxis courseni
Great looks at four individuals in the remnant patches of cloud forest along the road to Huanipaca, above Abancay. Taxonomic status of this species is in need of review.
Dark-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis albigularis
Two seen in the Gynerium cane river-edge habitat near the macaw ccollpa
Plain-crowned Spinetail Synallaxis gujanensis
One seen daily at HAL
Cabanis’ Spinetail RR Synallaxis cabanisi
Ace looks of one bird in roadside scrub below CORL. Brief views of a pair feeding two fledged young in the bamboo habitat along antthrush trail, MWC.
Ash-browed Spinetail Cranioleuca curtata
Good looks at four individuals in total, during our time at CORL
Marcapata Spinetail RR Cranioleuca marcapatae marcapatae
Great views at Pillahuata and Abra Malaga
Creamy-crested Spinetail RR Cranioleuca albicapilla albigula
Our good luck with restricted-range furnariids continued with this guy seen well in remnant forest scrub along the road above Paucartambo.
Rusty-fronted Canastero RR Asthenes ottonis
Frustrating looks of this arid montane scrub species at Tipon and Huacarpay Lakes.
Creamy-breasted (Pale-tailed) Canastero RR Vulnerable Asthenes huancavelicae usheri
Again, great looks of three birds responding very aggressively to playback at our usual spot along the Andahuaylas road, below Abancay. Taxonomy of this complex is highly … complex and in need of urgent review considering the threats to each subspecies habitats and the fact that two forms in Peru are undescribed.
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
Seen in the Abra Malaga valley
Line fronted Canastero RR Near threatened Asthenes urubambensis
Great views of one individual at Abra Malaga
Junin Canastero * RR Asthenes virgata
Streak-fronted Thornbird * RR Phacellodromus striaticeps
Plain Softail Thripophaga fusiceps dimorpha
We saw two individuals from the canopy platform at Manu Wildlife Centre.
Rusty-winged Barbtail Premnornis guttuligera
One of my favourites of the trip and a very difficult bird to see in southern Peru, we got good looks of a pair foraging with a mixed flock at roadside at Rocotal
Spotted Barbtail Premnornis brunnescens
One seen foraging with a mixed flock near CORL
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
Seen well at Abra Malaga and Pillahuata
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper Lochmias nematura
Brief looks at a pair foraging along the river below Union bridge
Streaked Tuftedcheck Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
Great views of a bird foraging in bromeliads with a mixed flock at Abra Malaga
Point-tailed Palmcreeper Berlepschia rikeri
Fly-bys of a pair in the Mauritia plams along ccollpa trail at MWC
Chestnut-winged Hookbill Ancistrops strigilatus
One seen foraging with a large mixed flock in the subcanopy of old floodplain forest at MWC
Striped Woodhaunter Hyloctistes subulatus
Ace looks as I managed to pull one away from a mixed flock to perch and sing almost directly above us along the ridge trail at HAL
Montane Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia striaticollis
Several seen around CORL
Striped Treehunter Thripadectes holostictus
One seen well at Rocotal.
Black-billed Treehunter Thripadectes melanorhynchus
One seen as I managed to momentarily pull it away from a mixed flock along the road above CORL
Peruvian Recurvebill Near-threatened RR Simoxenops ucayalae
Ace views of one individual and its honkin’ great bill as it came in silently to tape in the bamboo habitat at MWC
Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner Philydor erythropterus
One seen from the canopy tower at Manu Wildlife Centre
Rufous-rumped Foliage-glaener Philydor erythrocercum lyra
One seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner Automolus ochrolaemus
One seen in the terra firme sandy clay forests at Manu Wildlife Centre
Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner Automolus infuscatus
Good views on two different occasions at Manu Wildlife Centre
Chestnut-crowned Foliage Gleaner Automolus rufipileatus
One seen at HAL
Plain Xenops Xenops minutes
One seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans
Six individuals seen in total throughout the tour
Slender-billed Xenops Xenops tenuirostris
Nice looks at Amazonia lodge
Rufous-tailed Xenops Xenops milleri
One seen foraging with a mixed canopy flock at Manu Wildlife Centre
Black-tailed Leaftosser Sclerurus caudacutus
Gangbuster response to playback in the evening understorey along the grid system at Manu Wildlife Centre, where it almost took several of us out as it whizzed past a couple of times before perching in full view.
Plain-brown Woodcreeper * Dendrocincla fuliginosa
Long-tailed Woodcreeper Deconychura longicauda pallida
Good views at Manu Wildlife Centre
Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus amazonus
Great views of individuals at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre. Keep track of these subspecies. Sittasomus griseicapillus almost certainly consists of multiple species with at least five subspecies groups possibly deserving separate species status.
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
Good old Wedgey was seen along the trail through the terra firme sandy clay forest at Manu Wildlife Centre and along the ridge trail at HAL.
Long-billed Woodcreeper Nascia longirostris
A fly-by only at Cocha Camungo
Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper Dendrexetastes rufigula
Seen from the canopy platform tower at Manu Wildlife Centre
Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper * Dendrocolaptes certhia
Jurua Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus elegans juruanus
Two individuals were seen at MWC. Several authors have treated Xiphorhynchus elegans and X. spixii conspecific, but see Haffer (1997) for rationale for treating them as separate species. Aleixo (2002) also found molecular support for treating nominate spixii as a separate species from all other taxa in the group. Rapaso and Hofling (2003) go further and suggest X. elegans juruanus is also distinct from other members of the X. elegans group.
Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus
Common. Note that this species has NOT been formerly split!
Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis
Seen well around CORL
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
Three in total seen around Pillahuata. Treated as conspecific with Spot-crowned Woodcreeper L. affinis by recent authors and may well be lumped back together in the near future.
Lineated Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes albolineatus
One seen in the canopy of river-edge forest along the main quebrada at HAL.
Red-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus trochilirostris
Brief looks at Cocha Nueva
Fasciated Antshrike Cymbilaimus lineatus
One seen briefly foraging with the huge mixed flock along the ridge trail at HAL
Great Antshrike Taraba major
Two seen at HAL
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
Good views of a male in the willow bars behind HAL
Chestnut-backed Antshrike Thamnophilus palliatus
Good views of a pair at CORL
Uniform Antshrike Thamnophilus unicolor
After an almighty battle, a male finally popped up in the open for all to see, in the roadside Chusquea bamboo, above CORL.
Plain-winged Antshrike Thamnophilus schistaceus
Nailed it along the jeep track at HAL
Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens
Close views of males and females at Machu Picchu
Spot-winged Antshrike Pygiptila stellaris
Seen during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre
Dusky-throated Antshrike Thamnomanes ardesiacus ardesiacus
Several seen during our time at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre
Bluish-slate Antshrike Thamnomanes schistogynus
Good views
Pygmy Antwren Myrmotherula brachyura brachyura
A pair seen foraging in some mid-storey vine tangles at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre
Sclater's Antwren Myrmotherula sclateri
A last minute reprieve as we saw a male foraging with the large mised flock in the old floodplain forest at MWC on our last afternoon there.
Amazonia Streaked Antwren Myrmotherula surinamensis
A pair seen well in the lakeside edge vegetation at Cocha Blanco oxbow lake
Stripe-chested Antwren Myrmotherula longicauda
Good looks at a male at CORL.
Plain-throated Antwren Myrmotherula hauxwelli
Pair with recently feldged young seen in the old floodplain forest at MWC
Stipple-throated Antwren Myrmotherula haematonota
Stunning close views of a male in response to tape at MWC
Rufous-tailed Antwren Myrmotherula erythrura
Nice views of this dead-leaf specialist in a mixed flock along the ridge trail at HAL
White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris
Five different individuals seen during our time at Manu Wildlife Centre. Numerous authors have noted that vocal differences among several subspecies of Myrmotherula axillaris suggest that more than one species is involved. Watch this space!
Long-winged Antwren Myrmotherula longipennis garbei
Several seen with mixed flocks at MWC.
Grey Antwren Myrmotherula menetriesii
Male and female seen at HAL and MWC respectively
Banded Antbird Dichrozona cincta
Fly-bys only and never settled into view.
Yellow-breasted Antwren Herpsilochmus axillaris
One male seen near CORL with a mixed flock
Striated Antbird Drymophila devillei
One male seen in the bamboo at Cocha Nueva
Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudate
Cracking views of a male in the Chusquea bamboo along the road above CORL
Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
Nice looks at a pair in response to tape in the secondary forest around HAL
Yellow-rumped Antwren * RR Endangered Terenura sharpei
Chestnut-shouldered Antwren Terenura humeralis
Neck-breaking views of a pair foraging with a canopy mixed flock at MWC
Grey Antbird Cecromacra cinerascens
More neck breaking stuff but we got reasonable looks at a male at MWC
Blackish Antbird Cercomacra nigrescens
A pair seen in the bamboo along Cocha Nueva trails
Black Antbird * Cercromacra serva
Manu Antbird RR Cercomacra manu
Two males were seen the Manu bamboo adventure!
White-backed Fire-eye * Pyriglena leuconota marcapatensis
White-browed Antbird Myrmoborus leucophrys
Male seen well at HAL
Black-faced Antbird Myrmoborus myotherinus
Gangbuster views of a female in the old floodplain forest at Manu Wildlife Centre
Peruvian Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana
We saw a pair of this recently split species in the scrub habitat along the HAL jeep track
Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis subflava
Nice looks in the Cocha Nueva bamboo at MWC
Brownish-headed Antbird Schistocichla brunneiceps
One male seen in the moss-covered streams along the ridge trail at HAL
White-lined Antbird RR Percnostola lophotes
Another near-obligate bamboo specialist seen well at Amazonia lodge and Manu Wildlife Centre
Southern Chestnut-tailed Antbird Myrmeciza hemimelaena
Seen on three occasiona at HAL and MWC. The last encounter was a pair with four young.
Plumbeous Antbird Myrmeciza hyperythra
One male seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Goeldi's Antbird RR Myrmeciza goeldii
Good views of this species in the bamboo at Manu and in the jeep track scrub at HAL
Sooty Antbird Myrmeciza fortis
Cracking views of a pair along the ridge trail at HAL
Black-throated Antbird * Myrmeciza atrothorax
White-throated Antbird * Gymnopithys salvini
Seriously denied!
Hairy-crested Antbird Rhegmatorhina melanosticta
Scott was the only one who managed to get on this guy and then suddenly, events took a … slightly unusual turn or … rather ….an unusual walkabout …and birding had to be abandoned for most of that morning.
Scale-backed Antbird * Hylophylax poecilinota griseiventralis
Need I go on?
Spot-backed Antbird * Hylophylax naevia
Black-spotted Bare-eye Phlegopsis nigromaculata
Nailed this fella though at Manu Wildlife Centre…
Rufous-capped Antthrush Formicarius colma
One individual seen at Manu Wildlife Centre.
Black-faced Antthrush * Formicarius analis
Rufous-breasted Antthrush* Formicarius rufipectus thoracicus
Double Formicarius denial!
Scaled Antpitta* Grallaria guatimalensis sonoria
As if!
Stripe-headed Antpitta RR Grallaria andicola
We’ll have this one though. Twice! Ace looks at Abra Malaga.
White-throated Antpitta * Grallaria albigula
Close though …
Red-and-white Antpitta RR Grallaria erythroleuca
Mark only managed to get tickable views of this suprisingly awkward species this time round
Rufous Antpitta * RR Grallaria rufula occabambae
Amazonian Antpitta * Hylopezus berlepschi
Thrush-like Antpitta * Myrmothera campanisona
Seriously, seriously, seriously, denied!
Rusty-belted Tapaculo Liosceles thoracicus
However, we recovered our pride in cryptic, terrestrial near impossibles when we started scything our way through the tapaculos. Nailed this fella at Manu Wildlife Centre. Great looks!
White-crowned Tapaculo Scytolopus atratus
Great views at the CORL lek
Trilling Tapaculo Scytalopus parvirostris
One seen during our time around Pillahuata
Puna Tapaculo RR Scytalopus simonsi
This little fella came charging at us down the slope at Acjanacu Guard Station. Who says Tapaculos never come into view?
Diademed Tapaculo RR Scytalopus schulenbergi
Quality views at roadside, in the elfin forest remnants at Abra Malaga
[Ampay] Tapaculo sp.nov RR Scytalopus sp.nov
Took a while but we managed to get some looks at this the most elusive of all the tapaculos we encountered on the trip. Yet to be described – watch this space!
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
Seen on three occasions during the tour
Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata
Seen on consecutive days during our time at Wayqecha
Masked Fruiteater RR Pipreola pulchra
One of the most memorable birds of the trip! Prolonged views of the stunning male and good looks also of a female at Punete Ruinas, Machu Picchu. One of my candidates for the national bird of Peru (currently the national bird is the Cock-of-the-Rock).
Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans
Yes, that large grey bird was seen rather well at Manu Wildlife Centre
Plum-throated Cotinga Cotinga maynana
Nice looks at HAL and MWC
Bare-necked Fruitcrow Gymnoderus foetidus
One of the ugliest birds in the Neotropics and seen well at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre
Purple-throated Fruitcrow Querula purpurata
Top looks at HAL
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruviana
Big, bright, shiny, orange birds! A truely marvellous experience at CORL.
Yungas Manakin Chiroxiphia boliviana
One male seen near CORL
Blue-backed Manakin Chiroxiphia pareola regina
Brief views of an immature male in the terra firme sandy clay forest at MWC. Here the golden-crowned subspecies.
Band-tailed Manakin Pipra fasciicauda
Great views of males at both Amazonia lodge and Manu Wildlife Centre
Blue-crowned Manakin Pipra coronata exquisita
Great close views of a male off trail in the terra firme sandy clay forest at Manu Wildlife Centre Note: this is the all-green subspecies.
Round-tailed Manakin Pipra chloromeros
Awesome views of two males at Manu Wildlife Centre!
Fiery-capped Manakin Machaeropterus pyrocephalus
One male seen well on two occasions at Amazonia lodge.
Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin Tyranneutes stolzmanni
Got him! Small eh?
Wing-barred Piprites Priprites chloris
Thrush-like Schiffornis * Schiffornis turdinus
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
One seen at HAL
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
Three different individuals seen during our time in the Manu cloud forests
Inca Flycatcher RR Leptopogon taczanowski
Cracking views of over 14 different individuals, some with fledged young, in a huge mised flock at Rocotal, along the Manu road
Sepia-capped Flycatcher * Leptopogon amaurocephalus
Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
Seen along the road above CORL
White-bellied Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus griseipectus
Nice views of one bird in the mid-storey along the Ccollpa trail at Manu Wildlife Centre
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant * Hemmitriccus granadensis
Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher * Todirostrum plumbiceps
Spotted Tody Flycatcher Todirostrum maculatum
Great view of two birds in the lower floodplain forest along the trail to the macaw clay lick
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
One seen at Puente Ruinas
Black-backed Tody-Tyrant RR Todirostrum pulchellum
Nice looks of a male in response to tape at Quita Calzones
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Tyrannulus elatus
Seen at Amazonia lodge
Ringed Antpipit Corythopis torquata
Seen very well in the old floodplain forests at MWC
Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias uropygialis
One seen at Abra Malaga
Sclaters Tyrannulet Phyllomyias sclateri
Great views at Machu Picchu
Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet Phyllomyias plumbiceps
One seen at Puente Ruinas, Machu Picchu.
Ashy-headed Tyrannulet Pyllomyias cinereiceps
Extreme close views at Puente Ruinas, Machu Picchu.
Slender-footed Tyannulet Zimmerius gracilipes
One seen foraging mid-storey with a large mixed flock duirng our last afternoon at MWC
White-lored Tyrannulet Ornithion inerme
Seen in the canopy at HAL
Mouse-coloured Tyrannulet Phaemyias murina
One seen in the willow bars at the MWC macaw ccollpa
Amazonian Scrub Flycatcher Sublegatus obscurior
One seen in the lower floodplain forest along the trail to the macaw ccollpa
Forest Elaenia * Myiopagis gaimardii
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
Seen several times at Huacarpay, Ollantaytambo and Abra Malaga
Mottled-backed Elaenia Elaenia gigas
Seen on two occasions at HAL
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
Seen along the Rio Kosniapata and the Rio Ururbamba. One pair nesting at the Aguas Calientes train station.
River Tyrannulet Serpophaga hypoleuca
Good views of a pair in the willow bars at the macaw clay lick
White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
Good looks at Pillahuata and Abra Malaga
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant RR Uromyias agraphia
At least ten different individuals seen at Abra Malaga. Great response to tape!
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
One seen at Wayqecha and others seen at Abra Malaga
Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant RR Endangered Anairetes alpinus
Great looks of two individuals in the Abra Malaga Polylepis woodlands
Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
Good views at Huacarpay Lakes
Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes ophthalmicus
Two seen around CORL
Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet * RR Phylloscartes parkeri
Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes orbitalis
Three seen in the large mixed flock along the ridge trail at HAL
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet Phylloscartes ventralis
Four seen at Puente Ruinas, below Machu Picchu
Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant Myiornis ecaudatus
Good views of the smallest suboscine passerine in the world at Manu Wildlife Centre
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus
One seen along the road above CORL
Dusky-tailed Flatbill * Ramphotrigon fuscicauda
Large-headed Flatbill Ramphotrigon megacephala
One seen well during the Manu lowlands bamboo adventure!
Golden-crowned Spadebill Platyrinchus coronatus
Great views of a pair along the grid trails at Manu Wildlife Centre
White-crested Spadebill * Platyrinchus platrhynchos
Unadorned Flycatcher RR Myiophobus inornatus
Great views of this restricrted-range species above Rocotal along the Manu road, with both parents feeding one young bird.
Handsome Flycatcher Myiophobus pulcher
Half a dozen individuals seen in a mixed flock at Rocotal
Bran-coloured Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
One seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
Eulers Flycatcher Lathrotriccus euleri
Great views of one bird at Manu Wildlife Centre
Smoke-coloured Pewee Contopus fumigatus
Several seen
Wood-Pewee sp Contopus sp
And we were relying heavily on Hollis for an ID (only kidding Hollis)
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans latirostris
Fairly common on rivers around CORL and along the Rio Urubamba. This is the southern suspecies latirostris. The change from the darker-winged nominate nigricans to the white-winged latirostris is a north-south cline, with larger amounts of white gradually appearing further south.
Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca thoracica
Three seen at Pillahuata – 2 adults feeding young. Biochemical work conducted at Copenhagen University by Jon Fjeldsa indicates this is a seperate species from Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant – O. cinnamomeiventris to the north of the Maranon valley. García-Moreno et al. (1998) suggested that the plumage and genetic differences between subspecies groups north and south of the Marañon should be recognized at the species level, with Ochthoeca thoracica the name for the southern species. Ridgely & Tudor (1994) reported that there are also vocal differences that would support this split.
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis rufipectoralis
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor berlepschi
Common at Abra Malaga and Acjanacu guard station
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
At Huacarpay Lakes, Tipon and Abancay
D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides
Nice looks at a pair in the Polylepis valley, Abra Malaga
Drab Water-Tyrant Ochthornis littoralis
Ohh dear!
Red rumped Bush Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropgius
Brief views of one bird in the Polylepis woodlands at Abra Malaga
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant * Myiotheretes striaticollis
Rufous-bellied Bush Tyrant RR Myiotheretes fuscorufus
Crack-a-lacking views of one bird perched next to the bus along the Manu road, around Pillahuata.
Little Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola fluviatilis
One sighting along the Rio Madre de Dios near Manu Wildlife Centre
Taczanowski’s Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola alpina
One seen at Tipon
Subtropical Doradito Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis
Now resident in the willow bar edge vegetation around the macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Centre
Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas
One seen at Huacarpay
White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus atterimus
One female seen well at Pillahuata
Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus
Seen at Amazonia lodge on consecutive days. Cracker!
Greyish Mourner Rhytipterna simplex
How annoying was this guy. We did get to see it on consecutive days at MWC, but it drove me insane, let along you guys!
Sirystes Sirystes silbilator
Nice looks from underneath it as it perched above us in the canopy platform tree, at MWC
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tubercilifer
Only the one seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Short-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus ferox
A pair seen foraging in scrub along the road on the outskirts of PEM
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Sulphury Flycatcher * Tyrannopsis sulphurea
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
Bizarre stuff – one guy perched on a fence post at Huacarpay lakes, looking a little tired!
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Surprised we didn’t see more of these during our time in the Manu lowlands. A bunch of 15+ over two days will do nicely though.
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
Seen at HAL and at PEM
Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
Great views of a pair constructing a nest on the outskirts of PEM on our last day in the lowlands.
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus
Seen along the road around CORL and Puente Ruinas
Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
Seen at CORL
Lemon-browed Flycatcher Conopias cinchoneti
Sightings near CORL. Cool birds!
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Common and breeding all over the place
Grey-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
Common, and again, at it like rabbits!
Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
Lesser Kiskadee Philohydor lictor
Several seen on the Manu oxbows
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Ditto, and also seen along the Rio Madre de Dios
Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
Several sightings. One of the most striking Becards!
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
One pair seen at Amazonia lodge
Black-capped Becard Pachyramphus marginatus
One male seen in the mixed canopy flock at the MWC canopy platform
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Good looks at HAL
Black-crowned Tityra Tityra inquisitor
A male seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
White-collared Jay RR Cyanolyca viridicyana
Great close views on consecutive days around the Pillahuata area
Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus
Purplish Jay Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Several seen along the main rivers
Green (Inca) Jay Cyanocorax yncas
Seen along the road above CORL. 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.
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
One seen in the dry xeric forest along the road to Andashualas
Red-eyed (Chivi) Vireo Vireo olivaceus chivi
Seen at Amazonia lodge and Manu Wildlife Centre. Some classifications 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.
Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
One seen at CORL but more conspicuous at Puente Ruinas
Dusky-capped Greenlet Hylophilus hypoxanthus
Seen from the canopy platform at Manu Wildlife Centre and also in another mixed canopy flock along the grid system
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
Three seen on the Rio Kosniapata and others along the Rio Urubamba, below Machu Picchu
Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides ralloides
Seen on consecutive days at Pillahuata. Great song!
White-eared Solitaire Entomodestes leucotis
Ohhh yesssss! Gangbuster!
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco chiguanco
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater ockenderi
Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus
Seen on consecutive days around Wayqecha and Pillahuata
Pale-eyed Thrush * Platycichla leucops
Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
Hauxwell's Thrush Turdus hauxwelli
After several failed attempts at HAL, this guy proved to be much more co-operative at MWC
White-necked Thrush Turdus albicollis
Three or four seen throughout the tour
Thrush-like Wren * Campylorhynchus turdinus
Grey-mantled Wren Odontorchilus branickii
Nice views of a pair as they foraged acrobatically with mixed flock near CORL
Fulvous Wren RR Cinnycerthia fulva
Good views of up to nine individuals in the Pillahuata region of the Manu road
Grass Wren Cistothorus platensis
Nice views in the puna habitat at Acjanacu
Inca Wren RR Thryothorus eisenmanni
Gangbuster views of two adults and a juvenile in response to tape in thew roadside bamboo habitat at Abra Malaga.
Moustached Wren Thryothorus genibarbis
Seen well in the bamboo at Cocha Nueva and also at HAL briefly
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
Several seen well at Abra Malaga and another at Wayqecha
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
Nice looks around CORL and Puente Ruinas
Southern Nightingale-Wren Microcerculus marginatus
One seen well in response to tape at MWC
Musician Wren Cyphorhinus aradus
The greatest of all Neotropical bird songs! This guy came bombing into playback, circling us and perching up nicely for some great views, and spectacular lead vocals at MWC
Chestnut-breasted Wren* Cyphorhinus thoracicus
Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapillus
Common on the ox-bow lakes
White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
White-banded Swallow Atticora fasciata
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica urubambensis
Several sightings
Olivaceous Siskin Carduelis magellanica olivacea
Several sightings
Thick-billed Siskin RR Carduelis crassirostris
Brief views of a male in the Abra Malaga Polylepis woodland
Black Siskin Carduelos atrata
Two individuals seen at Abra Malaga
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
Seen along the road below Machu Picchu
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
Two-banded Warbler Basileuterus bivittatus
Five individuals seen well around CORL
Golden-bellied (Cusco) Warbler RR Basileuterus chrysogaster chysogaster
Seen along the ridge trail at HAL, foraging with the large mixed species flock. Considered a super-species with B. c. chlorophrys of Colmbia and Ecuador. Considered a seperate species by some and if so would be a Peruvian endemic. Ridgely & Greenfield (2001) treated the northern subspecies chlorophrys as a separate species from Basileuterus chrysogaster based on differences in descriptions of songs.
Pale-legged Warbler Basileuterus signatus signatus
Seen on consecutive days at Puente Ruinas
Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis striaticeps
Seen on consecutive days during our time in the Manu cloud forest
Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus
Seen at CORL and Puente Ruinas
Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
Common around CORL
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
I think these are awesome birds! Great, repeated views at Pillahuata
Warbler spp. Dendroica spp.
One seen in that large mixed flock at Rocotal (with the Barbtails and Inca Flycatchers). Close to a female Cerulean but unsure exact ID for this guy. Tricky.
Buff-rumped Warbler Basileuterus fulvicauda
Nice looks along the main quebrada at HAL
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonatrichia capensis
Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
Pectoral Sparrow Arremon taciturnus
Great views in response to tape along the ridge trail at HAL. Part of that enormous mixed flock.
Black-faced Brush-Finch RR Atalaptes melanolaemus
Common around CORL and Pillahuata. The Atlapetes genus has been completely revamped based on bio-chemical data and work done at Copenhagen Field Museum. Formerly considered part of Rudous-naped Brush-Finch complex A. rufinucha.
Chesnut-capped Brush-finch Atlapetes brunneinucha
Great views of a single individual in response to tape, near the museum, Puente Ruinas.
Apurimac Brush-finch RR Near threatened Atlapetes forbesi
Gangbuster views of a pair in response to tape along the Huanipaca road, above Abancay.
Red-capped Cardinal Paroaria gularis
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum cinereum
White-browed Conebill RR Conirostrum ferrugineiventre
Great close-up views at Abra Malaga and Acjanacu Guard Station
Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
Top views at Pillahuata
Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
Seen well at Pillahuata, CORL and Puente Ruinas
Giant Conebill Near-threatened Oreomanes fraseri
Great views of a single individual in the Abra Malaga Polylepis woodland. Luckily Clive got great views before sunblock momentarily blinded him!
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leveriana
Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
Proper birds these! Good views above the second tunnel at Pillahuata
Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
Several seen
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis
Several sightings, some with young birds
Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus parvirostris
Seen at Rocotal
Parodis Hemispingus RR Hemispingus parodi
Five birds seen well in the elfin forest habitat at Abra Malaga
Superciliaried Hemispingus Hemispingus superciliaris
Fairly common at Pilllahuata. Here the yellow subspecies urubambae
Oleaginous Hemispingus Hemispingus frontalis
Four seen foraging with small mixed flock at roadside, Puente Ruinas
Black-eared Hemispingus Hemispingus melanotis berlepschi
Common at CORL. The berlepschi subspecies is fairly distinct and could merit full species status.
Three-striped Hemispingus RR Hemispingus trifasciatus
Great views of several birds feeding with mixed flocks at Abra Malaga
Black-capped (White-browed) Hemispingus RR Hemispingus (auricularis) atrpileus
Four seen at Pillahuata. If split, this species would be a Peruvian endemic. Hemispingus calophrys was formerly considered a subspecies of H. atropileus, but Weske & Terborgh (1974) provided rationale for treating the southern calophrys as a species separate from H. atropileus. This treatment has been followed by most recent authors (e.g., Ridgely & Tudor 1989, Sibley & Monroe 1990) but not by Isler & Isler (1987). The subspecies auricularis is at least as distinct genetically and morphologically (Garca-Moreno et al. 2001).
Orange-headed Tanager Thlypopsis sordida
Good views of a pair in the willow bar habitat at the macaw clay lick
Rust-and-Yellow Tanager Thlypopsis ruficeps
Seen at Waquecha and above Paucartambo. More seen at Puente Ruinas.
Hooded Tanager Nemosia pileata
Nice looks at two pairs feeding on the ripe catkins of Cecropia trees along the trail to the macaw clay lick at MWC. Not often seen on this tour.
Carmiols (Olive) Tanager Chlorothraupis carmioli
Nice looks of two birds in the huge flock along the ridge trail at HAL
White-winged Shrike-Tanager Lanio versicolor
Great views of several individuals
Slaty Tanager RR Creurgops dentata
Great close views on two days along the Manu road and also at Puente Ruinas. An important Tanager to see on this trip!
Yellow-crested Tanager RR Tachyphonus rufiventer
Just the one male! Normally more conspicuous than this
White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus
Pairs seen at Manu Wildlife Centre
Black-goggled Tanager Trichothraupis melanops
A pair seen feeding young with a mixed flock, along the road above CORL
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica peruviana
Great views of several males and females in understorey flocks at Manu Wildlife Centre
Highland Hepatic Tanager Piranga lutea
Two pairs seen along the rail track above Puente Ruinas, Machu Picchu
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Two females seen during our time at CORL
Masked Crimson Tanager Ramphocelus nigrogularis
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
Blue-Gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
Huge great big monstrous tanagers seen above and around the tunnels at Pillahuata.
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris igniventris
The Christmas-card bird was seen several times around Pillahuata and once at Abra Malaga
Yellow-throated Tanager Iridosornis analis
This stunning tanager was seen twice around CORL. Who needs waders when you have guys like this running round the undergrowth!
Golden-collared Tanager RR Iridosornis jelskii
Good one eh? Great views!
Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager RR Delothraupis castaneoventris
Gangbuster views at Abra Malaga
Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager Dubusia taeniata
Better view desired one seen briefly at Pillahutata trailing a small mixed flock
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
Half a dozen seen in total, in the alder woodlands at Pillahuata, and also at Machu Picchu
Orange-eared Tanager Chlorochrysa calliparaea
Common at CORL but what a bird!
Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana
Several seen.
Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
Dude! What colour was this again? Marvellous stuff!
Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
Common at Manu Wildlife Centre
Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
Great stuff!
Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala lamprotis
Several seen along the Manu road and Puente Ruinas. Here the orange-crowned subspecies.
Spotted Tanager Tangara punctata
Good views of a small number of individuals at CORL
Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
Two pairs seen at CORL
Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix fulcivervix
A pair seen at CORL
Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
Always good to see
Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii atrocaerulea
Seen daily at Pillahuata
Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis
Gangbuster stuff with good views along the road at Puente Ruinas, Machu Picchu.
Opal-crowned Tanager Tangara callophrys
Seen on two occasions foraging in the canopy of old floodplain forest, along the Grid at MWC
Yellow-bellied Dacnis Dacnis flaviventer
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
Good views of males at CORL and at Puente Ruinas
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
Males seen on three occasions during the tour
Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
Several seen at CORL
Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyanus
One male seen below CORL. Rare in Manu.
Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina
Two males and one female seen foraging with mixed flocks in the elfin forest at Abra Malaga
Peruvian Sierra-Finch RR Phrygilus punensis
Common at Huanipaca, Abancay and Abra Malaga/Sacred Valley
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
Common at Abra Malaga.
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
Common at Abra Malaga.
White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera
Two seen at Abra Malaga
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch RR Poospiza caesar
Cracking views at Abra Malaga and brief views of another at Tipon. This Peruvian endemic is tolerant of anthropogenic disturbance and agricultural mosaics and is probably a low-density species.
Bright-rumped Yellow Finch Sicalis uropygialis
One seen near the Pisaq-Paucartambo pass
Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens
Seen at Huacarpay and Tipon
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
Feral birds seen around PEM
Black-billed Seed-Finch Oryzoborus atrirostris
Nice looks at two males on Cocha Camungo. Important one this!
Lesser Seed-Finch * Oryzoborus angolensis
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
Common at PEM
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
One male seen at Patria, above the town of Pilcopata
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
Also seen at Patria
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater Sporophila castaneiventris
One male seen in the river edge habitat at the macaw clay lick
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis analis
Dull-coloured Grassquit Tiaris obscura
Half dozen seen near Puente Ruinas, Machu Picchu
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata inornata
Common at Abra Malaga
Paramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa
Just the one male
Rusty Flower-piercer Diglossa sittoides
One male seen at Tipon
Black-throated Flower-piercer Diglossa brunneiventris
Golden-eyed Flower-piercer Diglossopis glauca
Over half dozen seen at CORL and Rocotal
Moustached Flower-piercer Diglossa mystacalis albilinear
Two sightings at Wayqecha
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea
Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris
Individuals seen around the Ollantaytambo hotel garden
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris albociliaris
Nice views at Tipon, Paucartambo and Abra Malaga
Blue-black Grosbeak * Cyanocompsa cyanoides
Casqued Oropendola Psarocolius oseryi
One of the most unique vocalisations in the Neotropics, we saw several in the old floodplain forest at MWC
Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus maculosus
Dusky-green Oropendola RR Psarocolius atrovirens
Good views of several birds between Pillahuata and CORL
Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons alfredi
Amazonian Oropendola Gymnostinops bifasciatus
Great views of this gi-normous monster at HAL and Manu Wildlife Centre
Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
Mountain Cacique Cacicus leucorhampus chrysonotus
We saw seven birds around Waquecha and Pillahuata areas of the Manu road. Here the southern subspecies chrysonotus which has been considered as a separate species (Southern Mountain Cacique)
Solitary Cacique Cacicus solitarius
Brief views of one individual in the jeep track aguajal at HAL
Pale-eyed Blackbird RR Agelaius xanthophthalmus
One of the most important birds to see in the lowlands, we all got great looks at one individual at Cocha Camungo. Merits threatened species status.
Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus
At least five recent arrivals in the lakeside habitat around Cocha Blanco. Top bird to see!
Orange-backed Troupial Icterus croconotus
Monster-monster-monster!!! One seen in the canopy of the lower floodplain forest along the trail to the MWC ccollpa. Great response to tape!
Epaulet Icterus cayanensis
Brief looks at one adult foraging in dense canopy foliage at lakeside edge of Cocha Blanco
Blue-naped Chlorophonia Chlorophonia cyanea
One male seen near CORL
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
White-lored Euphonia Euphonia chrysopasta
Several encounters
Bronze-green Euphonia Euphonia mesochrysa
One male seen at CORL
Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster brunneifrons
Rufous-bellied Euphonia Euphonia rufiventris
Great views of males and a female at Manu Wildlife Centre