Pam Mills, Terry Boswell, Bill Porteous, Dylan Edwards, Joseph Crighton, Linda Beecroft, Roberta Roberts, Michael and Jean Stahnke.
Leader: Eustace Barnes.
Day 1 (18th) Arrive Lima. Transfer to nearby Hotel.
Day 2 (19th) Fly to Cusco. Visit Huacarpay Lakes
Day 3 (20th) Paucartambo road. Birding Puna, intermontane scrub and cloud forest.
Day 4 (21st) Day Pillahuata. Birding from 2850m down to 2450m.
Day 5 (22nd) Drive to San Pedro at 1375m.
Day 6 (23rd) San Pedro. Cock-of-the-rock lek and up to 1375m. Mirador 1695m pm.
Day 7 (24th) San Pedro. 1375m – 975m am. Rocotal 2000m pm
Day 8 (25th) San Pedro down to Amazonia Lodge.
Day 9 (26th) Amazonia Lodge - Floodplain trails.
Day 10 (27th) Amazonia Lodge – Foothills to 750m.
Day 11 (28th) Amazonia Lodge - Foothills and Floodplain trails.
Day 12 (29th) Boat to Manu Wildlife Centre (MWC). 8 hours.
Day 13 (30th) MWC - Blanquillo and Antthrush trail am, Creekside trails pm.
Day 14 (1st ) MWC - Cocha Camungo am, tower MWC pm.
Day 15 (2nd ) MWC - Grid am, Cocha Blanco pm.
Day 16 (3rd ) MWC – Tower am Creekside/Ccolpa pm.
Day 17 (4th ) MWC – Antthrush/cocha Nueva am, Creekside and tapir lick pm.
Day 18 (5th ) MWC – Grid am, Antthrush trails pm.
Day 19 (6th ) Boat trip to Laberinto and then on to Puerto Maldonado.
Day 19 (7th ) Quincelmil road. KM 15 rest area, km 17 ranch. Fly Cusco.
A birding trip to South-east Peru devoted to the Manu Biosphere Reserve allows visitors to cross a stunningly diverse range of life zones cramming the highest avian diversity on Earth into about a 200km transect. As a consequence, since the Biosphere Reserve spans this transect, it is one of the most important conservation units in the world. This has to be the best birding trip there is. In the course of three weeks we crossed from the rainshadow intermontane habitats at Huacarpay and Paucartambo interspersed with high Puna grasslands before reaching Pillahuata in the temperate cloud forests. Here the bromeliad and orchid ladened trees still provide home to Spectacled Bears and Mountain-Toucans at our first camp site. Descending through the cloud foreststs to the humid sub-tropics and upper tropics at the base of the Manu road is spectacular journey through almost pristine forests. Descending slowly through the cloud forests is always a pleasure and our trip was no exception. The weather was kind to us and the bird activity very good. Departing from the foothills below San Pedro we made our way to Amazonia lodge, an old hacienda, which combines foothill and floodpalin forests to give it the highest bird list for any single location. After exploring the full range of habitats here we took our motorised canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios, at 550m to Manu Wildlife Centre at 220m. This spectacular location provides access to the full range of lowland microhabitats and over the course of six full days we were able to see much of the avifauna represented in this most complex of all environments.
Arriving in Lima we transferred to our hotel in Lima for a good nights rest. The following morning after some confusion as to who was in which group we took an early flight to Cusco and headed to Huacarpay lakes. At this beautiful site we saw a variety of high Andean waterfowl including Puna and Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Andean Duck and Puna Ibis. There were also a number of neararctic waders including American Golden Plover and both Yellowlegs species. Wren-like Rushbirds, Many-colored Rush-tyrants and Yellow-winged Blackbirds buzzed about in the extensive reed beds around the lakes. Little blue Heron and Great Egret have recently moved into the valley and we saw one of each. At lunch time we were treated to the sight of a pair of rather languid Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles being mobbed by a pair of Aplomado Falcons, a highlight of the day without a doubt. We also managed a pair of Andean Swifts. The real surprise was a wandering Fork-tailed Flycatcher which is a first for the site. Our primary target here was to find the exquisite Bearded Mountaineer at the Nicotania sp. This Shrub was flowering and we saw a number of these lovely birds. We then headed back to Cusco for dinner and some time in the city.
The following morning we left Cusco at 4.30am to reach our picnic breakfast site at Huancarani just as the sun rose. At breakfast we were treated to a cacophony of Mourning and Peruvian Sierra-finches, our only Mountain Caracaras and a large flock of Spot-winged Pigeons. This route across the arid Puna gave us the only opportunity to see a good many highland species on this trip. Our next stop was very productive with our only sightings of Slender-billed Miner, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Rufous-webbed Tyrant, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Band-tailed Sierra-finch, Grassland Yellow-Finch and a number of Rufous-naped and White-browed Ground-Tyrants. We made a brief photo stop at the Huari burial chambers above Paucartambo before descending to our pleasant lunch site. While waiting for lunch to be prepared we found our target species; a pair of Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finches grubbing around in leaf litter. A stunning bird restricted to a small area of southern Peru. As we continued to some patches of relictual podocarpus forest with remnant acacia scrub we easily found the pretty Creamy-crested Spinetail. As we contined up to the pass to Aconaju we saw Puna Thistletail and our only Brown-backed Chat-Tyrants and a Red-crested Cotingas before descending to Pillahuata. It was misty and drizzling on arrival so night birding was postphoned in favour of a beer and wine session.
After a dismal breakfast we descended a short distance to some tall stature forest in search for mixed flocks and a number specialites. We found a pair of Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucans and a larger mixed flock that held Pearled Treerunner, the endemic Marcapata Spinetail, Montane Woodcreeper, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Golden-collared Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, White-banded and White-throated Tyrannulets. Although we rarely see them we always hear a god number of the rare Hooded Tinamou along this stretch of the road. We also heard and subsequently saw a pair of Pale-footed Swallows. In another mixed flock we found Black-capped, Superciliaried and Drab Hemispingus along with Black-faced Brush-finch, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers and our only Mountain Caciques of the trip. As we descended to an alder wood below Pillahauta we were greeted with a chorus of Red and White Antpittas which we saw spectacularly well more or less at our feet. We found our only Mountain Velvetbreast at a site it is very faithful to. In the afternoon we found a pair of Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrants and a number of Rufous-capped Thornbills near our accommodation. A single Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher was seen by some close to our old camp site across the road. At dusk we descended to a spot for Swallow-tailed nightjar and saw a spectacular male strem passed us. At camp we also heard a displaying Andean Snipe. This species can be very hard to actually see as it performs its acrobatic display high in the sky.
Continuing our descent we headed down the road to San Pedro for a three night stay. In the temperate zone we were seeing clouds of Band-tailed Pigeons with small number of Speckle-faced Parrots and a few Andean Parakeets. We only managed a couple of Crested Quetzals and did not even hear the usually more numerous Golden-headed Quetzal. At Rocotal at 2100m we found Andean Guans, Blue-banded Toucanet, Versicoloured Barbet and a number of Crimson-mantled Woodpeckers. A good haul of spectacular species, albeit rather common ones. In a large flock nearby we picked up Inca and Handsome Flycatcher along with the highland form of Strong-billed Woodcreeper. This is now widely considered a separate species from its syntopic lowland form. As we continued down through the exhausting changes in the avifauna we wound up at San Pedro to be greeted by Violet-fronted Brilliant, the incomparable Wire-crested Thorntail, Speckled hummingbird, Green Hermit, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Long-tailed Sylph and White-bellied Woodstar at the feeders along with a new set of flycatchers and tanagers.
In the course of the following three days we explored the pristine subtropics. Our first stop was the quite spectacular lek of Andean Cock-of-the-rock near our lodge. The males were on top form and we were even able to see a couple of matings as well as the usual tomfoolery. The ladies like it, so that is what we get. A truly spectacular event however many times one may see it. Inspite of the overcast conditions we managed a single adult Black and Chestnut Eagle. The next few days we walked the trail system below the lodge we saw Chestnut-breasted Wren. Walking the road working our way through the many mixed flocks we saw Golden-eared, Saffron-crowned, Bay-headed, Spotted, Golden, Orange-eared and Blue-necked Tanagers. A real treat. The constant chorus of Yungas Manakins provided us with a challenge to see these beautiful forest interior birds. We also found several pairs of Versicoloured Barbets, surely one of the prettiest barbets. We also saw Crested Quetzals but still no Golden-headed Quetzal. In one huge flock we picked out the rare Yellow-rumped Antwren and Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet along with Yellow-breasted Antwren. In bamboo around the long we found Striated Antbird in the guadua bamboo and Long-tailed Antbird in the Cusquea bamboo, an elevational record for the former that connects the ranges of these very similar species. At a well known location below San Pedro we found four stunning Amazonian Umbrellabird. At the flowering bushes at the lodge Bobbie spotted a Peruvian Piedtail, which most of us saw. One evening we ascended to about 1800m to watch a male Lyre-tailed Nightjar dislpay. We were lucky and managed to watch the male at length. .
After an early breakfast we left San Pedro to work our way slowly down to Amazonia Lodge in the foothills. We decided to descend to Quitacalcones and on the was we found an adult Solitary Eagle. Once at the appointed spot we quickly found a couple of Amazonian Umbrellabirds and several Black-backed Tody-Flycatchers. There were also Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulets, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrants, Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Dusky-green Oropendola, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager and many more. After a pleasant lunch we took our short boat ride across the Madre de Dios and walked to the lodge. With three full days at this spectacular location we were able to fully explore the last Andean foothill forests and the first floodplain forest for the trip. Our first priority was to sit down and watch another set of hummingbirds feeding on flowering bushes right in front of the lodge. These included the diminutive and exquisite Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Black-eared Fairy and Grey-breasted Sabrewing. On the ridge trails we were treated to some excellent birding and saw a pair of Koepcke's Hermit with young. Rufous-tailed Antwrens and Tawny-faced Gnatwrens were heard and seen in mixed flocks along with Carmiol’s Tanager. We were also entertained by a troop of Wooly Monkeys over out heads. On the floodplain we saw and lovely Black and White Hawk Eagle, Bluish fronted Jacamars, a pair of Chestnut-capped Puffbirds, Fine-barred Piculet, Red-billed Scythbill, Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner and Dot-winged antwren. Along the jeep track found a singing Thrush-like Antpitta’s and many Band-tailed Mankins at their lek. Also memorable at this bird rich location were the Round-tailed Manakins at their lek up on the ridge which we watched for some time. Our night birding here produced Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl and Common Potoo.
After an early morning visit to the ridge at Amazonia Lodge we took our boat down the Alto Madre de Dios to the Manu Wildlife Center. Unfortunatly we had to say our farewells to Bill and Dylan at this point which was a shame as they had made such a big input making the trip a success up to that point. On the river we saw Pied Lapwing and the rather uncommon Fasciated Tiger-heron. Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns were much in evidence on the river islands along with innumerable egrets and herons.
Our six full days at Manu Wildlife Center provided us with just the right ammount of time to visit all the main microhabitats and see a high proportion of the birdlife and much of the animal life. On our first morning we visited the Macaw lick at Blanquillo to observe the spectacle of hundreds of Parrots and Macaws at close quarters. We saw the beautiful Orange-cheeked Parrrot, hundreds of Blue-headed Parrots as well as Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons together with about 80 or so Red and Green Macaws. Another morning we visited a trail down river an en route found a Jaguar on the river banks. The boatmnan pulled the boat around and held it level with the magnificent male cat. It just sat there looking at us with the usual contempt that cats hold for humans. This was a tremendous highlight for all. On several occasions we visited large stands of guadua Bamboo that hold many local and rare species. We found several pairs of Dusky-tailed Flatbills and Manu Antbird along with a fantastic Rufous-headed Woodpecker. We managed to find the elusive Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant and a highly vocal Peruvian Recurve bill along with Large-headed Flatbill. A mixed flock provided us with Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner, Ihering's and Ornate Antwren, White-lined and Striated Antbirds. Birding in these dense patches of extraordinary forest can be very frustrating and we broke them up with visits to canopy towers. In nearby seeding bamboo we located 25 Amazonain Parrotlets quietly feeding. This is a rare and infrequently seen species and this find proved to be one of the highlights of the trip. Nearby we also found a troop of Saddleback Tamarins. Visiting two canopy towers we managed to see several stunning Spangled Cotingas. These species are very difficult to see unless one is positoned on a canopy platform. We also managed to see Ivory-billed and Curl-crested Aracaris along with both White-throated and Channel-billed Toucans calling from the tree tops. Searching the floodplain and terra firma trails we found Grey Tinamou, a superb pair of Razor-billed Currasow, a family group of Pale-winged Trumpeters and numerous mixed flocks. In these we found Striolated Puffbird, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Plain Softail, Eastern Striped Woodhaunter, Sclater's Antwren, White-throated Antbird, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, White-bellied Tody-tyrant and Musician Wren. Of these we enjoyed some great views of White-throated Antbirds and found a Black-spotted Bare-eye with young. We also found a lekking male Pale-tailed Barbthroat low down in a dense patch of saplings in the grid.
We visited two lakes and found family groups of Purus Jacamars in the dead trees at the ends of both totally 20 birds. Pale-eyed Blackbirds and Black-billed Seed-finches sang from the scrub at Cocha Camungo where we also saw Silvered and Band-tailed Antbirds and Amazonian Streaked Antwren. Of more interest to many in the group we also saw a number of Horned Screamers feeding in the floating vegetation around the lake and Red Howler Monkeys and Brown Capuchins feeding in fruiting trees along its edge. On cocha Blanco we were treated to up close and personal views of a family of Giant River Otters. A night visit to the colpa produced a pair of Tapir and we heard Silky-tailed Nightjars. A daytime visit was much more interesting with close up sightings of Rose-faced and Black-capped Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrotlets. Also on the clay lick were 40 Plumbeous Pigeons. A quite unusual sight. On the way we glimpsed a Zig-zag Heron in some small black water pools on the terra firma.
Our final morning at Manu Wildlife Centre and we headed down river to Laberinto. We saw good numbers of Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns. Otherwise the journey was punctuated by a number of showers and numerous flocks of Macaws crossing the river. Along the way we saw numerous gold panning operations using huge dredgers. This activity creates endless piles of gravel on all the beaches along the river. Once in Laberinto we transferred to our bus and headed for Puerto Maldonado; a rather seedy frontier town deriving most of its wealth from gold mining along the rivers in the region.
On our final morning, before our return flight to Cusco, we headed out along the Quincemil road. Stopping at a Moriche palm swamp we quickly found a number of Palmcreepers and Sulphury Flycatchers. The large areas of cattle pasture in this area are not of a particulalry high quality and much of it is regenerating as secondary scrub. However, we found White-tailed Kite, Pale-vented P:igeon and other open country species, now replacing the forests dwellers. Stopping at a cattle ranch we found Red-breasted Blackbird, Yellow-browed sparrow and Southern Crested Caracaras together in a pasture. Heading back to Puerto Maldonado we stopped at a rest stop on the edge of of a moriche palm swamp and found a pair of Point-tailed Palmcreepers. Although not very cooperative we did succeed in seeing two. We then headed to the airport for flights back to Cusco and a well earned rest in town.
The following records are of birds seen by the group as well as the leader unless otherwise stated. Target species and specialities highlighted.
Grey Tinamou (Tinamus tao) Heard and seen at MWC.
Great Tinamou (Tinamus major) Heard at lowland sites. 3 seen at MWC
White-throated Tinamou (Tinamus guttatus) 1 heard along terra firma trails at MWC
Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus). Heard on the Manu road.
Cinereous Tinamou (Crypturellus cinereus) Heard on all days in lowlands.
Brown Tinamou (Crypturellus obsoletus). Heard on Manu road.
Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus) Heard throughout lowlands. 2 seen at Amazonia lodge.
Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus) Heard at amazonia lodge
Bartlett’s Tinamou (Crypturellus bartletti) Heard at MWC. 1 seen along Colpa
Small-billed Tinamou (Crypturellus parvirostris) 1 heard near Puerto Maldonado.
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus domincus). 1 seen at Cocha Blanco.
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) Fairly common at MWC.
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) A few at Cocha Blanco.
Andean Duck (Oxyura ferruginea) Numerous at huacarpay lakes.
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) Several pairs along Rio Madre de Dios.
Torrent Duck (Merganeeta armata) 1 female art San Pedro
Puna Teal (Anas puna) Numerous at Huacarpay lakes.
Speckled Teal ( Anas flavirostris) 10 seen at Huacarpay.
Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica) 4 at Huacarpay.
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera). A few at huacarpay lakes.
Little blue Heron (Egretta caerulea). 1 immature at Huacarpay lakes.
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) Common in the lowlands.
Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus) Common in the lowlands.
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) Common in the lowlands
Great Egret (Ardea alba) Common.
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) A few at Huacarpay lakes and near Puerto Maldonado.
Striated Heron (Butorides striatus) A few at MWC.
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nyticorax) A few at Huacarpay lakes.
Fasciated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) Several along the Alto Madre de Dios.
Rufescent tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum) Several in lowlands.
Zig-zag Heron (Zebrilus undulatus) 1 seen briefly along Colpa trail.
Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi) Common at Huacarpay lakes.
Andean Ibis (Theresticus branickii) Heard at Huancarani.
Wood Stork (Mycteria mycteria) 2 along Rio Madre de Dios.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) A couple seen at Cocha Blanco.
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Double-toothed Kite(Harpagus bidentatus) A single bird seen below San Pedro.
Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea) Common.
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) Several seen around Puerto Maldonado. This species has recently colonised the area as extensive forest clearance has proceeded.
Slate-coloured Hawk (Leucopternis schistacea) Several seen at MWC
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) Several pairs seen along Madre de Dios.
Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) Seen around the many cochas visited.
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) A pair at Huacarpay lakes.
Solitary Eagle (Hasrpyhalietus solitarius) An adult seen below San Pedro and an immature at Amazonia lodge.
Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) Common throughout.
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platyperus) A single bird seen on Manu road.
White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula) A single seen on Manu road.
Variable Hawk (Buteo polyosoma) Fairly common throughout with several individuals of the form seen at Marcapomacocha and Lago Junin, previously referable to the species Puna Hawk. These birds being strikingly larger than the coastal birds
Black and White Hawk Eagle (Spizastur melanoluecos) 1 seen at amazonia lodge and another at Puerto Maldonado.
Black and Chestnut Eagle (Oroaetus isidori) 1 at San Pedro.
Black Caracara (Daptrius ater) A few seen at MWC.
Red-throated Caracara (Daptrius americanus) Common at Amazonia and MWC.
Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus) Several seen on Manu road.
Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriwayi) Several pairs seen around Puerto Maldonado.
Barred Forest-Falcon (Micrastur ruficollis) Commonly heard.
Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon (Micrastur gilvicollis) 1 watched at length at Amazonia lodge.
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Fairly common.
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) A pair seen at Huacarpay lakes.
Bat Falcon (Falco rufigulatris) Several seen at MWC.
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) Common
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Common
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus) Common.
King Vulture(Sarcorhamphus papa) A few seen at MWC.
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttatas).
Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii) Several seen near Pillahuata.
Spix’s Guan (Penelope jacquacu) A few seen at amazonia and MWC
Blue-throated Piping-guan (Pipile cumanensis) A pair at Amazonia. Common at MWC.
Wattled Guan (Aburria aburria) A single bird heard calling high up on the ridge at Amazonia lodge.
Razor-billed Currassow (Mitu tuberosa) 2 at MWC en route to the tower.
Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail (Odontophorus speciosus) Heard below San Pedro.
Stripe-faced Wood-Quail (Odontophorusballiviani) Several coveys heard at dusk near Pillahuata.
Starred Wood-Quail (Odontophorus stellatus) A pair flushed along antthrush trail at MWC.
Chestnut-headed Crake (Anurolimnas castaneiceps) Heard at Puerto Maldonado.
Rufous-sided Crake (Laterallus melanophaius) Heard on all Cochas, 1 seen Cocha Blanco.
Plumbeous Rail (Pardirallus sanguinolenta) Seen at Huacarpay lakes.
Grey-necked wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) common in lowlands
Uniform Crake (Amaurolimnas concolor) Several pairs heard at amazonia lodge.
Blackish Rail (Pardirallus nigricans) Several heard at amazonia lodge.
Common Moorhen (Gallimula choropus) Seen at sites on the coast.
Andean Coot (Fulica ardesiaca) A few on the coast.
Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica) Several seen at cocha blanco
Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) Commonly heard with a few seen at amazonia and at MWC.
Pale-winged Trumpeter (Psophia leucoptera) A group of this elusive bird seen at MWC
Andean Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni) Several males heard displaying at Pillahuata
White-backed Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 4 seen at huacarpay.
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominca) Several pairs at Huacarpay.
Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens) Common in highlands.
Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris) A few pairs along the Madre de Dios.
Pied Lapwing (Vanellus cayanus) Several pairs of this rather elegant species.
Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) A few throughout
Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) Several huacarpay.
GULLS AND TERNS
Andean Gull (Larus serranus) Common in the high Andes.
Large-billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex) Common on the rivers.
Yellow-billed Tern (Sterna superciliaris)
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) 4 seen along the Madre de Dios.
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Common in towns
Spot-winged Pigeon (Columba maculosa) 40 near Huancarani in high Andes.
Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata) Common.
Pale-vented Pigeon (Columba cayannensis) Common
Plumbeous Pigeon (Columba plumbea)
Ruddy Pigeon (Columba subvinacea)
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata) Common in the Andes.
Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) Common around Puerto Maldonado.
Bare-faced Ground-Dove (Metriopelia cecilae) Common in the high Andes.
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) Common around Puerto Maldonado.
Grey-fronted Dove (Leptotila rufaxilla) Common in lowlands. Nest found with two eggs at Cocha neuva.
Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) commonly heard. 1 seen at Amazonia.
White-throated Quail-dove (Geotrygon frenata) Seen and heard at San Pedro.
Blue and yellow Macaw (Ara araauna) Up to 20 seen daily at MWC. Always a spectacle.
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Common.
Red and Green Macaw (Ara chlorpoterus) Common.
Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severa) Common.
Red-bellied Macaw (Ara maniliata) small groups seen near Blanquillo.
Blue-headed Macaw (Primolius couloni) Several small groups seen daily at Amazonia lodge. A real highlight of the tour.
White-eyed Parakeet (Aratinga leucopthalamus) Common in lowlands.
Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii) Common in the lowands.
Rose-faced Parakeet (Pyrrhura roseifrons) Several pairs seen at the colpa during the day.
Black-capped (Rock) Parakeet (Pyrrhura rupicola) Several pairs seen during the day at the Colpa.
Dusky-billed Parrotlet (Forpus sclateri) A few seen at the Colpa at MWC.
Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera) Common.
Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae) A few seen and many heard throughout lowlands.
Amazonian Parrotlet (Nannopsittaca dachilleae) Up to 25 watched feeding on bamboo seeds along antthrush trail. These birds were quietly feeding and calling when identified on call and tracked down. We watched this rather uncommon species for a good while.
White-bellied Parrot (Pionites leucogaster) Small numbers seen at MWC. Another easily found parrot once the call is known.
Orange-cheeked Parrot (Poionopsitta barrabandi) Small numbers seen of this pretty parrot at the Macaw lick.
Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) A few at Penas Blanca and Affluente.
Speckle-faced Parrot (Pionus tumultuosus) Small numbers at Pillahuata.
Yellow-crowned Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala) Small numbers seen of this declining amazon at the Macaw lick.
Mealy Amazon (Amazona farinosa) Common.
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) Fairly common throughout
Hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin) Common.
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Greater Ani (Crotophaga major) a few seen at Cocha Blanco.
Tropical Screech-Owl (Otus choliba) Heard Puerto Maldonado
Tawny-bellied screech-Owl (Otus watsoni) 1 seen Amazonia at a day roost. Heard elsewhere.
Amazonian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium hardyi) Commonly heard at MWC.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) heard and one seen at Macaw lick.
Yungas Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium bolivianum ) Seen at Pillahuata.
Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia) 1 at Puerto Maldonado airport.
NIGHTHAWKS AND NIGHTJARS
Grey Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) 2 seen amazonia lodge and one chick found on a bamboo pole at MWC.
Rufous-bellied nighthawk (Lurocalis rufiventris) Heard at Pillahuata and San Pedro.
Short-tailed Nighthawk (Lurocalis semitorquatus) A single bird at MWC
Sand-coloured Nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestris) Abundant along the Madre de Dios.
Paraque (Nyctidromus albicolli)s. Common.
Ladder-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis clmacocerca) 5 at cocha blanco.
Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata) A male at Pillahuata.
Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) 1 female and a male seen displaying above Union. A trip highlight.
Chestnut-collared Swift (Cypseloides rutilus) Common on upper Manu road.
White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) Small numbers of this species seen throughout.
Grey-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris) Small numbers in the lowlands.
Short-tailed Swift (Chaetura brachyuira).
Amazonian Swift (Chaetura viridipennis) 4 at Cocha Camungo.
Andean Swift (Aeronautes andecolus) A pair seen at Huacarpay lakes.
Neotropical Palm Swift (Tachornis squamata) Common.
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis) 1 seen at Cocha Camungo.
As with many trips visiting a number of humid cloud forest sites this tour recorded a high number of hummingbird species.
Rufous-breasted Hermit (Glaucis hirsuta) 1 MWC.
Pale-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes leucurus) Single bird displaying near lodge at MWC.
Green Hermit (Phaethronis guy) Singles at San Pedro.
Great-billed Hermit (Phaethornis malaris) Common.
White-bearded Hermit (Phaethornis hispidus) Several seen at MWC.
Koepcke’s Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae) A few at amazonia lodge with a pair feeding a youngster by the ridge trails.
Needle-billed Hermit (Phaethornis philippii) 1 at MWC.
Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber) 1 few at MWC.
Green-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera ludoviciae) Single bird seen at San Pedro.
Grey-breasted sabrewing (Campylopterus largipennis) Fairly common at amazonia
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) Fairly common in lowlands
Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus)
Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans). A few at many sites.
Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) 1 at MWC.
Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti) At Amazoniua lodge.
Rufous-crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei) Several at amazonia lodge.
Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelarii) Several seen at San Pedro.
Blue-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) Common at Amazonia
Fork-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania furcata) Fairly common. 1 seen at san Pedro.
White-chinned Sapphire (Hylocharis cyanus) 2 below San Pedro.
Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) Common at amazonia.
Many-spotted Hummingbird (Leucippus hyposticus) Several at feeders at San Pedro.
Sapphire-spangled emerald (Polyerata lactea) 2 at Puerto Maldonado.
Speckled Humminbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) A few seen.
Peruvian Piedtail (Phlogophilus harterti) 1 seen San Pedro.
Gould’s Jewelfront (Heliodoxa aurescens) 1 seen amazonia lodge.
Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeasteri) Common at san Pedro.
Rufous-webbed Brilliant (Heliodoxa branickii) Singles San Pedro and amazonia.
Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) Common at Pillahuata.
Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya lafresnaya) 1 seen at Pillahuata.
Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus) Seen above Paucartambo.
Bronzy Inca (Coeligena coeligena) A single bird seen above San Pedro.
Gould’s inca (Coeligena inca) Seen Manu road.
Violet-throated Starfrontlet (Coeligena violifer) common at San Pedro.
Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) Common in temperate zone.
Buff-thighed Puffleg (Haplophaedia assimilis) 2 seen above san Pedro.
Booted Rackettail (Ocreatus underwoodi) common at San Pedro on the flowering bushes around the lodge.
Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia victoriae) Single at Huarcarpay lakes.
Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) Singles near Cusco.
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyranina)
Rufous-capped Thornbill (Chalcostigma ruficeps) 2 birds seen at Pillahuata.
Long-tailed sylph (Aglaiocercus kingi) Several above san Pedro.
Bearded Mountaineer (Oreonympha nobilis) Up to 4 birds seen at Huarcarpay lakes.
Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi) A male seen at San Pedro. This is a rare bird that is often hard to see in the dense forest undergrowth.
Black-eared Fairy (Heliothrix aurita)
Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris) 2 at MWC.
Amethyst Woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina) Seen San Pedro.
White-bellied Woodstar (Acestrua mulsant) Seen at flowering bushes at San Pedro.
Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus) 1 male and a female seen superbly above San Pedro.
Pavonine Quetzal (Pharomachrus pavoninus) 1 seen at MWC.
Black-tailed Trogon (Trogon melanurus) Common.
Amazonian white-tailed Trogon (Trogon viridis) Fairly common.
Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris) A few at Amazonia and MWC.
Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus) Seen at Pillahuata.
Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui) Common at Amazonia lodge.
Amazonian Violaceous Trogon (Trogon violaceus) 1 seen at MWC.
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) A few seen.
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona) A few seen.
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) Single bird seen.
Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum) Commonly heard. 1 seen MWC.
Rufous Motmot (Barypthengus martii) Seen MWC.
Blue-crowned Motmot (Monotus momota) Heard MWC.
Highland Motmot (Momotus aequatorialis) 2 seen at San Pedro.
Purus Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus) Several pairs at the ends of both Cocha Camungo and Cocha blanco
Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens) Common.
Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aureus) Several at MWC.
Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus) 1 at Amazonia lodge and 1 at MWC.
Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus striolatus) Several seen at MWC.
Rufous-capped Nunlet (Nonnula ruficapilla) 3 at Amazonia lodge.
Black-fronted nunbird (Monassa nigrifrons) Common.
White-fronted nunbird (monassa morphoeus) Common at MWC
Swallow-wing (Chelidoptera tenbroasa) Commonly seen along rivers.
Bar-breasted Piculet (Picumnus aurifrons) Several seen at Amazonia lodge and MWC.
Rufous-breasted Piculet (Picumnus rufiventris) Common at amazonia and MWC.
Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis) Several pairs seen at amazonia lodge.
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cruentatus) Common.
Little Woodpecker (Veniliornis passerinus) Singles at Amazonia.
White-throated Woodpecker (Piculus leucolaemus) A pair at MWC.
Golden-olive Woodpecker (Piculus rubiginosus) Common in temperate zone.
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Piculus rivolli) Seen above San Pedro.
Spot-breasted Flicker (Colaptes atricollis) Several seen at Cocha Blanco.
Andean Flicker (Colaptes rupicola) Fairly common.
Scaly-breasted Woodpecker (Celeus grammicus) Several heard at MWC
Cream-coloured Woodpecker (Celeus flavus) Several pairs at MWC.
Rufous-headed Woodpecker (Celeus spectabilis) A pair found at MWC. A superb woodpecker, probably the most beautiful.
Lineated Woodpecker (Dendrocopus lineatus) A few seen throughout.
Red-necked Woodpecker (Campehilus rubricollis) a pair of this spectacular woodpecker seen at MWC.
Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus guayaquilensis) Common.
Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus) Common.
Lemon-throated barbet (Eubucco richardsoni) a few seen.
Versicoloured Barbet (Eubucco versicolor) Several seen San Pedro.
TOUCANS AND ARACARIS
Peruvian (Emerald) Toucanet (Alaucorhynchus (prasinus) atrogularis) 1 seen at Amazonia of this lowland representative of an otherwise temperate zone species complex. This form may well deserve specific recognition
Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulaucorhynchus coeruleicinctus) 4 seen above San Pedro.
Chestnut-eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) Common.
Curl-crested Aracari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii) Commonly seen from canopy towers.
Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) 2 seen and others heard at Pillahuata. A favorite species on the trip.
Golden-collared Toucanet (Selenidera reinwardtii) 2 at MWC.
Channel-billed Toucan (Rhamphastos vitellinus) Common.
White-throated Toucan (Rhamphastos tucanus) Common.
Slender-billed Miner (Geositta tenuirostris) Several seen near Paucartambo
Bar-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes fuscus) few noted from the bus near Paucartambo.
Pale-legged Hornero (Furnarius leucops) Common at amazonia.
Puna Thistletail (Schizoeaca helleri) A pair at Aconaju pass.
Azara’s Spinetail (Synallaxis azarae) Commonly heard and a few seen.
Dark-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albigularis) Several pairs.
Cabanis’s Spinetail (Synallaxis cabanisi) Several pairs located in bamboo at MWC.
Plain-crowned Spinetail (Synallaxis gujanensis) Common at Amazonia lodge
Ash-browed Spinetail (Crainioleuca curtata) Several pairs noted at San Pedro building nests.
Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae) Several pairs abover Pillahauta.
Creamy-crested Spinetail (Cranioleuca albicapilla) Several pairs above Paucartambo.
Speckled Spinetail (Crainoleuca gutturata) Several pairs at amazonia lodge.
Rusty-fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis) 1 Huacarpay lakes.
Streak-fronted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticeps) A pair at Huancarani.
Plain Softtail (Thiripophaga fusciceps dimorpha) Fairly common at MWC. This rather small form of this species may well prove to be distinct.
Wren-like Rushbird (Phleocryptes melanmops) 2 at Huacarpay lakes.
Pearled Treerunner (Margarornis squamiger) Several Pillahuata.
Point-tailed Palmceeper (Berlepschia rikeri) A pair seen near Puerto Maldonado.
Chestnut-winged Hookbill (Ancistrops strigliatus ) Fairly common at MWC
Striped Woodhaunter (Hyloctistes subulatus) Several at MWC.
Montane Folaige-gleaner (Anabacerthia striaticollis) Common at San Pedro.
Rufous-tailed foliage-gleaner (Phylidor ruficaudatus) Several seen at MWC.
Chestnut-winged Folaige-gleaner (Phylidor erythropterum) Fairly common in mixed flocks at MWC.
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner (Phylidor rufus) A few seen at amazonia lodge in riverine vegetation.
Peruvian Recurvebill (Simoxenops ucayalae) 1 at MWC.
Black-billed Treehunter (Thripadectes melanorhynchus) 1 seen and many heard at San Pedro.
Buff-throated Foilage-gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus) Common.
Olive-backed Folaige-gleaner (Automolus infuscatus) Fairly common at MWC
Chestnut-crowned Folaige-gleraner (Automolus rufipielatus) Common at Amazonia and MWC.
Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner (Automolus dorsalis) several pairs seen at amazonia and at MWC.
Black-tailed Leaftosser (Sclerus caudatus) A single bird seen on colpa trail.
Rufous-tailed Xenops (Xenops milleri) Seen Amazonia lodge.
Slender-billed Xenops (Xenops tenuirostris) Seen MWC at Cocha Camungo.
Plain Xenops (Xenops minutus) Several seen at MWC
Streaked Xenops (Xenops rutilans) Seen at San Pedro.
Plain-brown Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla fuliginosa) Several heard and seen.
Olivaceous Woodcreeper (Sittasomas griseicapillus) Common.
Wedge-billed Woddcreeper (Glyphorhynchus spirurus) Fairly common.
Long-billed Woodcreeper (Nasica longirostris) Several pairs at MWC along Anththrush trail and Cocha Neuva.
Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper (Dendrexatastes rufigula) Common at MWC.
Strong-billed Woodcreeper ( Xiphorynchus promiropirryhnchus) 1 above Rocotal of the highland form and the lowland form seen at MWC. It is now considered that these two forms comprise two species.
Amazonian Barred woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes certhia) A few seen at MWC and at Amazonia.
Stright-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus picus) 1 at Cocha Camungo.
Tschudi’s Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo) Several seen at amazonia lodge.
Jurua Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus juruanus ) Common at MWC.
Buff-throated (Lafresnaye’s)Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus ) Common.
Olive-backed Woodcreeper (iphorhynchus triangularis) Several pairs above San Pedro.
Montane Woodcreeeper (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger) Several seen at San Pedro.
Red-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris) Several seen at San Pedro and at MWC.
Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus) Several seen at Amazonia.
Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaimus sanctaemariae) Heard only at Amazonia lodge and MWC
Great Antshrike (Taraba major) Common.
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus ) Several pairs at Macaw lick and near Puerto Maldonado.
Chestnut-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus palliatus) A pair near san Pedro.
Uniform Antshrike (Thamnophilus unicolor) Several heard above San Pedro.
Plain-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus schistaceus ) Common.
Spot-winged Antshrike (Pygiptila stellaris) Fairly common at MWC.
Dusky-throated Antrshrike (Thamnomanes ardesiacus) Common flock leader.
Bluish-slate Antshrike (Thamnomanes schistogynus) Primary flock leader.
Pygmy Antwren (Myrmotherula brachyura) Common canopy species.
Sclater’s Antwren (Mrymotherula sclateri) Several pairs found in canopy flocks.
Amazonian Streaked Antweren (Myrmotherula multostriata) Several pairs found along lake edges.
Stripe-chested Antwren (Myrmotherula longicauda) Common in foothill forest.
Stipple-throated Antwren (Myrmotherula haematonoto) Several at MWC.
Foothill Antwren (Mrymotherula spodionota) Fairly common at Amazonia lodge and just below San Pedro
Rufous-tailed Antwren (Mrymotherula erythrura) Several pairs in mixed flocks at amazonia lodge on the ridge.
White-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris) Common in mixed flocks at MWC
Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis) Common understorey species in mixed flocks.
Grey Antwren (Mrymotherula menetresii) Common in mixed flocks.
Banded Antbird (Dichrozona cincta) A single bird found in the grid at MWC.
Yellow-breasted Antwren (Herpsilochmus axillaris) Common in foothill forest.
Dot-winged Antwren (Microrhopias quixensis) Fairly common in bamboo patches.
Striated Antbird (Drmophila devillei) Common in bamboo patches with one at San Pedro.
Long-tailed antbird (Drymophila caudata) Several above San Pedro.
Chestnut-shouldered Antwren (Terenura humeralis) A pair in a canopy flock in the grid at MWC.
Yellow-rumped Antwren (Terenura sharpei) A pair found above San Pedro. A rare bird only recently discovered on the Manu road.
Grey Antbird (Cercomacra cinerascens) Common in vine tangles.
Blackish Antbird (Cercomacra nigrescens) Common in floodplain forest.
Black Antbird (Cercomacra serva) Fairly common in foothill forest.
Manu Antbird (Cercomacra manu) Common in bamboo patches at MWC.
White-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena leuconota) A pair seen and taped in at San Pedro.
White-browed Antbird (Myrmoborus leucophrys) Common.
Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus) Common.
Peruvian Antbird (Hypocnemis peruviana) Common in secondary growth and bamboo patches.
Yellow-breasted Antbird (Hypocnemis subflava) Common in bamboo at from San Pedro to the lowlands.
Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda) 1 found at Cocha Blanco
Silvered Antbird (Sclateria naevia) Common at lake and stream edges.
White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes) Common in bamboo patches.
Southern Chestnut-tailed Antbird (Myrmeciza hemimelaena) Common at Amazonia lodge.
Plumbeous Antbird (Mrymeciza hyperythra) Common at MWC
Goeldi’s Antbird (Mrymeciza goeldii) Very common in bamboo patches at MWC
Sooty Antbird (Mrymeciza fortis) A few pairs found at Amazonia.
Black-throated Antbird (Mrymeciza atrothorax) Common in heliconia thickets.
White-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys salvini) A pair found away from army ants at MWC.
Spot-backed Antbird (Hylophylax naevia) Several pairs located at Amazonia.
Black-spotted Bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata) Common in riverine forest and thickets.
Rufous-capped Antthrush (Formicarius colma) Several heard and 1 seen.
Black-faced Antthrush (Formicarius analis) Several seen, with one walking right past us at amazonia lodge.
Rufous-fronted Anthrush (Formicarius rufifrons) Heard at Amaonia lodge.
Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus) Heard at San Pedro.
Barred Antthrush (Chaeza mollissima) Heard at Pillahuata
Undulated Antpitta (Grallaria squamigera) Heard above Pillahuata.
Scaled Antpitta (Grallaria guatimalensis) Heard at San Pedro.
Whiter-throated Antpitta (Grallaria albigula) Heard at Rocotal.
Red and White Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca) 1 at our feet at Pillahuata and two seen below Pillahuata.
Amazonian Antpitta (Hylopezus berlepschi) Heard at amazonia and MWC.
Thrushlike Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona) Many heard. 1l seen at amazonia lodge.
Rusty-belted Tapaculo (Liosceles thoracicus) Several seen at amazonia lodge.
Trilling Tapaculo (Scytalopus parvirostris) 1 seen below Pillahuata.
White-crowned Tapaculo (Scytalopus atratus) Heard at San Pedro.
Puna Tapaculo (Scytalopus simonsi) Heard at Aconaju
Streak-necked Flycatcher (Mionectes striaticollis) A few in the subtropics.
Ochre-bellied flycatcher (Mionectes oleagineous) Several pairs Amazonia lodge.
McConnell’s Flycatcher (Mionectes maconnelli) 1 at Amaonia lodge.
Inca Flycatcher (Leptopogon taczanowskii) Fairly common above Rocotal.
Sepia-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon amaurocephalus) A few at lowland sites.
Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris) Fairly common above Affluente.
Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant (Hemitriccus flammulatus) 1 at MWC.
White-bellied Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus griseipectus) Common at MWC
Johanne’s Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus johannis) Heard at amazonia lodge.
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus granadensis) A pair above Pillahuata.
Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum latirostre) Fairly common in bamboo patches in the lowlands.
Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum chrysocrotophum) A few at MWC.
Black-backed tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum pulchellum) Several pairs found below San Pedro.
Ringed Antpipit (Corythopis torquata) Seen Amazonia and MWC
Bolivian Tyrannulet (Zimmerius bolivianus) Several seen at san Pedro.
Red-billed tyrannulet (Zimmerius cinereicapillus) Several seen and heard at Amazonia lodge.
White-lored tyrannulet (Ornithion inerme) several seen and heard at amazonia lodge.
Yellow-crowned tyrannulet (Tyrannulus elatus) Common
Forest eleania (Myiopagis gaimardii) Common.
Sierran Eleania (Elaenia pallantangae) Common in humid cloud forests.
White-throated Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus leucophrys) Common at Pillahuata.
White-banded Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus stictopterus) Fairly common.
Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea)
River Tyrannulet (Sepophaga hypoleuca) Several pairs at MWC
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes flavirostris) A few at Huacarpay lakes.
Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra) Common at Huacarpay lakes.
Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes opthalmicus) Common in subtropics.
Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes orbitalis) Several on the ridge at Amazonia lodge.
Variegated Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes poecilotis) A pair at Rocotal
Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes parkeri) Several piars seen at San Pedro.
Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant (Myiornis ecaudatus) 2 seen at amazonia lodge.
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus) Fairly common above Affluente.
Large-headed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon megacephala) Several in bamboo patches at MWC
Dusky-tailed flatbill (Ramphotrigon fuscicauda) A pair seen along Anththrush trail.
Rufous-tailed flatbill (Ramphotrigon ruficauda) 1 seen at MWC.
Zimmer’s Flatbill (Tolmoyias assimilis) Common.
Grey-crowned Flatbill (Tolmomyias poliocephalus) Common in lowlands.
Olive-faced Flatbill (Tolmomyias viridiceps) Fairly common in foothills below San Pedro.
Golden-crowned Spadebill (Platyrhynchus coronatus) several pairs seen at MWC.
White-crested Spadebill (Plastyrhynchus platyrhnychos) 1 seen at MWC
Unadorned Flycatcher (Myiophobus inornatus) 2 seen at rocotal.
Handsome Flycatcher (Myiophobus pulcher oblitus) Several pairs seen below Pillhuata. Probably distinct from populations on west flank of Ecuador and Colombia.
Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher (Myiophobus ochraceiventris) 1 seen just above Pillhuata. Only seen by some.
Bran-coloured Flycatcher () 1 seen neare Paucartambo seen by Bill.
Cinnamon Flycatcher (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea) Common.
Euler’s Flycatcher (Lathrotriccus euleri) 1 MWC.
Smoke-coloured Peewee (Contopus fumigatus) Small numbers at Abra Patricia and Abra barro Negro.
Western Wood-Peewee (Contop[us sordidulus) Seen Amazonia lodge.
Black Phoebee (Sayornis nigricans) Common in suitable habitat.
Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca cinnamoventris). Seen at Pillahuata.
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca rufipectoralis). Common above Paucartambo.
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca fumicolor) A pair at Aconaju.
White-browed Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca leucophrys) Several pairs in drier country at Huacarpay.
Drab Water-Tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis) Common along rivers.
Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant (Myiotheretes fuscorufus) A pair nesting at Pillahuata.
Black-Billed Shrike-Tyrant (Agriornis montana) A few seen near Paucartambo.
Rufous-webbed Tyrant (Polioxolmis rufipennis) A pair near Paucartambo
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola rufivertex) A single bird near Paucartambo.
White-browed Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola albilora) Seen near Paucartambo.
Little Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola fluviatillus) common along rivers in lowlands.
Andean Negrito (Lessonia oenas) Fairly common at Huacarpay.
White-winged Black-Tyrant (Knipolegus attermus) Several seen near Paucartambo.
Long-tailed Tyrant (Colonia colonus) Several Amazonia.
White-eyed Attila (Attila bolivianus) Common at MWC.
Greyish Mourner (Rhytipterna simplex) Heard at MWC
Sirystes (Sirystes sirystes) 2 seen at the Colpa at MWC.
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) Small numbers seen at MWC.
Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox) Common.
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannulus melancholicus) Common throughout.
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) 1 seen at Huacarpay lakes. An exceptional record.
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) Abundant in the lowlands.
Variegated Flycatcher (Empidonomus varius) 2 Amazonia.
Sulphury flycatcher (Tyranopsis sulphurea) Several MWC.
Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarhynchus pitangua) Fairly common.
Lemon-browed Flycatcher (Conopias cinchoneti) Several pairs near San Pedro.
Golden-crowned Flycatcher (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus) A few at San Pedro.
Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus) A few seen.
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris) Seen at MWC.
Social Flycatcher(Myiozetetes similis) Common.
Grey-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis) Common.
Dusky-chested flycatcher (Myiozetetes luteiventris) A pair at the colpa of the uncommon canopy species.
Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius) Commonly found at Icterid colonies.
Lesser kiskadee (Phylidor lictor) Numerous pairs found at Cocha blanco and Cocha Camungo.
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) Common in lowlands.
Barred Becard (Pachyramphus versicolor) A few seen at Pillahuata.
White-winged Becard (Pachyrhamphus polychopterus).
Black-capped Becard (Pachyrhamphus marginatus) Several pairs seen and heard.
Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra cayana) Several pairs seen at MWC.
Masked Tityra (Tityra semifaciator) Pairs seen at Affluente.
Black-crowned Tityra (Tityra inqisitor) Several at MWC
Cinereous Mouner (Laniocerca hypopyrra) Heard at MWC.
Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubricristatuss) A few seen at Abra Patricia.
Barred Fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata) Hearsd and seen at Abra Barro Negro.
Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans) Common at MWC.
Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana) 2 at Amazonia lodge, 2 at MWC.
Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana) Several seen from both canopy towers.
Bare-necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus) Common.
Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata) Fairly common at MWC.
Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus) 4 seen below San Pedro
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana saturatus) A few seen above Affluente.
Band-tailed Manakin (Pipra fasciicauda) Common at Amazonia lodge. A lek watched at MWC.
Round-tailed Manakin (Pipra chloromeros) Common at Amazonia lodge. A lek watched at length on the ridge Above the lodge.
Blue-crowned Manakin (Pipra coronata exquisita) Heard at MWC.
Cerulean-capped Manakin (Pipra coeruleocapilla) 2 female birds seen nearv San Pedro.
Blue-backed Manakin (Chiroxiphia pareola regina) Heard at MWC.
Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana) Heard at San Pedro – unusually hard to see on this trip.
Fiery-capped manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus) Heard at Amazonia lodge.
Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin (Tyranneutes stolzmanni) Common at MWC.
Wing-barred Piprites (Piprites chloris) Seen in several canopy flocks.
Thrushlike Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdinus) Heard along Colpa trail at MWC.
White-collared Jay () 2 seen above Pillahuata.
Purplish Jay (Cyanocorax cyanomelas) Common in the lowlands.
Violaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceuss) Fairly common in the lowlands.
Green (Inca) Jay (Cyanocorax yncus) Small numbers at San Pedro.
White-capped Dipper (Cinclus leucocephalus) Several seen at San Pedro.
Andean Solitire (Myadestes ralloides) Several heard and seen at San Pedro.
White-eared Solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis) 1 seen and many singing birds heard above Union.
Chiguanco Thrush (Turdus chiguanco) Common in drier areas. A few seen in humid.subtropics at san Pedro.
Great Thrush (Turdus fuscater) Common throughout the humid highlands.
Glossy black Thrush (Turdus serranus) Heard and seen at many cloud forest sites.
Pale-eyed Thrush (Platycichla leucops) Heard at San Pedro.
Hauxwell’s Thrush (Turdus hauxwellii) Seen at Amazonia abnd MWC.
Black-billed Thrush (Turdus ignobilis) Fairly common in lowlands.
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1 at San Pedro.
Black-capped Donacobius (Donacobius atricapillus) Several pairs at MWC.
Thrush-like Wren (Campylorhynchus turdinus) Several pairs at MWC
Grey-mantled Wren (Odontorchilus branickii) 4 seen above San PedroPillahauta.
Grass Wren (Cistothorus platensis) A pair heard at Aconaju.
Moustached Wren (Thryothorus genibarbis) Several heard and seen at Amazonia and MWC.
Buff-breasted Wren (Thryothorus leucotis) A few pairs found in bamboo patches at MWC.
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) Fairly common throughout
Mountain Wren (Troglodytes solstitialis) Several seen at Pillahuata.
Grey-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys) Common at San Pedro.
Southern Nightingale Wren (Microcerculus marginatus) Heard and seen at Amazonia
Chestnut-breasted Wren (Cyphorinus thoracicus) A single bird seen in a mixed flock at MWC.
Tawny-faced Gnatwren (Microbates cinereiventris) A few seen at Amazonia lodge. An elusive species.
White-winged Swallow (Tachycineta stoltzmanni) Fairly common.
Brown-bellied Swallow (Notiochelidon murina) Several seen at Paucartambo.
Brown-chested Martin (Progne murphyi) Common along rivers.
Grey-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea) Fairly common.
Pale-footed Swallow (Notiochelidon andaecola) 2 noted at Pillahuata.
Blue and White Swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca) Fairly common throughout.
White-banded Swallow (Atticora fasciata) fairly common along rivers.
White-thighed Swallow (Tachycineta leucorrrhoa) Up to 15 at Amazonia lodge.
Southern Roughwing (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis) Fairly common throughout
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) A few at Huacarpay.
Hooded Siskin (Carduelis magellanica) Small flocks throughout high andes anda few at Amazonia..
Olivaceous Siskin (Carduelis olivacea) Small flocks noted at san Pedro.
Red-eyed/Chivri Vireo (Vireo olivaceous and chivri) Small numbers seen throughout of both forms.
Brown-capped vireo (Vireo leucophrys) A pair seen above San Pedro.
Dusky-capped greenlet (Hylophilus hypoxanthus) Commonly recorded at MWC.
Tawny-crowned Greenlet (Hylophilus ochraceiceps) Several pairs sen at MWC.
Tropical Parula (Parula pitiayumi) Small numbers throughout
Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus minioborus) A few pairs found above San Pedro.
Spectacled Redstart (Myioborus melanocephalus) Fairly common.
Two-banded Warbler (Basilueterus bivittatus) Common at San Pedro.
Golden-bellied (Cusco) Warbler (Basileuterus chrysogaster) Common at amazonia lodge and just below San Pedro.
Citrine warbler (Basileuterus luteoviridis striaticeps) Recorded in temperate zone.
Pale-legged Warbler (Basileuterus signatus signatus ) Recorded in temperate zone.
Russet-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus coronatus) Commonly recorded above San Pedro.
Three-striped Warbler (Basileuterus tristriatus) Fairly common above San Pedro.
Buff-rumped Warbler (Basileuterus fulvicauda) Recorded below San Pedro, Amazonia lodge and at MWC
Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica pulcher) 4 seen at Pillahuata
Bannaquit (Coereba flaveola) Fairly common throughout subtropics.
Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana) Fairly common.
Grass green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferi) Several pairs at Pillahuata.
Common Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus opthalmicus) A few seen above Union.
Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus parvirostris) Fairly common above San Pedro.
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus flavigularis) Common above san Pedro.
Black-capped Hemispingus (Hemispingus atropileatus auricularis) Found in most mixed flocks at pillahuata.
Superciliared Hemispingus (Hemispingus superciliaris) common.
Black-eared Hemispingus (Hemispingus melanotis berlepschi) Fairly common at San Pedro.
Three-striped Hemispingus (Hemispingus trifasciatus) Several below Pillahuata
Rust and yellow Tanager (Thlypopsis ornata) Small numbers seen above Pillahuata.
Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira) 2 seen at MWC.
Carmiol’s tanager (Chlorothraupis carmioli) Commonly heardand seen at amazonia lodge.
White-winged Shrike-Tanager (Lanio versicolor) frequent flock leader.
Slaty Tanager (Creurgops dentata) unusually numerous with many pairs seen at San Pedro.
White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) Several pairs seen.
Black goggled Tanager (Trichothraupis melanops) Several pairs at San Pedro
Red-crowned Ant-Tanger (Habia rubica) Small numbers seen MWC.
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) Several along the Manu road.
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivaea) Several pairs seen.
Masked Crimson Tanager (Rhamphoceleus nigrogularis) Small numbers at amazonia lodge.
Silver-beaked Tanager (Rhamphoceleus carbo)
Blue-grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) Fairly common throughout.
Palm tanager (Thraupis palmarum) Fairly common.
Blue-capped Tanager (Thraupis cyanocephala) Fairly common above Pillahuata.
Blue and yellow Tanager (Thraupis bonariensis) Small numbers at Huacarpay.
Hooded Mountain-Tanager (Buthraupis montana) Several pairs noted above Pillahuata.
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus igniventris) Small numbers seen above Pillahuata.
Yellow-throated Tanager (Iridosornis analis) Fairly common in subtropics.
Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii) Several pairs seen at Pillahuata.
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) 1 seen at San Pedro.
White-lored Euphonia (Euphonia chrysopaster) Several pairs at MWC
Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonias mesochrysa) A few seen at San Pedro.
White-vented Euphonia (Euphonia minuta) A pair sen at Colpa.
Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster) Common in Subtropics.
Rufous-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia rufiventris) A few at MWC.
Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea) Small numbers seen above Affluente
Orange-eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)Small numbers seen above Affluente
Turquiose tanager (Tangara mexicana) Several piars noted in tropics.
Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)
Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus) Small numbers seen above San Pedro.
Saffron-crowned Tanager (Tangara xanthocephala) Fairly common above San Pedro
Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis) Small numbers seen above San Pedro
Yellow-bellied Tanager(Tangaraxanthogastra) A few at Amazonia lodge.
Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata) Small numbers above San Pedro
Green and gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii) Small numbers seen Amazonia lodge and MWC
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola) Small numbers seen.
Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis) Small numbers seen throughout.
Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis) Small numbers seen above Pillahuata.
Blue and Black Tanager (Tangara vassorii) Small numbers seen above Pillahauta.
Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara viridicollis) several seen at MWC..
Opal-rumped Tanager (Tangara velia) MWC.
Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata ) A few throughout lowland sites.
Yellow-bellied Dacnis (Dacnis flaviventer)
Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana)
Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)
Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus) Fairly common.
Swallow Tanager (cyanerpes cyaneus)
Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum)
Blue-backed Conebill (Conirostrum sitticolor) A few above Pillahuata.
Capped Conebill (Conirostrum albifrons) A few at Pillahuata.
White-sided Flowerpiercer (Diglossa albilaterata ) 1 seen at Aconaju
Moustached Flowerpiercer(Diglossa mystacalis)
Black-throated Flowerpiercer(Diglossa bruneiventris)
Golden-eyed Flower-Piercer (Diglossa glauca) A single bird above Union.
Masked Flowerpiercer(Diglossa cyanea) A small number seen at Pillahuata..
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) Common throughout.
Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus humeralis) Fairly common in the lowlands
Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus ) failry common by call.
Black-faced Brush-Finch (Atlapetes melanolaemus) Fairly common in humid cloud forests.
Red-capped Cardinal (Paroaria gularis) Small numbers at Amazonia and MWC.
Peruvian Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus punensis)
Mourning sierra-finch (Phrygilus fruticeti) Common at Huancarani.
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus plebejus) Fairly common.
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus alaudinus ) A pair of this species near Huancarani. Uncommon in this area.
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (Poospiza caesar) A pair seen near Huancarani.
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) Seen Puerto Maldonado.
Grassland Yellow-Finch (Sicalis luteola) A small flock near Paucartambo.
Blue-black grassquit (Volatina jacarina) Fairly common throughout.
Black and white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Small numbers at Amazonia.
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris) A few seen along the Madre de Dios.
Slaty Finch (Haplospiza ristica) Several above rocotal.
Black-billed Seed-Finch (Oryzoborus atrirostris) Several pairs sen and heard at Cocha Camungo.
Lesser Seed-Finch (Oryzoborus angolensis) A few seen.
Band-tailed Seedeater (Catamenia analis) Common in High Andes.
Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)
Greyish Saltator (Saltator coerulscens)
Golden-billed Saltator (Saltator aurantirostris) common in high Andes.
Blue-black Grosbeak (Cyanocompsa cyanoides) Seen and heard at amazonia lodge.
Casqued Oropendola (Psarocolius oyseri) Fairly common at MWC
Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) A few at Affluente.
Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens) Common at San Pedro
Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustirostris) A few at Penas Blanca and Affluente.
Amazonian Oropendola (Gymnostinops bifasciatus) Very few seen at MWC.
Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) Common.
Southern Mountain Cacique (Cacicus chrysonotus) Seen above Pillahuata.
Solitary Cacique (Cacicus solitarius) Fairly common at Amazonia.
Epaulet Orole (Icterus cayanensis) Several pairs at MWC.
Orange-backed Troupial (Icterus croconotus) 2 at MWC
Pale-eyed Blackbird (Agelius xanthopthalmus) Several singing birds seen on cocha Camungo.
Yellow-winged Blackbird (Agelius thilius) Seen at Huacarpay lakes.
Red-breasted Blackbird (Leistes militaris) Fairly common near Puerto Maldonado
Giant Cowbird (Scaphidura oryzivora)
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dsypus novemcinctus) A pair at Amazonia lodge.
Saddleback Tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis) Several troops found at MWC.
Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator) 3 seen at MWC.
Night Monkey (Aotus sp) Heard at amazonia and MWC.
Dusky Titi Monkey (Callicebus molloch) Several troops seen
Common (Bolivian) Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciurus bolivianus) Commonly seen at MWC.
Brown Capuchin Monkey (Cebus apella) The commonest primate in Manu
White-fronted Capuchin Monkey (Cebus albifrons) Fairly common at MWC, where often found feeding palms.
Red Howler Monkey (Alouetta seniclus) Often seen feeding in fruiting trees around the Cochas.
Common Woolly Monkey(Lagothrix lagotricha) Several trrops on the Manu road and on the ridge at Amazonia lodge.
Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus) This common monkey was only heard during our stay at MWC.
Tayra (Eira barbera) 2 seen at San Pedro of this ferocious predator.
Southern River Otter (Lutra longicaudus) 1 at Amazonia lodge.
Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) 3 seen at Cocha Blanco.
Puma (Felis cocolor) Footprints found along the Colpa trail.
JAGUAR (Felis onca) A large male found on the sandbanks en route to Blanquillo from MWC. The animal was watched at length and photographed. The highlight of the trip.
Brasilian Tapir (Papirus terrestris) 2 seen at the colpa at MWC.
Collared Peccary (Tayassu tajacu) Many footprints seen at MWC.
Red Brocket Deer (Mamzana americana) Several seen at the Colpa during the day.
Southern Amazon Red Squirrel (Sciurus spadaceus) Several seen of this spectacular squirrel.
Bolivian Squirrel (Sciurus ignitus) A few seen at MWC.
Brasilan Rabbit () 1 at Amazonia lodge.
Paca (Agouti paca) 1 seen near the lodge at MWC
Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) 2 seen at cocha Nueva.
Brown Agouti (Dasyprocta variegata)
Bamoo Rat (Dactylomus dactylinus ) Several heard at MWC.