Northern Peru - October - November 2005

Published by Jan Vermeulen (jem.vermeulen AT wxs.nl)

Participants: Jan Vermeulen, Vital van Gorp, Luc Bekaert, Luc van Gompel, Jos Elsermans, Staf Elsermans

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GENERAL INFORMATION

This report details a 2½ weeks birding trip to Northern Peru in October/November 2005. I was accompanied by Luc Bekaert, Luc van Gompel, Vital Van Gorp and the brothers Jos & Staf Elsermans.

Peru is a special place, from the rich Humboldt Current and the majestic Andes, to the lush Amazon rainforest.

Between these extremes are dry forest, high elevation grasslands and cloud forests that result in an unsurpassed geographic and climatic diversity that is reflected in the high number of bird species. Indeed, with nearly 1,800 species recorded within its borders, Peru runs head to head with Colombia in being the country with the largest number of bird species in the world.

Unlike other top ranking Neotropical birding destinations, such as Ecuador and Costa Rica, Peru has vast tracts of forest and wilderness untouched by civilisation; two-thirds of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, for example, is completely unexplored.
The rainforests of the south-eastern corner of Peru in Manu and Tambopata are famous for their immense bird diversity.

In 2002 we made a trip to the coast of Peru and to Manu. But quality birding can also be had in the north of the country where so many endemic and range-restricted species are available. Northern Peru is one of the least known and most endemic rich areas of South America, with many recently described species from the Andes and the Marañon basin.

The trip encompassed northern Peru and also Marcapomacocha near Lima, where we dipped the Diademed Sandpiper Plover in 2002. Our trip was a real success with most of the target birds seen well and over 35 Peruvian endemic species recorded.

FLIGHT AND VISA

We booked our flight from Brussels to Lima for € 830 with Iberia. This flight took approximately 13 hours and went via Madrid. The flights were punctual and trouble free.

As with most South American countries you do not need a visa for Peru if you intend to stay no more than 90 days.

When you're leaving Peru, you are required to pay a departure tax of US$28. Domestic flights are pretty cheap in Peru between main cities and daily, saving a lot of driving time.

MONEY

The unit of currency in Peru is the Sole (S/.). The exchange rate in November 2005 was about 3.75 to the US$.

One can easily change US dollars everywhere in the cities, although this is unnecessary, because US dollars are accepted in every shop and restaurant. Credit cards: Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in the large shops of Lima and Chiclayo.

FOOD AND DRINK

Peruvian food is distinctive and is generally good. Stay away from uncooked fruits and vegetables that you haven't peeled yourself, and don't use ice. Mineral water and bottled drinks are available throughout the country and in all restaurants of course the traditional ‘Pisco Sour’. There appears to be no need to book hotels in advance since Wim ten Have had not booked rooms and had no problem finding hotels. There are restaurants in every town, but away from the towns food is difficult to come by.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Peru has been labelled off-limits because of its politics and the activities of the Sendero Iluminoso, the Shining Path guerrillas. Nowadays Peru has effectively contained or eliminated the guerrilla groups that kept most birders away for much of the 1990s. Like hundreds of birders before us, we never felt threatened nor had safety concerns other than taking the normal precautions against pickpockets and purse snatching in Lima or Chiclayo.

The people in Peru are in general both friendly and helpful, making for a pleasant and relatively hassle free trip.

With caution you should not anticipate any problems. During our drive through the country we had several encounters with roadblocks, but we experienced no problems from the police.

The usual tropical health problems present themselves on a trip to Peru, compounded by the possible joys of altitude sickness, which can be a three days horrible illness if unconditioned.

For vaccinations consult your own doctor for up to date advice. There is a small chance of malaria in the lowlands.

Be sure to get enough malaria tablets for your trip, and do take them.
It is advisable to take a good medical kit with you as you are sometimes along way away from the nearest largest town. Mosquitoes (Amazonian lowlands) and flies are sometimes a problem.

Insect repellent is necessary here. Spray your socks and pant-legs liberally with an insect repellent before going a field and take a soapy bath upon returning.

LANGUAGE

Most people in Peru speak little or no English. A short study of names of food in Spanish before departure will be of benefit to the traveller. At gas stations sign language for a fill-up and reading the total on the pump works fine.

Asking for directions may be a nightmare if you don't understand Spanish.
Always carry a Spanish-English dictionary. With just a slight knowledge of the language you will make out with few problems.

WEATHER

Peru has a temperate climate but with wide differences between day and night. Given the country’s broad range of habitats and climate zones, there cannot really be any recommendations as to when is the best time to come, but there are clearly months when not to come.

Generally you have to take into account that the rainy season in most of the Andes and to the east of them lasts from October through March with a peak from December through February. Having said this, during our trip in northern Peru we only had four days with some rain!

At high altitudes conditions range from cool to decidedly cold. Required clothing: lightweight linens with a raincoat.

A light overcoat is necessary at night, particularly in the Altiplano and the puna.
A hat is recommended in the mountains and necessary in the Amazonian lowlands. The tropical sun is intense at altitude.

However the weather in Peru is unpredictable. At anytime of year at higher elevations, there may be rain and mist.

Downpours can occur everywhere in Peru, but especially in the tropical zone they can last for hours.

An umbrella and rubber boots are a must in the Amazonian lowlands!

TRAVELLING

Many parts of the country are easily accessible by public transport, but unfortunately this is not the case for most of the more interesting parts we wanted to visit. So it's best to hire a car if you can afford it. For car rental, you will need a major credit card and a passport. In the cities taxis are abundant and cheap, usually running at a fixed price within certain boundaries.

We used Wim ten Have’s Tanager Tours for the whole trip.

ROADS

These varied from very good to appalling. Peru has few roads and only 5% of them are paved. The Pan-American Highway along the coast is very good, but the main roads in Peru are generally rather bad.

BIRD SONGS & EQUIPMENT

Useful CD-ROMS:

B & L Coffey, Bird Songs and Calls from South East Peru.
Tom Schulenberg, Voices of Amazonian Birds, Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
Tom Schulenberg, Voices of Andean Birds, Volumes 1 & 2.
Simon Grove, Bird Songs of South East Peru.

A tape recorder is essential if you want to catch sight of secretive species like antbirds, antthrushes, antpittas and tapaculos.

A good torch is a must. A telescope is useful at lakes and very useful for viewing canopy species especially from roadsides. Clothing can be T shirt and short anywhere, except on the summit of Marcapomacocha where a sweater is more comfortable.

TROUBLESOME SPECIES

As anyone who has birded the Neotropics knows, the Tyrant-Flycatchers present the most identification problems, consequently many birds remained unidentified. A combination of range, altitude and habitat can aid identification, but ultimately the most useful tool for difficult genera is call recognition.

ENGLISH NAMES

I have decided to follow the English names of James F. Clements (Birds of the World, A Check List, Fifth Edition, 2000).

MAPS

Maps of Peru can be obtained at the airports or from bookshops in Lima. The standard of the maps is not too high, and all the roads are not shown on them, but they do give you a bit of an idea as where to stay.

In 2002 I bought a map at a gas station: "Lima 2000", a fairly good road map. Usually I draw maps of important sites, but the birding areas are so well described in the available reports (see references) and on the Internet that there is little point in giving exact locations for birds.

COMMON BIRD SPECIES

The following list of birds we saw frequently and if you spend any sort of time in the right habitats you will too: Cattle Egret, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Band tailed Pigeon, Pacific Dove, Croaking Ground Dove, White tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, White collared Swift, Pale legged Hornero, Mouse coloured Tyrannulet, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Gray breasted Martin, Blue and white Swallow, House Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Swainson’s Thrush, Chiguanco Thrush, Great Thrush, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Hooded Siskin, Canada Warbler, Slate throated Redstart, Bananaquit, Blue gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Saffron Finch, Yellow breasted Brush Finch, Rufous collared Sparrow, Streaked Saltator.

The list of birds mentioned in the daily log, which follows, is purely taken at random from each day’s events highlighting some of the more interesting species. For a detailed report of species and numbers please refer to the systematic list at the end of this report.

USEFUL ADDRESSES

Tanager Tours
Wim ten Have
Cuzco/Arequipa
Peru
E-mail: info@tanagertours.com
Web: www.tanagertours.com

Hostal Mami Panchita
Av. Frederico Gallesi 198
San Miguel - Lima 32
Peru
E-mail: raymi_travels@perusat.net.pe

BOOKS

• James F. Clements. Birds of the World. A Check List, Fifth Edition.
• James F. Clements and Noam Shany. A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru.
• John S. Dunning. South American Birds, a Photographic Aid to Identification.
• John Fjeldsa and Niels Krabbe. Birds of the High Andes.
• Frank Rheindt. A Birdwatcher’s Site Guide to Peru.
• Robert S. Ridgely and Paul J. Greenfield. The Birds of Ecuador.
• Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor. The Birds of South America, Volume I, The Oscine Passerines.
• Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor. The Birds of South America, Volume II, The Suboscine Passerines.
• Thomas Valqui. Where to Watch Birds in Peru.
• Nigel Wheatley. Where to watch birds in South America.

“A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru” is the first complete guide of Peru. For depth of coverage and documentation, this field guide does not compare with the magnificent two-volume “The Birds of Ecuador”.
In the meantime the book fills a need, although hardly the “huge gap in our knowledge of South American ornithology” indicated on the back cover.
However the book will be useful because, for the first time, all of the species in Peru are illustrated under one cover.
With no range maps and a highly abbreviated text, the book’s merit rests much more on its illustrations than on its supporting text, although it has no subspecies treatment.

REPORTS

• Colin Bushell. Northern Peru June and November 2002.
• Henk Hendriks. North and Central Peru. 29th July – 25th August 2005.
• John Hornbuckle. The Birds of Abra Patricia, San Martin, north Peru.
• Nigel Wheatley. A Birding Trip to North Peru and a few sites down south November 16 – December 9, 2002.

ITINERARY

SUMMARY


October 27 Chaam * Brussels * Madrid * Lima
October 28 Lima * Cajamarca * San Marcos * Cajamarca
October 29 Cajamarca * Río Chonta area * Cruz Conga * Celendin
October 30 Celendin * Balsas (Marañon Valley) * Leymebamba
October 31 Leymebamba * Abra Barra Negro * Utcubamba Valley (Hacienda Chillo)
November 1 Utcubamba Valley * Pedro Ruiz * La Florida
November 2 La Florida * Abra Patricia * La Florida
November 3 La Florida * Abra Patricia * Nueva Cajamarca
November 4 Nueva Cajamarca * Aguas Verdes * Segunda Jerusalen * Moyobamba
November 5 Moyobamba * Morro de Calzadas * Moyobamba
November 6 Moyobamba * Abra Patricia * La Florida
November 7 La Florida * Lago Pomacochas * Bagua Chica * Jaen
November 8 Jaen * Tamborapa * Abra Porculla * Olmos
November 9 Olmos * Abra Porculla * Olmos
November 10 Olmos * Limon * Quebrada Frejollilo * Olmos * Chiclayo
November 11 Chiclayo * Batan Grande * Bosque de Pomac * Chiclayo * Chimote * Lima
November 12 Lima * Marcapomacocha * Lima * Madrid
November 13 Madrid * Barcelona * Brussels * Chaam

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SITES VISITED IN PERU

These notes are only information supplementary to Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”, the excellent and essential guide to the bird sites we visited. For a detailed report of species and numbers please refer to the systematic list at the end of this report.

CAJAMARCA
Accommodation: A hotel in Cajamarca. We stayed at Hostal Santa Rosa.

SAN MARCOS
Chapter F, site 1.2 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. A very reliable spot for the extremely localized endemic GREAT SPINETAIL. This recently rediscovered big Furnarid lives in a large valley with cacti-clad slopes near San Marcos.

Species seen here: Black Vulture, Black chested Buzzard Eagle, American Kestrel, Band tailed Pigeon, Striped Cuckoo, Scrub Nightjar, Spot throated Hummingbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple collared Woodstar, Black necked Woodpecker, GREAT SPINETAIL, Tawny crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, White winged Black Tyrant, Blue and white Swallow, Fasciated Wren, House Wren, Hooded Siskin, Hepatic Tanager, Ash breasted Sierra Finch, BUFF BRIDLED INCA FINCH, Golden bellied Grosbeak.

RIO CHONTA

Chapter F, site 1.1 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. A very reliable spot for the extremely localized endemic GRAY-BELLIED COMET. This little-known and endangered hummingbird known only from a few scattered localities in this region can be found in this canyon visiting the bromeliads along the river.

Species seen here: Giant Hummingbird, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Tyrian Metaltail, GRAY-BELLIED COMET, White winged Cinclodes, Torrent Tyrannulet, White browed Chat Tyrant, Streak throated Bush Tyrant, Mountain Wren, Blue and yellow Tanager, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Plain coloured Seedeater, Black throated Flowerpiercer, Golden bellied Saltator, Golden bellied Grosbeak.

ROUTE CAJAMARCA - CELENDIN

Accommodation: A hotel in Celendin. We stayed at Hotel Celendin in Celendin.
The drive between Cajamarca and Celendin leads through spectacular high Andean scenery, with patches of remnant humid forest and polylepis scrub. On the high plateau, where much of the original habitat has been cleared over the years for agriculture, one can find amongst the fields patches of forest and scrub with luck WHITE-TAILED SHRIKE-TYRANT, PLAIN-TAILED and RUFOUS-BREASTED WARBLING FINCH and the cajamarcae race of RUFOUS ANTPITTA.

LA ENCANADA

Chapter F, site 1.6 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. We stopped here to search for the endemic Rufous eared Brush Finch, but we did not find the bird.

Species seen here: Andean Swift, Shining Sunbeam, BLACK METALTAIL, Rusty crowned Tit Spinetail, Vermilion Flycatcher, JELSKI’S CHAT TYRANT, Streak-throated Chat Tyrant, Brown bellied Swallow, Great Thrush, Hooded Siskin, Black crested Warbler, Cinereous Conebill, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Band tailed Sierra Finch, Band tailed Seedeater, Yellow breasted Brush Finch, Golden billed Saltator.

CRUZ CONGA

Chapter F, site 1.6 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”.

Species seen here: Puna Hawk, Mountain Caracara, American Kestrel, Andean Lapwing, Andean Flicker, Chestnut crowned Antpitta, RUFOUS ANTPITTA, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown backed Chat Tyrant, Black billed Shrike Tyrant, WHITE-TAILED SHRIKE-TYRANT, Pied crested Tit Tyrant, Rufous webbed Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, House Wren, Chiguanco Thrush, Great Thrush, Hooded Siskin, Spectacled Redstart, Cinereous Conebill, Blue and yellow Tanager, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Plumbeous Sierra Finch, Band tailed Sierra Finch, Band tailed Seedeater, Rufous collared Sparrow.

CELENDIN – BALSAS - LEYMEBAMBA

Accommodation: Camping in Balsas or Hospedaje Laguna de los Cóndores in Leymebamba.

Chapter F, site 2.1 & 2.3 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. We did this famous stretch of road in one day, a long and hard trip.

Species seen here: Neotropic Cormorant (Balsas), Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Black chested Buzzard Eagle, Short-tailed Hawk, Puna Hawk, American Kestrel, Andean Lapwing, Gray breasted Seedsnipe, Band tailed Pigeon, PERUVIAN PIGEON (Balsas), Eared Dove, Croaking Ground Dove, Bare-faced Ground Dove, White tipped Pigeon, Mitred Parakeet, YELLOW-FACED PARROTLET (Balsas), Squirrel Cuckoo, Groove-billed Ani, Striped Cuckoo, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, SPOT THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, Andean Emerald, Shining Sunbeam, Green tailed Trainbearer, BLACK-NECKED WOODPECKER, Andean Flicker, Azara’s Spinetail, BARON’S SPINETAIL, CHESTNUT-BACKED THORNBIRD (Marañon Valley), Chestnut crowned Antpitta, Yellow bellied Elaenia, Black crested Tit Tyrant, Tufted Tit Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, Rufous breasted Chat Tyrant, Black billed Shrike Tyrant, Brown bellied Swallow, Fasciated Wren, Mountain Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Chiguanco Thrush, Great Thrush, MARAÑON THRUSH (Balsas), MARAÑON GNATCATCHER, Green Jay, Hooded Siskin, Cinereous Conebill, Hepatic Tanager, Blue gray Tanager (Balsas) , Palm Tanager (Balsas), Purple throated Euphonia (Balsas), GRAY-WINGED INCA FINCH, BUFF-BRIDLED INCA FINCH, Blue black Grassquit (Balsas), Band tailed Seedeater, Paramo Seedeater, Black throated Flowerpiercer, Yellow breasted Brush Finch, Rufous collared Sparrow, Streaked Saltator, Golden bellied Grosbeak, Peruvian Meadowlark.

ABRA BARRA NEGRO

Accommodation: Hospedaje Laguna de los Cóndores in Leymebamba.

Chapter F, site 2.4 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. In the remnant patches of cloud forest at Abra Barra Negro two Peruvian endemics, COPPERY METALTAIL and RUSSET-MANTLED SOFTAIL can be found. Other birds here include WHITE-CHINNED THISTLETAIL, the obscura race of RUFOUS ANTPITTA and LARGE-FOOTED TAPACULO.

Species seen here: Mountain Caracara, Andean Gull, Shining Sunbeam, Mountain Velvetbreast, RAINBOW STARFRONTLET, Sword billed Hummingbird, Purple-throated Sunangel, Green tailed Trainbearer, Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Azara’s Spinetail, RUSSET MANTLED SOFTTAIL, Montane Woodcreeper, Strong billed Woodcreeper, White backed Fire eye, Chestnut crowned Antpitta, Large footed Tapaculo, Red crested Cotinga, White crested Elaenia, Sierran Elaenia, White banded Tyrannulet, Olive chested Flycatcher, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Rufous breasted Chat Tyrant, Blue and white Swallow, Andean Swallow, House Wren, Chiguanco Thrush, Great Thrush, Spectacled Redstart, Citrine Warbler, Cinereous Conebill, Superciliaried Hemispingus, Blue capped Tanager, Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Rusty Flowerpiercer, White sided Flowerpiercer, Black throated Flowerpiercer, Bluish Flowerpiercer, Masked Flowerpiercer, Streaked Saltator.

UTCUBAMBA RIVER VALLEY

Accommodation: Hospedaje Laguna de los Cóndores in Leymebamba or Hostal Estancia Chillo in the Utcubamba Valley.

Chapter F, site 2.5 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. The spectacular canyon between Leymebamba end Pedro Ruiz is a good place to see the Fasciated Tiger Heron along the river.

Species seen here: Fasciated Tiger Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Hook billed Kite, Black chested Buzzard Eagle, American Kestrel, Spotted Sandpiper, White tipped Dove, Mitred Parakeet, Smooth billed Ani, Chestnut collared Swift, White collared Swift, White tipped Swift, White bellied Hummingbird, Green tailed Trainbearer, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, SPECKLE-CHESTED PICULET, Smoky brown Woodpecker, BLACK-NECKED WOODPECKER, Chestnut crowned Antpitta, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Torrent Tyrannulet, Rufous winged Tyrannulet, Smoke coloured Pewee, Tropical Pewee, Black Phoebe, Rufous Casiornis, Dusky capped Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Andean Swallow, White capped Dipper, House Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Chiguanco Thrush, MARAÑON THRUSH, MARAÑON GNATCATCHER, Purple throated Euphonia, Golden rumped Euphonia, Red eyed Vireo, Hooded Siskin, Masked Yellowthroat, Canada Warbler, BUFF BELLIED TANAGER, Blue gray Tanager, White lined Tanager, Blue capped Tanager, Blue and yellow Tanager, Fawn breasted Tanager, Silver backed Tanager, Blue black Grassquit, Rufous collared Sparrow, Streaked Saltator, Buff throated Saltator, Golden bellied Grosbeak, Russet backed Oropendola.

LA FLORIDA AREA

Accommodation: Hotel Puerto Pumas in La Florida.

LAGO POMACOCHAS

Chapter F, site 3.1 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. When you stay in La Florida it is worth a visit as it has some high Andean species at only 200m in elevation.

Species seen here: Cocoi Heron, Striated Heron, Puna Ibis, White cheeked Pintail, Plumbeous Rail, Common Moorhen, Andean Lapwing, White bellied Hummingbird, Grassland Yellow Finch, Barn Swallow, Peruvian Meadowlark (Valqui mentions Red breasted Meadowlark near this lake).

RIO CHIDO TRAIL

Chapter F, site 3.3 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. The last years a large part of the forest along this trail has been destroyed. It is still worth a visit, but for how long!

Species seen/heard here: Cattle Egret, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Mitred Parakeet, Speckle faced Parrot, Sparkling Violetear, White bellied Hummingbird, Collared Inca, MARVELLOUS SPATULETAIL (nearby at site 3.2), Black throated Toucanet, Strong billed Woodcreeper, PALE BILLED ANTPITTA, Rufous capped Antshrike, Blue and white Swallow, House Wren, Green Jay, Lesser Goldfinch, Olivaceous Siskin, Spectacled Redstart, Red hooded Tanager, Flame faced Tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Silver backed Tanager, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Yellow breasted Brush Finch.

CORDILLERA DEL COLAN

Accommodation: Hotel Puerto Pumas in La Florida. Abra Patricia is a pass in the Cordillera del Colan connecting the drier Marañon drainage to the wet "Amazonian" side of the Andes. A fine paved highway traverses this pass before descending through excellent temperate, subtropical and upper tropical rainforest. The famous Abra Patricia area holds a wide range of cloud forest species, amongst them many specialities, and the stunted ridge top forests a little lower down are home to such little-known birds as ROYAL SUNANGEL, BAR-WINGED WOOD-WREN, CINNAMON-BREASTED TODY-TYRANT and the enigmatic LONG WHISKERED OWLET. As the road winds down, upper tropical species can be found around Afluente, including the endemic ASH-THROATED ANTWREN and SPECKLE CHESTED PICULET, whilst continuing further still to Tarapoto gives a good variety of lowland species more typical of Amazonia. We spent four days in this area.

ABRA PATRICIA – VALLE HERMOSO

Chapter F, site 4.1 & 4.2 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”.

Species seen here: Turkey Vulture, Roadside Hawk, White throated Hawk, American Kestrel, Andean Guan, Plumbeous Rail, Band tailed Pigeon, Scaly naped Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, White tipped Swift, Wire crested Thorntail, Speckled Hummingbird, Bronzy Inca, Collared Inca, Sword billed Hummingbird, ROYAL SUNANGEL, EMERALD-BELLIED PUFFLEG, Booted Racket tail, Black tailed Trainbearer, Long tailed Sylph, Golden headed Quetzal, Black throated Toucanet, Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Speckle chested Piculet, Smoky brown Woodpecker, Crimson mantled Woodpecker, Azara’s Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Plain Xenops, Streaked Xenops, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Strong billed Woodcreeper, Olive backed Woodcreeper, Montane Woodcreeper, Long tailed Antbird, White-backed Fire eye, RUFOUS-VENTED TAPACULO, White crowned Tapaculo, Green and black Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Mouse coloured Tyrannulet, White crested Elaenia, Sierran Elaenia, Inca Flycatcher, Rufous headed Pygmy Tyrant, Marble faced Bristle Tyrant, Ashy headed Tyrannulet, LULU’S TODY TYRANT, CINNAMON BREASTED TODY-TYRANT, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Cliff Flycatcher, Rufous tailed Tyrant, Barred Becard, Blue and white Swallow, Gray mantled Wren, Sharpe’s Wren, House Wren, Gray breasted Wood Wren, BAR WINGED WOOD WREN, Andean Solitaire, White eared Solitaire, Great Thrush, Andean Slaty Thrush, Green Jay, Rufous browed Peppershrike, Slate throated Redstart, Spectacled Redstart, Citrine Warbler, Three striped Warbler, Capped Conebill, Black faced Tanager, White capped Tanager, Common Bush Tanager, Rufous chested Tanager, Rufous crested Tanager, Blue capped Tanager, Hooded Mountain Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain Tanager, Blue winged Mountain Tanager, Saffron crowned Tanager, Flame faced Tanager, Beryl spangled Tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Silver backed Tanager, Golden collared Honeycreeper, Black faced Dacnis, White sided Flowerpiercer, Deep blue Flowerpiercer, Masked Flowerpiercer, Yellow breasted Brush Finch, Rufous collared Sparrow, Grayish Saltator.

AFLUENTE

Chapter F, site 4.5 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”.

Species seen here: Torrent Duck, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Swallow tailed Kite, Roadside Hawk, Broad winged Hawk, Bat Falcon, Band tailed Pigeon, Pale vented Pigeon, Plumbeous Pigeon, White eyed Parakeet, Squirrel Cuckoo, Groove billed Ani, White collared Swift, White tipped Swift, Green Hermit, Blue fronted Lancebill, Wire crested Thorntail, Fork tailed Woodnymph, ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL, Golden headed Quetzal, Versicoloured Barbet, Chestnut tipped Toucanet, Black mandibled Toucan, Chestnut eared Aracari, Speckle chested Piculet, Golden olive Woodpecker, Crimson crested Woodpecker, Dark breasted Spinetail, Ash browed Spinetail, Plain Xenops, Equatorial Graytail, Pearled Treerunner, Montane Foliage gleaner, Buff fronted Foliage gleaner, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Buff throated Woodcreeper, Lined Antshrike, Uniform Antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Yellow breasted Antwren, Blackish Antbird, Warbling Antbird, Rufous breasted Antthrush, Scaled Fruiteater, Andean Cock of the Rock, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Golden winged Manakin, Streak necked Flycatcher, Slaty capped Flycatcher, Spectacled Bristle Tyrant, Golden faced Tyrannulet, Sulphur bellied Tyrannulet, Scale crested Pygmy Tyrant, Buff throated Tody Tyrant, Rusty fronted Tody Flycatcher, Yellow margined Flycatcher, Ornate Flycatcher, Bran Coloured Flycatcher, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Olive sided Flycatcher, Rufous tailed Tyrant, Long tailed Tyrant, Social Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Black capped Becard, Masked Tityra, Blue and white Swallow, White banded Swallow, Thrush like Wren, Gray breasted Wood Wren, Scaly breasted Wren, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray cheeked Thrush, Great Thrush, Glossy Black Thrush, Andean Slaty Thrush, Black billed Thrush, Green Jay, Olivaceous Greenlet, Canada Warbler, Slate throated Redstart, Bananaquit, Magpie Tanager, Common Bush Tanager, Yellow throated Bush Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, White winged Tanager, VERMILION TANAGER, HUALLAGA TANAGER, Blue gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Purple throated Euphonia, Thick billed Euphonia, Orange eared Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Green and gold Tanager, Golden Tanager, Flame faced Tanager, Yellow bellied Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Bay headed Tanager, Metallic green Tanager, Blue necked Tanager, Blue and black Tanager, Black faced Dacnis, Black and white Seedeater, Olivaceous Siskin, Yellow breasted Brush Finch, Rufous collared Sparrow, Mountain Cacique.

AGUAS VERDES

Accommodation: Camping here or Hotel Continental in Nueva Cajamarca.

Chapter F, site 4.6 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”.

Species seen here: Scaled Pigeon, Band tailed Pigeon, Pale vented Pigeon, Blue Ground dove, White eyed Parakeet, Blue headed Parrot, Smooth billed Ani, Blue fronted Lancebill, NAPO SABREWING, Violaceous Trogon, Gilded Barbet, NORTHERN CHESTNUT-TAILED ANTBIRD, Eastern Wood Pewee, Tropical Kingbird, Black capped Donacobius, House Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Black billed Thrush, Canada Warbler, Bananaquit, Black faced Tanager, Magpie Tanager, White lined Tanager, HUALLAGA TANAGER, Blue gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Orange bellied Euphonia, Black faced Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Yellow browed Sparrow, Buff throated Saltator, Orange backed Troupial, Yellow rumped Cacique.

MORRO DE CALZADAS

Accommodation: A hotel in Rioja or Moyobamba. We stayed at Hotel Marco Antonio in Moyobamba.

Chapter F, site 5.2 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. The main target on this isolated forested outcrop is the recently described MISHANA TYRANNULET. We spent one day at this isolated peak. A few of us even made it to the ridge.

Species seen here: Great Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Swallow tailed Kite, Roadside Hawk, Black Caracara, Squirrel Cuckoo, White collared Swift, Koepcke’s Hermit, Green fronted Lancebill, Blue crowned Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Swallow wing, Lettered Aracari, Golden collared Toucanet, Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Yellow tufted Woodpecker, Smoky brown Woodpecker, Red stained Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Common Thornbird, Plain Xenops, Buff throated Foliage gleaner, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodcreeper, Plain winged Antshrike, Warbling Antbird, Screaming Piha, Fiery capped Manakin, Wing barred Piprites, Mouse coloured Tyrannulet, Ochre bellied Flycatcher, Variegated Bristle Tyrant, MISHANA TYRANNULET, White eyed Tody Tyrant, Yellow margined Flycatcher, Gray crowned Flycatcher, White throated Spadebill, Flavescent Flycatcher, Short crested Flycatcher, Boat billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Piratic Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Thrush like Wren, Coraya Wren, Gray breasted Wood Wren, Scaly breasted Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Red eyed Vireo, Tropical Parula, Canada Warbler, Bananaquit, Black faced Tanager, Blue gray Tanager, White lined Tanager, HUALLAGA TANAGER, Palm Tanager, Purple throated Euphonia, Paradise Tanager, Green and gold Tanager, Bay headed Tanager, Beryl spangled Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Purple Honeycreeper, Swallow-Tanager, Buff throated Saltator.

JAEN

Accommodation: Royal Palace Suite Hotel.

Chapter F, site 7.3 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. In the thorn scrub just outside Jaen local endemics like CHINCHIPE SPINETAIL, MARAÑON SLATY ANTSHRIKE, MARAÑON CRESCENT CHEST, LITTLE INCA FINCH and the local race of COLLARED ANTSHRIKE can be found. We spent a few hours in the late afternoon at this place.

Species seen here: Roadside Hawk, Short tailed Hawk, Croaking Ground Dove, White tipped Dove, White eyed Parakeet, Lesser Nighthawk, Tumbes Swift, Scarlet backed Woodpecker, CHINCHIPE SPINETAIL, MARAÑON SLATY-ANTSHRIKE, MARAÑON CRESCENT CHEST, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Common Tody Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Gray breasted Martin, Tropical Gnatcatcher, House Sparrow, Olivaceous Siskin, Bananaquit, Red crested Finch, LITTLE INCA FINCH, Blue black Grassquit, Black capped Sparrow, Drab Seedeater, Saffron Finch, Streaked Saltator.

TAMBORAPA

Accommodation: Royal Palace Suite Hotel in Jaen.

Chapter F, site 7.4 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. The dry dense scrub near this town is good for a few specialities like MARAÑON SPINETAIL, CHINCHIPE SPINETAIL,MARAÑON SLATY-ANTSHRIKE, MARAÑON CRESCENT CHEST and Yellow cheeked Becard.

Species seen here: Tataupa Tinamou, Black Vulture, Bicoloured Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Blue Ground Dove, Scarlet fronted Parakeet, Gray chinned Hermit (race zonura), Spot throated Hummingbird, MARAÑON SPINETAIL, CHINCHIPE SPINETAIL, Plain Xenops, Streaked Xenops, MARAÑON SLATY-ANTSHRIKE, MARAÑON CRESCENT CHEST, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Tawny crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Common Tody Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown crested Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Yellow cheeked Becard, Black and white Becard, Speckle breasted Wren, Green Jay, Red eyed Vireo, Lemon chested Greenlet, Olivaceous Siskin, Bananaquit, Guira Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Purple throated Euphonia, Blue black Grassquit, Drab Seedeater, Saffron Finch, Black capped Sparrow, Streaked Saltator, Yellow tailed Oriole.

OLMOS AREA

Accommodation: Hotel Remanso in Olmos.

OLMOS

Chapter E, 4 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. We spent some time in the Olmos area visiting dry forest patches and a marshy area.

Species seen here: Striated Heron, Spotted Rail, Plumbeous Rail, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Pacific Dove, Croaking Ground Dove, White tipped Dove, Red masked Parakeet, Groove billed Ani, Burrowing Owl, Scrub Nightjar, Amazilia Hummingbird, White bellied Woodstar, Scarlet backed Woodpecker, Golden olive Woodpecker, Pale legged Hornero, Necklaced Spinetail, Streak headed Woodcreeper, Collared Antshrike, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Vermilion Flycatcher, TUMBES TYRANT, Short tailed Field Tyrant, Baird’s Flycatcher, Fasciated Wren, Superciliated Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Bananaquit, Drab Seedeater, Saffron Finch, Black capped Sparrow, Rufous collared Sparrow, Peruvian Meadowlark, Scrub Blackbird, Shiny Cowbird.

ABRA PORCULLA

Accommodation: Hotel Remanso in Olmos.

Chapter E, site 4.3 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. Abra Porculla is the lowest pass in the Peruvian Andes (2150 m). The shrubby gulleys here support the elusive PIURA CHAT TYRANT as well as several other localized species.

Species seen here: Black chested Buzzard Eagle, Red backed Hawk, Zone tailed Hawk, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Tawny bellied Hermit, Gray chinned (“Porculla”) Hermit, Amazilia Hummingbird, Purple collared Woodstar, White bellied Woodstar, Ecuadorian Piculet, Smoky brown Woodpecker, Line cheeked Spinetail, Rufous necked Foliage gleaner, Henna hooded Foliage gleaner, Chapman’s Antshrike, WATKINS’ ANTPITTA, Elegant Crescent chest, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tumbes Tyrannulet, PIURA CHAT TYRANT, Superciliated Wren, Mountain Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Chiguanco Thrush, Hooded Siskin, Slate throated Redstart, Black crested Warbler, Three banded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Purple throated Euphonia, Bay crowned Brush Finch, White winged Brush Finch, Black cowled Saltator.

QUEBRADA FREJOLILLO (LIMÓN)

Accommodation: Hotel Remanso in Olmos.

Chapter E, site 4.2 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. Discovered in dry northwestern Peru in the 19th century and generally presumed extinct for a century hereafter the endangered WHITE WINGED GUAN was only rediscovered a quarter of century ago in a small number of wooded valleys in the west Andean Foothills. The dry deciduous forests near Olmos still hold one of these populations.
This remote canyon is one of the best places to find these birds.

Species seen here: King Vulture, WHITE WINGED GUAN, Peruvian Thicknee, Eared Dove, Pacific Dove, Croaking Ground Dove, Pacific Parrotlet, West Peruvian Screech Owl, Striped Owl, Chimney Swift, Tumbes Hummingbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, Long billed Starthroat, Purple collared Woodstar, Ecuadorian Piculet, Scarlet backed Woodpecker, Smoky brown Woodpecker, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Pale legged Hornero, Streak headed Woodcreeper, Collared Antshrike, Elegant Crescent chest, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Gray and white Tyrannulet, Tawny crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Tropical (“Tumbes”) Pewee, Vermilion Flycatcher, TUMBES TYRANT, Short tailed Field Tyrant, Sooty crowned Flycatcher, Baird’s Flycatcher, Chestnut collared Swallow, Fasciated Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Tropical Gnatcatcher (western white faced form), White tailed Jay, Tropical Parula, AMERICAN REDSTART, Gray and gold Warbler, Three banded Warbler, Bananaquit, Hepatic Tanager, Thick billed Euphonia, CINEREOUS FINCH, White headed Brush Finch, Bay crowned Brush Finch, TUMBES SPARROW, Rufous collared Sparrow, White edged Oriole.

BATAN GRANDE (BOSQUE POMAC)

Accommodation: A hotel in Chiclayo. We stayed at Hostal Santa Victoria.

Chapter E, site 5.3 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. Bosque Pomac, a 6000 ha reserve with a considerable chunk of prosopis woodland, which mainly protects archaeological sites such as Batán Grande, is the site for PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER as well as RUFOUS FLYCATCHER. The area is also a great place to find the localized TUMBES SWALLOW.

Species seen here: Savannah Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Amazilia Hummingbird, Scarlet backed Woodpecker, Pale legged Hornero, Necklaced Spinetail, Streak headed Woodcreeper, Collared Antshrike, PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Gray and white Tyrannulet, Tawny crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher, RUFOUS FLYCATCHER, Baird’s Flycatcher, Fasciated Wren, Long tailed Mockingbird, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Masked Yellowthroat, Bananaquit, Thick billed Euphonia, CINEREOUS FINCH, Collared Warbling Finch, Tumbes Sparrow, White edged Oriole.

MARCAPOMACOCHA

Accommodation: A hotel in Lima. We stayed at Hostal Mama Panchita.

Chapter D, site 1.1 in Thomas Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”. Marcapomacocha is famous for the enigmatic DIADEMED SANDPIPER-PLOVER, but is also home to such denizens as the very rare WHITE BELLIED CINCLODES, up to eight species of Ground-Tyrants including Black-fronted Ground Tyrant, and other species including Rufous bellied Seedsnipe, Olivaceous Thornbill and BLACK-BREASTED HILLSTAR. Marcapomacocha is high-altitude birding at its extreme: 4,500 m. Take it easy here, and drink lots of fluids.

Species seen here included: Andean Goose, Andean Condor, Red backed Hawk, Mountain Caracara, American Kestrel, Andean Lapwing, DIADEMED SANDPIPER PLOVER, Puna Snipe, BLACK BREASTED HILLSTAR, Plain breasted Earthcreeper, Bar winged Cinclodes, White winged Cinclodes, WHITE BELLIED CINCLODES, Streaked Tit Spinetail, Dark winged Canastero, Streak throated Canastero, JUNIN CANASTERO, Stripe headed Antpitta, White fronted Ground Tyrant, Black Siskin, Plumbeous Sierra Finch, Ash breasted Sierra Finch, White winged Diuca Finch, Bright rumped Yellow Finch.

DAILY LOG

Thursday 27 October
A long early morning flight to Peru with Iberia was a conventional enough start to our journey. We had a short respite in our trip with a stopover at Madrid and landed in the clouds of Lima at 17.30. Following the punctual arrival a minibus taxi transferred us to the Dutch-owned Mami Panchita Hostal, where Wim ten Have was waiting for us. It was already three years ago that we made a trip with him to Manu and Abra Malaga.

Friday 28 October
After an early morning wake up call at 3.35, followed by breakfast, we departed to the airport. Our 6.30 Condor flight was somewhat delayed, but in no time at all we had left the coastal mist behind, and were soaring over the stunning snow capped Andes.

In less than an hour we flew to the colonial city of Cajamarca. At 8.00 a.m. we arrived in a sunny Cajamarca, where a few centuries ago the Inca Atahualpa met his death at the hands of the conquistadores.

Juvenal Ccahuana was waiting for us with his minibus, this time also our driver as three years ago and an amazing birder himself nowadays. From the small airport we immediately headed to San Marcos, one of the very few known areas where Great Spinetail can be found regularly.

It took us quite some time, because the road was blocked and we had to make a large detour on a long, bone-shaking road to get to San Marcos. We did not exactly go to the place as mentioned in Valqui’s “Where to watch birds in Peru”, because Juve had found another site, much easier to explore.

It was very hot here and we had to search a long time on these cacti-clad slopes before we had good views of a cooperative Great Spinetail at the nest, a bird recently rediscovered, and our first endemic of the trip. We spent a few hours at this site and amongst the other birds seen here were Striped Cuckoo, Spot throated Hummingbird, Purple collared Woodstar, Black necked Woodpecker, White winged Black Tyrant and the endemic Buff bridled Inca Finch.

Hereafter we headed to Cajamarca, where we checked into Hostal Santa Rosa. In the late afternoon we headed to a nearby canyon, the ‘Cajamarca Quebrada’ where we searched in vain for the Unicoloured Tapaculo, although we heard the bird a few times. A bit disappointed we returned to Cajamarca, where we had dinner in a restaurant at the Plaza de Armas, where we drank our first Pisco Sour of the trip.

Saturday 29 October
At 6 o’clock we left Cajamarca to drive to the Rio Chonta valley, to search for the enigmatic Gray-bellied Comet, known from this area for some time. Realising that in an apparently almost featureless valley, vegetated gullies are normally a haven for birds, we decided to spend some time there. The hunch paid off as after an hour or so a fine Grey-bellied Comet was watched feeding at some flowers at the edge of a small waterfall.

Amongst the other birds we encountered in this valley were Giant Hummingbird, Green tailed Trainbearer, White browed Chat Tyrant, Black throated Flowerpiercer, Golden billed Saltator and Golden bellied Grosbeak. En route I had a brief view of a Rufous webbed Tyrant along the road.

Hereafter we began on our long trip to Celendin, stopping at a place 35 km from Cajamarca where we searched in vain for Rufous eared Brush Finch. However we were compensated by “Marañon” Black crested Tit Tyrant and diligent searching resulted also in great close ups of the rare Jelski’s Chat Tyrant.

Then we headed to some tiny remnant patches of polylepis and shrubs and we were hardly out of the bus when Juve heard a ‘Cajamarca’ Rufous Antpitta calling. We spent more than a half hour near bushes where the Antpitta was calling and could not find the bird. Sometimes I want to go straight back home.

Moving up we had fantastic ‘scope views of the rare White tailed Shrike Tyrant at less than 20 metres and we were even able to compare the bird with a Black billed Shrike Tyrant, obligingly sitting on the top of a pole only 10 metres from the White tailed Shrike Tyrant. With most of our target birds seen we left the paramo and descended to Celendin, where we booked a room at the Plaza de Armas in Hotel Celendin.

Sunday 30 October
Up at 5.00 and off at 5.30 and up again in the Andes. Today a very long trip via the Marañon Valley to Leymebamba.

En route to the mighty Marañon Canyon we made a few stops adding Andean Lapwing, Gray breasted Seedsnipe, Bare faced Ground dove, Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Baron’s Spinetail and Paramo Seedeater to our fast growing bird list.

We again saw here the endemic Buff bridled Inca Finch.

Once over the pass we descended the spectacular Marañon Valley on a narrow and winding road next to some stomach churning virtually vertical drop offs. The scenery here was incredible!

We made a stop at El Limon and had no problem in finding the endemic Gray winged Inca Finch and the Marañon Gnatcatcher. Near their basket like nests we also had good views of the endemic Chestnut backed Thornbird.

We then descended to the arid bottom of the valley and made a stop near the river, where we saw some Peruvian Pigeons in the top of the trees. Just before arriving in Balsas we had amazing good views of the rare Yellow faced Parrotlet and an obligingly Short Tailed Hawk in the top of a tree.

We made a stop in the tiny settlement Balsas, where a man was walking stark naked in the streets. It was scorching hot of course, but we did not feel the need to undress ourselves. In Balsas we successfully searched for the Marañon Thrush.

We then left Balsas and headed to Abra Barra Negro, a high pass, which separates the Marañon Valley from the Utcubamba Valley. Driving up the hair raising switchbacks on the eastern slope of the canyon, we enjoyed some of South America’s most awesome scenery. When we arrived at the “Black Mud Pass” Abra Barra Negro it was raining heavily and we decided not to stop here and drive on to Leymebamba. Just before dusk we arrived in the small town of Leymebamba, where we checked into Hospedaje Laguna de Los Cóndores.

Monday 31 October
After a very early breakfast we left Leymebamba at 4.45 for the 15 kilometres back to Abra Barra Negro. A few stretches of cloud forest remain here and fast moving flocks and plenty of other birds made this a good start of the day. We saw here no less than 5 species of flowerpiercers and quite a few hummers amongst them Mountain Velvetbreast, the beautiful Rainbow Starfrontlet, an amazing Sword billed Hummingbird repeatedly returning to the same flowers and Purple throated Sunangel. We had hoped to see here the endemic Coppery Metaltail, but alas we dipped.

A pair of the little known Russet mantled Softtails were seen very well along the road and amongst the other birds seen here were Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Large footed and BlackishTapaculo (heard), Red crested Cotinga, Sierran Elaenia, Olive chested Flycatcher, Spectacled Redstart, the very distinctive, all grey insignis form of the Superciliaried Hemispingus, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Rusty and Masked Flowerpiercer. When the bird activity abated we returned to Leymebamba, picking up our stuff at the Hospedaje.

We then drove north following the rushing Utcubamba River. We made a few roadside stops at forest patches and Hook billed Kite, Chestnut collared Swift, Rufous winged Tyrannulet, Smoke coloured Pewee, Golden rumped Euphonia, and the endemic Buff bellied Tanager were added to a rapidly growing list.
At 15.30 we arrived at the rustic Hostal Estancia Chillo, where we drank a couple of beers. Hereafter we wanted to make a stroll along the Utcubamba River, but the rain drove us back into the cover of our hotel, but not before we had seen a Marañon Thrush. The owner of the Hostal ensured us that there was a daytime roost of Koepcke’s Screech Owl in the trees in front of the hostal, but we could not find this most-wanted bird. We had a delicious meal at the estancia and I can recommend this place to everybody.

Tuesday 1 November
Next morning consistent heavy rain sabotaged birding during the first hours of the morning. We then left the estancia and headed to Pedro Ruiz, still following the Utcubamba River. Carefully scrutinizing the river we saw a few Fasciated Tiger Herons, the tiny Torrent Tyrannulet, Black Phoebe and a Torrent Duck.

The morning also produced White bellied Hummingbird, Speckle chested Piculet, Black necked Woodpecker, Rufous Casiornis, Marañon Thrush, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Masked Yellowthroat, Purple throated Euphonia and Russet backed Oropendola, to name but a few.

After an early lunch at Pedro Ruiz we set off to Pomacochas. Not far from Pomacochas Juve knew a spot right along the main road, where the world’s most spectacular hummingbird, the Marvellous Spatuletail easily could be seen, maybe the most important objective of our northern Peru trip, a semi-mythical bird that I’ve dreamed about for years.

We spent only 10 minutes on the ridge above some bushes with orange flowers (rosemary plants), when Juve discovered a male, but before we had seen the bird, it was already gone. 10 minutes later the thrilling male was back and I was even able to get the bird in my telescope and examine the tiny bird with those amazing spatulas bobbing behind it, as it darted from flower to flower. Other birds we saw here were Sparkling Violetear and Rufous capped Antshrike.

At 3.00 o’clock we arrived in Pomacochas and checked into the fancy Hotel Puerto Pumas. Hereafter we headed to the Río Chido Trail and were very disappointed when we arrived there. The habitat was very degraded, and it would take quite some exploration to find good patches. Luckily Juve had been here in August and went straight away to the trail, where he had seen a Pale billed Antpitta. We heard a Pale billed Antpitta, but it was sadly well out of range. We spent a few hours in this area and amongst the birds we encountered were Speckle faced Parrot, Black throated Toucanet, Strong billed Woodcreeper, Red hooded, Flame faced, Blue and black and Silver backed Tanager and Rusty Flowerpiercer.

Wednesday 2 November
After a comfortable night at the hotel we were up at 4.30 and at 5.00 we headed to the lush cloud-forests of the Cordillera del Colan. We made a stop at the mountain pass known by birders as "Abra Patricia". When we arrived at the pass it rained and we had to sit in the bus in the rain until well past 8.00 when we could stand the frustration no longer and ventured outside. Some time later the rain stopped and the birding really started.

In this forest full of red bromeliads and fern we encountered many flocks. Our walks along a bamboo-choked trail at the pass rewarded us with close-ups of Crimson mantled Woodpecker, Long tailed Antbird, Inca Flycatcher and Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant, while mixed flocks included such goodies as Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Montane Woodcreeper, Green and black Fruiteater, White sided Flowerpiercer and Masked Flowerpiercer. We heard a few Rufous vented Tapaculos and Lulu’s Tody Tyrant, but were not able to spot them.

Dropping down in elevation we found amongst many others Gray mantled Wren and Andean Slaty Thrush and the often elusive Rufous tailed Tyrant was common. The tanager guild was well represented and contained Black faced Tanager, Rufous chested Tanager, Saffron crowned Tanager, Flame faced Tanager and Silver backed Tanager, while hummingbirds included the diminutive Emerald-bellied Puffleg, the spectacular Wire crested Thorntail, the endemic Royal Sunangel and Long tailed Sylph.

The most spectacular of all though was the single large and jay-like White-capped Tanager calling from the top of a tree, which was seen by all – this is a rare species which is seldom seen – luck was really with us.

Then we returned to hotel Puerto Pumas for dinner and a few ice cold ones.

Thursday 3 November
During the night, we received quite a bit of rain, but we awoke to clear blue skies and lower temperatures. It was chilly, but it was sunny all day and we had no mist at all.

On our way to Abra Patricia we made a stop near a restaurant, because some people desperately needed to visit a toilet. Luck was with us, because in the nearby trees we discovered a group of Golden collared Honeycreepers, a bird I should have seen a long time ago in South America.

We made a stop at the “owlet ridge”. Birding the exceptionally muddy trail produced Cinnamon breasted Tody Tyrant, but again we could not locate the bird! We continued to bird the Cordillera del Colan all day, exploring the lower elevations around Afluente for mixed species sampling a long list of birds. This area was one of the highlights of the trip: great views of Bat Falcon, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Equatorial Graytail, Lined Antshrike, Golden faced Tyrannulet and Sulphur bellied Tyrannulet and several species of tanager including White winged, Huallaga, Orange eared, Green and gold, Golden eared and Metallic green Tanager.

Highlight of the day however was the highly wanted superb Vermilion Tanager (another former nemesis bird for me) in a flock of tanagers. From the Afluente area we travelled east to spend the night in Hotel Continental at Nueva Cajamarca.

Friday 4 November
The next day, a leisurely start at Aguas Verdes, produced some important birds for the trip: Blue fronted Lancebill, Napo Sabrewing, Gilded Barbet and Northern Chestnut tailed Antbird. Hereafter we spent a few hours on a very muddy trail near Aguas Verdes. Many of the birds here were the same as we saw yesterday, but inevitably we found a few new ones amongst them Plain Antvireo, Andean Cock of the Rock, Streak necked Flycatcher, Spotted Nightingale Thrush and Spotted Tanager.

The long drive to Moyobamba was broken up with a productive birding stop at the savannah near Segunda Jerusalen, and we picked up such specialities as Rufous Casiornis, Black-billed Seed-Finch and Chestnut bellied Seed Finch, in addition to more ordinary birds such as Snail Kite, Black-capped Donacobius, Common Thornbird and Chestnut-throated Seedeater.

We pulled into Moyobamba at about 6.00 p.m. and checked into the nice Hotel Marco Antonio and enjoyed an excellent meal in an adjoining restaurant.

Saturday 5 November
The next day we started early for Morro de Calzadas – a small reserve of varillal forest surrounding an isolated hill west of Moyobamba. An early start helped us to avoid the hiking crowds and no doubt contributed to the long list of birds that we saw here. Our main target was the Mishana Tyrannulet and within a half hour we had seen no less than 4 birds.

A few of us managed to walk to the top, but their efforts did not bring any new birds to the list.

Working the semi deciduous mountain forest was not easy, but we eventually managed to locate Koepcke’s Hermit, Green fronted Lancebill, Lettered Aracari, Golden collared Toucanet, LaFresnaye’s Piculet, Red stained Woodpecker, Fiery capped Manakin, Wing barred Piprites, Ochre bellied Flycatcher, White eyed Tody Tyrant, White throated Spadebill and Swallow Tanager.

In the late afternoon we spent some time at a marshy area near Moyobamba adding Blue winged Parrotlet, Dull coloured Grassquit and Orange backed Troupial to our birding tally.

We then returned to our hotel in Moyobamba to enjoy a cool beer, followed by a relaxing dinner and a lively log call.

Sunday 6 November
Next morning tracing our route back towards Abra Patricia, a morning at Afluente proved very productive, and a large mixed species flock kept us busy for a while, as it contained such birds as Versicoloured Barbet, Golden faced Tyrannulet, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, in addition to the colourful palette of tanagers we had already familiarized ourselves with a few days earlier. Other species of interest we located in the Afluente area were Dark breasted & Ash browed Spinetail, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Golden winged Manakin, Rusty fronted Tody Flycatcher and the rare Spectacled Bristle Tyrant. Some of us also enjoyed good views of a Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, an uncommon foothill speciality.

At Abra Patricia at the ‘owlet’ ridge we had excellent eye-level views of the shy Bar winged Wood Wren. Lulu’s Tody Tyrant finally surrendered and we spotted a pair in the bushes along the road, two absolute beauties. Then again dark clouds gathered overhead and the first drops of rain started to fall and this wasn't too much fun, but it already was late afternoon and we headed to Hotel Puerto Pumas.

Monday 7 November
The break of dawn found us standing on the shore of Laguna Pomacochas. Species observed at this lake were Puna Ibis, White cheeked Pintail, Plumbeous Rail, Grassland Yellow Finch and Peruvian Meadowlark. Valqui mentions Red breasted Meadowlark in his book, but the birds we saw were certainly Peruvian Meadowlark.

Just outside La Florida we spent some time on a very steep hill, trying to find the Curve billed Tinamou. We heard the bird and could of course not locate the bird. The slopes were too steep, sometimes very dangerous and the bird could hide anywhere.

Very disappointed we continued on towards Bagua Chica through a very contrasting landscape to that to which we had become accustomed. We did pass through some areas of good habitat where we made occasional stops in the heat and found species such as Pale legged Hornero, Tawny crowned Pygmy Tyrant and Short tailed Field Tyrant. In the cactus desert near Bagua Chica we had excellent views of the endemic Little Inca Finch. Hereafter we headed to the bustling town of Jaen, where we checked into the Royal Palace Suite Hotel.

The late afternoon saw us on the narrow dirt road to Seminario. We spent the rest of the afternoon here exploring the arid lowland scrub. We found an amazing set of species in just more than an hour. We managed to see Chinchipe Spinetail, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Tumbes Tyrannulet, Little Inca Finch, Black capped Sparrow and Red crested Finch.

However the ultimate bird had to be the beautiful Marañon Crescent chest which was coaxed into view just a few metres from where we stood. In one hour we saw no less than 5 birds of this species, a world record I think.

After updating the day's list and dinner with a few excellent Cusquena beers, most of us decided to sleep.

Tuesday 8 November
Next morning we headed to Tamborapa and spent all morning birding a patch of forest and scrub near this town.

Amongst the birds encountered near the creek were Tataupa Tinamou, Bicoloured Hawk, Marañon Spinetail, Chinchipe Spinetail, Marañon Slaty Antshrike, Brown crested Flycatcher, Yellow Cheeked Becard, Speckle breasted Wren, Guira Tanager, Black capped Sparrow and Yellow tailed Oriole.

Hereafter we returned to Jaen and had lunch there. Then we headed west into the Andes and made a short stop at Abra Porculla, the lowest pass in the Peruvian Andes.

We birded the area till it was dark and we had excellent views of an Elegant Crescent chest, a bird I had seen many years ago in south-western Ecuador. Amongst the other birds seen were the endemic Piura Chat Tyrant, Three banded Warbler, Bay crowned Brush Finch, White winged Brush Finch and Black cowled Saltator.

Hereafter we headed to Olmos and at 19.30 we checked into Hotel Remanso.

Wednesday 9 November
6.30 found us at Abra Porculla. This low pass in the north Peruvian Andes superficially appears devoid of any birding habitat, but we found the birds to be very active near the pass.

Black chested Buzzard Eagle, Red backed Hawk and Zone tailed Hawk soared overhead, while Line cheeked Spinetail, Rufous-necked Foliage gleaner, Henna hooded Foliage gleaner and Chapman’s Antshrike, Elegant Crescent chest and Black-cowled Saltator were all logged before moving off in search of our main quarry here: Watkins’s Antpitta.

We searched in vain for this species, although we heard the bird a few times.
It was very hot today and we then headed back for Olmos, for a beer and early lunch and we decided to take a siesta from 12.00 till 15.00 hours. Hereafter we drove to an area of dry forest not far from Olmos. We made a long stroll in the forest and amongst the interesting birds seen were Red masked Parakeet, Scrub Nightjar, Scarlet backed Woodpecker, Neck laced Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, Tumbes Tyrannulet, the handsome Tumbes Tyrant an endemic of semi deserts in northwestern Peru, Short tailed Field Tyrant, Baird’s Flycatcher, Fasciated Wren, Superciliated Wren, Drab Seedeater and Black capped Sparrow, most of them birds I had already seen on my trip to the Saint Elena peninsula in Ecuador in 1993.

On our way back to Olmos we made a stop at a roadside marsh, where we added Spotted Rail, a lifer for me, to the trip list.

We again spent the night at Hotel Remanso.

Thursday 10 November
Leaving our charming hotel in the middle of the night was made bearable when we approached the small village of Limon, the easiest and most reliable site for White winged Guan. Lino Rico assisted us as a guide to find a bird, native only to this Andean bird paradise, considered as dead as a Great Auk, only a quarter of a century ago.

We spent all morning at Quebrada Frejolillo (Quebrada Limon). Lino took us straight to the area, where he knew a group was hanging around. Within 15 minutes of arriving we indeed saw several of these awesome black birds with their huge white wing patches moving through the trees, but it was far away.

We did not have much time to celebrate as the Quebrada was alive with birds, mostly of the Tumbesian avifauna.

New birds where added to the trip list quickly such as King Vulture, Striped Owl, Short tailed Woodstar, Ecuadorian Piculet, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Gray and white Tyrannulet, Sooty crowned Flycatcher, Chestnut collared Swallow, White tailed Jay, White edged Oriole and the sprightly White headed Brush Finch.

Lino managed to find another group of White winged Guans and now we could admire these very rare birds at less than 10 metres. On our way back to the village we saw a single Tumbes Hummingbird and we also added other warblers to the trip list here as well such as Tropical Parula, American Redstart, a very rare bird in Peru and Gray and gold Warbler.

We said goodbye to Lino and heading back towards the Pan American highway, we stopped a few times at dry wadis, where we found Cinereous Finch and Tumbes Sparrow, lifers for all of us.

The final part of the trip took us to the coast. After a lunch in Olmos we headed to Chiclayo, where we checked into Hostal Santa Victoria.

Friday 11 November
This was essentially a driving day and at 5.30 we left Chiclayo and headed straight away to Batan Grande.

We spent only a short time here, because we had to drive back to Lima today. We quickly collected the desired birds here, Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher, probably our last endemics, before moving on to Lima.

Amongst the other birds seen at Batan Grande were Necklaced Spinetail, Gray and white Tyrannulet, Cinereous Finch, Collared Warbling Finch, Tumbes Sparrow and White edged Oriole.

It was a long trip and we probably should have booked a flight from Chiclayo to Lima. En route to Lima we made a stop along the coast a few kilometres south of Chimote adding a few species to our bird list amongst them Peruvian Booby, a speeding Peregrine Falcon, Belcher’s Gull and Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes, birds we of course had already seen on our 2002 trip. At 23.30 we arrived in Lima and again spent a very short night at Hostal Mami Panchita.

Saturday 12 November/Sunday 13 November
The last day’s birding involved a long drive into the Andes. We left Lima very early (3.30) in the morning for the 3½ hours bus trip to Marcapomacocha, the place where we dipped the Diademed Sandpiper Plover three years ago. A magnificent morning awaited us when we arrived at the bogs with massive rock walls, razor-sharp ridges and high mountains all around us and also wonderful weather.

When we arrived at the stake out, Juve pointed out the birds to us within 30 seconds and we were able to ‘scope at length three beautiful Diademed Sandpiper Plovers. The Diademed Sandpiper Plovers behaved like Killdeers, its abundant relative, standing perfectly still for extended periods and then moving very fast to another point of standing still.

We were close to the end of the trip and very lucky to see this rare, very local and declining species, a splendid finale to an excellent bird trip.

There were plenty of other birds to enliven the dramatic landscape as well and a few minutes later we were staring at the very rare White-bellied Cinclodes, unmistakable because of its size and the whiteness of its breast and belly.

An incredibly obliging Stripe headed Antpitta hopped along the ground right in front of us and amongst the other birds seen here were Puna Snipe, Black breasted Hillstar, Dark winged Canastero, Junin Canastero, Black Siskin and White winged Diuca Finch.

The rest of the drive back to Lima that afternoon was relatively uneventful and at 6.00
p.m. we arrived at the airport.

We said goodbye to Juve and the next day after a smooth transatlantic flight, we arrived in Brussels safe and ‘sound’, although something I ate in a restaurant near Lima did not agree with me and I was a wreck when I finally was back in Holland.

Rusty tinged Antpitta, Ochre fronted Antpitta, Yellow-scarfed Tanager and Tumbes Swallow eluded us, but all in all northern Peru had certainly been everything I expected and more and I think we all agreed that the trip was a success.

This was due for the most part in a good group to travel with, but also due to the professionalism and caring attitude of Juve and Wim. We identified 506 species during these 17 days. We had some rain, but I think we all knew we could have had a lot more. Most of the rain fell during non birding hours, so I can’t complain too much. I ended up with 82 lifers, a few more than I expected to see.

With such a vast bird list picking out my ten best birds of the trip is as always almost meaningless, but nevertheless a few that come instantly to mind include White winged Guan, Diademed Sandpiper Plover, Gray bellied Comet, Marvellous Spatuletail, Great Spinetail, Russet mantled Softtail, Mishana Tyrannulet, Lulu’s Tody Tyrant, White tailed Shrike Tyrant and Vermilion Tanager, most of them endemics and lifers all of course.

Chaam, 15 February 2006,

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Species Lists

This list follows the taxonomy, names and sequence of James F. Clements (Birds of the World, A Check List, Fifth Edition, 2000, including updates May 2000 - December 2005).

This fifth edition is based primarily on the higher taxonomic sequence outlined in the “Handbook of the Birds of the World” series published by Lynx Edicions.
The Dutch names follow the translated "Complete Checklist of Birds of the World" (Complete Checklist van Vogels van de Wereld) of Michael Walters.

Numbers quoted are estimates of the minimum numbers seen.

I have not listed exact numbers and sites of all species. I am sure that any birder can survive without knowing how many Rufous collared Sparrows we saw in the Andes.

E = Peruvian endemic species
NE = Nearly endemic species to Peru
TE = Tumbezian endemic species, these are birds whose range is restricted to dry to semi humid areas in north western
Peru and south western/western Ecuador
10+ = minimum 10 birds
H = heard

1. GREAT TINAMOU, Tinamus major, Grote Tinamoe
1 at Morro de Calzadas (H).

2. LITTLE TINAMOU, Crypturellus soui, Kleine Tinamoe
1 at Morro de Calzadas (H).

3. TATAUPA TINAMOU, Crypturellus tataupa, Tataupatinamoe
1 at Tamborapa.

4. CURVE-BILLED TINAMOU, Nothoprocta curvirostris, Krombektinamoe
1 near Florida de Pomacochas (H).

5. LEAST GREBE, Tachybaptus dominicus, Amerikaanse Fuut
10 on a pond (breeding) on the coast near Lambayeque.

6. PERUVIAN PELICAN, Pelecanus thagus, Peruaanse Pelikaan
5 along the coast near Chimote.

7. PERUVIAN BOOBY, Sula variegata, Humboldtgent
2 along the coast near Chimote.

8. NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, Phalacrocorax brasilianus, Bigua-aalscholver
1 along the Marañón River at Balsas and 10+ along the coast near Chimote.

9. COCOI HERON, Ardea cocoi, Sokoireiger
2 at Lago Pomacochas.

10. GREAT EGRET, Ardea alba, Grote Zilverreiger
Scattered seen in the rice fields in the valleys along our route.

11. SNOWY EGRET, Egretta thula, Amerikaanse Kleine Zilverreiger
Fairly common in the rice fields in the valleys along our route.

12. CATTLE EGRET, Bubulcus ibis, Koereiger
A very common and widespread species.

13. STRIATED HERON, Butorides striatus, Mangrovereiger
1 at Segunda Jerusalen, 3 at Lago Pomacochas, 1 near Olmos and 1 en route Olmos – Chiclayo.

14. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, Nycticorax nycticorax, Kwak
1 near Rioja and 4 in Chiclayo.

15. FASCIATED TIGER-HERON, Tigrisoma fasciatum, Gestreepte Tijgerroerdomp
5 along the Utcubamba River en route from Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz.
16. PUNA IBIS, Plegadis ridgwayi, Puna-ibis
2 at Lago Pomacochas.

17. ANDEAN GOOSE, Chloephaga melanoptera, Andesgans
A ♂ at Marcapomacocha.

18. TORRENT DUCK, Merganetta armata, Bergbeekeend
A ♂ along the Utcubamba River and a ♂ near Aguas Verdes.

19. WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL, Anas bahamensis, Bahamapijlstaart
3 at Lago Pomacochas.

20. BLACK VULTURE, Coragyps atratus, Zwarte Gier
A very common and widespread species.

21. TURKEY VULTURE, Cathartes aura, Roodkopgier
A fairly common and widespread species.

22. ANDEAN CONDOR, Vultur gryphus, Andescondor
A splendid observation at Marcapomacocha.

23. KING VULTURE, Sarcorhamphus papa, Koningsgier
A single one at Quebrada Frejolillo.

24. HOOK-BILLED KITE, Chondrohierax uncinatus, Langsnavelwouw
1 en route from Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz.

25. SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, Elanoides forficatus, Zwaluwstaartwouw
Up to 3 a day at Abra Patricia.

26. SNAIL KITE, Rostrhamus sociabilis, Slakkewouw
A single one at Segunda Jerusalen.

27. BICOLOURED HAWK, Accipiter bicolor, Roodbroeksperwer
2 near Tamborapa.

28. SAVANNA HAWK, Buteogallus meridioinalis, Savannebuizerd
2 in the agriculture fields between Chiclayo and Batan Grande.

29. HARRIS' HAWK, Parabuteo unicinctus, Woestijnbuizerd
1 en route Jaén – Olmos and 1 near Chimote.

30. BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE, Geranoaetus melanoleucus, Grijze Arendbuizerd
1 near Cajamarca, 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba, 1 at the Utcubamba River Valley and 1 at Abra Porculla.

31. ROADSIDE HAWK, Buteo magnirostris, Wegbuizerd
7 en route in northern Peru.

32. BROAD-WINGED HAWK, Buteo platypterus, Breedvleugelbuizerd
2 at Abra Patricia and 1 en route Jaén – Abra Porculla.

33. SHORT-TAILED HAWK, Buteo brachyurus, Kortstaartbuizerd
1 near Balsas and 2 near Jaén.

34. PUNA HAWK, Buteo poecilochrous, Punabuizerd
2 near Cruz Conga and 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

35. RED-BACKED HAWK, Buteo polyosoma, Roodrugbuizerd
2 at Abra Porculla and 1 at Marcapomacocha.

36. ZONE-TAILED HAWK, Buteo albonotatus, Bandstaartbuizerd
A single bird at Abra Porculla.

37. BLACK CARACARA, Daptrius ater, Zwarte Caracara
3 at Morro de Calzadas.

38. MOUNTAIN CARACARA, Phalcoboenus megalopterus, Andescaracara
3 near Cruz Conga, 2 at Abra Barra Negro and 1 at Marcapomacocha.

39. AMERICAN KESTREL, Falco sparverius, Amerikaanse Torenvalk
Seen almost daily (2 – 3 maximum a day).

40. BAT FALCON, Falco rufigularis, Vleermuisvalk
A single one at Abra Patricia – Afluente.

41. PEREGRINE FALCON, Falco peregrinus, Slechtvalk
A single one along the coast near Chimote.

42. SPECKLED CHACHALACA, Ortalis guttata, Gevlekte Chachalaca
6 at Segunda Jerusalen and 3 near Calzadas

43. ANDEAN GUAN, Penelope montagnii, Andessjakohoen
3 at Abra Patricia.

44. * WHITE-WINGED GUAN, Penelope albipennis, Witvleugelsjakohoen
6 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

45. SPOTTED RAIL, Pardirallus maculatus, Gevlekte Ral
1 at a small swamp near Olmos.

46. PLUMBEOUS RAIL, Pardirallus sanguinolentus, Loodgrijze Ral
2 at Lago Pomachochas and also 2 at a small swamp near Olmos.

47. COMMON MOORHEN, Gallinula chloropus, Waterhoen
5 at Lago Pomachochas and 10+ along the coast.

48. BLACKISH OYSTERCATCHER, Haematopus ater, Zuid-Amerikaanse Zwarte Scholekster
30+ along the coast near Chimote.

49. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, Haematopus palliatus, Amerikaanse Bonte Scholekster
10+ along the coast near Chimote.

50. BLACK-NECKED STILT, Himantopus mexicanus, Zwartneksteltkluut
65+ along a pond on the coast near Lambayeque and 1 near Chimote.

51. PERUVIAN THICK-KNEE, Burhinus superciliaris, Peruaanse Griel
A single bird en route from the Panamerican Highway to Limón (Quebrada Frejolillo).

52. ANDEAN LAPWING, Vanellus resplendens, Andeskievit
2 near Cruz Conga, 1 en route from Celendin – Leymebamba, 5 near Lago Pomachochas and 1 at Marcapomacocha.

53. KILLDEER, Charadrius vociferus, Killdeerplevier
2 at a small swamp near Olmos and 1 along a pond on the coast near Lambayeque.

54. DIADEMED SANDPIPER-PLOVER, Phegornis mitchellii, Diadeemplevier
3 at Marcapomacocha.

55. PUNA SNIPE, Gallinago andina, Bergwatersnip
2 at Marcapomacocha.

56. SPOTTED SANDPIPER, Actites macularia, Amerikaanse Oeverloper
4 en route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz, 2 en route Jaén – Abra Porculla, 1 near Olmos and 2 near Lambayeque.


57. RUDDY TURNSTONE, Arenaria interpres, Steenloper
6 along the coast south of Chimote.

58. GRAY-BREASTED SEEDSNIPE, Thinocorus orbignyianus, Punakwartelsnip
2 en route Celendin – Balsas.

59. BELCHER’S GULL, Larus belcheri, Simeonsmeeuw
10+ along the coast south of Chimote.

60. ANDEAN GULL, Larus serranus, Andesmeeuw
A single one at Abra Barra Negro.

61. ROCK DOVE, Columba livia, Rotsduif
Fairly common in cities and villages.

62. SCALED PIGEON, Patagioenas speciosa, Geschubde Duif
10+ at Aguas Verdes.

63. BAND-TAILED PIGEON, Columba fasciata, Bandstaartduif
Rather common in the visited areas.

64. PALE-VENTED PIGEON, Columba cayennensis, Rosse Duif
2 at Abra Patricia.

65. (NE) PERUVIAN PIGEON, Patagioenas oenops, Salvins Duif
8 in the Marañon Valley, Balsas. Recently found in a remote corner in Ecuador.

66. PLUMBEOUS PIGEON, Columba plumbea, Loodgrijze Duif
1 at Abra Patricia.

67. EARED DOVE, Zenaida auriculata, Geoorde Treurduif
Rather common in northern Peru.

68. PACIFIC DOVE, Zenaida meloda, Pacifische Treurduif
Small numbers in the Olmos area and Quebrada Frejolillo and rather common along the coast.

69. RUDDY GROUND-DOVE, Columbina talpacoti, Steenduif
Small numbers near Rioja and Moyobamba.

70. CROAKING GROUND-DOVE, Columbina cruziana, Peruaanse Steenduif
Common in northern Peru.

71. BLUE GROUND-DOVE, Claravis pretiosa, Blauwe Grondduif
2 at Aguas Verdes, 1 near Jaén and a pair at Tamborapa.

72. BARE-FACED GROUND-DOVE, Metriopelia ceciliae, Naaktoogpunaduif
Small numbers en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

73. BLACK-WINGED GROUND- DOVE, Metriopelia melanoptera, Grote Punaduif
A single one near Quebrada Frejolillo.

74. WHITE-TIPPED DOVE, Leptotila verreauxi, Verreaux' Duif
Common throughout the trip.

75. SCARLET-FRONTED PARAKEET, Aratinga wagleri, Waglers Aratinga
15+ at Tamborapa.

76. MITRED PARAKEET, Aratinga mitrata, Roodmaskeraratinga
Common near Leyemebamba.

77. (TE) RED-MASKED PARAKEET, Aratinga erythrogenys, Ecuadoraratinga
20+ near Olmos.

78. WHITE-EYED PARAKEET, Aratinga leucophthalmus, Witoogaratinga
Up to 20+ daily at Abra Patricia.

79. BLUE-WINGED PARROTLET, Forpus xanthopterygius, Spix' Muspapegaai
Small numbers near Morro de Calzadas.

80. PACIFIC PARROTLET, Forpus coelestis, Blauwe Muspapegaai
2 en route Jaén – Abra Porculla and 10+ at Quebrada Frejolillo.

81. (E) YELLOW-FACED PARROTLET, Forpus xanthops, Geelwangmuspapegaai
4 in the Marañon Valley, Balsas.

82. BLUE-HEADED PARROT, Pionus menstruus, Zwartoormargrietje
2 at Aguas Verdes and 10+ near Calzadas.

83. SPECKLE-FACED PARROT, Pionus tumultuosus, Pruimekopmargrietje
A pair at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas.

84. SCALY-NAPED PARROT, Amazona mercenaria, Schubnekamazone
A pair at Abra Patricia.

85. SQUIRREL CUCKOO, Piaya cayana, Eekhoornkoekoek
1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba, 2 each day at Abra Patricia, 2 at Aguas Verdes and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

86. SMOOTH-BILLED ANI, Crotophaga ani, Kleine Ani
Locally common on the east side of Abra Patricia.

87. GROOVE-BILLED ANI, Crotophaga sulcirostri, Groefsnavelani
Common throughout the trip in the dry, arid regions.

88. STRIPED CUCKOO, Tapera naevia, Gestreepte Koekoek
1 at San Marcos and 2 en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

89. (TE) WEST PERUVIAN SCREECH-OWL, Megascops roboratus, Maranonschreeuwuil
Several calling at Quebrada Frejolillo (H).

90. PERUVIAN PYGMY-OWL, Glaucidium peruanum, Peruaanse Dwerguil
1 seen en route Celendin – Leymebamba and 1 heard at Abra Porculla.

91. BURROWING OWL, Athene cunicularia, Holenuil
2 at Olmos and 3 in the agriculture fields between Chiclayo and Batan Grande.

92. STRIPED OWL, Pseudoscops clamator, Gestreepte Ransuil
A single one at Quebrada Frejolillo.

93. LESSER NIGHTHAWK, Chordeiles acutipennis, Texasnachtzwaluw
3 near Jaén.

94. SCRUB NIGHTJAR, Caprimulgus anthonyi, Ecuadornachtzwaluw
A single one flushed near Olmos.

95. CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT, Streptoprocne rutila, Bruinkraaggierzwaluw
8 at the Utcubamba River Valley en route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz.

96. WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT, Streptoprocne zonaris, Witkraaggierzwaluw
Small numbers en route along the Utcuubamba River, up to 50+ a day in the Abra Patricia area and fairly common at Morro de Calzadas.

97. CHIMNEY SWIFT, Chaetura pelagica, Schoorsteengierzwaluw
A single one in a group of Tumbes Swifts at Quebrada Frejolillo.


98. TUMBES SWIFT, Chaetura ocypetes, Tumbesgierzwaluw
10+ at Jaén and small numbers at Quebrada Frejolillo.

99. WHITE-TIPPED SWIFT, Aeronautes montivagus, Kleine Andesgierzwaluw
1 en route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz, small numbers at Abra Patricia and en route Jaén – Abra Porculla.

100. ANDEAN SWIFT, Aeronautes andecolus, Andesgierzwaluw
10+ en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

101. FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT, Tachornis squamata, Braziliaanse Palmgierzwaluw
Small numbers in the Rioja/Moyobamba area.

102. GREEN HERMIT, Phaethornis guy, Groene Heremietkolibrie
1 at Abra Patricia.

103. TAWNY-BELLIED HERMIT, Phaethornis syrmatophorus, Taankleurige Heremietkolibrie
2 at Abra Porculla.

104. * KOEPCKE’S HERMIT, Phaethornis koepckeae, Koepckes Heremietkolibrie
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

105. GRAY-CHINNED HERMIT, Phaethornis griseogularis, Grijskinheremietkolibrie
4 at Abra Porculla. Possible split PORCULLA HERMIT Phaethornis porculla.

106. GREEN-FRONTED LANCEBILL, Doryfera ludovicae, Groenvoorhoofdlancetkolibrie
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

107. BLUE-FRONTED LANCEBILL, Doryfera johannae, Blauwvoorhoofdlancetkolibrie
Single ones at Abra Patricia - Afluente and Aguas Verdes.

108. NAPO SABREWING, Campylopterus villaviscensio, Naposabelvleugel
3 at Aguas Verdes.

109. SPARKLING VIOLETEAR, Colibri thalassinus, Goulds Violetoorkolibrie
2 near Florida de Pomacochas.

110. WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL, Popelairia popelairii, Gekuifde Draadkolibrie
3 ♂♂ at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

111. FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH, Thalurania furcata, Vorkstaartbosnimf
A single one at Abra Patricia.

112. (TE) TUMBES HUMMINGBIRD, Leucippus baeri, Tumbes' Kolibrie
A single observation at Quebrada Frejolillo.

113. (E) SPOT-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, Leucippus taczanowskii, Vlekkeelkolibrie
2 at San Marcos, 1 at Cajamarca, 2 in the Marañon Valley at Balsas, 1 at Bagua and 1 at Tamborapa.

114. WHITE-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD, Leucippus chionogaster, Sneeuwbuikamazilia
2 en route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz and 2 at Florida de Pomacochas.

115. AMAZILIA HUMMINGBIRD, Amazilia amazilia, Lessons Amazilia
1 at San Marcos, small numbers at Abra Porculla, Quebrada Frejolillo and Bosque Pomac.

116. ANDEAN EMERALD, Amazilia franciae, Andesamazilia
A single bird en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

117. ECUDORIAN PIEDTAIL, Phlogophilus hemileucurus, Ecuadoraanse Eksterstaart
5 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

118. SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD, Adelomyia melanogenys, Zwartoorkolibrie
5 at Abra Patricia.

119. SHINING SUNBEAM, Aglaeactis cupripennis, Koperglanskolibrie
2 en route Cajamarca – Celendin, 3 en route Celendin – Leymebamba and 4 at Abra Barra Negro.

120. (E) BLACK-BREASTED HILLSTAR, Oreotrochilus melanogaster, Zwartborstbergnimf
A single one at Marcapomacocha.

121. MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST, Lafresnaya lafresnayi, Draadvleugelkolibrie
A single bird at Abra Barra Negro.

122. BRONZY INCA, Coeligena coeligena, Bronzen Incakolibrie
A single one at Abra Patricia.

123. COLLARED INCA, Coeligena torquata, Gekraagde Incakolibrie
2 at the Río Chido Trail near Pomacochas and 2 at Abra Patricia.

124. RAINBOW STARFRONTLET, Coeligena iris, Regenboogincakolibrie
5 at Abra Barra Negro.

125. SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD, Ensifera ensifera, Zwaardkolibrie
Single ones at Abra Barra Negro and Abra Patricia. Stunning views of a bird returning repeatedly to the same flowers at Abra Barra Negro.

126. GIANT HUMMINGBIRD, Patagona gigas, Reuzenkolibrie
2 near Cajamarca.

127. PURPLE-THROATED SUNANGEL, Heliangelus viola, Violetkeelzonnekolibrie
A single one at Abra Barra Negro.

128. (E) ROYAL SUNANGEL, Heliangelus regalis, Peruaanse Zonnekolibrie
2 at Abra Patricia.

129. EMERALD-BELLIED PUFFLEG, Eriocnemis alinae, Smaragdbuikpluimbroekje
3 at Abra Patricia.

130. BOOTED RACKET-TAIL, Ocreatus underwoodii, Vlagstaartpluimbroekje
2 at Abra Patricia.

131. BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER, Lesbia victoriae, Zwartstaartkomeetkolibrie
Single ones at Abra Barra Negro and Bagua.

132. GREEN-TAILED TRAINBEARER, Lesbia nuna, Groenstaartkomeetkolibrie
1 near Cajamarca, 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba, 2 at Abra Barra Negro and 1 at Abra Patricia.

133. TYRIAN METALTAIL, Metallura tyrianthina, Smaragdglansstaartkolibrie
3 en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

134. (E) BLACK METALTAIL, Metallura phoebe, Zwarte Glansstaartkolibrie
2 en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

135. (E) GRAY-BELLIED COMET, Taphrolesbia griseiventris, Grijsbuikkomeetkolibrie
A ♂ along the Río Chonta near Cajamarca.

136. LONG-TAILED SYLPH, Aglaiocercus kingi, Langstaartnimf
4 at Abra Patricia.

137. (E) MARVELOUS SPATULETAIL, Loddigesia mirabilis, Vlagkolibrie
Stunning views of a splendid male at 5 metres and a female near Florida de Pomacochas.

138. LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT, Heliomaster longirostris, Langsnavelsterkeelkolibrie
A single observation at Quebrada Frejolillo.

139. PURPLE-COLLARED WOODSTAR, Myrtis fanny, Purperkraagkolibrie
2 at San Marcos and 1 at Abra Porculla.

140. SHORT-TAILED WOODSTAR, Myrmia micrura, Kortstaartboself
2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

141. WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR, Acestrura mulsant, Witbuikboself
1 at Abra Porculla and 1 near Olmos.

142. VIOLACEOUS TROGON, Trogon violaceus, Violette Trogon
1 at Aguas Verdes.

143. BLUE-CROWNED TROGON, Trogon curucui, Blauwkruintrogon
1 at Morro de Calzadas.

144. GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL, Pharomachrus auriceps, Goudkopquetzal
2 at Abra Patricia.

145. RINGED KINGFISHER, Ceryle torquata, Amerikaanse Reuzenijsvogel
1 at the Utcubamba River Valley and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

146. AMAZON KINGFISHER, Chloroceryle amazona, Amazone-ijsvogel
1 en route from Aguas Verdes – Rioja.

147. GREEN KINGFISHER, Chloroceryle americana, Groene IJsvogel
A single one at the Utcubamba River Valley.

148. BLUE-CROWNED MOTMOT, Momotus momota, Blauwkapmotmot
1 at Morro de Calzadas (H).

149. SWALLOW-WING, Chelidoptera tenebrosa, Zwaluwbaardkoekoek
10+ at Morro de Calzadas.

150. GILDED BARBET, Capito auratus, Gouden Baardvogel
8 at Aguas Verdes and 1 near Calzades.

151. VERSICOLOURED BARBET, Eubucco versicolor, Bonte Baardvogel
2 at Abra Patricia.

152. BLACK-THROATED TOUCANET, Aulacorhynchus atrogularis, Zwartkeelarassari
2 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas and 2 at Abra Patricia.

153. CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET, Aulacorhynchus derbianus, Derby-arassari
2 at Abra Patricia (H).

154. LETTERED ARACARI, Pteroglossus inscriptus, Letterarassari
3 at Morro de Calzadas.

155. CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI, Pteroglossus castanotis, Bruinoorarassari
A single one at Abra Patricia.

156. GRAY-BREASTED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN, Andigena hypoglauca, Zwartmaskerbergtoekan
1 at Abra Barra Negro and 1 at Abra Patricia (H).

157. GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET, Selenidera reinwardtii, Reinwardts Pepervreter
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

158. BLACK-MANDIBLED TOUCAN, Ramphastos ambiguus, ‘Zwartsnaveltoekan
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente (H).

159. LAFRESNAYE’S PICULET, Picumnus lafresnayi, Lafresnayes Dwergspecht
3 at Morro de Calzadas.

160. (TE) ECUADORIAN PICULET, Picumnus sclateri, Ecuadordwergspecht
1 at Abra Porculla and 1 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

161. (E) SPECKLE-CHESTED PICULET, Picumnus steindachneri, Spikkelborstdwergspecht
1 at the Utcubamba River Valley and 2 at Abra Patricia.

162. YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER, Melanerpes cruentatus, Geelbrauwspecht
1 at Morro de Calzadas.

163. (TE) SCARLET-BACKED WOODPECKER, Veniliornis callonotus, Roodrugspecht
Single ones at Jaén, near Olmos and at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

164. SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER, Veniliornis fumigatus, Roetspecht
1 at the Utcubamba River Valley, 2 at Abra Patricia, 1 at Abra Porculla and 1 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

165. RED-STAINED WOODPECKER, Veniliornis affinis, Roodvlekspecht
2 at Morro de Calzadas.

166. GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER, Piculus rubiginosus, Olijfrugspecht
5 at Abra Patricia and 1 near Olmos.

167. CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER, Piculus rivolii, Roodmantelspecht
2 at Abra Patricia.

168. (E) BLACK-NECKED WOODPECKER, Colaptes atricollis, Zwartnekgrondspecht
1 at San Marcos, 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba and 1 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

169. ANDEAN FLICKER, Colaptes rupicola, Andesgrondspecht
1 near Cajamarca, 5 en route from Cajamarca – Celendin and 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

170. CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER, Campephilus melanoleucos, Zwartkeelspecht
A single bird at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

171. (TE) GUAYAQUIL WOODPECKER, Campephilus gayaquilensis, Guayaquilspecht
A pair at Quebrada Frejolillo.

172. PLAIN-BREASTED EARTHCREEPER, Upucerthia jelskii, Jelski's Aardkruiper
2 at Marcapomacocha.

173. (E) PERUVIAN SEASIDE CINCLODES, Cinclodes taczanowskii, Brandingwipstaart
1 along the coast south of Chimote.

174. BAR-WINGED CINCLODES, Cinclodes fuscus, Bandvleugelwipstaart
Small numbers at Marcapomacocha.

175. WHITE-WINGED CINCLODES, Cinclodes atacamensis, Witvleugelwipstaart
5 along the Río Chonta near Cajamarca and 1at Marcapomacocha.

176. (E) WHITE-BELLIED CINCLODES, Cinclodes palliatus, Witbuikwipstaart
2 at Marcapomacocha.

177. PALE-LEGGED HORNERO, Furnarius leucopus, Bleekpootovenvogel
2 near Bagua. (TE) PACIFIC HORNERO Furnarius leucopus cinnamomeus, a possible split, fairly common in the pacific lowlands.

178. STREAKED TIT-SPINETAIL, Leptasthenura striata, Gestreepte Meesstekelstaart
1 en route Lima - Marcapomacocha.

179. (E) RUSTY-CROWNED TIT-SPINETAIL, Leptasthenura pileata, Roestkruinmeesstekelstaart
2 en route Cajamarca – Celendin.


180. AZARA'S SPINETAIL, Synallaxis azarae, Azara's Stekelstaart
Single ones en route Celendin – Leymebamba, at Abra Barra Negro and at Abra Patricia.

181. DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL, Synallaxis albigularis, Witkeelstekelstaart
3 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

182. (NE) MARAÑON SPINETAIL, Synallaxis maranonica, Maranonstekelstaart
2 seen at the nest and several heard at Tamborapa.

183. (TE) NECKLACED SPINETAIL, Synallaxis stictothorax, Halsbandstekelstaart
3 near Olmos and 1 at Bosque Pomac.

184. (E) CHINCHIPE SPINETAIL, Synallaxis chinchipensis, Chinchipestekelstaart
1 at Jaén and 3 at Tamborapa.

185. (E) GREAT SPINETAIL, Siptornopsis hypochondriacus, Grote Canastero
A single one at the nest at San Marcos.

186. (E) BARON’S SPINETAIL, Cranioleuca baroni, Barons Stekelstaart
2 seen in roadside scrub en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

187. LINE-CHEEKED SPINETAIL, Cranioleuca antisiensis, Streepwangstekelstaart
3 at Abra Porculla.

188. ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL, Cranioleuca curtata, Grijsbrauwstekelstaart
A single one at Abra Patricia.

189. DARK-WINGED CANASTERO, Asthenes cranioleuca, Donkervleugelcanastero
3 at Marcapomacocha.

190. STREAK-THROATED CANASTERO, Asthenes humilis, Streepkeelcanastero
4 at Marcapomacocha.

191. (E) JUNIN CANASTERO, Astehenes virgata, Junincanastero
A single observation of a bird at Marcapomacocha.

192. (E) RUSSET-MANTLED SOFTTAIL, Phacellodomus berlepschi, Berlepsch' Stekelkruin
Stunning views of a pair along the road at Abra Barra Negro.

193. COMMON THORNBIRD, Phacellodomus rufifrons, Roodkapstekelkruin
2 at Segunda Jerusalen and 2 at Morro de Calzadas.

194. (E) CHESTNUT-BACKED THORNBIRD, Phacellodomus dorsalis, Roodrugstekelkruin
A pair at the nest in the Marañón River Basin near Balsas.

195. EQUATORIAL GRAYTAIL, Xenerpestes singularis, Streepkopgrijsstaart
A single bird in a flock at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

196. PEARLED TREERUNNER, Margarornis squamiger, Parelboomloper
4 at Abra Patricia.

197. PLAIN XENOPS, Xenops minutus, Sparrmanns Xenops
3 at Abra Patricia, 2 at Morro de Calzadas and 2 at Tamborapa.

198. STREAKED XENOPS, Xenops rutilans, Gestreepte Xenops
2 at Abra Patricia and 1 at Tamborapa.

199. MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER, Anabacerthia striaticollis, Bergbladspeurder
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

200. STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK, Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii, Andespluimoor
2 at Abra Patricia.

201. (TE) RUFOUS-NECKED FOLIAGE-GLEANER, Syndactyla ruficollis, Roodnekbladspeurder
2 at Abra Porculla.

202. BUFF-FRONTED FOLIAGE-GLEANER, Philydor rufus, Geelkapbladspeurder
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

203. BUFF-THROATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER, Automolus ochrolaemus, Bruinkeelbladspeurder
A single bird seen at Aguas Verdes and 1 heard at Morro de Calzadas.

204. (TE) HENNA-HOODED FOLIAGE-GLEANER, Hylocryptus erythrocephalus, Roodkopbladspeurder
1 seen and a few heard at Abra Porculla.

205. OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER, Sittasomus griseicapillus, Grijze Muisspecht
1 at Aguas Verdes and 1 at Morro de Calzadas .

206. STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER, Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus, Reuzenmuisspecht
1 at Abra Barra Negro, 2 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas and 1 at Abra Patricia.

207. BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER, Xiphorhynchus guttatus, Geelkeelmuisspecht
1 at Aguas Verdes.

208. OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER, Xiphorhynchus triangularis, Olijfrugmuisspecht
A single one at Abra Patricia.

209. STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER, Lepidocolaptes souleyetii, Streepkopmuisspecht
1 near Olmos and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 1 at Bosque Pomac.

210. MONTANE WOODCREEPER, Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger, Bergmuisspecht
Single ones at Abra Barra Negro and Abra Patricia.

211. LINEATED WOODCREEPER, Lepidocolaptes albolineatus, Witstreepmuisspecht
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

212. (TE) COLLARED ANTSHRIKE, Sakesphorus bernardi, Withalsmierklauwier
2 near Olmos, a pair at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

213. (TE) CHAPMAN’S ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophlius zarumae, Chapmans Mierklauwier
3 at Abra Porculla.

214. LINED ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus, Gestreepte Mierklauwier
A single one at Abra Patricia.

215. UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophilus unicolor, Eenkleurige Mierklauwier
1 at Abra Patricia (H).

216. PLAIN-WINGED ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophilus schistaceus, Leikleurige Mierklauwier
1 at Morro de Calzadas (H).

217. MARAÑÓN SLATY-ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophilus leucogaster, Amazonemierklauwier
1 near Jaén and 2 at Tamborapa.

218. RUFOUS-CAPPED ANTSHRIKE, Thamnophilus ruficapillus, Roodkapmierklauwier
2 at the Marvelous Spatuletail site near Florida de Pomacochas.

219. PLAIN ANTVIREO, Dysithamnus mentalis, Bosmiervireo
2 at Abra Patricia (Afluenta).

220. YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN, Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus, Roodvleugelmiersluiper
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente (H).

221. LONG-TAILED ANTBIRD, Drymophila caudata, Langstaartmiervogel
2 at Abra Patricia.

222. BLACKISH ANTBIRD, Cercomacra nigrescens, Moerasmiervogel
2 at Abra Patricia - Afluente (H).

223. WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE, Pyriglena leuconota, Witrugvuuroog
Single ones at Abra Barra Negro and Abra Patricia (H).

224. WARBLING ANTBIRD, Hypocnemis cantator, Orpheusmierkruiper
1 at Morro de Calzadas and 1 at Abra Patricia.

225. NORTHERN CHESTNUT-TAILED ANTBIRD, Myrmeciza castanea, Noordelijke Kastanjestaartmiervogel
A single one at Aguas Verdes.

226. RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH, Formicarius rufipectus, Roodborstmierlijster
1 at Abra Patricia (H).

227. CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA, Grallaria ruficapilla, Roestkapmierpitta
Often heard en route Cajamarca – Celendin – Leymebamba. Seen 1 at Abra Barra Negro.

228. WATKINS’ ANTPITTA, Grallaria watkinsi, Watkins Mierpitta
1 at Abra Porculla (H).

229. STRIPE-HEADED ANTPITTA, Grallaria andicola, Streepkopmierpitta
A splendid observation at Marcapomacocha.

230. (E) PALE-BILLED ANTPITTA, Grallaria carrikeri, Bleeksnavelmierpitta
1 was heard in the distance, sadly well out of range at the Río Chido Trail (H).

231. (CAJAMARCA) RUFOUS ANTPITTA, Grallaria rufula cajamarcae, Rosse Mierpitta
Very frustrating. We heard the bird at 3 metres near Cruz Conga, but did not manage to see the bird, another frustrating experience. Possible split.

232. (TE) ELEGANT CRESCENT-CHEST, Melanopareia elegans, Bonte Maansluiper
1 at Tamborapa, 2 at Abra Porculla and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

233. (E) MARAÑON CRESCENT-CHEST, Melanopareia maranonica, Maranonmaansluiper
No less than 5 birds seen at Jaen.

234. (E) UNICOLOURED TAPACULO, Scytalopus unicolor, Salvins Tapaculo
1 near Cajamarca (H).

235. LARGE-FOOTED TAPACULO, Scytalopus macropus, Grootpoottapaculo
1 at Abra Barra Negro (H).

236. (E) RUFOUS-VENTED TAPACULO, Scytalopus femoralis, Roodbuiktapaculo
4 at Abra Patricia (H).

237. WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO, Scytalopus atratus, Witkruintapaculo
1 at Abra Patricia (H).

238. (E) PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER, Phytotoma raimondii, Peruaanse Zaagvink
2 seen at Bosque Pomac and a few heard.

239. RED-CRESTED COTINGA, Ampelion rubrocristata, Roodkuifcotinga
2 at Abra Barra Negro.

240. GREEN-AND-BLACK FRUITEATER, Peruaanse Zaagvink, Groen-zwarte Cotinga
4 at Abra Patricia.

241. BARRED FRUITEATER, Pipreola arcuata, Gebandeeerde Cotinga
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

242. SCALED FRUITEATER, Ampelioides tschudii, Groengeschubde Cotinga
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente (H).

243. SCREAMING PIHA, Lipaugus vociferans, Schreeuwpiha
1 at Morro de Calzadas (H).

244. AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD, Cephalopterus ornatus, Amazoneparasolvogel
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

245. ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK, Rupicola peruviana, Rode Rotshaan
3 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

246. GOLDEN-WINGED MANAKIN, Masius chrysopterus, Goudvleugelmanakin
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

247. FIERY-CAPPED MANAKIN, Machaeropterus pyrocephalus, Vuurkapmanakin
2 at Morro de Calzadas.

248. WING-BARRED PIPRITES, Piprites chloris, Streepvleugelmanakin
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

249. SOUTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, Camptostoma obsoletum, Zuidelijke Chaparralvliegenpikker
4 at the Utcubamba Valley, 1 near Florid de Pomacochas, 2 at Tamborapa and 2 at Abra Porculla.

250. MOUSE-COLOURED TYRANNULET, Phaeomyias murina, Wenkbrauwvliegenpikker
1 at Abra Patricia and 2 at Morro de Calzadas.
A possible split TUMBES TYRANNULET, Phaeomyias murina tumbezana, seen in small numbers near Jaen and Tamborapa and at Abra Porculla, Quebrada Frejolillo and Bosque Pomac.

251. (TE) PACIFIC ELAENIA, Myiopagis subplacens, Ecuadoraanse Elenia
1 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

252. (TE) GRAY-AND-WHITE TYRANNULET, Pseudelaenia leucospodia, Grijs-witte Elenia
Small numbers at Quebrada Frejolillo and Bosque Pomac.

253. YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA, Elaenia flavogaster, Geelbuikelenia
2 en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

254. WHITE-CRESTED ELAENIA, Elaenia albiceps, Witkuifelenia
1 at Abra Barra Negro and 1 at Abra Patricia.

255. LESSER ELAENIA, Elaenia chiriquensis, Kleine Elenia
A single one at Segunda Jerusalen.

256. SIERRAN ELAENIA, Elaenia pallatangae, Andeselenia
4 at Abra Barra Negro, 2 and a few at Abra Patricia.

257. TORRENT TYRANNULET, Serpophaga cinerea, Bergbeektachuri
4 along the Rio Chonta near Cajamarca and small numbers along the Utcubamba River.

258. OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, Mionectes oleaginous, Okerbuikpipratiran
A single observation at Morro de Calzadas.

259. STREAK-NECKED FLYCATCHER, Mionectes striaticollis, Streepnekpipratiran
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

260. (E) INCA FLYCATCHER, Leptopogon taczanowskii, Incaleptopogon
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

261. SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, Leptopogon superciliaris, Grijskruinleptopogon
3 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

262. RUFOUS-HEADED PYGMY-TYRANT, Pseudotriccus ruficeps, Roodkopdwergtiran
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

263. MARBLE-FACED BRISTLE-TYRANT, Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus, Zwartoorlooftiran
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

264. SPECTACLED BRISTLE-TYRANT, Pogonotriccus orbitalis, Brillooftiran
A single bird at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

265. VARIEGATED BRISTLE-TYRAMT, Pogonotriccus poecilotis, Bonte Looftiran
1 at Morro de Calzadas.

266. ASHY-HEADED TYRANNULET, Phyllomyias cinereiceps, Grijskopvliegenpikker
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

267. (E) MISHANA TYRANNULET, Zimmerius villarejoi, Mishanavliegenpikker
3 at Morro de Calzadas.

268. GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET, Zimmerius chrysops, Goudwangvliegenpikker
5 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

269. RUFOUS-WINGED TYRANNULET, Mecocerculus calopterus, Roodvleugeltachuri
A single bird at the Utcubamba River Valley.

270. SULPHUR-BELLIED TYRANNULET, Mecocerculus minor, Geelbuiktachuri
A single observation at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

271. WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET, Mecocerculus stictopterus, Witbandtachuri
A single bird at Abra Barra Negro.

272. (NE) BLACK-CRESTED TIT-TYRANT, Anairetes nigrocristatus, Zwartkuifmeestiran
2 en route Cajamarca – Celendin and 1 en route Celendin – Leymebamba.

273. PIED-CRESTED TIT-TYRANT, Anairetes reguloides, Gestreepte Meestiran
1 near Cruz Conga.

274. TUFTED TIT-TYRANT, Anairetes parulus, Pluimmeestiran
1 en route Celendin – Balsas.

275. TAWNY-CROWNED PYGMY-TYRANT, Euscarthmus meloryphus, Witbuikdwergtiran
2 at San Marcos, 3 at Bagua, 1 at Jaen, 1 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

276. SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT, Lophotriccus pileatus, Schubkuifdwergtiran
4 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

277. (E) LULU’S TODY-TYRANT, Poecilotriccus luluae, Lulu's Todietiran
Bird of the trip. A pair at Abra Patricia.

278. WHITE-EYED TODY-TYRANT, Hemitriccus zosterops, Witoogtodietiran
A single bird at Morro de Calzadas.

279. BUFF-THROATED TODY-TYRANT, Hemitriccus rufogularis, Bruinkeeltodietiran
A single bird at Abra Patricia – Afluente.

280. (NE) CINNAMON-BREASTED TODY-TYRANT, Hemitriccus cinnamomeipectus, Kaneelborsttodietiran
1 heard at Abra Patricia, but alas not seen. Recently found in an isolated part of Ecuador in the Cordillera del Condor.

281. RUSTY-FRONTED TODY-FLYCATCHER, Poecilotriccus latirostris, Roodteugelschoffelsnavel
A single one at Abra Patricia.


282. COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER, Todirostrum cinereum, Geelbuikschoffelsnavel
2 at Segunda Jerusalen, 3 at Jaen and 3 at Tamborapa.

283. YELLOW-MARGINED FLYCATCHER, Tolmomyias assimilis, Spiegelbreedbektiran
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

284. GRAY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER, Tolmomyias poliocephalus, Grijskruinbreedbektiran
1 at Morro de Calzadas.

285. WHITE-THROATED SPADEBILL, Platyrinchus mystaceus, Witkeelbreedbektiran
A single bird at Morro de Calzadas.

286. ORNATE FLYCATCHER, Myiotriccus ornatus, Ornaattiran
2 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

287. FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER, Myiophobus flavicans, Goudtiran
A single sighting at Morro de Calzadas.

288. BRAN-COLOURED FLYCATCHER, Myiophobus fasciatus, Roesttiran
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

289. OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER, Myiophobus cryptoxanthus, Olijfkuiftiran
1 at Abra Barra Negro and 3 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

290. CINNAMON FLYCATCHER, Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea, Kaneeltiran
Small numbers at Abra Barra Negro and Abra Patricia.

291. CLIFF FLYCATCHER, Hirundinea ferruginea, Zwaluwtiran
6 at Abra Patricia.

292. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Contopus cooperi, Sparrenpiewie
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

293. SMOKE-COLOURED PEWEE, Contopus fumigatus, Leigrijze Piewie
2 at the Utcubamba River Valley (route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz).

294. EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, Contopus virens, Oostelijke Bospiewie
A single one at Aguas Verdes.

295. TROPICAL PEWEE, Contopus cinereus, Spixpiewie
2 at the Utcubamba River Valley, 1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.
Possible split (TE) TUMBES PEWEE, Contopus cinereus punensis, 2 seen at Quebrada Frejolillo.

296. BLACK PHOEBE, Sayornis nigricans, Zwarte Phoebe
2 along the Utcubamba River (route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz) and 1 en route Olomos – Abra Porculla.

297. VERMILION FLYCATCHER, Pyrocephalus rubinus, Rode Tiran
A common and widespread species.

298. JELSKI’S CHAT-TYRANT, Ochthoeca jelskii, Jelski's Tapuittiran
A splendid observation at La Encanada (en route Cajamarca – Celendin).

299. (E) PIURA CHAT-TYRANT, Ochthoeca piurae, Piuratapuittiran
4 at Abra Porculla.

300. RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT, Ochthoeca rufipectoralis, Roodborsttapuittiran
3 en route Celendín – Leymebamba and 1 at Abra Barra Negro.

301. BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT, Ochthoeca fumicolor, Bruinrugtapuittiran
3 near Cruz Conga (route Cajamarca – Celendin).


302. WHITE-BROWED CHAT-TYRANT, Ochthoeca leucophrys, Witbrauwtapuittiran
2 at the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca.

303. (E) TUMBES TYRANT, Tumbezia salvini, Tumbes' Tapuittiran
1 near Olmos and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

304. STREAK-THROATED BUSH-TYRANT, Myiotheretes striaticollis, Streepkeelstruiktiran
2 at the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca and 2 at La Encanada (en route Cajamarca – Celendin).

305. BLACK-BILLED SHRIKE-TYRANT, Agriornis montana, Zwartbekklauwiertiran
Small numbers en route Cajamarca – Celendin and Celendin – Leymebamba.

306. WHITE-TAILED SHRIKE-TYRANT, Agriornis andicola, Witstaartklauwiertiran
A splendid observation en route La Encanada – Cruz Conga. When I had the bird in my telescope at less than 20 metres, there was even a Black-billed nearby for comparison.

307. RUFOUS-WEBBED TYRANT, Polioxolmis rufipennis, Roodvleugelstruiktiran
A single one en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

308. WHITE-FRONTED GROUND-TYRANT, Muscisaxicola albifrons, Klifgrondtiran
6 at Marcapomacocha.

309. SHORT-TAILED FIELD-TYRANT, Muscigralla brevicauda, Kortstaartveldtiran
1 at Bagua, 2 near Olmos and 1 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

310. RUFOUS-TAILED TYRANT, Knipolegus poecilurus, Roodstaartmoortiran
5 at Abra Patricia.

311. WHITE-WINGED BLACK-TYRANT, Knipolegus aterrimus, Witvleugelmoortiran
2 at San Marcos.

312. LONG-TAILED TYRANT, Colonia colonus, Langstaarttiran
3 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

313. RUFOUS CASIORNIS, Casiornis rufa, Rosse Casiornis
Single ones at the Utcubamba River Valley and near Segunda Jerusalen.

314. (E) RUFOUS FLYCATCHER, Myiarchus semirufus, Brandingtiran
A splendid observation at Bosque Pomac.

315. DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, Myiarchus tuberculifer, Monnikskaptiran
1 at the Utcubamba River Valley (route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz).

316. SHORT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, Myiarchus ferox, Kortkuiftiran
1 near Segunda Jerusalen and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

317. (TE) SOOTY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER, Myiarchus phaeocephalus, Roetkruintiran
A single bird at Quebrada Frejolillo.

318. BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, Myiarchus tyrannulus, Cayennetiran
4 at Tamborapa.

319. GREAT KISKADEE, Pitangus sulphuratus, Grote Kiskadie
3 near Segunda Jerusalen.

320. BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER, Megarhynchus pitangua, Bootsnaveltiran
2 at Morro de Calzadas.

321. SOCIAL FLYCATCHER, Myiozetetes similis, Roodkruintiran
Small numbers near Aguas Verdes and near Moyobamba.

322. GRAY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, Myiozetetes granadensis, Grijskruintiran
A single one near Calzadas.

323. (TE) BAIRD’S FLYCATCHER, Myiodynastes bairdii, Bairds Tiran
3 near Olmos, 4 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

324. STREAKED FLYCATCHER, Myiodynastes maculatus, Gestreepte Tiran
1 at Morro de Calzadas.

325. PIRATIC FLYCATCHER, Legatus leucophaius, Piraattiran
1 at Segunda Jerusalen and 3 at Morro de Calzadas.

326. TROPICAL KINGBIRD, Tyrannus melancholicus, Tropische Koningstiran
Seen on 11 dates in northern Peru, common and widespread.

327. EASTERN KINGBIRD, Tyrannus tyrannus, Koningstiran
A single sighting at Morro de Calzadas.

328. YELLOW-CHEEKED BECARD, Pachyramphus xanthogenys, Geelwangbekarde
A single one at Tamborapa.

329. BARRED BECARD, Pachyramphus versicolor, Gebandeerde Bekarde
3 at Abra Patricia.

330. BLACK-AND-WHITE BECARD, Pachyramphus albogriseus, Eksterbekarde
4 at Tamborapa.

331. BLACK-CAPPED BECARD, Pachyramphus marginatus, Zwartkapbekarde
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

332. MASKED TITYRA, Tityra semifasciata, Maskertityra
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

333. GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN, Progne chalybea, Grijsborstpurperzwaluw
Small numbers in the Rioja/Moyobamba area and Chiclayo area.

334. BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW, Notiochelidon cyanoleuca, Blauw-witte Zwaluw
Fairly common throughout.

335. BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW, Notiochelidon murina, Muiszwaluw
Small numbers in Cajamarca area and at Abra Barra Negro.

336. WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW, Atticora fasciata, Witbandzwaluw
3 along the river near Aguas Verdes.

337. ANDEAN SWALLOW, Haplochelidon andecola, Andeszwaluw
Small numbers at Abra Barra Negro and en route Leymebamba – Pedro Ruiz (Utcubamba River Valley).

338. SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, Stelgidopteryx ruficollis, Zuid-Amerikaanse Ruwvleugelzwaluw
Small numbers in the Rioja/Moyobamba area.

339. CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWALLOW, Petrochelidon rufocollaris, Kastanjekraagzwaluw
3 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

340. BARN SWALLOW, Hirundo rustica, Boerenzwaluw
10+ at Lago Pomachochas and small numbers along the coast near Chiclayo.

341. PARAMO PIPIT, Anthus bogotensis, Páramopieper
A single bird near Cruz Conga.

342. WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER, Cinclus leucocephalus, Witkopwaterspreeuw
1 along the Utcubamba River and 1 at Abra Patricia.

343. BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS, Donacobius atricapillus, Zwartkopdonacobius
4 at Aguas Verdes.

344. THRUSH-LIKE WREN, Campylorhynchus turdinus, Lijsterwinterkoning
2 at Abra Patricia - Afluente (H).

345. FASCIATED WREN, Campylorhynchus fasciatus, Zebrawinterkoning
1 at San Marcos, 1 en route en route Celendín – Leymebamba, 2 near Olmos, 1 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 1 at Bosque Pomac.

346. GRAY-MANTLED WREN, Odontorchilus branickii, Grijsrugwinterkoning
A single sighting at Abra Patricia.

347. SHARPE’S WREN, Cinnycerthia olivascens, Sharpes Winterkoning
A single sighting (in the hand) at Abra Patricia.

348. CORAYA WREN, Thryothorus coraya, Corayawinterkoning
A single one at Morro de Calzadas.

349. SPECKLE-BREASTED WREN, Thryothorus sclateri, Maranonwinterkoning
2 at Tamborapa.

350. (TE) SUPERCILIATED WREN, Thryothorus superciliaris, Humboldtwinterkoning
1 at Abra Porculla and 2 near Olmos.

351. HOUSE WREN, Troglodytes aedon, Huiswinterkoning
A fairly common and widespread species, seen on 8 dates in northern Peru.

352. MOUNTAIN WREN, Troglodytes solstitialis, Bergwinterkoning
Singles en route Cajamarca – Celendin, Celendin – Leymebamba and 1 at Abra Porculla.

353. GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN, Henicorhina leucophrys, Grijze Boswinterkoning
A few at Abra Patricia and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

354. (E) BAR-WINGED WOOD-WREN, Henicorhina leucoptera, Peruaanse Boswinterkoning
Great views of this shy bird at the ridge trail at Abra Patricia.

355. SCALY-BREASTED WREN, Microcerculus marginatus, Noordelijke Nachtegaalwinterkoning
2 at Aguas Verdes (H).

356. LONG-TAILED MOCKINGBIRD, Mimus longicaudatus, Langstaartspotlijster
10+ en route Celendin – Leymebamba, fairly common near Bagua, Jaen, Olmos and Chiclayo area.

357. ANDEAN SOLITAIRE, Myadestes ralloides, Andessolitaire
5 at Abra Patricia.

358. WHITE-EARED SOLITAIRE, Entomodestes leucotis, Witoorsolitaire
A splendid sighting of 2 birds at Abra Patricia.

359. SPOTTED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH, Catharus dryas, Gevlekte Dwerglijster
1 at Aguas Verdes (H).

360. SWAINSON'S THRUSH, Catharus ustulatus, Dwerglijster
10+ at the Utcubamba River Valley, up to 15+ a day at Abra Patricia and 10+ at Morro de Calzadas.

361. CHIGUANCO THRUSH, Turdus chiguanco, Chiguancolijster
A fairly common and widespread species.


362. GREAT THRUSH, Turdus fuscater, Reuzenlijster
Commonly observed at higher altitudes.

363. GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH, Turdus serranus, Fluweellijster
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

364. ANDEAN SLATY-THRUSH, Turdus nigriceps, Witoksellijster
2 at Abra Patricia.

365. PLUMBEOUS-BACKED THRUSH, Turdus reevei, Loodruglijster
2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

366. (NE) MARAÑON THRUSH, Turdus maranonicus, Marañonlijster
4 at Balsas and 3 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

367. PALE-BREASTED THRUSH, Turdus leucomelas, Vaalborstlijster
1 at Segunda Jerusalen.

368. BLACK-BILLED THRUSH, Turdus ignobilis, Zwartsnavellijster
2 at Aguas Verdes, 2 at Segunda Jerusalen and 1 near Calzades.

369. TROPICAL GNATCATCHER, Polioptila plumbea, Amazonemuggenvanger
Fairly common around Jaen, Olmos, Quebrada Frejolillo and Chiclayo.

370. (E) MARAÑON GNATCATCHER, Polioptila major, Marañonmuggenvanger
Seen in small numbers en route Celendin – Balsas, Utcubamba Valley and San Marcos.

371. GREEN JAY, Cyanocorax yncas, Incagaai
1 en route Cajamarca – Celendin, up to 5 a day at Abra Patricia and 1 at Tamborapa.

372. (TE) WHITE-TAILED JAY, Cyanocorax mystacalis, Witstaartgaai
3 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

373. HOUSE SPARROW, Passer domesticus, Huismus
Introduced species. Present in towns and villages and generally found around human habitations.

374. RED-EYED VIREO, Vireo olivaceus, Roodoogvireo
2 at Abra Patricia, 2 at Morro de Calzadas and 10+ at Tamborapa.

375. LEMON-CHESTED GREENLET, Hylophilus thoracicus, Citroenborstvireo
A single one at Tamborapa.

376. OLIVACEOUS GREENLET, Hylophilus olivaceus, Olijfvireo
1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

377. SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO, Vireolanius leucotis, Grijskapklauwiervireo
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

378. RUFOUS-BROWED PEPPERSHRIKE, Cyclarhis gujanensis, Roodbrauwpeperklauwier
2 at Abra Patricia (H).

379. PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA, Euphonia chlorotica, Purperkeelorganist
Locally common in northern Peru.

380. THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA, Euphonia laniirostris, Dikbekorganist
4 at Abra Patricia - Afluente, a few at Quebrada Frejolillo and Bosque Pomac.

381. GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA, Euphonia cyanocephala, Goudstuitorganist
5 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

382. ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA, Euphonia xanthogaster, Vuurbuikorganist
A single bird at Aguas Verdes.

383. HOODED SISKIN, Carduelis magellanica, Kapsijs
The common siskin of the highlands.

384. OLIVACEOUS SISKIN, Carduelis olivacea, Olijfgele Sijs
Small numbers at the Utcubamba River Valley, Abra Patricia - Afluente and Jaen.

385. LESSER GOLDFINCH, Carduelis psaltria, Witbandsijs
10+ near Pedro Ruiz.

386. BLACK SISKIN, Carduelis atrata, Zwarte Sijs
3 at Marcapomacocha.

387. TROPICAL PARULA, Parula pitiayumi, Maskerparulazanger
1 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas, 1 at Morro de Calzadas and 3 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

388. AMERICAN REDSTART, Setophaga ruticilla, Amerikaanse Roodstaart
A ♀ at Quebrada Frejolillo, apparently a rare bird in Peru.

389. MASKED YELLOWTHROAT, Geothlypis aequinoctialis, Zuid-Amerikaanse Maskerzanger
A possible split (E) BLACK-LORED YELLOWTHROAT, Geothlypis aequinoctialis auricularis. 3 at the Utcubamba River Valley and 1 at Bosque Pomac.

390. CANADA WARBLER, Wilsonia canadensis, Canadese Zanger
3 at the Utcubamba River Valley, up to 5 a day at Abra Patricia and 4 at Morro de Calzadas.

391. SLATE-THROATED REDSTART, Myioborus miniatus, Meniezanger
Up to 6 a day at Abra Patricia and 4 at Abra Porculla.

392. SPECTACLED REDSTART, Myioborus melanocephalus, Brilzanger
2 en route Cajamarca – Celendin, 1 at Abra Barra Negro, 1 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas and 4 at Abra Patricia.

393. GRAY-AND-GOLD WARBLER, Basileuterus fraseri, Feeënzanger
A single bird at Quebrada Frejolillo.

394. CITRINE WARBLER, Basileuterus luteoviridis, Bonapartes Zanger
1 at Abra Barra Negro and 3 at Abra Patricia.

395. BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER, Basileuterus nigrocristatus, Zwartkuifzanger
2 at La Encanada (en route Cajamarca – Celendin) and a few at Abra Porculla.

396. RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER, Basileuterus coronatus, Goudkruinzanger
1 at Abra Patricia (H).

397. (TE) THREE-BANDED WARBLER, Basileuterus trifasciatus, Driebandzanger
10+at Abra Porculla and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

398. THREE-STRIPED WARBLER, Basileuterus tristriatus, Driestreepzanger
2 at Abra Patricia.

399. BANANAQUIT, Coereba flaveola, Suikerdiefje
Seen on 11 dates in northern Peru with a maximum (10+) on the 11th November.

400. CINEREOUS CONEBILL, Conirostrum cinereum, Grijze Spitssnavel
Small numbers en route Cajamarca – Celendin – Leymebamba.

401. CAPPED CONEBILL, Conirostrum albifrons, Witkopspitssnavel
A single one at Abra Patricia.

402. BLACK-FACED TANAGER, Schistoclamys melanopis, Sluiertangare
2 at Abra Patricia, 4 at Aguas Verdes and 4 at Morro de Calzadas.

403. MAGPIE TANAGER, Cissopis leveriana, Ekstertangare
Small numbers at Abra Patricia - Afluente and in the Aguas Verdes area.

404. WHITE-CAPPED TANAGER, Sericossypha albocristata, Witkaptangare
At last, after 8 South American trips, great views of this bird at Abra Patricia.

405. COMMON BUSH-TANAGER, Chlorospingus ophthalmicus, Briltangare
Common at Abra Patricia.

406. YELLOW-THROATED BUSH-TANAGER, Chlorospingus flavigularis, Geelborsttangare
Small numbers at Abra Patricia - Afluente and Aguas Verdes.

407. SUPERCILIARIED HEMISPINGUS, Hemispingus superciliaris, Wenkbrauwhemispingus
A single observation of this possible split WHITE-BELLIED HEMISPINGUS, Hemispingus superciliaris insignis at Abra Barra Negro.

408. RUFOUS-CHESTED TANAGER, Thlypopsis ornata, Kaneelborsttangare
2 at Abra Patricia.

409. (NE) BUFF-BELLIED TANAGER, Thlypopsis inornata, Taanbuiktangare
7 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

410. GUIRA TANAGER, Hemithraupis guira, Guiratangare
2 at Tamborapa.

411. RUFOUS-CRESTED TANAGER, Creurgops verticalis, Okerkuiftangare
2 at Abra Patricia.

412. WHITE-LINED TANAGER, Tachyphonus rufus, Zwarte Tangare
1 at the Utcubamba River Valley, 1 at Abra Patricia - Afluente and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

413. HEPATIC TANAGER, Piranga flava, Gele Tangare
Singles at San Marcos, en route Celendin – Leymebamba and Tamborapa and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

414. SCARLET TANAGER, Piranga olivacea, Zwartvleugeltangare
2 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

415. SUMMER TANAGER, Piranga rubra, Zomertangare
A ♀ at Abra Porculla.

416. WHITE-WINGED TANAGER, Piranga leucoptera, Witvleugeltangare
4 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

417. RED-HOODED TANAGER, Piranga rubriceps, Karmozijnkoptangare
3 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas.

418. VERMILION TANAGER, Calochaetes coccineus, Vermiljoentangare
A most wanted species seen at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

419. (E) HUALLAGA TANAGER, Ramphocelus melanogaster, Zwartbuiktangare
Small numbers at Abra Patricia - Afluente, Aguas Verdes and Morro de Calzadas.

420. BLUE-GRAY TANAGER, Thraupis episcopus, Bisschopstangare
A fairly common and widespread species, observed on 8 days in northern Peru.

421. BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER, Thraupis cyanocephala, Blauwkaptangare
Widespread at higher elevations.

422. BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER, Thraupis bonariensis, Blauw-gele Tangare
2 at the Rio Chonta Valley near Cajamarca, 1 near Cruz Conga and 2 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

423. PALM TANAGER, Thraupis palmarum, Palmtangare
3 at Balsas and fairly common en route Aguas Verdes – Moyobamba.
424. HOODED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER, Buthraupis montana, Blauwrugbergtangare
2 at Abra Patricia.

425. LACRIMOSE MOUNTAIN-TANAGER, Anisognathus lacrymosus, Druppelbergtangare
A single one at Abra Patricia.

426. SCARLET-BELLIED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER, Anisognathus igniventris, Roodoorbergtangare
1 en route Cajamarca – Celendin and 3 at Abra Barra Negro.

427. BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER, Anisognathus somptuosus, Blauwvleugelbergtangare
4 at Abra Patricia.

428. FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER, Pipraeidea melanonota, Zwartborsttangare
A single observation at the Utcubamba River Valley.

429. ORANGE-EARED TANAGER, Chlorochrysa calliparaea, Oranjeoortangare
Small numbers in the Afluente area.

430. PARADISE TANAGER, Tangara chilensis, Paradijstangare
Fairly common at Abra Patricia - Afluente and a few at Morro de Calzadas.

431. GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER, Tangara schrankii, Groen-gouden Tangare
Small numbers at Abra Patricia - Afluente and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

432. GOLDEN TANAGER, Tangara arthus, Goudtangare
Fairly common at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

433. GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER, Tangara chrysotis, Goudoortangare
A few at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

434. SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER, Tangara xanthocephala, Geelkoptangare
20+ at Abra Patricia.

435. FLAME-FACED TANAGER, Tangara parzudakii, Vuurmaskertangare
2 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas, common at Abra Patricia.

436. YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER, Tangara xanthogastra, Geelbuiktangare
4 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

437. SPOTTED TANAGER, Tangara punctata, Druppeltangare
2 at Aguas Verdes.

438. BAY-HEADED TANAGER, Tangara gyrola, Okerkaptangare
A few in the Afluente area and 3 at Morro de Calzadas.

439. BURNISHED-BUFF TANAGER, Tangara cayana, Sabeltangare
2 at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

440. METALLIC-GREEN TANAGER, Tangara labradorides, Zwartnektangare
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

441. BLUE-NECKED TANAGER, Tangara cyanicollis, Azuurkoptangare
Common in the Afluente area.

442. BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER, Tangara nigroviridis, Zilvervlektangare
8 at Abra Patricia and 1 at Morro de Calzadas.

443. BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER, Tangara vassorii, Blauw-zwarte Tangare
2 at Abra Barra Negro, 10+ at the Río Chido trail near Florida de Pomacochas, fairly common at Abra Patricia.

444. SILVER-BACKED TANAGER, Tangara viridicollis, Zilvertangare
3 at the Utcubamba River Valley, 1 at the Río Chido Trail and 6 at Abra Patricia.

445. GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER, Iridophanes pulcherrima, Geelkraagtangare
A group of 10+ en route from Florida de Pomacochas – Abra Patricia.

446. BLACK-FACED DACNIS, Dacnis lineate, Zwartmaskerpitpit
1 at Abra Patricia and 3 in the Afluente area.

447. BLUE DACNIS, Dacnis cayana, Blauwe Pitpit
4 in the Afluente area and 2 at Morro de Calzadas.

448. PURPLE HONEYCREEPER, Cyanerpes caeruleus, Purperen Suikervogel
4 at Morro de Calzadas.

449. RED-LEGGED HONEYCREEPER, Cyanerpes cyaneus, Blauwe Suikervogel
A single bird near Aguas Verdes.

450. SWALLOW-TANAGER, Tersina viridis, Zwaluwtangare
3 at Morro de Calzadas.

451. RED-CRESTED FINCH, Coryphospingus cucullatus, Rode Kroongors
2 near Jaen.

452. (NE) PERUVIAN SIERRA-FINCH, Phrygilus punensis, Punasierragors
A few in the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca and fairly common en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

453. PLUMBEOUS SIERRA-FINCH, Phrygilus unicolor, Loodkleurige Sierragors
A few en route Cajamarca – Celendin and 3 at Marcapomacocha.

454. BAND-TAILED SIERRA-FINCH, Phrygilus alaudinus, Bandstaartsierragors
Small numbers near Cajamarca and en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

455. ASH-BREASTED SIERRA-FINCH, Phrygilus plebejus, Grijsborstsierragors
1 near San Marcos and a few at Marcapomacocha.

456. WHITE-WINGED DIUCA-FINCH, Diuca speculifera, Witvleugeldiucagors
6 at Marcapomacocha.

457. (E) CINEREOUS FINCH, Piezorhina cinerea, Dikbekgors
2 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 3 at Bosque Pomac.

458. (E) GRAY-WINGED INCA-FINCH, Incaspiza ortizi, Grijsvleugelincagors
2 in the Marañon Valley near Balsas.

459. (E) BUFF-BRIDLED INCA-FINCH, Incaspiza laeta, Geelbaardincagors
6 at San Marcos and 10+ en route Celendin – Balsas.

460. (E) LITTLE INCA-FINCH, Incaspiza watkinsi, Kleine Incagors
4 at Bagua and 1 near Jaen.

461. COLLARED WARBLING-FINCH, Poospiza hispaniolensis, Gekraagde Boomgors
A single bird at Bosque Pomac.

462. BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT, Volatinia jacarina, Witbrauwgrasgors
Surprisingly scarce, probably overlooked. 4 en route Celendin – Leymebamba, 1 near Pedro Ruiz, small numbers in the Rioja/Moyobamba area and near Jaen.

463. BLACK-AND-WHITE SEEDEATER, Sporophila luctuosa, Zwart-wit Dikbekje
25+ in the Afluente area.


464. DRAB SEEDEATER, Sporophila simplex, Vaalbruin Dikbekje
Small numbers near Tamborapa and Jaen, 25+ near Olmos.

465. PARROT-BILLED SEEDEATER, Sporophila peruviana, Papegaaidikbekje
A few at Quebrada Frejolillo.

466. CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER, Sporophila castaneiventris, Roodbuikdikbekje
4 near Calzadas.

467. CHESTNUT-THROATED SEEDEATER, Sporophila telasco, Roodkindikbekje
2 at Segunda Jerusalen.

468. BLACK-BILLED SEED-FINCH, Oryzoborus atrirostris, Zwartsnavelzaadkraker
A single observation at Segunda Jerusalen.

469. CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH, Oryzoborus angolensis, Zwartkopzaadkraker
A single observation at Segunda Jerusalen.

470. BAND-TAILED SEEDEATER, Catamenia analis, Witstaartcatamenia
Fairly common near Cajamarca and en route Cajamarca – Celendin – Cajamarca.

471. PLAIN-COLOURED SEEDEATER, Catamenia inornata, Bruingrijze Catamenia
A few en route Cajamarca – Celendin.

472. PARAMO SEEDEATER, Catamenia homochroa, Páramocatamenia
4 en route Celendin – Balsas.

473. DULL-COLOURED GRASSQUIT, Tiaris obscura, Bruine Grondvink
1 near Calzadas and 1 near Jaen.

474. RUSTY FLOWER-PIERCER, Diglossa sittoides, Kleverberghoningkruiper
2 at Abra Barra Negro and 1 at the Río Chido Trail near Florida de Pomacochas.

475. WHITE-SIDED FLOWERPIERCER, Diglossa albilatera, Witflankberghoningkruiper
2 at Abra Barra Negro and 3 at Abra Patricia.

476. BLACK-THROATED FLOWER-PIERCER, Diglossa brunneiventris, Zwartkeelberghoningkruiper
A few at the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca and en route Cajamarca – Celendin, 1 at Abra Barra Negro.

477. DEEP-BLUE FLOWERPIERCER, Diglossopis glauca, Goudoogberghoningkruiper
A single bird at Abra Patricia.

478. BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER, Diglossopis caerulescens, Grijsblauwe Berghoningkruiper
1 at Abra Barra Negro and 2 at Abra Patricia.

479. MASKED FLOWER-PIERCER, Diglossopis cyanea, Maskerberghoningkruiper
6 at Abra Barra Negro and 5 at Abra Patricia.

480. SAFFRON FINCH, Sicalis flaveola, Gewone Saffraangors
Common in the dry areas of the Pacific slope and the Marañon.

481. GRASSLAND YELLOW-FINCH, Sicalis luteola, Graslandsaffraangors
A single one near Lago Pomacochas.

482. BRIGHT-RUMPED YELLOW-FINCH, Sicalis uropygialis, Grijsrugsaffraangors
20+ at Marcapomacocha.

483. YELLOW-BREASTED BRUSH-FINCH, Atlapetes rufinuchus, Geelborststruikgors
2 at La Encanada, small numbers en route Celendin – Balsas, Abra Barra Negro, up to 10 a day at Abra Patricia.

484. BAY-CROWNED BRUSH-FINCH, Atlapetes seebohmi, Roodkruinstruikgors
Small numbers at Abra Porculla and 2 at Quebrada Frejolillo.

485. WHITE-WINGED BRUSH-FINCH, Atlapetes leucopterus, Witvleugelstruikgors
Small numbers at Abra Porculla.

486. (TE) WHITE-HEADED BRUSH-FINCH, Atlapetes albiceps, Witkopstruikgors
20+ at Quebrada Frejolillo.

487. (TE) BLACK-CAPPED SPARROW, Arremon abeillei, Kapucijnergors
Single ones near Jaen, Tamborapa and Olmos.

488. (TE) TUMBES SPARROW, Aimophila stolzmanni, Stolzmanns Gors
2 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 2 at Bosque Pomac.

489. YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW, Ammodramus aurifrons, Geelwanggors
A single one at Aguas Verdes.

490. RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW, Zonotrichia capensis, Roodkraaggors
A rather common and widespread species.

491. STREAKED SALTATOR, Saltator striatipectus, Gestreepte Saltator
Fairly common en route Celendin – Balsas, a few at Abra Barra Negro, 10+ at the Utcubamba River Valley, a few near Bagua and near Tamborapa.

492. GRAYISH SALTATOR, Saltator coerulescens, Grijze Saltator
A single one at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

493. BUFF-THROATED SALTATOR, Saltator maximus, Bontkeelsaltator
Small numbers in the Afluente area and at Morro de Calzadas.

494. (TE) BLACK-COWLED SALTATOR, Saltator nigriceps, Roodsnavelsaltator
2 at Abra Porculla.

495. GOLDEN-BILLED SALTATOR, Saltator aurantiirostris, Goudsnavelsaltator
3 in the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca and 1 at La Encanada.

496. GOLDEN-BELLIED GROSBEAK, Pheucticus chrysogaster, Geelbuikkardinaal
3 at San Marcos, 1 at the Río Chonta Valley near Cajamarca, 1 en route Celendin – Balsas and 4 at the Utcubamba River Valley.

497. PERUVIAN MEADOWLARK, Sturnella bellicosa, Peruaanse Weidespreeuw
Small numbers in the Cajamarca area, fairly common in the Marañon Valley and near Lago Pomacochas, 1 near Olmos.

498. SCRUB BLACKBIRD, Dives warszewiczi, Struiktroepiaal
Fairly common in the Olmos – Chiclayo area.

499. SHINY COWBIRD, Molothrus bonariensis, Glanskoevogel
A few near Olmos and fairly common in the Chiclayo area..

500. YELLOW-TAILED ORIOLE, Icterus mesomelas, Geelstaarttroepiaal
2 at Tamborapa.

501. (TE) WHITE-EDGED ORIOLE, Icterus graceannae, Spiegeltroepiaal
8 at Quebrada Frejolillo and 5 at Bosque Pomac.

502. ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL, Icterus croconotus, Oranjerugtroepiaal
1at Aguas Verdes and 1 near Calzadas.

503. YELLOW-RUMPED CACIQUE, Cacicus cela, Geelstuitbuidelspreeuw
10+ at Aguas Verdes.

504. MOUNTAIN CACIQUE, Cacicus chrysonotus, Bergbuidelspreeuw
A single observation at Abra Patricia.

505. CRESTED OROPENDOLA, Psarocolius decumanus, Kuiforopendola
A single bird at Abra Patricia - Afluente.

506. RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA, Psarocolius angustifrons, Roestrugoropendola
2 at the Utcubamba River Valley and 1 Abra Patricia - Afluente.