13-30 Nov 2014
Come join us on our new Northern Peru itinerary, a 16 day extravaganza in the most endemic rich area in the world. 3 nights at Abra Patricia for a great chance for Long-whiskered Owlet as well as Royal Sunangel, the recently described Lulu’s Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, White-capped and Yellow-scarfed Tanager, as well as Ochre-fronted, Chestnut and Rusty-tinged Antpitta. Saving time on the newly paved road through the Marañon Valley we drop a night at Celendin to devote to other areas, adding 2 nights near Moyobamba for foothill specialties like Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Band-bellied Owl, Rufous Nightjar, Huallaga Tanager, White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Mishana Tyrannulet and the newly described Varzea Thrush. Hummingbird feeders here are World class with over 15 species including the flashy Rufous-crested Coquette. Nearby open habitat has savanna species like Rusty-backed Antwren, Stripe-necked tody-Tyrant, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch and Black-billed Seed-Finch.
At the feeders near Pomacochas we watch Marvelous Spatuletails and Little Woodstar. Higher up we hike a trail up to territories of Pale-billed Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail and Peruvian Wren. The dry forest near Jaen has Marañon specialities like Cresentchest, Spinetail and Slaty-Antshrike. On the scrubby slopes near the Abra Porculla pass we look for Piura Chat-Tyrant as well as Black-cowled Saltator, Henna-hooded- and Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaners and Peruvian Sheartail. Bosque Pomac with Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous flycatcher and Tumbes Swallow is a standard stop. At Chaparrí lodge we visit the new site in the foothills above for real wild White-winged Guans as well as Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Ecuadorian Trogon and Piculet. On the last morning we visit the Tianjones reservoir for Black-faced Ibis and coastal sites near Chiclayo before the flight back to Lima.
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