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AMAZONIAN PERU

Saturday 10th November - Saturday 1st December 2012

Matt Denton

The rare Wattled Curassow (Matt Denton)

The rare Wattled Curassow (Matt Denton)

Once again we were fortunate to see the Nocturnal Curassow during a night time excursion near our lodge. With the addition of Wattled Curassow, this tour now offers two of the continent’s most wanted cracids in one of Amazonia’s most diverse avifaunas. How diverse? We recorded a total of 647 avian species including the post-tour extension to the Andes, the latter feeling like a separate tour, so different was the terrain. Some of the other Amazonian birds seen included Black-banded Crake, Festive and Short-tailed Parrots, Pheasant Cuckoo, Rufous-necked and Spotted Puffbirds, Blue-necked Jacamar, Pale-billed Hornero, Zimmer’s Woodcreeper, Pearly Antshrike, Allpahuayo, Amazonas (Jenson’s) and Spot-winged Antbirds, White-plumed Antbird, the enigmatic Black Bushbird, Zimmer’s Tody-Tyrant, Orange-eyed Flycatcher, Riverside Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wire-tailed Manakin, Velvet-fronted Grackle and Band-tailed Oropendola. The headliner of the post-tour extension was certainly the critically endangered Royal Cinclodes. Some of the other highlights from our Andean birding included Marcapata Spinetail, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Black-streaked Puffbird, Junin Canastero, Undulated Antpitta (for some), Diademed Tapaculo, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Masked Fruiteater, Inca Wren, Parodi’s Hemispingus and Giant Conebill. We also enjoyed an excursion to the rugged coastline and the avian spectacle of the Pacific’s Humboldt Current where thousands of Inca Terns and Peruvian Booby was more than impressive. Lastly there was yet another eco-system to visit in the mist-fed coastal hills of Lomas de Lachay where we saw the nomadic Raimondi’s Yellow-Finch as well as Thick-billed and Grayish Miners and Cactus Canastero.

The hard-to-see Nocturnal Curassow (Matt Denton)

The hard-to-see Nocturnal Curassow (Matt Denton)