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NORTHERN PERU

Monday 8th October - Saturday 27th October 2018

Pete Morris

Long-whiskered Owlet (Pete Morris)

Long-whiskered Owlet (Pete Morris)

Three years ago I wrote “Our Northern Peru tour has become a real blockbuster over the years!”. Well unbelievably, it’s got even better with yet more specialities added in! It is one of those tours that really has evolved over time, with more and more goodies being added as knowledge has increased, and since my last tour a couple more localized endemics have joined the ranks!

The only downside is that there really is a lot to pack in now, but hey, who’s going to complain when the total list was well over 750 species (776 including a few likely to be split allospecies) and the top birds included Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet-banded Barbet, Cordillera Azul Antbird, Pale-billed Antpitta and Painted Manakin. I have highlighted these five as, just a few years ago, these species were not even on the radar! Now they are most definitely a reality! The barbet no longer takes a week long tough expedition – just a few hours muddy drive! Other toughies, such as Rusty-tinged, Chestnut, Rufous-breasted (Leymebamba) and Ochre-fronted Antpittas and a number of rare hummingbirds have become much easier to see, whilst old favourites such as White-winged Guans, Marvelous Spatuletail and Peruvian Plantcutter are still doing us proud! Of particular note on this tour were the 16 species (if one splits Marañon Screech Owl) of owl and sixty-one species of hummingbirds, whilst our group favourites included such diverse species as a very showy Paint-billed Crake, amazing Striped and Stygian Owls, the exquisite Marañon Crescentchest, a gorgeous Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater at point blank range, and some superb Grey-breasted Mountain Toucans. In fact we had an extremely high hit rate with the specialities; just reward for our efforts!

Ochre-fronted Antpitta (Pete Morris)

Ochre-fronted Antpitta (Pete Morris)