Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics: Jul 09—20, 2017

Mythical Owlet and Stupendous Spatuletail

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Price: $4,795
Includes internal flights. This tour is currently sold out.
Departs: Lima
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to ...

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Yellow-scarfed Tanager

Yellow-scarfed Tanager— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

Forest-based tour at two exciting forested eco-lodges, one within the pristine 182,000 ha Alto Mayo cloud forest reserve in the fabled Abra Patricia Pass—famous for its stunning array of rarely seen range-restricted endemics such as the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet. This trip is simply a must for lovers of spectacular, colorful hummingbirds and tanagers with 40+ of each, including the classiest of all hummingbirds, the stupendous Marvelous Spatuletail, Rufous-crested Coquette, and amazing Sword-billed.

Spectacular rolling mountains clad in vast epiphyte-laden cloud forest brimming with exquisite orchids and fabulous endemic birds, Abra Patricia is bound to captivate. Temperatures in this mid-montane cloud forest region will be almost perfect, as we have timed this tour for the peak of the dry season. The Owlet Lodge is a perfect comfortable base from which to explore this rich avifauna; at our doorsteps we have a superb network of well-kept forest trails and a new canopy tower with very active hummingbird feeders.

Abra Patricia holds many new species recently discovered such as the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet, Ochre-fronted and Chestnut antpittas, Royal Sunangel, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, and Bar-winged Wood-Wren, all seen well on six of our last seven tours. Short drives will allow us to explore other lower elevation forest along the roads and visit the unique stunted ridge-top elfin forest in search of their localized endemics. Foremost of all, we will visit the grasslands that are home to the dazzling Marvelous Spatuletail, a legendary hummingbird.

Rufous-crested Coquette

Rufous-crested Coquette— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

Many other glamour birds can be expected, including two species of quetzals; Crimson-mantled and Crimson-bellied woodpeckers; Andean Cock-of-the-rock; Chestnut-crested Cotinga; fruiteaters; many dazzling hummingbirds (40+); an amazing array of colorful tanagers (40+) including the unique White-capped and Hooded and Blue-winged mountain-tanagers, and Flame-faced, Grass-green, Vermilion, Golden, Red-hooded, Saffron-crowned, and Paradise tanagers; and White-collared Jay. We will also have a chance to see the endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and much more.

Walking picturesque forest trails from the lodge, we will immerse ourselves in the rich avifauna, searching out such prizes as Wattled Guan; the poorly known White-faced Nunbird; huge mixed species flocks; Rusty-tinged and Rusty-breasted antpittas; Barred Antthrush; tapaculos; Green-and-Black Fruiteater; Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant; and many more.

Lower elevations and the new Fruiteater Lodge will reward us with many more possibilities such as Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, tinamous, Emerald Toucanet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Western Puffbird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Lanceolated Monklet, Fiery-throated Fruiteaters, Gilded and Versicolored barbets, Equatorial Graytail, Fiery-capped Manakin, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher and a NEW, as yet unnamed species of manakin, and Golden-collared Honeycreeper.

Night excursions will be emphasized for the mythical owlet with other possibilities including Cinnamon and White-throated screech-owls; Band-bellied, Stygian, Black-and-White, and Rufous-banded owls; and the amazing Lyre-tailed and Swallow-tailed nightjars.

Excellent forest-based lodges with spacious and comfortable accommodations and excellent meals; internet access; some short drives for excursions; no high elevations reached; birding on excellent forested trails and along paved roads with minimal traffic; cool, pleasant temperatures.

Please note the dates of this tour have changed since the publication of the 2017 VENT catalog.