Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics: Jun 30—Jul 08, 2018
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- Jul 02, 2016: Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics
- Jun 27, 2014: Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics
Past Field Lists:
- Jul 02, 2016: Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics: PDF (4.1 MB)
- Jun 27, 2014: Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics: PDF (2.4 MB)
- Jul 07, 2018: Lima’s Coastal Marshes and Humboldt Seabird Colonies
- Jul 08, 2018: Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics
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Elegant Crescentchest— Photo: Andrew Whittaker
Extremely varied and interesting mixture of habitats from stark, cactus deserts to dripping-wet, epiphyte-laden cloud forests and semi-deciduous forests, some dominated by huge Bombax trees. A wealth of exciting and colorful Peruvian endemics and an ideal introduction to Peru’s ornithological riches.
Northern Peru has an extraordinary diversity of habitats. It should come as no surprise that the area would also be impressively rich in birdlife. The Tumbes and Marañon region harbors not only a diverse avifauna, but one that is highly endemic, with many species found nowhere else in the world.
This region is incredibly birdy, and regional specialties abound. Foremost among them is the spectacular White-winged Guan, long feared to be extinct and only rediscovered in 1977. Other specialties include Peruvian Thick-knee, Peruvian Sheartail, Tumbes Hummingbird, Short-tailed Woodstar, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, White-tailed Jay, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Necklaced Spinetail, Coastal Miner, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Elegant Crescentchest, the bizarre Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, the beautiful Tumbes Tyrant, Gray-and-gold Warbler, Crimson-breasted Finch, Tumbes Sparrow, Sulphur-throated Finch, and many others.
White-tailed Jay— Photo: Andrew Whittaker
The cactus-studded Marañon Valley is equally bird-rich, and is home to many endemics and poorly-known species, among them the Peruvian Pigeon, Scrub Nightjar, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Marañon and Chinchipe spinetails, Collared Antshrike, Marañon Gnatcatcher, Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon Thrush, Buff-bellied Tanager, and the pretty Little Inca-Finch.
This exciting tour can be combined with the amazingly rich cloud forest of the famous Abra Patricia (Owlet Lodge) and Moyobamba (Fruiteater Lodge) areas with many more neat endemics, colorful tanagers, and hummingbirds galore (our Northern Peru: Cloud Forest Endemics tour), or two days of great birding in Lima, visiting its rich seabird colonies and coastal marsh reserve.
Good accommodations; good food; electricity and wi-fi; easy birding along wide trails; early starts, midday breaks and siestas during the heat of the day; climate warm and dry, very comfortable at night, cool early mornings in cloudforest.