Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics: Aug 12—23, 2019

Mythical Owlet and Stupendous Spatuletail

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Price: To Be Announced.
($4995 in 2018)
Departs: Lima
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker, a senior member of the VENT staff, has led VENT tours since 1993 throughou...

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Long-whiskered Owlet

Long-whiskered Owlet— Photo: Andrew Whittaker


Forest-based tour at two 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 range-restricted endemics such as the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet. Spectacular, colorful hummingbirds and tanagers abound; expect 40+ different species of each, including the classiest of all hummingbirds: the stupendous Marvelous Spatuletail, Rufous-crested Coquette, Wire-crested Thorntail, Royal Sunangel, and amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird.

Spectacular rolling Andean 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 offers the perfect and 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, and our forested clearing is full of very active hummingbird feeders.

Abra Patricia holds many new species recently discovered by LSU 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 most of our recent tours. Short drives will allow us to explore the lower elevation forest along the road through the vast park, and to visit the unique stunted ridge-top elfin forest in search of their localized endemics. Foremost, we will also visit the grasslands and scrub that are home to the dazzling Marvelous Spatuletail, a legendary hummingbird now coming in to feeders!

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 two species of quetzal; 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 Waquanki (Fruiteater) Lodge will reward us with many more possibilities such as Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail and tinamous (coming in to feed at a blind!), Emerald Toucanet, Golden-collared Toucanet, Torrent Duck, endemic Speckle-chested Piculet, Western Striolated 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 especially for the mythical owlet with other possibilities including Cinnamon and White-throated screech-owls, Band-bellied and Rufous-banded owls, along with chances for 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 well-kept forested trails and along the main paved roads; cool, pleasant temperatures.