Birdwatching in Peru
Tambopata & Madre de Dios
Abra Malaga (Cusco)
Places to Stay
Peru is home to some 1780 species of bird (18.5% of all the bird species in the world and 45% of all neotropical birds). There are 125 true endemic birds. The political violence of the 80īs and the beginning of the 90īs has come to an end now. Peru has recently also subdued Coca-growing in many areas, which is why suddenly, practically the whole country lies open for birding and is safer than most places of South America. A birding trip is possible during any month as birds breed all year round.
There are many important sites, but the key ones are: Manu, Tambopata & Madre de Dios, Abra Malaga, Iquitos & the Ballestas Islands.
There are many more easily accessible lodges from Puerto Maldonado with much the same birds as Manu Wildlife Centre, but maybe not as birder friendly albeit less expensive. The most famous one - Explorer's Inn still holds the world record lodge list (close to 600 species) as well as the world record for a big day (Ted Parker and Scott Robinson 331 species).
This reserve is an ecosystem that has had an unchanging evolution throughout thousands of years, housing one of the biggest variety of flora and fauna in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 bird species in the park and over 200 mammals. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 plant species, 10% of which are still unknown by scientists.
Conservation of fragmented forest patches with extremely threatened birds is difficult. At Abra Malaga in south-east Peru in the Cusco department there is 10 hectare area of Polylepis woodland at 4000-4300m and some adjacent smaller patches. Among the critically threatened and endangered birds there are White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax, Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus. The locality is very close to the road at the pass on the Cusco-Quillabamba road.
Near Iquitos ACEER has the famous half-mile canopy walk way, worth a visit. Other good areas - recently opened - for lowland birding include Pucallpa, Tarapoto, Villa Rica-Puerto Bermudas road and Satipo. Birders still have to find the way here, but prices are lower and birds are plentiful.
Tour Operators specializing in birding trips in Peru
Manu Expeditions -
Rainforest Expeditions -
Tanager Tours -
Kolibri Expeditions -
Tropical Nature Travel (InkaNatura)
A Guide to the Best Jungle Lodges in Peru
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