Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics: Jul 10—21, 2016

Mythical Owlet and Stupendous Spatuletail

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Price: $4,795
Price includes internal air. This tour is currently sold out.
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


A forest-based tour from two 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 scenery with 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 and mixed-species flocks.

Abra Patricia holds many new species recently discovered by LSU such as the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet, Ochre-fronted and Chestnut antpittas (now coming to feeders), Royal Sunangel, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher, and Bar-winged Wood-Wren, all seen well on almost all of our recent tours. Short drives will allow us to explore the lower middle elevation forest along the road through the vast park, and to visit unique stunted ridge-top elfin forest in search of localized endemics. Foremost, we will also visit the grasslands and dry valley 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 on this mega tour, 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 Tanager 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 the poorly known White-faced Nunbird; huge mixed species flocks; Rusty-tinged Antpitta (at feeder) and Rusty-breasted Antpittas; Barred Antthrush; tapaculos; Green-and-Black Fruiteater; Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant; and many more.

Lower foothill elevations along the road and at a private reserve, plus the lovely family-run Waquanki (Fruiteater) Lodge will reward us with many different possibilities such as Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail and tinamous (coming in to corn 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 Fruiteater, Gilded and Versicolored barbets, Equatorial Graytail, Fiery-capped and Golden-headed manakins, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, the newly described Painted Manakin, and Inambari Woodcreeper.

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 nighttime and pleasant daytime temperatures.