Trip report: Northern Peru (October 2012)

Guided by Andrew Spencer.

Northern Peru is a bit of an enigma to me.  It has some of the best birding anywhere in South America, and its list of rare, local, and near-mythical endemics is sky high.  But for some reason it gets far less birding attention than other parts of South America right next door.  This is a real shame, and the area deserves far more attention than it gets.

This trip was a short, custom tour to Northern Peru, shorter than our usual itinerary, and with less time at some sites.  It was also a tour where we were targeting certain species, and some more common birds that we would usual try to see went unrecorded.  But it was also one of the best tours I’ve ever guided in terms of our luck with rare and local species – not only did we get unbelievably amazing close views of the near-mythical Long-whiskered Owlet, in the open Pale-billed Antpitta, an unusually cooperative Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, a surprise White-faced Nunbird,and Russet-mantled Softtail, but we also had superb looks at nearly all the target species we were looking for.

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