Trip report: Northern Peru (Aug 2017) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas. This was a set departure tour

I’ve been guiding trips to Northern Peru since 2005 and still enjoy coming here every year – the birding seems like it only gets better thanks to new lodges and reserves that have opened over the years. Our 2017 trip was really fun; the trip went really smoothly, we enjoyed superb weather, and had great birding with over 500 species and close to 40 Peruvian endemics. Some favorites included the Peruvian Plantcutter shown here, the truly Marvelous Spatuletail, awesome views of Gray-bellied Comet, six antpittas including an amazingly cooperative Pale-billed Antpitta (it was worth the hike!), two crescentchests, and three inca-finches. New feeding stations in the area helped us get some superb sightings of normally tough species including Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, tinamous, and Ecuadorian Piedtail. That’s not to say everything was easy! Several key species only revealed themselves after a significant amount of effort at the “eleventh hour”, chief among these being Long-whiskered Owlet, Little Inca-Finch, Marañon Crescentchest, and Tumbes Hummingbird; persistence is often the best antidote to the occasional intrusion of poor luck… A few nice mammal sightings added excitement to our trip, headlined by two very rare monkeys at Abra Patricia: Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and Peruvian Night Monkey. A friendly and helpful tour group, along with our superb driver Omar, also helped make it a great tour.

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