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North Peru Birding Blitz: Hummingbirds and Endemics


If you only have 7 days and want to get all the best birds of North Peru, and as many hummingbird species as possible, then this itinerary is for you. The pace is sometimes demanding and we may eat on the fly or have a very late lunch if birding gets in the way. Birding is the priority on this tour. Food and sleep are secondary.

It differs from our 8 day tour to North Peru that is does a turn to Leimebamba and the Marañon valley, and spends less time at Abra Patricia. The lodging on this trip is generally basic, but if anyone wants lodging upgrade this is possible. Just let us know.

No Departures for this Tour

If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.


Day 1: Birdwatching Bosque Pomac-Olmos. Peruvian Plantcutter and Tumbes Tyrant.

Lan Flight 6.00am to Chiclayo arriving at 7.30am.  

We drive straight to Bosque Pomac. Here we find Pacific Parrotlet, Short-tailed Woodstar, Necklaced Spinetail, Collared Antshrike, Peruvian Plantcutter, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Superciliated Wren, Cinereous Finch, White-edged Oriole, Rufous Flycatcher and Tumbes Swallows.

We shall continue over dry fields checking for Parrot-billed Seedeater, Sulphur-throated Finch and White-faced (Tropical) Gnatcatcher to Tinajones reservoir where we hope to find Great Grebe and perhaps some Comb Ducks.  This area is also good for Peruvian Thick-knee and Burrowing Owl.

Near Tinajones reservoir is Chaparri reserve. There is a nice lodge here. Our time does not allow us to stay, but the birds are well staked out and it will give us good opportunity to score on Tumbes and Amazilia Hummingbirds, Peruvian Sheartail as well as Purple-collared Woodstar. Other good birds here include the introduced now wild breeding population of White-winged Guan, as well as White-tailed Jay, Plumbeous-backed Thrush and Tumbes Tyrant.
At mid-afternoon we shall drive to Olmos. 
Perhaps with stop for Scrub Nightjar and Peruvian Screech-Owl at dusk.  Night in Olmos.

Day 2: Birding Porculla pass to Jaen. Chapman's Antshrike and Marañon Crescentchest.

5am start and one hour drive to Porculla Pass. Elegant Crescentchest, Black-cowled Saltator, Chapman's Antshrike, Piura Chat-tyrant, Line-cheeked Spinetail, and Bay-crowned Brush-finch are among the targets.  Sometimes one may find the porcullae ssp of Gray-chinned Hermit here.

We drive on to Jaen.
In the afternoon endemic birds in Jaen include Marañon Crescentchest, Chinchipe Spinetail (currently considered subspecies of Necklaced Spinetail according to SACC), Marañon Slaty Antshrike (currently subspecies of Northern Slaty Antshrike according to SACC) and Little Inca-Finch.  Hotel Prim’s. 

Day 3: Birdwatching in Utcubamba Valley to Leimebamba. Little Inca-Finch and Purple-throated Sunangel.

Early morning, we start the looking for Spot-throated Hummingbird, Shumba Antshrike (split from Collared Antshrike) and Little Inca-Finch near Bagua.Then we drive along the Utcumamba River to Leimebamba with stops to look for Marañon Spinetail and a roosting Koepcke’s Screech-Owl on the way.

In the afternoon we visit the feeders at Leimebamba, which have Andean Emerald, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Purple-throated Sunangel, Chestnut-breasted Coronet and Sparkling Violetear, etc. Occasionally we have even seen Marvelous Spatuletail here. Night in Leimebamba. Laguna de los Condores or similar.

Day 4: Marañon Endemics. Inca-finches and Russet-mantled Soft-tail. 

We shall start at 3am, to make the most of the day. The idea is to drive through the early hours and get beyond the bottom of the Marañon canyon to start the birding at the furthest point at El Limon for Chestnut-backed Thornbird and Grey-winged Inca-Finch, here we often see Little Woodstar and Buff-bellied Tanager.

We turn around and make stops on the way back to Leimebamba for Peruvian Pigeon, Marañon Thrush and Yellow-faced Parrotlet. Closer to the pass, are Coppery Metaltail, Mountain VelvetbreastRusset-mantled Sofftail, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Blackish Tapaculo, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Many-striped Canastero, White-banded Tyrannulet and Andean Flicker. 

If we are back in Leimebamba by 1pm then we could be at Huembo near Pomacochas to look for Marvelous Spatuletaill at the feeders around 4pm. Other hummers are Bronzy Inca, White-bellied Hummingbird and Green Violetear.   It is probably more likely that we will be delayed and arrive in Pomacochas in the evening. 

Day 5: San Lorenzo trail- Fundo Alta Nieva. Pale-billed Antpitta and Long-whiskered Owlet.

We start the morning with a hike up the trail above San Lorenzo for Pale-billed Antpitta, schulenbergi race of Plain-tailed Wren, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta and Rusty-breasted Antpitta.  

We shall be done at around 10am after which we would have a chance to check out the feeders again at Huembo for additional encounters with Marvelous Spatuletail .

At midday we continue to Abra Patricia. The feeders here and at nearby Fundo Alta Nieva have Royal Sunangel, Purple-vented Whitetip,  Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, and White-bellied Woodstar. That night we shall attempt to see the Long-whiskered Owlet. Night at Fundo Alta Nieva.


Day 6: Birding Abra Patricia to Moyobamba. Bar-winged Woodwren and Lulu's Tody-Tyrant.

Additional birding at Abra Patricia in the morning looking for special birds such as Lulu’sTody-Tyrant, Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Silvery Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, White-collared Jay, White-capped Tanager and many more.

On the road to Moyobamba we shall stop at Afluentes where one sometimes sees Ecuadorian Piedtail.  Sleep in Moyobamba.

Day 7: Birding Waqanki to Tarapoto. Rufous-crested Coquette and Koepcke's Hermit.

Hummingbird feeders with White-necked Jacobin, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Black-throated Hermit, Rufous-crested Coquette and many more. Then we drive to Tarapoto with a stop en route to check for Oilbirds. The rest of the afternoon we spend near the tunnel area on the road to Yurimaguas. Dotted Tanager and Blackish Pewee can often be seen here.  Nearby there are feeders that attract Koepcke's Hermit and Gould's Jewelfront.

Evening flight to Lima.

DAY 1 Birdwatching Bosque Pomac-Olmos. Peruvian Plantcutter and Tumbes Tyrant
DAY 2 Birding Porculla pass to Jaen. Chapman's Antshrike and Mara?on Crescentchest
DAY 3 Birdwatching in Utcubamba Valley to Leimebamba. Little Inca-Finch and Purple-throated Sunangel.
DAY 4 Mara?on Endemics. Inca-finches and Russet-mantled Softtail.
DAY 5 San Lorenzo trail- Fundo Alta Nieva. Pale-billed Antpitta and Long-whiskered Owlet
DAY 6 Birding Abra Patricia to Moyobamba. Bar-winged Woodwren and Lulu's Tody-Tyrant.
DAY 7 Birding Waqanki to Tarapoto. Rufous-crested Coquette and Koepcke's Hermit.

Option: North Peru Birding Blitz. Hummingbirds and Endemics Days: 7
Price: US$ 1960 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 130 US$

Includes guiding, hotels, transport, all food, except dinner day 7, treated or filtered water, fresh-brewed coffee. Does not include entrance fee at Chaparri, Hummingbird feeders at Leimebamba, community fee at San Lorenzo and entrance fees at humminbird place on the Tarapoto-Yurimaguas road. It may not be possible to supply single room at Fundo Alta Nieva.



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