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Big Month Part 5: Scarlet-banded Barbet


Plataforma, also known as Flor de Cafe, has become a popular site the last couple of years to see the recently discovered and spectacular Scarlet-banded Barbet. Since two years if became focus again as a totally new antbird, the Cordillera Azul Antbird - was found just a couple of 100 meters where experienced birders had birding for a few years. Just a small detour around the corner, Josh Beck founds a new Antbird. 

There is a bad muddty road up which can only be tackled with 4WD. Lodging is somewhat basic, but birding is extremely rewarding. This section of the Big Month will be accompanied by Noah Strycker.

No Departures for this Tour

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

Oct 19: Travel to Plataforma via Quebrada Upaquihua

Most guests will likely continue with our extensions to the Scarlet-banded Barbet site. We start birding the dry scrub of Upaquihua for Huallaga Slaty-Antshrike, Rufous Casiornis, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Chestnut-throated Spinetail and Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin. We shall arrive at Plataforma after dark and will immediately look for Subtropical Pygmy-Owl and Vermiculated Screech-Owl. 

Oct 20: Plataforma All Day

We have the full day to look for a variety of key birds such as Jet Antbird, a new species of Woodcreeper similar to Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Yungas Manakin,and Gray-tailed Piha, but the star bird will be Scarlet-banded Barbet. We’ll also look for the newly described Cordillera Azul Antbird, Sharpbill, Wing-banded Wren, Rufous-Brown Solitaire and many more. 

Oct 21: Plataforma - Tarapoto

Depending how well we have done at Plataforma verses Upaquihua we shall spend more time at either as we make our way to Tarapoto. Those continuing on the Iquitos extension will catch a 16:40 pm flight to Iquitos others will return to Lima.

Option: Big Month Part 5: Scarlet-banded Barbet -- Days: 3
Price: US$ 835
Price based on 5 guests, per-person sharing


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