Birdwatching in Peru and You

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For two blog posts now, we’ve been telling you about how you could win an amazing, 7-day bird watching trip for two to Peru. Assuming you’re the Grand Prize winner, your trip to Peru wraps up with two days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Walk the hillside Huasi Challa (house of the viewer) Trail, and be rewarded with an amazing view of Huayoccari, and perhaps even a sighting of the C**k of The Rock , Peru’s national bird. … Birding contest Peru South America

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Win a Birdwatching Adventure in Peru!

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The people at the Peru national tourist office are giving you the chance to win a 7-day birdwatching adventure for two in Peru. Your trip will take you from the Amazon rainforest into the peaks of the Andes—with plenty of opportunities to take in Peru’s over 1,700 species of bird (the second most of any country) along the way. Watch the treetops for your first glimpses of the birds of Peru. … Birding contest Peru South America

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Peru is Calling – Win a Birdwatching Adventure!

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If you read our earlier post , you know that the national tourism office of Peru is giving away a 7-day bird watching adventure for two in Peru, home to over 1,700 species of bird. … Birding contest Peru South AmericaAfter two days in the Amazon rainforest, you (assuming you’re the Grand Prize winner) will fly to Cusco, and make your way to your home for the next two nights, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

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The Birding Rally Challenge Peru 2012

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Enter the inaugural Peru Birding Rally Challenge , the first international birding event of it’s kind in the world. The Peru Birding Rally Challenge is a joint initiative between PromPeru and the Inkaterra Family of hotels. The idea is to hold the event bi-annually, once a year in the south of Peru and once in the North. In early December of 2012 we had the opportunity to cover this hard-core rally in the south of Peru.

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The Birds of Peru’s Coastal Desert

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Alfredo Begazo grew up with Peruvian Meadowlarks and Marvelous Spatuletails, and was used to waking up to the morning choruses of Pacific Doves in Lima, Peru. Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). Like the color of the soil on which they live: The birds of Peru’s coastal Desert. Birds desert Peru South America

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LSU Sets Big Day Record in Peru with 354 Species!

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Well, a team from Louisiana State University managed to pull that off on 14 October, seeing an astounding 354 species in one day in Peru. Birding big day Peru How would you like to see a lot of bird species in a day? Like, more species than anyone else anywhere has ever seen in a day? Jealous?

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Back from the Second Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru

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I am back home and recovered from the Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru (Rally). Photo: Peru Birding Rally. The idea behind the Rally was to highlight Peru as a birding and nature travel destination. Photo: Peru Birding Rally. Photo: Peru Birding Rally. Photo: Peru Birding Rally. Photo: Peru Birding Rally. Photo: Peru Birding Rally. It was a fantastic experience everyone of us would love to repeat in another region of Peru.

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Antpitta-Whispering in Peru

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The newest location to habituate rare antpittas to hand feeding is the Owlet Lodge in Peru’s Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva Private Conservation Area. The proprietors of Ecuador’s fabled Refugio Paz de las Aves may have pioneered the art of attracting secretive antpittas from the underbrush with fresh worm salad. The results are so spectacular that it should come as no surprise that this practice has spread.

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Birds, culture, and Scenic Beauty along the Northern Peru Birding Route

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I thought I would talk about our team’s performance in the World Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru and the side attractions along the route. Hugh made things easier on me, as now I will only talk about other nature and cultural sites along the route covered in the Northern Peru World Birding Rally Challenge. This is the third time I participate in a Birding Rally Challenge in Peru and still can’t decide which of the Rallies was the most enjoyable.

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Licking Clay: the Macaws of Tambopata, Peru

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Licking Clay: the Macaws of Tambopata, Peru Licking Clay: the Macaws of Tambopata, Peru By a Guest • March 18, 2011 • 2 comments Tweet Share Some of the most popular birds in the world are parrots, particularly the large, multi-coloured Ara Macaws. Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru? in south-eastern Peru.

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Peru Takes the Global Big Day by the Horns

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with millions of bird enthusiasts, tally more birds than, say the Country of Peru with only a handful of bird enthusiasts? Map of Peru showing the distribution of teams participating in the Global Big Day. The first Global Big Day will take place this coming May 9, 2015. The event is spearheaded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and has as goal to raise money for bird conservation and to tally 4000 of the world’s birds in a single day.

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Blinded by the Light: Hornby’s Storm-Petrels in Lima-Peru

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The Hornby’s storm-petrel ( Oceanodroma Hornbyi ) is a fairly common bird along the coast of Peru and Chile. There is no doubt they nest somewhere along the cost of Peru and Chile. The months of May, June, and July are when most Hornby’s storm-petrels show up in the coastal cities of Peru. Featured photo: Alfredo Fernandez. Most, if not all pelagic birding trips in the region record this species, often by the hundreds.

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Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Conservation / Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru? Want to Go Bird Banding in Amazonian Peru? To gather new data on the population status of birds in Tambopata, Peru, and to add this to existing databases managed by Fauna Forever and CORBIDI. Guano Still Collected in Peru Counting Birds: Will Microphones Replace Nets?

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Visit the Manu Road with InkaNatura Travel

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InkaNatura Travel is the only leading tour operator in Peru owned by Peru Verde, a non-profit conservation group. All our products are related to natural conservation areas and part of the profit goes to the funds that Peru Verde uses to preserve these ecosystems.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Peru 1838 4. Peru (Manu Biosphere Reserve with 1000 species – the richest region for birds in the world), Brazil (Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland with 650 bird species, and the Atlantic forests), and Ecuador are already well established bird tour destinations.

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Cepas de Loro: Pisco Puro Muscatel

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So, it just might be that pisco – the beloved South American grape brandy contentiously claimed by both Peru and Chile – is the only spirit named after birds. The name of the liquor is likely borrowed from the city of Pisco on Peru’s central coast, an important port for the pisco trade in the early days of the Spanish viceroyalty. Even though pisco has been made in Peru for several centuries, in this land famed for its ancient civilizations, it’s a relative newcomer.

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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17%: Ecuador, Peru. While Peru was seen as the best country for “birds and ancient sites”, Ecuador was seen as “much safer” and best for its size and easiness of getting around. Trips Africa Australia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador New Guinea Panama Peru world birdwatchI had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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Save the Junin Grebe for the Price of Your Morning Coffee

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I’ll be tipping my cash to a worthwhile project in Peru, and I hope you will too. And the Junin Grebe of Peru? And Gunnar Engblom, a bird guide in Peru, wants it to remain on this Earth, and is running an Indigogo campaign to begin some basic monitoring to provide data to scientists and government officials tasked with saving it. That strikes me as a bargain if you are thinking of going to Peru). Conservation Bird Conservation conservation science grebes Peru

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Say Hello to the Sira Barbet

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A new species of barbet was discovered in 2008 in Peru by a team of ornithologists that were recent graduates of Cornell University. Asides PeruThe Sira Barbet has as its scientific name Capito fitzpatricki , in honor of the director of the Lab of Ornithogy, Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick. The new species is described in the July 2012 issue of The Auk.

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Rogue Ales & Spirits: Outta Line West Coast India Pale Ale

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I was on vacation in Peru for nine days and meant to schedule a few reviews for my absence. I’m not sure how these things work, but as far as appeasing higher powers, merely drinking the wine – without writing the review – was insufficient as a propitiatory gesture, apparently: I dipped on the condor despite spending a few days in appropriate habitat in Peru’s gorgeous and dramatic Sacred Valley. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze penguins Peru

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Shorebirds and Gulls of Florida’s Treasure Coast: Where the Tropics Begin

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Alfredo Begazo grew up with Peruvian Meadowlarks and Marvelous Spatuletails, and was used to waking up to the morning choruses of Pacific Doves in Lima, Peru. Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). He recently introduced 10,000 Birds readers to the birds of Peru’s coastal desert and the challenges of photographing Great Grebes.

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Be Careful What You Wish For: A Punter’s Guide to the World Birding Rally

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Hugh, who years ago helped me find my first Pauraque in the Rio Grande Valley , visited Peru as part of the 2014 World Birding Rally, where he stopped thinking of himself as an experienced birder. Come to Peru, they said. There’s this World Birding Rally that’s going to blast across 1,500 kilometers of northern Peru. Oh, they tried—Peru’s birds are lined, barred, fasciated, streaked, striated, striped, collared, undulated, lunulated, scaled, and speckled.

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Watch for Shorebirds with Colored Flags!

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I am familiar with the shorebird banding program in Peru, as the programs is run by CORBIDI, a small non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the study and conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Eveling Tavera, a research associate with CORBIDI is Peru’s national coordinator for the banding program. If you see a shorebird with a yellow flag you will know it was banded in Peru. Birds banding CORBIDI Peru shorebird banding shorebirds

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Where am I Birding the Second Week of May?

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I was incredibly lucky to be invited –again- to participate on the second edition of the World Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru. Four teams with renowned birders from United States, South Africa and United Kingdom will travel through the diverse and endemic bird rich region of Northern Peru, from May 12 thought May 20, 2014. Where these birds come from and where they go after their short breeding season in the Tumbesian region of Northern Peru is still poorly understood.

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There is more in a long-tailed hummingbird than what meets the eye

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I for instance, asked which birds would be on the wish list of someone visiting Peru, and what criteria birders use to generate such wish list. I assume a first-timer would grab a book [Birds of Peru] and go through the list of possibilities to then, put together such list largely based on looks. Birds hummingbirds Peru What makes this or that bird one we want to see on our next birding trip?

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Not So Thrilled About Pelagic Birding

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A couple of months ago I took a true pelagic trip off the coast of Peru. Birding pelagic birding Peru Surbound Some birders like to see just birds, while others like birds, but don’t mind stopping or even taking detours to see other creatures along the trail. I lean towards the second group. I like to see birds for a long time and hear their vocalization; even if these are common species.

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Spectacled Bears at Machu Picchu

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In early December we had the privilege of filming the inaugural Peru Birding Rally Challenge , a six day, five night event where teams from around the world compete to see the most species of birds. Birding Mammals bears Peru Worldwide Birding AdventuresHappy New Year everyone! A detailed post on this incredible rally is already overdue but in the meantime I felt the need to share a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of one of the scarcest mammals in South America.

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The Great Grebe Photo Challenge

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Alfredo Begazo grew up with Peruvian Meadowlarks and Marvelous Spatuletails, and was used to waking up to the morning choruses of Pacific Doves in Lima, Peru. Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). In August 2011, I guided a custom tour of the northern Peru Birding Route. Birds bird photography grebes Lima Peru

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Happy New Year!

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I participated in another fantastic Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru. Valenzuela Trujillo, started a Facebook group “Aves Del Peru – “Birds of Peru”. Facebook Group: Aves Del Peru. Started a “large” project covering the birds of Peru. Screenshot of a page: Peru Aves. It has been a great 2014. Birded the famous Manu Road and Manu National Park. Some of the Puffbirds of the year 2014.

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A Virus and El Nino?

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Or are the deaths of dolphins and seabirds in Peru caused by something more nefarious? Asides

Results of the 2015 Global Big Day

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I am referring to the sequence of events prior to May 9th, where CORBIDI, a small NGO in the country of Peru launched an effort to recruit birders from every corner of the country. A total of 122 teams covering just about every major habitat counted a total of 1183 species or approximately 65% of the entire avifauna of Peru in a single day! This places Peru as a Global Big Day Champion for the year of 2015!!! Teams in northern Peru reported Golden-crowned Tanagers.

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Whilst Guyana doesn’t boast the number of species of larger countries like Peru, Brazil and Colombia, one needs to consider the size difference between these countries. Peru, with a few less bird species than Colombia, is 6 times larger than Guyana.

Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. We did this to help our favorite industry come back, to some small degree, from the ravages of COVID.

Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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Actively birding in Costa Rica as well as Nicaragua and Panama as well as the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

The Andean Gull

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This gull inhabits the high Andean plateau of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina at elevations ranging from 3300 to 4400 m (10827 to 14436 feet). I guess, the black hood on the latter species, and the fact that both winter in Peru led me to associate them as relatives. On the series “North American birds with Neotropical Counterparts”, this time I introduce the Andean Gull.

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Rusty-breasted Antpitta in Ecuador

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It is a very small antpitta that lives in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. This antpitta is found in southern Ecuador (near Peru) and curiously also inside the Puluahua Crater which is my residence near Quito in northern Ecuador.

Panoramic View Of Bird Habitats

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Rusty-breasted Warbling-Finch occurs in scrub habitat in the western Andes of Peru. Cinereous Finch inhabits multiple habitat types in the lowlands of northern Peru and Southwest Ecuador. Knowing what to expect in a particular habitat type is important in identifying birds. Being able to describe habitat types accurately is a challenge. Some habitat types are simple and easy to describe. Others are more complex and words and a single photography may often fall short.

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The Warbler Brewery – Parula Pilsner

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Well, in time I eventually got better at birding, and seven years after that Northern Parula in Brooklyn, I completed the global parula “two-pack” with a Tropical Parula ( Setophaga pitiayumi ) in Peru.

Please Welcome Patrick O’Donnell!

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A biologist by training, he has worked on bird-related projects in Colorado, Washington, Peru, and other locales, and has guided birders in Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. It has been awhile since we here at 10,000 Birds announced a new Beat Writer. But we are pleased as punch to share the news that Patrick O’Donnell is going to be writing here on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2014)

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Now that Winter Olympic fever has gripped the global imagination, I can’t help but wonder why we don’t have more international birding competitions like the International Birding Rally in Peru. You’ve got to imagine that the only thing better than winning a gold medal would be getting the gold AND a bunch of lifers. Who can make this happen? A Cooper’s Hawk almost killed me this weekend.

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Birding the Rainforest Canopy

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This last December, I had the chance to bird the rainforest of Southeastern Peru, as part of the second International Birding Rally in Southeastern Peru. We are greatly indebted to the event sponsor Peru’s Board of Tourism and Inkaterra Association. The main idea in organizing these events is to highlight Peru as a prime birding and nature travel destination. Birding in the Amazon Rainforest has its pros and cons.

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The Top 5 Avian Ambassadors of Costa Rica

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” Would C**k-of-the Rocks and condors represent Peru with flashy dances and incredible feats of flight? If the avian realm had self-conscious, talking ambassadors, “spokebirds”, which species would partake in birding conferences?

Red-necked Phalarope, Globetrotter Extraordinaire

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the Caribbean islands, and Ecuador and Peru. Let’s say you’re a bird wrapping up your breeding season in the north of Scotland—where do your thoughts turn when winter beckons? If you’re like most, you head southeast, meeting up with your continental cousins near the Mediterranean or Arabian Seas. But at least one Red-necked Phalarope has a different idea of the ideal winter getaway, and a huge cache of frequent-flyer miles.

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