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PERU BIRDING

August-September 1998

Preliminary Report by Jon Hornbuckle of a trip with Gunnar Engblom et al.

See also: The birds of Abra Patricia and the upper Río Mayo, San Martín, north Peru. Cotinga 12 (1999): 11-28, Part I || Part II

Puna Grebe, Podiceps taczanowskii - Although only a few were seen on Lake Junín, the local ranger reported a good breeding season thanks to higher water levels, with the total population estimated to be around 200.

Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Forpus xanthops - Not uncommon around Chagual, La Libertad but none recorded elewhere.

Royal Sunangel, Heliangelus regalis - 5 males seen at Abra Patricia, San Martín at c. 2100m.

Marvelous Spatuletail, Loddigesia mirabilis - One male in full breeding plumage fed regularly on flowers behind the café at the traditional site near Pomacocha, Bongara.

Speckle-chested Piculet, Picumnus steindachneri - A pair in open dry forest 39km north of Leimebamba, San Martín at c.1800m.

White-bellied Cinclodes, Cinclodes palliatus - Three at the traditional site on the Marcapomacocha road included 2 displaying vigorously but briefly to each other at close range.

Great Spinetail, Siptornopsis hypochondriacus - A pair observed and taped, with at least 3 others calling, at c2200m in xerophytic-type scrub above Chagual, La Libertad on the western slope of the Marañón Valley. [Only an hour or so was spent at this site.]

[Russet-mantled Softtail, Phacellodomus berlepschi - A single funarid in a small flock near the pass at Abra Patricia at c.2300m was thought to be this species but identity not 100% certain.]

Black Bushbird, Neoctantes niger - A pair feeding alone together c12km south of Oracuzar, Amazonas at c500m. They were stripping the vertical stems from plants in the head-downwards position, an action possibly facilitated by their upturned bills.

Peruvian Plantcutter, Phytotoma raimondii - While still relatively numerous at Raffan south of Chiclayo, this area, which is the only presently known site for the species, has been bought by an American sugar company for conversion to sugar cane!

Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Pipreola chlorolepidota - A pair c12km south of Oracuzar, Amazonas at c500m.

Piura Chat-Tyrant, Ochthoeca piurae - At least 5 at San Damián, Ancash.

Bar-winged Wood-Wren, Henicorhina leucoptera - Appeared to be common at Abra Patricia, at least in the range 2000-2300m.

Orange-throated Tanager, Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron - A party of 4 was seen at c.450m c10km south of Oracuzar, Amazonas, feeding mainly in Cecropias and calling with loud "tsip" calls.

Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Incaspiza personata - Two at c2200m in xerophytic-type scrub above Chagual, La Libertad on the western slope of the Marañón Valley represented a range extension. The commoner and more widely spread Buff-bridled Inca-Finch was also present.

Masked Saltator, Saltator cinctus - Two were observed well in a canopy / sub-canopy mixed feeding flock just below the start of the Paty Trail, Huánuco.


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