Birding at Posada Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center, Madre de Dios,
Report by Macaw Project volunteer
August - October 2001
During the months of August, September, and October, I worked as a volunteer
on the Macaw Project supported by Rainforest Expeditions. Work mostly consisted
of monitoring of the clay licks at Posada Amazonas and TRC (Tambopata Research
Center). When not working, I spent my time birding. Over the course of three
months, 407 species were recorded, 22 of which were heard only and 103 of which
There was excellent Amazonian birding at both sites with many regional
endemics present and particularly at TRC, species that have disappeared from
many accessible areas due to human disturbance and habitat destruction. Although
the birding was excellent, it was typically Amazonian in that it was very
challenging to find birds, much less get an adequate enough look to identify
them. Amazonian birds are so difficult to see well probably because of a
constant wide range of selective pressures over a long period that have given
rise to morphological and behavioral traits that make them natural experts at
avoiding predators that are in turn equipped with an equally impressive variety
of adaptations to capture prey. Birds that survive to bear offspring in the
Amazon are those that take no chances and so unfortunately that includes not
waiting around to see if people with binoculars are a threat or not. Despite
these difficult circumstances, virtually hundreds of bird species can be seen
between P and TRC over the course of one week. To see so many birds requires
patience, concentration, and most importantly, a knowledgeable guide. I was very
impressed with the training given to guides at Rainforest Expeditions. Even
those guides who claimed to know very little or nothing about birds still seemed
to know quite a few vocalizations. Those guides who were specifically working
with birders definitely knew the birds well enough to professionally guide in
the Tambopata region, their knowledge of bird vocalizations being impressive.
This was no doubt a result of the training in the field that guides receive
combined with CDs of vocalizations from SE Peru being made available to them.
The Rainforest Expeditions website is:
Rainforest Expeditions can organize bird tours to their lodges as well as other
areas in Peru.
Another tour company I know of that organizes trips throughout Peru and to
the the Rainforest Expedition lodges is: Kolibri Expeditions:
Good terra firma and seasonally flooded forest, some bamboo habitat. Despite
receiving many visitors, many birds can be seen including Trumpeters, Macaws,
Tinamous, etc., and Jaguar tracks are found now and then on trails near the
lodge itself. The two main attractions at Posada are the canopy tower and the
oxbow lake (lago de 3 chimbadas). At 37 meters, the tower juts above the canopy
giving extensive views of the roof of the forest for some distance. A spotting
scope on the tower will definitely yield more birds (and with Harpy Eagle as a
possibility should not be left down below). A surprise was how infrequently
mixed canopy flocks passed near the tower. Although canopy tyrannids such as
White-lored Tyrannulet, Grey and Forest Elaenias were often heard, they were
Bird species seen from the tower on most visits (and often quite close) were:
Scarlet, Blue and yellow, Red and green, Chestnut-fronted, and Red-bellied
Cobalt-winged and Dusky-headed Parakeets
Blue-headed, Mealy and Yellow-crowned Parrots
Black-tailed, White-tailed and Blue-crowned Trogons
Brown-mandibled and Curl-crested Araçaris
Yellow-ridged and White-throated Toucans
Red-stained and Red-necked Woodpeckers
Paradise and Turquoise Tanagers
Crested and Amazonian Oropendolas
Other good things that have been seen from the tower are: several other
Tanagers, Harpy and Crested Eagles, Hawk-Eagle species with Black being seen
regularly, King Vulture, Ash-colored Cuckoo (probably seasonal), Striolated
Puffbird, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Black-spotted Barbet, Emerald Toucanet,
Lettered Araçari, Bat Falcon, Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher, Chestnut-winged
Hookbill, and more.
Lago de tres chimbadas
A short boat ride upriver and 15-20 minutes walk along a trail that traverses
good bamboo and várzea forest brings one to this large oxbow lake. The trail is
good for Manu and Striated Antbirds, Peruvian Recurvebill, and White-cheeked
Tody-Tyrant. In fact this trail is the most reliable spot for the Tody-Tyrant at
both Posada and TRC. The lake has a family of Giant Otters most often seen in
the morning. It was particularly good for flyovers of raptor and parrot species
such as Blue-headed Macaw. The lake was also a good place to scan the treetops
of the surrounding forest.
Interesting bird species regular at the lake were:
Yoji trail to El Ceibo
This trail went through terra firma and seasonally flooded forest with some
bamboo habitat, terminating at a huge ceibo tree. At Posada, my best birding was
consistently along this trail. The area near the ceibo was particularly good for
mixed flocks, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Striated Antthrush, Pheasant Cuckoo, and
Striated and White-lined Antbirds. Crested Eagle has also been recorded along
this trail. The trail overall was especially good for:
Speckled Spinetail (at first bridge)
Plain Softtail (also at first bridge)
Another trail that was good birding was the main trail to the tower. This
trail passed through good terra firma habitat and was especially good for:
Black-tailed, White-tailed, Collared, and Violaceous Trogons
Not as grandiose as that of TRC, but with good activity of Mealy,
Yellow-crowned, and Blue-headed Parrots, Chestnut-fronted, Scarlet, and Red and
Green Macaws, and Dusky-headed Parakeets. The Colpa is usually viewed from a
blind, also a good spot for Rufous Motmot and Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant .
Excellent for close looks and photos of Black-capped, Cobalt-winged, and
White-eyed Parakeets as well as Orange-cheeked, Mealy and Blue-headed Parrots.
Spix's Guans and Speckled Chachalacas also visit on a daily basis.
Although not as extensive as at TRC, the bamboo stands at Posada still
support several species of Bamboo specialists. There is a bamboo patch on the
main trail past the turnoff to the tower that often had good mixed flocks with:
Brown-rumped and Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaners
Ihering's and Ornate Antwrens as well as other Antwren and Antbird species.
The trail to the colpa blind is mostly bamboo and has been good for:
Spectacled Owl - a pair was heard almost nightly calling from around the
dining area, but was never seen.
Tawny-bellied Screech Owl - very common, the lobby entrance around the first
bridge being a good spot. A pair has even occasionally roosted in room one.!
Crested Owl - often heard calling near the river.
Amazonian Pygmy-Owl - often heard near El Ceibo and the tower.
Ocellated Poorwill - the most common Nightjar species, often calling around
the vicinity of the lodge.
Common Potoo - infrequently heard, but one nesting bird was actually found
across the river from the colpa!
Great Potoo - infrequently heard but probably fairly common.
River trip to TRC
Between Posada and TRC, as one heads upriver, the more wild the river's edge
becomes, especially after the second checkpoint. On cloudy days, beyond this
second checkpoint, Jaguar is a real possibility. Harpy is also possible so
rather than being lulled to sleep by the drone of the motor, keep scanning the
treetops at the edge of the forest. Capybaras and river turtles are usually
seen, while Red Howler and Spider Monkeys, caimans, and Brocket Deer are seen
occasionally. The trip is rather quiet overall for birds but species usually
Sand-colored Nighthawk (roosting)
Yellow-billed and Large-billed Terns
Other possibilities include: Orinoco Goose, Jabiru, Sunbittern, Collared
Plover, Muscovy Duck, other Raptor species.
Tambopata Research Center (TRC)
TRC had excellent birding virtually every day. The clay lick is one of the
most active and diverse in the world. Extensive bamboo supports a localized and
distinctive avifauna. There are good trails through terra firma and seasonally
flooded forest. Near the colpa are trails around an old oxbow lake with habitat
for the rare and localized Rufous-fronted Antthrush.
These are a few of the attributes of TRC that when combined with the absence
of hunting pressure make TRC one of the top birding sites in Amazonia. Besides
birding, TRC was good for wildlife observation in general. Monkeys were quite
common and usually seen quiet close when in the bamboo. Herds of White-lipped
Peccaries were not uncommon, as were Tapirs. To see a Tapir, however, one
usually has to camp out on the other side of the river and look for them at
night. Puma also has been rarely seen along trail C-1.
TRC Birding Spots
The primary attraction and main reason many visitors choose to come to TRC ,
the colpa is a major wildlife spectacle. It is no surprise why National
Geographic has come here more than once. In the early morning, up to 200 or so
Blue-and-yellow, Red-and-green, and Scarlet Macaws make an incredible din as
they gather in the trees above the colpa. Chestnut-fronted and Red-bellied
Macaws also usually show up and rarely, a pair of Blue-headed Macaws makes an
appearance. Large numbers of Mealy, Yellow-crowned, Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked,
and White-bellied Parrots show up daily along with White-eyed, Dusky-headed, and
Cobalt-winged Parakeets. Common Piping-Guans and Pigeon species also visit the
colpa most days. Most activity ends by about 7 AM but then picks up again around
mid-day with many Cobalt-winged Parakeets and a flock of Scarlet and
Red-and-Green Macaws. The colpa is most active from May until September, exact
composition and numbers of species varying throughout the year and even from day
to day. Birds very rarely visit the colpa during rain.
The colpa viewing site known as "la isla" is situated in Tessaria sp. habitat
and was good for:
Plain-crowned and Dark-breasted Spinetails
Yellow-browed Tyrant (seasonal)
Double-collared, Black-and-White and Chestnut-bellied Seedeaters
When the river is low, the fish pond can be reached by a short walk from the
isla colpa viewing site. During high water, one can be dropped off at the
trailhead. Trails to and around the fish pond go through seasonally flooded
forest with a heliconia and bamboo understory. This is the preferred habitat of
Rufous-fronted Antthrush, and the fish pond could be the best place along the
Tambopata to see this rare, regional endemic. It can be found anywhere around
the fish pond but with the most consistent area probably being the section of
the trail across from the dock.
Other interesting species frequent along the trails are:
Buff-throated and Grayish Saltators
Violaceous and Purplish Jays
The pond itself and an adjacent marshy area were good for:
Ladder-tailed Nightjar (dusk)
Amazon, Green, and Pygmy Kingfishers
Unfortunately, I didn't check the marsh for Rails at night but have heard
Rufous-sided and Gray-breasted Crakes there during the day.
Colpa Monitoring Site
The monitoring site used by Macaw Project volunteers to watch the colpa is
directly across the river from the colpa. This is actually a large river island
with the predominant vegetation being Gynerium cane, Cecropia, and Erythrina sp.
amongst others. Aside from a few species of interest, there wasn't a whole lot
of birds here. Interesting species were:
Scarlet-hooded Barbet - this was the only place where I regularly
recorded this regional endemic. A pair was seen almost daily at the monitoring
Picumnus species: As diminutive and insignificant as Piculets might
seem to be, the two Piculets I saw here on just one day out of two and a half
months of monitoring were probably the most noteworthy bird species recorded
during my stay at TRC. Both birds were difficult to observe due to their small
size and unhurried foraging behavior. Upon hearing them sing, they were very
difficult to track down. I expected the birds to be Bar-breasted or maybe
Fine-barred Piculets but observations of a singing bird in good light at a close
distance under high magnification of a Kowa scope showed a Picumnus species with
plain light grayish underparts lacking any barring or spots. The upperparts were
indistinctly barred. The crown appeared to be dark reddish with black spots (?),
and both birds showed yellow on the tail as shown by other Picumnus sp. such as
Olivaceous, for example. The birds most resembled Plain-breasted Piculet, which
as far as I have found out, has not yet been recorded for Madre de Dios, Peru.
The song of both birds was 4-5 high pitched, descending notes (NOT a trill).
I would very much like to hear input from anyone experienced with
vocalizations of Picumnus species, particularly Plain-breasted, Fine-barred and
This is probably the best place at TRC to see Hummingbirds. Throughout the
day, a fair variety of species visited the heliconias planted next to the lodge.
White-bearded, Reddish and Rufous-breasted Hermits, Pale-tailed Barbthroat,
Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, and Gould's Jewelfront.
The forest edge was good for:
Black-capped and Spot-winged Antshrikes
Black-throated, Chestnut-tailed, Goeldi's, and White-browed Antbirds
This trail starts off in flooded forest and then ascends up into bamboo,
skirting the cliff above the colpa. There are several spots on the trail that
overlook the forest at the fish pond. Where the trail overlooks the forest are
three benches. All three are good spots to scope out distant raptors and canopy
species such as Toucans, Oropendolas, and whatever else might show up such as
Red-rumped Cacique and Purple-throated Cotinga. Mixed Tanager flocks are also
sometimes seen from the benches. The first bench was most reliable for:
Bluish-fronted and White-throated Jacamars
Blue-tailed Emerald, Plain-capped Starthroat, and Sapphire-spangled Emerald
It was also good for excellent looks at many Macaws perched and in flight.
The second bench was a reliable spot for Amazonian
Parrotlet (Nanopsittaca dachilliae), the original
"parrot without a
name". It is quite possible that this is the most accessible and reliable
site in the world for this local and little-known endemic. Directly below the
second bench is a small clay lick used by Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Dusky-billed
Parrotlets, and Amazonian Parrotlets (up to a dozen). Before the birds descend
to the clay lick, they usually land in the trees directly above, right in front
of the bench. The best time to see them was around 9 or 10 AM, although they
could be heard and seen in flight from any of the benches as well as in front of
the colpa at any time of day.
I didn't spend so much time at the third bench, although it looked good for
watching mixed species flocks.
Aside from the overlooks, trail "A" was also good for such species as:
Manu, White-lined, and Goeldi's Antbirds, and Black-and-White Tanager
Past the third bench, trail "A" continues on to an interesting natural
depression that becomes a swamp during the rainy season. Before the bowl is
reached, the trail is good for Rufous-breasted Piculet, Manu Antbird,
Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant, and sometimes roosting Spectacled Owl. In the bowl
itself, there are fewer trees, the understorey is more open, and so birds are
often easier to observe. The bowl is a good place to see mixed Tanager flocks,
Laughing Falcon, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Silvered and Band-tailed Antbirds,
White-eyed Attila, Fiery-capped Manakin, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, and also
after rains, Sunbittern and Capped Heron.
There is usually a Great Potoo that roosts in the bowl as well. It is not
always at the same roost, but has most often been found on the main trail, near
the flagged trees about 50 meters after entering the bowl. The trees here are
not so tall, so the Potoo is usually not so difficult to find as it roosts only
10-15 meters above the ground.
My favorite birding trail at TRC, "B" is a long trail that traverses good
bamboo habitat, seasonally flooded forest, terra firma forest, and a Mauritia
palm swamp. Starting near the water tower, the trail goes through seasonally
flooded forest with bamboo. This section often has mixed flock activity at most
any time of day.
Species often found here are:
Plain-brown, Long-tailed, Wedge-billed, Spix's, and Buff-throated Woodcreepers
Black-capped, Spot-winged and Bluish-slate Antshrikes
Pygmy, Plain-throated, White-eyed, Long-winged, Gray and Dot-winged Antwrens
Ornate and Ihering's Antwrens
Striated, White-browed, Chestnut-tailed, Spot-backed, Warbling, White-lined, and
Moustached and Musician Wrens
After passing through this section, the trail goes up into terra firma forest
with much bamboo. Most of the rest of "B" is like this. Here, there are still
many of the same bamboo species along with Peruvian Recurvebill and
The Recurvebill is usually found pecking into dead bamboo near the ground
with mixed species flocks.
A pair of Yellow-billed Nunbirds are often found in the vicinity of a large,
isolated tree directly on the trail that juts up out of the bamboo a bit after
the trail makes an ascent.
White-necked Puffbird is also usually found around here as well as many small
birds that visit the large tree such as White-browed Purpeltuft, Tityra sp.,
Opal-crowned and Masked Tanagers, etc..
Further on, a fork is reached in the trail. To the left, the trail heads
through bamboo and terra firma forest, connecting again with the section of "B"
that goes to the bowl. Common Potoo has been frequently seen roosting along this
trail. The roost is past the third, dry creek crossing, just before the trail
itself follows a creek bed. About 50 meters before the creek bed is reached, the
roosting Potoo can be seen by looking straight up the trail towards the creek
bed. The bird was about 15-20 meters up, perched on the tip pf a snag that was
part of a live tree with large, dark green leaves. The snag just stuck up a
meter or so out of the tree with lives behind it and so is not so obvious.
The right fork descends to the palm swamp where there is a side trail that
further penetrates the swamp, reaching a small tower built to observe nesting
Blue-and-Yellow Macaws. The tower must be climbed with a harness and can be good
for some canopy species such as Toucans, Cotingas, and Tanagers, as well as palm
swamp specialists: Sulphery Flycatcher, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, and Epaulet
The swamp itself is also good for:
Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper
After the side trail to the swamp, trail "B" passes through a lek of
The trail then ascends into more bamboo and then excellent terra firma forest
near a stream. This area is also good for many of the species already mentioned
for "B" as well as:
White-throated and Gray Tinamous
Striolated and White-necked Puffbirds
Fasciated and White-shouldered Antshrikes
Past the stream, "B" continues on through more terra firma forest
interspersed with bamboo until the "bowl" is reached. Between the stream and the
bowl is better for Crested Foliage-gleaner, Peruvian Recurvebill, and
This trail makes a long loop through seasonally flooded forest grading into
terra firma habitat. There is some bamboo along C-C connector and shortcuts, and
the trail also passes near streams and a few small ponds.
Where "C" meets with C2 is a good spot for Pavonine Quetzal, Banded Antbird,
Striated Antthrush, Black-tailed Leaftosser, Ringed Antpipit, and Short-tailed
Mixed flocks along here can be really good with such species as:
Crested and Black-capped Becards
Other species found more often along "C" are:
Undulated and Great Tinamous
Rufous-capped and Black-faced Antthrushes
Lawrence's and Hauxwell's Thrushes
Near the old ponds on "C" is a colony of Casqued Oropendolas.
The ponds are always worth checking for such waterbirds as:
Sunbittern, Agami and Rufescent Tiger-Herons, Grey-necked Wood-Rail,
Green-and-Rufous and Pygmy Kingfishers, and Silvered and Band-tailed Antbirds.
C1 was similar to "C" but with more bamboo and looked as if the forest
flooded more regularly than on "C". C1 was good for Undulated Tinamou, Amazonian
Antpitta, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, and Hauxwell's Thrush.
The C-C connector and shortcuts were good for bamboo birds and were the only
regular spot at TRC for White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant
Nocturnal species at TRC:
As Posada, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl was common and heard nightly. One often
started calling around 5 PM just past the entrance to "C".
Spectacled Owl was often heard near the lodge and sometimes roosts along
trail "A" between the third bench and the bowl.
Crested Owl was sometimes heard along the "B" trail.
Tropical Screech-Owl occurred near the fish pond and on the other side of the
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl was also heard daily from the other side of the river.
Amazonian Pygmy-Owl was mostly heard along trail "C".
Common Potoo was heard most often at dawn along the river and roosted along
Great Potoo was often heard near the lodge clearing. Sometimes a bird was
found near the boat dock. There was a roost in the bowl.
Long-tailed Potoo: rarely heard near the palm swamp.
Ocellated Poorwill was common along "A" and "B".
Pauraque was common along the river.
Ladder-tailed Nightjar was often seen at dusk at the fish pond and below the
Short-tailed Nighthawk was seen rarely at dusk from the first bench.
Sand-colored Nighthawk was sometimes seen in flight along the river at dusk.
Rufous Nightjar: I didn't record this species, but it has been recorded at
TRC in the past. It sounds like a Chuck-will's Widow.
Hard to miss species at P and TRC (T):
Birds that were especially common and would be close to being guaranteed.
Swallow-tailed Kite (Sept-Feb?)
Speckled Chachalaca - T
Common Piping Guan - T
Razor-billed Curassow - T
Neotropical Palm Swift
Black-fronted and White-fronted Nunbirds
White-eyed Parakeet - T
Black-capped Parakeet - P
Orange-cheeked Parrot - T
Bluish-fronted Jacamar - T
White-lined Antbird - T
Buff-throated and Cinnamon-throated Woodcreepers
Slate-colored Seedeater (fruiting bamboo)
Impressions and information concerning some interesting species at TRC (T)
and Posada Amazonas (P)
Tinamids: diversity was particularly impressive for this family with 9
species out of 11 being recorded from P, and 8 and TRC.
Raptors: Species most commonly seen were: Roadside Hawk, Slate-colored Hawk,
Plumbeous, Swallow-tailed, Double-toothed, and Gray-headed Kites, Crane Hawk,
Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle, Great Black-Hawk, Laughing Falcon,
Bat Falcon, Black Caracara, Red-throated Caracara, and King Vulture.
Forest-Falcons were commonly heard but rarely seen as is typical of Micrastur
sp. Other raptor species are present (including those two most eagerly wanted
monsters, Harpy and Crested Eagles), but are very difficult to see due to the
low density of their populations combined with hunting tactics that keep the
birds hidden in the canopy. When nests are located for eagle species, birders
are brought to see them from a safe distance.
Owls: The most frequent owl species heard and seen were: Spectacled,
Tawny-bellied Screech and Amazonian Pygmy-Owls.
Cracids: Spix's Guans and Speckled Chachalacas were very common at P and TRC.
Common or Blue-throated Piping-Guan (Pipile (or Aburria) cumanensis) and
Razor-billed Curassow were extremely rare at P but common at T.
Starred Wood-Quail (Odontophorus stellatus): Commonly heard, uncommonly seen
along Yoji trail at P, and C trail at T.
Pale-winged Trumpeter (Psophia leucoptera): Most often seen along the trail
to the tower at P and along C at T.
Sunbittern (Eurypygia helias): Sometimes along the river but regular at T at
the old ponds on C, fish pond, and at the bowl.
Pied Lapwing (Hopoxypterus resplendens): Uncommon along the river.
Large Macaws (Scarlet, Red-and-Green and Blue-and-Yellow) - can be seen and
heard really at any time at both lodges but best seen from the tower at P, and
at the colpa and bench 1 at T.
Blue-headed Macaw (Ara couloni): Invariably seen in flight mostly at the lago
and chacra at P. At T, usually seen in twos and threes. Rarely visits the colpa,
but usually a flyby in the morning at the colpa and most often in the afternoon
from bench 1.
Black-capped Parakeet (Pyrrhura rupicola): P - daily at the colpita and from
Dusky-billed Parrotlet (Forpus sclateri): P - trail to lago. T - bench 2
above the colpita daily.
Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetti): a rare bird at both
lodges. P - best chance is probably from the tower. T - maybe along C in flight.
Amazonian Parrotlet (Nannopsittaca dachilliae): T - regular at bench 2
mostly around 10-11 AM. Also often seen in flight (usually about 10 birds) from
the benches and in front of the colpa.
White-bellied Parrot (Pionites leucogaster): P - daily from the tower, often
quite close. T - daily at the colpa.
Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pionopsitta barrabandi): P - regularly visits the
colpita. T - daily visitor to the colpa.
Ash-colored Cuckoo (Coccyzus cinerea): P - 1 seen from the tower Sep. 8.
Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster): T - rare in canopy flocks on C.
Greater Ani (Crotophaga major): P - lago. T - fish pond
Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus): P - heard at dawn near the blind
and the ceibo.
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin): P - lago. T - fish pond.
Gould's Jewelfront: T - daily visitor to Heliconias near dining area.
Pavonine Quetzal (Pharomacrus pavoninus): T - regular along C between the B-C
connector and C1. Also regular on B near the quebradita.
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon (Trogon viridis): P - regular from the tower
and tower trail. T - regular near quebradita and along C.
Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher (Choroceryle inda): T - rare at fish and old
American Pygmy-Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea): P - lago. T - fish pond.
Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum): P - regular on second staircase
along entrance trail. T - regular along A.
Rufous Motmot (Barypthengus ruficapillus): P - regular at the blind. T -
regular on A
White-throated Jacamar (Brachygalba albogularis): T - seen most days from the
Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aurea): P - regular from the tower and near the
ceibo. T - most often along C.
Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus): T - not often seen, but
recorded from every trail.
Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus striolatus): P - no best spot but possible from
the tower. T - most common along B between the quebradita and bowl.
Semicollared Puffbird (Malacoptila semicincta): T - most regular on C.
Rufous-capped Nunlet (Nonula ruficapilla): T - fairly common anywhere in the
bamboo along A and B.
Yellow-billed Nunbird (Monasa flavirostris): P - rare along trail to blind. T
- regular on B between quebradita and bowl and at first. big, isolated tree in
bamboo after first ascent.
Lemon-throated Barbet (Eubucco richardsoni): P - Ceibo and entrance trails. T
- often with mixed flocks at edge of lodge clearing.
Scarlet-hooded Barbet (Eubucco tucinkae): T - a pair daily across river from
Chestnut-eared Araçari (Pteroglossus castanotis): T - lodge clearing daily
Brown-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus mariae): P - most days from the tower.
Curl-crested Araçari (Pteroglossus baeuharnaesii): P - most days from the
Golden-collared Toucanet (Selenidera reinwardtii): T - quebradita on trail B
and trail A.
Rufous-headed Woodpecker (Celeus spectabilis): P - trail to blind. T - B
White-chinned Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla merula): T - quebradita.
Long-billed Woodcreeper (Nasica longirostris): P - rare but regular at the
edge of the lago.
Lineated Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus): P - ceibo. T - common
near the quebradita.
Red-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus trochilirostrus): T - fairly common
Pale-leeged Hornero (Furnarius leucops): T - fish pond.
Ruddy Spinetail (Synallaxis rutilans): P - trail to tower.
Point-tailed Palmcreeper (Berlepschia rikeri): T - palm swamp, very difficult
Peruvian Recurvebill (Simoxenops ucayalae): P - trail to lago. T - trail B
and connectors on C.
Cinnamon-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Philydor pyrrhodes): P - trail to tower. T -
Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner (Philydor erythropterus): T - C trail.
Crested Foliage-gleaner (Automolus dorsalis): T - trail B especially between
the quebradita and the bowl.
Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner (Automolus rufipileatus): P - near the river
along the entrance trail. T - around the colpita.
Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Automolus melanopezus): P - trail to blind and
bamboo patch past tower. T - B trail.
Rufous-tailed Xenops (Xenops milleri): P - near el Ceibo. T - quebradita.
Black-tailed Leaftosser (Sclererus caudacutus): T - trail C.
Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaemus sanctamariae): T - common along trails B and C.
P - near ceibo.
White-shouldered Antshrike (Thanophilus aethiops): T - quebradita.
Dusky-throated Antshrike (Thamnomanes ardesiacus): T - trail C.
Sclater's Antwren (Myrmotherula sclateri): T - quebradita.
White-eyed Antwren (Mymotherula leucopthalma): P - fairly common in mixed
Antwren flocks along trail to tower. T - Fairly common in flocks along B trail.
Ornate Antwren (Myrmotherula ornata): P - bamboo patch past tower. T - common
along B trail.
Ihering's Antwren (Myrmotherula iheringi): T - mixed flocks on B.
Banded Antbird (Dichrozona cincta): P - along trail to tower. T - C near C2.
Striated Antbird (Drymophila devillei): P - near ceibo. T - B trail.
Chestnut-shouldered Antwren (Terenura humeralis): P - near ceibo. T -
Blackish Antbird (Cercomacra nigrescens): T - trail A.
Manu Antbird (Cercomacra manu): P - trail to lago. T - trail A especially
between bench 3 and bowl.
Spot-backed Antbird (Hylophylax naevia): T - most regular along beginning of
B and C.
Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda): T - Bowl,palm swamp, and old
ponds along C.
White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes): P - near ceibo and trail to
blind. T - common along trails Band A.
Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmeciza hyperythra): P - Yoji trail. T - C trail.
Goeldi's Antbird (Myrmeciza goeldi): P - trail to blind. T - common at lodge
clearing, and along B.
White-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys salvini): P - most regular on Yoji trail.
T - common in palm swamp and quebradita.
Black Bushbird (Neoctantes niger): one female seen once with
understory mixed flock along beginning of B trail.
Black-spotted Bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata): common at both lodges and
possible in most any type of forest. Most often with army ants but also away
Striated Antthrush (Chamaeza nobilis): P - near ceibo. T - C near C2.
Rufous-fronted Antthrush (Formicarius rufifrons): T - up to three
singing birds recorded around the fish pond.
Rufous-capped Antthrush (Formicarius colma): P - Yoji trail. T - C trail.
Amazonian Antpitta (Hylopezus berlepschi): T - C1 and along first part of B.
Thrushlike Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisoma): P - along tower trail. T - C
White-browed Purpletuft (Iodopleura isabellae): P - seen most days from the
Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans): P - lek along Yoji trail.
Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana): P - should be possible from the
tower although I never saw it there. T - seen most often along edge of lodge
clearing, at times in groups of 5 birds.
Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana): P - seen most days from the tower. T -
seen with luck from the swamp tower.
Purple-throated Cotinga (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema): one male seen
once from the first bench.
Bare-necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus): P - seen daily in flight from
the tower, also more easily seen flying over the lago. T - can be seen in flight
near the colpa, from the benches, and the lodge clearing.
Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata): P - most often along the Yoji
trail. T - quebradita.
Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus): T - commonly heard along
B, the b-C connector, and at the bowl but difficult to see.
Band-tailed Manakin (Pipra fasciicauda): P - fairly common along Yoji trail.
T - fairly common along C, B, and B-C connector.
Round-tailed Manakin (Pipra chloromeros): T - lek along B just past the palm
Slender-footed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius gracilipes): T - most easily seen at the
bowl, also mixed flocks on C.
Gray Elaenia (Myopagis caniceps): P - heard most days from the tower but
Mottle-backed Elaenia (Elaenia gigas): T - present at Isla, and below colpa.
Ringed Antpipit (Corythopsis torquata): P - Yoji trail. T - C trail.
White-cheeked Tody-tyrant (Poecilotriccus albifacies): P - trail to lago. T -
C connector trails in bamboo.
Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant (Hemitriccus flammulatus): P - common but tough to
see along entrance trail and trail to blind.
White-eyed Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus zosterops): P - fairly common along trail
Large-headed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon megacephala): P - trail to blind. T -
common along A and B but tough to see.
Golden-crowned Spadebill (Platyrhynchos coronatus): P - Yoji trail. T - C
Bran-colored Flycatcher (Myiophobus fasciatus): T - B trail.
Euler's Flycatcher (Lathotriccus euleri): T - one seen once along A trail.
Little Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola fluviatilis): regular at isla.
White-eyed Attila (Attila bolivianus): T - regular in palm swamp and bowl.
Cinereous Mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra): P - regular along Yoji. T.regular
Sirystes (Sirystes silbilator): P - usually present near lodge.
Swainson's Flycatcher (Myiarchus swainsonii): P - often seen from the tower.
T - fairly common along B trail.
Yellow-browed Tyrant : T - regular at isla, probably seasonal (April-Sep.?).
Lesser Kiskadee (Pitangus lictor): P - regular at lago. T - regular at fish
Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus): T - one seen once at fish pond.
Sulphery Flycatcher (Tyrannopsis sulphurea): T - palm swamp.
Chestnut-crowned Becard (Pachyramphus castanea): T - regular from benches on
A and fish pond.
Black-capped Becard (Pachyramphus marginatus): P - mixed flocks near Ceibo. T
- mixed flocks on C.
Purplish Jay: T - common across river from colpa and near fish pond. At times
with Violaceous Jay.
Moustached Wren (Thyrothorus genibarbis): family common both lodges in many
Musician Wren (Cyphorhinus arada): P - tower trail. T - regular at start of B
Lawrence's Thrush (Turdus lawrencii): T - singing males along first part of
B, and along C.
Hauxwell's Thrush (Turdus hauxwelli): T - trail C.
White-necked Thrush (Turdus albicollis): P - trail C. T - quebradita.
Slate-colored Seedeater (Sporophila schistacea): T - very common anywhere
near bamboo, but probably seasonal as bamboo was fruiting at this time
Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens): P - across river from
colpa. T - isla.
Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus): P - regular near the colpita. T -
regular on trail A.
Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Caryothraustes humeralis): T - one seen on C
Black-and-White Tanager (Conothraupis speculigera): groups of up to
ten birds seen mostly in October along the A trail and also below the first
bench. Most birds were in female basic plumage, a few molting males noted.
Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis): one of the more frequently seen
Tanagers, often seen from the tower at P and at the bowl at T.
White-winged Shrike-Tanager (Lanio versicolor): mostly noted on Yoji trail at
P and C trail at T.
Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira): mixed flocks along Yoji at P and mixed
flocks anywhere at T.
Swallow-Tanager (Tersina viridis): during September, common at both lodges,
most easily seen from the tower at P and from the benches on A at T.
Casqued Oropendola (Psarcolius oseryi): T - nesting colony on C at old ponds.
Red-rumped Cacique (Cacicus haemorrhous): T - one seen once from bench 1 in
report on a birding course given at TRC and Posada Amazonas in March 2002.