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 Birding Abra Malaga (Cusco).

 

The Abra Malaga area above Ollantaytambo offers several Peruvian endemics and a good set of subtropical/temperate forest birds. The birding here is done in three different types of habitat; dry scrub, polylepis and temperate forest. Ollantaytambo is a good base for birding this area and two full days should be allocated.

On the Ollantaytambo side of the pass the habitat is dry with scrub. Key birds here are Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch, Creamy-crested Spinetail and White-tufted Sunbeam. Note that the race of Shing Sunbeam occuring here is rather similar to the White-tufted. At the pass at 4230 m there are still some polylepis forest a bit away from the road. This forest holds all the rare specialist like Royal cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant and White-browed Tit-spinetail as well as Giant Conebill, Puna Tapaculo and Tawny Tit-spinetail. Further down on the wet (north) side of the pass you will come to temperate and later subtropical cloud forest. Birds to look for here include Parodi´s Hemispingus, Marcapata Spinetail, Pale-footed Swallow, Red-and-white Antpitta, White-browed Conebill, Puna Thistletail, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant, Cusco Brush-Finch, Sword-billed hummingbird and Inca Wren.

There are other polylepis forests near Ollantaytambo with more forest and the rare birds are more common, but all other sites includes some hiking at high altitude. Short-tailed Finch has been seen at a couple of places like above Huilloc.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus
2
Brown Tinamou Crypturellus obsoletus
3
Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus
4
Taczanowski´s Tinamou Nothoprocta taczanowskii
E
VU
5
Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii
6
Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
7
Stripe-faced Wood Quail Odontophorus balliviani
RR
8
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
9
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
10
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
11
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
12
Puna Teal Anas puna
13
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
14
Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii
15
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
16
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
NT
17
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
18
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
19
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
20
Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis
21
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
22
White-rumped Hawk Buteo leucorrhous
23
White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
24
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
25
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
26
Black-and-chestnut Eagle Oroaetus isidori
NT
27
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
28
Andean Snipe Gallinago jamesoni
29
Imperial Snipe Gallinago imperialis
NT
30
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
31
Wilson´s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
32
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
33
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
34
Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
35
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
36
Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
37
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
38
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
39
Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata
40
Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptosittaca branickii
VU
41
Andean Parakeet Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
42
Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria
43
Yungas Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium bolivianum
44
Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum
E
45
Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
46
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
47
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
48
Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
49
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
50
White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster
51
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii
52
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
53
White-tufted Sunbeam Aglaeactis castelnaudii
E
54
Andean Hillstar Oreotrochilus estella
55
Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena
56
Violet-throated Starfrontlet Coeligena violifer
57
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
58
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
59
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
60
Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
61
Coppery-naped Puffleg Eriocnemis sapphiropygia
RR
62
Purple-backed Thornbill Ramphomicron microrhynchum
63
Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis
64
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
65
Scaled Metaltail Metallura aeneocauda
E
66
Olivaceous Thornbill Chalcostigma olivaceum
E
67
Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi
68
White-bellied Woodstar Chaetocercus mulsant
69
Masked Trogon Trogon personatus
70
Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
71
Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps
72
Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca
NT
73
Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
74
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
75
Plain-breasted Earthcreeper Upucerthia jelskii
76
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albiventris
77
Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albidiventris
78
Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae
RR
CR
79
White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis
80
White-browed Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura xenothorax
E
EN
81
Tawny Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura yanacensis
NT
82
Azara´s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
83
Creamy-crested Spinetail Cranioleuca albicapilla
E
84
Marcapata Spinetail Cranioleuca marcapatae
E
85
Puna Thistletail Schizoeaca helleri
E
86
Rusty-fronted Canastero Asthenes ottonis
E
87
Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta
88
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
89
Streak-backed Canastero Asthenes wyatti
90
Junín Canastero Asthenes virgata
E
91
Line-fronted Canastero Asthenes urubambensis
RR
NT
92
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
93
Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
94
Undulated Antpitta Grallaria squamigera
95
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
96
Red-and-white Antpitta Grallaria erythroleuca
E
97
Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula rufula
RR
98
Southern Rufous Antpitta Gralliria (rufula) occabambae
99
Leymebamba Antpitta Grallaricula ferrigineipectus leymebambae
100
Trilling Tapaculo Scytalopus parvirostris
101
Puna Tapaculo Scytalopus simonsi
102
Diademed Tapaculo Scytalopus schulenbergi
RR
103
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
104
Chestnut-crested Cotinga Ampelion rufaxilla
105
Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata
106
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
107
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
108
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
109
Inca Flycatcher Leptopogon taczanowskii
E
110
White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
111
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
112
Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant Anairetes agraphia
E
113
Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus
RR
EN
114
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
115
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
116
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis
117
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
118
Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
119
Peruvian Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca spodionota
RR
120
D´Orbigny´s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides
121
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
122
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
123
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
124
Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropygius
125
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
126
Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fuscorufus
RR
127
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
128
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex occipitalis
129
Puna Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis
130
White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora
131
Taczanowski´s Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola griseus
132
Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus
133
White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons
134
Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha
135
Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
136
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
137
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
138
Pale-footed Swallow Notiochelidon flavipes
139
Andean Swallow Haplochelidon andecola
140
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
141
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
142
Inca Wren Thryothorus eisenmanni
E
143
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
144
Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
145
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
146
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
147
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
148
Andean Slaty-Thrush Turdus nigriceps
149
Thick-billed Siskin Carduelis crassirostris
150
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
151
Black Siskin Carduelis atrata
152
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
153
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
154
Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
155
Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
156
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
157
White-browed Conebill Conirostrum ferrugineiventre
158
Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
159
Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
160
Giant Conebill Oreomanes fraseri
NT
161
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis
162
White-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus auricularis
RR
163
Parodi´s Hemispingus Hemispingus parodii
E
164
Southern Superciliaried Hemispingus Hemispingus superciliaris urubambae
RR
165
Oleaginous Hemispingus Hemispingus frontalis
166
Drab Hemispingus Hemispingus xanthophthalmus
167
Three-striped Hemispingus Hemispingus trifasciatus
168
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
169
Rust-and-yellow Tanager Thlypopsis ruficeps
170
Slaty Tanager Creurgops dentata
RR
171
Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
172
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
173
Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
174
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
175
Golden-collared Tanager Iridosornis jelskii
RR
176
Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager Dubusia taeniata
177
Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager Delothraupis castaneoventris
178
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
179
Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina
180
Plush-capped Finch Catamblyrhynchus diadema
181
Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis
182
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
183
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
184
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
185
White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera
186
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch Poospiza caesar
E
187
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
188
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
189
Páramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa
190
Moustached Flowerpiercer Diglossa mystacalis
191
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
192
Bluish Flowerpiercer Diglossa caerulescens
193
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
194
Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch Sicalis uropygialis
195
Cusco Brush-Finch Atlapetes canigenis
E
196
Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus
197
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
198
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
199
Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris
200
Southern Mountain Cacique Cacicus chrysonotus
 
 
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