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 Birding Lima area-Pantanos de Villa-Ventanilla (Lima).

 

All visiting birders to Peru comes to Lima first and leaves from here too. This huge town has actually some nice wetlands within easy access. About half an hour north of the airport is the suburb Ventanilla. Turn left here to the beach and after 3 kms there is a fenced-in wetland on the right with a visitor centre and an observation tower. A nice selction of wetland birds can be seen here including migrants. Least Bittern, Wren-like Rush-bird, Many-coloured Rush-tyrant and Yellow-headed Blackbird are some. Continue another kilometre and you´ll come to the coast. There are some restaurants here and you can park here. There are some pools around here and the parking lot can sometimes be flooded and offers a fantastic opportunity to see migrating waders as well as the local Peruvian Thickknees. Pass the restaurants and you are at the beach where the usual selection of sea- and shorebirds can be seen like Inca Tern, Peruvian Boobies and gulls.

Pantanos de Villa is on the other side of town just south of Lima. It likewise has a visitor centre where you pay small entrance fee. Opposite the centre is a walkway to a tower where Great Grebes, ducks and gulls can be seen. The reed has Least Bittern, Wren-like Rush-bird and Many-coloured Rush-tyrant. Continue past the visitor centre and turn right and you will soon see a shallow pool and antoher tower. This pool is good for waders and from the tower you see the same birds as from the other tower. If turning left in the junction you´ll come to a gate with guards. Tell them you want to go to the beach for birdwatching, you may have to leave your passport here. A few hundred metres past the gate in the sandy area to the left is a reliable spot for Peruvian Thickknee. Another two-three hundred metres further on takes you to the beach and another lagoon which is good for gulls.

Very close to the airport is Callao and a narrow peninsula sticks out into the sea here. At the very point is a good place to view the sea and there are also some inlets called Laguna Arenillas here which are good for waders including Blackish Oystercatcher.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
2
[Ringed Teal] Callonetta leucophrys
3
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
4
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
5
White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
6
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
7
Puna Teal Anas puna
8
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
9
Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti
RR
VU
10
Wilson´s Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
11
White-vented Storm Petrel Oceanites gracilis
RR
DD
12
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
13
White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
14
Great Grebe Podiceps major
15
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis
NT
16
Jabiru Jabiru mycteria
17
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
18
Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja
19
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
20
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
21
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
22
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
23
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
24
Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
25
Great Egret Ardea alba
26
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
27
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
28
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
29
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
RR
30
Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
RR
31
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
32
Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
RR
NT
33
Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi
NT
34
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
35
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
36
Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus
37
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
38
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
39
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
40
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
41
Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis
42
Harris´ Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
43
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
44
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
45
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
46
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
47
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis murivagans
NT
48
Ecuadorian Rail Rallus aequatorialis meyerdeschauenseei
49
Sora Porzana carolina
50
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
51
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
52
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
53
[Red-gartered Coot] Fulica armillata
54
Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris
55
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
56
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
57
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
58
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
59
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
60
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
61
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
62
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
63
[Wilson´s Snipe] Gallinago delicata
64
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
65
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
66
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus
67
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
68
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
69
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
70
Western Willet Tringa semipalmata inornata
71
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
72
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
73
Surfbird Aphriza virgata
74
Sanderling Calidris alba
75
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
76
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
77
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
78
Baird´s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
79
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
80
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
81
Wilson´s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
82
Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis
83
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus
84
Band-tailed Gull Larus belcheri
RR
85
Gray Gull Larus modestus
86
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
87
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
88
Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis
89
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
90
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
91
Franklin´s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
92
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
93
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
94
Elegant Tern Sterna elegans
NT
95
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
96
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
97
South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea
RR
98
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
99
Peruvian Tern Sterna lorata
RR
EN
100
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
101
Inca Tern Larosterna inca
RR
102
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
103
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
104
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
105
Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
106
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
107
Red-masked Parakeet Aratinga erythrogenys
RR
NT
108
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
109
Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis
RR
110
Canary-winged Parakeet Brotogeris versicolurus
111
Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus
112
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
113
Barn Owl Tyto alba
114
(West) Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum (ssp nov)
115
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
116
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
117
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
118
Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
119
Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora
120
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
121
Coastal Miner Geositta peruviana
E
122
Grayish Miner Geositta maritima
123
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
124
Cactus Canastero Asthenes cactorum
E
125
Tumbes Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum sclateri
126
Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
127
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
128
Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus
129
Short-tailed Field-Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
130
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
131
Purple Martin Progne subis
132
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
133
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
134
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
135
Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris
136
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
137
Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens
138
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
139
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
140
Inca (Green) Jay Cyanocorax yncas
141
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
142
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
143
Black-lored Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
144
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
145
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
146
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
147
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
148
Red-crested Finch Coryphospingus cucullatus
149
Great Inca-Finch Incaspiza pulchra
E
150
Collared Warbling-Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
151
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
152
Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
RR
153
Parrot-billed Seedeater Sporophila peruviana
154
Chestnut-throated Seedeater Sporophila telasco
155
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
156
Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola
157
Raimondi´s Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii
E
158
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
159
Yellow-hooded Blackbird Chrysomus icterocephalus
160
Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
161
Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
162
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
 
 
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