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 Birding Nuevo Salem and Oracuzar road (Amazonas). Road to Saramiriza (Loreto).

 

This site was first visited by a birding group from Kolibri Expeditions in search of Orange-throated Tanager Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron in Dec 2002 with big success. Since it has become popular as the only currently available site in Peru for this spectacular species - albeit many groups in 2005 and 2006 missed the tanager. There is however another nearby site that also hold the species according to local guide Jose Lirio, so it is recommended that one spend more time to sample different areas. 

Orange-throated Tanager was found new to science in the end of the 60´s and led the way to the discovery of several new species - one per year since - in Peru. Close to a 100 birders have already made the way to this not too remote Awaruna village the last couple of years.
Kolibri Expeditions initiated an eco-tourism project in benefit of the village. A mandatory fee of
 30 dollars per night (incl food) goes directly to the village and with the around 2000-3000 dollars already received the past years the village has been able to send two bright students to achieve higher education, as well as improving slowly but surely the infrastructure in the village to receive tourists. While things are still quite basic, you can be sure that the money you spend will be used very wisely.


Birdwise the site has more to give than just the star of the show. The rare Blackish Pewee has been seen by every group. Other good birds include Scaly-breasted Woodpecker, Spangled Cotinga, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Purplish Jacamar, Pale-rumped Swift, Hairy-crested, White-plumed and Bicolored Antbirds.

To reach this site on the Marañon river - previous arrangements is mandatory. Please, contact any of the companies below
for more information on how to book. Note that you don´t have to book a big tour with a commercial company to do the booking for Nuevo Salem. It is OK to go there independently. However, there are no short-cuts. You have to pay 30 dollars per night to stay there, and you have to use the services of the local awaruna eco-tourism promoter (30 dollars per day - minimum four days) who is the coordinator. He, Jose Lirio, has put his soul into finding a place for the Wetmorethraupis safe to visit. As former mayor candidate of Imazita in 2002 loosing by only a couple of votes and having spent all his private resources in this campaign, we feel it is important to give our support to him. It was also Lirio who set-up the visits to the former site at Peña Blanca -which is now off limits and right out dangerous to visit.

The road beyond Imazita continues to Saramiriza, which is planned to become an important port in the coming years. If this happens the road there is bound to improve and a bridge over Nieva river will be built. There is good habitat along this road still, including hill forest that may hold the Orange-throated Tanager and unexplored white-sand forests. Be aware that this is Awaruna country so it is wise to bring with you a local awaruna guide if you plan to do the road in various days.

Once in Saramiriza it is possible to hire a boat to travel down the Marañon river and up Morona river to Tierra Blanca where recently the White-masked Antbird was sensationally rediscovered by Jose Alvarez, Dan Lane, Thomas Valqui and others in an LSU expedtition in 2001 to study the white sand forests of this area.

 

To visit Nuevo Salem you must contact one of the Peruvian bird tour companies that previously have promoted this area using the right channels. Kolibri Expeditions the main sponsor of Birding Peru is one them, and will gladly assist you in setting up a visit. Write kolibriexp@gmail.com.

The the species list for this birding area has been provided by Peru Bird Data Base housed on http://birdingperu.com/masterperu/. Visit this page to upload your sightings to the database, so that the species list becomes more correct and more complete. Any mistakes you may find please report to Gunnar Engblom admin@birding-peru.com.

Acknowledments: Apart from funds directed from Kolibri Expeditions, financial support from PromPeru made it possible to develop the "where to go birding" section of the Birding Peru web-site in 2007. Prom Peru soon will house a mirror of this information on www.perubirdingroutes.com. This web-page also contains lots of other usefull information about birding in Peru and we suggest you make a visit after you are done surfing on www.birding-peru.com.

Text: Gunnar Engblom 

 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Great Tinamou Tinamus major
2
Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus
3
Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
4
Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus
5
Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata
6
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
7
Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus
8
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
9
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
10
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
11
Black Caracara Daptrius ater
12
Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis
13
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
14
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
15
Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
16
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
17
White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis
18
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
19
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
20
Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus
21
Chestnut-headed Crake Anurolimnas castaneiceps
22
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
23
Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
24
Ruddy Pigeon Columba subvinacea
25
Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla
26
Sapphire Quail-Dove Geotrygon saphirina
27
Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
28
White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus
29
Huallaga Parakeet Pyrrhura melanura berlepschi
E
30
Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
31
Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
32
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
33
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
34
Black-bellied Cuckoo Piaya melanogaster
35
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
36
Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba
37
Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl Megascops watsonii
38
Crested Owl Lophostrix cristata
39
Amazonian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium hardyi
40
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
41
Ocellated Poorwill Nyctiphrynus ocellatus
42
Blackish Nightjar Caprimulgus nigrescens
43
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
44
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
45
Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris
46
Pale-rumped Swift Chaetura egregia
47
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
48
Amazonian Swift Chaetura viridipennis
49
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
50
Rufous-breasted Hermit Glaucis hirsuta
51
Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes leucurus
52
White-bearded Hermit Phaethornis hispidus
53
Great-billed Hermit Phaethornis malaris
54
Straight-billed Hermit Phaethornis bourcieri
55
Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber
56
Gray-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis
57
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
58
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
59
Olive-spotted Hummingbird Leucippus chlorocercus
RR
60
Glittering-throated Emerald Polyerata fimbriata
61
Black-throated Brilliant Heliodoxa schreibersii
62
Black-eared Fairy Heliothryx aurita
63
Amethyst Woodstar Calliphlox amethystina
64
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis
65
Amazonian Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus
66
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
67
Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii
68
Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum
69
Purplish Jacamar Galbula chalcothorax
70
Great Jacamar Jacamerops aurea
71
White-necked Puffbird Notharchus hyperrhynchus
72
Pied Puffbird Notharchus tectus
73
White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus
74
Yellow-billed Nunbird Monasa flavirostris
75
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
76
Lemon-throated Barbet Eubucco richardsoni
77
Lettered Aracari Pteroglossus inscriptus
78
Brown-mandibled Aracari (= Ivory-billed) Pteroglossus mariae
79
Many-banded Aracari Pteroglossus pluricinctus
80
Golden-collared Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii
81
Channel-billed Toucan (= Yellow -ridged) Ramphastos culminatus
82
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
83
Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
84
Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis
85
Scaly-breasted Woodpecker Celeus grammicus
86
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
87
Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
88
Dark-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis albigularis
89
Speckled Spinetail Cranioleuca gutturata
90
Striped Woodhaunter Hyloctistes subulatus
91
Chestnut-winged Hookbill Ancistrops strigilatus
92
Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner Philydor erythropterus
93
Dusky-cheeked Foliage-gleaner Anabazenops dorsalis
94
Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner Automolus ochrolaemus
95
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus
96
West Amazonian Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa neglecta
97
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
98
(Great-billed) Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus - orenocensis group
99
Amazonian Barred-Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes certhia
100
Elegant Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus elegans
101
Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus
102
Lineated Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes albolineatus
103
Fasciated Antshrike Cymbilaimus lineatus
104
Undulated Antshrike Frederickena unduligera
105
White-shouldered Antshrike Thamnophilus aethiops
106
Plain-winged Antshrike Thamnophilus schistaceus
107
Black Bushbird Neoctantes niger
108
Dusky-throated Antshrike Thamnomanes ardesiacus
109
Cinereous Antshrike Thamnomanes caesius
110
Pygmy Antwren Myrmotherula brachyura
111
Rufous-tailed Antwren Myrmotherula erythrura
112
White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris
113
Long-winged Antwren Myrmotherula longipennis
114
Gray Antwren Myrmotherula menetriesii
115
Gray Antbird Cercomacra cinerascens
116
Black Antbird Cercomacra serva
117
Black-faced Antbird Myrmoborus myotherinus
118
Peruvian Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana
119
Sooty Antbird Myrmeciza fortis
120
White-plumed Antbird Pithys albifrons
121
Bicolored Antbird Gymnopithys leucaspis
122
Hairy-crested Antbird Rhegmatorhina melanosticta
123
Spot-backed Antbird Hylophylax naevia
124
Scale-backed Antbird Hylophylax poecilonota
125
Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis
126
Thrush-like Antpitta Myrmothera campanisona
127
Fiery-throated Fruiteater Pipreola chlorolepidota chlorolepidota
NT
128
Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater Pipreola frontalis frontalis
129
White-browed Purpletuft Iodopleura isabellae
130
Spangled Cotinga Cotinga cayana
131
White-bearded Manakin Manacus manacus
132
Blue-backed Manakin Chiroxiphia pareola
133
Wire-tailed Manakin Pipra filicauda
134
Golden-headed Manakin Pipra erythrocephala
135
Blue-crowned Manakin Lepidothrix coronata
136
Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus
137
Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin Tyranneutes stolzmanni
138
Wing-barred Piprites Piprites chloris
139
Sooty-headed Tyrannulet Phyllomyias griseiceps
140
White-lored Tyrannulet Ornithion inerme
141
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Tyrannulus elatus
142
Gray Elaenia Myiopagis caniceps
143
Mottle-backed Elaenia Elaenia gigas
144
Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
145
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
146
Red-billed Tyrannulet Zimmerius cinereicapillus
RR
147
Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus vitiosus
148
Black-and-white Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus capitalis
149
White-eyed Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus zosterops
150
Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus calopterus
RR
151
Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum
152
Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
153
Zimmer´s Flycatcher Tolmomyias assimilis
154
Olive-faced Flycatcher Tolmomyias viridiceps
155
Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher Terenotriccus erythrurus
156
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
NT
157
Blackish Pewee Contopus nigrescens
158
Drab Water-Tyrant Ochthornis littoralis
159
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
160
Grayish Mourner Rhytipterna simplex
161
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
162
Dusky-chested Flycatcher Myiozetetes luteiventris
163
Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
164
Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
165
Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus
166
Chestnut-crowned Becard Pachyramphus castaneus
167
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
168
Black-capped Becard Pachyramphus marginatus
169
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
170
Black-crowned Tityra Tityra inquisitor
171
White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
172
White-thighed Swallow Neochelidon tibialis
173
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
174
Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
175
Coraya Wren Thryothorus coraya
176
White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
177
Southern Nightingale-Wren Microcerculus marginatus
178
Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
179
Tawny-faced Gnatwren Microbates cinereiventris
180
Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
181
Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
182
Marañon Gnatcatcher Polioptila (plumbea) major
RR
183
Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus
184
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
185
Dusky-capped Greenlet Hylophilus hypoxanthus
186
Tawny-crowned Greenlet Hylophilus ochraceiceps
187
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leveriana
188
Yellow-backed Tanager Hemithraupis flavicollis
189
Flame-crested Tanager Tachyphonus cristatus
190
Yellow-crested Tanager Tachyphonus rufiventer
191
Fulvous-crested Tanager Tachyphonus surinamus
192
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
193
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
194
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
195
Masked Crimson Tanager Ramphocelus nigrogularis
196
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
197
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
198
Orange-throated Tanager Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron
VU
199
Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
200
White-lored Euphonia Euphonia chrysopasta
201
White-vented Euphonia Euphonia minuta
202
Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
203
Rufous-bellied Euphonia Euphonia rufiventris
204
Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana
205
Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
206
Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
207
Yellow-bellied Tanager Tangara xanthogastra
208
Spotted Tanager Tangara punctata
209
Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
210
Masked Tanager Tangara nigrocincta
211
Opal-rumped Tanager Tangara velia
212
Opal-crowned Tanager Tangara callophrys
213
Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
214
Yellow-bellied Dacnis Dacnis flaviventer
215
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
216
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
217
Short-billed Honeycreeper Cyanerpes nitidus
218
Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
219
Swallow-Tanager Tersina viridis
220
Red-crested Finch Coryphospingus cucullatus
221
Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
222
Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
223
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
224
Slate-colored Grosbeak Saltator grossus
225
Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides
226
Moriche Oriole Icterus chrysocephalus
227
Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
228
Ecuadorian Cacique Cacicus sclateri
RR
229
Casqued Oropendola Psarocolius oseryi
230
Green Oropendola Psarocolius viridis
231
Yellow-billed Oropendola Psarocolius (angustifrons) alfredi
 
 
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