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 Birding Olmos, El Limón and Abra Porculla (Lambayeque , Piura).

 

Olmos makes a good base to explore these two sites nearby. Quebrada el Limon is the place where most birders go to see White-winged Guan, but there are other valleys that also have the Guan that can be visited, such as Querpon, San Isidro and Tocto.

Quebrada El Limón
Quebrada El Limón is the best place to see White-winged Guan in the wild. White-winged Guan was rediscovered in 1977 by Gustavo del Solar and John O´Neill, 100 years after its description and its last sighting. Since, efforts of Gustavo del Solar to create a successful captive breeding program, with re-releases in the wild and recently also the confirmed breeding of a re-released pair has made the conservation of the White-winged Guan a success story. At the site of El Limon the White-winged Guan is zealously guarded by Sr. Lino Rico and his family. Sr Lino acts as local guide and takes visitors to the site. He can also show a tree where Peruvian Screech-Owl spend the day. There is fixed charge of 100 soles per group for the guiding. Coordination is best made with Fernando Angulo chamaepetes@yahoo.com who works for the captive breeding project. Visits to the captive breeding site can also be arranged through Fernando. Behind this site - called Zoocriadero Barbara D´Achille - one can often find Striped Owl and Scrub Nightjar at dusk and after nightfall.

In the Quebrada Limon proper other birds to look out for include Solitary Eagle, Elegant Crescentchest, Guayaquil Woodpecker, White-tailed Jay, White-edged Oriole, Long-billed Starthroat, Ecuadorian Piculet, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Pacific Elaenia, Tumbes Pewee, Sooty-crowned Flycatcher, Speckle-breasted Wren, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Hepatic Tanager, White-winged Brush-Finch, Black-capped Sparrow and Gray-and-gold Warbler.
On the way to El Limon and also along the road in suitable habitat to the north keep on the lookout for Tumbes Hummingbird, Tumbes Sparrow, White-headed Brush-Finch, Short-tailed Woodstar Grey-and-white Tyrannulet, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant and sometimes Sulphur-throated Finch. Also present in this area but sometimes hard to find is the gorgeous Tumbes Tyrant.

Abra Porculla
Heading towards Jaen it is a good idea to spend a couple of hours checking out various wooded or scrubby gullies before the Porculla pass. Though the habitat is in pretty sad shape some goodies are still found. One of the best areas is the side track near Limón de Porculla.
Chapman´s Antshrike, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Black-cowled Saltator, the Porculla race of Grey-chinned Hermit - sometimes considered a good species, Purple-collared Woodstar, Bay-crowned, White-winged and White-headed Brush-Finch, Three-banded and Grey-and-gold Warblers, Elegant Crescentchest, Line-cheeked Spinetail and Lesser Goldfinch. With perseverance two very rare Foliagegleaners can be seen here - Rufous-necked and Henna-hooded Foliagegleaners.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Pale-browed Tinamou Crypturellus transfasciatus
RR
NT
2
White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis
E
CR
3
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
4
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
5
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
6
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
7
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
8
Northern Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
9
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
10
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
11
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
12
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
13
Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsonii
14
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
15
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
16
Harris´ Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
17
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
18
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
19
Spotted Rail Pardirallus maculatus
20
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
21
Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris
22
Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
23
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
24
Ochre-bellied Dove Leptotila ochraceiventris
RR
VU
25
Red-masked Parakeet Aratinga erythrogenys
RR
NT
26
Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis
RR
27
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
28
Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia
29
Barn Owl Tyto alba
30
Peruvian Screech-Owl Megascops roboratus
31
(West) Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum (ssp nov)
32
Striped Owl Pseudoscops clamator
33
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
34
Scrub (Anthony’s) Nightjar Caprimulgus anthonyi
RR
35
Tumbes Swift Chaetura ocypetes
36
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
37
Porculla Hermit Phaethornis porcullae
E
38
Tumbes Hummingbird Leucippus baeri
RR
39
Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii
E
40
Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
41
Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
42
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
43
Bronze-tailed Comet Polyonymus caroli
44
Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
45
Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora
46
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
47
Short-tailed Woodstar Myrmia micrura
RR
48
Little Woodstar Chaetocercus bombus
VU
49
Ecuadorian Trogon Trogon mesurum
50
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
51
Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
52
Ecuadorian Piculet Picumnus sclateri
RR
53
Scarlet-backed Woodpecker Veniliornis callonotus
54
Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
55
Guayaquil Woodpecker Campephilus gayaquilensis
NT
56
Necklaced Spinetail Synallaxis stictothorax
RR
57
Line-cheeked Spinetail Cranioleuca antisiensis
58
Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla ruficollis
RR
VU
59
Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner Hylocryptus erythrocephalus
RR
VU
60
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
61
Collared Antshrike Sakesphorus bernardi
RR
62
Chapman´s Antshrike Thamnophilus zarumae
RR
63
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
64
Watkins’ Antpitta Grallaria watkinsi
RR
65
Elegant Crescentchest Melanopareia elegans
RR
66
Tumbesian Tyrannulet Phaeomyias tumbezana
67
Pacific Elaenia Myiopagis subplacens
RR
68
Gray-and-white Tyrannulet Pseudelaenia leucospodia
RR
69
Tumbes Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum sclateri
70
White-tailed Tyrannulet Mecocerculus poecilocercus
71
Black-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
72
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
73
Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus meloryphus
74
Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
75
Gray-breasted Flycatcher Lathrotriccus griseipectus
RR
VU
76
Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
77
Tumbes Pewee Contopus punensis
78
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
79
Piura Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca piurae
E
NT
80
Tumbes Tyrant Tumbezia salvini
E
NT
81
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
82
Short-tailed Field-Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
83
Sooty-crowned Flycatcher Myiarchus phaeocephalus
RR
84
Baird´s Flycatcher Myiodynastes bairdii
RR
85
Snowy-throated Kingbird Tyrannus niveigularis
86
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
87
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
88
Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris
89
Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
90
Speckled-breasted Wren Thryothorus sclateri paucimaculatus
RR
91
Superciliated Wren Thryothorus superciliariS
RR
92
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
93
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
94
Swainson´s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
95
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
96
Andean Slaty-Thrush Turdus nigriceps
97
Plumbeous-backed Thrush Turdus reevei
RR
98
Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
99
White-faced Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea bilineata
RR
100
White-tailed Jay Cyanocorax mystacalis
RR
101
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
102
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
103
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
104
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
105
Black-lored Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
106
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
107
Gray-and-gold Warbler Basileuterus fraseri
RR
108
Three-banded Warbler Basileuterus trifasciatus
RR
109
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
110
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
111
Black-and-white Tanager Conothraupis speculigera
NT
112
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
113
Highland Hepatic Tanager Piranga lutea
114
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
115
Crimson-breasted Finch Rhodospingus cruentus
116
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
117
Cinereous Finch Piezorhina cinerea
RR
118
Collared Warbling-Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
119
Parrot-billed Seedeater Sporophila peruviana
120
Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
121
Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
122
Sulphur-throated Finch Sicalis taczanowskii
123
Cloud-forest Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
124
Bay-crowned Brush-Finch Atlapetes seebohmi
125
White-winged Brush-Finch Atlapetes leucopterus
126
White-headed Brush-Finch Atlapetes albiceps
127
Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus
128
Black-capped Sparrow Arremon abeillei abeillei
RR
129
Tumbes Sparrow Aimophila stolzmanni
RR
130
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
131
Black-cowled Saltator Saltator nigriceps
132
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
133
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
134
White-edged Oriole Icterus graceannae
RR
 
 
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