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 Birding Santa Eulalia Canyon and the Rimac drainage (Lima).

 

The dry Santa Eulalia canyon is just inland from Lima and can be made a day-trip from there or better a two-day trip which includes the higher parts. Drive from Lima to Chosica along the Central Highway and turn left to Santa Eulalia which you just pass through. The dusty dirttrack is a bit rough and a sturdy car is preferred.

In the river look for Torrent Duck and White-capped Dipper and in the orchards you can find Peruvian Pygmy-owl. After having crossed the river a couple of times you will see a spectacular bridge, this is about two hours uphill from Santa Eulalia. The area around the bridge is good for Great Inca-finch. The road across the bridge goes to San Pedro de Casta where there are hotels. Bird the scrub in the switchbacks after the bridge for birds like Rusty-bellied Brush-finch, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Black-necked Woodpecker and Bronze-tailed Comet. You will soon pass an electrical station and beyond that is the turn-off to the right to San Pedro. Continue left here and pass above the station and drive on for another kilometre there are some scrubby valleys which are good for the rare Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch. Black-winged Ground-dove and Andean Condors can be seen here as well.

If continuing straight instead of crossing the bridge the road goes high up in the valley and Giant Hummingbirds are fairly common here. At the highest part a track continues up and eventually takes you to Marcopomacocha. The left road takes you to two small villages San Pedro de Casta and Huachopampa where you can stay in basic lodging. Sierra-Finches are more common up here and also Canyon Canastero and Black-breasted Hillstar.

If you continue beyond a hidro-electric station (Sheque) along the narrow track to the right you shall eventually cross a small stream which has some trees just next to it. If you look up higher here you shall see more trees and the beginning of the Polylepis forest. White-cheeked Cotinga is often active in the morning as the sun hits the lower trees.

In not entering to Santa Eulalia from the main tarmac road, one can continue to San Bartolome. and from here hike up to the forest of Zarate. It is a long hike of 4-8 hours so one has best to spend the night camping here or get a very early start. This is the only place known where Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch breeds and from this site the song was recorded for the first time by Charles Hesse in June 2006. Check www.xeno-canto.org for downloading.

 

 

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii
2
Puna Tinamou Tinamotis pentlandii
3
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
4
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
5
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
6
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
7
Puna Teal Anas puna
8
Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma
9
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
10
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
11
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
12
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
13
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
14
Great Egret Ardea alba
15
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
16
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
NT
17
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
18
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
19
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
20
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
21
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
22
Harris´ Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
23
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
24
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
25
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
26
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
27
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
28
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
29
Giant Coot Fulica gigantea
30
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
31
Diademed Plover Phegornis mitchellii
NT
32
Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi
33
Gray-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus
34
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
35
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
36
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
37
Franklin´s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
38
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
39
Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
40
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
41
Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
42
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
43
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
44
Black-winged Ground-Dove Metriopelia melanoptera
45
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
46
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
47
Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons
48
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
49
Koepcke´s Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae
E
50
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
51
Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus
52
(West) Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum (ssp nov)
53
Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
54
Pacific Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris decussatus
55
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
56
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
57
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
58
Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
59
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
60
Black-breasted Hillstar Oreotrochilus melanogaster
E
61
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
62
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
63
Bronze-tailed Comet Polyonymus caroli
64
Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe
65
Olivaceous Thornbill Chalcostigma olivaceum
E
66
Oasis Hummingbird Rhodopis vesper
67
Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora
68
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
69
Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis
70
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
71
Dark-winged Miner Geositta saxicolina
E
72
Thick-billed Miner Geositta crassirostris
E
73
Slender-billed Miner Geositta tenuirostris
74
Plain-breasted Earthcreeper Upucerthia jelskii
75
Striated Earthcreeper Upucerthia serrana
E
76
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albiventris
77
Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albidiventris
78
White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis
79
White-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes palliatus
E
EN
80
Andean Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura andicola
81
Streaked Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura striata
82
Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata
E
83
Baron´s Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni
84
Canyon Canastero Asthenes pudibunda
RR
85
Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta
86
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
87
Streak-backed Canastero Asthenes wyatti
88
Junín Canastero Asthenes virgata
E
89
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
90
White-cheeked Cotinga Zaratornis stresemanni
E
VU
91
Tumbes Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum sclateri
92
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
93
Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides
94
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
95
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
96
Tumbes Pewee Contopus punensis
97
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
98
D´Orbigny´s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides
99
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
100
Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropygius
101
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
102
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
103
White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis andicola
VU
104
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
105
Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
106
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex occipitalis
107
Tawny-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex pallidiceps
108
Puna Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis
109
Taczanowski´s Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola griseus
110
Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus
111
White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons
112
Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha
113
Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas
114
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
115
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
116
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
117
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
118
Andean Swallow Haplochelidon andecola
119
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
120
Short-billed Pipit Anthus furcatus
121
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
122
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
123
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
124
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
125
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
126
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
127
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
128
Thick-billed Siskin Carduelis crassirostris
129
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
130
Black Siskin Carduelis atrata
131
Yellow-rumped Siskin Carduelis uropygialis
132
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
133
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
134
Giant Conebill Oreomanes fraseri
NT
135
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
136
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
137
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
138
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
139
Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina
140
Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis
141
Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
142
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
143
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
144
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
145
White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera
146
Great Inca-Finch Incaspiza pulchra
E
147
Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch Poospiza rubecula
E
EN
148
Collared Warbling-Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
149
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
150
Chestnut-throated Seedeater Sporophila telasco
151
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
152
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
153
Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
154
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
155
Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch Sicalis uropygialis
156
Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens
157
Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch Atlapetes nationi
158
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
159
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
160
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
161
Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
162
Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
163
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
 
 
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