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 Birding Unchog and access to get there (Huánuco).

 

Bosque Unchog is a must-visit site not far from Huanuco and the Central Highway and offers easy access to elfin forest where star-birds like Golden-backed Mountain-tanager, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, Bay-vented Cotinga, Pardusco and Coppery Metailtail can be seen. Other birds at this site includes Andean Snipe, Line-fronted Canastero, Undulated Antpitta, Golden-collared Tanager, White-chinned Thistletail of the plengei-race (a possible spilt), Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Brown-flanked Tanager (dry side) and a selection of high altitude species.

To get here drive east from Huanuco along the Central Highway. Turn left and cross a bridge near a toll booth and ask for directions to Cochabamba 24 kms up in the mountains. Here you have to ask for permission a pay a entrance fee (20$ per person). The road ends 8 kms further up and you can camp here. Continue walking the track over the grassy bog and bird the patches of forest. After a few hundred metres you will see a cross and the trail descends through forest. This is the best area for the Golden-backed Mountain-tanager and the Cotinga. Note that this is at high altitude (3400-3600 m) and it gets cold during the night. The road up here can be rough and a sturdy car is useful.

 

 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Curve-billed Tinamou Nothoprocta curvirostris
2
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
3
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
4
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
5
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
6
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
7
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
8
Montane Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
NT
9
White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
10
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
11
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
12
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
13
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
14
Andean Snipe Gallinago jamesoni
15
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
16
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
17
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
18
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
19
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove Columbina minuta
20
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
21
Hocking´s Parakeet Aratinga hockingi
E
22
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
23
Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
24
Plum-crowned Parrot Pionus tumultuosus
25
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
26
Yungas Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium bolivianum
27
Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
28
Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata
29
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
30
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
31
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
32
White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster
33
Green-headed Hillstar Oreotrochilus stolzmanni
RR
34
Black-breasted Hillstar Oreotrochilus melanogaster
E
35
Violet-throated Starfrontlet Coeligena violifer
36
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
37
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
38
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
39
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
40
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
41
Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae
E
42
Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi
43
Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
44
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
45
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albiventris
46
Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa
47
Azara´s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
48
White-browed Spinetail Hellmayrea gularis
49
Baron´s Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni
50
Plenge´s Thistletail Schizoeaca peruviana plengei
E
51
Line-fronted Canastero Asthenes urubambensis
RR
NT
52
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
53
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
54
Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
55
Greater Scythebill Campylorhamphus pucherani
NT
56
Undulated Antpitta Grallaria squamigera
57
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
58
Fulvous Antpitta Grallaria (rufula) obscura
E
59
Large-footed Tapaculo Scytalopus macropus
E
60
Neblina Tapaculo Scytalopus altirostris
E
61
Tschudi´s Tapaculo Scytalopus acutirostris
E
62
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
63
Bay-vented Cotinga Doliornis sclateri
E
VU
64
Band-tailed Fruiteater Pipreola intermedia
65
Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata
66
Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias uropygialis
67
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
68
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
69
White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
70
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
71
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis
72
Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher Myiophobus ochraceiventris
73
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
74
Peruvian Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca spodionota
RR
75
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
76
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
77
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
78
Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropygius
79
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
80
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex occipitalis
81
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
82
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
83
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
84
Andean Swallow Haplochelidon andecola
85
Short-billed Pipit Anthus furcatus
86
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
87
Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
88
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
89
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
90
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
91
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
92
White-collared Jay Cyanocorax viridicyana
93
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
94
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
95
Yellow-rumped Siskin Carduelis uropygialis
96
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
97
Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
98
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
99
White-browed Conebill Conirostrum ferrugineiventre
100
Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
101
Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
102
White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata
103
Rufous-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris
E
VU
104
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
105
Brown-flanked Tanager Thlypopsis pectoralis
E
106
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
107
Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
108
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
109
Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
110
Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis aureodorsalis
E
EN
111
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
112
Golden-collared Tanager Iridosornis jelskii
RR
113
Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti
E
114
Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager Dubusia taeniata
115
Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager Delothraupis castaneoventris
116
Pardusco Nephelornis oneilli
E
117
Rufous-backed Inca-Finch Incaspiza personata
E
118
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
119
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
120
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
121
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
122
Páramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa
123
Glossy Flowerpiercer Diglossa lafresnayii
124
Moustached Flowerpiercer Diglossa mystacalis
125
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
126
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
127
Cloud-forest Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
128
Slaty Brush-Finch Atlapetes schistaceus
129
Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus
130
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
131
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
132
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
133
Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
 
 
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