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 Birding Cordillera Blanca - Llanganuco (Ancash).

 

According to many people the most beautiful place in Peru! Add to that easy access and a host of Peruvian endemics and other good birds. Birding here at the foot of mt Huascaran (6768 m), the highest mountain in Peru, is awesome. The launching point is Yungay which has hotels. Note that this is a high-altitude site and should not be visited first thing in Peru. This whole area has extensive polylepis forests and the mountains are traversed by a good road and there are also trails to be explored.

By the first lake is a visitor centre and there are good trails around here that should be birded. Baron´s Spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail, Giant Conebill, Giant Conebill, Rufous-eared Brush-finch, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Tit-like Dacnis and Plain-tailed Warbling-finch can be seen around here. The two lakes have the usual selection of wetland birds like Puna Teal, Andean Duck and Goose. On the wet grassy area at the far end of the second lake there are often Ground-tyrants. A short bit beyond the second lake is a valley to the left and White-cheeked Cotinga is sometimes seen here as well as Striated Earthcreeper, Ancash Tapaculo, Blue-mantled Thornbill and Green-headed Hillstar. Higher up is the Abra Portachuelo pass at 4700 m and on the far side there is even more polylepis forest and the White-cheeked Cotinga is seen more frequently here.

Only some 5 km north of Yungay is Pueblo Libre 2 km east of the road. Around here in the cactus habitat lives an undescribed form of Pale-tailed Canastero that may represent a separate species. Other birds in this desert-like landscape includes Raimondi´s and Greenish Yellow-finches, Short-tailed Field-tyrant, Giant Hummingbird.

If you drive back to Lima on the main highway to Paramonga you at the pass you will find Conococha lake. This lake has been very good for Giant Coot in the past. Good patches of ichu grass shall also be searched for Canasteros. Both Cordilleran and Streak-backed Canasteros can frequently be found as well as the more common and less demanding of good bunch-grass Streak-throated Canasteros.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii
2
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
3
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
4
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
5
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
6
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
7
White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
8
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
9
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
10
Puna Teal Anas puna
11
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
12
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
13
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis
NT
14
Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii
15
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
16
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
17
Great Egret Ardea alba
18
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
19
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
NT
20
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
21
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
22
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
23
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
24
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
25
Giant Coot Fulica gigantea
26
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
27
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
28
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
29
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
30
Koepcke´s Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae
E
31
(West) Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum (ssp nov)
32
Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii
E
33
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
34
Green-headed Hillstar Oreotrochilus stolzmanni
RR
35
Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
RR
36
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
37
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
38
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
39
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
40
Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe
41
Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi
42
Gray-bellied Comet Taphrolesbia griseiventris
E
EN
43
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
44
Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis
45
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
46
Slender-billed Miner Geositta tenuirostris
47
Plain-breasted Earthcreeper Upucerthia jelskii
48
Striated Earthcreeper Upucerthia serrana
E
49
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albiventris
50
Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata
E
51
Tawny Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura yanacensis
NT
52
Baron´s Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni
53
Ancash Pale-tailed Canastero Asthenes sp nov
E
VU
54
Canyon Canastero Asthenes pudibunda
RR
55
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
56
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
57
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
58
Ancash Tapaculo Scytalopus affinis
E
59
White-cheeked Cotinga Zaratornis stresemanni
E
VU
60
Pallidior Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys pallidior
61
Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus
RR
EN
62
Black-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
63
Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides
64
Piura Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca piurae
E
NT
65
D´Orbigny´s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides
66
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
67
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
68
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
69
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
70
Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
71
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex occipitalis
72
Puna Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis
73
White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora
74
Taczanowski´s Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola griseus
75
Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus
76
Short-tailed Field-Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
77
Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas
78
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
79
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
80
Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
81
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
82
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
83
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
84
Thick-billed Siskin Carduelis crassirostris
85
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
86
Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
87
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
88
Giant Conebill Oreomanes fraseri
NT
89
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
90
Highland Hepatic Tanager Piranga lutea
91
Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina
92
Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis
93
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
94
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
95
White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera
96
Great Inca-Finch Incaspiza pulchra
E
97
Rufous-backed Inca-Finch Incaspiza personata
E
98
Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch Poospiza alticola
E
EN
99
Rufous-breasted Warbling-Finch Poospiza rubecula
E
EN
100
Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
RR
101
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
102
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
103
Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch Sicalis uropygialis
104
Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens
105
Raimondi´s Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii
E
106
Rufous-eared Brush-Finch Atlapetes rufigenis
E
NT
107
Bay-crowned Brush-Finch Atlapetes seebohmi
108
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
109
Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
 
 
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