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 Birding Abancay and surroundings (Apurímac).

 

Abancay is the main city in Apurimac department and about 5 hours from Cusco. This is the best base, unless you wish to camp, to visit Bosque Ampay just above the town. Drive towards Cusco and before you get out of town there is a sign for the Sanctuary to the left and 3.7 kms further up is a visitor centre where you can park. From here there is a wide trail going uphill for about a kilometre before coming into the Poducarpus forest which is more humid. There is a small lagoon here and also a camping place. The trail continues up through the forest but can be tricky to follow due to many side trails. At about 3500 m the forest gives way to scrub and later puna grassland and agricultural fields.

In the dry scrub above the visitor centre birds like Apurimac Brush-finch, Creamy-crested Spinetail and Sword-billed Hummingbird can be seen. Once in the forest look for Apurimac Spinetail and a yet undescribed Tapaculo. Undulated Antpittas are common but hard to see. There are also rumours about an undescribed Antpitta and Hummingbird here. Above the forest is a Thistletail, probably Vilcabamba Thistletail and a chance for the rare Taczanowski´s Tinamou.

On the south side of Abancay is river Marino and across the river a small settlement called Urbanicion Marino. Go through that until the road ends and park here and continue the trail uphill for a few hundred metres. In the scrub here lives the usheri race of Pale-tailed Canastero.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Taczanowski´s Tinamou Nothoprocta taczanowskii
E
VU
2
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
3
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
4
Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris oxyptera
5
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
6
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
7
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
8
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
9
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
NT
10
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
11
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
12
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
13
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
14
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
15
Wilson´s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
16
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
17
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
18
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
19
Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata
20
Andean Parakeet Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
21
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
22
Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum
E
23
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
24
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
25
White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster
26
“Ampay” Hummingbird Leucippus sp.nov
E
27
Green-and-white Hummingbird Leucippus viridicauda
E
28
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
29
White-tufted Sunbeam Aglaeactis castelnaudii
E
30
Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
31
Violet-throated Starfrontlet Coeligena violifer
32
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
33
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
34
Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
35
Coppery-naped Puffleg Eriocnemis sapphiropygia
RR
36
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
37
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
38
Purple-backed Thornbill Ramphomicron microrhynchum
39
Scaled Metaltail Metallura aeneocauda
E
40
Fire-throated Metaltail Metallura eupogon
41
Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi
42
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
43
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
44
Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albiventris
45
Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae
RR
CR
46
Apurimac Spinetail Synallaxis courseni
E
VU
47
Creamy-crested Spinetail Cranioleuca albicapilla
E
48
Vilcabamba Thistletail Schizoeaca vilcabambae
E
49
Apurimac Thistletail Schizoaeca sp nov
E
50
Apurimac Pale-tailed Canastero Asthenes usheri
E
EN
51
Rusty-fronted Canastero Asthenes ottonis
E
52
Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta
53
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
54
Undulated Antpitta Grallaria squamigera
55
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
56
Apurimac Tapaculo Scytalopus sp.nov
E
57
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
58
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
59
White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
60
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
61
Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes alpinus
RR
EN
62
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
63
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
64
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
65
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
66
D´Orbigny´s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides
67
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
68
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
69
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
70
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
71
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
72
Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex occipitalis
73
Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus
74
Black Andean-Tyrant Knipolegus signatus
75
White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus
76
Crested Becard Pachyramphus validus
77
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
78
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
79
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
80
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
81
Thick-billed Siskin Carduelis crassirostris
82
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
83
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
84
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
85
White-browed Conebill Conirostrum ferrugineiventre
86
Giant Conebill Oreomanes fraseri
NT
87
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
88
Rust-and-yellow Tanager Thlypopsis ruficeps
89
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
90
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
91
Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager Delothraupis castaneoventris
92
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
93
Plush-capped Finch Catamblyrhynchus diadema
94
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
95
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch Poospiza caesar
E
96
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
97
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
98
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
99
Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
100
White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
101
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
102
Apurímac Brush-Finch Atlapetes forbesi
E
103
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
104
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
105
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
106
Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris
 
 
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