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 Birding Tarapoto and Yurimaguas road (San Martín).

 

Tarapoto in the northwest of Peru offers a good base for birding nearby sites. You can get to Tarapoto by road when birding Abra Patricia or fly to/from Lima. 16 kms south of Tarapoto is the small village Juan Guerra and just south of the village is rio Huallaga. Just before the bridge a dirttrack branches off to the left and follows the river. Birding here can be good with the local race of Northern Slaty-antshrike, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Tataupa Tinamou, Plain-breasted Ground-dove, Pheasant Cuckoo, Mishana tyrannulet, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Rufous Casornis and Stripe-necked Tody-tyrant among the possibilities.

Another 60 kms further south on a poor road takes you to Quebrada Upaquihua which has better habitat than Juan Guerra but similar birds, though some are easier to see here.

Going east from Tarapoto takes you onto the road to Yurimaguas.  There is excellent foothill forest along the road up to the tunnel at about 1000 m. There is a waterfall along this part and many tourists come here to swim in the waterfall. There also some restaurants along the road that offers a good place to bird from while having a lunch-break. Many good birds have been seen here. Orange-breasted Falcon, Red-crowned Parakeet, Koepke´s Hermit, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Ruddy Foliage-gleener, Golden-headed- and Fiery-capped manakins, Blackish Peewe, Plumbeous Euphonia, Dotted Tanager and Short-billed Honeycreeper. Keep birding on the other side of the tunnel where there is a Cock-of-the-Rock lek.

In the valley below is a new Biological station at km 34, that has been build mainly for frog-researchers. This area is the best in Peru for frogs with 93 species recorded (apr 05) including several new to science. Many good birds lives in the valley too but trails are poor and often goes through degraded habitat. Birds seen here includes Chestnut-headed Crake, Scarlet-shouldred Parrotlet, Black-throated Brilliant, Lanceolated Monklet, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, White-plumed Antbird, White-browed Purpletuft, Short-billed Honeycreeper and Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak. Some three kms further down the road is an obvious view-point from where the Scarlet-shouldred Parrotlets can be seen coming to a clay-lick. The road further towards Yurimaguas surely have much to offer although the habitat along the road is degraded but this area is very poorly birded. Reportedly there is an area with 'white sand' 21 kms before Yurimaguas which could be interresting to explore.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Grey Tinamou Tinamus tao
2
Great Tinamou Tinamus major
3
Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus
4
Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
5
Tataupa Tinamou Crypturellus tataupa
6
Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata
7
Spix´s Guan Penelope jacquacu
8
Wattled Guan Aburria aburri
NT
9
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis sylvicola
10
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
11
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
12
Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
13
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
14
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
15
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
16
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
17
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
18
Black Caracara Daptrius ater
19
Red-throated Caracara Ibycter americanus
20
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
21
Lined Forest-Falcon Micrastur gilvicollis
22
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
23
Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus
24
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
25
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
26
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
27
Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
28
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
29
White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis
30
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
31
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
32
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
33
Sunbittern Eurypyga helias
34
Chestnut-headed Crake Anurolimnas castaneiceps
35
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
36
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
37
Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin
38
Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
39
Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
40
Ruddy Pigeon Columba subvinacea
41
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove Columbina minuta
42
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
43
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
44
Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla
45
Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
46
White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus
47
Yurimaguas Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta (s)sp nov?
E
48
Red-crowned Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons
49
Canary-winged Parakeet Brotogeris versicolurus
50
Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
51
Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet Touit huetii
52
Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
53
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
54
Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus
55
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
56
Greater Ani Crotophaga major
57
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
58
Pheasant Cuckoo Dromococcyx phasianellus
59
Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba
60
Black-banded Owl Ciccaba huhula
61
Crested Owl Lophostrix cristata
62
Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata
63
Band-bellied Owl Pulsatrix melanota
64
Ocellated Poorwill Nyctiphrynus ocellatus
65
Rufous Nightjar Caprimulgus rufus
66
Blackish Nightjar Caprimulgus nigrescens
67
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
68
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
69
Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris
70
Pale-rumped Swift Chaetura egregia
71
Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
72
White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
73
Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata
74
White-tipped Sicklebill Eutoxeres aquila
75
Buff-tailed Sicklebill Eutoxeres condamini
76
Rufous-breasted Hermit Glaucis hirsuta
77
Pale-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes leucurus
78
Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
79
Koepcke´s Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae
E
NT
80
Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber
81
Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae
82
Blue-fronted Lancebill Doryfera johannae
83
Gray-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis
84
Napo Sabrewing Campylopterus villaviscensio
RR
NT
85
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
86
Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae
87
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
88
Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
89
White-chinned Sapphire Hylocharis cyanus
90
Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone
91
Many-spotted Hummingbird Leucippus hypostictus
92
Andean Emerald Agyrtria franciae
93
Sapphire-spangled Emerald Polyerata lactea
94
Glittering-throated Emerald Polyerata fimbriata
95
Gould´s Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens
96
Black-throated Brilliant Heliodoxa schreibersii
97
Pink-throated Brilliant Heliodoxa gularis
RR
NT
98
Black-eared Fairy Heliothryx aurita
99
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis
100
Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
101
Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
102
Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
103
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher Chloroceryle inda
104
Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii
105
Yellow-billed Jacamar Galbula albirostris
106
Bluish-fronted Jacamar Galbula cyanescens
107
Chestnut-capped Puffbird Bucco macrodactylus
108
Striolated Puffbird Nystalus striolatus
109
White-chested Puffbird Malacoptila fusca
110
Lanceolated Monklet Micromonacha lanceolata
111
Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
112
White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus
113
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
114
Lemon-throated Barbet Eubucco richardsoni
115
Versicolored Barbet Eubucco versicolor
116
Chestnut-tipped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus derbianus
117
Lettered Aracari Pteroglossus inscriptus
118
Brown-mandibled Aracari (= Ivory-billed) Pteroglossus mariae
119
Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
120
Curl-crested Aracari Pteroglossus beauharnaesii
121
Golden-collared Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii
122
Channel-billed Toucan (= Yellow -ridged) Ramphastos culminatus
123
White-throated (Cuvier´s) Toucan Ramphastus cuvieri
124
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
125
Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
126
Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis
127
White-throated Woodpecker Piculus leucolaemus
128
Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
129
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
130
Red-necked Woodpecker Campephilus rubricollis
131
Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
132
Southern Plain-crowned Spinetail Synallaxis gujanensis
133
Chestnut-throated Spinetail Synallaxis cherriei
NT
134
Speckled Spinetail Cranioleuca gutturata
135
Marañon Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons peruvianus
E
136
Plain Xenops Xenops minutus
137
Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans
138
Black-billed Treehunter Thripadectes melanorhynchus
139
Striped Woodhaunter Hyloctistes subulatus
140
Chestnut-winged Hookbill Ancistrops strigilatus
141
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufum
142
Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner Automolus ochrolaemus
143
Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner Automolus infuscatus
144
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus
145
Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus
146
Gray-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus albigularis
147
Black-tailed Leaftosser Phlegopsis erythroptera
148
West Amazonian Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa neglecta
149
Spot-throated Woodcreeper Dendrocincla stictolaema
150
Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
151
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
152
Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper Dendrexetastes rufigula
153
Tschudi´s Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus chunchotambo
154
Elegant Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus elegans
155
Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus
156
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
157
Lineated Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes albolineatus
158
Red-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus trochilirostris
159
Fasciated Antshrike Cymbilaimus lineatus
160
Great Antshrike Taraba major
161
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
162
White-shouldered Antshrike Thamnophilus aethiops
163
Plain-winged Antshrike Thamnophilus schistaceus
164
Huallaga Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus huallagae
165
Russet Antshrike Thamnistes anabatinus
166
Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis
167
Dusky-throated Antshrike Thamnomanes ardesiacus
168
Pygmy Antwren Myrmotherula brachyura
169
Stripe-chested Antwren Myrmotherula longicauda
170
Plain-throated Antwren Myrmotherula hauxwelli
171
Stipple-throated Antwren Myrmotherula haematonota
172
Rufous-tailed Antwren Myrmotherula erythrura
173
White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris
174
Rufous-winged Antwren Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus
175
Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
176
Rusty-backed Antwren Formicivora rufa
177
Gray Antbird Cercomacra cinerascens
178
Blackish Antbird Cercomacra nigrescens
179
Black Antbird Cercomacra serva
180
White-browed Antbird Myrmoborus leucophrys
181
Black-faced Antbird Myrmoborus myotherinus
182
Peruvian Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis peruviana
183
Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird Myrmeciza castanea
184
Plumbeous Antbird Myrmeciza hyperythra
185
White-plumed Antbird Pithys albifrons
186
Bicolored Antbird Gymnopithys leucaspis
187
Spot-backed Antbird Hylophylax naevia
188
Scale-backed Antbird Hylophylax poecilonota
189
Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis
190
Short-tailed Antthrush Chamaeza campanisona
191
Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis
192
Thrush-like Antpitta Myrmothera campanisona
193
Cinereous Mourner Laniocera hypopyrra
194
Fiery-throated Fruiteater Pipreola chlorolepidota chlorolepidota
NT
195
Scaled Fruiteater Ampelioides tschudii
196
White-browed Purpletuft Iodopleura isabellae
197
Dusky Piha Lipaugus fuscocinereus
198
Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans
199
Spangled Cotinga Cotinga cayana
200
Purple-throated Fruitcrow Querula purpurata
201
Andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana
202
Green Manakin Chloropipo holochlora
203
Blue-backed Manakin Chiroxiphia pareola
204
White-crowned Manakin Dixiphia pipra
205
Golden-headed Manakin Pipra erythrocephala
206
Blue-crowned Manakin Lepidothrix coronata
207
Fiery-capped Manakin Machaeropterus pyrocephalus
208
Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin Neopelma sulphureiventer
209
Wing-barred Piprites Piprites chloris
210
White-fronted Tyrannulet Phyllomyias zeldoni leucogonys
211
Yellow Tyrannulet Capsiempis flaveola
212
White-lored Tyrannulet Ornithion inerme
213
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Tyrannulus elatus
214
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
215
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
216
Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
217
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
218
Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
219
Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus
220
Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant Pogonotriccus orbitalis
221
Red-billed Tyrannulet Zimmerius cinereicapillus
RR
222
Mishana Tyrannulet Zimmerius villarejoi
E
VU
223
Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
224
San Martin Tyrannulet Zimmerius (chlorops/viridaflavus) (s)sp nov
E
225
Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus meloryphus
226
White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant Myiornis albiventris
227
Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant Myiornis ecaudatus
228
Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus vitiosus
229
Black-and-white Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus capitalis
230
Flammulated Bamboo-Tyrant Hemitriccus flammulatus
231
White-bellied Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus griseipectus
232
White-eyed Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus zosterops
233
Johannes’ Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus iohannis
234
Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus striaticollis
235
Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
236
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
237
Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum
238
Ringed Antpipit Corythopis torquata
239
Olivaceous Flatbill Rhynchocyclus olivaceus
240
Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
241
Zimmer´s Flycatcher Tolmomyias assimilis
242
Gray-crowned Flycatcher Tolmomyias poliocephalus
243
Olive-faced Flycatcher Tolmomyias viridiceps
244
Ornate Flycatcher Myiotriccus ornatus
245
Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
246
Euler’s Flycatcher Lathrotriccus euleri
247
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
NT
248
Blackish Pewee Contopus nigrescens
249
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
250
Drab Water-Tyrant Ochthornis littoralis
251
Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus
252
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
253
Rufous Casiornis Casiornis rufa
254
Grayish Mourner Rhytipterna simplex
255
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
256
Short-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus ferox
257
Lesser Kiskadee Philohydor lictor
258
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
259
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
260
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
261
Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
262
Dusky-chested Flycatcher Myiozetetes luteiventris
263
Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus
264
Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
265
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
266
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
267
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
268
White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
269
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
270
White-banded Swallow Atticora fasciata
271
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
272
Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
273
Coraya Wren Thryothorus coraya
274
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
275
White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
276
Southern Nightingale-Wren Microcerculus marginatus
277
Musician Wren Cyphorhinus aradus
278
Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides
279
Swainson´s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
280
Pale-eyed Thrush Platycichla leucops
281
Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
282
Hauxwell´s Thrush Turdus hauxwelli
283
White-necked Thrush Turdus albicollis
284
Tawny-faced Gnatwren Microbates cinereiventris
285
Inca (Green) Jay Cyanocorax yncas
286
Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus
287
Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
288
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
289
Lemon-chested Greenlet Hylophilus thoracicus
290
Ashy-headed Greenlet Hylophilus pectoralis
291
Dusky-capped Greenlet Hylophilus hypoxanthus
292
Tawny-crowned Greenlet Hylophilus ochraceiceps
293
Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius leucotis
294
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
295
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
296
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
297
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
298
Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
299
Buff-rumped Warbler Basileuterus fulvicauda
300
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
301
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leveriana
302
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis
303
Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
304
Yellow-backed Tanager Hemithraupis flavicollis
305
Olive (Carmiol’s) Tanager Chlorothraupis carmioli
306
Fulvous Shrike-Tanager Lanio fulvus
307
Yellow-crested Tanager Tachyphonus rufiventer
308
Fulvous-crested Tanager Tachyphonus surinamus
309
Highland Hepatic Tanager Piranga lutea
310
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
311
White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
312
Masked Crimson Tanager Ramphocelus nigrogularis
313
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
314
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
315
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
316
Golden-collared Tanager Iridosornis jelskii
RR
317
Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
318
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
319
Bronze-green Euphonia Euphonia mesochrysa
320
Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
321
Rufous-bellied Euphonia Euphonia rufiventris
322
Plumbeous Euphonia Euphonia plumbea
323
Blue-naped Chlorophonia Chlorophonia cyanea
324
Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana
325
Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
326
Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
327
Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
328
Yellow-bellied Tanager Tangara xanthogastra
329
Dotted Tanager Tangara varia
330
Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
331
Masked Tanager Tangara nigrocincta
332
Opal-crowned Tanager Tangara callophrys
333
Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
334
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
335
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
336
Short-billed Honeycreeper Cyanerpes nitidus
337
Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
338
Swallow-Tanager Tersina viridis
339
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
340
Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch Oryzoborus angolensis
341
Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
342
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
343
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinucha
344
Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
345
Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
346
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
347
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
348
Slate-colored Grosbeak Saltator grossus
349
Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak Parkerthraustes humeralis
350
Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides
351
Moriche Oriole Icterus chrysocephalus
352
Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
353
Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus
354
Yellow-billed Oropendola Psarocolius (angustifrons) alfredi
355
Oriole Blackbird Gymnomystax mexicanus
 
 
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