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 Birding Leimebamba and surroundings (Amazonas).

 

The nice town Leimebamba in the upper Utcubamba Valley at about 2000 m is along the route Pedro Ruiz-Cajamarca. This road is generally in a rather poor condition and in the rainy season it can be very bad. However, this area, and the whole upper Maranon circuit, holds many rare and range-restricted species. Nearby are also archeological sites like Kuelap and Chachapoyas.

Along the Utcubamba river birds like Maranon Thrush and Purple-collared Woodstar can be seen. In the more humid montane forest above Leimebamba good birds like Russet-mantled Softtail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Coppery Metaltail, Baron´s Spinetail, Blackish Tapaculo of the intermedius form which may be a good species, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan and the peruviana race of White-chinned Thistletail can be found.

Leimebamba is a center for trekking tourism especially to archeological sites such as Laguna de los Condores. However, the forest patches that one pass on these hikes are highly interesting for the nature lover. This whole are is could well become a center for Natura Trekking - organized trekking with biologist guides that can give you the names of plants, orchids, butterflies and birds you encounter on the way.

Birdwise there is much to explore, especially if you venture over the ridge to the east slope of the mountains where there still is forest similar to that of Abiseo and Carpish and where the specialities of these regions can also be found including Pardusco, Yellow-eared Toucanet and Pale-billed Antpitta.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
2
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
3
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
4
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
5
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
6
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
7
Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis
8
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
9
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
10
Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata
11
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
12
Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptosittaca branickii
VU
13
White-capped Parrot Pionus tumultuosus seniloides
14
Yungas Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium bolivianum
15
White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
16
Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
17
Violet-bellied Hummingbird Damophila julie
18
White-bellied Hummingbird Leucippus chionogaster
19
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
20
Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
21
Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
RR
22
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
23
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
24
Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
25
Purple-throated Sunangel Heliangelus viola
RR
26
Coppery-naped Puffleg Eriocnemis sapphiropygia
RR
27
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
28
Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae
E
29
Rufous-capped Thornbill Chalcostigma ruficeps
30
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
31
Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca
NT
32
Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
33
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
34
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
35
Azara´s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
36
Peruvian Thistletail Schizoeaca (fuliginosa) peruviana.
E
37
Russet-mantled Softtail Phacellodomus berlepschi
E
VU
38
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
39
Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
40
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
41
Rufous-capped Antshrike Thamnophilus ruficapillus
42
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
43
Blackish Tapaculo Scytalopus latrans
44
Leymebamba Tapaculo Scytalopus (latrans) intermedius
E
45
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
46
Highland Elaenia Elaenia obscura
47
Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
48
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
49
White-tailed Tyrannulet Mecocerculus poecilocercus
50
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
51
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis
52
Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
53
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
54
Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropygius
55
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
56
Smoky Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fumigatus
57
Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes
58
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
59
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
60
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
61
Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
62
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
63
White-collared Jay Cyanocorax viridicyana
64
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
65
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
66
Black-lored Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
67
Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
68
Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
69
Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
70
Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
71
Northern Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus
72
White-bellied Hemispingus Hemispingus (superciliaris) leucogaster
E
73
Drab Hemispingus Hemispingus xanthophthalmus
74
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
75
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
76
Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
77
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
78
Yellow-scarfed Tanager Iridosornis reinhardti
E
79
Plush-capped Finch Catamblyrhynchus diadema
80
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
81
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
82
Moustached Flowerpiercer Diglossa mystacalis
83
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
84
Tricolored Brush-Finch Atlapetes tricolor
85
Cloud-forest Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
86
Marañon Sparrow Arremonops abeillei nigriceps
RR
87
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
88
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
89
Northern Mountain Cacique Cacicus leucorhamphus
 
 
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