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 Birding Cajamarca and surroundings (Cajamarca).

 

Cajamarca is the central town of the department and is reached on a good road from the coast. It has several hotels and restaurants in all price-ranges. Continuing east from Cajamarca is, however, a slow process as the road is rather poor and traverses several mountains and valleys before reaching Leimebamba and later Pedro Ruiz.

Not far from the airport in the rio Chonta valley is the key site for the rare Gray-bellied Comet which is rather easy to see here. Other birds at this site includes Giant Hummingbird, Black Metaltail, Baron´s Spinetail, Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail and White-winged Cinclodes.

Some 50 kilometres south of Cajamarca is San Marcos. The road is now paved and good but it still takes more than an hour to drive there from Cajamarca. About three kilometres before coming to San Marcos there is a big ravine on the left and this is the easiest accessible site for Great Spinetail. It is however, not common and very secretive. Other birds to look for here includes Buff-bridled Inca-finch, Black-necked Woodpecker and Spot-throated Hummingbird.

While driving from Cajamarca to Celendin any patch of scrub can be birded. The valley around Cruz Conga and the forest patches here can be rewarding. The cajamarcae-race of Rufous Antpitta lives here and will certainly be elevated to species status. Also the rare White-tailed Shrike-tyrant can be found around here but note that Black-billed Shirke-tyrant is much more common. Other birds to look for includes Striated Earthcreeper, Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet, Rufous-webbed Tyrant, Black-crested Tit-tyrant and Baron´s Spinetail.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
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
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
8
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
9
Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous
10
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
11
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
12
Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
13
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
14
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
15
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
16
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
17
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
18
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
19
Black-winged Ground-Dove Metriopelia melanoptera
20
Andean Parakeet Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
21
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
22
Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
23
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
24
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
25
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
26
Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii
E
27
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
28
Andean Hillstar Oreotrochilus estella
29
Green-headed Hillstar Oreotrochilus stolzmanni
RR
30
Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
RR
31
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
32
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
33
Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
34
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
35
Black Metaltail Metallura phoebe
36
Gray-bellied Comet Taphrolesbia griseiventris
E
EN
37
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
38
Little Woodstar Chaetocercus bombus
VU
39
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
40
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
41
Slender-billed Miner Geositta tenuirostris
42
Striated Earthcreeper Upucerthia serrana
E
43
Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus albidiventris
44
White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis
45
Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata
E
46
Baron´s Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni
47
Line-cheeked Spinetail Cranioleuca antisiensis
48
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
49
Streak-backed Canastero Asthenes wyatti
50
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
51
Stripe-headed Antpitta Grallaria andicola
52
Cajamarca Antpitta Grallaria (rufula) cajamarcae
E
53
Blackish Tapaculo Scytalopus latrans
54
Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias uropygialis
55
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
56
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
57
Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
58
Black-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
59
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
60
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
61
Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
62
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
63
Jelski´s Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca jelskii
RR
64
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
65
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
66
Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
67
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
68
White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis andicola
VU
69
Rufous-webbed Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis
70
Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
71
White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora
72
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
73
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
74
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
75
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
76
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
77
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
78
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
79
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
80
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
81
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
82
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
83
Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
84
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
85
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
86
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
87
Highland Hepatic Tanager Piranga lutea
88
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
89
Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis
90
Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
91
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
92
Rufous-backed Inca-Finch Incaspiza personata
E
93
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
94
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
95
Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
96
Páramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa
97
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
98
Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola
99
Cloud-forest Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
100
Rufous-eared Brush-Finch Atlapetes rufigenis
E
NT
101
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
102
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
103
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
104
Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
 
 
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