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 Birding El Molino, Chagual and Pataz (La Libertad).

 

These sites are well off the beaten track in Peru in the upper Maranon drainage. The sites are basically en route to Montanita or Abiseo NP. You can fly from Trujillo to Chagual and continue from here or drive from Trujillo on a bad road or drive south from Cajamarca also on a very bad and slow road. The star bird near El Molino is the rare and extremely range-restricted Purple-backed Sunbeam which is still fairly common in the alder groves around the village. Unicolored Tapaculo (the nominate form which now is considered a good species) and Black-crest Tit-tyrant are here too. As you descend towards the river Maranon it gets drier and around Aricapampa the Great Spinetail is not too uncommon. Chestnut-backed and Buff-bridled Inca-Finch are here too. Around Chagual key birds include Yellow-faced Parrotlet and Peruvian Pigeon.

Pataz is the gateway to Abiseo National Park. The park is not yet open to the public, but when a better road has been built and the conservation of the Chachapoyas ruins of Gran Pajaten can be secured it may well be that the park will open to public. The carpish endemics like Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, Bay-vented Cotinga, Pardusco and Rufous-browed Hemispingus awaits here, though none is easy. The main attraction for birders when Abiseo opens up however will be Yellow-browed Toucanet.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
2
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
3
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
4
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
5
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
6
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
7
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
8
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
9
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
10
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
11
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
12
Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
13
Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops
E
VU
14
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
15
Andean Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium jardinii
16
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
17
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
18
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
19
Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii
E
20
Purple-backed Sunbeam Aglaeactis aliciae
E
CR
21
Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
22
Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
RR
23
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
24
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
25
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
26
Oasis Hummingbird Rhodopis vesper
27
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
28
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
29
Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
30
Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura pileata
E
31
Azara´s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
32
Baron´s Spinetail Cranioleuca baroni
33
Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
34
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
35
Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor
E
36
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
37
Tumbes Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum sclateri
38
Black-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
39
Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides
40
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
41
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
42
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
43
White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
44
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
45
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannopsis melancholicus
46
Páramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
47
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
48
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
49
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
50
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
51
Marañon Gnatcatcher Polioptila (plumbea) major
RR
52
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
53
Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
54
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
55
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
56
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
57
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
58
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
59
Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
60
Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
61
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
62
Buff-bridled Inca-Finch Incaspiza laeta
E
63
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
64
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
65
Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
66
Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch Sicalis uropygialis
67
Cloud-forest Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
68
Rufous-eared Brush-Finch Atlapetes rufigenis
E
NT
69
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
70
Marañon Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus peruvianus
RR
71
Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
 
 
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