Routes of the Northern Birds: Coast, High Andes and Jungle

Peru has more than 1850 species with 108 endemics which are possible to find and see.

Visited Areas

Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, Amazonas and San Martin

Operation

All year

VIPAC Adventures recognizes Peru as an important bird watching destination on a worldwide context because of its high diversity of birds. Peru has more than 1850 species with 108 endemics which are possible to find and see.

 

 

VIPAC Adventures offers to the most demanding bird watchers, two routes in the north of Peru, which include the departments of Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, Amazonas and San Martin. Among these departments, more than 1330 bird species have been reported.

 

Route 1

 

 

Route 2

 

 

In these exceptional routes, there are 142 species with restricted distribution to seven Endemic Bird Areas (EBA), with 30 endemics species to Peru and easy to see. Among the representatives, we have  White-winged Guan, Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Piura Chat-Tyrant, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Little Inca-Finch, Gray-bellied Comet, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Koepcke’s Screech-Owl, Speckle-chested Piculet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-Billed Antpitta, Long-whiskered Owlet, Koepcke’s Hermit, among others.

 

 

In both routes, it is recommended adequate Hydration, use of sunscreen and repellent. It is important to pack clothes and footwear adequate for warm, cold and rainy places.

 

VIPAC Adventures has chosen both of these routes with the highest regard to both endemic birds, and the conservation of bird habitats. The following areas represent the various locations and environments included in both routes:

 

Southern Central Andes
It is represented by a small part of cloud forest in the western cordillera of the Northern Andes, five species with restricted distribution occur in northern Peru.

 

Tumbesian region
Located in the Northwest of Peru, the main habitat belongs to the Equatorial Dry Forests. It is one of the areas with the largest number of species (55) with restricted distribution, with eight endemic species from Peru.

 

Marañon Valley
Mainly it is distributed in the north of Peru, following the inter-Andean basin of the Marañon River. Our routes will cover part of the Huancabamba, Utucubamba and Marañon rivers. The dominant habitat belongs to the ecosystem of the Marañon Dry Forest, which has 22 species of restricted distribution of which 10 are endemic species.

 

Isolated mountains
Its distribution includes isolated mountain ranges in the north of Peru, where the seven species of distribution restricted to humid forests live.

 

East Andes
In Peru, it is distributed mainly in foothill forest and lower mountain slope. With sixteen species of restricted distribution. Two of them endemic to Peru.

 

Peruvian mountain ranges
Distributed mainly in the Central Cordillera of the Andes, it presents twenty-four species of restricted distribution that occur in diverse habitats associated with humid forests with a wide altitudinal range. This place occupies the second place in endemism with twenty endemic species of Peru.

 

High Andes
It comprises a large part of the High Peruvian Andes, mainly west of the Marañon River. This area has the highest number of endemic species, with twenty-two of the twenty-eight with restricted range.

 

OUR GUIDES

Thomas Valqui

Thomas started his higher education in the forestry department of the Universidad National Agraria-La Molina in Lima, where he obtained his degree in Forestry and plenty of field experience. An influential step in his ornithological career was a semester spent studying shorebirds in Puerto Rico on a course run by the Manomet Bird Observatory. Later he obtained a Masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and a PhD in zoology at Louisiana State University with the Museum of natural Science.

 

He has combined his studies with birds, publishing scientific articles and guiding bird tours. In 2004 he published “Where to Find Birds in Peru”, the only comprehensive guide on that matter in Peru, and is currently working on a second updated edition. In 2005 he published “Peru: Natural Eden of Birds” a coffee table book for the general public about interesting and important facts of Peruvian birds.

 

In 2006 he and 4 colleagues created CORBIDI, the Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity, of which he is president and director of the bird division. CORBIDI has already become a leading institution in Peru which has recently produced the Spanish version of the “Birds of Peru” guide and the translation of Sibley’s “Birding basics”. He is also research associate at the Museum of Natural Science at LSU.

Fernando Angulo Pratolongo

45 years old Peruvian, who has lived the last 17 in Chiclayo, Peru. Studied Forestry Sciences at Universidad Agraria La Molina and has a master’s degree in natural resources conservation at the same university. He has actively worked with birds and conservation projects since 1990. He has been scientific adviser at Raptor Breeding Center “El Huayco”, Director of the White-winged Guan Conservation program from 2000 to 2016, where he manage to successfully reintroduce the species into two protected areas of Lambayeque. He has served as Peru Officer for Threatened Birds and Important Bird Areas for BirdLife International in Peru between 2008 and 2011. He has actively participated in the creation and management of many protected areas in northwestern Peru.

 

 

He specializes in birds of the dry forest and northern Peru and works as a guide to birdwatchers for many companies. He is principal investigator at the Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI), member of four groups of specialists from the International Union for Conservation of nature (IUCN) and has numerous books, scholarly and popular publications about birds of Peru. Currently he holds the position of president of the Union of Ornithologists of Peru (UNOP) and is consulting on issues of ornithology and bird tourism. Recently (2016) awarded the “Carlos Ponce” prize as Conservation leader in Perú. Its principal hobby is watch birds and travel with his family.

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