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A MORNING BIRDING AT PUNTA DE TAHUISHCO, MOYOBAMBA

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Wilson Diaz - Junio 25, 2019 - 6:36 am

A morning birding at Punta de Tahuishco, Moyobamba

Mid-june is the “less warm season” in the city of Moyobamba, the capitol city of the San Martin region, in northeast Peru. Locals said it is cold, and I can understand that, but for people coming from higher elevations, this is just less warm than regular temperatures here: 15°C at 06:00 am.

But this “cold” is just perfect for a morning birding around the city parks. One of the most visited park of the city is “Punta de Tahuishco”. This is a viewpoint above the Mayo river, located some 5 minutes’ drive from the city center. Generally, ”puntas” are viewpoints located on top of cliffs along the northeast edge of the city, from where it is possible to see the Mayo river making his way winding down the valley. The forest between the cliffs and the river margins are quite well preserve and, as you can imagine” this is a refuge for wildlife, mainly birds and monkeys.

As said before, among the different puntas, the Punta de Tahuishco is by far the most visited by locals and visitors alike. To take the maximum advantage of the place for birding, it is important to get there at 06:00 in the morning, before the locals arrive, so you can have the place for yourself until at least 09:00 am. Three hours is more than enough to see most of the great birds of the area. Also, it is worth to mention that since you will be just above the forest canopy, the place is incredibly good for bird photography. You might also have the chance to see the endemic San Martin Titi-monkey by walking down a nice paved trail some 200 meters towards the river.

Among the most common birds in the area you will find colorful birds like Blue-headed Parrot, Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Blue-necked and Turquoise Tanagers, Boat-billed Flycatcher, or Great Kiskadee.

 

Turquoise Tanager - Green Tours Peru

Turquoise Tanager – Green Tours Peru

 

Boat-billed Flycatcher - Green Tours Peru

Boat-billed Flycatcher – Green Tours Peru

 

Less common birds are a resident family of Humboldt’s (Lettered) Aracari. Also, other interesting species are Yellow-browed Pygmy-tyrant, Blue Ground-dove almost always singing at the distance, Lesser Swallow-tailed Swifts flying above the forest, Huallaga (Black-bellied) Tanagers moving fast among the canopy, some hummingbird like White-chinned Sapphire, Black-breasted Mango, or Long-billed Starthroat; or even some elusive Pale-breasted Thrushes can show well for photographs.

Humbodt's Aracari - Green Tours Peru

Humbodt’s Aracari – Green Tours Peru

 

Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher

Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher

 

White-lined Tanager - Green Tours Peru

White-lined Tanager – Green Tours Peru

 

Pale-breasted Thrush - Green Tours Peru

Pale-breasted Thrush – Green Tours Peru

More difficult to find, but always possible, are some woodpeckers like Lafresnaye’s Piculet, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, and Lineated Woodpecker. With some patience it is also possible to find Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Giant Cowbird, White-lined Tanager, White-shouldered Tanager, or Bluish-fronted Jacamar. The place is also great for migratory birds like American Redstart or Scarlet Tanager.

If you think you are ready for a lifetime birding adventure, visit https://greentours.com.pe/2018/06/17/north-peru-the-mayo-and-huallaga-valleys-2/ and come with us to Punta de Tahuishco on one of our 2020 set departures.

 

Here you have the complete list of the 72 bird species we have seen so far at Punta de Tahuishco:

Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)

Ruddy Ground-dove (Columbina talpacoti)

Blue Ground-dove (Claravis pretiosa)

Grey-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris)

White-chinned Swift (Cypseloides cryptus)

Fork-tailed Palm-swift (Tachornis squamata)

Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis)

Spot-vented Emerald (Amazilia bartletti)

White-chinned Sapphire (Hylocharis cyanus)

Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris)

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Great White Egret (Ardea alba)

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Common Squirrel-cuckoo (Piaya cayana)

Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)

American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)

Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea)

Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens)

Humboldt’s Araçari (Pteroglossus humboldti)

Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus)

Lafresnaye’s Piculet (Picumnus lafresnayi)

Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula)

Red-stained Woodpecker (Veniliornis affinis)

Lineated Woodpecker (Hylatomus lineatus)

Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera)

White-eyed Parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)

Great Antshrike (Taraba major)

Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)

Eastern Olivaceous Woodcreeper (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

Rufous-fronted Thornbird (Phacellodomus rufifrons)

Olive-faced Flatbill (Tolmomyias viridiceps)

Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)

Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum)

Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster)

Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet (Tyrannulus elatus)

Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius)

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua)

Southern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox)

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

Grey-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea)

Southern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)

Floodplain Thrush (Turdus debilis)

Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica)

Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)

Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)

Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus)

Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela)

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)

Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)

White-shouldered Tanager (Islerothraupis luctuosa)

Huallaga Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster)

Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

Blue-grey Tanager (Tangara episcopus

Palm Tanager (Tangara palmarum)

Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis)

Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana)