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Wilson Diaz - Diciembre 15, 2018 - 11:55 am

Inca Tern

It’s been a long time since our last post, but it is because we were quite busy birding almost all over Peru. Several trips brought several fantastic birds, and it was difficult to choose a bird of the month for December. After looking to some of my recent pictures, I came over a series of Inca Tern pictures I took in Pucusana this last November. This species not just deserve the title of Bird of the month, but BIRD OF THE YEAR 2018. Almost all of our clients end up choosing Inca Terns as their favorite of the trip, ans it is understandable, they are amazingly cute !!!

Inca Terns - Green Tours Peru

Inca Terns – Pucasana, Peru

Inca Terns (Larosterna inca) are in the same family than typical terns, but are so distinctive in appearance and behavior that they deserve to be in their own genus.

The species was endemic to the coast of Peru until the 1930´s, when were first recorded breeding in coastal Chile. They can be found on rocky shores, where they usually nest.

Inca Terns - Pucusana

Inca Terns – Pucusana, Peru

Adults are easily identified by dark slate plumage, red legs and bill, white moustache-like stripe curling back and downwards from gape to side of neck, yellow wattles at base of bill, and white edge of wing.

Inca Tern - Pucusana, Peru

Inca Tern – Pucusana, Peru

Green Tours offers full day excursions near Lima that includes Pucusana, where you will have the opportunity to see hundreds of these magnificent birds.