BENI, (near RIBERALTA) (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (21st & 23rd December, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Hamburgo is easily reached from Riberalta by bike-taxi (about Bs5). Riberalta has many places to stay and eat. On the bike-taxi, you will pass lots of brick building places and finally reach the river where a boat takes people accross. Pale-legged Hornero was seen near here. Get off here and walk back along towards Riberalta. After about 200m you'll see a diagonal path leading off to the right. Follow this along and explore the trails. You cross a small stream and then get to a 3-way junction of trails. The right hand trail lead through some secondary forest with Chestnut Woodpecker and Lettered Aracari and ends in a small house. At the 3 way junction, go straight, bear left at the next junction, go over a broken bridge and along to the end. From here was flooded when I was there but taking a small trail into the forest on the left (a short distance after the bridge) and exploring a bit, I heard and then saw a Masked Antpitta singing 7-8m up in the trees. Just before dusk is best for singing but I heard it calling at midday when it was overcast. The call can be heard at the following link. Look out for Band-tailed Nighthawks on the way back when it's getting dark. Bikes are usually easy to flag down on the way back. I saw 66 species including 14 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus Heard
  • Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus Heard
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Possibly seen
  • Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes melambrotus
  • Slate-colored Hawk Leucopternis schistaceus Photographed
  • Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollis
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Starred Wood-Quail Odontophorus stellatus Heard
  • Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla
  • Chestnut-fronted Macaw Ara severa Heard
  • Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii
  • Tui Parakeet Brotogeris sanctithomae Photographed
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Greater Ani Crotophaga major
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Band-tailed Nighthawk Nyctiprogne leucopyga Possibly seen
  • Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
  • Sapphire-spangled Emerald Polyerata lactea
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda
  • Chestnut-capped Puffbird Bucco macrodactylus
  • Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
  • Lettered Aracari Pteroglossus inscriptus
  • Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus Photographed
  • Chestnut Woodpecker Celeus elegans Photographed
  • Cream-colored Woodpecker Celeus flavus Possibly seen
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Plain-crowned Spinetail Synallaxis gujanensis
  • Straight-billed Woodcreeper Dendroplex picus Possibly seen
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major Heard
  • Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis cantator Possibly seen
  • Masked Antpitta Hylopezus auricularis Endemic Vulnerable
  • Dull-capped Attila Attila bolivianus
  • Rufous Casiornis Casiornis rufa Possibly seen
  • Lesser Kiskadee Philohydor lictor
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua Heard
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis Possibly seen
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera Possibly seen
  • Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
  • Fawn-breasted Wren Thryothorus guarayanus Possibly seen
  • Hauxwell's Thrush Turdus hauxwelli
  • White-necked Thrush Turdus albicollis Possibly seen
  • White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana Photographed
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Photographed
  • Lined Seedeater Sporophila lineola
  • White-bellied Seedeater Sporophila leucoptera
  • Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch Oryzoborus angolensis Possibly seen
  • Red-capped Cardinal Paroaria gularis
  • Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Solitary Cacique Cacicus solitarius

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse