COCHABAMBA (near Peña Colorado) (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (8th-9th January, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a beautiful place and one of the best spots to see the endangered endemic Red-fronted Macaw which nest on a cliff near the village. There is nowhere to stay at the moment although Armonia are building a lodge in San Carlos just accross the river from the cliffs. Contact them for details. Av. Lomas de Arena 400, Santa Cruz. Tel 3568808; or A.Bennett Hennessey on 3563636; or Sebastian Herzog on 3701863 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Buses from Santa Cruz to Sucre pass the village but bus companies may try and charge the full fare. Alternatively buses leave Santa Cruz (3rd Anillo) and Cochabamba (6 de Agosto and Basientos) for Aiquile. I caught a bus from Cochabamba at 1pm arriving in Aiquile at 7pm (Bs15). The bus from Sucre to Santa Cruz passes Aiquile at 9pm and can drop you at Perereta late at night (Bs5-10). It may also be possible to camp. I stayed at the house of Martin Marcias whose wife also has a shop. Trucks pass by in the morning and can take you to Saipina from where there is a bus to Comarapa. Aswell as Red-fronted Macaws, Mitred and Cliff Parakeets also nest in the cliffs and Blue-fronted Parrots were also seen at the base of the cliffs. I saw White-fronted Woodpecker, Grey-crested Finch and Crowned Slaty Flycatcher in cactus scrub behind the houses. Also Purple Martin, Bolivian Blackbird and Cliff Flycatcher on the way to the cliffs. I saw 35 species including 4 lifers.

Species seen 

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Red-fronted Macaw Ara rubrogenys Endemic Endangered Photographed
  • Mitred Parakeet Aratinga mitrata Photographed
  • Cliff Parakeet Myiopsitta luchsi Endemic Photographed
  • Yellow-chevroned Parakeet Brotogeris chiriri
  • Blue-fronted Parrot Amazona aestiva
  • Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys Possibly seen Photographed
  • White-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes cactorum Photographed
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes angustirostris
  • White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila Photographed
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides
  • Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea Photographed
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Crowned Slaty Flycatcher Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus Photographed
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Purple Martin Progne subis Photographed
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Photographed
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
  • Gray-crested Finch Lophospingus griseocristatus Photographed
  • Ringed Warbling-Finch Poospiza torquata
  • Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Photographed
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
  • Bolivian Blackbird Agelaioides oreopsar Endemic
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse