AMAZONAS (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (19th June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

I visited this site with Fernando Angulo and Frank Lambert and got a lift up in their vehicle. It was about an hour and a half to 2 hour drive from Balsas towards Chachapoyas and would be difficult to get there without your own transport. The road winds up and passes a few buildings and entering a new valley. Here there is space to leave a vehicle. You can look down into the valley and see forest, a few houses and cultivated land below. A little further on is the beginning of a trail down. The first part of the trail was some very surprising cloud forest whose days would appear to be numbered. They are building a road down the hill towards a mine which is bad news for the forest. This is definately worth exploring. A few interesting species we saw here were Streaked Tuftedcheek, Black-crested and Russet-crowned Warblers, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Masked Yellowthroat, Bluish Flowerpiercer, Cloud-forest and Stripe-headed Brush-Finches. 

Further down, the forest gets drier with more Acacia. Here we heard Chestnut-backed Thornbird (maybe only 1 pair) and saw Aplomado Falcon, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Buff-bellied & Silver-backed Tanagers, Green Jay and Black-and-white Becard. The site is a strange mix of humid and dry habitats and certainly merits more exploration. I saw 39 species including 1 lifer.

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii Endemic
  • Andean Emerald Agyrtria franciae
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny Heard only
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Heard only
  • Line-cheeked Spinetail Cranioleuca antisiensis
  • Chestnut-backed Thornbird Phacellodomus dorsalis Endemic Vulnerable Heard only
  • Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer Heard only
  • Black-and-white Becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Masked Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
  • Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus Heard only
  • Buff-bellied Tanager Thlypopsis inornata Endemic
  • Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala
  • Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
  • Bluish Flowerpiercer Diglossopis caerulescens
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse