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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

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse