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HUANUCO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This great birding site is very easily reached from Huanuco, a large city with good facilities. Take one of the many colectivos leaving for Tingo Maria. They will try and charge you the full fare of 15s but you should only pay 6-7s. The ride takes about 50 minutes. Get off before the tunnel and explore some of the forest nearby. There is a open area on the left here with a nice view over the forest. From here you can also get down a narrow trail to a little stream and beyond. Further down the road, there is a right bend at a small stream. This was mentioned in Valqui, but the trail along the stream is overgrown and the first part has been used as a toilet by motorists. By far the best area around here was a trail starting on the left just before tunnel. This goes up into a open grassy slope full of Black-and-white Seedeaters. Stick to the right of this area and follow the trail up. As you reach the trees, there is a fork. The right goes further up to another fork, both ways leading up to 2 large electricity pylons. After exploring these, take the first left fork which goes on for a long way through good scrub and secondary forest crawling with birds. If you continue along here, you finally get to a house after which the trail curves to the right and goes along to the other side of the tunnel. At this curve, there is also a trail leading straight on which I didn't go down but looks like it might lead through good habitat. I saw 35 species including 4 lifers. 

Species seen

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse