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Best Time for visit (19th June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

From Cajamarca, take a bus to Celendin taking about 4 hours. I took a bus leaving from the Rojas terminal on Atahualpa (10s). From Celendin to Chachapoyas, there is a bus 2ce a week on Thursdays and Sundays leaving at 11am. There are plenty of places to stay, eat and do internet in Celendin. See the Balsas section for information on the place. I was lucky enough to bird Hacienda Limon site with Fernando Angulo and Frank Lambert and go up in their vehicle. It's about 22km to get up there from Chacanto and too far to walk really. You could get off the bus from Celendin and camp there. The 2 targets, Chestnut-backed Thornbird and Grey-winged Inca Finch are fairly easy to see. For the thornbird, turn right towards the little hamlet of Limon. At a bend before the houses, check the Acacia trees for the thornbird. Many areas with Acacia trees, which the bird seems to require, have been cut down but the birds still seem fairly common here. For the inca-finch go past the turn-off, a little further the road. At a right bend there is an area of scrub on a hill side which has the finch. Thornbird is also present in Acacias here. I saw 21 species including 3 lifers.

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
  • Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny Heard only
  • Chestnut-backed Thornbird Phacellodomus dorsalis Endemic Vulnerable
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Maranon Thrush Turdus maranonicus Endemic
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Gray-winged Inca-Finch Incaspiza ortizi Endemic Vulnerable
  • Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
  • Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  • Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse