CUZCO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (11th April, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

The town of Huacarpay is easily reached by public transport from Cuzco. Urcos buses leave from Av. de la Cultura accross from Hospital General and take about 45 minutes. From Huacarpay town a road leads off to the right and passes some lakes and wetlands. Follow the instructions in Valqui's guide. This area seems to have been made into a reserve and entrance may be charged in the future. The first flooded area on the left had Black-necked Stilt and Little Blue Heron plus Barn and Cliff swallows perched on the fence on the other side of the road. Further around, some shrubs with tubular yellow flowers start next to a fence. This was mentioned for Bearded Mountaineer but I saw only Green-tailed Trainbearer and possibly Subtropical Doradito. Further on, there is a turn to you right while the road continues and circles back round to Huacarpay. On this road, you pass some ruins where Giant Hummingbird was common. Rufous-fronted Canastero can also be seen in this area. Further round there is a restaurant called Upicancha which had a garden with lots of flowers and was the only place I saw Bearded Mountaineer. The last lake before Huacarpay had Andean Duck. I saw 44 species including 2 lifers.


Species seen

  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  • Puna Teal Anas puna
  • Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Seen near Cuzco
  • Blackish Rail Pardirallus nigricans
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Slate-colored Coot Fulica ardesiaca
  • Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  • Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Andean Gull Larus serranus
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
  • Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
  • Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis Endemic
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
  • Subtropical Doradito Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis
  • White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
  • Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex
  • Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  • Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Heard
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
  • Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
  • Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  • Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola
  • Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelasticus thilius
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse