JUNIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (30-31st May, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Lampa is a slightly out of the way site and the type location for the endangered endemic Black-spectacled Brush-Finch. To reach here, first take a bus to Huancayo, a city with good access and facilities. From here take a car towards Pariahuanca. These leave from near the market when full. It takes about 2 and half hours to Lampa (12s). Lampa is a nice little town with only 1 place to stay which is just 1 block from the plaza. It belongs to Marcelino who is trying to encourage toursim in the area. His Hospedaje is clean and has many beds but no doors to the individual rooms. There are a few simple restaurants and shops in town. 

To get to the site for the brush-finch, look up hill from the plaza and you should see a path winding up the hillside. There is a road that runs along above the plaza to the right, round the ridge, into the small valley and over a small bridge. This is too far. Turn left off this road onto the steep path up the hill just after the restaurant and before a kind of blue, concrete pyramid. Just follow this path up which runs up the left side of the valley. The brush-finch is found in scrub between the fields quite early on. The vegetation further on is more natural and there is some nice forest. The trail crosses a bridge further up where I saw White-capped Dipper. Further on I saw the strange race of Plain-tailed Warbler which associated with Citrine Warblers. I saw 33 species including 2 lifers

Species seen

  • Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii Seen between Huancayo and Lampa
  • Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
  • Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus Seen between Huancayo and Lampa
  • Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens Seen between Huancayo and Lampa
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
  • Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi Possibly seen
  • Violet-throated Starfrontlet Coeligena violifer
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
  • White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis Seen between Huancayo and Lampa
  • Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata
  • Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  • Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
  • White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
  • Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  • Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
  • Rust-and-yellow Tanager Thlypopsis ruficeps
  • Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
  • Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris
  • Black-spectacled Brush-Finch Atlapetes melanopsis Endemic Endangered
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
  • Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris


Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse