AMAZONAS (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (21st June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Leimebamba is a small town between Celendin and Chachapoyas. I managed to catch a comfortable combi from Balsas on a Tuesday which left at 2pm and cost 20s. There seems to be some form of transport passing along the road most days. Ask locally for more information. The drawback of public transport is that you can't stop along the way to bird. Leimebamba has several places to eat and stay and even a very slow internet cafe. We stayed at a hospedaje on the plaza which was 20s for a double. 

The site near Leimebamba we wanted to visit was a place described in Valqui about 17km from Leimebamba on the way back towards Celendin. There is little traffic along this road but there are taxis in town which could take you up there. Ask to go to 'Hipa�a' which is just a small group of houses. We decided to walk and hitch which meant that we didn't get there until until about 11am which was too late. We got a few rides along the road with cars and trucks. I saw 44 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard only
  • Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
  • Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii Endemic
  • Andean Emerald Agyrtria franciae
  • Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
  • Purple-throated Sunangel Heliangelus viola
  • Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
  • Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola Heard only
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Heard only
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  • Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
  • White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
  • Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  • Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus Heard only
  • Superciliaried Hemispingus Hemispingus superciliaris
  • Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  • Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
  • Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii
  • Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
  • Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
  • Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse