POMACOCHAS (& Marvellous Spatuletail site) 

AMAZONAS (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (time visited)


Birding Site Guide

This area is famous for the endangered endemic Marvellous Spatuletail. There are several places to stay in Florida Pomacochas. We stayed at 'El Paraiso' which was 20s for a double. The bathroom is shared but water very hot. Go down the hill from the 'comisaria'. There is internet in town but the connection is slow. 

From Pomacochas head back towards Pedro Ruiz. Pass the turn off for Chido after 3km and continue down the hill. 6km down from Pomacochas is a sharp bend with a couple of houses. Here, turn right off the road and walk down a trail. About 5-10 minutes down, look for bushes with long, red tubular flowers on the right. Here we saw a spectacular male. If you see a 10 year-old boy called Salomon he can show you where they are. A couple of hundred metres up from the bend are the same flowers on steep slopes by the road. Here we saw only juvenile males. I saw 31 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Aratinga wagleri
  • Speckle-faced Parrot Pionus tumultuosus
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina Possibly seen
  • Marvelous Spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis Endemic Endangered
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Heard only
  • Rufous-capped Antshrike Thamnophilus ruficapillus Heard only
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
  • Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Heard only
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  • Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
  • Rufous-crested Tanager Creurgops verticalis
  • Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  • Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse