PIURA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (13th-15th March, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Canchaque is apparently 77km from the turn-off on the Pan-Americana and usually 4 hours by bus. The route below Canchaque was blocked by landslides and buses where passing a different way through El Faique. Canchaque is a small town but has a couple of places to stay and eat near the plaza but no internet. I stayed at Hostal Don Felix (S10). Chestnut-collared Swallows nested under the rooves of town buildings. A spot on the way up to Huancabamba good for birding is Puente Fierro, a disused iron bridge. This is apparently 85km from the turn-off, 8km above Canchaque. This took 2 and a half hours walking up hill (via Palabla) but only an hour and a half using a short cut path (good for Black-cowled Saltator) leading up from the mirador in Canchaque over-looking the church. The area around the bridge has lots of bamboo and Masked Saltator and Grey-headed Antbird have been seen here. I saw neither. Another spot mentioned was 4km and a couple of bends further on. I found the best spot was about 500m past the bridge overlooking a slope downhill. Here I saw some mixed tanager flocks including Fawn-breasted, Rufous-chested Tanagers and Piura Hemispingus. Between where the short-cut path comes out and the bridge I saw Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner. White-winged (Paynter's) Brush-finch and Three-banded Warbler were common all the way down to Canchaque. Whilst waiting for a landslide to be cleared near the top of the road (about 2800m), I saw White-browed Spinetail with chicks just left the nest (nest and chicks photographed). At a river-crossing on the way back to Piura, 3 Comb Ducks were seen flying over. I saw 53 species including 8 lifers.

Species seen

  • Great Egret Ardea alba Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans Heard below the ridge above Puente Fierro (2,800m)
  • Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
  • Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis Seen below the ridge above Puente Fierro (2,800m) Photo'd
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae Recorded
  • White-browed Spinetail Hellmayrea gularis Seen below the ridge above Puente Fierro (2,800m) Photo'd
  • Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla ruficollis Vulnerable
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla Heard only Recorded
  • Elegant Crescent-chest Melanopareia elegans
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea Seen in Palambla Photographed
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris
  • Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Possibly heard
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis Heard only
  • Masked Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus Photographed
  • Three-banded Warbler Basileuterus trifasciatus Photographed Recorded
  • Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota Photographed
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Piura Hemispingus Hemispingus piurae Photographed
  • Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
  • Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Seen between Canchaque & Piura
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • White-winged Brush-Finch Atlapetes leucopterus Photographed
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Black-cowled Saltator Saltator nigriceps Recorded
  • Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  • Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi Recorded

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse