Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (23rd June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide


The Rio Chido trail starts about 3km down from Pomacochas (back towards Pedro Ruiz) and can be easily reached by motor-tricycle or you can walk. From the left bend in the road after Puente Chido, take the wide gravel track up towards San Lorenzo. This trail has some trees on the other side of the river as you walk up and we saw a few nice flocks of birds. Before you reach the bridge over the river higher up, take a left turn where a steeps mud trail leads up. I found the map in Valqui a little confusing but just try and stay on the most trodden trail and keep going up. It can be a depressing walk with all the habitat destruction but even the semi-open habitats have some interesting birds like Emerald Toucanet, Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan and White-sided Flowerpiercer. 

After reaching a large clearing with some houses you enter a nice patch of forest where we saw Long-tailed Antbird. You enter another clearing after this. From here stick to the right of the clearing past a concrete cattle trough and a cattle trail leads into more forest climbing up steeply. This seems not to be the trail mentioned in Valqui but still has good birding. We had a good mixed flock at the beginning with Plushcap, Peruvian Wren, White-browed Hemispingus. Also an unidentified funarid with a Rufous, round-tipped tail that may have been a softtail. Climbing up this trail you get to a very birdy spot where it flattens out. Here I saw Mountain Cacique, White-collared Jay plus several species of Tanagers. Despite the habitat destruction, the remaining forested areas are definitely worth more exploration. It is a tough walk that takes a full day. I saw 52 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Speckle-faced Parrot Pionus tumultuosus
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii
  • Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
  • Violet-throated Starfrontlet Coeligena violifer
  • Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
  • Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca Near-threatened
  • Andean Toucanet Aulacorhynchus albivitta
  • Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
  • Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  • Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
  • Rufous-capped Antshrike Thamnophilus ruficapillus Heard only
  • Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata
  • Large-footed Tapaculo Scytalopus macropus Endemic
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
  • White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  • Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
  • Smoky Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fumigatus
  • Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Peruvian Wren Cinnycerthia peruana Endemic
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides Heard only
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • White-collared Jay Cyanolyca viridicyana
  • Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
  • Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
  • Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
  • Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
  • Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  • Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
  • Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus
  • Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
  • Plush-capped Finch Catamblyrhynchus diadema
  • White-browed Hemispingus Hemispingus auricularis Endemic
  • White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
  • Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea
  • Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinuchus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Mountain Cacique Cacicus chrysonotus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse