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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (23rd-24th March, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Sinsicap is easily reached by public transport from Lima. Buses leave from Horizonte bus company on Vallejo and America Sur at 5:45am and at about 2pm. The ride is about 2 and half hours and cost me 12 soles (overcharged) on the way there and just 6 soles on the way back. It is a small town but Elmer, the owner of 'Mi Rosita' and 'Sinsicapino' restaurants, has a very basic room to rent (10 soles per person) and can provide meals. Bring a sleeping bag. The road above (Red-crested Cotinga, Curve-billed Tinamou and Giant Hummingbird) and below town can be birded but by far the best area is that described by Valqui's book for the endangered Russet-bellied Spinetail. From town, take the road back towards Trujillo, over the bridge and pass a couple of buildings on your right and some smelly chicken coups to your left. After that there is a big, white, concrete sign on the right with 'Bienvenida' written on one side and 'Feliz Viaje' on the other. At that point, there is a good path going up the hill to the left. After a couple of minutes there is a fork. Go to the right and follow the path to the top of the hill where there is a small shrine. The path continues downhill then flattens out and after 10-15 minutes you get to a view point over the valley to your left. The path continues on along the ridge but turn left here, down the hill. Soon there will be a house on your right then some eucalyptus trees. After about 10 minutes you get to a point where the path goes round a small valley. This is the best spot I found for the Russet-bellied Spinetail which seemed to me to be common here and nowhere else. I also saw Bronze-tailed Comet here. The path down from the top was excellent for other hummers including Sparkling Violet-ear, Purple-collared Woodstar and the new race of Speckled Hummingbird. Five minutes further on is a rushing stream and a steep-sided gorge which is definitely worth exploring. Green-tailed Trainbearer, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Black-necked Woodpecker and Curve-billed Tinamou were seen near here. Bay-crowned Brush-Finch was common in the whole area. I saw 35 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Curve-billed Tinamou Nothoprocta curvirostris Possibly seen
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius Photographed
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard
  • Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum Heard
  • White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans Photographed
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  • Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
  • Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
  • Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
  • Bronze-tailed Comet Polyonymus caroli Endemic Possibly seen
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny Photographed
  • Black-necked Woodpecker Colaptes atricollis Endemic Photographed
  • Russet-bellied Spinetail Synallaxis zimmeri Endemic Endangered
  • Elegant Crescent-chest Melanopareia elegans Heard
  • Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristata Photographed
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Fasciated Wren Campylorhynchus fasciatus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
  • Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti Photographed
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  • Bay-crowned Brush-Finch Atlapetes seebohmi Photographed
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  • Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse