SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (1st July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Rioja which is a small city with several places to eat, sleep and do internet. We stayed at the 'Rioca' at 20s for a double. Yacumama is a 'tourist complex' about 10-15 minutes’ drive towards Pomacochas from Rioja. There is a large sign on the main road where you turn right. The entrance is about 5 minutes from the main road. We went there in a car but you could easily catch a taxi or motor-tricycle. If it is not open first thing, you can walk along the track to the left of the entrance which goes along forest edge and open forest and has some very interesting birds including Capped Heron, Russet-crowned and Rufous-sided Crakes (both heard only), Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Pale-breasted Spinetail and Common Thornbird. In the complex itself, there are many palm trees good for Point-tailed Palmcreeper. Also there are some small lakes with kingfishers and the trail ends at a so called 'beach' by the Rio Negro from where we saw Striated Heron and Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture. In trees around the lakes we saw Lafresnayes Piculet, Dark-billed and Little Cuckoos and by the entrance we saw Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-breasted Seedeater and Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch. There is a 1s fee to enter the complex. I saw 65 species including 6 lifers.

Species seen

  • Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Black Caracara Daptrius ater
  • Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis Heard only
  • Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata
  • Russet-crowned Crake Anurolimnas viridis Heard only
  • Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius Heard only
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana Seen nearby
  • Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea Heard only
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Blue Ground-Dove Claravis pretiosa
  • Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Little Cuckoo Piaya minuta
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata
  • Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
  • White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis Heard only
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
  • Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
  • Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
  • Lafresnaye's Piculet Picumnus lafresnayi
  • Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
  • Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Pale-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis albescens
  • Common Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons
  • Point-tailed Palmcreeper Berlepschia rikeri
  • Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper Dendrexetastes rufigula
  • Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer Possibly seen
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus Possibly seen
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus Possibly seen
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Chestnut-bellied Seedeater Sporophila castaneiventris
  • Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch Oryzoborus angolensis
  • Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Orange-backed Troupial Icterus croconotus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse