YURIMAGUAS ROAD (tunnel area near TARAPOTO) 

SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a great site within easy reach of Tarapoto, a major lowland town with many hotels restaurants and places to do internet. We stayed at El Mirador about 5 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, which it a little pricy but excellent value at 60s for a double. To get to the tunnel area drive towards Yurimaguas for 20km (40mins) along the gravel road. This has apparently improved since last year and may well be paved in the future. If you don't have your own transport you can probably catch any combi or truck heading towards Yurimaguas, get off at the tunnel and walk down a bit. Before the tunnel, there is a small valley with a stream coming down. We heard Band-bellied Owl here in the morning. The forest at the far end of the tunnel is excellent and I saw Gould’s Jewelfront, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Black-eared Fairy, Olive Tanager, White-throated and Red-stained Woodpeckers and heard Greyish Mourner and Andean Cock-of-the-rock. Further down, after the first curve we saw Euler’s Flycatcher, Fulvous-crested Tanager and heard Flame-capped Manakin and Mouse-coloured Antshrike. About 35km after the tunnel we had Dotted, Masked and Opal-crowned Tanagers. I saw 81 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
  • Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Spix's Guan Penelope jacquacu
  • Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea Heard only
  • Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea
  • Red-crowned Parakeet Pyrrhura roseifrons
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Band-bellied Owl Pulsatrix melanota Heard only
  • White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
  • Koepcke's Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae Endemic Near-threatened Possibly seen
  • Gray-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis
  • Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
  • Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
  • Gould's Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens
  • Black-eared Fairy Heliothryx aurita
  • White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis
  • Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
  • White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus
  • Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
  • Chestnut-tipped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus derbianus
  • (Yellow-ridged Toucan) Ramphastos culminatus
  • (Cuvier's Toucan) Ramphastos cuvieri
  • Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis
  • White-throated Woodpecker Piculus leucolaemus
  • Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus
  • Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis
  • Mouse-colored Antshrike Thamnophilus murinus
  • Andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana Heard only
  • Fiery-capped Manakin Machaeropterus pyrocephalus Heard only
  • Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
  • Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
  • Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus
  • Yellow-margined Flycatcher Tolmomyias assimilis
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris
  • Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
  • Euler's Flycatcher Lathrotriccus euleri
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Cinereous Mourner Laniocera hypopyrra Heard only
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
  • Dusky-chested Flycatcher Myiozetetes luteiventris
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  • Scaly-breasted Wren Microcerculus marginatus Heard only
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus
  • Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius leucotis
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis Heard only
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Olive Tanager Chlorothraupis carmioli
  • Fulvous-crested Tanager Tachyphonus surinamus
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
  • Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana
  • Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
  • Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
  • Dotted Tanager Tangara varia Rare/Accidental
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Opal-crowned Tanager Tangara callophrys
  • Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
  • Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Dusky-green Oropendola Psarocolius atrovirens
  • Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse