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QUILLACOLLO ROAD, COCHABAMBA & LIST 
BOLIVIA

COCHABAMBA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd-4th January, 2006)

 

Birding Site Guide

This is a great place to see some of the dry inter-Andean valley specialties. Take any bus to Quillacollo from Aroma. Get off after you see a statue looking like a chubby Lenin. There are a many minibuses waiting here. Ask which one goes to Liriuni. There are a number of micros and communal taxis going to different points along the road. One strategy is to take any one as far as it goes, then flag down another when it comes past. The order of communities along this road are Ironcollo, Marquina, Bellavista and finally the hotsprings at Liriuni. I would recommend getting a communal taxi as far as Bellavista and walk the rest. From Bellavista walk up the road, which, curves round a bend before continuing up the valley. Wedge-tailed Hillstar has been seen here but I didn't see it. The first stretch is good for Brown-backed Mockingbird, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch and Bolivian Blackbird. Continue up and turn right at a fork towards 'Calio'. This road goes down into a valley and crosses a river. After this it continues up past some old buildings and a row of Eucalyptus trees. This was a good spot for Sparkling Violetear and Giant Hummingbird. Further up it enters a larger valley where Grey-bellied Flower-piercer was common down a steep bank. The road finally arrives at Liriuni where Bolivian tourists like to bathe in the luke warm water. Follow the road past here and after a curve to the left, there is a small valley with a stream coming down. Up here is some remnant Polylepis. Scramble up the riverbed to a large Eucalyptus tree. Here I saw Cochabamba Mountain Finch, Rufous-bellied Saltator and Tawny Tit-Spinetail. There are a couple of small stalls in Liriuni with snacks and drinks and taxis wait to take people back down. I saw 47 species including 9 lifers. 


Species seen 

 

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 

Flora 

Author: Charles Hesse

 

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