[Tweeters] Peru bird book and tips ?

Sam Sudar sudar.sam at gmail.com
Tue Apr 30 18:51:09 PDT 2019


When I was living in Lima a few years ago, *Birds of Peru* by Schulenberg
was the standard:

https://smile.amazon.com/Birds-Peru-Revised-Updated-Princeton/dp/069113023X


There's a new app version that I own, but I haven't used it in the field:

http://www.birdseyebirding.com/apps/birds_of_peru/


Pantanos de Villa <https://goo.gl/maps/GNKhzq3BeEft5tA4A> is a good site to
the south of Lima. I believe that the couple I lived with in Lima has
started guiding trips there. They are great people and hiring them would be
a good way to get there if you're not comfortable bartering with a
cabdriver in Spanish. Taxis aren't metered in Lima, and you normally
negotiate a price before you get in. You can also use Uber and/or EasyTaxi.

In Cusco I had some enjoyable and easy birding (memorably my first Giant
Hummingbird) on the approach to Saqsaywaman
<https://goo.gl/maps/WdL2mDoBmrfzXpwh9>, which is some ruins surrounded by
a park that you can easily walk to from the city center.

In and around Cusco you might keep an eye out for beer from Cervecería del
Valle Sagrado <http://www.cerveceriadelvalle.com>. Their first brewer was
from Oakshire Brewing in Portland. He's since left but they still brew
amazing beer.

If you're taking the train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu you can spot
some birds, like Torrent Ducks, from the train. The river road from Aguas
Calientes toward Machu Picchu had good birding, including more Torrent
Duck, Torrent Tyrannulet, and White-capped Dipper.

There's another walk you can do that continues past the bridge crossing the
river toward Machu Picchu (not taking it, instead staying on the same side
as Aguas Calientes), continuing through the cloud forest to a hydroelectric
plant. On this trail you can supposedly see Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, but my
brother and I were not so lucky.

There are numerous books about birding in Cusco / Machu Picchu that you can
find locally in tourist shops. For the most part I found them helpful for
sites and likely species, but I didn't think they were necessary beyond
Schulenberg. One thing they did point out was that a nightjar is supposedly
common above eponymous hot springs of Aguas Calientes. Sadly I hadn't read
this at the time that I was there, but if I were to go back I would
definitely look at ebird etc to see if that is a legit tip.

Let me know if you want the contact information for my friends. Happy to
provide any more information that might be helpful.

Sam in Seattle

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 5:32 PM Jeff Borsecnik <JeffBorsecnik at msn.com>
wrote:


> What's a good current bird-ID book for Peru?

>

> Any tips for birding Peru in August? (I'm limited to Cusco, Lima, and a

> couple of areas in the North near the coast and one in the northern

> highlands.)

>

> Thanks! jeff b bellingham

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