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Bird watchers who come to Peru are in luck, because the country has more bird species than any country on the planet, except for Colombia. Here are the best places to see birds, and the some unique types of birds that you might see.

Top birding destinations

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Paracas

This is a great place to go in order to see seabirds, as well as coastal waders. The area brings many onshore birds that migrate along the Humboldt current. Some of the species you’ll find include the Peruvian Booby, Inca Tern, Chilean Flamingo, and the Albatross. This spectacular area is conveniently located only 3 hours from Lima.

Manu National Park

This is one of the most bio-diverse places on planet earth. With this in mind, it might not come as a surprise that the park holds over 1000 species of birds, or a tenth of all of the planet’s species. Part of the magic of Manu National Park is that its bounds reach from the high Andes, to low jungle. While you descend into the jungle, you will see dramatic changes of vegitation, climate, and animal species. Manu National Park is a bird watcher’s dream.

Huascaran Biosphere Reserve

This Andean reserve is located in the central Andes, about 8 hours North-west of Lima. It’s a great place to go to see birds of the Andes, including the infamous condor.

Five species that you absolutely must see

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The Longwhiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi):

Endemic in Peru and in danger of extinction. It lives in the Montane rainforest of Amazonas and San Martin (1900 to 2400 meters).

 

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The Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas):

Lives above 1500 meters in the north and south of the country. It inhabits semi-arid regions of the coast and Andes. It flies more slowly than smaller hummingbirds, and resembles a swallow.

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The Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana):

Lives between 400 and 2500 meters in the Amazonian cloud forests, especially Manu National Park.
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The Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis):

An endemic bird that lives in the north. and in the high jungle.

 

 

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The Golden-Backed Mountain Tanager (Buthraupis aureodorsalis):
Lives on the eastern slopes of the Andes, in pygmy forests with arboreal vegetation.

Last word: consider taking part in a Peruvian birding rally challenge

The Biriding Rally Challenge is a team competition to see the largest number of bird species within a given amount of time. This is an option for those who want to push their bird watching hobby to the limits. You can compete in organized bird watching events, or you can complete your own challenge.
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