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
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
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).
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.
The Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana):
The Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis):
An endemic bird that lives in the north. and in the high jungle.
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