Birds of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Birds of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

All the pictures were taken in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve from Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve "the Mirrored Jungle" with 2 million hectares, it is the biggest National Reserve of Peru, also it is the largest protected flooded forest of the world and one of the richest places in biological wealth on the planet. Between its biological diversity we find 449 of tropical bird species, 102 of mammals, 256 known species of freshwater fish, 69 of reptiles and more than 1000 varieties of plants, as well as species in danger of extinction like the giant otter, the black lizard, the manatee and the pink dolphin of the Amazon.


Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias)

Yellow-billed Tern (Sterna superciliaris)

Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizateus tyrannus)

Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)

Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna)

Red-bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca manilata)

Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata)

Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)

Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)

Pied Lapwing (Hoploxypterus cayanus)

Black-necked Still (Himantopus mexicanus)

Oriole Blackbird (Gymnomystax mexicanus)

Ecuadorian Cacique (Cacicus sclateri)

Large-billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex)

Bird-watching in Iquitos and Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The protected natural areas, near to Iquitos city are the best places for bird-watching, Pacaya Samiria with 449 of tropical bird species and Allpahuayo Mishana with 475 species of birds, have been discovered in these areas.

Northern Route
With a total of more than 1,200 listed species, the Northern Route is home to some of the most sought-after endemic Peruvian birds, such as the Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) and the White-winged Guan (Penelope albipenni). The main route runs from west to east, from the cities of Trujillo or Chiclayo, and is ideal for observing the species that live in the dry forests of the Tumbes region. The transition in this sector of the country is influenced by the altitude of the Andes in this zone and by the tropical climate that dominates the northern region.

The north also includes the areas of Tumbes and the River Marañón as well as the mega-region of Iquitos, which is rich in varieties of endemic species.

The mountain pass at Abra Patricia together with the Lechucita Bigotona Biological Station has become one of the best known bird watching spots, with excellent forests near the route and a good system of pathways through the protected area.

This is where the rediscovered species Long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux lowerii) is found, and it is also the site of the Huembo interpretation center for the observation of hummingbirds, where the highlight is the Marvelous Spatuletail. The remote territories of the ethnic Awajun people, located along the banks of the River Marañón, Cenepa, Santiago and its surroundings, are home to species such as the endemic White-masked Antbird (Pithys castaneus) and the regionally endemic Orange-throated Tanager (Wetmoretraupis sterrhopteron).


Birdwatching Tours in Iquitos

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    Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge

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    Strong-billed Woodcreeper
    (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus)
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    White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis)

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