Rainforest Bird – Manu Cloud Florest 4days


Rainforest Bird – Manu Cloud Florest: This compact program offers you the chance to explore Manu National Park’s cloud forest ecosystem. Attractions include the daily mating ritual of Peru’s national bird, the cock-of-the-rock. For birding enthusiasts without the time for a longer Peruvian Amazon program, the 3 day / 2 nights Manu Cloud Forest tour is an excellent option AmazonBirds.

Manu Cloud forest Bird : Widely acknowledged as one of the premier birding and natural history sites in the world. Part I focuses on the Andes, Part II the lowlands. Spectacular tropical birding in a pristine, super-rich avifauna.
Following a day in the historic Inca city of Cuzco, where we will acclimate to high elevations, our Manu Part 1 journey begins when we set out on an adventure across the highlands, passing a quiltwork of often colorful fields and villages and ever-changing panoramas before eventually descending in steps down the verdant, eastern wall of the Andes, first through elfin forest, then cloud forest, and finally rich wet foothill forest at the conclusion of the trip. Our first destination is the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, at about 4,500 feet elevation, and well-situated for mountain birding with Andean Cocks-of-the-rock displaying nearby, and feeders that attract hummingbirds, barbets, and tanagers. We also may see Black-and-chestnut Eagles, Torrent Ducks, motmots, quetzals, and mountain-toucans but, for some, the high energy bird flocks dominated by unbelievably colorful tanagers—which are so characteristic of the Andes—will surely be a highlight.
Three days later we will resume our journey downward into the bird-rich Andean foothills and, at the end of the day, be met and ferried across the Alto Madre de Dios River to the Amazonia Lodge. With delightful hospitality, spotless rooms, and excellent food, the Amazonia Lodge is a superb place to make a relaxed birding transition from cloud forest to foothill rainforest. You are sure to notice dramatic changes in the avifauna here as tanager-dominated mixed species flocks of the highlands give way to a more diverse array of antbirds, furnariids, flycatchers, manakins, and such exotic species as hoatzins and macaws. Numerous species here are unique to these wet foothills, among them the Blue-headed Macaw, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, and Black-backed Tody-Tyrant, and our visit here is sure to be one filled with exciting wildlife sightings.
The Manu I tour is a highland wilderness experience that perfectly complements the lowland trip which follows. It incorporates the beauty and majesty of the Andes, the dramatic panoramas, the clouds, and the birds and forests of this unspoiled region into a birding experience unsurpassed in South America.
Good to excellent lodge accommodations and good food; several days at each site; roadside birding in highlands; mostly easy trails in lowlands; travel by bus, boat, and charter plane; one long travel day; moderately brisk pace with frequent midday breaks; cool in mountains, warm and humid in lowlands.

The Rainforest Bird – Manu Cloud Florest program is specially designed for those wanting to observe the enormous variety of bird species that inhabit this remarkable ecosystem. Manu is a dream destination for birding enthusiasts. One of the most representative bird species is the cock-of-the-rock, and it is also possible to observe several species of parrots and macaws during this program, as we visit a clay lick. The trip includes hiking, boat trips and cloud forest lodge accommodation.

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Rainforest Bird – Manu Cloud Florest 4days:

Bird Tour day 1: Cusco –  Birding Rainforest – Manu Park

Cusco to Wayqecha Biological Station (2950m)Today we will leave early, first driving through scenic intermontane valleys. We will make selected stops for two smart endemics: Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In addition we may find Cinereous Conebill, Golden-billed Saltator, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches and many more. Reaching a high mountain pass at Acjanaco, we will begin our journey into a vast intact wilderness area as we descend along the sinuous road that will take us to the Manu foothills.

Along the extraordinary altitudinal transect that this remarkable road represents, new bird species continually appear whilst others drop out. Initially the steep Andean slopes are clad in stunted forest, temperate shrubbery and wet paramo, and here we may well encounter such high-elevation species as Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Puna Thistletail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant and Black-throated and Moustached Flower-piercers. A little lower down, where the magnificent cloud forests begin, we shall look out for White-throated and Variable Hawks soaring over the impressive slopes. With a little luck we will see a Swallow-tailed Nightjar this evening. We will stay for one night at the Wayqecha Biological Station. In upper Manu-cloudforest. L:D.

Bird Tour Day 2: Wayqecha to Cock-of-the-rock Lodge

Today we´ll target some tough birds like: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Blue-banded Toucanet, the hummingbirds may include Gould´s Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Tyrian Metaltail and Rufous-capped Thornbill. Sorting through mixed flocks, we hope to find Montane Woodcreeper, Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Handsome and Inca Flycatchers, Barred Becard, Mountain Wren, Spectacled Redstart, Citrine and Pale-legged Warblers, Capped Conebill, Blue-and-black, Golden-collared, Blue-capped, Rust-and-yellow and Grass-green Tanagers, Hooded and chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanagers, Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager, and Black-capped, Black-eared and Superciliaried Hemispinguses. Additional species we may find in this area include Andean Guan, Speckle-faced and Scaly-naped Parrots, Andean Pygmy-Owl, Azara´s Spinetail, Striped Treehunter, the endemic but hard to see Red-and-white Antpitta, Trilling Tapaculo, Barred and Band-tailed Fruiteaters, Red-crested Cotinga, Sierran Elaenia, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Olive and Pale-edged Flycatchers, Rufous-breasted and Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrants, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Blue-and-white and Pale-footed Swallows, White-collared Jay, Fulvous Wren, Glossy-black, Great and Chiguanco Thrushes, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager and Mountain Cacique. Night in Cock of the rock Lodge. B:L:D.

Bird tour Day 3: Cock-of-the-rock Lodge (Lower Manu cloud forest 1400m)

Birding the Manu road to the comfortable subtropical and lower temperate life zones with their spectacular avifauna. In a short distance is a lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. The most spectacular of the birds of paradise, the displays of these splendid birds and their unearthly strangled shrieks will be emblazoned in our memories for years to come. Near the lodge we shall search for such specialities as Black-billed Treehunter, Slaty Gnateater, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Versicoloured Barbet, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Olive-backed Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Streak-necked and Slaty-capped Flycatchers, Bolivian Tyrannulet, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Grey-mantled Wren, Andean and White-eared Solitaires, Brown-capped Vireo, Tropical Parula, Russet-crowned and Three-striped Warblers, Slate-throated Redstart, Deep-blue and Bluish Flower-piercers, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Fawn-breasted, Orange-eared, Golden, Saffron-crowned, Yellow-throated and Slaty Tanagers, Yellow-throated and Common Bush-Tanagers, Black-faced Brush-Finch, Golden-headed and Crested Quetzals and Hummingbirds such jewels as Violet-fronted Brilliant, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Booted Rackettail, Long-tailed Sylph and as the morning sun warms up the crisp air we shall scan the skies for these huge raptors. Solitary and Black-and-chestnut Eagles, additional birds we may encounter here include Band-tailed Pigeon, Chestnut-collared Swift, Masked Trogon, Highland Motmot, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Yungas Manakin, White-crowned Tapaculo, Cinnamon, Lemon-browed and Golden-crowned Flycatchers, Smoke-coloured Pewee, Green Jay, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Two-banded Warbler, Dusky-green Oropendola, Olivaceous Siskin and a dazzling array of tanagers. At nights we search for Rufescent Screech-Owl and Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Night in Cock-of-the-rock Lodge. B:L:D.

NOTE: If Wayqecha and Cock-of-the-rock Logde are full we´ll stay at the nearby very comfortable Paradise Lodge

Bird tour Day 4: Cock-of-the-rock Lodge to Cusco

After some final birding in lower Manu cloud forest, we will travel back to Cusco picking up species Cusco to Wayqecha Biological Station (2950m)Today we will leave early, first driving through scenic intermontane valleys. We will make selected stops for two smart endemics: Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. In addition we may find Cinereous Conebill, Golden-billed Saltator, Band-tailed Seedeater, Peruvian and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches and many more. Reaching a high mountain pass at Acjanaco, we will begin our journey into a vast intact wilderness area as we descend along the sinuous road that will take us to the Manu foothills.

Along the extraordinary altitudinal transect that this remarkable road represents, new bird species continually appear whilst others drop out. Initially the steep Andean slopes are clad in stunted forest, temperate shrubbery and wet paramo, and here we may well encounter such high-elevation species as Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Puna Thistletail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant and Black-throated and Moustached Flower-piercers. A little lower down, where the magnificent cloud forests begin, we shall look out for White-throated and Variable Hawks soaring over the impressive slopes. With a little luck we will see a Swallow-tailed Nightjar this evening. We will stay for one night at the Wayqecha Biological Station. In upper Manu-cloudforest. L:D.

 

 

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INCLUDED IN THE RAINFOREST BIRD – Manu Cloud Florest 4days

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  • Hotel or lodge
  • 3 food for day
  • mineral water
  • bird list
  • snacks
  • specialist bird Guide

NOT INCLUDING IN THE RAINFOREST BIRD – Manu Cloud Florest 4days

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  • Cameras
  • hats
  • Rain poncho
  • Insect Repellent
  • torch
  • Flight tickets or train tickets and tickets visit to Machu Picchu
  • tips
  • extra drinks , beer wine, juice , or soda
  • rubber Boots
  • sun block

RECOMMEND TO BRING TO RAINFOREST BIRD – Manu Cloud Florest 4days

  • Binoculars , cameras
  • Dark clothes for birding .
  • Extra clothes for change , sandak, shirt, pants, jacket.
  • Long sleeve , Umbrella , rain jacket, Little Bagpack, hat , sun block , insect repellent ,

 

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Highlights of a typical tour Rainforest Bird – Manu Cloud Florest 4days:

A typical Manu trip starts from Cusco at 3,300m, crosses the last Andean mountain range, drops down the east slope of the Andes into the lowland Amazon forests, and returns by air from the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado to Lima or Cusco. Cusco is a major hub for exploring Inca culture, most famously at the ruins of Machu Picchu, and for adventure sports (so there is plenty to interest a non‑birding spouse!). On the first day of a trip, birders usually visit the wetlands of Huacarpay, 30 minutes drive from Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru, where Andean waterfowl and marshbirds abound (amazon rainforest bird).

Here the beautiful Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis, a restricted‑range species endemic to southern Peru, can be seen feeding map of manu biosphere reserve, showing location of lodges mentioned in the article 51 neotropical birding 5 on tree tobacco. (For a taster of this splendid hummingbird, see Joe Tobias’s photospot in Neotropical Birding2: 83–85.) The endemic Rusty‑fronted Canastero Asthenes ottoniis also here.The route then proceeds to the humid eastern Andean slopes where the grasslands at Ajcanacu pass at 3,500 m hold high‑altitude tinamous, the recently described Diademed Tapaculo Scytalopus schulenbergiand Scribble‑tailed Canastero Asthenes maculicaudaat its northernmost limit (amazon rainforest bird).

The stunted elfin forest along the roadside hosts several tanagers, flowerpiercers and the restricted‑range Puna Thistletail Schizoeaca helleri, found nowhere else in the reserve. Ornithologically, this is one of the poorest‑known sectors of Manu; additional species are bound to be discovered in due course. Using Wayquecha Biological Station, Esperanza, as a base, you can work the area comfortably.Descending from 3,400 m to 2,500 m, elfin forest grades into upper elevation humid cloud forest characterised by treeferns and Chusquea bamboo stands. The narrow, little‑used road provides excellent birding (amazon rainforest bird).

Highlights include Gray‑breasted Mountain Toucan Andigena hypoglauca(Near Threatened; relatively common), Swallow‑tailed NightjarUropsalis segmentata, Mountain CaciqueCacicus chrysonotus, the stunning Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata, the endemic Marcapata Spinetail Cranioleuca marcapataeand White‑collared Jay Cyanolyca viridicyana. To get into the understorey and search for its elusive inhabitants, head to Wayquecha Biological Station. With patience and luck, birders may see the endemic and localised Red‑and‑white Antpitta Grallaria erythroleuca, Undulated Antpitta Grallaria squamigeraand Hooded Tinamou Nothocercus nigrocapillus (amazon rainforest bird).

Continuing down the ‘Manu road’ through unbroken humid forest, visitors will perceive a shift in the bird community with every 500 m drop in altitude. Forests below 1,900 m (and particularly at 900–1,500 m) are home to Peru’s national bird, Andean Cock‑of‑the‑rock Rupicola peruviana. Manu has to be the easiest place to witness the remarkable lek of this species, one of the world’s great ornithological spectacles. Just four minutes’ walk from the breakfast table at Cock‑of‑the‑Rock Lodge, a comfortable 20‑person hide provides stunning views of this cotinga and offers great photographic opportunities (amazon rainforest bird).

This is one of Manu’s magical moments: to be in the hide as dawn breaks, hear the birds start their manoeuvres and watch proceedings build up to a raucous dancing climax. The lodge also offers a small but interesting trail system.Mid‑altitude cloud forests are under pressure in much of South America, being replaced by tea, coffee and coca plantations. In Manu, however, cloud forests remain intact and birds abound. Birding can be fantastic as large foraging flocks containing several dozen species move through, some sally‑gleaning or probing crevices, others climbing tree trunks or branches. Birders should see scores of woodpeckers, woodcreepers, furnariids, tyrant‑flycatchers and tanagers (amazon rainforest bird). Star species include Golden‑headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auricepsand Crested Quetzal P. antisianus, Blue‑banded Toucanet Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis, Versicolored Barbet Eubucco versicolor, Lanceolated Monklet Micromonacha lanceolata, Chestnut‑breasted Wren Cyphorhinus thoracicus, the endemic Cerulean‑capped Manakin Pipra coeruleocapilla, Slaty Gnateater Conopophaga ardesiacaand Peruvian Piedtail Phlogophilus harterti, a Near Threatened endemic.Leaving behind the Andean foothills, the road passes through a populated area between Chontachaca and Pilcopata, a region cultivated since the Inca period. This is Manu’s sole area for open‑country birds such as Scissor‑tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis torquataand Yellow Tyrannulet Capsiempis flaveola (amazon rainforest bird).

Moving on, birders soon reach the near‑pristine forests of the western Amazon, which have the world’s highest diversity of birdlife per hectare of terrestrial habitat. Here the ríos Manu and Alto Madre de Díos meander slowly in a broadly easterly direction and itis time to take to the water inmotorised canoes (amazon rainforest bird). In June–October (the dry season), exposed white‑sand and pebble beaches provide valuable and undisturbed nest‑sites for Orinoco Goose Neochen jubata (Near Threatened), Black Skimmer Rynchops niger, Large‑billed Tern Phaetusa simplex, Yellow‑billed Tern Sterna superciliaris,Pied Plover Hoploxypterus cayanus, Collared Plover Charadrius collaris and Sand‑colored Nighthawk Chordeiles rupestris. Jabiru Jabiru mycteria, Wood Stork Mycteria americana, Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajajaand a variety of egrets and herons also gather on the beaches. In late July and August, they are joined by Nearctic waders on their southbound post‑breeding migration (amazon rainforest bird).

Due to natural river dynamics, many oxbow lakes have been created. Their development varies considerably from recently formed waterbodies to very old, overgrown lakes with almost no water. On the many oxbows that flank the rivers, look for Anhinga Anhinga anhinga,Agami Heron Agamia agami, Boat‑billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius (amazon peru bird), Sunbittern Eurypyga helias, Sungrebe 52neotropical birding 5 right: the stunning andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruvianais easily seen lekking at the lodge that bears its name (ian merrill)along oxbow lakes in manu, look for (bottom) the unique hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazinand (below, inset) delightful sungrebe Heliornis fulica (James C. lowen; neotropical birding 553neotropical birding 5right, top to bottomWith patience and luck, birders may see the localised red-and-white antpitta Grallaria erythroleucaat Wayquecha biological Station (ian merrill)you will need to get into Guaduabamboo thickets to look for (middle) peruvian recurvebill Simoxenops ucayalae and (bottom) manu antbird Cercomacra manu(neotropical birding 5in lowland forests along the río madre de díos, search the canopy for Curl-crested aracari Pteroglossus beauharnaesii (right: alejandro tabini) and Plum-throated Cotinga Cotinga maynana(below left: hadoram shirihai/ The photographic handbook to taxonomy of birds of the world) 54 neotropical manu biosphere reserve, amazon peru bird.

Heliornis fulica, Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana, Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata, Rufous‑sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius, the prehistoric‑looking Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin, Silvered Antbird Sclateria naevia, Amazonian Streaked Antwren Myrmotherula multostriata, Red‑capped Cardinal Paroaria gularisand Pale‑eyed Blackbird Agelaius xanthophthalmus.Finally, we reach the pristine lowland forests that hold more than 580 species and offer some of the trickiest but most exciting birding on the continent (amazon peru bird). In large stands of woody bambooGuadua, birders target Rufous‑headed Woodpecker Celeus spectabilis, the near‑endemic Manu Antbird Cercomacra manu, the endemic White‑cheeked Tody‑Flycatcher Poecilotriccus albifacies, Peruvian Recurvebill Simoxenops ucayalae(Near Threatened and endemic) and Large‑headed Flatbill Ramphotrigon megacephala. Certain bamboo patches in Manu are known to hold the recently described and restricted‑range Rufous Twistwing Cnipodectes superrufa (amazon peru birds). Recently formed islands and river‑edge habitats hold willow‑dependent and restricted‑range species such as River Tyrannulet Serpophaga hypoleucaand Rufous‑breasted Antthrush Formicarius rufipectus(Near Threatened) as well as more widespread species such as Orange‑headed Tanager Thlypopsis sordida and Hooded Tanager Nemosia pileata. Transitional floodplain and terra firme forest hold a bewildering variety of antbirds, foliage‑gleaners and tyrant‑flycatchers, sometimes in mixed flocks of 60–80 species (amazon peru birds).

 



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