Birding Information

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map and covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports

Where Do You Want to Go Birding Today
Tina MacDonald's excellent site contains links to Peru birding hotspots, trip reports, checklist and maps, information on endemic and endangered birds, links to rare bird information local events and festivals, and information on tours/guides and accommodations.

Birding-Peru.com is a centre on the www about birding in Peru. Here you will find the latest news, recent pictures, recent postings of the birding-peru e-group. The site is interactive and you can post your pictures, trip-reports and bird-lists.

Weather and When to Go


Amazonian Lodge
The lodge is located in the tropical lowland rainforest of Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Y bar family, from Cusco, established the lodge in 1980 which used to be a tea plantation in the 1970's. Click here for bird list.

Amazon Yarapa River Lodge
The Amazon Yarapa River Lodge is located on the Yarapa River, a pristine tributary of the Amazon River. The Lodge uses earth-friendly resources, including full solar powering, composting, and flush toilets with a waste management system and was built with local materials and local design ideas.

Cock of the Rock Lodge
The lodge is built within a 12,500 acre cloud forest reserve owned by the conservation group Selva Sur and part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Lodge provides the best opportunity for exploration of primary cloud forest ecology. A blind tightly controlled by Selva Sur's full-time guards allows visitors to observe the Cock-of-the-Rock at the only easy-access display ground that permits close-up photography. The Selva Sur reserve protects the blazing red Andean CockoftheRock, two species of quetzals, the endangered Spectacled Bear, the acrobatic Woolly Monkey, and Mountain Toucan. Along the banks of cascading waterfalls and within the cloud forest canopies live Amazonian Umbrella Birds, myriad species of tanagers, and hummingbirds. Orchids, tree ferns, Torrent Ducks, and Andean Dippers.

Located near Iquitos, the 5 lodges and one resort feature multilingual naturalist and a canopy walkway. The checklist has over 500 species of birds.

Manu Wildlife Center
The Manu Wildlife Center, premier wildlife lodge in the Peruvian Amazon, is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru. Based along the Manu de Dios river, the wildlife center provides tours for bird watching, the Tapir Lick, the Macaw Clay Lick and observing Giant Otters swimming in Ox Bow lakes from floating platforms.

Machiguenga Center
The Machiguenga Center is perched on a high bluff overlooking the Urubamba River and the first range of the Andes Mountains, as they rise from the lowland forest in the Peruvian province of Cusco. Three of Macaw Clay Licks are located near the Center.

Pantiacolla Lodge
Located in the Manu foothills, one of the worlds best birding areas, this 16-bed lodge with communal toilets and showers is owned and operated by a family of long-term rain forest pioneers in partnership with the two conservation groups Selva Sur and InkaNatura.

Sandoval Lake Lodge
Sandoval Lake Lodge is located on the high bluffs overlooking Sandoval Lake, within the protected Tambopata-Candamo Reserve of southeastern Peru. Internationally famous as the site of the world's greatest lowland concentrations of birds and butterflies. The lodge is within the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone which is home to almost 1000 species of birds, and 4 of the Amazon Basin's top predators - the Jaguar, Giant Otter, Harpy Eagle and Black Caiman.

Tahuayo Lodge
Travel to the lodge requires that you fly into Iquitos, Peru. From Iquitos you take a boat up the mighty Amazon River, for a distance of about 50 miles, then up the Tahuayo tributary, another 40 miles.

Tours & Guides

Amazon River Expeditions
As a family owned and operated business, they have outfitted expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon since 1983. They run a variety of natural history tours focusing on different areas of interest among which is birding watching. They even run a special annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) expedition at the Madre Selva and Paucarillo Biological Field Stations.

Andean Birding
Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company based in Ecuador providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru and Bolivia. In addition, they support bird conservation and conduct ornithological research.

Birding Expeditions in Peru
Birding Peru was formed in 2001 with the goals of providing birders with affordable, reliable, and knowledgeable service in Peru. As well as promoting and providing sustainable ecotourism, Birding Peru also is involved in conservation of Peruvian habitats, and a portion of your payment goes directly to conservation projects in the very areas we visit on our trips.

The Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris was founded in 1980. They blend a desire to observe nature with a wish to inspire travelers with the values of conservation and education. They offer an excursion to Machu Picchu and Manu Biosphere Reserve.

Field Guides
Field Guides has been operating high-quality birding tours since 1985 from its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Free Living
A list of British birding tour companies and the time of year of their Peru bird tours.

Kolibri Expeditons
Kolibri Expeditions based in Lima, Peru has low budget birding trips to all corners of South America, but particularly Peru. Many trips are off beaten track to search for endemics and specialties of the particular area. There is usually a bias on quality of unique birds rather than overall numbers. While you need to be fairly fit for some of these trips, where walks may be involved for some more exclusive endemics, Kolibri Expeditions has recently started less adventurous programs through their Marvelous Spatuletail Tours. The MST programs take you to some of the best areas of Peru with comfortable lodging and with time enough to to get good views of the birds. Kolibri Expeditions also runs the unique pelagics from Lima that has become a success in recent year. Kolibri Expeditions supports the conservation work of threatened species of the local NGO Incaspiza.

Manu Expeditions
Manu Expeditions and its sister company Expediciones Manu are the longest established operators in the Manu Biosphere Reserve and have been outfitting rainforest and mountain expeditions and tours since 1983. The company is owned and run by husband and wife team Barry Walker (who doubles as British Consul in Cusco) and Rosario Velarde (20 years experience in managing adventure tour companies) and the center of operations is in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Their leaders are fluent in at least English and Spanish. Bird-watching trips are led by very experienced neo-tropical ornithologists.

Neblina Forest
An Ecadorian company to promote the country's avafauna has opened an office in Bolivia and is scheduling 4-5 birding tours for that country and is also beginning tours in Peru.

Tanager Tours
Founded by a Dutch birdwatcher at the end of 1999, the company runs tours for birdwatchers as well as those who like to see wonderful birds, but not only that in the Manu area as well with combined nature/culture tours in southern Peru.

Tropical Birding
A new company of professional and enthusiastic leaders based in Ecuador that run birding tours and bird photography workshops. 5% of profit from the Tropical Birding tours goes directly into conservation projects in Important Bird Areas around the world.

Ultimate Voyages
Ultimate Voyages Birding and Wildlife Tours, based in Ecuador, are focussed on birds but they also take a little time to look at mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies of and plants. In areas with interesting archeology or history they often try to visit sites of interest in the middle of the day when bird activity is low.

Ventures, Inc.
A birdwatching and natural history tour company based in North Carolina offers birdwatching trips to the Peruvian Amazon.

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
Founded in 1974, it is now the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours.

All WINGS leaders have varied interests in natural history and other more or less closely related fields, but the timing and itinerary of our trips are dictated almost entirely by ornithological considerations.


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