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A Few Target Birds at the Tambopata Research Center

Pat ODonnell

There are literally hundreds of bird species waiting to be seen in Tambopata, Peru. Of those, many are common and easy to see, others hide in the forest, and a fair number are rare and little known birds of Amazonian rainforest habitats. For the serious birder, there are also a suite of bird species easier to see in Tambopata than other places. Such birds are often referred to as "target" species and the following are best looked for at the Tambopata Research Center (TRC):

Bamboo birds

The native bamboo forests of south-eastern Peru host several species found nowhere else. One of the best spots to look for them is in the extensive bamboo habitats at TRC. Walk trails through this habitat to look for such much desired species as Manu Antbird, Goeldi's Antbird, White-lined Antbird, Pavonine Cuckoo, White-cheeked Tody-Tyrant, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Black-capped Tinamou, and others!

Pavonine Quetzal and other deep forest species

The trails at TRC access magnificent old growth rainforest and thus provide a rare chance to walk through fantastic forests that harbor Pavonine Quetzal, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Striated Antthrush, and many other species hard to find elsewhere.

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Pale-winged Trumpeter

White-throated Jacamar

There are very few places where one can see this localized endemic. The river bluffs at TRC are one of the best places to see it anywhere on the planet. The image below was taken there.

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Scarlet-hooded Barbet

Another little known species that might be easier to see at TRC than anywhere else. Watch for this rare beauty on the island across the river from TRC.

Razor-billed Curassow

Although this exotic turkey-like bird can also show up at our other lodges, it's much easier to see in wilderness sites like TRC.



These are just a few of the bird species that are easier to find at TRC than other places. Visit this unique lodge and research station to see how many rare and exotic jungle birds you can find!

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