- Take your binoculars and experience 2 days marveling the variety of the birds that we can find around the Abra Malaga area.
Abra Málaga is a famous birding site and a must for some Polylepis specialist, especially White-browed Tit-Spinetail and Ash-breaasted Tit-Tyrant, and above all for the critically endangered Royal Cinclodes, estimated to have a remaining population of only about 200 pairs.
Very early leaving from Cusco or Urubamba (Sacred Valley) a later start and an hour and a half’s drive. After a field breakfast, we will have all day to work the humid temperate forest. Starting at a large patch of Chusquea bamboo we should see Parodi’s Hemispingus (endemic) and Puna Thistletail (endemic). Other possibilities throughout the day include: Drab, Three-striped, Black-eared and Black-capped Himispingus, Golden-collared and other Tanagers, White-throated and White-banded Tyrannulets, Andean Ibis, Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-rumped Hawk, Sierran Elaenia, Marcapata Spinetail (endemic), Inca Wren (endemic), Diademed and Trilling Tapaculo and much more. We can also see Rufous and Undulated Antpitta’s. In the afternoon we will look for the Cusco Brush Finch (endemic). We will return to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the evening and overnight in Ollantaytambo.
We will head for the Polylepis woodland at Abra Malaga. We will devote the whole morning to explore this unique habitat. Possibilities include Line-fronted Canastero, Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (endemic), White-browed Tit-spinetail (endemic), Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Giant Conebill, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Andean Tapaculo, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Condor, Thick-billed Siskin, Junin Canastero (endemic) and more. Our major target bird here will be the endemic Royal Cinclodes, we discovered this type of bird in the 80’s. On the valley floor we will check a variety of Ground-tyrants and Sierra-Finchs. After a picnic lunch we will focus on some local endemics on the west side, including Creamy-crested Spinetail, (endemic) Rusty-fronted Canastero, (endemic) White-tufted Sunbeam (endemic) and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (endemic). We will return to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
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