Peru Bird Watching Information

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Peru is home to some 1780 species of bird (18.5% of all the bird species in the world and 45% of all neotropical birds). There are 125 true endemic birds. The political violence of the 80´s and the beginning of the 90´s has come to an end now. Peru has recently also subdued Coca-growing in many areas, which is why suddenly, practically the whole country lies open for birding and is safer than most places of South America. A birding trip is possible during any month as birds breed all year round.

Manu Biosphere Reserve

Peru''s Manu Biosphere Reserve has the highest concentration of bird life on Earth. At the time of writing approximately, over 1000 species have been recorded. Ornithologists expect this figure to break the 1000 mark in the near future as remoter areas of the reserve are explored. There are a little under 9000 species of birds in the world, meaning Manu holds one in every nine species found on the planet. No other protected area on Earth contains so many birds. The mountainous region is accessed with high clearance vehicles with the final destination in Mashko lodge  which hold over 500 species of birds.

This is also the port of lowland Manu. Blanquillo lodge actually is one of the best lodge for birding  situated outside of the national park. It has a variety of microhabitats, including good bamboo areas as well as easily accessible terra firma and heliconia thickets, as well as an excellent canopy tower and oxbow lakes that makes this one of the top lodges on the continent. It is however quite expensive and you have to arrange for a boat to get there in advance, or fly in and out from Cusco to Boca Manu.

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