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AGUAS VERDES

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Altitude (m):1500
# Species*:111
# Excl Vagrants*:111
# Endemics*:1
# Near Endemics*:3
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: White-sand forest, roadside forest, hummingbird feeders

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Aguas Verdes is on the eastern slope of the northern Peruvian Andes. It's located between the Alto Mayo Valley and and Alto Mayo Protected Forest Reserve near Abra Patricia. It's altitude at 1500m is a transition zone between lowland and highland species so is a birding hotspot. Black-bellied Tanager is fairly common near the town. The white sand forests east of town are good for Napo Sabrewing, Zimmer's Antbird, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dusky Spinetail, Inca Flycatcher, Scaled Fruiteater, White-browed Purpletuft, and Red-shouldered Tanager. A dirt road about 100m beyond the beginning of the town goes off to the right. After a few hundred meters, several footpaths on the right lead into the forest remnant. About 2km beyond the town is an obvious orange bridge. A good trail leading off to the left before the bridge and another trail leading off tho the right beyond the bridge are worth exploring. At dawn and dusk, Lyre-tailed Nightjars can often be seen around the restaurant. After dusk Oilbirds can often be seen flying overhead. A local farmer has set out a number of hummingbird feeders, and after months of persistence his feeders now attract several species of hummingbirds including Black-throated Hermit, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, and several species of hermits.

LOCATION OF SITE

Aguas Verdes is located about 210km from Tarapoto on the main road to Abra Patricia. The town is located near KM399.