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COCK-OF-THE-ROCK LODGE

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Area (ha):5,058
Altitude (m):1600
# Species*:222
# Excl Vagrants*:222
# Endemics*:4
# Near Endemics*:25
Species/100 ha*:4.4
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Subtropical forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is one of the original eco-lodges along Manu Road. Unlike the nearby Manu Paradise Lodge, the lodge grounds include a sizeable tract of forest with numerous trails, affording an opportunity to see species that may not appear along Manu Road itself. These trails are one of the best places to see the near endemic Yungas Manakin, an elusive species that is often difficult to see without some effort. The forest trails are also good for locating mixed tanager flocks. The lodge maintains several hummingbird feeders where species such as White-browed Hermit, Green-fronted Lancebill, and Blue-fronted Lancebill may appear. Up the road from the lodge is an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek with access on lodge property. Persons not staying at the lodge can arrange to visit the lek for a fee, while guests can visit at no charge. Andean Cocks-of-the-Rock can be seen along forest trails on lodge property as well as sometimes along Manu Road, as they are fairly common, so visiting the lek is not necessarily the best way to spend one's birding time while birding the San Pedro area where the lodge is located.

LOCATION OF SITE

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is located along Manu Road about 3 hours drive downhill (excluding birding time) from Wayqecha Biological Station in the San Pedro area.