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PUCUSANA

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Altitude (m):0-50
# Species*:54
# Excl Vagrants*:54
# Endemics*:3
# Near Endemics*:7
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Harbor, inshore ocean, arid scrub, dunes

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Pucusana is a small fishing village south of Peru. It's typically visited by birders along with Villa Marshes at the beginning of Peru birding tours. It's possible to take a pelagic trip out of Pucusana, but most birders just visit to pick up coastal birds. The Peruvian coast is quite arid with rocky coastlines. Of special interest are Peruvian Thick-knee, more common there than at nearby Villa Marshes, and the beautiful Inca Tern. The endemic Surf Cinclodes is usually seen in the rocks on the coast. Also of special interest are some dry scrub species such as Coastal Miner, Parrot-billed Seedeater, and Chestnut-throated Seedeater.

LOCATION OF SITE

Pucusana is located 30 miles (55 minutes) south of Lima on the coast.