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WAQANKI RESERVE

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Altitude (m):800-950
# Species:346
# Excl Vagrants:346
# Endemics:5
# Near Endemics:7
Habitat: Subtropical forest, orchid gardens, feeders, savanna, dry forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Waqanki Reserve is a private, family-owned resere in the foothills of the eastern Andes in northern Peru. The reserve includes an economical lodge, orchid gardens, hummingbird feeders, an observation tower, and an extensive network of trails through subtropical forest. Over 20 species of hummingbirds have been recorded, including the stunning Rufous-crested Coquette. Other notable hummers include Black-throated Hermit, Wire-crested Thorntail, Long-billed Starfrontlet, White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Golden-chinned Sapphire, and White-chinned Sapphire. Target birds include Ash-throated Antwren, Mishana Tyrannulet, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Fiery-capped Manakin, and Black-bellied (Huallaga) Tanager. Other notables in uphill forest and shade coffee plantings include Rufescent Screech-Owl, Band-bellied Owl, Rufous Potoo, Foothill Antwren, and Western Striped Manakin. In the savanna and dry forest below the lodge, interesting species include Rusty-backed Antwren, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, and Varzea Thrush.

LOCATION OF SITE

Waqanki Reserve is located in the Mayo Vally just outside Moyobamba on the main road from Pomacochas to Tarapoto. It's about 2½ hours drive from Abra Patricia and about 2 hours from Tarapoto.