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August 28, 2018

Peruvian Andes Birds

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Pedro Ruiz Gallo – Peru

I arrived in Peru yesterday and made a trek further into the mountains today. Pedro Ruiz Gallo is a small village half way to Moyobamba from Jaen. This afternoon i caught a mototaxi (tuktuk) to the bridge out of town and walked the road to Shipabamba for a couple of kilometers.

dull coloured seedeater
dull coloured seedeater (Sporophila obscura)

I got eaten alive by sand flies because I was wearing shorts. I totally did not expect them up in the mountains. The first thought I had about the id of this seedeater was that it was a Dull-coloured Seedeater. I do not know it is out of range or not. I am waiting for the wifi to function at my hotel.
Maybe this is a Dull-colored Seedeater. Not sure.

Marañon Thrush
Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)

At the two kilometer mark I turned back and by the time I was at the main road it was starting to get dark.
This bird looks good for a Maranon Thrush but it could be a Swainson’s Thrush as well. I am not real sure, doh!

Buff-bellied Tanager
Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)

When I got back into town I went into a restaurant and saw that they had trout so I munched down on some Trucha Frita that cost me a whole three dollars. It was the best trout I ever had. Hmm but the Brown Trout in New Zealand was pretty good.
Once again, I got one wrong. I thought it was an Orange-headed Tanager. Thanks Max for setting me straight.

roadside hawk
roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris)

I think this is a juvenile because the belly stripes are not rufous but are gray.

Pedro Ruiz Gallo bird list

Dull-colored Seedeater (Tiaris obscura)
Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)
Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)
roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris)
Blue-gray Tanager
Tropical Kingbird

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