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JACAMARS AND OTHER BIRDS ON THE TAHUAYO RIVER

November 24, 2022

JACAMARS AND OTHER BIRDS ON THE TAHUAYO RIVER

by Campbell Plowden

October 24, 2022

I travel along many rivers when I visit this part of the northern Peruvian Amazon, but I always see the greatest diversity of birds when traveling along the Tahuayo River.

 

During our two day trip visiting Chino, Esperanza and Santa Cruz we saw various black collared hawks (locally called "Mama vieja") perched on branches looking for fish and occasionally emitting their unmistakable cry. Cormorants swam along looking down and then left little pools of water as they ran across the water to gain enough speed to take off when we got too close. Blue kingfishers darted from perch to perch and swallows swooped back and forth across the river. A rufescent tiger heron crouched low near the water. My prize sighting was spotting two iridescent white chinned jacamars in the forest edge while leaving Santa Cruz.

 

Jacamar at Santa Cruz on the Tahuayo River
Kingfisher on the Tahuayo River
Black collared hawk on the Tahuayo River
Cormorant on the Tahuayo River
Yellow headed caracara on the Tahuayo River
Rufescent tiger heron on the Tahuayo River



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