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Tambopata Reserve - BirdForum Opus

South America: Peru


With a birdlist of around 600 species this reserve is now one of the most popular birding destinations in South America. The reserve covers more than 15,000km2 of lowland Amazonian rainforest and there is accommodation at the famous Explorer's Inn.


Notable Species

Among the more spectacular and sought-after species are tinamous such as Great Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, Bartlett's Tinamou, Little Tinamou and Undulated Tinamou, Zigzag Heron and Capped Heron, Horned Screamer and Pale winged Trumpeter and Sungrebe and Sunbittern.

Raptors include King Vulture, Crested Eagle and Harpy Eagle, Slate-coloured Hawk, Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon and Orange-breasted Falcon. Owls include Least Pygmy Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl and Spectacled Owl and there are many other nocturnal birds such as Great Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo and Rufous Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill, Sand-coloured Nighthawk and Ladder-tailed Nightjar.

Among the hummingbirds are Festive Coquette Hummingbird and Gould's Jewelfront Hummingbird and Brown-mandibled Hummingbird and Curl-crested Aracari can also be seen.


Birds you can see here include:

Gray Tinamou, Great Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Undulated Tinamou, Bartlett's Tinamou, Olivaceous Cormorant, Anhinga, Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Great White Egret, Green Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Zigzag Heron, Wood Stork, Jabiru, Green Ibis, Horned Screamer, Orinoco Goose, Muscovy Duck, Osprey, King Vulture, American Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Greater Yellow-headed Turkey Vulture, Gray-headed Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Pearl Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Plumbeous Kite, Bicoloured Sparrowhawk, Slate-coloured Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Guiana Crested Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Yellow-throated Caracara, Red-throated Caracara, Laughing Falcon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon, Bat Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon, Speckled Chachalaca, Spix's Guan, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Razor-billed Curassow, Starred Wood-Quail, Hoatzin, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Gray-cowled Wood Rail, Rufous-sided Crake, Azure Gallinule, American Purple Gallinule, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Wattled Jacana, Collared Plover, Pied Plover, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Large-billed Tern, Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, Rufous Pigeon, Plumbeous Pigeon, Ruddy Pigeon, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Picui Ground-Dove, White-fronted Dove, Grey-fronted Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Green-winged Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Red-bellied Macaw, Blue-headed Macaw, White-eyed Parakeet, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Black-capped Parakeet, Dusky-billed Parrotlet, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, White-bellied Parrot, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Mealy Parrot, Ash-coloured Cuckoo, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Squirrel Cuckoo, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Little Cuckoo, Greater Ani, Smooth-billed Ani, Striped Cuckoo, Tropical Screech Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl, Spectacled Owl, Mottled Owl, Least Pygmy Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Great Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo, Common Potoo, Rufous Potoo, Sand-coloured Nighthawk, Common Nighthawk, Common Pauraque, Ocellated Poorwill, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, White-collared Swift, Pale-rumped Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Fork-tailed Palm-Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Long-tailed Hermit, White-bearded Hermit, Needle-billed Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, White-necked Jacobin, Festive Coquette, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-chinned Sapphire, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Gould's Jewelfront, Black-eared Fairy, Pavonine Quetzal, Black-tailed Trogon, Green-backed Trogon, Collared Trogon, Blue-crowned Trogon, Amazonian Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Broad-billed Motmot, Rufous Motmot, Amazonian Motmot, White-throated Jacamar, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Paradise Jacamar, Great Jacamar, White-necked Puffbird, Western Striolated Puffbird, Semicollared Puffbird, Black-fronted Nunbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Swallow-wing Puffbird, Black-spotted Barbet, Lemon-throated Barbet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Black-throated Toucanet, Lettered Aracari, Brown-mandibled Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Curl-crested Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Yellow-ridged Toucan, Cuvier's Toucan, Bar-breasted Piculet, Little Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, White-throated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Scale-breasted Woodpecker, Chestnut Woodpecker, Cream-coloured Woodpecker, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Ringed Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-fronted, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, White-chinned Woodcreeper, Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Bar-bellied Woodcreeper, Barred Woodcreeper, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Spix's Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Pale-legged Hornero, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Ruddy Spinetail, Speckled Spinetail, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Chestnut-winged Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Cinnamon-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner, Crested Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner, Striped Woodhaunter, Peruvian Recurvebill, Black-tailed Leafscraper, Rufous-tailed Xenops, Plain Xenops, Fasciated Antshrike, Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, White-shouldered Antshrike, Black-capped Antshrike, Amazonian Antshrike, Spot-winged Antshrike, Dusky-throated Antshrike, Bluish-slate Antshrike, Pygmy Antwren, Sclater's Antwren, Plain-throated Antwren, White-eyed Stipplethroat, Ornate Stipplethroat, White-flanked Antwren, Slaty Antwren, Long-winged Antwren, Ihering's Antwren, Grey Antwren, Dot-winged Antwren, Banded Antcatcher, Striated Antbird, Chestnut-shouldered Antwren, Grey Antbird, Blackish Antbird, White-browed Antcreeper, Black-faced Antcreeper, Peruvian Warbling Antbird, Band-tailed Antcreeper, Black Antbird, Manu Antbird, Silvered Antbird, White-lined Antbird, Southern Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Plumbeous Antbird, Goeldi's Antbird, Black-throated Antbird, White-throated Antcatcher, Common Scale-backed Antbird, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Rufous-capped Ant-thrush, Black-faced Ant-thrush, Thrush-like Antpitta, Ash-throated Gnateater, White-browed Purpletuft, Screaming Piha, Plum-throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Greater Manakin, Brown-winged Schiffornis, Wing-barred Manakin, Cinnamon Manakin, Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Fiery-capped Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Band-tailed Manakin, Red-headed Manakin, Round-tailed Manakin, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Forest Elaenia, Large Elaenia, Plain Tyrannulet, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, McConnell's Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Leptopogon, Ringed Antpipit, Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Flammulated Pygmy Tyrant, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Spotted Tody-Tyrant, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Painted Tody-Flycatcher, Large-headed Flatbill, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Dusky-tailed Flatbill, Olivaceous Flatbill, Yellow-margined Flycatcher, Grey-crowned Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Royal Flycatcher, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Alder Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Little Ground Tyrant, Drab Water Tyrant, Dull-capped Attila, Bright-rumped Attila, Greyish Mourner, Cinereous Mourner, White-rumped Sirystes, Swainson's Flycatcher, Short-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Lesser Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Grey-capped Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Dusky-chested Flycatcher, Piratic Flycatcher, Variegated Flycatcher, Crowned Slaty Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, White-winged Becard, Black-capped Becard, Pink-throated Becard, Masked Tityra, Black-tailed Tityra, White-winged Swallow, Brown-chested Martin, Grey-breasted Martin, White-banded Swallow, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Donacobius, Thrush-like Wren, Moustached Wren, House Wren, Southern Nightingale Wren, Musician Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Black-billed Thrush, Lawrence's Thrush, Cocoa Thrush, White-necked Thrush, Red-capped Cardinal, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak, Slate-coloured Grosbeak, Buff-throated Saltator, Greyish Saltator, Blue-black Grosbeak, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Pectoral Sparrow, Blue-black Grassquit, Lined Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Double-collared Seedeater, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater, Lesser Seed Finch, Red-billed Pied Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Orange-headed Tanager, Yellow-backed Tanager, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, White-shouldered Tanager, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Masked Crimson Tanager, Silver-beaked Tanager, Blue-grey Tanager, Palm Tanager, Thick-billed Euphonia, Golden-bellied Euphonia, White-bellied Euphonia, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Rufous-bellied Euphonia, Black-faced Dacnis, Turquoise Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Green and Gold Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Masked Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Opal-crowned Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Purple Honeycreeper, Swallow Tanager, Masked Yellowthroat, Connecticut Warbler, Canada Warbler, Neotropical River Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Dusky-capped Greenlet, Casqued Oropendola, Crested Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Olive Oropendola, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Red-rumped Cacique, Solitary Cacique, Yellow-eyed Blackbird, Epaulet Oriole, Orange-backed Troupial, Violaceous Jay

Other Wildlife

Mammals approach 100 recorded species including Giant Otter, Jaguar and Jaguarundi, Southern Coatimundi, White-lipped Peccary and primates such as Douroucouli, Squirrel Monkey, Red Howler and Red Titi.

Spectacled Caiman and Black Caiman are among the many reptiles.

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Accommodation at the Explorer's Inn needs to booked well in advance and the lodge is situated on the Tambopata River about 4 hours upriver from Puerto Maldonado. There are numerous trails and also canopy walkways to explore around the lodge and expeditions further afield can be arranged. Bookings include reception at Puerto Maldonado airfield and transport to the lodge.

Contact Details

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Content and images originally posted by Steve