December 16, 2016
There are three Species of Formicarius Antthrushes that can be regularly heard along the Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve trails. Black-faced Antthrush (Formicarius analis), Rufous-capped Antthrush (Formicarius colma) and Rufous-fronted Antthrush (Formicarius rufifrons). The latter is highly sought-after by birders as it has a limited range, is present in very low densities and is very habitat specific. This species exists predominantly in the Madre de Díos region of Perú and in neighboring portions of Bolivia and Brazil and fewer than 1,000 pairs are thought to exist in the wild. Initially discovered in the 1950s, it went un-noticed until it was re-found by world-renowned ornithologist Ted Parker in the 1980s. Parker encountered this species initially in Manu National Park next to Cocha Cashu Biological Station. Like most people who detect this bird, he found it by its song. This species sounds somewhat like the Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus), but the peak of the Antthrush song tends to be higher and the notes are more connected. This produces an almost complaining wail of a song first ascending and then descending in pitch (way-way-way-way-WAY-WAY-WEE-WEE-Way-way-way) with no spaces between the notes.
Because this species prefers Heliconia and Guadua bamboo thickets along larger rivers, and as males can sometimes be heard singing in open floodplain forests in this region, Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve has plenty of idyllic habitat in which to search for this elusive Antthrush. This November alone, two individuals were heard calling regularly on trails in the Private Reserve, along the Tocon Trail and Macaw Trail. Taking a morning walk along the right trail at Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve can guarantee that you will hear, and maybe even see, this elusive Antthrush.
In addition to this cryptic and extremely localized species, Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve is home to more than 500 species of birds, and the Lodge counts with a diversity of attractions to show you the beauty and biodiversity that call Manu National Park home. These attractions include the highest Canopy Tower in the Peruvian Amazon, which gives you a birds-eye perspective of the primary forest around it and Cocha Camungo. Besides the tower, the Reserve is home to three Oxbow Lakes –Cocha Blanco, Cocha Camungo, and Cocha Blanquillo-, that congregate hundreds of bird species, caimans, and Giant River Otters. The last, and arguably most thought-after attraction, is the Blanquillo Clay-Lick. This is a location where dozens of Red-and-Green Macaw and hundreds of other parrot species congregate to feed on clay. In order to appreciate this natural spectacle without disturbing the birds, we have a build a hard-wood hide –harvested from eco-friendly sources- 45 meters away from the Clay-lick. Allowing you to sit back comfortably and enjoy the show. If you wish to learn more about our different attractions, please click here, and if you wish to learn more about the birds that inhabit our Private Reserve, check our birding guide here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.