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Sounds of the Amazon: Part I – Birds


March 29, 2016

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Anyone who has travelled to the Amazon Rainforest knows it is an overdose of information to the senses. Walking on the trails at Tambo Blanquillo is an exhilarating experience, almost everything is new to the senses, new shapes are seen, new smells are smelled, and new sounds are heard. Biologically speaking, sounds are one of the most important mechanism animals use for communicating on a vegetation dense environment, given that their eyesight is limited to a few meters, but sound waves emitted can travel up to a few miles! In today’s blog post, we will examine two of the most characteristic sounds of the Amazon Rainforest made by 2 birds, the Undulated Tinamou, and the Screaming Piha.

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Undulated Tinamou – Photo: Internet Bird Collection (IBC)

The Undulated Tinamou is a big bird, which resembles a chicken, and spends most of its time foraging in the understory of the forest. Giving it’s foraging habits, it is very rarely seen and when seen, it is only for a brief couple of seconds as they cross the trail in front of you.  However, it’s 4-note call is one of the most characterizing sounds of Manu National Park. I would estimate, that an average tourist will hear this sound around 20 times per day! If you want to listed to this infamous call, click here.

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Screaming Piha – Photo: Harold Stiver

The other sound that is reminiscent of Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, is the one of the Screaming Piha. In contrast to the Undulated Tinamou, the Screaming Piha is a small, drab-colored bird that spends most of its time high up into the Canopy, making it a very rare bird to see. Even when hearing them literally above your head, it might take several minutes to locate them using binoculars. The following Screaming Piha call was recorded at our very own Cocha Camungo by Peter Boesman! http://www.xeno-canto.org/225159

In the following months, we will expand on this series portraying other species with characteristic sounds of the Amazon Rainforest.

If you wish to have the opportunity (we can’t guarantee anything) to experience this, as well as an array of other amazing natural spectacles, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will make sure you have the trip of a life time!

 

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