Birding in Abra Malaga 2 Days

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$350 per person
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2 Days
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Abra Malaga
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Unraveling Nature's Tapestry: Birding Along at the Abra Malaga Mountains Unique Birds in Cusco

The Abra Malaga pass holds an unique birds collection from elevations 13,700, descending in altitude a series of small ridges are the home for other species, bellow the landscapes become progressively less montane and the forest taller and more tropical with increasing number of Amazonian birds
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Birding in Abra Malaga Nestled in the stunning Andean mountains of Peru, Abra Malaga in the Cusco region offers birdwatchers a truly exceptional experience. Renowned for its high biodiversity and wide range of elevations, this enchanting destination provides a unique opportunity to observe an array of endemic bird species like no other. Abra Malaga in...

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Abra Malaga Discover Abra Malaga
Departure Location
Cusco City or Sacred Valley - Transfer from Hotels
Return Location
Cusco City or Sacred Valley - Transfer from Hotels
Tour Start Date & Time
Everyday

Birding in Abra Malaga

Nestled in the stunning Andean mountains of Peru, Abra Malaga in the Cusco region offers birdwatchers a truly exceptional experience. Renowned for its high biodiversity and wide range of elevations, this enchanting destination provides a unique opportunity to observe an array of endemic bird species like no other.

Abra Malaga in the Cusco region of Peru stands as a premier destination for bird enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience in observing endemic species. Its diverse elevations, stunning landscapes, and knowledgeable guides make it a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. Whether you are an amateur birder or a seasoned expert.

Abra Malaga offers a wide range of endemic bird species waiting to be discovered. So pack your binoculars, grab your camera, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary birding adventure in Abra Malaga – Cusco

Birding in Abra Malaga Cusco

The Endemic Birds Epicenter

During your birding excursion, be prepared to embark on hikes through lush forests, traverse high mountain passes, and explore pristine lakes and wetlands. These varying landscapes provide a multitude of habitats for birds to thrive and can lead to remarkable encounters with a wide range of species.

Beyond the sheer joy of birdwatching, exploring Abra Malaga offers a chance to connect with nature on a profound level. Its untouched landscapes, breathtaking vistas, and the serene tranquility of the Andean mountains create an atmosphere of awe and appreciation for the natural world. Birding in Abra Malaga is not just about checking off species from a list; it’s about forging a deep connection with the environment and fostering a sense of conservation.

Elevation Range – Birding in Abra Malaga

Located at an elevation ranging from 2,500 to 4,350 meters (8,200 to 14,270 feet), Abra Malaga is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The varying altitudes create distinct ecosystems, each harboring a multitude of unique avian species. This diversity is a result of the convergence between the eastern slopes of the Andes and the Amazon Basin, making it a pivotal hotspot for bird conservation.

Abra Malaga was the last studied area for ornithology by the world-famous Ted Parker.

What Species can be Seen?

One of the primary attractions of Abra Malaga is its impressive list of endemic bird species. These rare and unique birds have adapted to the specific environmental conditions of the region, resulting in remarkable evolutionary developments.

Here, birdwatchers have the chance to spot species such as the Inca Wren, Royal Cinclodes, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Unestreaked Tit-Tyrant

Birding in Abra Malaga - Inca Wren
Inca Wren

The Inca Wren, known for its vibrant plumage and melodious song, is a true gem of Abra Malaga. This small bird can be found hopping and foraging amidst the underbrush, providing birdwatchers with an unforgettable sight and sound experience. Meanwhile. The Royal Cinclodes is a master of survival, with its unique ability to navigate rocky terrains and build intricate nests along the mountain slopes.

When I Should Go?

Birding in Abra Malaga is a year-round experience, as different bird species take center stage during different seasons. However, the optimal time to visit is from August to November when blooming flowers and abundant insects fuel the avian activity. Migratory species grace the skies during these months, providing birders with a spectacle of nature’s w

To fully immerse yourself in this extraordinary birding experience, it is advisable to book a guided tour. Local guides possess in-depth knowledge of the area and can help you navigate the diverse ecosystems of Abra Malaga, increasing your chances of encountering the elusive endemic species. They are also well-versed in identifying bird calls and behaviors, ensuring a comprehensive birding experience.

Birding in Abra Malaga - Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager common see on mixed flock species at upper cloud forest
Scarlet Bellied Mountain-Tanager

Birding in Abra Malaga –  Ebird List

Give a check of the bird’s records from the Dry Forest and Polilepys at E-bird

The Wet Side also known as the Cloud Forest, and Bamboo see the bird records according to Ebird. 

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Day 1

Cusco - Abra Malaga - Wet Slopes

We leave Cusco or any location at Sacred Valley early in the morning on the way to Malaga Pass driving uphill which is high Andean with beautiful Puna grasses, rugged landscapes, and jagged peaks (with snow-capped Veronica quietly dominating the cordillera in these parts) and high temperate forest from tree line down to about 9000 feet.

Much of the area below 9000 feet on the east slope has been badly disturbed so our birding will be along the "Wet-side" endemics including Marcapata Spine tail, Puna Thistletail, Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Inca Wren, Parodi's Hemispingus, and Cusco Brush-Finch. Also possible are Saphire-vented Puffleg, Line-fronted Canastero, and Diademed Tapaculo, the flocks will be all interesting with High Mountain Tanagers, Dacnis, Flower-Piercers, Conebills, and Flycatchers.

The Understory of the Chusquea Bamboo Forest is quite interesting for the Endemic Red and White Antpitta, Undulated and Rufous Antpittas, and of course Trilling and Diademed Tapaculos. We will be also looking for canopy forest birds like; Red Crested Cotinga, Golden Plumed Parakeets, Band Tailed Pigeons, Golden Headed Quetzals, and breasted mountain toucans.

While driving back on the pass we will look for some birds at the high elevation such as Paramo Pipit, Junín, and Line Fronted Canastero, and some aquatic birds at the marsh, Andean Goose, Yellow Billed Teal¸ Andean Lapwing and unexpected shore birds.

After this exciting walk, we drive back to the Peña’s Archeological site to look for some other interesting birds such as the great Sabrewing, Sword Billed Hummingbird, Rufous Breasted Mountain Finch, Creamy Crested Spine tail, and Streak Throated Bush-Tyrants, return to Ollantaytambo to Overnight.

Day 2

Abra Malaga - Dry Slopes- Ollantaytambo or Cusco

We get up early in the morning to find our share during our second morning at Abra Malaga we'll head to the "dry side," watching for Andean Ibis, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail.

We will also bird along a lush mixture of Polylepis forest while descending by drastic transect from the pass to look for the Streak Headed Antpitta, Royal Cinclodes, White Browed and Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Ash Breasted Tit-tyrant, Giant Conebill, Red Rumped Bush-Tyrant, D’orbigny’s Chat-Tyrants and the Andean Hillstar. The moss-festooned trees of the wet slope (on the north side of the pass) are still extremely rich with birds, as is the scrubby canyon of the dry slope (on the south side of the pass).

This, of course, is not always apparent since often one can walk along the road, even under highly favorable weather conditions, and see very little. The main reason for this is that birds in this cloud forest travel in mixed-species flocks, so the situation is often feast or famine for the birder.

Yet few phenomena in the tropics hold the excitement off easing one's eyes on these flocks when they do materialize out of the fog or out of a shady enclave untouched as yet by the sun.  Return drive to Cusco and arrival expected at 4:30 PM

Birding in Abra Malaga Nestled in the stunning Andean mountains of Peru, Abra Malaga in the Cusco region offers birdwatchers a truly exceptional experience. Renowned for its high biodiversity and wide range of elevations, this enchanting destination provides a unique opportunity to observe an array of endemic bird species like no other. Abra Malaga in...

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"Discover the most amazing and endemic bird species in Cusco"

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  • Sarah Thompson
    5 out of 5

    My recent experience of birding at Abra Malaga was nothing short of exceptional. As an avid birdwatcher, I have explored various destinations, but this particular spot stole my heart. The Birds diversity found in this area is truly incredible, and I was fortunate enough to witness the beauty of nature in all its glory. The expertise of my Guide Luis was instrumental in identifying and locating these remarkable avian species, allowing me to expand my knowledge and appreciation for birdlife. The scenic beauty of Abra Malaga left me mesmerized. Nestled in the magnificent Andes Mountains, the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys created an immersive experience. Whether I was gazing at vibrant sunsets or witnessing the shifting hues of the landscape, the tranquility and serenity of this place were truly captivating. and always ready to assist in any way possible. Overall, my time spent birding at Abra Malaga was a remarkable experience that exceeded my expectations. The combination of exceptional bird diversity, stunning natural surroundings, and top-notch services made it a trip to remember. I highly recommend this destination for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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    15 September, 2023

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Birding in Abra Malaga 2 Days

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2 Days
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Abra Malaga
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