The Manu National Park is one of the best places in the world for bird watching. Here are 1025 registered species, a number that represents 10% of the total types of birds on earth.

Imagine a country with 1,831 bird species …. A country with more bird species than you could find in all of North America and Europe combined. Home to 119 endemic species that can not be found anywhere else in the world!

In Peru, the world record of birds observed in a day without the aid of motorized vehicles was recorded. There were a total of 331 species of birds sighted in the Cocha Cashu Biological Station, in the Manu National Park. Record of Ted A. Parker III and Scott Robinson in 1982.

The Manu National Park birds represent 25% of all known birds in South America and 10% of all species in the world and it is thought that there can be more than 1,000 species of birds in total.

The 5 most impressive Manu National Pak birds

Next we present you 5 of the most impressive Manu National Pak birds that you can appreciate during your visit:

1. Macaw

Belonging to the family of parrots, with an endless variety of colors in its plumage. Its scientific name is Ara. They have a little big hook that allows you to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, the occasional small-sized animal such as amphibians or small lizards.

The macaws are very long-lived, and there have been cases of specimens that have exceeded 50 years of life. They also stand out for their intelligence, they are a kind of bird that learns very fast, after 7 months they repeat some words and at 12 months they come to understand what they are saying.

An ideal place for Manu National Park birdwatching are the clay licks on the banks of the rivers, where several species of macaws and smaller parrots feed on clay during the dawn. It is speculated that this behavior is due to the fact that the minerals they consume counteract the toxins of certain leaves and fruits from which they feed.

2. Cock of the Rocks

The cock of the rocks or tunqui (Rupicola peruviana), notable for the incredible beauty of its plumage, is a species of passerine bird of the Cotingidae family that lives in the Amazon region of Peru.

The Cock of the Rocks is considered the national bird of Peru, due to its incomparable plumage and many individual and collective manifestations, it is admired in the world as one of the most beautiful and delicate birds.

3. Hummingbirds

The hummingbirds, are small birds, very colorful and very special flight and appearance. The hummingbird is agile and fast as the only one capable of moving its wings an average of between 200 and 300 times per second. This flutter they do to move and move from one place to another in search of food from a suitable site to make their nests. It is the only bird on the planet that can fly backwards and from side to side maintaining a stable equilibrium without moving if required.

The National Reserve of Manu is one of the best routes to observe and photograph hummingbirds. In this reserve, most of these extraordinary characters inhabit, and the best thing is that a large part of them can be observed and photographed in the gardens and drinking fountains implemented in these places, which allow them to be observed more easily.

4. Toucan

The red-billed toucan or toucan, measuring 53 to 61cm in length, weighs 600 grams, the beak is between 14 and 18cm long, with black feathers in the lower part and in the upper part, white or yellowish, the beak of the female is shorter.

It feeds especially on fruit, flowers and nectar, but also beetles, caterpillars, termites, lizards and bird eggs.

Much of the time is on the trees, from where he is able to communicate by emitting a kind of croak to call another toucan.

5. Shansho

Also called hoazĂ­n, it is a bird that lives in swampy areas, it is a slender animal. They reproduce by eggs. They have bright red eyes and reach 60 centimeters.

The shanshos inhabit along the shores of lakes and lagoons.

The shanshos eat leaves and to a lesser degree fruits of the plants that grow in the marshy and riparian habitats in which they live.

It is a very noisy species, which has a variety of call sounds, one of which is often described as being similar to the snorting of a chain smoker.

There is no doubt that the Manu National Park is one of the best places on the planet for bird watching. It is a paradise for birdwatchers, and many ecotourists visit the reserve specifically to observe birds.

The variety of ecosystems that make up this protected natural area make it one of the places with the greatest diversity of species in the world, with 1025 Manu National Park species registered today, a number that represents 10% of the total types of birds on earth. These figures and the various routes by land and river through all the life zones make the Manu the best place for a bird watcher.