2019 VENT Amazon Cruise

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An extract from our Field List: The first full day received us in Tahuayo, a tributary of the Amazon river. As soon as we were on the skiffs, the three groups were enjoying a wealth of birds, from antbirds to tyrant-flycatchers, tanagers and cotingas.

This location has become a reliable location to look for Black-tailed Antbird, which we nailed well. This is a bird whose voice was unknown probably until two decades ago.

In the afternoon, we learned about the basics of River Island dynamics and thus, the process of speciation in few bird species that are nowadays called “River Island Specialists”. The afternoon outing was focused in a river island and our effort turned productive with views of Dark-breasted and Parker’s Spinetail, Olive-spotted Hummingbird, Black-and-white Antbird and Orange-headed Tanager.

The day closed with an impressive storm in the distance with the gray clouds moving to an unimaginable speed.