The birds of Tingo Mar?

 and surrounding areas (600 masl)

Tingo Mar?a offers a typical rainforest setting with tropical jungle, riverside forests (a tributary of the Huallaga river runs along the outlying areas of the city) and abundant limestone caves that serve as a refuge for the colonies of tayos or oil-birds, the only birds active at night that feed on fruit. Travelers are recommended to take some of the roughgrade roads and trails that enter the Tingo Maria National Park, and, above all, the road to Pucallpa that crosses the Cordillera Azul (Blue Mountain Range), which is 40 km from the city, at 1.580 masl, on the border between the departments of Hu?nuco and Ucayali.

Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)
Blue-browed Tanager (Tangara cyanotis)
Blue-headed Macaw (Ara couloni)
Cested Foliage Gleaner (Automolus dorsalis)
Common Piping-Guan (Aburria aburri)
Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus)
Golden-Crowned Tanager (Tangara rufivertex)

The jungle can be divided into the high-jungle or mountain fringe (over 700 masl) and lower jungle (less than 700 masl). The climate in the high jungle is subtropical and temperate, with plenty of rain, (around 3.000 mm per year) between November and March and sunny days between April and October. Nights are always cool. The lower jungle, on the other hand, has two distinct seasons, that are marked in direct relation directly to their distance from the Equator. The dry season, between April and October (ideal for tourism), features sunny days and high temperatures that usually top 35° C.
River water levels during these months drop and roads are easily traveled. The rainy season, between November and March is characterized by frequent downpours (at least once a day) and by tough road conditions. Humidity in the jungle is very high throughout the year. The southern region also sees the occurrence of “friajes” or “surazos”: cold fronts that drift up from the extreme southern tip of the continent and that appear from May through August. Temperature during these cold snaps tends to fall to 8-12° C. (46 degrees Fahrenheit).

Because Peru is situated in the southern hemisphere, it is winter during the European and North American summer.

Why I think the Blue Headed Macaws propagate so well in Florida.


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