The 10 Most Unique Birds in Peru

The 10 Most Unique Birds in Peru

Peru is home to an incredible variety of different bird species, many of which you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

From the colorful and charismatic to the bizarre and elusive, these birds are a must-see for any birdwatcher or anyone interested in beautiful wildlife when visiting Peru. Here are the top 10 most unique birds in Peru.

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The 10 Most Unique Birds in Peru

1. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

andean cock of the rock sitting on a branch

This Is a colorful bird with an impressive crest that lives in the jungles of the Andes mountains. The bird has a stunning orange and black plumage. It is interesting to note that the male performs elaborate courtship rituals, which is why it sparks the interest of birdwatchers.


2. Inca Tern

bird with orange bill and grey plumage

Named for its appealing black and white feathers, which mimics the attire of the ancient Inca people, this beautiful seabird is found at the coast of Peru. It is renowned for its long, slender wings and pointed, sharp bill.


3. Marvelous Spatuletail

tiny bird with green plumage on his chest and rest of his feathers are white surrounded by flowers

The highly unusual tail feathers of this small hummingbird, which may be only found in the cloud forests of Peru, have four extended strands that can extend up to twice as long as its body. The feathers of the spatuletail are used by the male to entice females during courtship displays.


4. Andean Condor

andean condor in the air with impressive wingspan and black feathers

Lives in the Andes mountains of Peru and is the biggest raptor in all of South America. The main distinguishing feature is its unique black plumage and bald, red head, and the condor can have a wingspan of up to 10 feet.

5. Peruvian Pigeon

Pigeon in typical colors, grey, black and orange legs sitting on a column

The Amazon basin’s humid forests are home to this little pigeon, which is distinguished by its striking blue and green plumage. It can frequently be observed in the region perched on branches or flying across the forest canopy.


6. Black-faced Ibis

two birds in dark grey plumage standing on a branch

It can be identified by its sleek black plumage and bright red face skin because it inhabits the Andean marshes. Insects, fish, and other small creatures are the main sources of food for the black-faced ibis.


7. Chestnut-breasted Coronet

tiny bird with orange breasted plumage and rest of his feathers are green

This tiny hummingbird can be found in the Peruvian cloud forests and differentiates by its chestnut-colored breast and long, curved bill. The bird feeds largely on the nectar of other plants.


8. Rufous-breasted Hermit

tiny bird with long and bend bill with brownish plumage waiting on a branch

The Amazon basin’s humid woodlands are the natural habitat to this small hummingbird, which differentiates by its rufous breast and long, curved bill. It is a regular sight in the area and feeds on nectar from many flowers.


9. Andean Guan

big bird with brown plumage and throat is orange surrounded by branches and tree

This large, turkey-like bird lives in the Andes Mountains and is well known for its stunning black and white plumage and long, exposed neck. The Andean Guan feeds on numerous kinds of plants and microscopic invertebrates.


10. Andean Lapwing

small bird with white and brown feathers and bill is orange on the ground surrounded by grass

This beautiful bird lives in the grasslands and wetlands of the Andes in Peru. It impresses with its black and white plumage and its long, pointed beak. This bird is very common in this region and feeds mainly on insects and other small animals.


Peru: A Birdwatcher’s Heaven

These 10 remarkable birds are just a small sample of the tremendous range of species that you can find during your Peru tour.

As you can see, Peru is a must-visit location for anybody interested in birds because of its wide variety of habitats and long history of bird conservation.

Are you ready to explore Peru? Check out how to prepare for your Peru trip and make sure to contact us if you have any questions or need help planning your itinerary.

  • 25 August, 2023 at 11:33 am

    I’d also include the Hoatzin, one of my favorite ones.

  • 15 August, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Heading to Peru in 2 weeks and can’t wait to see the Andean condor! What are the chances of seeing them when in Colca?

    • 17 August, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Hey Christian, thanks for your comment. The chances are pretty good that you see the condor, especially if you go in the morning hours at around 8-10 am. This tends to be the time when the condor is most active.

      Let us know if you need any help planning your trip. 🙂


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