The following are the species added to the list of Birds of Peru in 2019.
The information below was extracted from the report generated by the Comité de Registros de Aves Peruanas (C.R.A.P), located on the website managed by the “Union de Ornitologos del Peru (UNOP).
Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus)
Observation: On May 11, 2019, J. Alferez and S. Aramayo, observed and photographed a male Ruby-topaz Hummingbird on open pasture with some bamboo (Guadua sp.), at Quebrada Loboyoc, Las Piedras, Tambopata, Department of Madre de Dios. Within weeks of the first photograph, there have been additional photographs of a female of the same species at the same locality.
Determination: The committee agreed with the evidence and identification of this hummingbird and adds the Ruby-topaz Hummingbird to the list of the birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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White-winged Coot (Fulica leucoptera)
Observation: This coot was reported for the first time in Peru in 2009. Since then, the species has been consistently reported from the Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejia in Arequipa. More recent reports come from the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pantanos de Villa, Department of Lima where an individual was observed and photographed by multiple observers.
Determination: The Pantanos de Villa bird constitutes the northernmost record of the species. The committee accepted the record and added the White-winged Coot to the list of birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix)
Observation: On March 8, 2019, D. Bell and others photographed a Whistling Heron 100 m inside the Peruvian side of the Putumayo River, Department of Loreto, Peru. This observation took place near Puerto Leguizamo, Colombia.
Determination: The committee concurred with the identification of the bird as Whistling Heron and accepted the record. The Whistling Heron is added to the list of Birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireoaltiloquus)
Observation: While reviewing Lima records on eBird, R. Koperdraad noticed the unusual appearance of a bird identified as Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum). The bird turned out to be a Black-whiskered Vireo, which was photographed by J. Iratzagorria on 8 April 2018 at Parque Central de Miraflores (Parque Kennedy).
Determination: The committee accepted this record and adds the Black-whiskered Vireo to the list of birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca)
Observation: For several years, the Sayaca Tanager has been listed as a Hypothetical species on the list of birds of Peru. Several records have been submitted to CRAP and rejected by the committee due to the difficulty of separation from the immature plumage of Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus), although several have been considered “likely correctly identified” by several committee members.
D. Lane presented a concise analysis of the identification of T. sayaca and T. episcopus based on photos from online sources, specimens from the collection at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural, and field experience.
Determination: After considering the existing material and the ID analysis, the committee accepted these records as Sayaca Tanager and added this species to the list of birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Black-faced (Yellow-tufted) Dacnis (Dacnis lineata aequatorialis)
Observation: On July 27, 2019, C. Bollatty and A. Escajadillo observed and photographed a male Black-faced (Yellow-tufted) Dacnis at Estación Policial Cotrina, Cerros de Amotape National Park. The subspecies aequatorialis, which is considered endemic to Ecuador, is regarded as a separate species by some authorities.
Determination: The committee accepted this record and adds the Black-faced (Yellow-tufted) Dacnis as a vagrant subspecies that also occurs in Peru.
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Species with Status Change
The following species were in the Peru list as hypothetical. After reviewing the material regarding their presence and status in the country, the committee added them to the main list of Birds of Peru.
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Observation: On 31 December 2018, F. Angulo and others photographed two Mississippi Kites at Santuario Histórico Bosque de Pomac, Department of Lambayeque.
Determination: After an analysis of key field marks that sets this bird apart from the similar Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea) the committee accepted to move the Mississippi Kite to the main list of the birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Observation: On 31 December 2018, F. Angulo and others photographed two Swainson’s Hawks at Santuario Histórico Bosque de Pomac, Department of Lambayeque.
Determination: After an analysis of key field marks the committee accepted to move the White-tailed Hawk to the main list of the birds of Peru as a vagrant.
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Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens)
Observation: On January 24, 2019, an individual yellowish pipit was photographed by J. Alferez along the Trans-Oceanic Highway, Department of Madre de Dios. Subsequently, there have been multiples documented observations in the region.
Determination: After analyzing the existing photographs the committee accepted to move the Yellowish Pipit to the main list of the birds of Peru as a rare breeder.
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