The Abra Patricia Reserve spans over 25,000 acres of cloud forests in the Amazonas department of northern Peru. Abra Patricia is one of the premier birding destinations in Peru, and is the perfect base to concentrate several days of birding and is en route to other regional birding spots, such as Huembo, Waqanki, and the adjacent Alto Mayo Protection Forest.
The area’s bird list includes over 300 species including many endemic to Peru. Of these, 23 are considered globally threatened. Abra Patricia is designated as an Alliance for Zero Extinction site, triggered by the presence of the Long-whiskered Owlet and Ochre-fronted Antpitta – both classified as Endangered. Other rare, threatened birds include the Royal Sunangel, Johnson’s Tody-Tyrant, and Ochre-breasted Tody-Tyrant. Several songbirds that breed in North America such as the Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler winter in the forests of the Abra Patricia as well. Abra Patricia is also home to the Critically Endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and a diversity of other wildlife and rare orchids. Marvelous Spatuletails are just an hour’s drive away at Huembo .
Night birding is excellent, with Rufous-banded Owl, White-throated Screech-Owl, Andean and Common Potoos, and various nightjars and nighthawks possible. Long-whiskered Owlets and Cinnamon Screech-Owls are regularly heard and seen during night walks guided by ECOAN staff to known territories.
Abra Patricia Reserve is managed by the Peruvian conservation organization Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN). American Bird Conservancy worked with ECOAN to establish this reserve in 2005, develop tourism infrastructure and expand the reserve since. Tourism profits are reinvested by ECOAN into reserve management and conservation projects.