Day 7, Refugio Paz de las Aves, Alambi Reserve

Up very early this morning to be in time for the commotion at a lek where the Andean Cock-of-the-rock males gather to scream and dance and compete for females.

The females were difficult to see and even harder to photograph, being hidden in amongst the branches

Female Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Giant Antpittas, the largest of this family, about 25 cm tall.

Yes this is a bird! The Common Potoo resembles the broken end of an old tree-trunk, which is I guess a good way to avoid being eaten.

Lyre-tailed Nightjar. The guides pointed the bird out to me, and, even though I was looking straight at it, I couldn’t see it there.

Close-up of the head area

Easy to see why this one is called the Moustached Antpitta.

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