A new species of hummingbird is discovered in Tumbes: The white-necked Jacobin

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The National Park “Cerros de Amotape” is the place where this new species was found. The first report of the white-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) was in the natural protected area of Tumbes.

This sighting occurred during an expedition to Caucho sector. The delegation of four ornithologists and one local park ranger are part of the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP).

This new report was made by Professor Scott K. Robinson from the University of Florida on the second day of the expedition. This sector has now become bird watchers’ favorite place, due to its high diversity.

The white-necked Jacobin is 12 cm tall; it has a dark blue hood, short legs and a white belly from Trochilidae family. It ranges from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and the south of Brazil.

This new discovery puts Peru on the map for bird watching fans around the world. Our country has 1830 species of birds; here are some popular examples:

Marvelous spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis)

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White winged guan (Penelope albipennis)


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Peruvian plantcutter (Phytotoma Raimondi)

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Long-whikered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi)

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Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)

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Torrent duck (Merganetta armata)

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Junin Grebe (Podiceps taczanowskii)

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Parihuana (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

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Dark-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes patagonicus)

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Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

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