Bird-watching as a hobby continues to gain more adepts in Lima, given that Peru is the second country with the most diversity in birds in the world, with over 1800 of the 9000 species on the planet. The El Olivar Forest in San Isidro offers a fabulous opportunity of getting a taste for enjoying this activity with friends or family, thanks to the fact that, on any given morning or afternoon, almost 30 species of birds can be found.
We recommend the use of binoculars to find the most difficult species to appreciate. The most common birds are doves: the White-tipped Dove, the West Peruvian Dove, with its distinctive morning call, from which its Spanish name is derived, and the Picui Ground Dove, with its yellow beak and relatively smaller size.
Among the most colorful birds, there is the Vermilion Flycatcher with its bright red chest, always making itself noticeable by standing on the most visible spots, the Saffron Finch of a fiery yellow and the Blue-gray Tanager, in a range of light-blues. Looking through the olive trees with a little patience, we’ll find the disheveled Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, and, amongst the flowering bushes, the Bananaquit with its yellow belly and seeming black eye-mask. At the base of the trees lives the brown House Wren looking for insects, and on the walls and roofs, the common, though not for this less fun, the Rufous-collared Sparrow and the English Sparrow. The most picturesque birds are the Blue-black Grassquit, which jumps up and down on the same spot while courting a female, the Shiny Cowbird, that, instead of making a nest, leaves its eggs in another birds’ nests to be raised by them, and the Amazilia Hummingbird, flying nimbly from flower to flower.
But, without a doubt, the most impressive bird you will be able to see is the Harris’s Hawk, chasing away everyone when on the hunt. Finally, we’ll be able to rest on the benches in front of the lagoon and watch the domestic doves feed, or the White-tipped Dove, the Picui Ground and the West Peruvian Doves and, with some luck Shiny Cowbirds will also come, with their characteristic bright black color and thin legs, or a Rufous-collared Sparrow, distinguishable by its cinnamon-colored neck and seeming black eye-mask.
We invite you to enjoy this magnificent natural spectacle in the heart of San Isidro: the El Olivar Forest.
Phone Number: 513-9000 extension 6103