irds with astonishing plumages, flying in a clear, peaceful
sky, cawing persistently. They stretch their wings and head towards the choppy sea, the exuberant labyrinth of the green Amazon or maybe the heights of a mountain range full of magic and unbelievable attractions.
The enchanting beauty of the Andean geography, allows for quiet birdwatching as birds nest in the dense Amazon, or on the banks of noisy or peaceful rivers, or in the heights of the mountains, where you can see the majestic flight of the Condor (Vultur gryphus), the emblematic bird of the region.
Ornithologists have registered, in Peru alone, around 1,800 species of bird, representing 18.5% of all bird species on earth and 45% or neotropical species. In the Biosphere Reserve of Manu, in Madre de Dios department, around 1,000 colorful species exist, most notably the "rock hen" or "tunqui" (Rupicola peruviana), which also has the pompous title of "National Bird of Peru" .
The most important tourist destination of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, have up to 58 sea and land bird species, with 28 or those being unique to the islands, while the rest are migratory.
But that isn't all that one can discover and admire in Andean lands. Bolivia takes fifth place in the table of places with the largest variety of bird species. Here you can see the largest flamingos in the world, called "parina grande" as they are over one meter high. These birds are notable for their distinctive colors and beauty, as they are at once delicate and imposing. Their wings caress the clouds in a perfect display of harmony and beauty which has captured people's imagination since time immemorial.
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