Lawrence Rubey and A. Bennett Hennessey
Inquisivi is a wonderful little gem of a town in the Department
La Paz. It
is also the haunt of the recently described Bolivian Spinetail, discovered in
the 1990s by Sjoerd Mayer. But unfortunetly the habitat is being destroyed
yearly at an unsustainable rate. We recommend the Machaca site from
hub for the same habitat but in a better state. This endemic spinetail is
relatively easy to find as it rapidly comes into playback of it's own song.
Also around are Olive-crowned Crescentchest, White-vented Violetear, and
Undulated Antpitta. Huayco Tinamou and Ochre-breasted (Bolivian) Antpitta can
be heard from the ridge above town. Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch,
Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and
Nothura can be found on the grass slopes above the village. In the dry forest
leading down to the river look for Green-cheeked Conure and Sooty-fronted
Spinetail. The dry forest patches lower down near the river is also the best
place to look for Bolivian Spinetail.
The drive into
Inquisivi also offers a couple good stops. About
70 km after leaving the
highway, begin to check vegetated areas at about
4000 meters for
Black-hooded Sunbeam and Tawny-Tit Spinetail. Just below Pongo town (about
80 km from the main
highway), there are some good patches of vegetation. Rufous-bellied Saltator
common around Quime where there is remnant Polylepis.
Logistics: Turn off the main
Paz-Oruro Paz highway at the town of
Konani, the turn to Quime is signposted.
From the turn-off, it is about 3 hours (
106 km) to Inquisivi. For
the best birding, from the town, follow the winding road down to river. From
down to the river over the bridge at
2150 meters, there is
patch of dry, low spiny "forest." It is possible to find pleasant
campsites near the river. Alternatively, ask in town as there are families
that rent rooms. A bus for Inquisivi leaves the main terminal (ticket window
31 (Jan. 2006)) at 6 am. Might be another leaving around midday. Buses arrive
at 1 PM or 2 PM in Inquisivi. If returning by bus, buy tickets in advance.
GPS reading at
Inquisivi town plaza: S 16 54.400 W 67 08.235
GPS reading at river-side campsite below Inquisivi: S 16 53.181 W 67 08.791