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Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus igniventris). | by Marie-Ann D'Aloia
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Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus igniventris).

Taken on the Manu Road just outside of the Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station at an altitude of 9880 feet (3011 meters). Located 3.5 hours northeast of Cusco—via a spectacular drive through the snow-capped Andes—Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station is one of the world’s best sites to explore the lush cloud forest ecosystem bordering Manu National Park. Situated where the eastern slopes of the Andes meet the Amazon lowlands, the cloud forest absorbs moisture from passing clouds and is often blanketed in mist and fog. The constant supply of moisture allows a remarkable diversity of plants to grow here, which in turn supports thriving populations of birds, amphibians, and mammals.

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Taken on September 27, 2019