amazon rainforest animals in peru

Most of the people who seek to travel to the Peruvian Amazon do so to see the wonderful animals of Peru. The animals of the Amazon rainforest certainly set the trend when it comes to popular tours of America. You will see how the animals camouflage themselves with their environment while others are not seen by the different visitors. The eclectic mix of patterns, spots, and bright colors will make you understand why these animals are so special. The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon, has great biodiversity. But the Amazon region of our country is recognized for its large number of climates, natural settings, and exotic specimens. Therefore, together with Machu Travel Peru, we have planned a small article about the Amazon rainforest animals.

With your binoculars and long-lens cameras, you will be able to spot many of these unique creatures. But keep in mind that many of these animals are possible to see if you go into the different reserves or national parks. With the help of a qualified guide and a little luck, you will be able to get many photos of these animals. But, how many animals are in the Amazon rainforest? It is one of the most biodiverse areas on the entire planet, so you can expect more than 100,000 species of invertebrates, 3,000 species of fish, 380 species of reptiles, and more than 400 amphibians. This is not to mention more than 400 species of mammals and 1,300 species of birds.

Some of the best examples of Amazon rainforest animals to spot

JAGUAR

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The jaguar is one of the most characteristic Amazon rainforest animals in South America. Not many travelers are lucky enough to spot this iconic jungle animal. Usually, you will have to go far into the Amazon to have a chance to photograph a jaguar. The Tambopata Research Center is one of the places where you will have the best chance of seeing it. It is one of the only lodges located at the Tambopata National Reserve that offers the opportunity to spot the jaguar in its natural habitat.

MACAW

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The macaw is a classic symbol of the Amazon in Peru. Its feathers can vary in different colors. But red, yellow, green, and blue are usually the most common. Among the different species, the scarlet macaw is one of the best known. Due to their distinguished colored, yellow, and blue feathers, you will see them everywhere. It is very common to see these birds gathered in the clay licks, where they are supplied with salt and other minerals.

This allows many of the visitors to Puerto Maldonado and its surroundings to have the opportunity to see and photograph these wonderful birds. If you are looking to enjoy bird-watching tours, you will be able to see these birds in their natural environment. Inside the Manu National Park, you will get some great chances to spot these animals. So if you asked yourself, what is the most abundant animal in the Amazon rainforest? This is your answer.

COCK OF THE ROCK

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Considered the national bird of Peru, the Andean cock-of-the-rock is one of the most spectacular forest birds. Infamous for the various wildlife documentaries. It is one of those must-see species for the biggest bird watchers and nature lovers. Males have a deep orange color and black and gray wings. These charming birds are known for their courtship and mating dances and songs. This beautiful specimen can also be found in some regions of the Andes. But the best places to observe this bird are within the cloud forests. Make sure to check for this species within the different bird-watching tours.

GIANT RIVER OTTER

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Giant river otters are one of those Amazon rainforest animals that you don’t want to miss seeing. They are recognized for being the largest otters on earth. They can measure up to about 1.7 meters (5.6 feet). Otters find a home through the different lakes and rivers of the Amazon. They swim by their webbed feet and strong tails. Giant river otters are quite loud and vocal. Getting to distinguish up to about 22 different sounds to communicate. With the great biodiversity in Peru, it is not surprising to see these cute animals.

RED HOWLER MONKEY

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Anyone who steps into the Peruvian jungle can be sure that he will hear the red howler monkeys. Their loud screams can be distinguished from up to 5 kilometers away (3 miles). There are great possibilities and opportunities to spot these monkeys in any of the best refuges in Puerto Maldonado. But if you want more opportunities, you will have to go a little deeper into the Amazon. Keep your sight on the treetops to photograph this charming animal!

HARPY EAGLE

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It is one of the most incredible Amazon Rainforest animals to see. Its intense eyes, sharp beak, and claws are some of the fiercest features of this harpy eagle. It is considered the king of the jungle canopy since it usually dominates this entire area of the jungle. They have a gray head, a white belly, and a complex pattern of white, gray, and black feathers on their wings. It is one of the largest eagles within the South American regions. And its habitat is the rainforest of the Amazon in Peru.

CAPYBARA

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One of the most charming rodents in the Peruvian jungle. The capybara is also known as Capybara, and they are quite docile rodents. They tend to reside in the lushest and heavily wooded areas of South America. But they tend to choose regions of freshwater bodies. Capybaras are known to be good swimmers and can go without breathing for a long time underwater. They are considered the largest rodents on the globe. They can grow to be about 1.2 meters or 4 feet long and up to 2 feet or 60 centimeters high.

BLACK-CAPPED SQUIRREL MONKEY

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The black-capped squirrel monkey is one of those Amazon rainforest animals that you will want to photograph in its natural habitat. It can be seen in many regions of the Bolivian, Brazilian, and Peruvian Amazon. They tend to live in matriarchal hierarchies, where women dominate groups of up to 75 monkeys. Far from other species of monkeys, they use their tails to balance and not to climb trees. A specimen that is worth seeing within the different Amazonian routes.

SLOTH

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These popular Amazon rainforest animals are some of the most recognized animals in the world. Most likely, you have seen it in a photograph on the internet. They are called “Perezosos” which is translated to “lazy” in the Spanish language. Both 2-toed and 3-toed sloths live in the Amazon regions. And if you get lucky, there is a great chance of spotting them during the different excursions. Many jungle lodges offer excellent walks and excursions with guides. Within these, you can spot some of these charming animals. One of the best things to do in Iquitos.

COLLARED ANTEATER

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Many anteater specimens call the American continent home. But the species of the collared anteater is unique in all of South America. It should be mentioned that they are way smaller than the well-known giant anteaters. They have the ability and facility to climb trees and thus look for termites or ants. They have tongues that can be up to forty centimeters long (about 15 inches). Collared anteaters have a diet of a wide variety of insects.

PINK RIVER DOLPHIN

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The Pink River Dolphins call the Amazon River home as well as its different tributaries. The pink river dolphin is one of those Amazon rainforest animals that you will want to know. Some tours offer the unique opportunity to swim alongside them. It is quite common for babies to be born a dark grayish color, but as they grow old, they take on their distinctive pink color. There are a wide variety of legends and myths surrounding this enchanting dolphin. Among them, some mention how during the night, dolphins transform into beautiful young men. Choose to stay in some of the many jungle lodges or you can even take a luxurious river cruise. In both, you will have the opportunity to see and photograph these enchanting Amazon rainforest animals. You can even enjoy swimming with them if you have the possibility.

PUMA

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The puma is one of those Amazon rainforest animals that you do not know if they continue to be a legend or a reality. It has both a graceful and fierce figure and posture. These jungle cats are a real sight to behold if you are lucky enough to spot them. The probability of encountering one of these cats is quite low, even if you plan to go deep into the jungle. The great mark of humans has caused that even in moderately remote areas, it is a bit difficult to spot these majestic animals. One of the most incredible jungle predators to watch.

TOUCAN

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Large, different-colored beaks are one of the most notable characteristics of toucans. The beaks can be of various colors depending on the species. It has black plumage and its chest can be white, yellow, or blue with an orange stripe. These are quite common in the Tambopata region of Peru, where you can see many species of toucans. It is very easy to recognize due to its large and characteristic beaks. It is a relatively small bird but it does not prevent it from standing out among other birds.

BLACK CAIMAN

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One of the most incredible and terrifying Amazon Rainforest animals to see. It is the largest predator in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. The black caiman has dark scales that help it blend in with its surroundings. Most of the time it can only be seen with its eyes loitering above the water. This crocodile grows to about 15 feet or 4.5 meters long and is quite large among alligators. Their diet may consist of deer, capybaras, and even tapirs.

GREEN ANACONDA

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Green anacondas are the second longest and heaviest snakes in the world. They can reach 7 meters in length and weigh up to 100 kilograms. It is considered a solitary snake, not poisonous, and an incredible swimmer. It is greenish in color and has circular spots in shades ranging from green to dark brown. These water boas can be somewhat clumsy and slow on land. But swamps, marshes, and streams are best managed. They have a varied diet that ranges from birds and turtles to other larger mammals. They have a very slow metabolism, so they can go weeks without eating.

BEARDED EMPEROR TAMARIND

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The bearded emperor tamarind monkey is a charming animal notable for its white mustache. Both males and females wear this distinguished and fun mustache. This funny primate usually lives in communities of between 4 to 15 members. These bearded marmosets have gray fur with certain brown or yellow spots. They are usually omnivores so their diet consists of both plants and animals. These charming monkeys grow to 10 inches tall with a large tail that extends up to 15 inches. While its weight does not usually pass the pound. They run on all fours and can only see in two shades of colors.

POISONOUS DART FROG

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In the Amazon in general you can find hundreds of species of amphibians and reptiles to know. But if we have to search for the most colorful amphibians in the whole jungle, the poison dart frog may be the winner of the position. These small but dangerous frogs are some of the most poisonous creatures in the jungle. And as a warning, you can appreciate the intricate color patterns on its body. You will be able to appreciate yellow, blue, and even red tones. It is precisely their bright colors that warn potential predators of how poisonous they are.

AMAZONIAN TAPIR

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In the middle of the rainforests and humid forests of Peru, you can find the Amazon tapir. At first glance, this animal can be very similar to a species of wild boar or wild pig, or even an anteater. But the truth is that these animals are distant relatives of rhinos and horses. They are usually somewhat lonely and are habitually more active at night. In addition, they are expert swimmers and if they feel threatened by predators they often run towards rivers. It feeds mainly on vegetation that grows in or around rivers, shoots, fruits, and different herbs and leaves. Young tapirs are born with white stripes and spots that fade over time.

PARADISE TANAGER

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This bird of different colors lives in the Amazonian lands of Peru and other countries in South America. Its head has a bright green color while its belly is a deep blue color. And both the females and the males are just as colorful. It is a bird that usually stands out in its natural habitat and nests high in the canopy of the jungle. This bird lives far from predators that might be looking for its eggs. Although occasionally to forage it moves between the perches in the middle of the trees. It can also be seen flying in mixed-species flocks.

SIDE-NECKED TURTLE

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Side-necked turtles are known in Peru as Tortugas Charapa. They are called side-necked turtles as they are unable to fit all of their heads into their shells. And in order to hide their heads, they must bend their necks to the sides, thus leaving a small part exposed. These species often lay their eggs hidden in the sand along rivers. And a curious fact is how butterflies usually drink the tears of these animals. It is a way to obtain salt and other minerals that may be lacking in their diets.

“UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL, A PART OF ONE’S SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED.”


Obviously, there are a lot of Amazon Rainforest Animals to mention all within one list. But these are some of the most recognized specimens within the Peruvian Amazon. If you want to know more about our different tours in the Peruvian Amazon, you can consult with our qualified advisors. We recommend exploring the Tambopata and Manu regions, where within the different tours you can enjoy incredible bird and animal sightings. A once in a lifetime opportunity where you can enjoy and photograph large specimens of exotic animals. Machu Travel Peru hopes to have encouraged you a bit. If you want to know more about our tours, you can consult with our qualified advisors.

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