The Birding Rally Challenge is the only competition of its kind in the world. It brings together the best known birdwatchers on the planet, who work in teams to try to see and hear the largest number of bird species on a set route.
The first event of the “Birding Rally Challenge Peru, Southern 2012” brought together twenty four international experts, represented in 6 teams and coming from the following countries: (2) the United States (2), Brazil (1), the United Kingdom (1), South Africa (1) and Spain(1). During 6 days they explored the abundant biodiversity of the low and high jungle of Peru, starting in Puerto Maldonado, crossing the Inter Oceanic Highway and arriving at Cusco in the Andes.
They recorded a total of 649 bird species during the six days of competition. The winning team was “LSU – Tigrosomas” from the United States, which won the John P. O'Neill prize for spotting 493 birds.
- The “Forest – Falcons” team from the United Kingdom came in second place, with 490 species spotted.
- The team of “e-Birds” from the United States was in third place, having spotted 413 species.
- Fourth place went to the Brazilian team “Ararajuba”, which spotted 396 species.
- The team “Zuzulanders” from South Africa took fifth place with 364 species.
- The team “Tramuntana” from Catalunya was in sixth place with 348 birds spotted.