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, “Birding Rally Challenge Peru, Southern 2012”, brought together six teams made up of twenty-four international experts from the following countries: United States (2), Brazil (1), United Kingdom (1), South Africa (1) and Spain (1). They spent six days exploring the abundant biodiversity of the low and high jungle of Peru, starting in Puerto Maldonado, crossing the Inter-Oceanic Highway and arriving at Cuzco 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, who received the John P. O'Neill prize for spotting 493 birds.
- The “Forest – Falcons” from the United Kingdom came in second place, with 490 species spotted.
- The “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 “Zuzulanders” from South Africa took fifth place with 364 species.
- The “Tramuntana” from Catalonia came sixth, having spotted 348 birds.