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Manú National Park: Peru

Rufous-Crested Coquette | photo by: Bill Lynch

Peru’s largest yet fairly inaccessible Manú National Park secured a Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO in 1977 and World Heritage Site recognition in 1987. Covering over fifteen thousand square miles, the park plays host to over 15,000 plants and more than 1,000 bird species. Multiple climatic zones define areas, from near sea level to the montane grasslands and shrublands ecoregion of the Andes at over twelve thousand feet. Here photographer Bill Lynch captures one of many inhabitants—the Rufous-Crested Coquette.