Black Solitare-Entomodestes coracinus-in Ecuador
Another great reason to visit the 23 de Junio besides the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is the Black Solitare (Entomodestes coracinus). This bird, of the Turdus family, can be found on the western slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. Due to its large distribution area, its current conservation status is listed as least concern, but its population numbers are considered to be decreasing due to its habitat destruction.
Black Solitare at Recinto 23 de Junio
I have looked for this secretive bird in a few places and finally saw it and photographed last week at my favorite and reliable Umbrellabird site. This was a very interesting experience with quick breaths, speeding heartbeats, and a few tense moments of not being able to photograph the bird due to fog. I was also shocked by the fact that playback scared the bird while the human whistle produced by Luis Ajilla father attracted the bird within photographing range. So I have to thank Luis Ajilla for his bird luring abilities and his great efforts in providing birdwatchers a great and humble place to see great birds.