The south of Ecuador presents some very interesting opportunities for birdwatchers that have already visited the north-east and north-west slopes near Quito. On a recent tour we were pleasantly surprised by the high degree of endemism and the beauty of the birds that make the south such a special place. Here is my “Top Twenty best bird” summary for the places visited.
I leave it up to you to mentally arrange the list to make your own Top Twenty!
Speckle-breasted Wren at Cerro Blanco
Horned Screamer at Manglares de Churute
Gray-backed Hawk at Buenaventura
Emerald-bellied Woodnymph at Buenaventura
Rainbow Starfrontlet at Utuana
Chestnut-collared Swallow at Sorsoranga
Jocotoco Antpita at Tapichalaca
Neblina Metaltail ?? at Podocarpus National Park – Cajanuma (note: ID not positive)
Spangled Coquete at Cabañas Copalinga
Rufous-tailed Jacamar at Podocarpus National Park – Bombuscaro
Orange-throated Tanager at Cordillera del Condor – Cabañas Yankuam
White Hawk at Cordillera del Condor – Road to Miazi
Also special mention for Ecuadorian Avatar over the Nangaritza River at Cordillera del Condor
Cliff Flycatcher at Old Zamora Road
Pale-headed Brush-Finch at Yunguilla Reserve
Golden-plumed Parakeet at Cajas National Park – Lluviuco Lake
Violet-throated Metaltail at Cajas National Park – Toreadora Lake
Giant Conebill at Cajas National Park – Toreadora Lake
Such variety in your Top Twenty! Lovely.
Hi Clare: The variety is stunning! This was just a quick summary of the birds I managed to get good photos. In fact each place tha we visited was a unique world in its own and deserve multiple writeups to describe the beauty and complexity of the Tumbesian Ecosystems that predominate in the south of Ecuador.
What a great variety of birds! I have a soft spot for horned screamers after seeing them in the wild – such odd birds.
Weather permitting, I’ll be visiting PN Cajas tomorrow (I’m in Cuenca now). Ecuador has so much to offer I’ve ended up spending much longer here than I’d intended — I really have to keep moving south or I’ll never get to Patagonia! Of course, the fortnight in the Galápagos extended my stay ;^) I hadn’t thought I could afford to visit there, but your post and cheap flights through Expedia changed that. Muchas gracias, Renato!
the ‘Neblina Metaltail’ is a Glowing Puffleg.
Hieoioi: interesting posibility, longer tail, and white puff. I am not sure anymore so I will update the blog.
Hieoioi: interesting possibility, longer tail, and white puff. I am not sure anymore so I will update the blog.