Stygian Owl in Ecuador

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Stygian Owl at Condor Park Visit Ecuador for great birds and support our conservation efforts. Birds Ecuador owls Stygian OwlThe Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) is very difficult to see but I can hear it regularly calling near my home inside the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. This bird is very secretive and every time that I try to get close to his roost he flies before I can see him. For now I can only get close enough to hear his calls!

Birding in Ecuador 2013

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If you are planning a birding trip to 2013 maybe you should consider Ecuador, my home country! Even if you are not a birder, you will find Ecuador to be a top notch destination for all sorts of people. Thanks to Lonely Planet we hope to see a small boost in tourism this year since Ecuador has made it to Top 10 Countries to travel in 2013. Click here for the first set , or here for the second set , and here for the third set of posts about bird watching in Ecuador.

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Warblers Migrating to Ecuador

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Last week I was doing a birding tour of the East and West slopes of Ecuador and encountered some warblers that have already made it to Ecuador. Destinations Ecuador migration warblersIt is really amazing how far and how fast they can fly to improve the living conditions that assure their millenarian survival. Here are a couple of pictures of the birds that might have crossed your path and are now crossing my path a few thousand miles away.

Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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To paraphrase Keith Barnes, who wrote on world birding in 2008 ABA’s Birding magazine, if you can afford only one big tropical bird tour, let it be Ecuador. The new Helm field guide to the Birds of (mainland) Ecuador by Freile and Restall covers 1630 species in a single volume, has 656 pages and isn’t exactly lightweight. Birds of Ecuador” is a heavy book, but only marginally more than e.g. Helm Birds of East Africa. I like and would recommend the Birds of Ecuador.

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Crested Owl in Ecuador

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This Ecuadorian owned business provides a very comfortable and secure lodge to visit the most northern-western Chocó area in Ecuador. Destinations Crested Owl Ecuador TundalomaThis great bird has managed to escape from my sightings until I visited the great lodge of Tundaloma. It is located on the highway that goes from Ibarra to San Lorenzo and it is approximately 17 km before San Lorenzo.

Ocellated Tapaculo in Ecuador

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Let me proudly introduce a new exotic bird that has been trained by the ambassador of hand feeding the most difficult skulking birds in Ecuador: the Ocellated Tapaculo. So, if you have been thinking about visiting Ecuador, do it now and don’t miss the new grand prize. Destinations Ecuador Ocellated Tapaculo

Most Beautiful Ecuador Birds

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Bird Photography in Ecuador is fun. Birds EcuadorThere are so many beautiful birds that every time I go birding a new exilarating photo is captured.

Tumbesian Endemics South Ecuador

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The south of Ecuador presents some very interesting opportunities for birdwatchers that have already visited the north-east and north-west slopes near Quito. Core Team Ecuador tumbesian endemicsOn 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.

Rusty-breasted Antpitta in Ecuador

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It is a very small antpitta that lives in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. This antpitta is found in southern Ecuador (near Peru) and curiously also inside the Puluahua Crater which is my residence near Quito in northern Ecuador. Destinations Ecuador Rusty-breasted Antpitta

Orange-throated Tanager In Ecuador

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Most birdwatchers that visit Ecuador for the first time concentrate in the north-east and west slopes near the capital Quito. On a recent scouting trip to southern Ecuador I came across some amazing birdwatching areas and birds that are commonly visited by those looking for a more complete exploration of Ecuador. Destinations Trips Cabañas Yankuam Cordillera del Condor ecuador Orange-throated Tanager Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron

Banded Ground Cuckoo – Neomorphus radiolosus – in Ecuador

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Ecuador was made for birdwatchers! A tiny country filled with biodiversity which can be easily reached in a short drive… Well, maybe that is a little exaggeration but in comparison to other countries like Colombia, Peru and the giant Brazil, our Ecuador seems tiny. Birds banding Choco Region cuckoos Ecuador

Tumbesian Endemics at Cerro Blanco Ecuador

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If you are interested in seeing some Tumbesian Endemics, very close to the Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador, then you must visit Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco. Here are some of the best photos I was able to get in this dry deciduous forest of the local endemic birds: White-tailed Jay Crimson-breasted Finch Rufous-headed Chachalaca Sooty-crowned Flycatcher Visit Ecuador and support our local economy and conservation efforts!

Black Solitare-Entomodestes coracinus-in Ecuador

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This bird, of the Turdus family, can be found on the western slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. Birds Black Solitaire Ecuador Recinto 23 de Junio thrushesAnother great reason to visit the 23 de Junio besides the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is the Black Solitare ( Entomodestes coracinus ). 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.

Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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Birds of Kruger National Park by Keith Barnes and Ken Behrens and Wildlife of Ecuador by Andrés Vásquez Noboa, photography by Pablo Cervantes Daza are the latest titles in Princeton University Press’s WildGuides Wildlife Explorer Series, a series focused on the “general reader,” the layperson, the traveler who is not a “birder” but who wants to know what bird or animal or amphibian or reptile she’s observing. Birding book review Ecuador guides Kruger NP

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Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis) in Ecuador

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This bird is very difficult to find except for one place in Ecuador where you are almost guaranteed to see it: The Cajas National Park. Birds Destinations ecuador Tit-like Dacnis xenodacnisI got very exited two weeks ago when I finally met face-to-beak with a rare bird that I have wanting to see, the Tit-like Dacnis.

Grey-breasted Mountain Toucans in Oyacachi Ecuador

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Birds Destinations ecuador Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan OyacachiThis last week I had to take someone to Otavalo, so I took advantage of the trip and drove to a little secluded and out-of-the-way town called Oyacachi. I had never been there before, but I heard that they have some nice hot springs for relaxation and that the place is very small and special.

Black-backed Bush Tanager in Ecuador

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Also known as Black-backed Bush Finch is only found in the montane forests of Ecuador and Colombia. Come to Ecuador and enjoy the birds, our food, our culture, and help us support the local economy and conservation efforts. Black-backed Bush Tanager. The only place where I can see it regularly is the on the eastern side of the Cayambe Coca Reserve. The most accessible place near Quito is the access road to the reserve that begins at the luxurious hot springs of Papallacta.

Come to Puembo Birding Garden

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Ecuador is one of the world’s leading destinations for birdwatchers, and no wonder: with more then 1,600 bird species found throughout the small country, Ecuador has the world’s highest density of bird species found per acre. Destinations Birding Tourism Ecuador

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Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa

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Hello all from Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa in Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador. Julia Patiño has 20+ years of experience guiding in birding tours and is one of the first women guides in Ecuador! In Ecuador, there are 1.600+ species of birds.

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Smithsonian Magazine Spotlights Wildlife Trafficking

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HUGE article in the Smithsonian Magazine about wildlife trafficking out of Ecuador. Tags: wildlife trafficking ecuador latin america

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Ecuador 1690 6. Birds of Ecuador field guide review. That is where Ecuador, Uganda and especially Panama stand out as being manageably small, which may be another reason to focus on them.

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Rainbow Starfrontlet

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I photographed this amazing bird yesterday at Utuana Reserve in the South of Ecuador. Destinations Ecuador hummingbirds rainbow startfrontletToo busy to write more. enjoy!

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Ecuador or Botswana, respectively). 17%: Ecuador, Peru. While Peru was seen as the best country for “birds and ancient sites”, Ecuador was seen as “much safer” and best for its size and easiness of getting around. If I were answering those same questions, my answers would probably be Ecuador, Uganda and Thailand. Trips Africa Australia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador New Guinea Panama Peru world birdwatch

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Sacha Lodge, Amazonian lowlands, Ecuador. A bit further east lies the mythical Ecuador where all birding dreams come true. Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N.

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Andean C**k-of-the-Rock Nesting

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If you are near Quito, Ecuador and want to see the female Andean C**k-of-the-Rock nesting then you must go to the Pauma Orquid Reserve. Andean C**k-of-the-Rock Nesting Visit Ecuador and support our local conservation efforts. Birds Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Ecuador Pauma Orquid ReserveThis place is on the Calacali La Independencia highway which is the main road that you take to go to Mindo.

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Nine Owls in Puluahua Crater

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The most important of these is the Buff-fronted Owl which is considered very rare in Ecuador and has been spotted by Juan Carlos Calvache an reputable Ecuadorian guide. This amazing collection of Owls is very representative of the highland owls found in Ecuador and confirms the uniqueness of this crater and the reasons for its conservation. Destinations Ecuador owls PululahuaThe Puluahaua crater is a unique collapsed caldera formed about 2500 years ago.

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BIRD WATCHING ISLA CORAZON

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Isla Corazon was formed by sediment deposition of the Rio Chone on its way out to the ocean to the central coast of Ecuador. As in many other community birdwatching places our latest National Plan for Sustainable Development of Birdwatching Tourism in Ecuador ignores these important birdwatching areas so we have chosen to presented here for the benefit of the un-benefited.

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Recinto 23 de Junio – Bird Watching

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There are not many places in Ecuador, or for that matter in the world, where you can see these all these birds in the same area. The funny thing is that this great place is not even mentioned on the latest National Plan for Development of Birdwatching Tourism in Ecuador. If you come to Ecuador to see birds it is important that you try to benefit the Ecuadorian Tourism Industry and the small communities and people that need your support. Trips Ecuador Recinto 23 de Junio

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Maroon-tailed Parakeet Love Making

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In Ecuador it is found mostly in the tropical and sub-tropical forest of the east and west slopes. The place of this Bird Love action is the Sumaco National Bioreserve located on the east slope of the Ecuador in the legendary Loreto Road. Birds Bird Love Week Ecuador Maroon-tailed Parakeet Sumaco National BiosphereHere is my contribution to Bird Love Week from the tropics. The Maroon-tailed Parakeet lives in northern South America.

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Audio Playback May Be Bad for Birds, Says Study

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studied how Plain-tailed Wrens and Rufous Antpittas in Ecuador reacted to audio playback of their songs versus playback of general background noise. News Bird Call Playback Ecuador Plain-tailed Wrens Rufous Antpittas Rufous Antpitta, listening intently, as photographed by Renato Espinosa. How many times have you been out in the field, failing to find the bird you were looking for, a bird you were certain was there?

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Nariño Tapaculo in EcoRoute

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Birds ecoroute Ecuador Nariño Tapaculo tapaculosA typical Tapaculo is always hiding so most of the time you can hear them over-and-over but never see more than a crawling shadow at the bottom of the bushes. The Nariño Tapaculo has eluded me until I finally was able to lure him out while I called (playback) from my car. It seems that some birds are not as afraid of the cars as they are of humans.

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Aguas Blancas in Machalilla National Park

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Aguas Blancas is a small community inside the Machalilla National Park which is located in the central coast of Ecuador next to the ocean tourist attraction of Puero Lopez and Isla de la Plata. Destinations Aguas Blancas Ecuador Machalilla National ParkAguas Blancas is 10 minutes north of Puerto Lopez just before the famous Playa de los Frailes and is on the right side of the road as you go north.

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Bird Watching Lower Napo River

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If you are thinking about visiting the Amazon, and enjoying great birds, a bit of luxury, relaxation, and good food, then you should consider coming to Ecuador and gliding over the Napo River on the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Destinations Amazon Ecuador Napo RiverThey offer multiple packages and we took a five day trip that took us right down to the border with Peru.

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Crimson-rumped Toucanet

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The Crimson-rumped Toucanets ( Aulacorhynchus haematopygus ) I was privileged to observe at Refugio Paz de Las Aves in Ecuador were absolute cripplers, as the parlance goes. Birds Ecuador features South America toucansThere’s something about a toucan, isn’t there? Toucans tell you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. They affirm that the tropics are true, not just myths manufactured to make those of us with winter jealous.

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Bird Watching Galapagos Islands

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In fact this is not true, and if you are a little adventurous you could bypass the foreign-own boat-tours that do not benefit Ecuador, bypass the travel agencies that sell you preconceived dreams, and bypass the sea sickening trips that take you to the most distant Islands. If you do not want to follow this method then you can buy the tickets when you reach Ecuador, and possibly do it on-line. Destinations Ecuador features Galapagos

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Harpy Eagles at Gareno Lodge

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Destinations Ecuador Gareno Lodge Harpy EagleGareno Lodge made its claim to fame when they had a Harpy Eagle nest near their lodge. The most amazing show lasted almost two years while the eagle parents prepared their new born for his first flight. I have visited Gareno in search of the mythical bird but failed to see it until my last visit where miraculously saw two eagles perched on a tree very far away.

Machaca Fulgora lampetis

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While exploring the grounds of Wildsumaco Lodge on the east slope of the Andes in Ecuador I came across a rather large bug lying on its back. Bugs Ecuador insects Machaca Wildsumaco LodgeI assumed it was some kind of dead freakish moth and flipped it over to get a better look and was very surprised that it opened its wings to reveal, well, a much more impressive sight than I had expected! What a cool bug!

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Golden-collared Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii

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Birds Ecuador Selenidera reinwardtii toucansThe beauty of Amazonian birds is always a welcome element of surprise. Many birds are very secretive and this has allowed them to survive in such predator filled places like the Amazon. That is the case of this handsome toucanet. Golden-collared Toucanet In the past I have struggled to get good looks at the Golden-collared Toucanet until a few weeks ago when I visited the Sumaco Biosphere and was utterly surprised by the beauty of this bird.

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Nectar Wars of Tandayapa

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This is the story of the nectar wars from Tandayapa Lodge in north-west Ecuador. Nestled in cloud forest at 6000 feet on the western slope of northern Ecuador, this place is a true birding lodge with comfortable accommodations, excellent birding leaders and great tasting coffee. v=DSudNRFkoRs Hummingbirds are resilient creatures and some of them can be found way above the tree-line in the High Andes of Ecuador. Birding ecuador hummingbirds Worldwide Birding Adventures

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Miniature Manakins

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On a recent filming trip with Tropical Birding in Ecuador I had the awesome experience of getting up close and personal with two bizarre manakin species. This bird is a Choco endemic found only in northwest Ecuador and southwest Colombia. Birds Ecuador manakins Worldwide Birding AdventuresWhat’s the deal with manakins? Are they for real? These are just a few of the questions that come to mind when watching these bizarre little birds.

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Fresh Scaled Antpitta Caught Today

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Enter our quest to see the Scaled Antpitta at Tandayapa Lodge in Ecuador. A Scaled Antpitta at Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador by Luke Seitz Most antpitta species are very tough to see. Those of you wanting an unprecedented birding experience should head down with Tropical Birding to Tandayapa lodge , Ecuador. Birding antpittas ecuador Worldwide Birding AdventuresI enjoy fishing almost as much as I enjoy birding.

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Plate-billed Mountain Toucans

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Birds ecuador toucansThese large-nosed avian pearls live at surprisingly high altitude; I have seen them as high as 2800 meters and as low as 1800 meters. My first encounter with this bird was very memorable at the edge of the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve near the road that goes from San Tadeo to Bellavista. The second time I photographed this bird was at Recinto 23 de Junio at the high ridge to the east of the town.

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Sani Lodge Birdwatching

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The amazonian basin is a very important area for Ecuador since it produces 500,000 barrels of oil per day which is the main source of income for our economy. Destinations Amazon Ecuador Napo Sani LodgeUnfortunately only 63% of this oil is produced by state owned companies, and the 37% left is still fattening the profits of other companies that are not a direct benefit to our economy. This money pumping basin is also a very important area for ecotourism which benefits our economy.

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