Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Antpitta and Hummingbird Extravaganza: Set Departure Trip Report , November 2021

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05-22 NOVEMBER 2021

By Galo Real

northern ecuador reportOrange-breasted Fruiteater showed beautifully for us at Reserva Amagusa.


This 18-day northern Ecuador set departure tour began at 9,350 feet (2,850 meters) above sea level in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. From here we explored to the east, stopping at the Antisana Ecological Reserve for the iconic Andean Condor and many other highland specials.  As we continued east up and over the Papallacta Pass, at 14,000 feet (4,200 meters), the scenery quickly changed from Inter-Andean valley grasslands to Polylepis Elfin forest and paramo. We then continued down the slope to the Guango River where we saw a variety of hummers including the ridiculous-looking Sword-billed Hummingbird and a multitude of mixed tanager flocks.

As we worked further east to the foothills of the Sumaco Volcano Biosphere Reserve, the habitat and climate changed suddenly to highland Amazon. At 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) we even saw Napo Saki monkeys and a Tayra, as well as various manakins, toucans, woodpeckers and hummingbirds. We then doubled back west to the cloud forests of San Isidro, a haven for birds. We were surprised one evening when we saw a Mountain Tapir, right next to the lodge. We then crossed through Quito and down the west slope to the area of Mindo, which was a treasure trove of new species. Eighteen days flew by and before we knew it, we were back in Quito heading to the airport for our flights home. Ecuador has around 18% of the world’s bird species and this northern itinerary, that includes both east and west slope and experiences several different ecosystems, always produces an impressive trip list which includes many Ecuadorian and neotropical specials.

Detailed Report

Day 1, 5th November 2021. Arrival in Quito

Today was an arrival day and as members of the group started to arrive, they were met at the airport and transferred to the hotel which was located only 15 minutes away.

Day 2, 6th November 2021. Buffer day in Quito

Today was a buffer day to allow the rest of the group to arrive in Quito. The morning was spent birding the hotel grounds before breakfast. The area surrounding the hotel consists of typical inter-Andean dry forests and is normally very birdy. Our first sightings included the likes of Great Thrush, Eared Dove, Sparkling Violetear, Saffron Finch, and Vermilion Flycatcher.

After breakfast while the others enjoyed the gardens and took time to rest, the remainder of the group was fetched from the airport. In the afternoon we got back together and went over the schedule for the trip before enjoying our dinner.

Day 3, 7th November 2021. Antisana National Park birding

After an early breakfast, we drove for one hour to Antisana National Park. This 120,000-hectare reserve conserves large tracts of paramo, wetlands and Andean forest and is always a great spot for birding and mammal-watching.

As soon as we arrived, we encountered Chestnut-winged Cinclodes, Great Thrush, and Sedge Wren, as well as a gorgeous female Ecuadorian Hillstar which was perched up on a chuquiragua flower. The weather was particularly kind to us which made the surrounding landscapes appear even more beautiful.

We continued to “Casa Vieja,” an abandoned home left over from when the land was owned privately. Here we saw another female Ecuadorian Hillstar and we were all able to get some nice shots and looks. Soon afterwards, we spotted a male Andean Condor and the whole group was dumbstruck as we watched him soar overhead. As the day progressed, we made our way to the pampas or wetland area. This is always a favorite place for Andean Ibis, Andean Gull, and Carunculated Caracara, which we saw well, along with a small group of White-tailed Deer. We even got a couple glimpses of the spectacular Antisana Volcano, before being quickly shrouded by the clouds again.

northern ecuador reportWe saw a small group of White-tailed Deer in Antisana National Park.

When we arrived at the ranger station, one of the park rangers kindly informed us where the Tawny Antpitta was singing. We all got really nice looks at the antpitta as it belted out its song. We then continued up to Mica Lake, where we saw Andean Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, and Andean Duck, all out enjoying the lovely weather.

Around midday we made our way to Tambo-Condor Hotel for lunch. This is a nice spot with great food which is run by two condor monitors. As our food arrived, a Giant Hummingbird appeared at the feeders near the outdoor eating area, followed by Sparkling Violetear and Black-tailed Trainbearer, as well as a Black Flowerpiercer. What a great way to enjoy our lunch, especially after a wonderful morning’s birding.

After a nice warm meal, we slowly made our way back to the hotel to rest a bit and prepare for our next day’s adventure in the eastern Andes. Before dinner we all got together to go over the checklist from the day and discuss our schedule for the following morning.

Day 4, 8th November 2021. Papallacta Pass and transfer to Las Termas

After an early breakfast we checked out and headed directly up the Papallacta Pass which sits at an impressive 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level. From here we entered the Cayambe Coca Reserve and went as far as the antennas. Initially there was not much activity, with just a couple of Variable Hawks and Great Thrushes being seen. Then a mixed flock fed right in front of us and we got really great looks at Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Yellow-breasted Brushfinch, and Paramo Tapaculo. Unfortunately, the weather turned really nasty and we decided to head on to our lodge.

In the parking lot and entrance to Las Termas de Papallacta Resort we saw Black and Masked Flowerpiercers, as well as the beautiful Shining Sunbeam. Black-crested Warblers and Mountain Wrens were particularly common around the resort grounds. We wandered the trails in the afternoon which provided some good photographic opportunities before it was time for the evening checklist session and dinner.

northern ecuador reportThe gorgeous Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager.

Day 5, 9th November 2021. Guango Lodge and Papallacta River birding

After some early morning birding and breakfast, we headed east down the mountain to Guango Lodge.  Everyone was excited to arrive at this well-known spot for hummingbirds. With almost no effort required, we sat and watched Tourmaline Sunangel, Long-tailed Sylph, Tyrian Metaltail, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, White-bellied Woodstar, and even the magnificent Sword-billed Hummingbird as they visited the flowers and feeders right in front of us, while we were served a nice hot cup of tea or coffee.

We enjoyed the garden’s hummingbird feeders all morning before our lunch was served. After a wonderful hot meal, we walked down to the river. Along the trail a very active flock consisting of Pearled Treerunner, Grey-hooded Bush Tanager, Turquiose Jay, and Spectacled Whitestart was seen feeding in a tree right in front of us. We continued down to the Papallacta River where we saw a Torrent Tyrannulet and White capped Dipper.

After a wonderful day we returned back to Las Termas to get cleaned up before our checklist session and dinner.

northern ecuador reportThe hummingbird feeders at Guango Lodge produced many beauties, such as this Collared Inca.

Day 6, 10th November 2021. Papallacta Pass, Cosanga and WildSumaco Lodge

After breakfast we headed southeast to the Loreto Road where the incredible WildSumaco Lodge is located. The trip takes four hours, but has some nice birding stops along the way. The first stop was in the town of Cosanga, where both male and female Torrent Ducks were enjoying the river while Southern Lapwing and Torrent Tyrannulet were searching for food along the riverbanks. After another two hours of driving, and a couple stops we reached the foothills of the eastern Andes and arrived at WildSumaco Lodge.

Fernanda, the lodge manager, welcomed us and checked us into our accommodation. Before lunch was served, we enjoyed waiting outside and taking pictures and watching new hummingbird species such as Brown Violetear, Wire-crested Thorntail, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Golden-tailed Sapphire, and Many-spotted Hummingbird.

In the afternoon, after we checked the feeders again, we decided to walk along the lodge entrance road and try for some toucans and woodpeckers. As soon as we started walking, we could hear a toucan calling, we immediately started searching and found a small flock consisting of Channel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Gilded Barbet, and Lineated Woodpecker. We could also hear Golden-collared Toucanet as it called in the distance. We birded a little longer until the group decided to head back to rest before dinner.

northern ecuador reportWe had various toucan species at WildSumaco Lodge, such as this Golden-collared Toucanet.

 Day 7, 11th November 2021. Full day birding at WildSumaco Lodge

After a hearty Amazonian-style breakfast, we headed to the trails to watch the antpitta feeding. First to come for the worms was a Plain-backed Antpitta, then Ochre-breasted Antpitta, and then a Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush appeared. After everyone was fed, we headed up the trail, on the way we heard a Blue-rumped Manakin and then a decent-sized flock appeared including Blue-crowned Trogon, Summer Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, and Orange-bellied Euphonia.

We decided to return to the hotel to check the hummingbird feeders before lunch. While watching the feeders, a Tayra appeared in the tree in front of the dining area. Tayra are members of the weasel family and the only species in the genus Eira.

In the afternoon we went birding near the small town of Sumaco, very close to the hotel. There was a nice mixed feeding flock which included the likes of Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Seedeater, Palm Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Blue-grey Saltator, Black-billed Thrush, and Olivaceous Greenlet.

Later in the afternoon we made our way back to the lodge to get cleaned up before checking our day’s list and enjoying dinner.

northern ecuador reportThis Tayra was seen near the hummingbird feeders at WildSumaco Lodge.

Day 8, 12th November 2021. Full day birding at WildSumaco Lodge

This morning we awoke to a heavy downpour. When we thought the rain had lightened up, we visited the blind, but the rain soon started up again. We did however manage to see Western Fire-Eye, Black-faced Antpitta, and Swainson’s Thrush. The rest of the morning it rained very hard and so we stayed close to the main lodge. All of a sudden, the rain ceased and in the trees in front of us appeared a family of Napo Saki monkeys taking advantage of the good weather, at last.

After a nice lunch we decided to walk the trails around the lodge while we enjoyed the prolonged good weather. A feeding flock crossed our path which consisted of Magpie Tanager, Gilded Barbet, Green Jay, Golden-collared Toucanet, Lined Antshrike, and Yellow-throated Toucan. Other birds seen on the trail included Paradise Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Crested Oropendola, and a pair of Chestnut-fronted Macaws. Right before dinner we spotted a Wattled Guan in a nearby cecropia tree.

Day 9, 13th November 2021. WildSumaco Lodge to San Isidro

Today was our last day at WildSumaco and we thankfully awoke to good weather, so we decided to visit the blind one more time. That proved to be a good idea as we got nice looks at Red-headed Barbet, Western Fire-Eye, Black-faced Antbird, Swainson’s Thrush, and Canada Warbler. After breakfast, we packed up and left for Cabañas San Isidro. Since it was still early and the weather was nice, we decided to make a few stops before hitting the main road. We wanted to try one more time for Coppery-chested Jacamar, but this time at a different location. We had a response right off the bat, from very near to where we stood. Excitement grew and finally the Coppery-chested Jacamar appeared and perched on a branch right in front of us. A truly great way to start the day. Other good birds here included calling Little Tinamou and Plumbeous Pigeon.

Along the way we wanted to try one more time for Cliff Flycatcher on the Loreto Road. We arrived at the stakeout (which has proved reliable in the past), and almost immediately, there it was, perched on a nearby wire. We also saw Green-backed Hillstar, Palm Tanager, and Swallow-tailed Kite. We arrived at San Isidro right around lunchtime. After our delicious meal we planned to meet on the deck of the lodge after we had settled into our cabins.

In the afternoon, we birded around the lodge where we saw Tawny-bellied Hermit, Long-tailed Sylph, Collared Inca, Montane Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Pale-edged Flycatcher, Green Jay, and a nice surprise in the form of an Andean Solitaire. Before dinner we had a chance to freshen up and grab our headlamps, just in case. This proved to be a good idea because while we were eating our dinner a ‘San Isidro Owl’ (an unusual subspecies of Black-banded Owl) showed up and watched us for a while.

northern ecuador reportPale-edged Flycatcher was seen in the WildSumaco Lodge grounds.

Day 10, 14th November 2021. Full day birding at San Isidro

Before breakfast we met up on the main balcony of the lodge where we saw Bronzy Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Masked Trogon, Azara’s Spinetail, Black-billed Peppershrike, and Common Bush Tanager. We birded a little longer before it was time for breakfast. After enjoying our breakfast, we birded the road that passes by the lodge and saw Golden-headed Quetzal, Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, Bluish Flowerpiercer, and Blue-winged Mountain Tanager.

In the afternoon we visited the Cosanga Valley and Sierra Azul area to see what we could find. There was not a lot of activity, but we did see a small flock which consisted of Black Phoebe, Green Jay, Golden-rumped Euphonia, and Blackburnian Warbler, while a Roadside Hawk was seen nearby.

We made our way back to the lodge around dinner time with ‘San Isidro Owl’ (Black-banded Owl) and Mountain Tapir showing for us! What an amazing way to end the day.

northern ecuador reportBlue-winged Mountain Tanager is always a delight to see.

Day 11, 15th November 2021. Full day birding at San Isidro

In the early morning before breakfast, we spotted Long- tailed Sylph, Tawny-bellied Antpitta, Collared Inca, Fawn-breasted Brillant, Masked Trogon, and Scarlet-rumped Cacique.  At 7:30, we met our local guide to show us White-bellied Antpitta. After about 15 minutes of calling, we were almost about to give up when the antpitta showed and stuck around for quite a while, giving us prolonged views. After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we decided to bird along the Bemejo Road.  As we arrived, we immediately spotted Crested Quetzal, and then a couple of minutes later, we saw Emerald Toucanet, Plum-crowned Parrot, and Russet-crowned Warbler.

Around noon, we went back to the lodge for lunch. After our meal and a moment to regroup we met up to visit the Guacamayos Ridge. From the trailhead on the ridge we saw Turquoise Jay, Great Thrush, and Tropical Kingbird. Suddenly a thick fog formed and it was a unanimous decision to head back to the lodge and enjoy some birding in the lodge grounds until dinner.

Day 12, 16th November 2021. San Isidro, Santa Rosa Bird House, and Mindo

After an early breakfast we quickly checked the feeders, where we saw Collared Inca, Buff-tailed Coronet, Green Jay, and Pale-edged Flycatcher. Once all our luggage was loaded, we headed west over the Andes for a five-hour trip to Mindo.

For lunch we stopped at Santa Rosa Bird House, where we saw Gorgeted Sunangel, Violet-tailed Sylph, Velvet-purple Coronet, Empress Brillant, and Dusky Bush Tanager. However, after around four hours of searching, we realized that this time the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, was not going to come out. After lunch we drove to Septimo Paraiso Lodge, which was our base for the next five nights.

After checking in, we visited the feeders and saw several new hummingbirds for our list, including White-necked Jacobin, White-whiskered Hermit, Brown Inca, White-booted Racket-tail, and Rufous-tailed Hummingbird. After dinner we were all ready for a good night’s sleep, as we had a big day of birding ahead of us tomorrow.

northern ecuador reportWe had great looks at a Masked Trogon at San Isidro.

Day 13, 17th November 2021.  Refugio Paz de las Aves to Paraiso and Mindo

The day finally arrived to visit the famous antpitta reserve, Refugio Paz de las Aves. In the early morning we met Ángel Paz, in person. Angel took us to see a lek of Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks, and also showed us a group of roosting Rufous-bellied Nighthawks. Along the way we saw Golden-winged Manakin and Golden-crowned Flycatcher. On the way back we saw a bird of prey fly over us and thankfully it perched nearby. With the help of the telescope, we identified the bird as a Collared Forest Falcon.

Next, Angel stopped to feed the Yellow-breasted Antpitta which showed really well and we all were able to get nice shots of this pretty bird. Later, Ochre-breasted Antpitta and Moustached Antpitta were seen as well as a roosting Common Potoo. After a nice morning we drove back to the lodge for lunch. We checked the feeders before lunch and saw White-whiskered Hermit, Andean Emerald, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, and Brown Inca.

In the afternoon we decided to bird the surrounding areas around Mindo. First stop was the Rio Mindo, where we saw Choco Toucan, Bronze-winged Parrot, Swallow Tanager, and Rusty-margined Flycatcher. As the weather was really good, we continued along the road to Nambillo River, where we watched Spotted Sandpiper, Ringed Kingfisher, Masked Water Tyrant, and White-capped Dipper. The afternoon flew by and before we knew it, it was time to go back to the lodge to get ready for dinner and some well-deserved rest.

northern ecuador reportThe cute and colorful Golden-naped Tanager.

Day 14, 18th November 2021. Milpe Reserve birding

This morning we had an early breakfast and left for Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation’s Milpe Reserve, which is located near the town of Los Bancos, about 45 minutes from our lodge. Here, we were able to spot Green Thorntail, Crowned Woodnymph, and Rufous-tailed Hummingbird as soon as we walked into the reserve. At the tanager feeders there was not much activity but we did see Red-headed Barbet, Yellow-throated Toucan, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Chivi Vireo, and the locally scarce Dusky-faced Tanager and Flame-rumped Tanager.

northern ecuador reportDusky-faced Tanager was an unusual find at Milpe Reserve.

The weather was very pleasant so we walked around the reserve and saw a variety of birds, including the likes of Broad-billed Motmot, One-colored Becard, Ecuadorian Thrush, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Crested Guan, and Masked Water Tyrant. We had a nice lunch at the reserve while we watched Red-faced Spinetail, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, and Guira Tanager. After a good day’s birding we returned to our lodge to get ready for dinner.

Day 15, 19th November 2021. Full day at Silanche Reserve

We left early this morning for Silanche Reserve, located two hours away.  This 400-hectare Choco forest reserve is surrounded by farmland and as such it has become an oasis for many Choco Specials. As soon as we arrived at the observation tower, a small mixed flock greeted us with Ruddy Pigeon, Orange-fronted Barbet, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Linetaed Woodpecker, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Choco Tyrannulet, Golden-headed Tanager, Purple Honeycreeper all being new species for us. We decided to walk the main trail and right at the trailhead we saw Purple-chested Hummingbird, Dot-winged Antbird, White-necked Manakin, and Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant.

The activity slowed down around noon when the sun was high overhead, which was right when lunch was being served. In the afternoon things started to cool off and we spotted a mixed flock which included Collared Aracari, Choco Toucan, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, White-browed Gnatcacher, and we also heard a Black-headed Antthrush, We arrived back at Septimo Paraiso Lodge tired and ready to get cleaned up for a nice dinner.

northern ecuador reportCollared Aracari showed incredibly well for us.

Day 16, 20th November 2021. Reserva Amagusa birding

We were nearing the end of our tour and today we planned to visit a site that is a very important destination in this part of the Andean Choco. This particular reserve was Reserva Amagusa. Sergio, the owner, was waiting for us on our arrival and this was to be our base for the morning as we spent our time enjoying the many tanager species coming to the feeders. As soon as we arrived, we found our first targets, those being Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Golden Tanager, and Indigo Flowerpiercer.

At the hummingbird feeders we found Green Thorntail, Empress Brillant, Green-crowned Brillant, and White-necked Jacobin. After lunch we returned to the hotel to take a break and pack our bags for the return to Quito.

northern ecuador reportRufous-throated Tanager – one of the many tanager species seen on this trip.

Day 17, 21st November 2021. Birding Zuroloma and Yanacocha Reserves and transfer to Quito

We checked out early this morning because we wanted to get to Zuroloma Reserve early to watch the antpittas being fed. As soon as we arrived at Zuroloma, Dario was waiting for us and we headed to the hummingbird and antpitta feeders where we saw Chestnut-naped Antpitta. This particular bird was very friendly and let us get several nice pictures. At that same moment an Andean Guan visited and at the hummingbird feeders nearby we saw Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, and Sapphire-vented Puffleg.

After enjoying the feeders, Dario took us back to the dining area for a delicious homemade breakfast. After our meal we were all fueled up to head back out and search for the recently split Equatorial Antpitta. We walked for 30 minutes and waited around for another 15 minutes, and it was well worth the wait, as we all got great looks and shots of this plump, short-tailed and long-legged creature. A very beautiful bird indeed!

We thanked Dario for the morning and then took a short drive to the Yanacocha Reserve managed by the Jocotoco Foundation. Upon arrival, we saw a flock consisting of Masked Flowerpiercer, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, and Black-chested Mountain Tanager. We then birded around the reserve for the remainder of the morning.

After a nice lunch we returned to Quito Airport for our Covid tests and then settled back in at our hotel. After getting checked in we went over our checklists and flight schedules for the evening and next morning. We all agreed that the trip had been a great success and that we should get together and bird southern Ecuador in the near future.

northern ecuador reportWe saw Chestnut-naped Antpitta at the antpitta feeders at Zuroloma Reserve.

Day 18, 22nd November 2021. Departure from Quito

After a fantastic 18 days of birding in northern Ecuador we all departed Quito for home without any complications.


Bird ListFollowing IOC (12.1)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.


Common Names Scientific Name
Tinamidae – Tinamous
Little Tinamou (H) Crypturellus soui harterti
Anatidae – Ducks, Geese, and Swans 
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
Andean Teal Anas andium
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica spinicauda
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
Ardeidae – Herons, Bitterns, and Egrets
Fasciated Tiger Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum salmoni
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Threskiornithidae – Ibises and Spoonbills
Andean Ibis Theristicus melanopis branickii
Cathartidae – American Vultures
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus foetens
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Accipitridae – Kites, Eagles, and Hawks
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus  yetapa
Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis
Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris magnirostris
Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma
Falconidae – Falcons and Caracaras
Carunculated Caracara Phalcoboenus carunculatus
Collared Forest Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus naso
American Kestrel Falco sparverius aequatorialis
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Cracidae – Curassows, Guans, and Chachalacas
Speckled Chachalaca Ortalis guttata guttata
Andean Guan Penelope montagnii brooki
Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens aequatorialis
Wattled Guan Aburria aburri
Rallidae – Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Grey-breasted Crake (H) Laterallus exilis
White-throated Crake (H) Laterallus albigularis albigularis
Blackish Rail Pardirallus nigricans  nigricans
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
Scolopacidae – Sandpipers, Snipes, and Phalaropes
Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularia
Charadriidae – Plovers and Lapwings
Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis cayennensis
Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
Laridae – Gulls and Terns
Andean Gull Larus serranus
Columbidae – Pigeons and Doves
Rock Dove Columba livia
Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata albilinea
Scaled Pigeon Patagioenas speciosa
Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvinacea
Dusky Pigeon Patagioenas goodsoni
Plumbeous Pigeon (H) Patagioenas plumbea
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata hypoleuca
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi decipiens
Pallid Dove Leptotila pallida
Grey-fronted Dove (H) Leptotila rufaxilla
White-throated Quail-Dove (H) Geotrygon frenata
Psittacidae – Parrots and Macaws 
Military Macaw (H) Ara militaris militaris
Chestnut-fronted Macaw Ara severua
Maroon-tailed Parakeet Pyrrhura melanura melanura
Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
Plum-crowned Parrot Pionus tumultuosus
Bronze-winged Parrot Pionus chalcopterus
Southern Mealy Amazon Amazona farinosa farinosa
Cuculidae – Cuckoos and Anis
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana minuta
Little Cuckoo Piaya minuta mesura
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
Strigidae – Typical Owls
Band-bellied Owl (H) Pulsatrix melanota melanota
Black-banded Owl Strix huhula
Mottled Owl (H) Strix virgata
Nyctibiidae – Potoos
Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus
Caprimulgidae – Nightjars and Nighthawks
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris
Apodidae – Swifts
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris altissima
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutilus
Trochilidae – Hummingbirds
White-whiskered Hermit Phaethornis yaruqui
Green Hermit Phaethornis guy apicalis
Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans coruscans
Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti guimeti
Wire-crested Thorntail Discosura popelairii
Green Thorntail Discosura conversii
Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus phoeopygus
Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata viridipectus
Crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica verticeps
Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone  oenone
Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl jucunda
Andean Emerald Amazilia franciae
Glittering-throated Emerald Amazilia fimbriata fluviatilis
Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys maculata
Purple-bibbed Whitetip Urosticte benjamini
Rufous-vented Whitetip Urosticte ruficrissa
Empress Brilliant Heliodoxa imperatrix
Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula  jamesoni
Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides 
Ecuadorian Hillstar Oreotrochilus chimborazo jamesoni
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas peruviana
Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis cupripennis
Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus peruvianus
Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena obscura
Brown Inca Coeligena wilsoni
Collared Inca Coeligena torquata 
Buff-winged Starfrontlet Coeligena lutetiae
Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
Buff-tailed Coronet Boissonneaua flavescens tinochlora
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii
Velvet-purple Coronet Boissonneaua jardini
Gorgeted Sunangel Heliangelus strophianus
Tourmaline Sunangel Heliangelus exortis
Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani luciani
Golden-breasted Puffleg Eriocnemis mosquera
Peruvian Racket-tail Ocreatus peruanus
White-booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii
Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae victoriae
Viridian Metaltail Metallura williami primolina
Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingii macoa
Violet-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus coelestis coelestis
Purple-throated Woodstar Calliphlox mitchellii
White-bellied Woodstar Chaetocercus mulsanti
Gorgeted Woodstar Chaetocercus heliodor
Trogonidae – Trogons and Quetzals
Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps auriceps
Choco Trogon Trogon comptus
Green-backed Trogon Trogon viridis
White-tailed Trogon Trogon chionurus
Masked Trogon Trogon personatus
Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui peruvianus
Alcedinidae – Kingfishers
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Momotidae – Motmots
Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum
Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii
Galbulidae – Jacamars
Coppery-chested Jacamar Galbula pastazae
Capitonidae – New World Barbets
Orange-fronted Barbet Capito squamatus
Gilded Barbet Capito auratus punctatus
Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierii orientalis
Ramphastidae – Toucans
Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus
Crimson-rumped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus haematopygus
Golden-collared Toucanet Selenidera reinwardtii reinwardtii
Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis castanotis
Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus
Choco Toucan Ramphastos brevis
Yellow-throated Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus
Picidae – Woodpeckers and Piculets
Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker Melanerpes cruentatus
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani
Guayaquil Woodpecker Campephilus gayaquilensis
Furnariidae – Ovenbirds
Chestnut-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes albidiventris
Stout-billed Cinclodes Cinclodes excelsior excelsior
Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
Andean Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura andicola andicola
Azara’s Spinetail Synallaxis azarae media
Slaty Spinetail Synallaxis brachyura chapmani
Dark-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis albigularis albigularis
Red-faced Spinetail Cranioleuca erythrops erythrops
Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata flammulata
Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger perlatusr
Montane Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia striaticollis montana
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufum
Dendrocolaptidae – Woodcreepers
Tyrannine Woodcreeper (H) Dendrocincla tyrannina
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus.a
Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
Thamnophilidae – Typical Antbirds
Lined Antshrike Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus
Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
Streak-headed Antbird Drymophila striaticeps
Blackish Antbird Cercomacra nigrescens aequatorialis
Black-faced Antbird Myrmoborus myotherinus elegans
Western Fire-eye Pyriglena maura
Formicariidae – Antthrushes
Black-headed Antthrush (H) Formicarius nigricapillus destructus
Grallariidae – Antpittas
Moustached Antpitta Grallaria alleni andaquiensis
Plain-backed Antpitta Grallaria haplonota  parambae
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (H) Grallaria ruficapilla
Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis
White-bellied Antpitta Grallaria hypoleuca castanea
Yellow-breasted Antpitta Grallaria flavotincta
Equatorial Antpitta (H) Grallaria saturata
Tawny Antpitta Grallaria quitensis quitensis
Ochre-breasted Antpitta Grallaricula flavirostris 
Rhinocryptidae – Tapaculos
Blackish Tapaculo (H) Scytalopus unicolor latrans
Narino Tapaculo (H) Scytalopus vicinior
Paramo Tapaculo (H) Scytalopus canus opacus
Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers
Sooty-headed Tyrannulet Phyllomyias griseiceps
Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops chrysops
Choco Tyrannulet Zimmerius albigularis
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea  cinerea
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus pacificus
Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus
Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus
Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus ruficeps
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum sclateri
Ornate Flycatcher Myiotriccus ornatus
Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
Eastern Wood Pewee Contopus virens
Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus obscurus
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans angustirostris
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea sclateri
Paramo Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola alpina
Masked Water Tyrant Fluvicola nengeta  atripennis
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes cephalotes
Lesser Kiskadee Pitangus lictor lictor
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Rusty-margined Flycatcher Myiozetetes cayanensis
Lemon-browed Flycatcher Conopias cinchoneti cinchoneti
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus melancholicus
Cotingidae – Cotingas
Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristatus
Orange-breasted Fruiteater Pipreola jucunda
Purple-throated Fruitcrow Querula purpurata
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruviana
Pipridae – Manakins
Blue-rumped Manakin Lepidothrix isidorei isidorei
Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus
White-bearded Manakin (H) Manacus manacus
Tityridae – Tityras, Becards, Schiffornis, Purpletuft, Mouners
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor  versicolor
Cinnamon Becard Pachyramphus cinnamomeus
One-colored Becard Pachyramphus homochrous
Corvidae – Jays
Turquoise Jay Cyanolyca turcosa
Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas yncas
Vireonidae – Vireos, Peppershrikes, and Shrikes
Black-billed Peppershrike Cyclarhis nigrirostris
Chivi Vireo Vireo olivaceous griseobarbatus
Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys leucophrys
Olivaceous Greenlet Hylophilus olivaceus
Turdidae – Thrushes
Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides 
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater fuscater
Speckled Nightingale-Thrush Catharus maculatus
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Pale-eyed Thrush Platycichla leucops
Great Thrush Turdus fuscater quindio
Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus fuscobrunneus
Ecuadorian Thrush Turdus maculirostris
Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
Cinclidae – Dipper
White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus leuconotus
Hirundinidae – Swallows and Martins
Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina murina
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
White-thighed Swallow Neochelidon tibialis minima
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Troglodytidae – Wrens
Thrush-like Wren (H) Campylorhynchus turdinus hypostictus
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Bay Wren Thryothorus nigricapillus nigricapillus 
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis solstitialis
Grey-breasted Wood Wren (H) Henicorhina leucophry 
Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens
Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea bilineata
Parulidae – New World Warblers 
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi  pacifica
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
Slate-throated Whitestart Myioborus miniatus
Spectacled Whitestart Basileuterus nigrocristatus
Black-crested Warbler Myithlpis nigrocristata
Russet-crowned Warbler (H) Basileuterus coronatus
Thraupidae – Tanagers, Honeycreepers and Allies 
Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
Golden-collared Honeycreeper Iridophanes pulcherrima
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata  lineata
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum  fraseri
Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum
Bluish Flowerpiercer Diglossa caerulescens media
Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
Indigo Flowerpiercer Diglossa indigotica
Glossy Flowerpiercer Diglossa lafresnayii
Black Flowerpiercer Diglossa humeralis aterrima
Guira Tanager Hemithraupis guira
Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata ornata
Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala venusta
Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix 
Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii vassorii
Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis cyanopygia
Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata fanny
Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis  chilensis
Spotted Tanager Tangara punctata zamorae
Yellow-bellied Tanager Tangara xanthogastra xanthogastra
Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola nupera
Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus
Black-chinned Mountain Tanager Anisognathus notabilis
Hooded Mountain Tanager Buthraupis montana cucullata
Black-chested Mountain Tanager Buthraupis eximia
Moss-backed Tanager Bangsia edwardsi
Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager Dubusia taeniata taeniata
Swallow Tanager Tersina viridis
Blue-grey Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala 
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo carbo
Flame-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus icteronotus
White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus
White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus
Grey-hooded Bush Tanager Cnemoscopus rubrirostris
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leveriana leverianus
Dusky-faced Tanager Mitrospingus cassinii
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus maximus
Black-winged Saltator Saltator atripennis caniceps
Blue-Grey Saltator Saltator coerulescens azarae
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
Emberizidae – Sparrows, Seedeaters, Finches
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
Yellow-browed Sparrow Myospiza aurifrons aurifrons
Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor
Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis vivida
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater Sporophila castaneiventris
Thick-billed Seed Finch Oryzoborus angolensis torridus
Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch Oryzoborus angolensis
Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch Arremon brunneinucha
Pale-naped Brushfinch Atlapetes pallidinucha papallactae
Yellow-breasted Brushfinch Atlapetes latinuchus
Tricolored Brushfinch Atlapetes tricolor crassus
Common Bush Tanager Chlorospingus flavopectus
Dusky Bush Tanager Chlorospingus semifuscus
Yellow-throated Bush Tanager Chlorospingus  flavigularis
Cardinalidae – Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Seedeaters, Dickcissel
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra rubra
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Golden Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
Icteridae – American Orioles and Blackbirds
Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela cela
Northern Mountain Cacique Cacicus chrysonotus
Scarlet-rumped Cacique Cacicus uropygialis
Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus decumanus
Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons angustifrons
Fringillidae – Siskins, Euphonias, and Clorophonias
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica capitalis
Olivaceous Siskin Carduelis olivacea
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala pelzelni
Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster


Total seen 315
Total heard only 20
Total recorded 335



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