Neblina Forest Birding Tours

Ecuador

PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK (PNP) AND SOUTHERN ECUADOR

Overview

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 -500 species Vegetation Types Visited: 7 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types Total habitats visited: 7 out of 20 Altitude Range: 900 to 4500 m (2,953 to 14,764 ft) A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

 

 

 

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

South Ecuadorian

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

shrub vegetation
(South From Azuay Ridge)
and Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador
(Chinchipe Valley)

Road

Antshrike,
Long-tailed mockingbird,
Fasciated Wren

Southern Cordilleras Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajanuma
Area (PNP)

Plushcap finch, Gray-breasted mountain-toucan, Chestnut-napped antpitta, Bearded guan, Black-headed hemispingus, Buff-breasted mountain tanager, Red-hooded tanager, Chestnut-breasted chlorophonia

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Loja – Zamora Old Road (PNP Northern Limit)

Paramo seedeater, Mouse-colored thistletail, Rusty-winged barbtail, White-streaked antvireo, Yellow-breasted and Rufous-rumped antwrens, Ecuadorian tyrannulet, Marble-faced bristle-tyrant

Eastern Low montane forest

Bombuscaro Area (PNP)

White-breasted parakeet*, Fasciated tiger-heron, Double-toothed kite, Sickle-winged guan, Rufous-breasted wood-quail, Sunbittern, Maroon-chested ground-dove, Grey potoo, Blackish nightjar, Wire-crested thorntail, Violet-fronted brilliant, Black-mandibled toucan, Amazonian umbrellabird, Black-billed treehunter, Blue-rumped manakin, Coppery-chested jacamar, Highland motmot, Foothill antwren

Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

Vilcabamba (PNP Western Limit)

White-tailed jay, Plumbeous backed thrush, Plumbeous rail

Eastern Cloud Forest

Tapichalaca Reserve (PNP Southwestern Limit)

Jocotoco antpitta*, Ocellated tapaculo, White-capped tanager, Orange-banded flycatcher, Masked saltator, Chestnut-crested cotinga, Bearded guan, Chestnut-naped antpitta, Amethyst-throated sunangel, Flame-throated sunangel, Rufous-capped thornbill, Lacrimouse mountain tanager, Pearled treerunner, Streaked tufted check, Chusquea tapaculo

South Ecuadorian shrub vegetation, Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley) and Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Loja – Cuenca Road (With a short stop at Yunguilla Reserve)

Pale-headed brush-finch*, Andean condor, Crescent-faced antpitta, Amazilia hummingbird, Stripped cuckoo

Eastern Cloud Forest and Eastern Lowland Rain Forest

Gualaceo – Limón Road

Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Viridian metaltail, Black-backed bush-tanager, Masked mountain tanager, Cinnamon screech-owl, Black-billed and Gray-breasted mountain toucan. Red-faced parrot, Golden-plumed parakeet, Flame-throated sunangel, Sulphur-bellied tyrannulet

South Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajas National Park

Violet-throated metaltail*, Tit-like dacnis, Giant conebill, Andean condor, Sword-billed hummingbird, Andean snipe, Great-horned owl, Grey-breasted mountain-toucan, Blue-mantled thornbill, Rainbow-bearded thornbill, Buff-breasted mountain- tanager, Many-striped canastero, Scarlet-bellied mountain-tanager, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Andean gull

Western Cordillera Cloud Forest

Nono – Tandayapa Road

Brown and Collared inca, Western emerald, Great saphirewing, Dark-backed wood-quail, Scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, Hooded mountain tanager, Golden tanager, Flame faced tanager, Black-winged saltator

ORCHID TRIPS

Overview

November trip: eastern andean ridge

Orchid Fever Satisfied: Helge and a Telipogon af maldonadoensis

By Gustavo Cañas-Valle

INFORMATION

  • Number of ORCHIDS seen during the trip: 127 species
  • Average expected number of PLANTS with flowers seen during the trip: 370 to 400 species
  • Families Represented: 73 families (minimum)
  • Vegetation Types Visited: 10 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types.
  • Total habitats visited: 10 out of 20.
  • Altitude Range: 981 to 4000 m (3218 to 13,123 ft)

A General Description of plants Photographed by habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

North Ecuadorian Grassland and "Quebrada" vegetation (Interandean Valleys)

Machachi – Cotopaxi Road

Oxalis cf peduncularis (Oxalidaceae), Prunus capuli (Rosaceae), Brugmansia sanguinea, Brugmansia nubigena (Solanaceae), Coriaria ruscifolia (Coriariaceae),

Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion, and Desert paramo) Phytogeographically known in South America as Puna.

Cotopaxi National Park

Aa sp. (Orchidaceae), Chuquiraga jussieui (Asteraceae), Coriaria ruscifolia (Coriariaceae), Halenia weddeliana, Gentiana sedifolia (Gentianaceae), Hypericum laricifolium (Hypericaceae), Tristerix longebracteatus (Loranthaceae), Ribes sp. (Saxifragaceae) Brachyotum sp. Possible: Brachyotum gleasonii (Melastomataceae)

Eastern Cloud forest

Baños

34 spp seen in 22 families: In the Orchids, the family with the most species recorded: 7 species, three genera: Epidendrum, Maxillaria and Phragmipedium. Epidendrum was the most numerous with 5 spp.

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Puyo

66 spp seen in 18 families: Orchid family presented 34 species in 21 genera, dominating the group Maxillaria (4 species) and Phragmipedium and Gongora, with 3 species each.

South Ecuadorian shrub vegetation and Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

La Toma – Loja Road

Loja County Botanic Garden: 54 spp in 5 families. Orchids were the most frequently seen organisms there: 50 species in 29 genera. The dominant genera were Epidendrum (8 species), Oncidium (7 species) and Maxillaria (4 species).

Southern Cordilleras Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Cajanuma Area (PNP)

9 spp in 7 families e.g: Gaulteria revoluta, Bejaria sp. (Ericaceae), Oreaocallis grandiflorum (Proteaceae), Streptosolen jamesonii (Solanaceae) Most numerous family: Ericaceae (3 species). No orchids recorded.

Savanna and Deciduous Forest; Semi-deciduous Forest

Catacocha – Macará Road

7 spp in 7 families: Most interesting plants were one Cucurbitaceae and several Bombacaceae including Ceiba trischistandra. Most species did not have flowers to be used as a trait for identification

Dry scrub vegetation of southernmost Ecuador (Chinchipe Valley)

Vilcabamba (PNP Western Limit)

Yangana and Cerro Toledo: 38 spp in 23 families. Most frequently seen in this area: Ericaceae (5 spp), Compositae (3 spp) and Orchidaceae (3 spp).

Eastern Cloud Forest

Tapichalaca Reserve (PNP Southwestern Limit)

Tapichalaca Reserve: 9 spp in 7 families, e.g.: Oncidium macranthum (Orchidaceae), Guzmania sp. (Bromeliaceae), Centropogon sp. (Campanulaceae). Dominant families: Onagraceae and Orchidaceae, with 2 species each.

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Loja – Zamora Old Road (PNP Northern Limit)

San Francisco on the road to Zamora: 10 spp in 9 families. Orchidaceae: only family with more than one species (Epidendrum spp).

Eastern Cordillera Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion paramo)

Papallacta, Lava Flow and Termas de Papallacta

Papallacta Pass and the Lava Flow: 50 spp in 13 families. Orchids: 16 species in 8 genera. Genera with the most species: Pleurothallis (5 spp) and Epidendrum, Odontoglossum, Pterichis y Stellis (2 species each.)

Eastern Cloud forest and Eastern Low montane forest

Baeza – El Chaco – Cosanga Area

45 spp in 19 families: 13 spp in Orchidaceae, the one with the most species seen in this section. From the 11 genera seen in the family, the two more numerous, Elleanthus and Odontoglossum, presented 2 species each.

Eastern Cloud Forest

San Isidro and Cosanga Area

San Isidro and Cosanga: 29 spp in 15 families. Orchids presented the most records with 8 species: 4 Epidendrum and 2 Maxillaria. On the way back to Quito, before Baeza: five (5) orchid species from: Elleanthus, Epidendrum, Lepanthes, Pleurothallis, and Trychoceros.

Ecuador Birding and Nature

A CUSTOM JOURNEY

At any time

Explore Ecuador, a peaceful, beautiful country that offerssome of the best birding in South America.

Ecuador Country Facts

Country Facts

Dear Friends and Visitors:

From now on our web page is going to provide basic information about the countries we visit during our bird watching tours, based on information collected from the internet and updated by our tour leaders. We have enjoyed bird watching Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. We are developing up-coming bird tours to Guyana.

We want to provide you with useful information about the countries you plan to visit with us, in advance, so you can plan ahead the details of your trip.

Sincerely yours,

Gustavo Cañas-Valle

Operations Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

NEBLINA FOREST CIA. LTDA.

Antpittas Special Trip

Antpittas Special Trip

Ecuador We can see:

Antpitta feeding from Angel Paz at Paz reserve and from Jocotoco Park rangers at Tapichalaca Reserve.

Andes Amazon Exotic

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 to 500 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 6 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 13 out of 20. Altitude Range: 298 to 4000 meters (977 to 13,123 feet)

Overview

Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 450 to 500 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 6 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 13 out of 20. Altitude Range: 298 to 4000 meters (977 to 13,123 feet)

A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Paramo (Grass, shrub and cushion Paramo)

Yanacocha Reserve

Black breasted puffleg*, Giant Conebill, Ocellated Tapaculo, Imperial snipe, Andean and Sickle-winged Guan, Shining sunbeam, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed hummingbird, Black-chested mountain tanager.

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Nono – Mindo Road

Brown and Collared inca, Western emerald, Great saphirewing, Dark-backed wood-quail, Scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, Hooded mountain tanager, Golden tanager, Flame faced tanager, Black-winged saltator

Coastal Region west of the Andes: Lower Mountain Forest

Tandayapa Valley Bellavista Lodge & Reserve Mindo Valley

Empress brilliant, Violet-tailed sylph, Green-tailed trainbearer, Tawny-bellied hermit, Green fronted lancebill, Purple-throated woodstar, White-bellied woodstar, Green-crowned woodnymph, Plate-billed mountain toucan, Toucan barbet. Fasciated tiger-heron, Velvet-purple coronet, Fawn-breasted brilliant, Giant antpitta, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Club-winged manakin, Toucan Barbet, Blue-winged mountain-tanager, Beryl-spangled tanager, Beautiful jay

Amazonian Region east of the Andes: Lowland rain forest

Coca and Jungle Lodge chosen

Grey-winged trumpeter, Maroon-tailed parakeet, Orange-cheeked parrot, White-eared, White-cheeked and Purplish jacamars, Lemon-throated Barbet, Reddish-winged bare-eye, Cocha antshrike, Orange-crested manakin

Eastern Cordillera: Eastern Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Papallacta – Baeza Road

Torrent duck, Sword-billed hummingbird, White-capped dipper, Tyrannine woodcreeper, Greater scythebill, Dusky piha, Red-hooded, White-capped and Golden-crowned tanagers, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher.

Eastern Cordillera: Eastern Cloud Forest

Cabañas San Isidro
Cordillera de Guacamayos

Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rufous-vented whitetip, Moustached and Peruvian antpittas, Bicolored antvireo Oleaginous hemispingus, Chestnut-breasted chlorophonia, White-capped, Yellow throated and Metallic-green tanagers
Highland tinamou, Slate-crowned antpitta, White-bellied antpitta, Striped treehunter, Bicoloured and Broad-winged hawks, Black-and-chestnut eagle, Rufous-bellied nighthawk, Chestnut-breasted coronet, Lemmon browed flycatcher

North Ecuadorian Grassland and "Quebrada" vegetation (Interandean Valleys)

Quito

Harris' Hawk, Western Emerald, Black-tailed trainbearer, Giant hummingbird, Vermillion flycatcher, Streak-throated bush tyrant, Spectacled whitestart, Golden-rumped euphonia, Southern yellow grosbeak, Band-tailed seedeater.

Amazon Program or Ecuador Programs Extension

Overview

Mealy Amazon, Bill Blackledge 2005

INFORMATION

Average expected number of birds during the trip: 350 to 400 species. Vegetation Types Visited: 3 out of 16 Ecuadorian Vegetation Types. Total habitats visited: 3 out of 20. Altitude Range: 200 to 518 meters (656 to 1,700 feet)

A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

Habitat

Localities

Top Ten Highlight Birds

Western Cordillera: Cloud Forest and Lower Mountain Forest

Tena

Andean potoo, Rufous-vented whitetip, Moustached antpitta, White bellied antpitta, Golden-winged todyflycatcher, White-capped and Metallic-green tanager, Golden-collared honeycreeper

Amazonian Region east of the Andes: Lowland rain forest and Seasonally Inundated Areas

Coca and Jungle Lodge chosen

Orange-crested manakin*, Cocha antshrike*, Zigzag Heron, Nocturnal and Slavin's curassows, Long tailed potoo, Scarlet-shouldered parrotlet, White-eared and White-chinned jacamar, Purple-throated cotinga