Birding the Andean Slopes: Northwest Ecuador

Date: January 11-21, 2013

Location: Northwest Ecuador and Surrounding Areas

Reported by: John Rowden


[b]Angel Paz Hummingbird[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeAngel Paz Hummingbird
© Gerry McGee

Photos courtesy Gerry McGee. See more of his photos here

NYC Audubon's International Travel Program offers participants the chance to visit destinations that are important to the Neotropical migrants that visit New York City during migration, as well as abundant native wildlife.

[b]Cuy Cocha[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeCuy Cocha
© Gerry McGee

Eight intrepid birders visited northwestern Ecuador in January with NYC Audubon's Associate Director for Citizen Science and Outreach John Rowden, visiting a variety of habitats and seeing for themselves how incredibly rich this area is for avian biodiversity.

[b]Velvet Purple Coronet, Angel Paz, Ecuador[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeVelvet Purple Coronet, Angel Paz, Ecuador
© Gerry McGee

They visited both sides of the Andes, went as low as 500 meters above sea level and reached as high as 4,300 meters (over 14,000 feet) in altitude while visiting a variety of habitats from lowland Choco forest to cloud forest to paramo tundra.

[b]Masked Trogon, San Isidro, Ecuador[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeMasked Trogon, San Isidro, Ecuador
© Gerry McGee

They saw 221 species during the trip, including the majestic andean condor, the gorgeous crested quetzal, and the raucous Inca jay. In addition, they saw a number of neotropical migratory species such as the blackburnian warbler, Swainson’s thrush and spotted sandpiper, a reminder of the incredible distances “our” New York City birds travel during migration and a joyful promise that we’ll all be seeing them again in a few short months.

[b]Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeRufous-bellied Seedsnipe
© Gerry McGee


[b]Crimson-rumped Toucanet[/b][br]© Gerry McGeeCrimson-rumped Toucanet
© Gerry McGee


Species Seen: 221

Pied-billed Grebe
Torrent Duck
Andean Teal
Yellow-billed Pintail
Andean Ruddy Duck
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Striated Heron
Cattle Egret
Black vulture
Turkey Vulture
Andean Condor
Swallow-tailed Kite
Plumbeous Kite
Bicolored Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Variable Hawk
Black-chested Buzzard Eagle
American Kestrel
Common Gallinule
Andean Coot
Ecuadorian Rail
Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Band-tailed Pigeon
Ruddy Pigeon
Eared Dove
Pallid Dove
White-tipped Dove
Common Ground-dove
Pacific Parrotlet
Red-billed Parrot
Striped cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Rufous-banded Owl
Andean Potoo
White-collared Swift
Chesnut-collared Swift
Grey-rumped Swift
Speckled Hummingbird
White-whiskered Hermit
Tawny-bellied Hermit
White-necked Jacobin
Brown Violetear
Green Violetear
Sparkling Violetear
Shining Sunbeam
Tourmaline Sunangel
Gorgeted Sunangel
Black-tailed Trainbearer
Andean Emerald
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Purple-chested Hummingbird
Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Green-crowned Brilliant
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Bronzy Inca
Brown inca
Collared Inca
Buff-tailed Coronet
Sword-billed Hummingbird
Chestnut-Breasted Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet
Golden-breasted Puffleg
Booted Racket-tail
Long-tailed Sylph
Violet-tailed Sylph
Purple-crowned Fairy
Purple-throated Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar
Green Thorntail
Tyrian Metaltail
Ecuadorian Hillstar
Crested Quetzal
Golden-headed Quetzal
Western White-tailed Trogon
Masked Trogon 
Toucan Barbet 
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Emerald Toucanet
Pale-mandibled Araçari
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan
Golden-olive Woodpecker
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
Smoky-brown Woodpecker 
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Tyrannine Woodcreeper
Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Black-striped Woodcreeper
Olive-backed Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Montane Woodcreeper 
Pacific Hornero
Azara's Spinetail
Red-faced Spinetail
Andean Tit-Spinetail
White-chinned Thistletail
Pearled Treerunner
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Stout-billed Cinclodes
Bar-winged Cinclodes
Many-striped Canastero
Long-tailed Antbird 
White-bellied Antpitta
Tawny Antpitta
Sooty-headed Tyrannulet
Golden-faced Tyrannulet
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Sierran Elaenia
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
White-tailed Tyrannulet
White-banded Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet
Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant
Yellow Tyrannulet
Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher
Ornate Flycatcher
Cinnamon Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Smoke-colored Pewee
Paramo Ground-Tyrant
Masked Water-Tyrant
Black Phoebe
Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant
Pale-edged Flycatcher
Subtropical Doradito
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Golden-crowned Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Barred Becard
Vermillion Flycatcher
Red-crested Cotinga
Olivaceous Piha
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Inca Jay
Turquoise Jay
Black-billed Peppershrike
Red-eyed Vireo
Brown-capped Vireo
Swainson's thrush
Great Thrush
Glossy-black Thrush
Ecuadorian Thrush
Black-billed Thrush
White-capped Dipper
Brown-bellied Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
White-thighed Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Mountain Wren
Grey-breasted Wood-Wren
Sedge Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
Tropical Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Canada Warbler
Slate-throated Whitestart
Spectacled Whitestart
Black-crested Warbler
Russet-crowned Warbler
Capped Conebill
Blue-backed Conebill
Cinereous Conebill
Guira Tanager
Golden-rumped Euphonia
Orange-bellied Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia
Masked Flowerpiercer
White-sided Flowerpiercer
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Golden Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Metalic-green Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager
Blue-and-black Tanager
Scrub Tanager
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
Hooded Mountain-Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Black-capped Tanager
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Summer Tanager
White-lined Tanager
Grass-green Tanager
Common Bush-Tanager
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager
Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Southern-yellow Grosbeak
Pale-naped Brush-finch
Slaty Brush-finch
White-winged Brush-finch
Lesser Seed-Finch
Variable Seedeater
Black-and-white Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Orange-billed Sparrow
Yellow-browed Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Saffron Finch
Plumbeous Sierra Finch
Ash-breasted Sierra Finch
Shiny Cowbird
Russet-backed Oropendola
Subtropical Cacique
Hooded Siskin
Yellow-bellied Siskin
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