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SOUTHERN ECUADOR

Wednesday 17th January - Saturday 3rd February 2018

Eduardo Patrial

Jocotoco Antpitta (Eduardo Patrial)

Jocotoco Antpitta (Eduardo Patrial)

The 2018 Birdquest Ultimate tour to Southern Ecuador was once again an unforgettable birding experience around the best sites available in the south of this incredibly bird-rich country. Taking from Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, we explored a variety of habitats, spanning from coastal wetlands to arid Tumbesian scrub/dry forest, to rich Andean foothill forest (both west and east of the Andes), to the spectacular High Andes and even to the fringes of the Amazonian avifauna. Tons of birds every day, and in a little over two weeks, including the extension, we recorded a highly impressive 631 species (including the heard only ones). And with that certainly most of the standout species that compose this brilliant tour… the magnificent Long-wattled Umbrellabirds; the peculiar White-tipped Sicklebill and the uncommon Scaled Fruiteater; the sensational Jocotoco Antpitta, a breathtaking male Ecuadorian Hillstar, stunning White-capped and Orange-throated Tanagers. Perhaps less expected highlights were the tailless Grey-capped Cuckoo at Buenaventura, a group of the rarely seen Red-faced Parrot posing in full view, the fascinating Ocellated Tapaculo and the uncommon Giant Conebill. This of course only scratches the surface. If I were to mention 10 species of owls (including Black-and-white, Spectacled, Band-bellied and Rufous-banded Owls), and an amazing 63 hummingbirds (including Neblina Metaltail, Spangled Coquette, Ecuadorian Hillstar and Esmeraldas Wood), it begins to convey what a mind-boggling avian feast we experienced!

Green Thorntail (Eduardo Patrial)

Green Thorntail (Eduardo Patrial)