14 - 26 August 2022

by Leo Garrigues

This brand-new tour offers the ultimate Amazonian birding experience, in some of the most pristine Amazonian regions of Ecuador, in search of some of the hardest Amazon species. This tour has a fine selection of Amazonian lowland species, as well as Amazonian foothill species, with several species that occur only in this region, and other species that are widespread but are becoming very rare in other Amazonian regions. The Amazon basin is one of the most diverse regions of our planet, and this tour will certainly proof that to you!

During this tour we managed to record 401 species (including heard only birds), having great success with some of the major specialties. The favourite bird of the trip was the Rufous Potoo, but other highlights seen during the trip were the Pink-throated Brilliant (Birdquest Lifer), the very range restricted Cocha Antshrike, the secretive Grey-winged Trumpeter (seen twice), the Fiery Topaz, the uncommon Rufous-headed Woodpecker, the rare Brown Nunlet, and other good birds like White-throated Tinamou, Black-banded Crake, Salvin’s Curassow, 7 species of Owls that included Band-bellied, Black-banded and Crested Owls, as well Foothill and Tawny-bellied Screech-Owls, 5 species of Jacamars that included White-chinned, Purplish and Great Jacamars, Chestnut-capped and Collared Puffbirds, Lemon-throated Barbet, Rufous-rumped, Rufous-tailed and Ruddy Foliage-Gleaners, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, a nice antbird selection that included species like the Rufous-backed (Yasuni) Stipplethroat, Moustached Antwren, Pearly, Castelnau’s and Fulvous Antshrikes, and White-plumed, Yellow-browed, White-shouldered and Sooty Antbirds, Rufous-capped and Striated Antthrushes, White-lored and Thrush-like Antpittas, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Yellow-crowned Elaenia, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, the local Blackish Pewee, Cinnamon and Citron-bellied Attilas, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Grey-tailed Piha, Plum-throated, Purple-throated and Spangled Cotingas, 7 species of Manakins that included Green, Orange-crested, Blue-backed and Wire-tailed Manakins, White-browed Purpletuft, Wing-banded and Musician Wrens, Green and Casqued Oropendolas, Short-billed Honeycreeper, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Caqueta, Black-and-white and Slate-coloured Seedeaters and some Amazonian tanagers like the Masked, Green-and-gold, Paradise, Opal-crowned and Opal-rumped Tanagers.

The tour started in Quito, where the group met to start the trip. Our following morning, we took the early morning flight to Coca, and from Coca we headed to Rio Bigal Reserve that is located in the lower foothills of the Sumaco National Park and has a very good selection of rarities in their reserve, such as the Pink-throated Brilliant, that was a Birdquest Lifer during our trip, as well the Red-Winged Wood-Rail, that we looked hard for it, but we didn’t have success seeing it.
Once we arrived at the site where the vehicles left us, we put our luggage in bags that were going to be taken by horse to the accommodation, and we walked for about 45 minutes to the place birding on the way. The first part of the hike was in pastures, where we saw a good selection of Seedeaters and other common species. The best ones were the Black-and-white Seedeater that makes seasonal movements, and also the Slate-coloured Seedeater that is not a regular species in this region. Once we got to the forested section, the activity was quite slow but we got to see the Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant and the Ecuadorian Tyrannulet. Once at the Bigal accommodations, we came right away to have lunch and check the activity in the Hummingbird feeders. According to Thiery (the owner of Bigal), the Pink-throated Brilliant came to the feeders some minutes before we arrived. We spent some time watching the feeders during our lunch and after lunch, but we just got to see Green and Great-billed Hermit, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, and some specialties like Napo Sabrewing, Ecuadorian Piedtail and the Black-throated Brilliant, but despite our efforts we didn’t get the Pink-throated Brilliant in this feeder session.
So, we decided to check the Bigal Trails for the rest of the afternoon, and our hike started really well with a pair of Blackish Pewee, a very rare and local species in its patchy distribution, perhaps Rio Bigal is the easiest site to look for this species at the moment. We also got to see quite well the Green Manakin, another uncommon and local species that happens to be quite reliable at Bigal, and we saw it on different occasions. We had an encounter with a mixed flock species that had Russet Antshrike, Grey Antwren, Tawny-breasted Myiobius, Dusky-capped Greenlet, Bronze-green Euphonia, and Yellow-bellied, Bay-headed, Green-and-gold, and Blue-necked Tanagers, among other species. Also, there was a Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant that unfortunately just Mauricio (our local guide) and I managed to see. We also had an encounter with army ants where some people got to see briefly a Sooty Antbird and a Hairy-crested Antbird, also the Plain-brown Woodcreeper. We also did our first try for the Thrush-like Antpitta without success. During the last minutes of light, we got to see the Black-faced Antbird that everyone got to see and we heard the Eastern Woodhaunter that at some point we saw moving around the trees but in very dark conditions that did not allow a decent view. We returned to the lodge in the dark and we got to see a pair of Blackish Nightjars, as well as good views of the Band-bellied Owl.

Our following morning, we had an early breakfast to start hiking the trails at first light. We heard at dawn the Bicolored Hawk around the lodge but we didn’t see it, so we continued to the trails. One of the first birds that we saw was the Ruddy Foliage-Gleaner that seems to have a good density around Bigal, where we counted 3 different birds, but it seems that they only vocalize during the first part of the morning. After seeing the Foliage-Gleaner we got very good views of the Dusky Leaftosser, another difficult species to see. Wing-banded Wren was another good bird of the early part of the morning, as well the Sooty Antbird that this time everyone managed to see. We explored one of the narrow trails where we got to see the Great Jacamar and the Grey-tailed Piha, also other birds like the Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo and Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager were some of the birds that we saw in the narrow and steep trail. Other sightings during our morning were the Ornate Hawk-Eagle that is a rare species in Ecuador, Great Black Hawk, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Gilded Barbet, Rufous-tailed Foliage-Gleaner, White-shoulder Antshrike, Spot-backed Antbird, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Ornate Flycatcher, Green Manakin, Coraya Wren, Fulvous-crested Tanager, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, and Spotted Tanager, among others. We did look for flowers for Pink-throated Brilliant but there were not many flowers available, so we decided to spend more time at the hummingbird feeders by the lodge. After a while, we spotted a female Pink-throated Brilliant that came to the feeder and everyone managed to see it. This became the first Birdquest Lifer that I got to see on the tours that I have led up to the moment. The same species of Hummingbirds as the day before were seen again, but we also saw the Grey-chinned Hermit, and the Blue-fronted Lancebill. After a while, there was a sighting of a male Pink-throated Brilliant that came for a few seconds, but didn’t came back, at least in the time that we spent watching the feeders.
Now our next major target became the Red-winged Wood-Rail. Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do rather than walk very slowly and silently and get lucky enough to have an encounter with one of them. So that’s what we did, but without success. We did find other species during our afternoon, including the White-throated Woodpecker, White-necked Thrush and the Fiery-throated Fruiteater. Also, we had good activity of swifts where we managed to identify Short-tailed, Grey-rumped, Chestnut-collared and White-Collared Swifts. We gave another try for the Thrush-like Antpitta without success, and then we waited until dark to try for Foothill Screech-Owl and got great views of two different individuals in different sites. On the way back we heard the Thrush-like Antpitta calling at dark fairly close to the trail, so I went to check, and I managed to find the bird at the site that it was going to roost. So, one by one, I showed the bird to the members of our group—definitely another highlight of the trip to see this tricky Antpitta at dark!

We had another full day in Bigal, and we tried a different trail this morning. Before starting the trail, we managed to find the Bicolored Hawk that was calling the day before by the lodge, as well as a pair of Strong-billed Woodcreepers that were hanging around the lodge at dawn. Once in the trails, the birding became quite challenging and a bit frustrating at some moments, but with persistence we got to see the birds that were around, such as the Musician Wren, that was quite active in the first part of the morning, also the Olive Tanager and the Dusky-throated Antshrike. We also spent a bit of time locating a Moustached Antwren that was quite responsive but high up in the trees, and we did the same with other tricky birds that were up in the trees like the Rufous-winged Antwren, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Green-backed Trogon, and the always challenging to see Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant.
Possibly the best bird of the morning was the Striated Antthrush, but only a couple of persons and I managed to see it. This is one of those Amazonian birds that are disappearing from many of the sites where it used to occur in the past, and now only in very pristine areas can you have chances to see it. Other birds seen during our morning hike were the White-Necked Thrush that everyone managed to see, Golden-headed Manakin, Collared Trogon, and some mixed-flocks with Paradise Tanagers, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Variegated Bristle-Tyrant, Grey and Long-winged Antwren, Rufous-tailed Foliage-Gleaner, Olivaceous Woodcreeper and Lafresnaye’s Piculet. At the end of our hike, in the clearings around the lodge we got a Greyish Mourner to end up our morning session.
In the afternoon, we tried other trails with potential habitat for the Red-winged Wood-Rail, but without any sign of it. But we added some species like the Rufous-rumped Foliage-Gleaner, Euler’s Flycatcher and a Great Potoo.
Our last morning, we did some birding on the way out, and we had an encounter with White-plumed Antbird, as well with Plain-winged Antshrike, Common-Scaled Antbird, and Foothill Stipplethroat that we just heard and seen briefly by Mauricio and me. Once we got in the open areas of the main road, we added other species such as the Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher, Cream-Colored Woodpecker, Southern Mealy Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot, Chestnut-eared Aracari and Magpie Tanager. In some areas with patches of Bamboo we also got to see Large-headed Flatbill, Olive-faced Flatbill, White-winged Becard, and the Slate-coloured Seedeater male.
We met our vehicles that took us back to Coca, where the staff of Shiripuno was waiting for us, and from there we headed to the Shiripuno area, driving a couple hours to the site where we took our canoes that were going to take us on our journey to Shiripuno. Our journey lasted about 5 hours, looking for some birds and wildlife on the way. We managed to see a South American Tapir. The best birds that we saw in that boat ride were the Purple-throated and Plum-throated Cotingas, but also other species like the Blue-throated Piping Guan, Pale-rumped Swift, Neotropical Palm Swift, Greater Ani, Pied Puffbird, Many-banded Aracari, Black and Red-throated Caracaras, Blue-and-yellow, Chestnut-fronted and Scarlet Macaws, Drab Water Tyrant, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Thrush-like Wren, Green Oropendola, Orange-backed Troupial, and Epaulet Oriole, among others.
We arrived at Shiripuno in the dark, settled down, had dinner and got ready for our next day.
Shiripuno is part of an Indian reservation, which is run by the Shiripuno natives, where Octavio, our local native guide, and his family assisted us during the following days. Also, we had the assistance of Jarold, our local Ecuadorian guide, who knew very well the Amazonian birds and potential territories of some of the main targets of our next days. In total we spent 3 full days (4 nights), in Shiripuno.

Our first morning, we went to a site that Jarold knew was a territory for Rio Suno Antwren, one of the main specialties of the region. To get to the site, we had to take a short ride in the canoe, and then walk to the site. From the canoe, on the edge of the river I heard a White-browed Antbird, which apparently is not a common bird in the area, and actually was the first time that Jarold saw this bird in the area around Shiripuno. At the same spot, we also saw the Amazonian Streaked Antwren.
Once in the trail, we invested some time with an Undulated Tinamou that was calling close, but never gave an appearance. At least we got good views of the White-shouldered Antbird that were calling at the same time. Later, Octavio took us to an area of a territory of Wire-tailed Manakin that we managed to see well. Other birds like Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Black-throated Trogon, Scaly-breasted Woodpecker, and Blue-capped Manakin were seen on the way to the territory of the Rio Suno Antwren. Once at the area of the Rio Suno Antwren territory, we tried to find an antwrens mixed flock, and eventually we got encounters with at least two different mixed flocks, where we got species like White-flanked Antwren, Long-winged Antwren, Grey Antwren, Cinereous Antshrike, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner and Rufous-backed Stipplethroat (Yasuni Antwren). At some point, we heard the Rio Suno Antwren that was answering identical to the recordings, but we never managed to find it.
After lunch, there was intense rain with strong winds. Luckily, we were in a safe place at the moment, and after the rain the weather started to change, and we got the influence of a very strong cold front that really affected us the following days with the activity of birds and animals in general. The rain stopped late in the afternoon, and we decided to do our first try for Nocturnal Curassow. Perhaps the drop in temperature didn’t make the bird want to sing at night, which makes it quite difficult to find, but at least we got to see a White-throated Tinamou sleeping, which is a very difficult bird to see at daytime.
The following day, we did another try for Nocturnal Curassow before dawn, but before we started to look for the Curassow we got nice views of a Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl near the rooms. Once in the Curassow search, we never heard the Nocturnal Curassow, but what we did heard was the Salvin’s Curassow and we managed to find it the same way that we were looking for Nocturnal Curassow, with one bird up in the trees singing before dawn. At dawn, we heard Short-billed Leaftosser and Ocellated Woodcreeper, but neither of them were responsive. Then it started to rain, so we went to have breakfast. The activity of birds around the rooms was quite good, and several birds were feeding on fruiting trees in the forest edges. Some of the birds that we saw by the rooms were the Spix’s Guan, Rufous-breasted and Great-billed Hermits, Gilded and Lemon throated Barbets, Channel-billed Toucan, Chestnut Woodpecker, Dusky-billed Parrotlet, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, White-crowned Manakin, Chestnut-crowned Becard, White-vented Euphonia, Short-billed Honeycreeper, Blue, Yellow-bellied and Black-faced Dacnis, Masked Crimson, Turquoise, Paradise and Opal-rumped Tanagers.
After the rain passed, we went to the back of the trails but taking the canoe to get to that area and then returning to the camp by walking. Along the river we saw Yellow-billed Nunbird, and different species of Macaws, like Red-and-green, Chestnut-fronted and Red-bellied Macaws. Once at the trails, we had to deal with bouts of rain that came and went, but despite the weather we got to see interesting birds like Grey-winged Trumpeter, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Dusky-throated and Cinereous Antshrikes, Yellow-browed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, Citron-bellied Attila, Dusky-capped Greenlet and Trilling Gnatwren. The last section of the day we tried for the Fiery Topaz that normally feeds on insects along the river edge at some specific sites during the afternoons, but this afternoon didn’t show up. We did a try for Zigzag Heron after that without success, but we saw another White-throated Tinamou sleeping. And again, no signs of Nocturnal Curassow that night either.

The following day, we tried again for the Nocturnal Curassow, but now we were aiming to find one by pure luck, scanning every possible branch from the trail, because with the drop in temperature from the cold front it seemed that the Nocturnal Curassows didn’t vocalize on the days that we were there. The only moment that one Nocturnal Curassow vocalized was the first morning before dawn that I walked by myself around 3:00 am, and that was before the cold front appeared. Well, the nocturnal activity was very poor and the only things that we saw were a Brazil’s Lancehead (a viper species of the genus Bothrops) and another White-throated Tinamou.
At dawn, we started to hear birds and we heard a Collared Puffbird that we managed to see just before dawn with our flashlights. Once the daylight came, the activity was very slow because it was quite cold (you wouldn’t imagine that you were in the Ecuadorian Amazon!), but we managed to see a Pearly Antshrike, Black-throated Antbird and Yellow-browed Antbird, also we heard the Fulvous Antshrike. On the way back to our camp, we found a flowering tree where Jarold knew that the Topaz liked to visit. We did hear one bird around but didn’t manage to see it. Then we spent some time birding in the clearings around the lodge, where we added species like the Ivory-billed Aracari, Striped Woodcreeper, Chestnut Woodpecker, Black-throated Hermit, and Casqued Oropendola.
We went to try for the Fiery Topaz again at the flowering tree where we had heard it earlier. We heard it again, but it was quite challenging to locate from the trail, looking through the forest gaps. Octavio took his machete and started off the trail to look for other openings to see more flowers of that tree, and finally he spotted the area where the Topaz was feeding, and the whole group got to see good views through the telescopes of a male Fiery Topaz that was defending the flowers of that section of the tree.
Our new plan was to have an early lunch and spend the afternoon in one of the remote trails to give Rio Suno Antwren another try, as well as Nocturnal Curassow in a different area of Shiripuno. Generally, the afternoons tend to have low activity in the primary forest, but we managed to see some birds like White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Blue-backed Manakin, Amazonian Trogon, Yellow-browed Antbird, and much better views of Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant. From a viewpoint, we got to see Black-headed Parrot, Chanel-billed Toucan, King Vulture, and Green Oropendola. At the end of the day, we had some encounters with White-plumed Antbird and Sooty Antbird, as well, but not everyone got to see them. At dark, we managed to see Black-Banded Owl and Crested Owl. Meanwhile, as we walked back looking for Nocturnal Curassow, we found a Ruddy Quail-Dove sleeping and some Pacas (mammal) on the river edge.

The following day, we left early in the morning in order to keep our schedule with our next hotel. With the persistent cold front, it wasn’t the nicest ride, but we did have several encounters with more Fiery Topaz along the river. Not much else, just regular birds like Speckled Chachalaca, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Maroon-tailed Parakeet and our first White-eared Jacamars at the Shiripuno dock area.
From Coca, we got in another boat that took us to Sani, with the company of our new local guide, Olger who joined us for the days in Sani Lodge. After a journey along the Napo River, we got to the area of Sani Lodge, and proceeded with a short hike in riverside habitat where we saw our first Scarlet-crowned Barbet, and better views of Orange-backed Troupial. Then we took a short canoe ride through Varzea habitat in a small canal that connects with a Lagoon where Sani Lodge is located. Here we were greeted with welcoming drinks just in time to have a very nice lunch. Our first afternoon was spent in the areas near the Lodge and birding from the canoe through the Varzea forest channels and the habitats by the Lagoon, where we got some interesting species like Rufous-breasted Hermit and Black-throated Mango feeding on the flowers of Inga trees, Little Cuckoo, Sunbittern, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron (4 in total), Capped Heron, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, Snail and Slender-billed Kites, Crane Hawk, Ringed, Amazon, Green, Green-and-Rufous and Pygmy Kingfishers, White-chinned Jacamar, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and Orange-crested Manakin, which is a restricted-ranged species from the upper Amazon-Napo Lowlands.

Our first morning in Sani we visited the Canopy tower that is located around a massive Ceiba tree. It offers a different experience from other towers that I have been to before because some canopy birds will come right to the branches of the Ceiba tree, which makes it quite special. Some of the birds seen during our visit to the Canopy tower were Slate-coloured Hawk, White-fronted Nunbird, Many-banded Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Channel-billed Toucan, White-throated Toucan, Southern Mealy Amazon, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Crowned Slaty Flycatcher, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Spangled Cotinga, Pink-throated Becard, White-browed Purpletuft, White-lored, Thick-billed, Orange-bellied and Rufous-bellied Euphonias, Green-and-gold, Turquoise, Paradise and Opal-crowned Tanagers.
The rest of our morning we spent some time in the trails below the tower, where we managed to see different species like Golden-headed Manakin at a lek territory, Common-scaled Antbird and Yellow-crowned Elaenia. Then, we looked for other birds in the Varzea habitat, birding with the canoe, where we got to see one of the most restricted and important species of the trip, the Cocha Antshrike. We had nice views of one male. Other birds of interest were the Silvered and Plumbeous Antbirds, lots of Green-and-Rufous Kingfishers, several Agami Herons, Sungrebe, and a Black Hawk-Eagle flying above us. Also, we got really nice views of the Moustached Antwren by the areas near the rooms.
In the afternoon, we invested our time on the river edge habitat that has some particular species such as the Rufous-headed Woodpecker that was a major highlight of the trip. White-lored Antpitta is another major specialty of this region of the Amazon, but on this occasion just a few persons plus Olger and I managed to see it. White-bearded Hermit, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, and better views of the Scarlet-crowned Barbet were other highlights of the afternoon. We tried for nocturnal birds but the only bird seen was the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. After dinner, a few people joined me in another owling session and we saw a Tropical Screech- Owl.

Our next day we visited some river islands in the first part of the morning, where we managed to see specialties like the Olive-spotted Hummingbird, Castelnau’s Antshrike, Fuscous Flycatcher, Oriole Blackbird, Orange-headed Tanager and Caqueta Seedeater, among other more widespread birds as the Dark-breasted Spinetail, Short-crested Flycatcher and Little Woodpecker. After our session in the islands, we went to look for a roosting site of the Rufous Potoo, but we didn’t know if the bird was there that day. Once at the territory, Olger and I looked for it, and after a while Olger managed to spot it in a very impressive way, because the bird was really hidden in a dark section. This sighting of the Rufous Potoo became the bird of the trip! Around that area we also saw other good birds such as the Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Purplish Jacamar and Chestnut-winged Hookbill. Then we came back to the boat and tried another island with more advanced regeneration dominated by Cecropia trees. Here we got to see the Amazonian Umbrellabird. Other species that we saw along the river edge in other stops were Brown Jacamar and Spot-breasted Woodpecker. At the end of the day, we tried for Zigzag Heron before dusk, but without success.
Our last full day we spent at terra firme forest aiming to get some of the hardest species, and we got interesting species like the Rufous-capped Antthrush, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Fulvous Antshrike, Brown Nunlet and other sightings of Grey-winged Trumpeter, among others. Also, we managed to see Black-banded Crake around the villages.
The very last portion of the afternoon we tried again for the White-lored Antpitta and, with lots of persistence, Olger managed to find the spot where the Antpitta was calling deep in the tangled vegetation. Eventually, everyone got to see the bird.
Our very last day was a traveling day to take our flight to Quito, but even so we managed to see some birds like the Umbrellabird one more time, and Baird’s Sandpiper along the river edge.

Once again, we proved that Amazonian birding is extremely challenging but very rewarding, and without a doubt we had a very successful trip with a really good selection of birds. Many thanks to our local guides Mauricio, Jarold, Octavio, and Olger, as well the staff of each location that did everything to please our birding requirements. As well to the intrepid group members that never gave up during our wonderful Amazonian days.


1st: Rufous Potoo

2nd: Rufous-headed Woodpecker

3rd: Pink-throated Brilliant

4th: Chestnut-belted Gnateater

5th: Brown Nunlet




Great Tinamou  Tinamus major   Heard only, in the 3 locations that we stayed.

White-throated Tinamou ◊  Tinamus guttatus  Five different individuals in different locations were found roosting at night, during our Nocturnal Curassow quest.

Cinereous Tinamou  Crypturellus cinereus  Heard only.

Undulated Tinamou  Crypturellus undulatus  Heard only, quite close at some point at Shiripuno.

Variegated Tinamou  Crypturellus variegatus  Heard only, fairly close at Shiripuno.

Speckled Chachalaca  Ortalis guttata 

Spix’s Guan  Penelope jacquacu  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Blue-throated Piping Guan  Pipile cumanensis  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Nocturnal Curassow ◊  Nothocrax urumutum  (LO) Only leader heard it, during an inspection by himself the first early morning. Then, we were affected by a strong cold front and the bird didn’t call at all the next days.  

Salvin’s Curassow ◊  Mitu salvini  Found it at dark one of the mornings at Shiripuno, up in the trees.

Blackish Nightjar  Nyctipolus nigrescens   A pair were seen at Bigal.

Pauraque  Nyctidromus albicollis  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Great Potoo  Nyctibius grandis

Common Potoo  Nyctibius griseus  Five different individuals were seen during the trip.

Rufous Potoo ◊  Nyctibius bracteatus  Amazing find by Olger, our local guide in Sani Lodge. Bird of the trip!

Chestnut-collared Swift  Streptoprocne rutile  Seen at Bigal.

White-collared Swift  Streptoprocne zonaris   First seen at Bigal.

Grey-rumped Swift  Chaetura cinereiventris   Seen at Bigal and Sani Lodge.

Pale-rumped Swift  Chaetura egregia   Seen during our boat ride to get to Shiripuno.

Short-tailed Swift  Chaetura brachyura  Seen at Bigal and Sani Lodge.

Neotropical Palm Swift  Tachornis squamata  Seen in different locations.

Fiery Topaz ◊  Topaza pyra  One male seen at Shiripuno, and 2 females in our boat ride leaving Shiripuno.

White-necked Jacobin  Florisuga mellivora   Seen at Shiripuno Lodge.

Rufous-breasted Hermit  Glaucis hirsutus   Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Pale-tailed Barbthroat  Threnetes leucurus   One bird seen at Rio Bigal trails.

Black-throated Hermit  Phaethornis atrimentalis   One bird seen at Shiripuno, also at Sani Lodge.

Grey-chinned Hermit  Phaethornis griseogularis   Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal.

Reddish Hermit  Phaethornis ruber  One bird was seen at Shiripuno.

White-bearded Hermit  Phaethornis hispidus  Seen in river edge habitat at Sani Lodge.

Green Hermit  Phaethornis guy  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Great-billed Hermit  Phaethornis malaris  Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal, also seen at Shiripuno.

Blue-fronted Lancebill  Doryfera johannae  Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal.

Black-throated Mango  Anthracothorax nigricollis  One bird was seen at Sani Lodge.

Ecuadorian Piedtail ◊  Phlogophilus hemileucurus   Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal.

Pink-throated Brilliant ◊  Heliodoxa gularis  Coming infrequently to the Rio Bigal feeders (male and female), a Birdquest LIFER!

Black-throated Brilliant ◊   Heliodoxa schreibersii  Seen regularly at Rio Bigal Feeders.

Gould’s Jewelfront ◊  Heliodoxa aurescens  Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal.

Grey-breasted Sabrewing  Campylopterus largipennis  Seen at Rio Bigal Feeders, also at Shiripuno.

Napo Sabrewing  Campylopterus villaviscensio  Coming to feeders at Rio Bigal.

Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata  Seen at Rio Bigal Feeders, also at Shiripuno.

Olive-spotted Hummingbird ◊  Talaphorus chlorocercus  Good views in the Napo River islands.

Golden-tailed Sapphire  Chrysuronia oenone  Seen at Rio Bigal in a Lek area.

Greater Ani  Crotophaga major  Seen regularly at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge, near the rivers or Lagoons.

Smooth-billed Ani  Crotophaga ani  Seen several times during the trip.

Little Cuckoo  Coccycua minuta  Seen twice in the same area, at Sani Lodge.

Squirrel Cuckoo  Piaya cayana  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Rock Dove  Columba livia  Just seen when we were in Coca in our first day.

Pale-vented Pigeon  Patagioenas cayennensis  Seen during our visit to the Napo River islands.

Plumbeous Pigeon  Patagioenas plumbea  Heard only at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Ruddy Pigeon  Patagioenas subvinacea  One bird seen along the river on the way to Shiripuno.

Ruddy Ground Dove  Columbina talpacoti  Seen on the open fields at Rio Bigal.

Ruddy Quail-Dove  Geotrygon montana  One bird spotted by Octavio at night, at Shiripuno.

Grey-fronted Dove  Leptotila rufaxilla  Heard in Shiripuno and seen at Sani Lodge.

Sungrebe  Heliornis fulica  Nice views at Sani Lodge.

Grey-cowled Wood Rail  Aramides cajaneus  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Grey-breasted Crake  Laterallus exilis  Heard only during our visit to the Napo River islands.

Black-banded Crake ◊  Laterallus fasciatus  Seen in the Sani villages.

Grey-winged Trumpeter ◊  Psophia crepitans  First encounter at Shiripuno and them at Sani Lodge trails.

Limpkin  Aramus guarauna  A regular bird around Sani Lodge Lagoon.

Southern Lapwing  Vanellus chilensis  Seen at the Shiripuno River edge, as well along the Napo River.

Wattled Jacana  Jacana jacana  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Baird’s Sandpiper  Calidris bairdii  Seen the last day of the trip during our boat ride from Sani to Coca.

Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularius  Seen along the Shiripuno River.

Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria  Seen along the Shiripuno River.

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca  Seen at the Napo River.

Black Skimmer  Rynchops niger  Seen at the Napo River.

Large-billed Tern  Phaetusa simplex  Seen at the Napo River.

Sunbittern  Eurypyga helias  Seen at Shiripuno, as well at Sani Lodge.

Rufescent Tiger Heron  Tigrisoma lineatum  A regular bird at Sani Lodge.

Agami Heron  Agamia agami  We got to see 4 different individuals during our first afternoon in Sani, same amount the next day as well.

Boat-billed Heron  Cochlearius cochlearius  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis  Heard only at Sani Lodge.

Black-crowned Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax  One bird seen at Sani Lodge at dusk.

Striated Heron  Butorides striata  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Western Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis  Just seen during our drives from Coca to Bigal.

Cocoi Heron  Ardea cocoi  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge area.

Great Egret   Ardea [alba] egretta  Seen along the Napo River.

Capped Heron  Pilherodius pileatus  Common at Sani Lodge, and one bird along the Shiripuno River.

Little Blue Heron  Egretta caerulea  One bird seen at Napo River.

Hoatzin  Opisthocomus hoazin  Common around Sani Lodge.

King Vulture  Sarcoramphus papa  One bird was seen from the viewpoint at Shiripuno.

Black Vulture  Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura

Greater Yellow-headed Vulture  Cathartes melambrotus  Seen regularly in the Amazon lowlands.

Hook-billed Kite  Chondrohierax uncinatus  One bird was seen soaring at Sani Lodge.

Swallow-tailed Kite  Elanoides forficatus  Seen at Rio Bigal and Sani Lodge.

Black Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus tyrannus  One bird seen at Rio Bigal, also at Sani Lodge.

Ornate Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus ornatus  Good views at Rio Bigal.

Double-toothed Kite  Harpagus bidentatus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Bicolored Hawk  Accipiter bicolor  One bird was hanging around our rooms at Rio Bigal each morning.

Plumbeous Kite  Ictinia plumbea  Common species in the Amazon lowlands.

Snail Kite  Rostrhamus sociabilis  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Slender-billed Kite ◊  Helicolestes hamatus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Crane Hawk  Geranospiza caerulescens  One bird flying across the Sani Lagoon.

Slate-coloured Hawk  Buteogallus schistaceus  One bird was seen from the Sani canopy tower.

Great Black Hawk  Buteogallus urubitinga  Seen at Rio Bigal, and another bird in our boat ride to Shiripuno.

Roadside Hawk  Rupornis magnirostris  Common species.

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl  Glaucidium brasilianum  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Tropical Screech Owl  Megascops choliba  Seen at Sani Lodge, near our rooms.

Foothill Screech Owl ◊  Megascops [roraimae] napensis  Good views at Rio Bigal.

Tawny-bellied Screech Owl  Megascops watsonii  Excellent views at Shiripuno.

Band-bellied Owl ◊ Pulsatrix melanota  The first owl of the trip, at Rio Bigal.

Crested Owl  Lophostrix cristata  Seen nicely at Shiripuno.

Black-banded Owl  Strix huhula  Good views at Shiripuno.

Black-tailed Trogon  Trogon melanurus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Green-backed Trogon  Trogon viridis  Seen in each of the locations that we visited.

Amazonian Trogon  Trogon ramonianus  Seen once at Shiripuno.

Blue-crowned Trogon  Trogon curucui  Seen once at Rio Bigal.

Black-throated Trogon  Trogon rufus  Seen at Shiripuno.

Collared Trogon  Trogon collaris  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Amazon Kingfisher  Chloroceryle amazona  Seen at Shiripuno River and Sani Lodge.

American Pygmy Kingfisher  Chloroceryle aenea  Very common at Sani Lodge.

Green Kingfisher  Chloroceryle americana  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher  Chloroceryle inda  I have never seen as many individuals of this species as in our visit to Sani Lodge.

Ringed Kingfisher  Megaceryle torquata   Seen at Shiripuno River and Sani Lodge.

Amazonian Motmot  Momotus momota  Heard only at Sani Lodge.

Rufous Motmot  Baryphthengus martii  Heard only at Shiripuno.

White-eared Jacamar ◊ Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis  The first at the dock of Shiripuno, also at Sani villages.

Brown Jacamar  Brachygalba lugubris  One bird seen on the Napo River edge.

White-chinned Jacamar ◊  Galbula tombacea  A pair gave us the welcome to Sani Lodge.

Purplish Jacamar ◊  Galbula chalcothorax  Seen in the terra firme trails of Sani Lodge.

Great Jacamar  Jacamerops aureus  Seen at Rio Bigal, heard only at Shiripuno.

White-necked Puffbird  Notharchus hyperrhynchus  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Pied Puffbird  Notharchus tectus  Only one seen on the boat ride to Shiripuno.

Chestnut-capped Puffbird  Bucco macrodactylus  Seen on the Sani Villages.

Collared Puffbird ◊  Bucco capensis  Seen at dawn in Shiripuno.

Brown Nunlet ◊  Nonnula brunnea  Good views in the terra firme trails of Sani, heard only at Shiripuno.

Black-fronted Nunbird  Monasa nigrifrons  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

White-fronted Nunbird  Monasa morphoeus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Yellow-billed Nunbird  Monasa flavirostris  Seen at Shiripuno.

Swallow-winged Puffbird  Chelidoptera tenebrosa  Mostly at the Napo River edges, and Sani Lodge.

Scarlet-crowned Barbet ◊  Capito aurovirens  Seen in the Sani Villages.

Gilded Barbet  Capito auratus  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Lemon-throated Barbet  Eubucco richardsoni  Good views around the Shiripuno rooms.

Ivory-billed Aracari  Pteroglossus azara  Seen at Shiripuno Lodge.

Chestnut-eared Aracari  Pteroglossus castanotis  Seen in all the locations that we stayed.

Many-banded Aracari  Pteroglossus pluricinctus  Seen on the way in to Shiripuno, also from the Sani Canopy Tower.

Golden-collared Toucanet  Selenidera reinwardtii  Brief looks from the canopy tower, heard in other moments.

Channel-billed Toucan  Ramphastos vitellinus  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

White-throated Toucan  Ramphastos tucanus  Recorded in each location that we stayed.

Lafresnaye’s Piculet  Picumnus lafresnayi  One sitting joining a mixed flock at Rio Bigal.

Yellow-tufted Woodpecker  Melanerpes cruentatus  Seen at Sani Lodge, heard only at other sites.

Little Woodpecker  Veniliornis passerinus  One bird seen at the Napo River islands.

Red-stained Woodpecker  Veniliornis affinis  Heard only at Shiripuno, seen by leader as well.

White-throated Woodpecker  Piculus leucolaemus  A pair was seen at Rio Bigal.

Yellow-throated Woodpecker  Piculus flavigula  A pair was seen at Shiripuno.

Spot-breasted Woodpecker  Colaptes punctigula  Seen at Sani villages.

Scaly-breasted Woodpecker  Celeus grammicus  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Chestnut Woodpecker  Celeus elegans  Seen twice at Shiripuno.

Cream-colored Woodpecker  Celeus flavus  First seen at Rio Bigal, also at Shiripuno.

Rufous-headed Woodpecker  ◊  Celeus spectabilis  Great views at Sani Villages, a major highlight.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker  Campephilus melanoleucos  Several sittings at Shiripuno and Sani.

Black Caracara  Daptrius ater  Common in the Amazonian lowlands.

Red-throated Caracara  Ibycter americanus  Seen well at Shiripuno.

Yellow-headed Caracara  Milvago chimachima  Seen along the Napo River.

Laughing Falcon  Herpetotheres cachinnans  Seen once at Shiripuno.

Buckley’s Forest Falcon ◊  Micrastur buckleyi  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Bat Falcon  Falco rufigularis  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet ◊  Touit huetii  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Spot-winged Parrotlet ◊ (B)  Touit stictopterus  Heard only our last morning at Rio Bigal.

Cobalt-winged Parakeet  Brotogeris cyanoptera  Recorded in each location that we stayed.

Orange-cheeked Parrot  Pyrilia barrabandi  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Blue-headed Parrot  Pionus menstruus  Recorded in each location that we stayed.

Yellow-crowned Amazon  Amazona ochrocephala  A couple was seen at Sani Lodge.

Southern Mealy Amazon  Amazona farinose  Recorded in each location that we stayed.

Orange-winged Amazon  Amazona amazonica  Several sittings at Sani Lodge area.

Dusky-billed Parrotlet  Forpus modestus  Seen once at Shiripuno, good views with telescope.

Black-headed Parrot  Pionites melanocephalus  Distance views from the viewpoint at Shiripuno.

Maroon-tailed Parakeet ◊  Pyrrhura melanura  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Dusky-headed Parakeet  Aratinga weddellii  Seen at Sani Lodge area.

Red-bellied Macaw  Orthopsittaca manilatus  Common in the Amazonian Lowlands.

Blue-and-yellow Macaw  Ara ararauna  Nice views at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Chestnut-fronted Macaw  Ara severus  A few sightings at Shiripuno.

Scarlet Macaw  Ara macao  Just seen at Shiripuno.

Red-and-green Macaw  Ara chloropterus  A pair was seen at Shiripuno.

White-eyed Parakeet  Psittacara leucophthalmus  A small group was seen at Shiripuno.

Dusky Leaftosser  Sclerurus obscurior  Great views at Rio Bigal.

Short-billed Leaftosser  Sclerurus rufigularis.  Heard at dawn in Shiripuno.

Olivaceous Woodcreeper  Sittasomus griseicapillus  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Plain-brown Woodcreeper  Dendrocincla fuliginosa  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper  Glyphorynchus spirurus  Seen in each location that we stayed.

Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper*  Dendrexetastes rufigula  Nice views from Sani canopy tower.

Long-billed Woodcreeper  Nasica longirostris  One bird hanging around our rooms in Sani Lodge.

Black-banded Woodcreeper  Dendrocolaptes picumnus  Heard only each morning around Sani Lodge.

Strong-billed Woodcreeper  Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus  Seen around our rooms in Rio Bigal.

Striped Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus obsoletus  Just seen once at Shiripuno, but it was heard several times.

Ocellated Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus ocellatus  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Elegant Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus elegans  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Buff-throated Woodcreeper  Xiphorhynchus guttatus  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Straight-billed Woodcreeper  Dendroplex picus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Red-billed Scythebill  Campylorhamphus trochilirostris  Heard only along the Shiripuno River.

Duida Woodcreeper  Lepidocolaptes duidae  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Plain Xenops  Xenops minutus  A widespread species in our trip.

Point-tailed Palmcreeper  Berlepschia rikeri  Heard only at the distance, from the Napo River islands.

Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner  Philydor erythrocercum  Seen once joining a mixed flock at Rio Bigal.

Rufous-tailed Foliage-gleaner  Anabacerthia ruficaudata  Seen twice at Rio Bigal.

Chestnut-winged Hookbill  Ancistrops strigilatus  Seen at Sani terra firme trails.

Ruddy Foliage-gleaner  Clibanornis rubiginosus  Seen in the early morning at Rio Bigal.

Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner  Automolus ochrolaemus  Leader only, at Shiripuno.

Eastern Woodhaunter  Automolus subulatus  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Dark-breasted Spinetail  Synallaxis albigularis  One sighting at the Napo River islands.

Spot-winged Antshrike  Pygiptila stellaris  One bird seen at Rio Bigal.

Russet Antshrike ◊ Thamnistes anabatinus   Seen at Rio Bigal.

Rufous-backed Stipplethroat ◊ (Yasuni Antwren)  Epinecrophylla [haematonota] fjeldsaai  Seen at Shiripuno, joining an antwren mixed flock. The Rufous-backed Stipplethroat has 3 different subspecies (at the moment), and the one that we saw was the one that occurs in southeast Ecuador in the south and west of Napo River, and extreme northcentral Peru. Also known as Yasuni Antwren (E. haematonota fjeldsaai).

Foothill Stipplethroat ◊ Epinecrophylla spodionota   Heard only at Rio Bigal (seen by leader).

Moustached Antwren ◊  Myrmotherula ignota  Nice views at Sani Lodge.

Pygmy Antwren  Myrmotherula brachyura  Seen at Shiripuno.

Amazonian Streaked Antwren  Myrmotherula multostriata   Seen along the river edge at Shiripuno.

White-flanked Antwren  Myrmotherula axillaris  Different sightings, mainly at Shiripuno but also at Sani.

Rio Suno Antwren ◊  Myrmotherula sunensis  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Long-winged Antwren  Myrmotherula longipennis  Seen at Rio Bigal as well in Shiripuno.

Grey Antwren  Myrmotherula menetriesii  Seen in each location that we stayed.

Plain-throated Antwren  Isleria hauxwelli  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Dusky-throated Antshrike  Thamnomanes ardesiacus  Seen in each location that we stayed.

Cinereous Antshrike  Thamnomanes caesius  Seen several times at Shiripuno.

Pearly Antshrike ◊  Megastictus margaritatus  Seen once at Shiripuno.

Dugand’s Antwren ◊  Herpsilochmus dugandi  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Rusty-winged Antwren  Herpsilochmus frater  Neck breaking views at Rio Bigal.

Plain Antvireo  Dysithamnus mentalis  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Barred Antshrike  Thamnophilus doliatus  Seen in the Napo River islands.

Cocha Antshrike ◊  Thamnophilus praecox  Good views of one male at Sani Lodge, a major target.

Castelnau’s Antshrike ◊  Thamnophilus cryptoleucus  Seen in the Napo River islands.

White-shouldered Antshrike  Thamnophilus aethiops  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Plain-winged Antshrike (Black-capped A)  Thamnophilus schistaceus  Heard several, seen at Bigal.

Mouse-coloured Antshrike  Thamnophilus murinus  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Fasciated Antshrike  Cymbilaimus lineatus  Heard only at Bigal and Sani.

Fulvous Antshrike ◊  Frederickena fulva  Seen at Sani, also heard at Shiripuno.

Black-throated Antbird  Myrmophylax atrothorax  One bird was seen at Shiripuno.

White-plumed Antbird  Pithys albifrons  Seen briefly at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

White-cheeked Antbird  Gymnopithys leucaspis  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Hairy-crested Antbird ◊  Rhegmatorhina melanosticta   Very brief sittings by some group members at Bigal.

Reddish-winged Bare-eye ◊  Phlegopsis erythroptera  It called quite close at Sani but was too shy and took off.

Common Scale-backed Antbird  Willisornis poecilinotus  Seen at Rio Bigal and Sani Lodge.

Peruvian Warbling Antbird ◊  Hypocnemis peruviana  Seen at Shiripuno.

Yellow-browed Antbird  Hypocnemis hypoxantha  Seen at Shiripuno.

Blackish Antbird  Cercomacroides nigrescens  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Grey Antbird  Cercomacra cinerascens  Seen at Shiripuno and from Sani canopy tower.

Spot-backed Antbird ◊  Hylophylax naevius  First seen at Rio Bigal, also at Shiripuno.

Dot-backed Antbird ◊  Hylophylax punctulatus  Heard only at Sani Lodge.

Silvered Antbird  Sclateria naevia  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Plumbeous Antbird  Myrmelastes hyperythrus  Good views at Sani Lodge.

Spot-winged Antbird  Myrmelastes leucostigma  Seen at Shiripuno.

Black-faced Antbird  Myrmoborus myotherinus  Seen twice at Rio Bigal.

White-browed Antbird  Myrmoborus leucophrys  Seen along the Shiripuno River edge.

White-shouldered Antbird ◊  Percnostola melanoceps  Heard several but seen at Shiripuno.

Sooty Antbird  Percnostola fortis  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Rufous-capped Antthrush  Formicarius colma  Good views at Sani terra firme forest.

Striated Antthrush ◊ Chamaeza nobilis   Unfortunately just 2 persons plus me managed to see it at Bigal.

Scaled Antpitta  Grallaria guatimalensis  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

White-lored Antpitta ◊  Hylopezus fulviventris  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Thrush-like Antpitta ◊  Myrmothera campanisona  One bird found at dark on its roosting site at Bigal.

Chestnut-belted Gnateater ◊  Conopophaga aurita  Good views at the Sani terra firme trails.

Rusty-belted Tapaculo  Liosceles thoracicus  Seen at Sani terra firme trails.

Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet  Tyrannulus elatus  Seen at Sani Lodge and Shiripuno.

Yellow-crowned Elaenia ◊  Myiopagis flavivertex  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet  Camptostoma obsoletum  Heard only at Sani Lodge.

Slender-footed Tyrannulet  Zimmerius gracilipes  Best views from the Sani canopy tower.

Variegated Bristle Tyrant  Pogonotriccus poecilotis  Joining a mixed species flock at Rio Bigal.

Spectacled Bristle Tyrant  Pogonotriccus orbitalis  Leader only at Rio Bigal.

Ecuadorian Tyrannulet ◊  Phylloscartes gualaquizae  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  Mionectes oleaginous  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Sepia-capped Flycatcher  Leptopogon amaurocephalus  Leader only at Sani Lodge.

Slaty-capped Flycatcher  Leptopogon superciliaris  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Ornate Flycatcher  Myiotriccus ornatus  Seen at Rio Bigal.

White-eyed Tody-Tyrant  Hemitriccus zosterops  Good views from Shiripuno.

Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant  Hemitriccus rufigularis  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Double-banded Pygmy Tyrant ◊ Lophotriccus vitiosus  Heard several but seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher ◊  Poecilotriccus calopterus  One bird seen at Rio Bigal.

Spotted Tody-Flycatcher  Todirostrum maculatum  Seen at Shiripuno.

Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher  Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum  Seen once at Sani Lodge.

Olivaceous Flatbill  Rhynchocyclus olivaceus  Seen at Sani terra firme trail.

Grey-crowned Flatbill  Tolmomyias poliocephalus  Seen once at Sani Lodge.

Olive-faced Flatbill  Tolmomyias viridiceps   First seen at Bigal entrance road, also at Sani Lodge.

Euler’s Flycatcher  Lathrotriccus euleri  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Fuscous Flycatcher  Cnemotriccus fuscatus   Seen at Napo River islands.

Blackish Pewee ◊  Contopus nigrescens  A pair with a very stablish territory at Rio Bigal.

Drab Water Tyrant  Ochthornis littoralis  Several sittings from Shiripuno River.

Piratic Flycatcher  Legatus leucophaius  One bird was seen at Shiripuno.

Social Flycatcher  Myiozetetes similis  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani area.

Grey-capped Flycatcher  Myiozetetes granadensis  Several sittings from Shiripuno.

Great Kiskadee  Pitangus sulphuratus  Several sittings from Shiripuno and Sani.

Lesser Kiskadee  Philohydor lictor  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Streaked Flycatcher  Myiodynastes maculatus  One sitting from Sani Lodge.

Boat-billed Flycatcher  Megarynchus pitangua  Seen at Sani and Shiripuno.

Sulphury Flycatcher  Tyrannopsis sulphurea  Heard only at Sani Villages.

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher  Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus  Seen from Sani canopy tower.

Tropical Kingbird  Tyrannus melancholicus 

Greyish Mourner  Rhytipterna simplex  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Myiarchus tuberculifer  Heard a few times but was seen at Shiripuno.

Short-crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus ferox  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Large-headed Flatbill  Ramphotrigon megacephalum  Seen in a bamboo area along the Rio Bigal entrance road.

Rufous-tailed Flatbill  Ramphotrigon ruficauda  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Cinnamon Attila  Attila cinnamomeus  Nice views at Sani Lodge.

Citron-bellied Attila ◊  Attila citriniventris  Seen at Shiripuno.

Bright-rumped Attila  Attila spadiceus  Heard only at Shiripuno and Bigal.

Fiery-throated Fruiteater ◊  Pipreola chlorolepidota  Seen at Bigal.

Grey-tailed Piha ◊   Snowornis subalaris  Good views at Bigal.

Black-necked Red Cotinga  Phoenicircus nigricollis  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Purple-throated Fruitcrow  Querula purpurata  Seen regularly at Sani Lodge.

Amazonian Umbrellabird  Cephalopterus ornatus  Good views at the Napo River islands.

Screaming Piha  Lipaugus vociferans  Leader only and heard at Bigal and Shiripuno.

Plum-throated Cotinga  Cotinga maynana  A male was seen in our boat ride to Shiripuno.

Spangled Cotinga  Cotinga cayana  Good views from Sani canopy tower.

Purple-throated Cotinga  Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema  Brief views during our boat ride to Shiripuno.

Bare-necked Fruitcrow  Gymnoderus foetidus  Seen at Shiripuno.

Blue-backed Manakin  Chiroxiphia pareola  Seen at Shiripuno.

Green Manakin ◊  Cryptopipo holochlora  Several sightings of this rarity at Rio Bigal.

Blue-capped Manakin  Lepidothrix coronata  Seen a couple of times at Shiripuno. Formerly Blue-crowned Manakin but recently split into Blue-capped Manakin and Velvety Manakin. Velvety Manakin has a distribution from northwest Ecuador to the South Pacific of Costa Rica, and Blue-capped through the Amazon, where there are 6 different subspecies.  The subspecies seen on our tour was the nominate subspecies Lepidothrix coronata coronata.

Orange-crested Manakin ◊ (O-crowned M)  Heterocercus aurantiivertex  Nice views at Sani Lodge.

Wire-tailed Manakin  Pipra filicauda  Nice male in a lek territory at Shiripuno.

White-crowned Manakin  Pseudopipra pipra  Seen at Shiripuno.

Golden-headed Manakin  Ceratopipra erythrocephala  Seen at Sani and Rio Bigal.

Tawny-breasted Myiobius ◊  Myiobius villosus  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Black-tailed Tityra  Tityra cayana  Seen at Shiripuno.

White-browed Purpletuft  Iodopleura isabellae  Three birds were seen from Sani canopy tower.

Chestnut-crowned Becard  Pachyramphus castaneus  Seen at Shiripuno.

White-winged Becard ◊  Pachyramphus polychopterus  Seen at Bigal entrance road.

Pink-throated Becard  Pachyramphus minor  Seen from Sani canopy tower.

Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo  Vireolanius leucotis  Seen at Rio Rigal.

Tawny-crowned Greenlet  Tunchiornis ochraceiceps  Joining mixed flocks at Shiripuno.

Dusky-capped Greenlet  Pachysylvia hypoxantha  Seen at Shiripuno.

Violaceous Jay  Cyanocorax violaceus  A common species.

White-winged Swallow  Tachycineta albiventer  Common along the Amazonian rivers.

White-banded Swallow  Atticora fasciata  Regularly seen along the Amazonian rivers.

Southern Rough-winged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx ruficollis  Seen during our drives.

Brown-chested Martin  Progne tapera  Seen once along the Napo River.

Grey-breasted Martin  Progne chalybea  Seen along the Napo River.

Black-capped Donacobius  Donacobius atricapilla  Excellent views at Sani and Shiripuno.

Thrush-like Wren  Campylorhynchus turdinus  Seen at Shiripuno and the Sani villages.

Coraya Wren  Pheugopedius coraya  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Buff-breasted Wren  Cantorchilus leucotis  Heard only at Shiripuno.

House Wren  Troglodytes aedon  Seen at Sani villages.

White-breasted Wood Wren  Henicorhina leucosticta  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Southern Nightingale-Wren (Scaly-breasted W)  Microcerculus marginatus  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Wing-banded Wren ◊ (B)  Microcerculus bambla  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Musician Wren  Cyphorhinus arada  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Trilling Gnatwren  Ramphocaenus melanurus  Seen once at Shiripuno, it was heard on different occasions.

Tropical Gnatcatcher  Polioptila plumbea  Heard only at Shiripuno.

Black-billed Thrush  Turdus ignobilis  Seen at Sani villages.

White-necked Thrush  Turdus albicollis  Good views at Rio Bigal.

White-lored Euphonia (Golden-bellied E)  Euphonia chrysopasta  Good views at Sani canopy tower. 

White-vented Euphonia  Euphonia minuta  Seen at Shiripuno.

Thick-billed Euphonia  Euphonia laniirostris  Seen at Sani canopy tower.

Orange-bellied Euphonia  Euphonia xanthogaster  Several sightings during the trip.

Bronze-green Euphonia  Euphonia mesochrysa   Seen at Rio Bigal.

Rufous-bellied Euphonia  Euphonia rufiventris  Best views from the Sani canopy tower.

Yellow-throated Bush Tanager  Chlorospingus flavigularis  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Yellow-browed Sparrow  Ammodramus aurifrons  Seen at Rio Bigal entrance road and Sani villages.

Orange-billed Sparrow  Arremon aurantiirostris  Good views at Rio Bigal.

Russet-backed Oropendola  Psarocolius angustifrons  The most common species of Oropendola.

Crested Oropendola  Psarocolius decumanus  Seen at each location that we stayed.

Green Oropendola  Psarocolius viridis  Just seen at Shiripuno.

Yellow-rumped Cacique  Cacicus cela  Common species.

Casqued Oropendola  Cacicus oseryi  Seen once around Shiripuno rooms.

Orange-backed Troupial  Icterus croconotus  Best views from Sani Lodge.

Epaulet Oriole (Moriche O)  Icterus cayanensis   Seen at Sani Lodge.

Giant Cowbird  Molothrus oryzivorus  Different random sights of this species.

Shiny Cowbird  Molothrus bonariensis  Seen only when we left Rio Bigal.

Oriole Blackbird  Gymnomystax mexicanus  Seen well at the Napo River islands.

Slate-throated Whitestart   Myioborus miniatus  One bird seen at Rio Bigal.

Red-crowned Ant Tanager  Habia rubica  A couple was seen at Shiripuno.

Olive Tanager ◊  Chlorothraupis frenata  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Green Honeycreeper  Chlorophanes spiza  At least one sighting in each place that we stayed.

Purple Honeycreeper  Cyanerpes caeruleus  Several sightings in each place that we stayed.

Short-billed Honeycreeper  Cyanerpes nitidus  It was seen around the fruiting trees by the Shiripuno rooms.

Blue Dacnis  Dacnis cayana  Seen at Shiripuno.

Yellow-bellied Dacnis  Dacnis flaviventer  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Black-faced Dacnis  Dacnis lineata  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Blue-grey Saltator  Saltator coerulescens  Heard only at the Napo River islands.

Buff-throated Saltator  Saltator maximus  Seen at Shiripuno.

Slate-coloured Grosbeak  Saltator grossus  Heard only at Rio Bigal.

Bananaquit  Coereba flaveola  Heard only at Rio Bigal, we didn’t make too much effort to find it.

Blue-black Grassquit  Volatinia jacarina  Seen at Rio Bigal entrance road.

Grey-headed Tanager  Eucometis penicillata  Seen by leader, heard only for the group, at Sani Lodge.

Flame-crested Tanager  Loriotus cristatus  One bird was seen at Sani Lodge.

Fulvous-crested Tanager  Tachyphonus surinamus  A couple was seen at Rio Bigal.

Fulvous Shrike-Tanager  Lanio fulvus  A regular bird in Rio Bigal mixed flocks.

Masked Crimson Tanager  Ramphocelus nigrogularis  Good numbers at Shiripuno.

Silver-beaked Tanager  Ramphocelus carbo  Common species in disturbed habitats.

Caqueta Seedeater ◊  Sporophila murallae  Seen at the Napo River islands.

Black-and-white Seedeater  Sporophila luctuosa  Seen at Rio Bigal entrance road.

Chestnut-bellied Seed Finch  Sporophila angolensis  Seen at Rio Bigal entrance road.

Slate-coloured Seedeater ◊ Sporophila schistacea  One male was see at Rio Bigal entrance road, a very rare bird for the area.

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater  Sporophila castaneiventris  Seen at Rio Bigal entrance road.

Orange-headed Tanager  Thlypopsis sordida  Seen at the Napo River islands.

Magpie Tanager  Cissopis leverianus  First seen at Rio Bigal entrance road.

Red-capped Cardinal  Paroaria gularis  Seen around Sani Lagoon.

Spotted Tanager  Ixothraupis punctata  One sighting from Rio Bigal.

Yellow-bellied Tanager  Ixothraupis xanthogastra  Seen at Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Blue-grey Tanager  Thraupis episcopus  Different sightings during the trip.

Palm Tanager  Thraupis palmarum  Seen at different locations.

Blue-necked Tanager  Stilpnia cyanicollis  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Masked Tanager  Stilpnia nigrocincta  One bird seen at Shiripuno.

Beryl-spangled Tanager  Tangara nigroviridis  One sighting from Rio Bigal, not a regular bird at this altitude.

Bay-headed Tanager  Tangara gyrola  Several sightings from Rio Bigal and Shiripuno.

Green-and-gold Tanager  Tangara schrankii  Seen in each location that we stayed.

Golden Tanager  Tangara arthus  Seen at Rio Bigal.

Turquoise Tanager  Tangara mexicana  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Paradise Tanager  Tangara chilensis  Different sightings in each location that we stayed.

Opal-crowned Tanager  Tangara callophrys  Seen from the Sani canopy tower.

Opal-rumped Tanager  Tangara velia  Feeding on the trees around Shiripuno rooms.



Brown-throated Sloth  Bradypus variegatus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Jaguar  Panthera onca  Several footprints at Rio Bigal.

Western Lowland Olingo  Bassaricyon medius  Hanging around Bigal rooms at night.

Kinkajou  Potos flavus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

Lowland Tapir  Tapirus terrestris  We had a nice encounter on the way in to Shiripuno.

White-lipped Peccary  Tayassu pecari  Footprints of big groups at Shiripuno.

Humboldt’s White-fronted Capuchin (White-fronted C)  Cebus albifrons  Seen at Bigal and Shiripuno.

Humboldt’s Squirrel Monkey  Saimiri cassiquiarensis  Seen at Shiripuno and Sani Lodge.

Western Pygmy Marmoset  Cebuella pygmaea  Heard only on Shiripuno River.

Golden Mantled Tamarin  Saguinus tripartitus  Heard only at Sani.

Spix’s Night Monkey  Aotus vociferans  They were hanging around Bigal rooms before dawn.

Red Titi Monkey  Plecturocebus discolor  Nice views of it at Shiripuno.

Colombian Red Howler Monkey (Venezuelan R H M)  Alouatta seniculus  Seen at Sani Lodge.

White-bellied Spider Monkey  Ateles belzebuth  Distance views from Shiripuno viewpoint.

Common Woolly Monkey  Lagothrix lagothricha  Seen at Shiripuno.

Spotted Paca  Cuniculus paca  Seen at Rio Bigal and along the Shiripuno riverbanks.

Southern Amazon Red Squirrel  Sciurus spadiceus  Seen briefly at Sani Lodge.



Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle  Podocnemis unifilis  Several sightings at Shiripuno and Sani.

Garden Tree Boa  Corallus hortulana  Seen during our nightwalks in Shiripuno.

Green Anaconda  Eunectes murinus  An individual being eaten by a Black Caiman.

Brown Sipo  Chironius fuscus  One individual seen at Rio Bigal, coiled in branches of a small tree.

Brazil’s Lancehead  Bothrops brazili  Seen at Shiripuno.

Spectacled Caiman  Caiman crococilus  Seen at Shiripuno.

Black Caiman  Melanosuchus niger  Quite common at Sani Lagoon.

Schneider’s Smooth-fronted Caiman  Paleosuchus trigonatus  Couple of sights at Shiripuno River.



Arapaima Arapaima gigas Very impressive fish, seen at Sani Lagoon.