Southern Ecuador

Rainbow Starfrontlet

Bill Sharkey and I were supposed to head back to Costa Rica in March of 2023, but that trip was postponed for a year. To fill the void, we contacted friend and Ecuadorian guide Nelson Apolo Jaramillo about a return to Ecuador. He suggested we cover the southwestern portion of the country, came up with a wonderful itinerary, and the trip was on! We experienced none of the airline trouble or social unrest that plagued our June trip; the trip was a stunning success with lots of laughs, amazing lodges, beautiful scenery, and 480 species of birds!

Striated Heron

Cocoi Heron

Rufescent Tiger-heron (immature)

Horned Screamer

Torrent Duck

Comb Duck

Swallow-tailed Kite

Snail Kite (male)

Snail Kite (female)

Pearl Kite

Bicolored Hawk

Savannah Hawk

Roadside Hawk

Black Caracara

Bearded Guan

Speckled Chachalaca

Wattled Jacana

White-throated Quail-dove

Pacific Parrotlet

El Oro Parakeet

White-necked Parakeet

Red-masked Parakeet

Andean Pygmy-owl

Peruvian Pygmy-owl

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Spangled Coquette (immature)

Wire-crested Thorntail

Green Thorntail

White-necked Jacobin

Brown Violetear

White-vented Plumeleteer

Fawn-breasted Brilliant

Violet-fronted Brilliant

Green-crowned Brilliant

Long-billed Starthroat

Many-spotted Hummingbird

Glittering-throated Emerald

Amazilia Hummingbird

Andean Emerald

Fork-tailed Woodnymph

Violet-bellied Hummingbird

Blue-tailed Emerald

Blue-throated Hillstar

Black-tailed Trainbearer

Violet-tailed Sylph

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Glowing Puffleg

Viridian Metaltail

Neblina Metaltail

Rufous-capped Thornbill

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill

Amethyst-throated Sunangel

Little Sunangel

Purple-throated Sunangel

Shining Sunbeam

Great Sapphirewing

Collared Inca

Rainbow Starfrontlet

Ecuadorian Trogon

Gartered Trogon

Guayaquil Woodpecker

Whooping Motmot

Green Jay (Inca form)

White-tailed Jay

Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan

Yellow-throated Toucan

Ecuadorian Piculet

Scarlet-backed Woodpecker

Olivaceous Woodcreeper

Montane Woodcreeper

Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner

Chestnut-winged Cinclodes

Pale-legged Hornero

Collared Antshrike

Chapman's Antshrike

Peruvian Warbling Antbird

Crescent-faced Antpitta

Watkins's Antpitta

Equitorial Antpitta

Jocotoco Antpitta

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet

Slaty-capped Flycatcher

Sierran Elaenia

Peruvian Tyrannulet

Agile Tit-tyrant

Rufous-tailed Tyrant

Orange-banded Flycatcher

Smoky Bush-tyrant

Cliff Flycatcher

Rufous-breasted Chat-tyrant

Ochraceous Attila

Lemon-browed Flycatcher

Slaty Becard

Masked Tityra

Barred Fruiteater

Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Golden-headed Manakin

Mountain Wren

Long-tailed Mockingbird

White-browed Gnatcatcher

Great Thrush

Tropical Parula

Spectacled Redstart

Three-striped Warbler

Russet-crowned Warbler

Gray-and-gold Warbler

Masked Flowerpiercer

Glossy Flowerpiercer

Green Honeycreeper

Swallow Tanager

Paradise Tanager

Guira Tanager

Orange-eared Tanager

Golden-eared Tanager

Silvery Tanager

Golden-crowned Tanager

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager

Yellow-throated Chlorospingus

Dusky Chlorospingus

Streaked Saltator

Crimson-breasted Finch

Yellow-breasted Brush-finch

White-headed Brush-finch

Crested Oropendola

Russet-backed Oropendola

Peruvian Meadowlark

Yellow-tailed Oriole

Red-crested Finch

Scenes from our trip

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