Southern Ecuador 2016

Striped owl © James Timmons Photography
Striped owl © James Timmons Photography

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February 2016

Mass Audubon’s David Larson led a group of Mass Audubon travelers on an exploration of Southern Ecuador. The group managed to amass a total of 539 species of birds (plus 3 additional subspecies). Participants voted on the top birds seen and submitted highlights from the trip as follows. Download the full report to read more highlights from the trip and to see the full checklist of species seen!

Top Birds as voted by participants

    1. Jocotoco Antpitta
    2-3. Solitary Eagle and Orange-throated Tanager (tied)
    4-7. Horned Screamer, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Torrent   Duck (tied)
    8-15. Striped Owl, Band-winged Nightjar, Little Sunangel, Lanceolated Monklet, Paradise Tanager, Fasciated Wren, Tawny Antpitta, Giant Conebill (tied)

Trip Highlights

  1. Watching the diving display and hearing the vocalizations of Purple-collared Woodstars and all of the antics, colors, and sounds of hummers.
  2. Having great food at Copalinga.
  3. Driving over the Andes.
  4. Taking the hike at Tapichalaca, ending with the Jocotoco Antpitta prize.
  5. Having a woman invite us to her balcony to see the Chestnut-collared Swallow nests.
  6. Seeing seven toucans at one time.
  7. Enjoying the spectacular countryside of steep mountains and deep valleys.
  8. Seeing intact forest cover in so many areas and obvious interest in conservation on the part of Ecuador.
  9. Visiting Podocarpus National Park.
  10. All of the Jocotoco lodges were comfortable with great food and conducive to enjoying the forest around.