North-west Ecuador: 2013

Click on the small picture to see a larger, more detailed version. I toured North-western Ecuador in November 2013. The weather was good much of the time. I also toured Ecuador and the Galapagos in November 2010. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon camera with 100-400mm zoom lens. The trip was very enjoyable and was led by Jan Hansen (dba Otus Asio Tours He leads a variety of trips, all of which I would recommend.

High-elevation Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country with a vast number of birds. The capital is Quito located at an elevation of about 9000 feet. From there we drove east to a pass in the Andes around 13000 feet elevation to spend one night on the eastern side. Then we turned around and went to as high as 14000 feet for Andean specialties before returning to Quito. The next day again took us up for more high-elevation birds and finally to Septimo Paraiso, north-west of Quito and our home for 6 nights. We explored that region extensively, including one rainy day at low (~2000 feet) elevation.

[Carunculated Caracara] [Black-winged Ground-Dove] [Red-crested Cotinga] [Tyrian Metaltail] [Variable Hawk] [Variable Hawk] [Andean Tit-Spinetail]

Carunculated Caracara, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Red-crested Cotinga,
Tyrian Metaltail, Variable Hawk, Andean Tit-Spinetail, Papallacta Pass, November 3, 2014

[Sword-billed Hummingbird] [Chestnut-breasted Coronet] [Buff-tailed Coronet] [Long-tailed Sylph] [Buff-winged Starfrontlet] [Collared Inca] [White-capped Dipper] [Turquoise Jay]

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Buff-tailed Coronet,
Long-tailed Sylph, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Collared Inca, White-capped Dipper,
Turquoise Jay, Guango Lodge, November 3, 2014

[Spectacled Redstart] [Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant] [Giant Hummingbird] [Rufous-collared Sparrow] [Black Flowerpiercer]

Spectacled Redstart, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant, Giant Hummingbird,
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Black Flowerpiercer, Antisana Reserve, November 4, 2014

[Andean Condor] [Stout-billed Cinclodes] [Plumbeous Sierra-Finch] [Andean Gull] [Black-faced Ibis]

Andean Condor, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Andean Gull,
Black-faced Ibis, Antisana Reserve, November 4, 2014

[Silvery Grebe] [Andean Teal] [Many-striped Canastero] [Sparkling Violetear] [Golden-bellied Grosbeak]

Silvery Grebe, Andean Teal, Many-striped Canastero at Antisana Reserve;
Sparkling Violetear, Golden-bellied Grosbeak near Tumbaco (Quito area), November 4, 2014

[Tawny Antpitta] [Hooded Mountain-Tanager] [Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager] [Great Sapphirewing]

Tawny Antpitta, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager,
Great Sapphirewing, Yanacocha, November 5, 2014

[Sapphire-vented Puffleg] [Golden-breasted Puffleg] [Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan] [Tanager Finch]

Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg at Yanacocha;
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Tanager Finch at Bella Vista, November 5, 2014

Septimo Paraiso environs

[Golden-headed Quetzal] [Golden-headed Quetzal] [Crowned Woodnymph] [Crowned Woodnymph] [Rufous-tailed Hummingbird]

Golden-headed Quetzal (male, female), Crowned Woodnymph (male, female),
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Septimo Paraiso, November 6, 2014

[Green-crowned Brilliant] [Green-crowned Brilliant] [Andean Emerald] [Violet-tailed Sylph]

Green-crowned Brilliant (2), Andean Emerald, Violet-tailed Sylph,
Septimo Paraiso, November 6, 2014

[Ornate Flycatcher] [Broad-billed Motmot] [Masked Water-Tyrant] [Bronze-winged Parrot]

Ornate Flycatcher, Broad-billed Motmot, Masked Water-Tyrant,
Bronze-winged Parrot, Milpe Reserve, November 6, 2014

[Andean Cock-of-the-Rock] [Yellow-breasted Antpitta] [Mustached Antpitta] [Mustached Antpitta] [Olivaceous Piha] [Ochre-breasted Antpitta]

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Mustached Antpitta (2),
Olivaceous Piha, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Angel Paz Reserve, November 7, 2014

[Speckled Hummingbird] [Empress Brilliant] [Fawn-breasted Brilliant] [Toucan Barbet] [Toucan Barbet]

Speckled Hummingbird, Empress Brilliant, Fawn-breasted Brilliant,
Toucan Barbet (2), Angel Paz Reserve, November 7, 2014

[Plumbeous Pigeon] [Squirrel Cuckoo] [Streaked Tufted-Cheek]

Plumbeous Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Streaked Tufted-Cheek,
Septimo Paraiso, November 7, 2014

[Masked Trogon] [Scaled Fruiteater] [Violet-tailed Sylph] [Violet-tailed Sylph] [Violet-tailed Sylph] [Violet-tailed Sylph]

Masked Trogon, Scaled Fruiteater at Bella Vista Cloud Forest;
Violet-tailed Sylph at Pachaquindi Nature Reserve, November 8, 2014

[Collared Inca] [Empress Brilliant] [Andean Emerald] [Green Violetear] [Purple-bibbed Whitetip]

Collared Inca and Empress Brilliant, Andean Emerald,
Green Violetear and Purple-bibbed Whitetip with Andean Emerald,
Pachaquindi Nature Reserve, November 8, 2014

[Booted Racket-tail] [Booted Racket-tail] [Western Emerald] [Velvet-purple Coronet] [Velvet-purple Coronet]

Booted Racket-tail (male, female), Western Emerald
at Pachaquindi Nature Reserve;
Velvet-purple Coronet (2) at Mindo Loma, November 8, 2014

[Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager] [Golden Tanager] [Golden-naped Tanager] [Orange-bellied Euphonia] [Violet-tailed Sylph]

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Golden Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager,
Orange-bellied Euphonia (female), Violet-tailed Sylph, Mindo Loma, November 8, 2014

[Black-winged Saltator] [Blue-necked Tanager] [Flame-faced Tanager] [Ecuadorian Thrush] [Collared Aracari] [Collared Aracari]

Black-winged Saltator, Blue-necked Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager
all with Silver-throated Tanager, Ecuadorian Thrush,
Collared Aracari (2), Milpe Reserve, November 9, 2014

[Neotropical red-tailed Squirrel] [Rufous Motmot] [Orange-bellied Euphonia] [Flame-rumped Tanager] [Blue-necked Tanager]

Neotropical red-tailed Squirrel, Rufous Motmot, Orange-bellied Euphonia (male),
Flame-rumped Tanager (male and female), Blue-necked Tanager,
Milpe Reserve, November 9, 2014

[Empress Brilliant] [Violet-tailed Sylph] [Ruddy Pigeon] [Marcelo Guipo]

Empress Brilliant, Violet-tailed Sylph, Ruddy Pigeon, Marcelo Guipo (local guide),
Septimo Paraiso, November 9, 2014

[Double-toothed Kite] [Little Cuckoo] [White-tailed Trogon] [Green Kingfisher] [Masked Tityra] [Northern Barred-Woodcreeper]

Double-toothed Kite, Little Cuckoo, White-tailed Trogon, Green Kingfisher,
Masked Tityra, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper,
Rio Salanche Reserve (below 2000 feet), November 10, 2014

[Green & Black Fruiteater] [White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant] [White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant] [Jan Hansen]

Green & Black Fruiteater at Bella Vista,
White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant (2), Jan Hansen near Quito, November 11, 2014

Eric W. Greisen