Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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To paraphrase Keith Barnes, who wrote on world birding in 2008 ABA’s Birding magazine, if you can afford only one big tropical bird tour, let it be Ecuador. The new Helm field guide to the Birds of (mainland) Ecuador by Freile and Restall covers 1630 species in a single volume, has 656 pages and isn’t exactly lightweight. Birds of Ecuador” is a heavy book, but only marginally more than e.g. Helm Birds of East Africa. I like and would recommend the Birds of Ecuador.

Warblers Migrating to Ecuador

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Last week I was doing a birding tour of the East and West slopes of Ecuador and encountered some warblers that have already made it to Ecuador. Destinations Ecuador migration warblersIt is really amazing how far and how fast they can fly to improve the living conditions that assure their millenarian survival. Here are a couple of pictures of the birds that might have crossed your path and are now crossing my path a few thousand miles away.


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Stygian Owl in Ecuador

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Stygian Owl at Condor Park Visit Ecuador for great birds and support our conservation efforts. Birds Ecuador owls Stygian OwlThe Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) is very difficult to see but I can hear it regularly calling near my home inside the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. This bird is very secretive and every time that I try to get close to his roost he flies before I can see him. For now I can only get close enough to hear his calls!

Crested Owl in Ecuador

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This Ecuadorian owned business provides a very comfortable and secure lodge to visit the most northern-western Chocó area in Ecuador. Destinations Crested Owl Ecuador TundalomaThis great bird has managed to escape from my sightings until I visited the great lodge of Tundaloma. It is located on the highway that goes from Ibarra to San Lorenzo and it is approximately 17 km before San Lorenzo.

Birding in Ecuador 2013

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If you are planning a birding trip to 2013 maybe you should consider Ecuador, my home country! Even if you are not a birder, you will find Ecuador to be a top notch destination for all sorts of people. Thanks to Lonely Planet we hope to see a small boost in tourism this year since Ecuador has made it to Top 10 Countries to travel in 2013. Click here for the first set , or here for the second set , and here for the third set of posts about bird watching in Ecuador.

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Ocellated Tapaculo in Ecuador

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Let me proudly introduce a new exotic bird that has been trained by the ambassador of hand feeding the most difficult skulking birds in Ecuador: the Ocellated Tapaculo. So, if you have been thinking about visiting Ecuador, do it now and don’t miss the new grand prize. Destinations Ecuador Ocellated Tapaculo

Quetzals of Ecuador

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds , Destinations , Trips / Quetzals of Ecuador Quetzals of Ecuador By Renato • March 12, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share Ecuador has three types of Quetzals, one in the Amazon basin and two in the east and west slopes. 7 Responses to “Quetzals of Ecuador&# Mike Mar 12th, 2011 at 10:33 am Awesome!

Orange-throated Tanager In Ecuador

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Most birdwatchers that visit Ecuador for the first time concentrate in the north-east and west slopes near the capital Quito. On a recent scouting trip to southern Ecuador I came across some amazing birdwatching areas and birds that are commonly visited by those looking for a more complete exploration of Ecuador. Destinations Trips Cabañas Yankuam Cordillera del Condor ecuador Orange-throated Tanager Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron

Tumbesian Endemics South Ecuador

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The south of Ecuador presents some very interesting opportunities for birdwatchers that have already visited the north-east and north-west slopes near Quito. Core Team Ecuador tumbesian endemicsOn a recent tour we were pleasantly surprised by the high degree of endemism and the beauty of the birds that make the south such a special place. Here is my “Top Twenty best bird” summary for the places visited.

Most Beautiful Ecuador Birds

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Bird Photography in Ecuador is fun. Birds EcuadorThere are so many beautiful birds that every time I go birding a new exilarating photo is captured.

Banded Ground Cuckoo – Neomorphus radiolosus – in Ecuador

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Ecuador was made for birdwatchers! A tiny country filled with biodiversity which can be easily reached in a short drive… Well, maybe that is a little exaggeration but in comparison to other countries like Colombia, Peru and the giant Brazil, our Ecuador seems tiny. Birds banding Choco Region cuckoos Ecuador

Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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Birds of Kruger National Park by Keith Barnes and Ken Behrens and Wildlife of Ecuador by Andrés Vásquez Noboa, photography by Pablo Cervantes Daza are the latest titles in Princeton University Press’s WildGuides Wildlife Explorer Series, a series focused on the “general reader,” the layperson, the traveler who is not a “birder” but who wants to know what bird or animal or amphibian or reptile she’s observing. Birding book review Ecuador guides Kruger NP

Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis) in Ecuador

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This bird is very difficult to find except for one place in Ecuador where you are almost guaranteed to see it: The Cajas National Park. Birds Destinations ecuador Tit-like Dacnis xenodacnisI got very exited two weeks ago when I finally met face-to-beak with a rare bird that I have wanting to see, the Tit-like Dacnis.

Tumbesian Endemics at Cerro Blanco Ecuador

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If you are interested in seeing some Tumbesian Endemics, very close to the Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador, then you must visit Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco. Here are some of the best photos I was able to get in this dry deciduous forest of the local endemic birds: White-tailed Jay Crimson-breasted Finch Rufous-headed Chachalaca Sooty-crowned Flycatcher Visit Ecuador and support our local economy and conservation efforts!

Black Solitare-Entomodestes coracinus-in Ecuador

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This bird, of the Turdus family, can be found on the western slopes of Ecuador and Colombia. Birds Black Solitaire Ecuador Recinto 23 de Junio thrushesAnother great reason to visit the 23 de Junio besides the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is the Black Solitare ( Entomodestes coracinus ). Due to its large distribution area, its current conservation status is listed as least concern, but its population numbers are considered to be decreasing due to its habitat destruction.

Grey-breasted Mountain Toucans in Oyacachi Ecuador

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Birds Destinations ecuador Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan OyacachiThis last week I had to take someone to Otavalo, so I took advantage of the trip and drove to a little secluded and out-of-the-way town called Oyacachi. I had never been there before, but I heard that they have some nice hot springs for relaxation and that the place is very small and special.

Black-backed Bush Tanager in Ecuador

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Also known as Black-backed Bush Finch is only found in the montane forests of Ecuador and Colombia. Come to Ecuador and enjoy the birds, our food, our culture, and help us support the local economy and conservation efforts. Black-backed Bush Tanager. The only place where I can see it regularly is the on the eastern side of the Cayambe Coca Reserve. The most accessible place near Quito is the access road to the reserve that begins at the luxurious hot springs of Papallacta.

"Paying Ecuador to Protect the Rainforest"

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Common Resources : A recent episode of NPR’s  Planet Money discussed Ecuador’s proposed solution to a national dilemma: the fact that a massive oil discovery and a national park happen to be in the same place. Ecuador’s proposal is to forswear drilling – but only if other countries donate half the value of the oil in aid (about $3.6

A Prayer for Ecuador & Japan.

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today crisis earthquake Ecuador Grieving intention Japan prayer traumaThis prayer is to express hope that those who are missing will be found alive, to pray that those who are injured find relief from their pain, to send a wave of.

Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa

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Hello all from Las Terrazas de Dana Boutique Lodge & Spa in Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador. Julia Patiño has 20+ years of experience guiding in birding tours and is one of the first women guides in Ecuador! In Ecuador, there are 1.600+ species of birds.

Lead Now: Ecuador.

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Adventure Z ADMIN Entertainment & Culture Featured Today bouldering Climbing Ecuador jon glassberg lead now marmot paige claassen rock climbing tour world tour Upon our arrival we worked with the tourism board to get comfortable and create some photo and video content to promote the tourism in the area. The locals showed us their climbing areas that lived up to our high American standards and the diversity of the country was staggering.

Come to Puembo Birding Garden

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Ecuador is one of the world’s leading destinations for birdwatchers, and no wonder: with more then 1,600 bird species found throughout the small country, Ecuador has the world’s highest density of bird species found per acre. Destinations Birding Tourism Ecuador

Why should Ecuador be on everyone bucket list?

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Despite the fierce competition – I mean, there are so many incredible destinations – Ecuador belongs in your top ten. Though a relatively small country compared to its neighbors Colombia and Perú, Ecuador has much to offer. In the course of two or three weeks, you can realistically experience Ecuador in all its diversity. . Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The best way to travel around Ecuador.

Chevron To Pay Ecuador $18 Billion in Damages

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A court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador has upheld the ruling against Chevron that ordered the company to pay 18 billion USD in damages for chemicals spillage in the rainforests of the Amazon. ” Chevron has called the court’s decision “illegitimate” and “a fraud” and claimed they would continue to seek recourse through proceedings outside Ecuador. Chevron has no international obligation to pay, and no assets in Ecuador for the government to seize.

Ecuador President Invites Brad Pitt to Survey Chevron-Caused Pollution


Ecuador President Rafael Correa has extended an invitation to one of the Hollywood’s most popular stars and powerful activists. In his weekly Saturday radio address, President Correa reached out to Read More The post Ecuador President Invites Brad Pitt to Survey Chevron-Caused Pollution appeared first on Ecorazzi.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Ecuador 1690 6. Birds of Ecuador field guide review. That is where Ecuador, Uganda and especially Panama stand out as being manageably small, which may be another reason to focus on them.

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Rainbow Starfrontlet

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I photographed this amazing bird yesterday at Utuana Reserve in the South of Ecuador. Destinations Ecuador hummingbirds rainbow startfrontletToo busy to write more. enjoy!

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Ecuador Yasuni Rainforest Under Threat From Oil Below


Ecuador’s Yasuni rainforest is home to more species of animals, plants, and insects than anywhere else in the world. The oil is buried beneath the Yasuni rainforest and the Ecuador government wants to keep it that way. Instead of digging up the oil and creating a revenue for the country, Ecuador has asked the developed world to pay to keep the oil where it is. The oil was found in 2007 and represents around 20% of Ecuador’s oil reserves.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Ecuador or Botswana, respectively). 17%: Ecuador, Peru. While Peru was seen as the best country for “birds and ancient sites”, Ecuador was seen as “much safer” and best for its size and easiness of getting around. If I were answering those same questions, my answers would probably be Ecuador, Uganda and Thailand. Trips Africa Australia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador New Guinea Panama Peru world birdwatch

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Donors to Pay Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground

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Ecuador is pioneering the use of a fund to preserve Ecuador's rain forest above an approximately one billion barrel oil field in the Yasuni National Park, permanently foregoing extraction of fossil fuels from the park. Donors to Pay Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Carbon Offsets/Credits Carbon/ GHG Reduction climate change Ecuador lower greenhouse gases save Amazon rain forest UN Developement Program Yasuni National Park

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Sacha Lodge, Amazonian lowlands, Ecuador. A bit further east lies the mythical Ecuador where all birding dreams come true. Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N.

Angelina Jolie Interrupts Family Trip for UN Work in Ecuador


Hollywood may still be talking about Brad and Angie's engagement, but it's back to work for Angelina Jolie. Read More. Causes Environment People Top News angelina jolie

Ecuador to begin Drilling Amazon Oil Field


Protests have erupted in the Ecuadorian city of Quito, as President Rafael Correa announces that his country will abandon conservation plans in the Yasuni National Park located in the Amazon Rainforest. President Rafael Correa’s announcement to begin drilling for oil was immediately met by resistance by the Ecuadorian people, who took to the streets in numbers to meet Mr. Correa’s announcement in full voice.

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park Challenge -Succeeds in Creating a Crowdsourcing Model to Prevent Oil Drilling


Ecuador challenged the world to provide sufficient resource to the country such that it would not need to develop the oil reserves beneath Yasuni National Park, and it could leave its forests untouched. The park is home to two tribes of uncontacted Indians and is reputed to have more bird, mammal, amphibian and plant species than any other spot on earth Ecuador agreed to halt plans to drill the oilfield if, over a 13-year period, it could raise 50 per cent of the $US7.6

Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador ?


Nearly two years after the worst accidental offshore oil spill in the history of the energy industry, some of the biggest companies in the world are busy pointing their legal fingers at one another in court over who has to pay what in claims, damages and fines over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal judge this week ruled that BP is still obligated to a clause in its contract with Transocean that would protect the rig owner from damages related to the spill.

The Rights of Mother Earth- Ecuador and Bolivia Enshrine Her Rights


Following in the footsteps of Ecuador , Bolivia is about to declare rights for Mother Earth. It appears to be a sort of virus – a crisis of conscience – spreading across South America, as more and more governments, driven by the will of their people, begin to realize that La Madre, Mother Earth, is not simply a thing to be exploited for Her riches, but an entity that has needs and even rights of Her own.

Audio Playback May Be Bad for Birds, Says Study

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studied how Plain-tailed Wrens and Rufous Antpittas in Ecuador reacted to audio playback of their songs versus playback of general background noise. News Bird Call Playback Ecuador Plain-tailed Wrens Rufous Antpittas Rufous Antpitta, listening intently, as photographed by Renato Espinosa. How many times have you been out in the field, failing to find the bird you were looking for, a bird you were certain was there?

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“Yesterday I was killed…But worse than death, was the humiliation that followed.”

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Adventure Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Family, Youth, Enlightened Education WAYLON: Today Only #viajosola Argentinian backpackers ecuador murders equal rights female traveler freedom María Coni Marina Menegazzo murdered backpackers in ecuador safety solo travelers viajo sola victim blaming viral facebook post women's rights

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Bird Watching Lower Napo River

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If you are thinking about visiting the Amazon, and enjoying great birds, a bit of luxury, relaxation, and good food, then you should consider coming to Ecuador and gliding over the Napo River on the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Destinations Amazon Ecuador Napo RiverThey offer multiple packages and we took a five day trip that took us right down to the border with Peru.

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Maroon-tailed Parakeet Love Making

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In Ecuador it is found mostly in the tropical and sub-tropical forest of the east and west slopes. The place of this Bird Love action is the Sumaco National Bioreserve located on the east slope of the Ecuador in the legendary Loreto Road. Birds Bird Love Week Ecuador Maroon-tailed Parakeet Sumaco National BiosphereHere is my contribution to Bird Love Week from the tropics. The Maroon-tailed Parakeet lives in northern South America.

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Crimson-rumped Toucanet

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The Crimson-rumped Toucanets ( Aulacorhynchus haematopygus ) I was privileged to observe at Refugio Paz de Las Aves in Ecuador were absolute cripplers, as the parlance goes. Birds Ecuador features South America toucansThere’s something about a toucan, isn’t there? Toucans tell you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. They affirm that the tropics are true, not just myths manufactured to make those of us with winter jealous.

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Machaca Fulgora lampetis

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While exploring the grounds of Wildsumaco Lodge on the east slope of the Andes in Ecuador I came across a rather large bug lying on its back. Bugs Ecuador insects Machaca Wildsumaco LodgeI assumed it was some kind of dead freakish moth and flipped it over to get a better look and was very surprised that it opened its wings to reveal, well, a much more impressive sight than I had expected! What a cool bug!

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Andean C**k-of-the-Rock Nesting

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If you are near Quito, Ecuador and want to see the female Andean C**k-of-the-Rock nesting then you must go to the Pauma Orquid Reserve. Andean C**k-of-the-Rock Nesting Visit Ecuador and support our local conservation efforts. Birds Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Ecuador Pauma Orquid ReserveThis place is on the Calacali La Independencia highway which is the main road that you take to go to Mindo.

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