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- Birdwatching in Ecuador
- With such an amazing biodiversity,
Ecuador is a birdwatchers paradise. The statistics speak for
- 1600 species (twice that of
the USA, and 10% of all bird species in the world)
- Home to 60 species found nowhere
else in the world
- Species to be found include
Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Trogons, Andean Condor, Hoatzin, Andean
- The cloud forest around Mindo
has the highest density of hummingbird species to be found anywhere.
- Huge variety of unique habitats
-amazonian jungle, Andean
cloud forest and the Galapagos Islands.
- To find some of the best places
to stay a look at our page on lodges
- Biological Reserves:
Cedros Biological Reserve -a non-profit biological reserve
in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorean Andes. The reserve comprises
17,000 acres of premontane wet tropical forest and cloud forest
and is a southern buffer zone for the 450,000 acre Cotocachi-Cayapas
Ecological Reserve, and both are part of the Choco Phytogeographical
Zone -one of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth.
Jocotoco -an Ecuadorian
organisation established to protect land of critical importance
to the conservation of Ecuador's endangered birds and associated
biodiversity by purchasing lands and managing them as private
ecological reserves.The Fundación has established eight
reserves at Buenaventura, Jorupe, Utuala, Tapichala and Yunguilla
in the south, and at Yanacocha, Narupa and Rio Canandé
in the north and north-west.
- Maquipucina -cloud forest reserve 50 miles north
of Quito that gives a unique opportunity of experiencing exotic
species of birds, moths and butterflies, and flowers in bloom
such as orchids and bromeliads. The Maquipucuna Foundation was
founded in 1988 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
conservation of Ecuador's biodiversity and the sustainable use
of natural resources.
- San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical
Reserves -the Magic Birding
Circuit -four private birding reserves and three eco-lodges across
Ecuador: San Jorge Botanical Reserve (High Barren Plains and
Highland Rain Forest in the Quito Foothills), San Jorge de Tandayapa
Sanctuary (Tandayapa Valley Cloud Forest) San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayacu
Reserve (Andes Cloud Forest) adjoining Antizana National Park,
and San Jorge de Milpe Reserve, (Upper lowlands Subtropical Rainforest),
located next to Mindo, known for its majestic waterfalls.
Lodge -located to the
north west of Quito, it describes itself as the only lodge in
the world designed by birders, owned by birders, and run for
birders by birders.
- See also Eco tourism for more details on conservation organisations
- General Birding information:
Birding -specialist birdwatching
tour organiser based in Quito.
- Andes to Amazon -account of a trip made in 2001 by Ian and Ruth
- Birdlife International -guide to the nine key Endemic Bird
Areas of Ecuador
- Birdsongs.com -species list of the birds of Ecuador.
- Cabañas San Isidro & BirdEcuador -located in 1300 hectares of the heart
of the lush subtropical zone of the eastern Andes near the town
of Cosanga, Cabañas San Isidro has a reputation as one
of the finest birding and general interest cloud forest lodges
Ornitologica Del Ecuador
-aims to protect the bids of Ecuador and their habitats.
- Darwin Foundation -ornithology program of the Charles Darwin Research
Station. A total of 140 species of birds have been registered
- Earthwatch -conservation expeditions to Loma Alta Ecological
Reserve and Tangara Reserve.
- Exotic Birding -birdwatching tours to Bellavista Cloud Forest,
Guacamayos Ridge, Loreto Road, Mindo Valley, Napo River Basin,
Papallacta & Pass, San Isidro. Tandayapa Valley and Yanacocha
-huge worldwide birdwatching resource, with a page on each country
(and a separate section on the Galapagos) -a useful guide with
links and suggested reading on the birds of Ecuador.
Bird Tours - an Ecuadorian
birding tour company specialising in the Mindo area and northwest
Ecuador to provide customized birding and bird photography tours.
- Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation -aims to conserve and promote the Choco area of
Northwestern Ecuador, one of the world's most diverse, and threatened,
Endemic Bird Areas.
Forest -an Ecuadorian
company established in 1994 to promote Ecuador's avifauna and
its wilderness throughout a variety of bird watching tours.
- Tropic -Ecological adventure tours in Ecuador.
- Places to stay:
- Lodges in the Chocó cloud forest bioregion
and rainforest of the Oriente.
- Search this site with Google:
- Travellers' Wildlife Guides:
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
David Pearson, et al
Interlink Publishing Group
Paperback - 2005
- Possibly a bit more bulky
than most people might want to carry on their travels, this is
a pretty comprehensive summary of the wildlife of Ecuador. The
first half of the book is a text description of the ecology and
natural history of the country, including a section on parks
and reserves arranged by region.
- The real strength of the book
is in the copiously illustrated second half has about a hundred
plates illustrating more than 500 species of birds, reptiles,
amphibians and mammals of the country witrh habitat and identification
- Price in UK pounds
- Price in US dollars
- The Birds of Ecuador: Field
Guide Vol II
- Frank B. Gill (Foreword),
- Comstock Books
- Paperback - July, 2001
in UK pounds
- Price in US dollars
- Galapagos Diary: A Complete
Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
- Hermann Heinzel and Barnaby
- Paperback -Nov 2000
in UK pounds
- Price in US dollars
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