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Eat fruit -- amazing things will happen...

Adopt a diet of shifting but abundant arboreal fruit and then give yourself a few million years, and you too might just evolve into one of the world's dazzling large frugivores -- species with wildly decorated males who have no responsibilities attending the nest and young (females, too, can easily find food and are able to provide for the young all by themselves). The gaudy male Andean Cock-of-the-rock shown here was photographed by guide Dan Lane in Peru on his 2018 MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU tour and is just one example, but there are some eye-grabbing others as well in the Andes, for example Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow.

And that's just the tip of the avian iceberg for brilliant fruit-eating species along the mountainous backbone of South America. Flashy cotingas are additional birder eye-candy, and myriad colorful tanagers large and small dominate most of the mixed-species flocks we birders delight in finding in montane habitats from Colombia southward through Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia.

We operate numerous birding itineraries throughout these richest parts of the Andes -- sixteen all told -- and many of these tours record 50 or more species of tanagers alone (plus a huge diversity of hummers, too). Below is listing of a few of our upcoming options for you.

HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR (Nov)

HOLIDAY AT ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE (over New Year)

COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE (Feb)

HOLIDAY AT SAN ISIDRO, ECUADOR (Nov)

SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES (Mar)

JEWELS OF ECUADOR (Mar)

COLOMBIA: MEDELLIN ESCAPE (May)

You can view our various illustrated triplists from each of the tour page links above. Once on the tour page just click on the "Past Triplists" blue link in the right sidebar.


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