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Cloudforests of Ecuador: All the Best of the Wild Northwest 2018
Jul 16, 2018 to Jul 26, 2018
Willy Perez

One of the best things we saw on our tour was not a bird, it was this Spectacled Bear! We had to hike for a fairly long way, but it was well worth it, since we saw this mother bear and her cub. What a special and spectacular moment! Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

This tour was simply fantastic, and the reason is that the Cloud Forest as a habitat has a lot to offer.. We stayed in just two lodges, Maquipucuna and Sachatamia. They worked super well as a base for us to explore one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

Maquipucuna is a simple lodge, but the real reason it's so amazing is the wildlife, and believe me, we got it. From the moment we arrived we could find Dippers, Torrent Ducks and even Green-fronted Lancebill catching some insects along the river. The trails were wonderful and the small coffee plantation was perfect for some of the more open forest species like Rufous-throated, Golden, and Flame-faced Tanagers, and even the Red headed Barbets, who were coming and going to a fruit tree. We went to the forest for birds that are harder to find like the Lanceolated Monklet and the Esmeraldas Antbird. It was a long hike, but can I just say that it was completely worth it after seeing the incredible SPECTACLED BEAR, and as an added bonus we saw a baby cub! I have to say that we were very lucky to see this.

Sachatamia was a bit different, but the new hide that they have built was super nice for some birds that are hard to see. Even at dawn, many little birds were eating the moths. Later on, we could see them better, and even get good photos of the Strong-billed, Plain-brown, Spotted and Mountain Woodcreepers. Masked Trogon and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch were the next to be seen, and I have to say the icing on the cake was seeing the Rufous-breasted Antthrush come out of the bushes; and this all happened just before breakfast. We visited places for some birds that have their own extravaganzas, like the Long-wattled Umbrellabird in full display, and on the last day the Cock-of the Rock lek was impressive with many colorful males all over the place.

The whole week was full of action and we were very busy watching all these wonders, but even then, we had enough time to try some lovely chocolate and see exactly where it came from......

There were many highlights on this trip; for some people it was the Umbrellabird site, for others watching Grass-green Tanagers, for others just being in the peaceful forest. Personally, I thought seeing the bears was an amazing moment on this trip, but I also really enjoyed the time when we went to look for the Golden-headed Quetzal in a nest, but had a big surprise when the Colombian Screech-Owl popped its head out; that was cool indeed!

I could go on and on about how good this trip was, but I would really like to say thank you to you all for making this trip super successful, but also very good fun. I hope that I will see you out there birding again soon,

Best wishes,


One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant

Participant Justin Khalifa got this beautiful image of a Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, one of over 35 birds that we saw from this large and lovely family.

Tinamidae (Tinamous)
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui harterti) [*]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata colombiana) – A pair with a baby was seen at Maquipucuna.
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri) [*]
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii) [*]
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
RUFOUS-FRONTED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus erythrops) – Very vocal at Silanche reserve. [*]
DARK-BACKED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus melanonotus) – We saw a family of them with 3 chicks at Angel Paz reserve.
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax brasilianus brasilianus)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

This young Common Potoo thought it was hiding from us, but even its wonderful camouflage wasn't good enough! Photo by guide Willy Perez.

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)
CATTLE EGRET (WESTERN) (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
HOOK-BILLED KITE (HOOK-BILLED) (Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus)
GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis cayanensis) – A juvenile was seen nicely on our way out from Mashpishungo farm.
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
BLACK-AND-CHESTNUT EAGLE (Spizaetus isidori)
BARRED HAWK (Morphnarchus princeps) – A couple were doing a flight display on our way back to the lodge in Maquipucuna.
ROADSIDE HAWK (MAINLAND) (Rupornis magnirostris magnirostris)
HARRIS'S HAWK (HARRIS'S) (Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi)
VARIABLE HAWK (VARIABLE) (Geranoaetus polyosoma polyosoma)
GRAY-LINED HAWK (Buteo nitidus blakei) – One sitting on a broken tree on our way out from Mashpishungo.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
WHITE-THROATED CRAKE (RUFOUS-FACED) (Laterallus albigularis albigularis) [*]
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens) – At least four birds were feeding in a farmland on our way to Yanacocha reserve on the first day.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
BAND-TAILED PIGEON (WHITE-NECKED) (Patagioenas fasciata albilinea)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
DUSKY PIGEON (Patagioenas goodsoni)
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (DECOLOR) (Leptotila verreauxi decolor) – Few sightings of this species along the roads.
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata hypoleuca)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (NIGRICRISSA) (Piaya cayana nigricrissa)
Strigidae (Owls)
COLOMBIAN SCREECH-OWL (Megascops colombianus) – This owl really surprised us! We went to look for a Quetzal in a nest, and this owl just popped its head out from the hole of a dead tree. It was a nice surprise.

One of two barbet species that we saw was the Red-headed Barbet; as this image shows, it is certainly well-named! Photo by participant Amin Khalifa.

CLOUD-FOREST PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium nubicola)
MOTTLED OWL (Ciccaba virgata) – Some people ventured out at night to see this pretty owl in Maquipucuna.
BLACK-AND-WHITE OWL (Ciccaba nigrolineata) – There was one at the car park of Sachatamia.
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
RUFOUS-BELLIED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis rufiventris)
LYRE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Uropsalis lyra lyra)
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)
COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus panamensis) – We got a great look at a young bird very close to a trail in Angel's reserve, it's camouflage was impressive.
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
LESSER SWALLOW-TAILED SWIFT (Panyptila cayennensis cayennensis)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
WHITE-WHISKERED HERMIT (Phaethornis yaruqui)
STRIPE-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis striigularis)
GREEN-FRONTED LANCEBILL (Doryfera ludovicae ludovicae) – This hummingbird likes water, so we found it eating insects along the river in Maquipucuna but also in Sachatamia.
BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)
LESSER VIOLETEAR (ANDEAN) (Colibri cyanotus cyanotus)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans coruscans)
GORGETED SUNANGEL (Heliangelus strophianus)
GREEN THORNTAIL (Discosura conversii)
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (MACULATA) (Adelomyia melanogenys maculata)
VIOLET-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus coelestis coelestis) – The best looks were at Sachatamia lodge, some nice males with very long tails.
BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER (Lesbia victoriae victoriae)
PURPLE-BACKED THORNBILL (Ramphomicron microrhynchum microrhynchum) – This small hummingbird was seen during our hike in Yanacocha, feeding on small flowers.
TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)
GOLDEN-BREASTED PUFFLEG (Eriocnemis mosquera)
SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis cupripennis)
BROWN INCA (Coeligena wilsoni)
COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)
MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST (Lafresnaya lafresnayi saul)

This Spotted Woodcreeper showed off its skills for us at Sachatamia. Photo by participant Duane Morse.

GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus cyanopterus) – The largest of the hummers that we saw during our trip, the only one that's bigger is the Giant.
BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens tinochlora)
VELVET-PURPLE CORONET (Boissonneaua jardini)
BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (WHITE-BOOTED) (Ocreatus underwoodii melanantherus)
PURPLE-BIBBED WHITETIP (Urosticte benjamini)
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
GREEN-CROWNED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa jacula jamersoni)
EMPRESS BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa imperatrix)
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)
PURPLE-THROATED WOODSTAR (Calliphlox mitchellii)
WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus melanorhynchus)
CROWNED WOODNYMPH (NORTHERN GREEN-CROWNED) (Thalurania colombica verticeps)

This male Long-wattled Umbrellabird was in full display for us at the lek we visited. Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

ANDEAN EMERALD (Amazilia franciae viridiceps)
BLUE-CHESTED HUMMINGBIRD (Amazilia amabilis) – We saw this one at Silanche.
PURPLE-CHESTED HUMMINGBIRD (Amazilia rosenbergi) – During our breakfast stop at the chocolate farm, we saw one feeding off a vervain flower.
Trogonidae (Trogons)
GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus auriceps auriceps)
CRESTED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus antisianus)
BLUE-TAILED TROGON (Trogon comptus)
COLLARED TROGON (COLLARED) (Trogon collaris virginalis)
MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus assimilis) – Male and female came to the hide at Sachatamia.
Momotidae (Motmots)
RUFOUS MOTMOT (Baryphthengus martii semirufus)
BROAD-BILLED MOTMOT (BROAD-BILLED) (Electron platyrhynchum platyrhynchum)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (NORTHERN) (Megaceryle torquata torquata)
GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana cabanisii)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
BARRED PUFFBIRD (Nystalus radiatus)
WHITE-WHISKERED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila panamensis)
LANCEOLATED MONKLET (Micromonacha lanceolata) – We had to work a bit to find it, but eventually we got some nice looks of this tiny Puffbird along the main trail at Maquipucuna.
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (BLACK-CHINNED) (Galbula ruficauda melanogenia)
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
ORANGE-FRONTED BARBET (Capito squamatus) – Super views of this Barbet from the tower at Silanche.
RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii aequatorialis)
Semnornithidae (Toucan-Barbets)
TOUCAN BARBET (Semnornis ramphastinus ramphastinus) – The best looks of the iconic Toucan Barbet were at Angel's reserve, but to hear their duet was very nice in Maquipucuna.
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
CRIMSON-RUMPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus sexnotatus)
PLATE-BILLED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena laminirostris) – The only Mountain Toucan on our trip was seen well at Bellavista road, and also at Angel's.
COLLARED ARACARI (PALE-MANDIBLED) (Pteroglossus torquatus erythropygius)
YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN (CHESTNUT-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii)
CHOCO TOUCAN (Ramphastos brevis)

We got a great view of this Rufous-breasted Antthrush from the hide at Sachatamia. Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

Picidae (Woodpeckers)
OLIVACEOUS PICULET (Picumnus olivaceus harterti)
BLACK-CHEEKED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes pucherani)
SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Picoides fumigatus fumigatus)
RED-RUMPED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis kirkii)
GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)
CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER (CRIMSON-MANTLED) (Colaptes rivolii brevirostris) – This handsome woodpecker was seen at Yanacocha.
GUAYAQUIL WOODPECKER (Campephilus gayaquilensis)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis interstes) [*]
CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus) – One bird was seen in flight at Yanacocha.
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
ROSE-FACED PARROT (Pyrilia pulchra)
RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus corallinus)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (BLUE-HEADED) (Pionus menstruus rubrigularis)
BRONZE-WINGED PARROT (Pionus chalcopterus) – The only dark parrot that we saw on our trip and it was the most common one.
SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (CHOCO) (Pyrrhura melanura pacifica) – A group just landed on a tree close to the tower in Silanche.
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
RUFOUS-RUMPED ANTWREN (Euchrepomis callinota callinota) – This small scarce Antwren showed up nicely at Milpe during our hike.
BLACK-CROWNED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus atrinucha)
UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus unicolor unicolor) [*]
RUSSET ANTSHRIKE (TAWNY) (Thamnistes anabatinus intermedius)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis aequatorialis)
CHECKER-THROATED ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla fulviventris)
PACIFIC ANTWREN (Myrmotherula pacifica) [*]

Another of the tanagers that we saw was the Fawn-breasted Tanager; the subspecies that we saw has bright red eyes. Photo by participant Duane Morse.

SLATY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula schisticolor schisticolor)
DOT-WINGED ANTWREN (Microrhopias quixensis consobrina) – This canopy Antwren was feeding in a group close to the tower at Silanche.
CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTBIRD (SHORT-TAILED) (Poliocrania exsul maculifer) [*]
ESMERALDAS ANTBIRD (Sipia nigricauda)
ZELEDON'S ANTBIRD (CHOCO) (Hafferia zeledoni berlepschi) [*]
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla ruficapilla)
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaria flavotincta)
TAWNY ANTPITTA (WESTERN) (Grallaria quitensis quitensis) – We saw this bird while we were walking along the trail at Yanacocha; remember that this is the easiest Antpitta to see.
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)
OCELLATED TAPACULO (Acropternis orthonyx infuscatus) [*]
BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]

This is one of the Violet-tailed Sylphs that we saw at Sachatamia. What a spectacular bird! Photo by participant Amin Khalifa.

NARI–NO TAPACULO (Scytalopus vicinior) [*]
SPILLMANN'S TAPACULO (Scytalopus spillmanni) [*]
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius rufipectus) – The hide in Sachatamia worked well for us to spot this species; what an elegant bird!
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
TAWNY-THROATED LEAFTOSSER (Sclerurus mexicanus) – It was a treat seeing this bird on our way back from the bear hunt. There was one feeding in a dark place on the ground and eventually it came out.
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (PLAIN-BROWN) (Dendrocincla fuliginosa ridgwayi)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (ANDEAN/NORTHERN) (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus promeropirhynchus)
BLACK-STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus)
SPOTTED WOODCREEPER (BERLEPSCH'S) (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius aequatorialis)
MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger aequatorialis)
PLAIN XENOPS (MEXICANUS GROUP) (Xenops minutus littoralis) – We had an eye to eye view of this species from the tower in Silanche.
RUSTY-WINGED BARBTAIL (Premnornis guttuliger guttuliger)
PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (PACIFIC) (Furnarius leucopus cinnamomeus)
SCALY-THROATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (SPOT-BREASTED) (Anabacerthia variegaticeps temporalis)
LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris) – Great looks at the hide.
STREAK-CAPPED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes virgaticeps) – Another one from the hide.
STRIPED WOODHAUNTER (CENTRAL AMERICAN) (Automolus subulatus assimilis) [*]
SPOTTED BARBTAIL (Premnoplex brunnescens brunnescens)
PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger perlatus) – The most pretty Furnaridae in our entire trip.
RED-FACED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca erythrops erythrops)
SLATY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis brachyura nigrifumosa)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus stictopterus)
WHITE-THROATED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus leucophrys rufomarginatus)
GREENISH ELAENIA (GREENISH) (Myiopagis viridicata implacens)
TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea cinerea) – Always catching insets along the river at Maquipucuna.

A Choco Toucan posed nicely for participant Justin Khalifa.

SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)
ASHY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias cinereiceps)
CHOCO TYRANNULET (Zimmerius albigularis)
ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus) – There were four of them at the hide catching some insects.
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (YELLOW-MARGINED) (Tolmomyias assimilis flavotectus)
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus pyrrhopterus)
FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus flavicans flavicans)
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)
BLACK PHOEBE (WHITE-WINGED) (Sayornis nigricans angustirostris)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (OBSCURUS GROUP) (Pyrocephalus rubinus piurae)
SMOKY BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes fumigatus fumigatus)
MASKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola nengeta atripennis)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis hellmayri)
GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus minor)
SNOWY-THROATED KINGBIRD (Tyrannus niveigularis)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
BARRED FRUITEATER (Pipreola arcuata arcuata) [*]
ORANGE-BREASTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola jucunda) – Male and female were seen along the Mashpi road.
SCALED FRUITEATER (Ampelioides tschudii) [*]
RED-CRESTED COTINGA (Ampelion rubrocristatus)
ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus sanguinolentus) – The lek at Angel's reserve was full of action with this species, many males were displaying and at least two females came to have a look.
LONG-WATTLED UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus penduliger) – The wattle on this black bird is something to watch, especially when they are in full display. It was just a great sight to see some of the males there at their lek.
Pipridae (Manakins)
WHITE-BEARDED MANAKIN (Manacus manacus) [*]
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

Golden-naped Tanager is another beauty that we saw very well. Photo by participant Amin Khalifa.

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor versicolor) [*]
CINNAMON BECARD (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus cinnamomeus)
BLACK-AND-WHITE BECARD (Pachyramphus albogriseus)
ONE-COLORED BECARD (Pachyramphus homochrous)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris atrirostris) [*]
LESSER GREENLET (GRAY-HEADED) (Pachysylvia decurtata minor)
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)
RED-EYED VIREO (RESIDENT CHIVI) (Vireo olivaceus griseobarbatus)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa) [*]
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (CYANOLEUCA) (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca cyanoleuca)

This Laughing Falcon looks like it is drying out, and does not seem amused! Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
HOUSE WREN (SOUTHERN) (Troglodytes aedon albicans)
MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis solstitialis) – This tiny Wren came so close when we were watching the Umbrellabirds.
WHISKERED WREN (Pheugopedius mystacalis mystacalis) [*]
BAY WREN (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Cantorchilus nigricapillus nigricapillus)
RUFOUS WREN (Cinnycerthia unirufa unirufa)
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (ANDEAN) (Henicorhina leucophrys leucophrys)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
TAWNY-FACED GNATWREN (Microbates cinereiventris cinereiventris)
SLATE-THROATED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila schistaceigula) – This busy Gnatcatcher was present in Silanche; the tower worked out very well for us to see this small canopy bird.
Cinclidae (Dippers)
WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (WHITE-BELLIED) (Cinclus leucocephalus leuconotus) – A pair was always moving along the river at Maquipucuna, which was probably one of the best places to see them.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides)
PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)
ECUADORIAN THRUSH (Turdus maculirostris)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater quindio)
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus fuscobrunneus)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
OLIVE-CROWNED YELLOWTHROAT (OLIVE-CROWNED) (Geothlypis semiflava semiflava)
TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)
THREE-STRIPED WARBLER (DAEDALUS) (Basileuterus tristriatus daedalus)
BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER (Myiothlypis fulvicauda semicervina)
GOLDEN-BELLIED WARBLER (CHOCO) (Myiothlypis chrysogaster chlorophrys)
RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata elata)
SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus) [N]

This pretty family of Dark-backed Wood-Quail was feeding at Angel Paz Reserve. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus ruficoronatus)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
WHITE-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus luctuosus panamensis) – Many males and females were seen at Silanche reserve.
TAWNY-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus delatrii)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
FLAME-RUMPED TANAGER (LEMON-RUMPED) (Ramphocelus flammigerus icteronotus) – The most common tanager that we saw.
MOSS-BACKED TANAGER (Bangsia edwardsi) – We had to do a bit of a trip but the rewards were great when we saw two birds feeding along the Mashpi road.
BLACK-CHESTED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Cnemathraupis eximia chloronota)
GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii riefferii) – For some people, this was their favourite bird, and we had great looks at them.
SCARLET-BELLIED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (SCARLET-BELLIED) (Anisognathus igniventris erythrotus)
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (BLUE-WINGED) (Anisognathus somptuosus cyanopterus)

This Strong-billed Woodcreeper is another bird we saw at Sachatamia. Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

BLACK-CHINNED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Anisognathus notabilis) – This fantastic Choco endemic surprised us when they were coming to the feeders at Sachatamia.
GOLDEN-CROWNED TANAGER (Iridosornis rufivertex subsimilis) – Some people saw this colorful bird at Yanacocha.
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota venezuelensis)
GLISTENING-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis) – Superb views of this incredible tanager at the Umbrellabird spot.
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (BLUE-GRAY) (Thraupis episcopus quaesita)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER (Thraupis cyanocephala cyanocephala)
RUFOUS-THROATED TANAGER (Ixothraupis rufigula) – The magic tree at Maquipucuna even had this species that came to eat the fruits.
GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER (Tangara ruficervix)
GRAY-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara palmeri) – We did well with tanagers on this trip, scope views were superb of this beautiful bird at Silanche.
GOLDEN-HOODED TANAGER (Tangara larvata fanny)
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanicollis)
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (BLUE-AND-BLACK) (Tangara vassorii vassorii)
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)
METALLIC-GREEN TANAGER (Tangara labradorides labradorides)
RUFOUS-WINGED TANAGER (Tangara lavinia lavinia)
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (YELLOW-FACED) (Tangara parzudakii lunigera)
BLUE-WHISKERED TANAGER (Tangara johannae) – Another stunning Choco endemic that we saw from the tower at Silanche.
GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus goodsoni)
SILVER-THROATED TANAGER (Tangara icterocephala icterocephala)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis occidentalis) – At this time of the year they are very common at Maquipucuna, but we never got tired of them.
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (YELLOW-TUFTED) (Dacnis lineata aequatorialis)
SCARLET-THIGHED DACNIS (Dacnis venusta fuliginata)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana baudoana)
SCARLET-BREASTED DACNIS (Dacnis berlepschi) – This very attractive Choco endemic showed up nicely in Silanche; there was a female first who was then followed by a male.
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)
SCARLET-BROWED TANAGER (Heterospingus xanthopygius berliozi)
GUIRA TANAGER (Hemithraupis guira guirina)
BLUE-BACKED CONEBILL (Conirostrum sitticolor sitticolor)
CAPPED CONEBILL (Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum)
GLOSSY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa lafresnayii)

Participant Kathryn Khalifa got this great photo of our group.

INDIGO FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa indigotica) [*]
RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides decorata)
MASKED FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa cyanea cyanea)
VARIABLE SEEDEATER (VARIABLE) (Sporophila corvina ophthalmica)
YELLOW-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila nigricollis vivida)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
DULL-COLORED GRASSQUIT (Tiaris obscurus pauper)
BUFF-THROATED SALTATOR (Saltator maximus maximus)
BLACK-WINGED SALTATOR (Saltator atripennis)
Passerellidae (New World Buntings and Sparrows)
YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis marginatus)

Finally, it's hard to go wrong with another photo of the Spectacled Bear! Photo by participant Justin Khalifa.

DUSKY CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus semifuscus semifuscus)
BLACK-STRIPED SPARROW (Arremonops conirostris striaticeps)
ORANGE-BILLED SPARROW (AURANTIIROSTRIS GROUP) (Arremon aurantiirostris occidentalis)
CHESTNUT-CAPPED BRUSHFINCH (CHESTNUT-CAPPED) (Arremon brunneinucha frontalis) – The hide once again worked well even for this species, nice looks of at least a pair.
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis costaricensis)
TRICOLORED BRUSHFINCH (CHOCO) (Atlapetes tricolor crassus)
YELLOW-BREASTED BRUSHFINCH (YELLOW-BREASTED) (Atlapetes latinuchus spodionotus)
WHITE-WINGED BRUSHFINCH (WHITE-WINGED) (Atlapetes leucopterus leucopterus)
Mitrospingidae (Mitrospingid Tanagers)
DUSKY-FACED TANAGER (Mitrospingus cassinii cassinii)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
WHITE-WINGED TANAGER (Piranga leucoptera ardens) – We saw red males and yellow females at Maquipucuna and also at Angel's.
OCHRE-BREASTED TANAGER (Chlorothraupis stolzmanni)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (PACIFIC) (Cacicus uropygialis pacificus)
SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus oryzivorus) – This tricked me; it was a young bird being fed by Scrub Blackbirds. Eventually I realized that it was wrong but that is what they do.
SCRUB BLACKBIRD (Dives warczewiczi warczewiczi) – A pair feeding a Giant Cowbird chick.
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)
GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cyanocephala pelzelni)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
YELLOW-BELLIED SISKIN (Spinus xanthogastrus)

COMMON OPOSSUM (Didelphis marsupialis)
RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)
CENTRAL AMERICAN AGOUTI (Dasyprocta punctata)
SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus) – This was the best! It was a hard walk, but we saw a female with a baby cub. What a lovely sight!
TAYRA (Eira barbara) – Seeing by Duane.


Totals for the tour: 298 bird taxa and 5 mammal taxa