A Field Guides Birding Tours Report


February 17-26, 2023 with Willy Perez guiding

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The beautiful Yellow-throated Tanager was among the many tanager and other highlights of the tour. Photo by participant John Rounds.

Sometimes it's hard to lead a tour that has been named after a bird -- the pressure is on until you find the bird. This tour is designed to find the Orange-throated Tanager, but of course there are lots of other superb places and sites and plenty of other stunning and unique birds to look for.

We started a day earlier than usual because the flight schedule was changed. By doing that we had more time to bird in the Catamayo valley the first day, with some unique species of the dry Tumbesian region. It also meant that on the last day we managed to visit Guango lodge and the Papallacta Pass outside of Quito, neither of which is normally in the itinerary. So as you read this list just note that species we saw that last day shouldn't be expected on future tours. The second day our main focus was to get to Yankuam, where the "star of the tour" was going to be, but we had to make some strategic stops before that. The first was at Cumbaratza, where we saw Spangled Coquette plus other unique hummers coming to verbena flowers. Three nights at Yankuam gave us enough time to find some of the foothill specialties of the Southeast. The tiny Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher was a bird to remember, and the colorful Lemon throated Barbet followed by the Golden-collared Toucanet were quite the sights. Of course my mind was on the lookout for the Orange-throated Tanager, so its was a wonderful moment when we finally got to see this rare and colorful tanager at Yankuam. However, it was not the only one that impressed us, as there was a display of other tanagers including Golden, Blue-necked, Turquoise, and Bay-headed, just to mention a few.

Our visit to La Zarza Reserve gave us the chance to see species that are not common in many places, and the most remarkable ones were the beautiful Yellow-throated Tanager, Coppery-chested Jacamar, and the many Cliff Flycatchers along the drive. The other three nights we went to Copalinga Lodge, which was very comfortable with a lot of fantastic birds. Even the garden and the dining room were very easy places to watch birds from, including Wire-crested Thorntail, Golden-tailed Sapphire, and a Gray Tinamou that stumbled into the dining room. The walk at Podocarpus National Park was great, with stunning primary forest that has species like Foothill Elaenia and the spectacular Orange-eared Tanager. We spent some time along the Old Loja-Zamora road, where we managed to get great views of Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Torrent Ducks.

As I mentioned before this trip ended with a visit outside of Quito to Papallacta Pass, where we came across high-altitude species like Tawny Antpitta, Carunculated Caracara, and many others. We ended the afternoon at wonderful Guango Lodge, where we spent some hours birding and had a fantastic lunch. The highlights at Guango were Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan and several species of colorful hummingbirds.

Overall we had a great week of birding with a really nice bunch of people that handled nicely all the necessary changes with the itinerary. For that reason and many others I want to say thank you to all of you for being part of this Orange-throated Tanager adventure. Also I would like to thank Edgar, our fantastic driver who not only handled our vehicle but skillfully managed to find the White-necked Parakeets for us.

—Un abrazo, Willy

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

Tinamidae (Tinamous)

GRAY TINAMOU (Tinamus tao kleei)

This secretive bird almost came into the dining room during our lunchtime at Copalinga, it was an incredible sight.b

LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata)

A pair was seen dealing with the rapids along the Zamora river.

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)


WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri) [*]

Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

MARBLED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus gujanensis) [*]

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Phew, we got it! It's always a relief to the guide when the tour's namesake appears! Orange-throated Tanager by participant John Rounds.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]

BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)

PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

CROAKING GROUND DOVE (Columbina cruziana)

This handsome ground-dove that likes dry regions was seen nicely at Catamayo airport.

GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

GROOVE-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta) [*]

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)

We had a great look at one bird just before it got dark along the road to Podocarpus National Park.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

Apodidae (Swifts)

CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)

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A lovely frame for a pair of Torrent Ducks, by participant Jeannette Shores.

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

The biggest swift of all that we saw on our trip.

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)

GRAY-CHINNED HERMIT (Phaethornis griseogularis)

SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)

BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)

BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)

This very elegant hummingbird has a very distinctive flight pattern.

TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)

Seen at Guango Lodge where males and females were present.

WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii)

SPANGLED COQUETTE (Lophornis stictolophus)

ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)

LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)


BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)

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This Gray Tinamou gave us quite a show, stumbling into the dining room at Copalinga. Photo by participant Wayne Whitmore.

COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)

Stunning hummingbird at Guango

BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)

A few of them at Guango lodge

CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)

FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

Showed nicely at Guango

VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)

WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)

Several males and females of this species were seen at Guango.

BLUE-TAILED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)

WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus melanorhynchus)


Super common feeding on the verbenas at Copalinga.

GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)

AMAZILIA HUMMINGBIRD (WHITE-THROATED) (Amazilis amazilia alticola)

GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)


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The big Bronzy Inca, photographed by participant Jeannette Shores.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

CHESTNUT-HEADED CRAKE (Anurolimnas castaneiceps) [*]

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius) [b]

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)


The biggest of the three species of vultures that we saw.

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

HOOK-BILLED KITE (Chondrohierax uncinatus)

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)

Seen at Papallacta Pass

SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus)

Strigidae (Owls)

BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota)

People that ventured out the first night at Yankuam were rewarded with great looks at this big owl.

PERUVIAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium peruanum)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)

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Scanning at 14,500', by participant Alice Whitmore.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

LANCEOLATED MONKLET (Micromonacha lanceolata)

This tiny Puffbird is widespread but hard to find. It took a while to spot the first one, but we had good looks at the next.

Galbulidae (Jacamars)


PURPLISH JACAMAR (Galbula chalcothorax)

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)

GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)

LEMON-THROATED BARBET (Eubucco richardsoni)

RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus derbianus)


This handsome toucan was seen at Guango.

LETTERED ARACARI (Pteroglossus inscriptus)

CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)

GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii)

Fantastic views of this species at Maycu Reserve.

CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Dryobates fumigatus)

RED-STAINED WOODPECKER (Dryobates affinis)

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Band-bellied Owl, by participant Jeannette Shores.

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans) [*]

BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)

CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Daptrius carunculatus)

Another highland species that we saw at Papallacta.

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

PACIFIC PARROTLET (Forpus coelestis)

A specialty of the dry areas that we saw around Catamayo.

WHITE-NECKED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura albipectus)

Edgar found one of these birds that was feeding on a tree along the Loja Zamora road.

WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE (Cymbilaimus lineatus) [*]

LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)

UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus unicolor) [*]

WHITE-SHOULDERED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus aethiops) [*]

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

A short video clip of Cotopaxi from the plane...room with a view! Video by guide Willy Perez.

FOOTHILL STIPPLETHROAT (Epinecrophylla spodionota)

SLATY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula schisticolor)

YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)

This canopy antwren was seen a couple of times.

RUSTY-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus frater)

PERUVIAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis peruviana)

BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)

BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)

SPOT-WINGED ANTBIRD (Myrmelastes leucostigma)

ZIMMER'S ANTBIRD (Sciaphylax castanea)

This was the most common of the antbirds that we came across.

SPOT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Hylophylax naevius)

Melanopareiidae (Crescentchests)

ELEGANT CRESCENTCHEST (Melanopareia elegans)

A striking small and colorful bird from the dry areas that we saw in Catamayo.

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota) [*]

TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis)

Papallacta Pass

THRUSH-LIKE ANTPITTA (Myrmothera campanisona) [*]

Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus) [*]

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A male Barred Becard, a small jewel amidst all the forest greenery. Photo by participant Jeannette Shores.
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

OCELLATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus ocellatus)

OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)

DUIDA WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes duidae)

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)

PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (PACIFIC) (Furnarius leucopus cinnamomeus)

We had good looks at this species that likes open areas.

CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris)

Another bird that we saw our last day at Papallacta.

STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)

Great looks at a few individuals at Papallacta, the last day of the tour.

MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)

RUFOUS-TAILED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia ruficaudata)


STRIPED WOODHAUNTER (Automolus subulatus) [*]

SPOTTED BARBTAIL (Premnoplex brunnescens)

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This Blackish Nightjar was a fun find in the last bit of daylight. Photo by participant Wayne Whitmore.

EQUATORIAL GRAYTAIL (Xenerpestes singularis) [N]

It was great to see this scarce species building a nest along the old Loja-Zamora road.

ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca curtata)

SPECKLED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca gutturata)

DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis) [*]

AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

RED-CRESTED COTINGA (Ampelion rubrocristatus)

Nice looks at a perched bird at Guango.

ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus aequatorialis)

We had great looks at some males of this spectacular cotinga.

GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris) [*]

AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus)

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

GREEN-BACKED BECARD (YELLOW-CHEEKED) (Pachyramphus viridis xanthogenys)

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor)

WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)

Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill, Royal Flycatcher, and Allies)

RUDDY-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Terenotriccus erythrurus)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris)

We had to chase this bird a bit in the Maycu Reserve, he always played hide and seek but eventually we saw him.

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Collared Trogon by participant Jeannette Shores.


SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)

MARBLE-FACED BRISTLE-TYRANT (Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus)

RUFOUS-BROWED TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes superciliaris)

It was nice to see this species -- we even saw the red brow that most of the time is hard to see when birds are in the canopy.

ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)

SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)

BLACK-AND-WHITE TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus capitalis)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

FULVOUS-BREASTED FLATBILL (Rhynchocyclus fulvipectus)

YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)

OLIVE-FACED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias viridiceps viridiceps)

CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)

CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea)

ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus)

TUMBES TYRANNULET (Nesotriccus tumbezana)

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Golden Grosbeak by participant Jeannette Shores.

FOOTHILL ELAENIA (Myiopagis olallai)

This truly foothill specialty was seen well at Bombuscaro .


SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)

PLUMBEOUS-CROWNED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias plumbeiceps)

GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius chrysops)

FULVOUS-CROWNED SCRUB-TYRANT (Euscarthmus meloryphus)

ORANGE-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus phoenicomitra)

It was hard to find this small flycatcher but eventually we managed at Bombuscaro.

OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)

MOUSE-GRAY FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus crypterythrus)

Split from Bran-colored Flycatcher. We saw this species at Catamayo.

SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)

BLACKISH PEWEE (Contopus nigrescens)

WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus) [b]

BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)

VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Seen by some of the group.

PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)

A big flycatcher that we saw at Papallacta pass.

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Golden Tanager by participant Wayne Whitmore.

LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus)


GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti)

GOLDEN-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes hemichrysus)

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)

RUFOUS-BROWED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis gujanensis) [*]

OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)

SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)

VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)

Donacobiidae (Donacobius)

BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)

An attractive bird with a loud voice that we enjoyed watching at Maycu reserve.

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

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Golden-olive Woodpecker by participant John Rounds.

BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)

We found some at Papallacta Pass.

WHITE-THIGHED SWALLOW (Atticora tibialis)

WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

WHITE-BROWED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila bilineata bilineata)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

SCALY-BREASTED WREN (Microcerculus marginatus)

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)

FASCIATED WREN (Campylorhynchus fasciatus)

A big wren that we saw in the dry forest near Catamayo.

THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)

CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)

SUPERCILIATED WREN (Cantorchilus superciliaris)

WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta)

BAR-WINGED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucoptera) [*]

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)

LONG-TAILED MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus longicaudatus)

Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides) [*]

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Green Jay by participant Jeannette Shores.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [b]

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]

PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)

Scope views of a male with a very clear eye that we saw along the old Loja-Zamora road.

BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus fulviventris)

GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)

Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanocephala)

THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)

ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis flavigularis)

ASHY-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus canigularis)

YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)

ORANGE-BILLED SPARROW (SPECTABILIS) (Arremon aurantiirostris spectabilis)

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Orange-bellied Euphonia by participant Jeannette Shores.

RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

PERUVIAN MEADOWLARK (Leistes bellicosus)

RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)

The largest of the oropendolas that we saw.


MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (GOLDEN-SHOULDERED) (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)

A few of them seen at Guango.

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Setophaga fusca) [b]

We saw some males with very colorful orange throats ready to migrate north.

THREE-STRIPED WARBLER (Basileuterus tristriatus)

BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER (Myiothlypis fulvicauda)

RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata)

CANADA WARBLER (Cardellina canadensis) [b]

SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)

SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)

Seen at Guango.

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Speckled Chachalacas by participant Wayne Whitmore.
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra) [b]

SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea) [b]

WHITE-WINGED TANAGER (Piranga leucoptera)

GOLDEN GROSBEAK (Pheucticus chrysogaster)

AMAZONIAN GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia rothschildii)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)

A large black-and-white tanager with yellow eye that we saw a few times.

BLACK-AND-WHITE TANAGER (Conothraupis speculigera)

FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Loriotus cristatus)

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)

The males and the females are very distinctive in this species, we had black males and brown females along the way.


SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

MASKED CRIMSON TANAGER (Ramphocelus nigrogularis)

ORANGE-THROATED TANAGER (Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron)

The big cherry on the cake was this species, we saw them only once but we had stunning views of several individuals.

YELLOW-THROATED TANAGER (Iridosornis analis)

ORANGE-EARED TANAGER (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)

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Spotted Barbtail by participant John Rounds.

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER (Ixothraupis xanthogastra)

SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)

GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER (Chalcothraupis ruficervix)

MASKED TANAGER (Stilpnia nigrocincta)

BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Stilpnia cyanicollis)

Very common but it's always a joy to see them.

TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)

PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)

There are a lot of bright colorful birds in the tangara group, but this is the most colorful one.

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER (Tangara chrysotis)

GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara schrankii)

GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)

SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)

BLACK-FACED DACNIS (BLACK-FACED) (Dacnis lineata lineata)

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Wire-crested female is a striking bird, too! Photo by participant Jeannette Shores.

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)

GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)

GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)

CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL (Conirostrum speciosum)

PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)

Papallacta pass.

SAFFRON FINCH (Sicalis flaveola)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

I love the males in full display doing acrobatic jumps, it was a joy to watch them.


CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)

RED-CRESTED FINCH (Coryphospingus cucullatus)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

DULL-COLORED GRASSQUIT (Asemospiza obscura)


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Yellow-browed Sparrow by participant Jeannette Shores.



AMAZON DWARF SQUIRREL (Microsciurus flaviventer)

BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)


LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata)

WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)

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Our intrepid group on our way to Yankuam. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

Totals for the tour: 277 bird taxa and 5 mammal taxa