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Jewels of Ecuador: Hummers, Tanagers & Antpittas I 2014
Jan 18, 2014 to Feb 4, 2014
Willy Perez

We call this tour "Jewels of Ecuador" for good reason -- we soaked in more than 60 hummingbird species, including this Sparkling Violetear. (Photo by participant Diane Drobka)

We note this in our annual catalog of tours, but I have to say it again: for Ecuador this is the most complete tour we do, birding the south and the north of the country, and also both slopes of the Andes with the range of different altitudes. We covered a great variety of habitats where myriad hummingbird jewels live (hence the name of the tour), and we saw more than 60 of them! Our trip, like most, had some adventures too -- rain, sun, mud, landslides, even a vehicle breakdown -- but nothing stopped us birding and reaching every single corner that the itinerary describes, so we did it all. Along the way there were so many memorable moments, and here are but a few of them:

--as usual a memorable first day, but this time with a fantastic welcome: in the middle of the trail was a small puddle of water where we had one of the most successful birding stops of the trip with Scarlet-bellied, Black-chested, and Buff-breasted mountain-tanagers coming to have a nice bath, all within two minutes!

--a clear day at Cajanuma with stunning views good flocks of birds and a tree decorated with six Red-hooded Tanagers;

--the Chesnut-crowned Antpitta that came out the second day we visited Cajanuma;

--the two male Torrent Ducks trying hard to impress a female, a fabulous viewing opportunity;

--the Inga tree with beautiful white flowers at Copalinga and the two most-wanted male hummingbirds, Wire-crested Thorntail and Spangled Coquette, both at the same time just before lunch;

--the Club-winged Manakin doing its mooning display at Milpe;

--the full morning at Angel's reserve with a range of magical events, from the display of the Cocks-of-the-rock, to a roosting Lyre-tailed Nightjar, the fruit-feeding station with Blue-winged Mountain-Tanagers, Toucan Barbet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, and three species of antpittas with their very own nicknames;

--the stunning surprise of two Spectacled Bears that watched us for few minutes, followed by a surprisingly easy Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe at Papallacta;

--the male Crested Quetzal at San Isidro;

--the last-minute appearance of the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (phew) just in time;

--every evening or early morning that we went to look for owls, providing good rewards in many places: Band bellied at Copalinga, Great Horned at Cajanuma, and the Black-banded at San Isidro;

--and meeting nice people like the young artist Lino Salinas who was painting the gate at Cajanuma.

To conclude, I would like to thank all of you for making this tour happen and for contributing to it being such a success. I had a lot of fun, and I hope that you felt the same way. Our superb driver, Edgar, made the trip go smoothly and was always very helpful, so gracias amigo for a good job!

I hope to see you all again somewhere soon in the field chasing birds!


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)

One of the great surprises of the tour was coming upon two Spectacled Bears up at Papallacta Pass. It was a lovely setting, too! (Photo by participant Diane Drobka)

TAWNY-BREASTED TINAMOU (Nothocercus julius) [*]
HIGHLAND TINAMOU (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Nothocercus bonapartei plumbeiceps) [*]
GRAY TINAMOU (Tinamus tao kleei) – We went to look for him in Copalinga but despite being tempted by corn and hearing it call close by it never showed itself to us. [*]
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]
ANDEAN TINAMOU (Nothoprocta pentlandii) [*]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata) – Two males competing for a female along the Zamora river, made Nancy decide that they were her favorite birds of the tour.
ANDEAN TEAL (Anas andium)
RUDDY DUCK (ANDEAN) (Oxyura jamaicensis ferruginea)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
BEARDED GUAN (Penelope barbata)
ANDEAN GUAN (Penelope montagnii)
WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri) – Heard often in San Isidro very early in the morning and one spotted by John calling on top of a tree one afternoon.
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
RUFOUS-FRONTED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus erythrops) [*]
DARK-BACKED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus melanonotus) [*]
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
FASCIATED TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma fasciatum) – Showing us how efficient are these herons for fishing, we watched one for a long time along the Bombuscaro river.
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea) – Good surprise in Mindo where we found an adult and a juvenile during our trip to the Nambillo river.
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
PEARL KITE (Gampsonyx swainsonii magnus) – This small unique Kite was observed perching on a wire on the way back from Silanche.
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
BLACK-AND-CHESTNUT EAGLE (Spizaetus isidori) – First time spotted by Sharon we saw this majestic eagle several times on this trip.
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)
PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (PLAIN-BREASTED) (Accipiter striatus ventralis)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)

The taxonomic status of the "Black-banded" Owls around San Isidro is still debated. The whereabouts of this individual, however, was no mystery the night we visited -- we had outstanding looks. (Photo by participant Diane Drobka)

BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus australis)
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)
Eurypygidae (Sunbittern)
SUNBITTERN (Eurypyga helias major) – The effort to visit the Nambillo river in MIndo was rewarded when Craig found one flying accross and it eventually flew back and landed on a rock.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
WHITE-THROATED CRAKE (Laterallus albigularis) – One appeared for a good length of time in the open on the way out from Silanche.
VIRGINIA RAIL (ECUADORIAN) (Rallus limicola aequatorialis) [*]
SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
Thinocoridae (Seedsnipes)
RUFOUS-BELLIED SEEDSNIPE (Attagis gayi) – This time we found this very well camouflaged bird very easily. It was thanks to the guard who works at the antennas who told us where the bird was a few meters away from the car park.
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)
BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
DUSKY PIGEON (Patagioenas goodsoni)
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
CROAKING GROUND-DOVE (Columbina cruziana)
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)
PALLID DOVE (Leptotila pallida) [*]
GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla) – Seen at Copalinga coming to the corn feeders.
WHITE-THROATED QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon frenata) – Great views when one came to eat the fruit at Angel's place.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta) – A very responsive one of these small cuckoos came out on the way back from Silanche.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
GROOVE-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga sulcirostris)
Strigidae (Owls)
COLOMBIAN SCREECH-OWL (Megascops colombianus) [*]
WHITE-THROATED SCREECH-OWL (Megascops albogularis) [*]
BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota) – Just before the last breakfast at Copalinga we managed to see one of these big owls.
GREAT HORNED OWL (GREAT HORNED) (Bubo virginianus nigrescens) – A nice pair was seen at the gate in Cajanuma on one of our early visits.
CLOUD-FOREST PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium nubicola) [*]
ANDEAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium jardinii) – Great views of this high elevation owl, along the old Nono Mindo road.
PERUVIAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium peruanum) – This common small owl didn't show up in the Catamayo valley, but we saw him on the way to Cuenca in the dry valley of Ona.
"BLACK-BANDED" OWL TYPE (Ciccaba sp. nov. 1) – The usual one in San Isidro did its job and because we had such good views Craig mentioned that this was his best bird during the trip.
RUFOUS-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba albitarsis) [*]
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (SHORT-TAILED) (Lurocalis semitorquatus noctivagus)
RUFOUS-BELLIED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis rufiventris) – Angel found one perched close to the Cock of the Rock lek.
BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)
BAND-WINGED NIGHTJAR (Systellura longirostris)
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)
LYRE-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Uropsalis lyra) – Males and females were seen, but the one perched on the rocky cliff was the winner with a tail almost two feet long.
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

Participant Diane Drobka shared this great capture of a Masked Trogon.

COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)
ANDEAN POTOO (Nyctibius maculosus) – Still in his usual place in San Isidro.
Steatornithidae (Oilbird)
OILBIRD (Steatornis caripensis) – We managed to scope two roosting birds along the old Loja Zamora road.
Apodidae (Swifts)
CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
BAND-TAILED BARBTHROAT (Threnetes ruckeri)
WHITE-WHISKERED HERMIT (Phaethornis yaruqui)
GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)
TAWNY-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)
STRIPE-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis striigularis)
GREEN-FRONTED LANCEBILL (Doryfera ludovicae) – We managed to study this long bill hummingbird well when John found one catching insects on the edge of the Zamora river.
BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)
GREEN VIOLETEAR (ANDEAN) (Colibri thalassinus cyanotus)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)
PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY (Heliothryx barroti) – This Hummingbird with a clean white breast was seen at Silanche.
GORGETED SUNANGEL (Heliangelus strophianus)
TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)
LITTLE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus micraster)
WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii) – It was great to have those Inga trees with good flowers where a male of this species came to feed and perched in front of the dining room in Copalinga. We could really see the wires coming out of his head.
GREEN THORNTAIL (Discosura conversii)
SPANGLED COQUETTE (Lophornis stictolophus) – Another visitor to the Inga trees, where a colorful male came and stayed for all of us to have good looks.
ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus) – Seen by some people.
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)
LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingi)
VIOLET-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo) – Nice male was seen in the Cajas national park.
GREEN-TAILED TRAINBEARER (Lesbia nuna) – We had to work a bit to see this long tailed Hummingbird that has a very straight bill.
BLUE-MANTLED THORNBILL (Chalcostigma stanleyi)
TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)
VIRIDIAN METALTAIL (Metallura williami)
GLOWING PUFFLEG (Eriocnemis vestita) – This was definitely a glow that we saw well several times in the south.
SAPPHIRE-VENTED PUFFLEG (Eriocnemis luciani)
GOLDEN-BREASTED PUFFLEG (Eriocnemis mosquera)
EMERALD-BELLIED PUFFLEG (Eriocnemis aline aline) – This rare Puffleg was scoped the day that we did the Guacamayos trail in San Isidro.
SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis)
BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)
BROWN INCA (Coeligena wilsoni)
COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)
MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST (Lafresnaya lafresnayi)
SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD (Ensifera ensifera) – We had this incredible Hummingbird on the feeders at Yanacocha and Guango.
GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus)
BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)

This striking Toucan Barbet was one of a number of specialty birds we picked up only at Refugio Paz -- thanks Angel! (Photo by participant Diane Drobka).

CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
VELVET-PURPLE CORONET (Boissonneaua jardini)
BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (Ocreatus underwoodii) – Sharon saw a female with chesnut boots on the east but on the west many males and females were seen with white boots.
PURPLE-BIBBED WHITETIP (Urosticte benjamini)
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
EMPRESS BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa imperatrix) – Being the largest of the brilliants we saw a male in Angel's reserve.
VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)
LITTLE WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus bombus)
GORGETED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus heliodor) – A female seen at Guango.
PURPLE-THROATED WOODSTAR (Calliphlox mitchellii)
CROWNED WOODNYMPH (NORTHERN GREEN-CROWNED) (Thalurania colombica verticeps)
AMAZILIA HUMMINGBIRD (LOJA) (Amazilia amazilia alticola)
ANDEAN EMERALD (Amazilia franciae)
Trogonidae (Trogons)
GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus auriceps) – This Quetzal was Steve's bird of the trip.
CRESTED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus antisianus) – We were very lucky with this bird that you normally hear, but there was one stunning male that stayed long enough for scope views in San Isidro.
BLUE-TAILED TROGON (Trogon comptus)
WHITE-TAILED TROGON (Trogon chionurus)
COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)
MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus)
Momotidae (Motmots)
ANDEAN MOTMOT (Momotus aequatorialis aequatorialis)
RUFOUS MOTMOT (Baryphthengus martii)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
BARRED PUFFBIRD (Nystalus radiatus) – It took a little while to find this camouflage bird, but we found one who was eating a cicada.
WESTERN PUFFBIRD (Nystalus obamai)
BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
LANCEOLATED MONKLET (Micromonacha lanceolata) – We had great scope views of this very small puffbird along the road near Zamora.
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
ORANGE-FRONTED BARBET (Capito squamatus)

Our walk at elevation in the Yanacocha Reserve produced unforgettable species like Sword-billed Hummingbird. (Photo by participant Diane Drobka)

RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)
Semnornithidae (Toucan-Barbets)
TOUCAN BARBET (Semnornis ramphastinus) – We had only one of these choco endemics at Angel's place.
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
EMERALD TOUCANET (ANDEAN) (Aulacorhynchus prasinus albivitta)
CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus derbianus)
CRIMSON-RUMPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)
GRAY-BREASTED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena hypoglauca) – We saw this species two times but the first one at Cajanuma was unique when they were feeding on the wild avocados.
PLATE-BILLED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena laminirostris) – The last day of the tour we saw this bird along the road near Bellavista. I was so glad that we saw him because this is the front cover of the bird book.
BLACK-BILLED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena nigrirostris)
COLLARED ARACARI (STRIPE-BILLED) (Pteroglossus torquatus erythropygius)
BLACK-MANDIBLED TOUCAN (CHESTNUT-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii)
CHOCO TOUCAN (Ramphastos brevis)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)
OLIVACEOUS PICULET (Picumnus olivaceus)
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
BLACK-CHEEKED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes pucherani)
SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Picoides fumigatus)
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Veniliornis passerinus)
SCARLET-BACKED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis callonotus)
BAR-BELLIED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis nigriceps) – This is a Woodpecker that likes high elevation and we had one at Yanacocha.
GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)
CINNAMON WOODPECKER (Celeus loricatus) – Craig found one of these handsome woodpeckers at Silanche.
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans) [*]
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis rufigularis)
Psittacidae (Parrots)
GOLDEN-PLUMED PARAKEET (Leptosittaca branickii) – A group flew by at Huashapamba.
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura)
WHITE-NECKED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura albipectus)
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Aratinga leucophthalma)

Our happy bunch of birders at Cajanuma (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

PACIFIC PARROTLET (Forpus coelestis) – Very common in the dry valleys near Loja and on the way to Cuenca.
ROSE-FACED PARROT (Pyrilia pulchra)
RED-FACED PARROT (Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops)
RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)
SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (WHITE-CAPPED) (Pionus tumultuosus seniloides)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)
BRONZE-WINGED PARROT (Pionus chalcopterus)
MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)
SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
CHAPMAN'S ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus zarumae) – A male and female were seen on the way from Catamayo to Loja.
LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)
COLLARED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus bernardi) – This is tha Antshrike of the dry valleys that we saw in Catamayo.
UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus unicolor)
WHITE-SHOULDERED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus aethiops aethiops)
RUSSET ANTSHRIKE (Thamnistes anabatinus)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)
CHECKER-THROATED ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla fulviventris)
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
SLATY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula schisticolor)
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)
DOT-WINGED ANTWREN (Microrhopias quixensis)
STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps)
CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza exsul) [*]
ESMERALDAS ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza nigricauda) [*]
STUB-TAILED ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza berlepschi) [*]
ZELEDON'S ANTBIRD (CHOCO) (Myrmeciza zeledoni macrorhyncha) [*]
Melanopareiidae (Crescentchests)
ELEGANT CRESCENTCHEST (Melanopareia elegans) – As usual hard to see but in the end we had good views of this dry forest bird near Catamayo valley.
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
UNDULATED ANTPITTA (Grallaria squamigera) [*]
MOUSTACHED ANTPITTA (Grallaria alleni) – Seen at Angel Paz. [E]
SCALED ANTPITTA (Grallaria guatimalensis) [*]
PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota) [*]
CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla) – We managed to see this species when one came into the open near the entrance to the Cajanuma area.
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaria flavotincta)
WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca)
RUFOUS ANTPITTA (Grallaria rufula) – Seen by some people.
TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis) – Nice views in Cajas National Park.
OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula flavirostris) – For Sharon this one stole the show when they danced a bit like Shakira at Angel's place.
SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula nana) [*]
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)
OCELLATED TAPACULO (Acropternis orthonyx) – This colorful Tapaculo was seen well in Acacana.
BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]
BLACKISH TAPACULO (PACIFIC) (Scytalopus latrans subcinereus) – Seen the first day at Yanacocha.
LONG-TAILED TAPACULO (Scytalopus micropterus)
WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus)
NARINO TAPACULO (Scytalopus vicinior) [*]
SPILLMANN'S TAPACULO (Scytalopus spillmanni) [*]
CHUSQUEA TAPACULO (Scytalopus parkeri) – Seen a couple of times at Cajanuma.
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius rufipectus)
BARRED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza mollissima) – We couldn't asked for better views of this skulker, when he come near us along the Guacamayos trail.
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)
TYRANNINE WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla tyrannina)
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus)
BLACK-STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus)
SPOTTED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius)
OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)
STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes souleyetii)
MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)
PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)
STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK (Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii)
PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (PACIFIC) (Furnarius leucopus cinnamomeus) – A nesting pair was seen near the rubbish tip at Catamayo.
CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris)
STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)
SCALY-THROATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (SPOT-BREASTED) (Anabacerthia variegaticeps temporalis)
MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)
LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)
UNIFORM TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes ignobilis) [*]
BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus) [*]
SPOTTED BARBTAIL (Premnoplex brunnescens)
PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger) – For a brown bird this is stunning.
ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura andicola)
WHITE-BROWED SPINETAIL (Hellmayrea gularis)
MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)
EQUATORIAL GRAYTAIL (Xenerpestes singularis) – Hard bird to find but a pair were travelling with a flock along the road near Zamora.
RED-FACED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca erythrops)
ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca curtata)
LINE-CHEEKED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca antisiensis)
AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)
RUFOUS SPINETAIL (Synallaxis unirufa)
SLATY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis brachyura)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus)
WHITE-THROATED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus leucophrys)
TUFTED TIT-TYRANT (Anairetes parulus)
AGILE TIT-TYRANT (Uromyias agilis) [*]
MOUSE-COLORED TYRANNULET (TUMBES) (Phaeomyias murina tumbezana)
YELLOW TYRANNULET (Capsiempis flaveola)
GRAY ELAENIA (Myiopagis caniceps)
FOOTHILL ELAENIA (Myiopagis olallai)
YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)
WHITE-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia albiceps)
MOTTLE-BACKED ELAENIA (Elaenia gigas) – On the way out from Copalinga there was one perched on a cane, showing a crest with two tips that looked like horns.
LESSER ELAENIA (Elaenia chiriquensis)
SIERRAN ELAENIA (Elaenia pallatangae)
TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea)
STREAK-NECKED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes striaticollis)
OLIVE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes olivaceus)
OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)
SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)
RUFOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon rufipectus)
ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae) – Very common in Zamora area.
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)
BLACK-CAPPED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias nigrocapillus)
ASHY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias cinereiceps)
CHOCO TYRANNULET (Zimmerius albigularis) – Split from Golden faced, this is the one that occurs in the northwest of the andes, good looks at Silanche.
GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius chrysops)
ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus)
BRONZE-OLIVE PYGMY-TYRANT (Pseudotriccus pelzelni)
RUFOUS-HEADED PYGMY-TYRANT (Pseudotriccus ruficeps)
TAWNY-CROWNED PYGMY-TYRANT (Euscarthmus meloryphus)
SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)
RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps)
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
BLACK-HEADED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum nigriceps)
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)
CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea) – We saw this one breaking the rules by being on a wire in Zamora, but later on during the tour we spotted some of them on a cliff near Narupa.
HANDSOME FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias pulcher)
ORANGE-BANDED FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias lintoni)
FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus flavicans)
OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus)
BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
STREAK-THROATED BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes striaticollis)
SMOKY BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes fumigatus)
RED-RUMPED BUSH-TYRANT (Cnemarchus erythropygius) – We found one of this scarce Bush Tyrant on a wire at Cajas.
MASKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola nengeta)
CROWNED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca frontalis) – A young bird was seen at Yanacocha the first day.
SLATY-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris)
RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca rufipectoralis)
BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus) – The last morning at Copalinga there was a pair, where Steve got a photo in flight.
SHORT-TAILED FIELD TYRANT (Muscigralla brevicauda)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer nigriceps)
PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes)
RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti) – A big group of them were leading a mixed flock near Zamora.
GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)
PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
BARRED FRUITEATER (Pipreola arcuata)
BLACK-CHESTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola lubomirskii) – It was hard but most of the people managed to see this small Fruiteater in San Isidro.
RED-CRESTED COTINGA (Ampelion rubrocristatus)
ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus sanguinolentus) – Two young birds were seen along the old Nono Mindo road but in Angel's many males were displaying at the Lek.
ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus aequatorialis) – This subspecies is found on the east of the Andes and we saw them a couple of times, in Zamora and San Isidro.
AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus) – Scope views of a male at Bombuscaro.
DUSKY PIHA (Lipaugus fuscocinereus)
Pipridae (Manakins)
GOLDEN-WINGED MANAKIN (Masius chrysopterus)
CLUB-WINGED MANAKIN (Machaeropterus deliciosus) – They were very active with their unique display at Milpe.
BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei)
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor)
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
GREEN-BACKED BECARD (YELLOW-CHEEKED) (Pachyramphus viridis xanthogenys)
BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor) [*]
CINNAMON BECARD (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)
OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)
LESSER GREENLET (Hylophilus decurtatus)
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis) – Seen at Silanche.
BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa)
GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas) – Very common on the east.
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
PALE-FOOTED SWALLOW (Orochelidon flavipes)
BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)
WHITE-THIGHED SWALLOW (Atticora tibialis)
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWALLOW (Petrochelidon rufocollaris aequatorialis) – It worked out well on the down town tour to Catamayo town to see this unique Swallow.
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
SCALY-BREASTED WREN (Microcerculus marginatus) [*]
GRAY-MANTLED WREN (Odontorchilus branickii)
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)
SEDGE WREN (POLYGLOTTUS GROUP) (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)
FASCIATED WREN (Campylorhynchus fasciatus)
PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) – Very vocal along the way but eventually we saw one along the Old Nono Mindo road.
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)
BAY WREN (Cantorchilus nigricapillus)
SUPERCILIATED WREN (Cantorchilus superciliaris)
RUFOUS WREN (Cinnycerthia unirufa) – Family groups at Yanacocha and Cajanuma.
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta) [*]
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (WHITE-BROWED) (Polioptila plumbea bilineata)
Cinclidae (Dippers)
WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (Cinclus leucocephalus)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides)
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus)
PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)
ECUADORIAN THRUSH (Turdus maculirostris)
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus fulviventris)
SLATY THRUSH (Turdus nigriceps)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
CHIGUANCO THRUSH (Turdus chiguanco)
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus)
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) – Good looks at the headquarters of Bombuscaro.
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
LONG-TAILED MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus longicaudatus)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Setophaga fusca) – Very common at this time of the year nice males were seen almost every day.
THREE-STRIPED WARBLER (Basileuterus tristriatus)
THREE-BANDED WARBLER (Basileuterus trifasciatus)
CITRINE WARBLER (Myiothlypis luteoviridis)
BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER (Myiothlypis nigrocristata)
BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER (Myiothlypis fulvicauda) – Seen a couple of times always near water.
GOLDEN-BELLIED WARBLER (CHOCO) (Myiothlypis chrysogaster chlorophrys)
RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata)
CANADA WARBLER (Cardellina canadensis) – Another very common visitor at this time of the year.
SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)
SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)
BLACK-CAPPED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus atropileus)
SUPERCILIARIED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus superciliaris)
BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus melanotis)
BLACK-HEADED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus verticalis)
GRAY-HOODED BUSH TANAGER (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris)
RUFOUS-CHESTED TANAGER (Thlypopsis ornata)
WHITE-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus luctuosus)
TAWNY-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus delatrii)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
FLAME-RUMPED TANAGER (Ramphocelus flammigerus) – One of the most numerous Tanagers on the west.
HOODED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Buthraupis montana)
MASKED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Buthraupis wetmorei) – A pair of this rare Tanager showed up during our visit to the Cayambe Coca reserve.
BLACK-CHESTED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Cnemathraupis eximia) – Seen drinking water at Yanacocha.
GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii)
LACRIMOSE MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Anisognathus lacrymosus)
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)
BUFF-BREASTED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Dubusia taeniata) – Great sights at Yanacocha.
YELLOW-THROATED TANAGER (Iridosornis analis)
GOLDEN-CROWNED TANAGER (Iridosornis rufivertex) – A group was feeding at Acacana.
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota)
BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Pipraeidea bonariensis)
ORANGE-EARED TANAGER (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER (Thraupis cyanocephala)
GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER (Tangara ruficervix)
GRAY-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara palmeri)
SCRUB TANAGER (Tangara vitriolina) – Some were seen at the car park in Hotel San Jose in Puembo.
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanicollis)
RUFOUS-THROATED TANAGER (Tangara rufigula) [*]
YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER (Tangara xanthogastra)
SPOTTED TANAGER (Tangara punctata)
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii)
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)
METALLIC-GREEN TANAGER (Tangara labradorides)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)
GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER (Tangara chrysotis)
SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (Tangara parzudakii lunigera)
GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara schrankii)
GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)
SILVER-THROATED TANAGER (Tangara icterocephala)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis) – Males were displaying at Copalinga.
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (BLACK-FACED) (Dacnis lineata lineata)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (BLACK-FACED) (Dacnis lineata aequatorialis)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)
GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)
SCARLET-BROWED TANAGER (Heterospingus xanthopygius)
GUIRA TANAGER (Hemithraupis guira)
CINEREOUS CONEBILL (Conirostrum cinereum)
BLUE-BACKED CONEBILL (Conirostrum sitticolor)
CAPPED CONEBILL (Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum)
GIANT CONEBILL (Oreomanes fraseri) – This Polylepis specialty was found at Cajas National park.
TIT-LIKE DACNIS (Xenodacnis parina)
GLOSSY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa lafresnayii)
BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)
RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides)
BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa caerulescens)
PLUSHCAP (Catamblyrhynchus diadema)
BLACK-BACKED BUSH TANAGER (Urothraupis stolzmanni)
PLUMBEOUS SIERRA-FINCH (Phrygilus unicolor)
ASH-BREASTED SIERRA-FINCH (Phrygilus plebejus)
BAND-TAILED SIERRA-FINCH (Phrygilus alaudinus)
SLATY FINCH (Haplospiza rustica) – Walking on the road at Cajanuma.
SAFFRON FINCH (Sicalis flaveola)
BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)
VARIABLE SEEDEATER (Sporophila corvina ophthalmica)
YELLOW-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila nigricollis)
DRAB SEEDEATER (Sporophila simplex)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Oryzoborus angolensis)
PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)
PARAMO SEEDEATER (Catamenia homochroa) – It was nice to see this often missed bird, a nice male was along the Acacana road.
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
DUSKY-FACED TANAGER (Mitrospingus cassinii)
MASKED SALTATOR (Saltator cinctus) – For me this was the bird of the trip thanks to Derek who found one at Cajanuma.
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
BLACK-WINGED SALTATOR (Saltator atripennis)
SLATE-COLORED GROSBEAK (Saltator grossus) [*]
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
ORANGE-BILLED SPARROW (Arremon aurantiirostris occidentalis)
ORANGE-BILLED SPARROW (Arremon aurantiirostris spectabilis)
GRAY-BROWED BRUSH-FINCH (Arremon assimilis assimilis)
BLACK-STRIPED SPARROW (Arremonops conirostris)
PALE-NAPED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes pallidinucha)
TRICOLORED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes tricolor)
YELLOW-BREASTED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes latinuchus spodionotus)
YELLOW-BREASTED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes latinuchus latinuchus)
SLATY BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes schistaceus)
WHITE-WINGED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes leucopterus)
BAY-CROWNED BRUSH-FINCH (Atlapetes seebohmi)
TUMBES SPARROW (Rhynchospiza stolzmanni)
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus flavopectus)
DUSKY CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus semifuscus)
SHORT-BILLED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus parvirostris)
YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis marginatus)
YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis flavigularis)
ASHY-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus canigularis)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra)
WHITE-WINGED TANAGER (Piranga leucoptera) – Spotted by Diane we had great views of red males and yellow females.
RED-HOODED TANAGER (Piranga rubriceps) – A group of 5 was seen at Cajanuma.
OCHRE-BREASTED TANAGER (Chlorothraupis stolzmanni)
GOLDEN-BELLIED GROSBEAK (Pheucticus chrysogaster)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
PERUVIAN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella bellicosa)
SCRUB BLACKBIRD (Dives warszewiczi)
SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)
MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (GOLDEN-SHOULDERED) (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (PACIFIC) (Cacicus uropygialis pacificus)
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SUBTROPICAL) (Cacicus uropygialis uropygialis)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)
BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys) [*]
YELLOW-BELLIED SISKIN (Spinus xanthogastrus)
HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)
OLIVACEOUS SISKIN (Spinus olivaceus)

BRAZILIAN RABBIT (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)
RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)
BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)
SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus) – A female with a cub was seen at Papallacta pass.
TAYRA (Eira barbara) – Seen by Derek in San Isidro.


Totals for the tour: 559 bird taxa and 5 mammal taxa