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Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge II 2014
Feb 14, 2014 to Feb 23, 2014
Willy Perez

It was great to be at Sacha Lodge...with its canopy walkway and platforms the perfect place to get eye-level views of so many great species, including this Many-banded Aracari. (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

When I tell people that we go to Sacha lodge for one week the first reaction is "What are you going to do and see there -- isn't is a long time to be in one place?" But the answer is simple: even one week is not enough when we have so many places to visit! On this tour we proved that this is indeed true. We managed to visit the two towers (metal and wooden), explore the flooded forest, canoe along the creeks, as well as visit river islands and terra firme forest on the south bank of the Napo river to look for every possible of birds in those habitats.

Was It was another successful Sacha tour? Yes, definitely! We got to see and feel a bit of everything on this tour, with a fantastic introduction to the rainforest and why It is so named. Our first boat ride down to Sacha was very wet, but everything got a little drier day after day, and compared to other tours I've done here it was actually generally quite dry. We managed to bird in all the habitats near the lodge and see a huge diversity of unique birds and other wildlife. Here is a little summary of what I see as the highlights:

--that first day disembarking in Pompeya after a torrential rainstorm and seeing a great combination of birds, such as Yellow-tufted and Spot-breasted woodpeckers and Scarlet-crowned Barbet -- it was a great feeling;

--the Spangled and Plum-throated cotingas from the wooden tower for superb views;

--the many species of monkeys that we saw, including the aggressive Capuchin that wanted to have a fight with us, a real spectacle;

--the face-to-face look at the tiny but impressive Lanceolated Monklet from the metal tower -- we'll never forget that;

--Short-billed Leaftosser in its nest...WOW!

--the incredible parrot clay lick, especially when at least 100 Cobalt-winged Parakeets took off at the same time;

--and some of the very colorful antbirds like Yellow-browed and Dot-backed that were a privilege to watch.

I have to say that the Pygmy Marmoset and the incredible 30-minute night walk also deserve a big mention; as we saw there is a huge amount of activity in the rainforest at night. The tarantulas were out, and a Blond-headed Vine Snake was looking for food, but the Garden Boa had already eaten it -- we could see that It was full already.

During our stay, we had the great help of Oscar as our local bird guide and Wilson as his assistant -- both worked hard to find the very well-camouflaged wildlife, and I would like to extend a big thank you to them.

I'd also like to thank all of you who came on this tour. I hope that you had a good trip, and I look forward to seeing you again in the forest! Keep birding,


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)
GREAT TINAMOU (Tinamus major) – Seen roosting near the board walk.
CINEREOUS TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinereus) [*]

Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

UNDULATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus undulatus) [*]
VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus) [*]
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
SPIX'S GUAN (Penelope jacquacu)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
MARBLED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus gujanensis) – A group of five came to see who was the noisy intruder along the trail to the tower.
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
ZIGZAG HERON (Zebrilus undulatus) [*]
RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)
COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa) – Seen a couple of times soaring with other Vultures, It was easy to see the white colours.
Pandionidae (Osprey)
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus) – Very common along the Napo river.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
HOOK-BILLED KITE (Chondrohierax uncinatus)
GRAY-HEADED KITE (Leptodon cayanensis)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus)
ORNATE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus ornatus) – A pair flying close to the metal tower.
BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus melanoleucus)
SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis) – Nice ones feeding on snails along the Pilchecocha lake.
SLENDER-BILLED KITE (Helicolestes hamatus)
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)
PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)
CRANE HAWK (Geranospiza caerulescens)
SLATE-COLORED HAWK (Buteogallus schistaceus)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
HARRIS'S HAWK (HARRIS'S) (Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
GRAY-BREASTED CRAKE (Laterallus exilis) [*]

A good daytime look at a Crested Owl is always a showstopper! (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

GRAY-NECKED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus) [*]
PURPLE GALLINULE (Porphyrio martinicus)
AZURE GALLINULE (Porphyrio flavirostris) – This was a good surprise one afternoon during our canoe ride, when one jumped onto a small bush.
Aramidae (Limpkin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
PIED LAPWING (Vanellus cayanus)
Jacanidae (Jacanas)
WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana) – Two young birds were around the Pilchecocha lagoon.
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
YELLOW-BILLED TERN (Sternula superciliaris)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)
PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)
GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)
SAPPHIRE QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon saphirina) [*]
Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)
HOATZIN (Opisthocomus hoazin) – There was a mum with two chicks that were climbing up using their little hooks on their wings.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
BLACK-BELLIED CUCKOO (Piaya melanogaster)
GREATER ANI (Crotophaga major) – Following the group of monkeys to eat the insects that the monkeys couldn't catch.
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) – Flew by several times close to the Pilchecocha lake, also seen well another night near the cabins.
TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (Megascops watsonii) – Found by Oscar, roosting in a hole below the wooden tower.
CRESTED OWL (Lophostrix cristata) – A young with parents roosting together along the Liana chica trail.
SPECTACLED OWL (Pulsatrix perspicillata) – Wilson found one for us the second time that we tried and it stayed long enough for us to see it well.
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis) [*]
LADDER-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis climacocerca)
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)
GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis) – Roosting as seen from the metal tower.
COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

Cream-colored Woodpecker (this one a female without the red mustache) is one of the loveliest of its kin. (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
LESSER SWALLOW-TAILED SWIFT (Panyptila cayennensis)
FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
WHITE-BEARDED HERMIT (Phaethornis hispidus)
STRAIGHT-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis bourcieri)
GREAT-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis malaris) – At the Lek a male was showing the red under the bill, wonderful display.
BLACK-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis atrimentalis)
GREEN VIOLETEAR (ANDEAN) (Colibri thalassinus cyanotus)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)
BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER (Lesbia victoriae victoriae)
LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris) – The pink throat of this Hummingbird was shiny.
WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus melanorhynchus)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
OLIVE-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Leucippus chlorocercus)
Trogonidae (Trogons)
BLACK-TAILED TROGON (Trogon melanurus)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
AMAZONIAN TROGON (Trogon ramonianus)
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)
BLACK-THROATED TROGON (Trogon rufus) – We saw all the trogons on this tour but the male of this one was the best.
COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)
Momotidae (Motmots)
AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota)
BROAD-BILLED MOTMOT (Electron platyrhynchum) [*]
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)
AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus hyperrhynchus)
PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)
CHESTNUT-CAPPED PUFFBIRD (Bucco macrodactylus) – As seen on the luggage tag for Sacha lodge, it was great to see this elusive bird. Nice photos Jason.
COLLARED PUFFBIRD (Bucco capensis)
LANCEOLATED MONKLET (Micromonacha lanceolata) – Team work paid off when Jason found this one perched near the metal tower.
BROWN NUNLET (Nonnula brunnea)
BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa nigrifrons)
WHITE-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa morphoeus)
SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)

Snail Kites were part of our welcoming committee on the lagoon. This one's turned its head 180 degrees to pick out an apple snail. (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

WHITE-EARED JACAMAR (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis)
BROWN JACAMAR (Brachygalba lugubris)
WHITE-CHINNED JACAMAR (Galbula tombacea)
PURPLISH JACAMAR (Galbula chalcothorax)
GREAT JACAMAR (Jacamerops aureus) – We saw this big Jacamar on top of the steep hill.
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
SCARLET-CROWNED BARBET (Capito aurovirens)
GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)
LEMON-THROATED BARBET (Eubucco richardsoni) – Oscar got very excited about this Barbet, that hasn't been seen for years.
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)
MANY-BANDED ARACARI (Pteroglossus pluricinctus) – Austin's favorite bird of the trip, seen several times from the towers.
IVORY-BILLED ARACARI (Pteroglossus azara)
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Veniliornis passerinus)
SPOT-BREASTED WOODPECKER (Colaptes punctigula)
CREAM-COLORED WOODPECKER (Celeus flavus) – This yellow Woodpecker was spotted from the tower.
RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus)
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
RED-THROATED CARACARA (Ibycter americanus) – This very noisy bird was seen two times in different locations.
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
Psittacidae (Parrots)
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura)
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Aratinga leucophthalma)
DUSKY-HEADED PARAKEET (Aratinga weddellii)

Here's how we got up to the kapok tree platform...lots of steps but well worth the birding! (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

SCARLET MACAW (Ara macao) – At least 8 of them were around the clay lick, wonderfull scope views.
BLUE-AND-YELLOW MACAW (Ara ararauna) – A pair seen flying across the Napo river.
RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilata)
COBALT-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris cyanoptera) – Hundreds of them drinking water at the clay lick.
BLACK-HEADED PARROT (Pionites melanocephalus)
ORANGE-CHEEKED PARROT (Pyrilia barrabandi) – Very few of this medium Parrot at the forest clay lick.
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)
YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)
MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa) – The big ashy colored ones at the first Parrot clay lick.
ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)
PLAIN-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus schistaceus) [*]
DUSKY-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)
PLAIN-THROATED ANTWREN (Isleria hauxwelli)
RUFOUS-TAILED ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla erythrura)
PYGMY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula brachyura) [*]
MOUSTACHED ANTWREN (SHORT-BILLED) (Myrmotherula ignota obscura)
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis)
GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)
PERUVIAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis peruviana)
YELLOW-BROWED ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis hypoxantha) – The uphill walk was rewarded when we found this stunning bird at the top of the hill.
GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens)
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)
BLACK-AND-WHITE ANTBIRD (Myrmochanes hemileucus)
SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia) – Always close to water, we saw this shy species several times.
SPOT-WINGED ANTBIRD (Schistocichla leucostigma)
BLACK-THROATED ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza atrothorax tenebrosa)
WHITE-SHOULDERED ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza melanoceps)
PLUMBEOUS ANTBIRD (Myrmeciza hyperythra)
[SPOT-BACKED] ANTBIRD (NEW SPECIES) (Hylophylax [naevius] sp. nov.?)
DOT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Hylophylax punctulatus) – Antbirds are difficult to see, but we saw this one very well and Tiara mentioned that this was her best bird of the trip.
COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus)
BLACK-SPOTTED BARE-EYE (Phlegopsis nigromaculata) [*]
Grallariidae (Antpittas)

A little bit of shocking color in the dark understory: Wire-tailed Manakin! (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

WHITE-LORED ANTPITTA (Hylopezus fulviventris) [*]
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)
RUSTY-BELTED TAPACULO (Liosceles thoracicus) [*]
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
RUFOUS-CAPPED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius colma) [*]
STRIATED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza nobilis) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
SHORT-BILLED LEAFTOSSER (Sclerurus rufigularis) – During our adventurous hike at night we found one nesting in a hole and luckily the next day we saw it again during the day for those who missed it the night before. [N]
BLACK-TAILED LEAFTOSSER (Sclerurus caudacutus) [*]
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
CINNAMON-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Dendrexetastes rufigula) – The first Woodcreeper seen when other people visited the museum on the first day, it was all brown with no marks on it.
LONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Nasica longirostris)
BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)
STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus)
ELEGANT WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus elegans) [*]
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)
RED-BILLED SCYTHEBILL (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris)
LESSER HORNERO (Furnarius minor) – This small ovenbird was just walking along the shore on the river island.
CHESTNUT-WINGED HOOKBILL (Ancistrops strigilatus)
PARKER'S SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca vulpecula) [*]
WHITE-BELLIED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis propinqua)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
GRAY ELAENIA (Myiopagis caniceps)
RIVER TYRANNULET (Serpophaga hypoleuca)
SLENDER-FOOTED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius gracilipes)
LESSER WAGTAIL-TYRANT (Stigmatura napensis)
DOUBLE-BANDED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus vitiosus)
SPOTTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum maculatum) [*]

The Sacha dining room: lots of great meals and a great place to relax after a day's birding. (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

YELLOW-BROWED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum) – This small but good looking Flycatcher was feeding near the platform on the wooden tower.
GRAY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias poliocephalus)
YELLOW-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias flaviventris)
WHISKERED FLYCATCHER (WHISKERED) (Myiobius barbatus barbatus)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus virens)
FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (FUSCOUS) (Cnemotriccus fuscatus fuscatior)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER (Empidonax traillii)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus) – A male at San Jose's garden.
RIVERSIDE TYRANT (Knipolegus orenocensis)
DRAB WATER TYRANT (Ochthornis littoralis)
CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa) – Walking on the airfield in Coca airport.
RUFOUS-TAILED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon ruficauda)
CINNAMON ATTILA (Attila cinnamomeus)
CITRON-BELLIED ATTILA (Attila citriniventris)
BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus) – One came just above us on the wooden tower.
SIRYSTES (Sirystes sibilator)
GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)
LESSER KISKADEE (Pitangus lictor) [*]
GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
GRAY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes granadensis)
DUSKY-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes luteiventris)
STREAKED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes maculatus)
SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes luteiventris)
PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
EASTERN KINGBIRD (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)

Purple-throated Fruitcrow gave us the full show in the canopy: calling, showing off its throat-ruffs... (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus) – A couple of them were along the Napo River the day that we went to visit the island.
SPANGLED COTINGA (Cotinga cayana)
SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans)
PURPLE-THROATED COTINGA (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema) – A male was seen by some people from the metal tower.
Pipridae (Manakins)
DWARF TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)
STRIPED MANAKIN (WESTERN) (Machaeropterus regulus striolatus) – Great scope views of a male.
GOLDEN-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra erythrocephala) – We managed to walk up a steep hill to see these great dancers at their lek, there was at least a pair there.
ORANGE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Heterocercus aurantiivertex)
WIRE-TAILED MANAKIN (Pipra filicauda) – We managed to scope a male and Robin said that bird was her favorite in the whole trip.
BLUE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix coronata)
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor)
WHITE-BROWED PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura isabellae)
CHESTNUT-CROWNED BECARD (Pachyramphus castaneus)
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus)
BLACK-CAPPED BECARD (Pachyramphus marginatus)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (PATAGONICA) (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca patagonica)
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)
BANK SWALLOW (Riparia riparia)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
SCALY-BREASTED WREN (Microcerculus marginatus) [*]
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta) [*]
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus) [*]

The Scarlet Macaws near the clay lick put on a nice allopreening show. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)
Donacobiidae (Donacobius)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli)
LAWRENCE'S THRUSH (Turdus lawrencii) – More than seeing the colors of this species It was fantastic to hear this bird that can mimic almost everything in the forest.
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Setophaga striata)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
RED-CAPPED CARDINAL (Paroaria gularis)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus) – The large black and white Tanager that we saw on the way in to Providencia.
ORANGE-HEADED TANAGER (Thlypopsis sordida)
GRAY-HEADED TANAGER (Eucometis penicillata)
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus cristatus) – Enabling us to be at the same height as the canopy the tower gave us the chance to see the colours of the crest and now we know why it is called flame.
MASKED CRIMSON TANAGER (Ramphocelus nigrogularis)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Pipraeidea bonariensis)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
SCRUB TANAGER (Tangara vitriolina) – A pair were at the car park in San Jose Hotel in Puembo.
YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER (Tangara xanthogastra)
TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – This is not a common bird in Sacha but there was one that came close to the metal tower. Bill had a good time watching all the different colors of this incredible bird.
OPAL-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara callophrys)
GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara schrankii)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)
YELLOW-BELLIED DACNIS (Dacnis flaviventer)

Laughing Falcon gives quite a different aspect with a head-on view! (Photo by participant Jason Leifester)

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)
CINEREOUS CONEBILL (Conirostrum cinereum fraseri)
RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides decorata)
CAQUETA SEEDEATER (Sporophila murallae)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Oryzoborus angolensis)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
ORANGE-BILLED SPARROW (Arremon aurantiirostris) [*]
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
ORIOLE BLACKBIRD (Gymnomystax mexicanus)
SOLITARY BLACK CACIQUE (Cacicus solitarius)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
CASQUED OROPENDOLA (Clypicterus oseryi)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)
GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cyanocephala)
GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
RUFOUS-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia rufiventris)
HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)
GREATER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio leporinus)
PYGMY MARMOSET (Cebuella pygmaea)
BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)
GOLDEN-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus tripartitus)
SPIX'S NIGHT MONKEY (Aotus vociferans)
DUSKY TITI MONKEY (Callicebus moloch)
RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus) – Seen every day, but the most incredible thing was their call.
WHITE-FRONTED CAPUCHIN (Cebus albifrons) – There was a very aggressive one that came so close and shook all the branches and leaves to scare us away.
HOFFMANN'S TWO-TOED SLOTH (Choloepus hoffmanni)
BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)
KINKAJOU (Potos flavus)
RED BROCKET DEER (Mazama americana) – One of these rare small deers came to the Parrot clay lick.


Totals for the tour: 316 bird taxa and 15 mammal taxa