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Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge I 2019
Jan 11, 2019 to Jan 20, 2019
Willy Perez & local guide

We had a wonderful time at Sacha Lodge during our stay, which included looks at some gorgeous birds like this cooperative male Wire-tailed Manakin. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

This year once again our Sacha Lodge tour was special. Using one of the most fantastic lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon allowed us to be comfortable and to experience the magic of the Amazon Rainforest for a whole week. I am sure that a lot of people think that one week in the same place is far too long, but let me tell you something, there are so many different habitats to explore around the lodge that you can get to by foot or by canoe. And we managed to get to every possible place for the different birds. But the most exciting visits were to the canopy towers, where you can come face to face with species that you will never see from the ground. Accommodation, food, trails and even weather was superb and most importantly, the birds were wonderful. During our week we came across a big variety of wildlife and here are some of the most exciting ones.

-We saw all the members possible in the Cotinga group that we could see on this trip, from Purple-throated Fruitcrows to the colorful Spangled and Plum-Throated Cotingas, followed by the amazing and bizarre looking Amazonian Umbrellabird.

-The delightful family of Crested Owls in their roosting spot were a treat.

-A full scope view of the Great-billed Hermit in full display showing the red under his big bill, it was quite something!

-The Scarlet Macaws that came to drink from the clay lick, because of its mineral properties. It's almost like a scene from a TV program.

-A very friendly male Wire-tailed Manakin was very much appreciated by everyone, especially when we got some incredible photos.

-We got many close looks at the Toucans, but the birds that came out on top were the Many-banded and Ivory-billed Aracaris as they were very close. Those towers allowed us to see incredible things.

-We didn't see many raptors, but a Harpy Eagle was enough to please everyones desires.

Many other animals beside birds were around especially monkeys. Seven species were seen, including the smallest monkey in the world, the Pygmy Marmoset. The sloth also was wonderful but for some people, the non-bird winner was the Ecuadorian flag poison dart frog (Ameerega bilinguis) that we found.

Writing all of this, I came to the conclusion that this tour was full of excitement. And everything happened because you all came and joined me in this trip. I would like to say thank you to all of you for coming to experience the rain forest. I really hope you enjoyed it!

Finally, I want to thank Oscar and Miguel, our super local guides, they were sharp us usual.

Enjoy reading the rest of the list.

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

We not only got a great view of this Laughing Falcon, we also got to hear it! Photo by participant Chip Francke.

Tinamidae (Tinamous)
CINEREOUS TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinereus) [*]
UNDULATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus undulatus) [*]
VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus) [*]
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
SPIX'S GUAN (Penelope jacquacu) – Seen a few times from the towers.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)
BLUE GROUND-DOVE (Claravis pretiosa) [*]
GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

From the Kapok tower, we were able to watch a male Rufous-bellied Euphonia eating fruit from a bromeliad. Photo by participant Tracy McLellan.

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
GREATER ANI (Crotophaga major) – Several groups were around the lodge, but also along the Napo river.
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
LADDER-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis climacocerca) – We found one roosting on the edge of the Napo river.
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT (Tachornis squamata) – Very common along the trip, they look like an insect.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
WHITE-BEARDED HERMIT (Phaethornis hispidus)
STRAIGHT-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis bourcieri)
GREAT-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis malaris)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans) – Very common around the hotel in Quito.
BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER (Lesbia victoriae victoriae)
LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)
WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus melanorhynchus)
BLUE-TAILED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon mellisugus)
GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis)
OLIVE-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Leucippus chlorocercus) – Not very colorful, but this is one of the unique birds that live on the river islands.
Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)
HOATZIN (Opisthocomus hoazin) – Hoatzins are among the most unique birds in the world; how they look, how they behave, etc. We had great looks, especially from the dining room.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
GRAY-BREASTED CRAKE (Laterallus exilis)
Heliornithidae (Finfoots)
SUNGREBE (Heliornis fulica)
Aramidae (Limpkin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna) [*]
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
PIED LAPWING (Vanellus cayanus) – This attractive species is very widespread in South America; we saw them a couple of times along the Napo river.
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius) [b]
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca) [b]

Another bonus of the Kapok Tower is the up-close views we got of birds like this amazing Many-Banded Aracari. You can see almost all of its bands! Photo by guide Willy Perez.

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
LARGE-BILLED TERN (Phaetusa simplex)
BLACK SKIMMER (Rynchops niger) – One was sitting on the river bank along the Napo.
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)
STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)
CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus) – It was nice to see a pair of these very attractive herons; they are getting rare along the Napo.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja)

Spot-winged Antshrikes can be difficult to see, but we had great views of this one that came to look at us when we were up on the tower. Photo by participant Chip Francke.

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa) – Fantastic looks, especially of one bird that Jim spotted from the metal tower.
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
GREATER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes melambrotus) – A big vulture that we saw every day.
Pandionidae (Osprey)
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus) [b]
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
HARPY EAGLE (Harpia harpyja) – Scope views of a bird perching.
BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus melanoleucus)
SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
SLENDER-BILLED KITE (Helicolestes hamatus)
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)
PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)

From this photo, it's easy to see why this one is called the Long-billed Woodcreeper. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

CRANE HAWK (Geranospiza caerulescens)
SLATE-COLORED HAWK (Buteogallus schistaceus)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
Strigidae (Owls)
TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (Megascops watsonii) – One behaved nicely with us close to the cabins.
CRESTED OWL (Lophostrix cristata)
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum) [*]
Trogonidae (Trogons)
BLACK-TAILED TROGON (Trogon melanurus)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
AMAZONIAN TROGON (Trogon ramonianus)
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)
Momotidae (Motmots)
AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota) – We worked hard and we eventually managed to see this pretty bird.
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)
AMERICAN PYGMY KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle aenea) – The smallest of our kingfishers was seen a couple of times along the creeks during our canoe rides.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus hyperrhynchus)
PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)
CHESTNUT-CAPPED PUFFBIRD (Bucco macrodactylus) – The photo on the tag for Sacha Lodge was a must see bird for us. I am glad that we saw one along the Anaconda crick.
BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa nigrifrons)
WHITE-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa morphoeus)
SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
WHITE-EARED JACAMAR (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis)
WHITE-CHINNED JACAMAR (Galbula tombacea)
PURPLISH JACAMAR (Galbula chalcothorax) – This small Jacamar was feeding during our day visit to the Kapok tower.
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)
LEMON-THROATED BARBET (Eubucco richardsoni)
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)
MANY-BANDED ARACARI (Pteroglossus pluricinctus)
IVORY-BILLED ARACARI (Pteroglossus azara)
GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii) – A male was feeding on the fruits below the metal tower; that was the first time that I saw this bird from the tower.
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

Macaws and other parrots visiting the clay lick are one of the major highlights of a visit to Sacha. Participant Tracy McLellan got this beautiful photo of one of the Scarlet Macaws as it came in to drink. What a stunning bird!

LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
CREAM-COLORED WOODPECKER (Celeus flavus) – This very attractive bird was building a nest when we went to Providencia.
RUFOUS-HEADED WOODPECKER (Celeus spectabilis) – This spectacular woodpecker has a very specific habitat where Gynerium cane is present. We had a very nice male on one of the river islands.
SPOT-BREASTED WOODPECKER (Colaptes punctigula)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans) – It was beautiful to hear this bird, but it was even better when we saw one perched from the metal tower.
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)

This Greater Ani posed with a really nice background for participant Chip Francke. We saw several groups of these big cuckoos near the lodge and on the Napo River.

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
COBALT-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris cyanoptera) – We saw a few from the towers, and also during our visit to the parrot clay lick.
ORANGE-CHEEKED PARROT (Pyrilia barrabandi)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus) – Many eating clay on the Napo river bank.
YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala) – Not many but some were on the parrot clay lick.
MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)
ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)
BLUE-WINGED PARROTLET (Forpus xanthopterygius) – The smallest of the parrots, these tiny birds were seen on the island along the Napo.
BLACK-HEADED PARROT (Pionites melanocephalus)
DUSKY-HEADED PARAKEET (Aratinga weddellii)
RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus)

Another cuckoo we saw well was this Squirrel Cuckoo. They are common tropical residents, but how often do we get to appreciate those red eyes! Photo by participant Tracy McLellan.

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major) [*]
BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus) – A zebra-striped male showed up during our visit to the river island.
CASTELNAU'S ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus) – This bird is hard to see, but we managed to see it during our island adventure.
DUSKY-THROATED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)
PLAIN-THROATED ANTWREN (Isleria hauxwelli)
SPOT-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Pygiptila stellaris) – Normally this species is hard to see, but the towers helped us. A male came face to face with us and we had wonderful looks.
PYGMY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula brachyura)
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)
PERUVIAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis peruviana)
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)
BLACK-AND-WHITE ANTBIRD (Myrmochanes hemileucus) – Another river island specialty that we saw super well.

Guide Willy Perez captured a nice shot of the Purplish Jacamar we saw feeding when we visited the Kapok tower. It looks quite pleased with the large dragonfly it caught.

SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia)
PLUMBEOUS ANTBIRD (Myrmelastes hyperythrus)
SOOTY ANTBIRD (Hafferia fortis)
[SPOT-BACKED] ANTBIRD (NEW SPECIES) (Hylophylax [naevius] sp. nov.?) [*]
DOT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Hylophylax punctulatus)
COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus) – Scope views of male and female were super.
BLACK-SPOTTED BARE-EYE (Phlegopsis nigromaculata)
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
STRIATED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza nobilis) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
LONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Nasica longirostris) – This large woodcreeper uses its long bill to get insects from leaves and epiphytes.
BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus)
STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus)
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)
PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
LESSER HORNERO (Furnarius minor)
WHITE-BELLIED SPINETAIL (Mazaria propinqua) – This spinetail, which is restricted to new river islands, is the one that we saw on the Napo.
DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)
SLENDER-FOOTED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius gracilipes)
LESSER WAGTAIL-TYRANT (Stigmatura napensis)
YELLOW-BROWED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum) – Once again the kapok tower worked well for us, and helped us to see this very small, but fancy flycatcher that likes the high canopy.

A Pygmy Antwren came to look at us, and participant Tracy McLellan caught it in this nice image.

YELLOW-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias flaviventris)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus virens) [b]
FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (FUSCOUS) (Cnemotriccus fuscatus fuscatior)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
DRAB WATER TYRANT (Ochthornis littoralis)
RUFOUS-TAILED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon ruficauda)
CINNAMON ATTILA (Attila cinnamomeus)
CITRON-BELLIED ATTILA (Attila citriniventris)
BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
SWAINSON'S FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus swainsoni)
LESSER KISKADEE (Pitangus lictor)

This Purple-throated Fruitcrow looks curious. We had great views of these large cotingas, as well as several smaller species, and Amazonian Umbrellabird. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua) – A family of these were always near the lodge.
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
GRAY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes granadensis)
SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes luteiventris)
PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)
SULPHURY FLYCATCHER (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
EASTERN KINGBIRD (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus)
SPANGLED COTINGA (Cotinga cayana)

We saw the cute little Cobalt-winged Parakeet at the clay lick, and also at the towers. It's difficult to see them in the trees; they blend in so well with the foliage! Photo by participant Tracy McLellan.

SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans) – We had to walk into the forest to scope this gray bird, but it's not their color that is most impressive, it's their amazing call!
PURPLE-THROATED COTINGA (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema)
BARE-NECKED FRUITCROW (Gymnoderus foetidus) – Males and females were seen in a sort of display from the metal tower.
Pipridae (Manakins)
DWARF TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)
BLUE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix coronata)
ORANGE-CROWNED MANAKIN (Heterocercus aurantiivertex) – Found only in the flooded forest's black water, the Orquidea creek is usually the perfect place to see this bird and that is exactly where we saw it.
WIRE-TAILED MANAKIN (Pipra filicauda)
GOLDEN-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra erythrocephala)
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
WHITE-BROWED PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura isabellae)
PINK-THROATED BECARD (Pachyramphus minor)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus) [b]

This family of Crested Owls didn't seem to mind us looking at them when we found their roosting spot. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer) – The lake at Sacha was the perfect place to see this pretty bird.
BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica) [b]
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
SCALY-BREASTED WREN (Microcerculus marginatus) [*]
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon) [*]
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus) [*]
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)
BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis)
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta) [*]
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus) [*]
Donacobiidae (Donacobius)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli) [*]
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]
LAWRENCE'S THRUSH (Turdus lawrencii) – This thrush is a master of imitation; they can do any song from other birds.
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cyanocephala) – The only euphonia that we saw in the gardens of the hotel in Quito.
GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Birding from the canoe was another highlight of the tour. Photo by participant Chip Francke.

RUFOUS-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia rufiventris) – A male was eating fruits from bromeliads at the Kapok tower.
HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)
Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons) – The most common oropendola on our trip.
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
OLIVE OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius bifasciatus) – We saw one of these rare Oropendolas flying above the Napo river.
EPAULET ORIOLE (MORICHE) (Icterus cayanensis chrysocephalus)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)
ORIOLE BLACKBIRD (Gymnomystax mexicanus)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Setophaga striata) [b]

We watched this Golden-collared Toucanet from the tower as it fed on fruits below us. Photo by participant Tracy McLellan.

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra) [b]
SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea) [b]
GOLDEN GROSBEAK (Pheucticus chrysogaster)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
RED-CAPPED CARDINAL (Paroaria gularis)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus) – This big black and white tanager was seen especially well along the small creek on our way to Providencia.
ORANGE-HEADED TANAGER (Thlypopsis sordida)
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus cristatus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
MASKED CRIMSON TANAGER (Ramphocelus nigrogularis) – This red and black bird with a white bill was very obvious from the Kapok tower.
BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (Pipraeidea bonariensis)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

Here is the group on the Kapok Tower, where we saw so many wonderful birds. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

SCRUB TANAGER (Tangara vitriolina)
MASKED TANAGER (Tangara nigrocincta) – We saw them several times but the best ones were from the metal tower.
TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – Even Oscar got excited when we found this superb colorful bird.
OPAL-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara callophrys)
GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara schrankii)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)
YELLOW-BELLIED DACNIS (Dacnis flaviventer)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus) – This was the small blue bird with yellow socks; great scope views from the towers.
GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)
CINEREOUS CONEBILL (OCHRACEOUS) (Conirostrum cinereum fraseri)

In addition to the amazing birds, we saw some other really interesting things, like this colorful Ecuador Poison Frog. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides decorata) – We witnessed a male and a female just piercing flowers at the garden of San Jose Hotel.
BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)
CAQUETA SEEDEATER (Sporophila murallae)
BLACK-AND-WHITE SEEDEATER (Sporophila luctuosa) – Small numbers on the river island.
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)
PYGMY MARMOSET (Cebuella pygmaea)
BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)
COMMON SQUIRREL MONKEY (Saimiri sciureus) – The most numerous monkeys at Sacha.
SPIX'S NIGHT MONKEY (Aotus vociferans)
DUSKY TITI MONKEY (Callicebus moloch)
RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus) – We saw few of them, but we most definitely heard them.
BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)


Sacha is also a great place for other unique wildlife like:

-Yellow-spotted River Turtle that we saw almost daily

-Flat-headed Bromeliad Treefrog (Osteocephalus planiceps)

-Ecuador Poison Frog (Ameerega bilinguis)

-Crested Forest Toad (Rhinella margaritifera)


Totals for the tour: 273 bird taxa and 10 mammal taxa