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Ecuador's Wildsumaco Lodge 2016
Mar 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
Willy Perez

We saw the San Isidro version of the Black-banded Owl on our very first night at the lodge -- which took all the pressure off! (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

This tour really exceeded my expectations. It was incredibly wet and rainy every day, but we got the most fantastic birds and wildlife imaginable! We started by visiting the very high Andes, spending a morning in Antisana National Park. It was an incredible experience. Our first stop, at the Mirador del Condor, was perfect: we had Andean Condors flying by, of course! But these were followed by Sword-billed Hummingbird, a male Black-tailed Trainbearer, and a Spectacled Bear. What great sightings!

We thought that was going to be difficult to beat, but we were wrong. Guango had a crazy combination of hummingbirds at the feeders -- including White-bellied Woodstar, Collared Inca, and Tourmaline Sunangel, just to mention a few. A short walk to the river was great when a male Torrent Duck showed nicely for some photos.

San Isidro had the most incredible variety of birds in its parking lot: Green Jays were everywhere, and a lot of other species also nearby kept us very busy. We saw the Black-banded Owl (San Isidro type) the first night, which took all the pressure off. But the icing on the cake came at Wildsumaco. The hummingbird feeders were very active. We saw around 20 species coming to them, including Napo Sabrewing, Booted Racket-tail, Wire-crested Thorntail, Gould's Jewelfront, and Ecuadorian Piedtail. Colorful tanagers like Paradise, Golden, Blue-necked, Orange-eared, Golden-eared, and Spotted were all there. The Cecropia trees in front of the lodge held great combinations of species, like Red-headed and Gilded barbets. The fruiting Miconia trees along the road also had nice birds, such as Blue-rumped, White-crowned, and Golden-winged manakins. Even some of the secretive birds showed nicely; Chestnut-crowned Gnateater and Blackish Antbird came out into the open!

It's always hard to see even one forest-falcon, but on this trip we saw THREE: Lined, Barred, and Buckley's. What more could you ask for?! The mammals were superb, too. In addition to the Spectacled Bear, we saw Woolly Monkey and White-nosed Coati.

The week went by so quickly; time flew and we were having fun! I must say that we saw an incredible number and variety of birds and other wildlife, the lodges were very comfortable, and the food was delicious. The people that helped us along the way were great, too: Alejandro at San Isidro, Carolina at Wildsumaco, and our fearless driver, Fernando. In summary, we had a great birding adventure, but what else can you expect in a fantastic country like Ecuador! To finish, I would like to say GRACIAS to all of you for joining me on this tour. It was a real pleasure to be your guide, and I hope that I will see you again soon.

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

The gorgeous Torrent Duck is found along rushing mountain streams -- like this one on the Quijos River at Guango. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Tinamidae (Tinamous)
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata) – A male was seen in the rushing waters of the Quijos River at Guango lodge.
ANDEAN TEAL (Anas andium)
RUDDY DUCK (ANDEAN) (Oxyura jamaicensis ferruginea)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
SPECKLED CHACHALACA (Ortalis guttata) – I got the fright of my life when one flew just above our heads. WOW!
ANDEAN GUAN (Penelope montagnii) – Great looks the last day at Guango lodge.
WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri) [*]
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
RUFOUS-BREASTED WOOD-QUAIL (Odontophorus speciosus) [*]
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
SILVERY GREBE (Podiceps occipitalis) – Many pairs at Antisana.

In Ecuador, the Black-faced Ibis is found in the Andes, in both grasslands and puna. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
FASCIATED TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma fasciatum)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
BLACK-FACED IBIS (BRANICKII) (Theristicus melanopis branickii)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus) – Wonderful sightings of this big bird at Antisana.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus)
PLUMBEOUS KITE (Ictinia plumbea)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
WHITE-RUMPED HAWK (Parabuteo leucorrhous) – We saw them a couple of times during our birding days at San Isidro.
VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)
BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)
SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus) – Seen a couple of times, including a dark morph bird seen well along the lower road at Wildsumaco.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
BLACKISH RAIL (Pardirallus nigricans)
SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens) – Several birds were seen in Antisana, including some with chicks.
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)
BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
COMMON GROUND-DOVE (Columbina passerina quitensis)
BLACK-WINGED GROUND-DOVE (Metriopelia melanoptera)
WHITE-THROATED QUAIL-DOVE (Zentrygon frenata) [*]
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Band-bellied Owls are scarce and local in Ecuador, but Wildsumaco's FACE trail is a reliable place to find them. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (Coccyzus americanus) – This cuckoo really surprised us while we were at Guango.
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) – It took a bit of work, but we eventually had nice sightings of one near the lodge at Wildsumaco.
VERMICULATED SCREECH-OWL (FOOTHILL) (Megascops guatemalae napensis) [*]
BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota) – A pair was roosting in the bamboo along the FACE trail at Wildsumaco.
BLACK-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba huhula)
RUFOUS-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba albitarsis) [*]
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis) [*]
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-CHESTED SWIFT (Cypseloides lemosi)
CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

Black-tailed Trainbearer was just one of the snazzy hummingbirds we saw at Antisana National Park. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)
BLUE-FRONTED LANCEBILL (Doryfera johannae) – We typically saw them feeding on flowers, but a couple of times we also saw them at the Wildsumaco feeders.
WEDGE-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD (Schistes geoffroyi geoffroyi)
BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)
BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)
TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)
WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii) – It was a pleasure to watch males displaying at Wildsumaco's feeders; it was interesting to see how they spread their tails.
ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)
LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)
ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)
BLUE-MANTLED THORNBILL (Chalcostigma stanleyi)
TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)
VIRIDIAN METALTAIL (ECUADORIAN) (Metallura williami primolina)
SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis)
BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)
COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)
BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (Ocreatus underwoodii peruanus)
WHITE-TAILED HILLSTAR (Urochroa bougueri) – Restaurant Susanita is the best place to see this hummer; it comes in to the restaurant's porch.
RUFOUS-VENTED WHITETIP (Urosticte ruficrissa) – Not numerous, but a male visited the feeders on a daily basis.
BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa schreibersii)
GOULD'S JEWELFRONT (Heliodoxa aurescens) – At this time of the year, they were very active at Wildsumaco's feeders.
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)
GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas) – The Mirador del Condor was a nice place for this big hummingbird.
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)
GORGETED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus heliodor) – We had a female at San Isidro.
WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus pumilus)
LAZULINE SABREWING (Campylopterus falcatus) – This rare hummingbird was seen by few people when it came to the feeders at Wildsumaco.
NAPO SABREWING (Campylopterus villaviscensio)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)
GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)

The Blackish Nightjar's dark color blends nicely with its preferred roost sites -- granite outcroppings. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Trogonidae (Trogons)
CRESTED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus antisianus) – A fantastic male was seen along the Loreto road.
BLACK-TAILED TROGON (BLACK-TAILED) (Trogon melanurus eumorphus)
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)
COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)
MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus personatus)
Momotidae (Motmots)
ANDEAN MOTMOT (Momotus aequatorialis aequatorialis) – We managed to find this handsome bird eating Cecropia fruits on the day we went to see the antpittas at Wildsumaco.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
COPPERY-CHESTED JACAMAR (Galbula pastazae) – We saw them almost every day in the same place, near the garage at Wildsumaco.
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)
RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)

Only the male Violet-fronted Brilliant shows the species' namesake violet crown feathers. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)
EMERALD TOUCANET (ANDEAN) (Aulacorhynchus prasinus albivitta)
CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus derbianus)
BLACK-BILLED MOUNTAIN-TOUCAN (Andigena nigrirostris) – For birding you need luck, and with this one we were lucky. While we were at Guacamayos, it start calling from very far away, but we managed to find it and had great scope views.
GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii) – Male and female were seen along the lower road at Wildsumaco. The scope views of the male were breathtaking!
YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN (BLACK-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus ambiguus)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus) – Very numerous at Wildsumaco, including some nesting close to the lodge.
SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Picoides fumigatus)
YELLOW-VENTED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis dignus baezae)
GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)
CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER (Colaptes rivolii) – This spectacular woodpecker was seen in San Jose's garden.
SPOT-BREASTED WOODPECKER (Colaptes punctigula) [*]
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
CRIMSON-BELLIED WOODPECKER (CRIMSON-BELLIED) (Campephilus haematogaster haematogaster)
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) – We saw this bird just before breakfast, when it was still so dark that I had to use the spotlight!
LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis) – We were lucky with forest falcons! This is the one that scared the piha away, but what a beauty.
BUCKLEY'S FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur buckleyi) – Great scope views of this rare bird! I have to say that Wildsumaco is THE place to see this species.
CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)
AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)
APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis) – At least one pair was present in Antisana, and allowed us to get some nice photos.
ORANGE-BREASTED FALCON (Falco deiroleucus)

The tiny female Gorgeted Woodstar was one of the smallest hummingbirds we saw. (Photo by participant Amy Sheldon)

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)
SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (WHITE-CAPPED) (Pionus tumultuosus seniloides)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus) – A pair fed in a mimosa tree on the day that we left Wildsumaco.
SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura)
MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris) – We saw them several times, mostly in flight.
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)
RUSSET ANTSHRIKE (Thamnistes anabatinus)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)
FOOTHILL ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla spodionota)
ORNATE ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla ornata)
SLATY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula schisticolor)
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)

The fabulous Gould's Jewelfront definitely qualifies as eye candy! (Photo by participant Amy Sheldon)

RUFOUS-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus)
STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps)
BLACK ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides serva)
BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE (BLACK-BELLIED) (Pyriglena leuconota castanoptera)
Conopophagidae (Gnateaters)
CHESTNUT-CROWNED GNATEATER (Conopophaga castaneiceps)
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota) – A bit shy but one eventually came to eat some worms at Wildsumaco.
CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla) – Great looks at a pair along the Caucheras road at San Isidro.
WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca) – Still coming to the feeding station at San Isidro.
TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis)
THRUSH-LIKE ANTPITTA (THRUSH-LIKE) (Myrmothera campanisona signata) [*]
SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula nana) – We did well with antpittas at San isidro! This species liked to hide in the bamboo, where we saw it.
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)
BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]
LONG-TAILED TAPACULO (Scytalopus micropterus) [*]
WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus) [*]
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius rufipectus) [*]
SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus) – This was the biggest woodcreeper that we saw on the trip.
OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)
MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)
PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)
CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris)
STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)
MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis) – The most common furnariid of the trip.
FLAMMULATED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes flammulatus) [*]
BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)
PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger)
MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)
ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca curtata)

Some wonderful banks of hummingbird feeders along our route allow us to get up close and personal with many species -- like this confiding Golden-tailed Sapphire. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)
DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis)
DUSKY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis moesta)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus)
TUFTED TIT-TYRANT (Anairetes parulus) – This lovely little flycatcher was part of the package with the Condors and the bear at Antisana; it was possibly building a nest.
YELLOW TYRANNULET (Capsiempis flaveola)
FOOTHILL ELAENIA (Myiopagis olallai)
WHITE-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia albiceps)
TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea)
SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)
RUFOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon rufipectus)
SPECTACLED BRISTLE-TYRANT (Phylloscartes orbitalis)

Participant Amy Sheldon shot this portrait of a handsome male Masked Trogon. Note those didactyl feet -- two toes point forward and two back.

ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)
RED-BILLED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius cinereicapilla) – It was difficult to see the red bill but we eventually managed -- and saw the pale eye too!
GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (GOLDEN-FACED) (Zimmerius chrysops chrysops)
ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus) – We had a pair, always busy, every time we went past the Wildsumaco car park.
SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)
RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps) – This fine little bird was seen nicely at San Isidro.
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (CONFUSUS) (Tolmomyias sulphurescens confusus)
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)
CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea) – At least one pair -- and maybe more -- were hunting on the cliff along the Loreto road.
HANDSOME FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias pulcher)
FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus flavicans)
OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)
EULER'S FLYCATCHER (Lathrotriccus euleri)
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus)
BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus) – The last day at San Jose, we had a male near the animal farm.
PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)
BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus) – A few males were near the garage at Wildsumaco.
LARGE-HEADED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon megacephalum)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes) – This Myiarchus flycatcher was very common at San Isidro.
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Megarynchus pitangua pitangua)
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti)
GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
GREEN-AND-BLACK FRUITEATER (Pipreola riefferii) – Good looks at a male along the Guacamayos trail.
BLACK-CHESTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola lubomirskii) – We did well with the fruiteaters on the last day; this was the one that we saw along the Loreto road.
RED-CRESTED COTINGA (Ampelion rubrocristatus)
ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus aequatorialis)
GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris) [*]
Pipridae (Manakins)
GOLDEN-WINGED MANAKIN (Masius chrysopterus)
BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei) – Very active males fed on the Miconia trees along the road at Wildsumaco.
WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris)
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor buckleyi)

All told, we saw more than three dozen species of hummingbirds, including the fabulous Wire-crested Thorntail. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
GREEN-BACKED BECARD (YELLOW-CHEEKED) (Pachyramphus viridis xanthogenys)
BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor)
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)
BLACK-AND-WHITE BECARD (Pachyramphus albogriseus)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)
RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus)
OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)
RUFOUS-NAPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis)
BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa)
GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)
VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)

The Chestnut-fronted Macaw is widespread across much of northern South America. (Photo by participant Amy Sheldon)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)
WHITE-THIGHED SWALLOW (Atticora tibialis)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
WING-BANDED WREN (Microcerculus bambla)
GRAY-MANTLED WREN (Odontorchilus branickii) – This unusual arboreal wren was seen a few times along the road at Wildsumaco.
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)
SEDGE WREN (PARAMO) (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)
PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) [*]
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)
RUFOUS WREN (Cinnycerthia unirufa)
SHARPE'S WREN (Cinnycerthia olivascens) [*]
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (BLACK-CAPPED) (Henicorhina leucosticta hauxwelli) [*]
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)
MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada) – This was one of the highlights of the trip for some people; we didn't have the best views but hearing them was good enough!
Cinclidae (Dippers)
WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (Cinclus leucocephalus) – We saw this dipper at Guango and San Isidro.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides)
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus)
PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus)
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
PARAMO PIPIT (Anthus bogotensis) – Always a challenge, but we got great looks at them at Antisana.
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla)
CERULEAN WARBLER (Setophaga cerulea)
TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Setophaga striata)
BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER (Myiothlypis nigrocristata)
RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata)
CANADA WARBLER (Cardellina canadensis)
SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)
SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)

The Sumaco volcano looms over the shoulders of our happy group. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)
WHITE-CAPPED TANAGER (Sericossypha albocristata) – We didn't managed to see this species, but it was nice to hear it at San Isidro. [*]
RUFOUS-CRESTED TANAGER (Creurgops verticalis)
BLACK-CAPPED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus atropileus)
BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Hemispingus melanotis)
GRAY-HOODED BUSH TANAGER (RUBRIROSTRIS) (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris rubrirostris)
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (FLAME-CRESTED) (Tachyphonus cristatus fallax)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota)
ORANGE-EARED TANAGER (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

The Olive-backed Woodcreeper is a higher elevation species. (Photo by participant Amy Sheldon)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
SCRUB TANAGER (Tangara vitriolina) – We managed to see this species the last day at San Jose hotel.
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanicollis)
YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER (Tangara xanthogastra)
SPOTTED TANAGER (Tangara punctata)
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii)
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – We saw them many times in Wildsumaco, but never got enough. What a fantastic combination of colors!
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)
GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER (Tangara chrysotis)
SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)
GREEN-AND-GOLD TANAGER (Tangara schrankii)
GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (BLACK-FACED) (Dacnis lineata lineata)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)
CINEREOUS CONEBILL (Conirostrum cinereum)
CAPPED CONEBILL (Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum)
BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)
DEEP-BLUE FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa glauca) – The golden eye is very distinctive in this species.
BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa caerulescens)
PLUSHCAP (Catamblyrhynchus diadema) – This unique bamboo specialist was seen by some at San Isidro.
PLUMBEOUS SIERRA-FINCH (Phrygilus unicolor)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis flavigularis)
ASHY-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus canigularis)
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)
CHESTNUT-CAPPED BRUSHFINCH (Arremon brunneinucha) [*]
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

A squashed lizard becomes dinner for a butterfly. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra)
SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea)
GOLDEN GROSBEAK (Pheucticus chrysogaster)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SUBTROPICAL) (Cacicus uropygialis uropygialis) – Some of them were nesting at San Isidro, near the dining room.
MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (GOLDEN-SHOULDERED) (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)
GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Euphonia cyanocephala)
BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanea)
HOODED SISKIN (Spinus magellanicus)

The Common Woolly Monkey is poorly named -- it isn't common at all! Also known as "Humboldt's Wooly Monkey," this species is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Hunting and habitat loss are the biggest threats. (Photo by guide Willy Perez)

OLIVACEOUS SISKIN (Spinus olivaceus)

BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis) – Big groups came daily for the bananas at Wildsumaco.
SPIX'S NIGHT MONKEY (Aotus vociferans) – We saw a pair in the car park at San Isidro.
COMMON WOOLLY MONKEY (Lagothrix lagotricha) – We saw them along the FACE trail, but also on the Piha trail at Wildsumaco.
BRAZILIAN RABBIT (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)
RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)
AMAZON DWARF SQUIRREL (Microsciurus flaviventer)
BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)
AMAZON BAMBOO RAT (Dactylomys dactylinus) [*]
SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus) – It was very impressive to see this very shy mammal at Antisana.
SOUTH AMERICAN COATI (Nasua nasua) – One fed on Cecropia fruits in front of the lodge, just before breakfast.
WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)


Totals for the tour: 352 bird taxa and 12 mammal taxa