A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Ecuador's Wildsumaco Lodge 2021

December 29, 2021-January 8, 2022 with Willy Perez guiding

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A fine image of the great view we had of Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe at Papallacta Pass. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

Well, well, well... To begin, I'd like to mention that this was my first tour to guide in the two years since the pandemic began, and I was very pleased that it was finally happening. What a great trip to enter 2022 with! One of my favorite tours yet...and there are many reasons why:

San Isidro and Wildsumaco lodges sit in the middle of their own reserves, and we were fortunate enough to have birds everywhere, even just outside the dining rooms. The highlands provided us with the most amazing views of Andean Condors, Andean Ibis, Andean Lapwing, and even Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. And I am sure that everyone remembers, when we entered the dining room, the Scarlet-rumped Caciques, Green Jays, Masked Trogons, Cinnamon Flycatchers, and the many other birds at San Isidro's porch that were enjoying the moths for breakfast already.

The variety of most unique hummingbirds were a joy to watch: Giant, Sword-billed, Booted Racket-tail, and many Wire-crested Thorntails. The Military Macaws looking for nests, Golden collared-Toucanet, and my personal favorite the Lined Forest-Falcon at Wildsumaco.

The couple of long drives that we made to reach the lodges were very productive, and we managed to see some of the targets that we wanted. One of them wasn't even a bird but the Spectacled Bear that we saw near Papallacta Pass. Now that was superb...

Weather was generally dry, possibly too dry, but the birds didn't care, and we birders didn't mind, so it worked out nicely. I was lucky enough to have a group of troopers with good patience, determination, and strength to deal with some of the challenges we faced along the way, so for that I want to say a huge thank you to the group. I also want to say thank you to Mitch at San Isidro and Carolina at Wildsumaco, each of them really looked after us all. Finally, thank you to Edgar, our fantastic driver who took us where we needed to be and was always on time.

I hope that you will keep birding, and I look forward to seeing 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

Tinamidae (Tinamous)

LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui)

Heard a couple of days

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata)

One of the most exciting events on the trip was to see a family of these amazing ducks feeding in the rushing waters of the Quijos river at Guango.

ANDEAN TEAL (Anas andium)

ANDEAN DUCK (Oxyura ferruginea)

A couple of males at Antisana

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)


WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri)

Very vocal especially at night. Scope views of a bird at San Isidro from the car park, and we saw another one at Wildsumaco at night.

SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)

Some birds came to eat the Cecropia fruits in front of the lodge.

Podicipedidae (Grebes)

SILVERY GREBE (Podiceps occipitalis)

A pair at the lake at Antisana

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]

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Ornate Flycatcher by participant Karen Hamblett—this lovely small flycatcher inhabits the dark understory of montane forest.

SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

BLACK-WINGED GROUND DOVE (Metriopelia melanoptera)

Very few at Antisana

RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana)

We saw this colorful bird at least a couple of times flying at Wildsumaco.


Heard one

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

Heard at the carpark at Wildsumaco

Apodidae (Swifts)

WHITE-CHESTED SWIFT (Cypseloides lemosi)

Some seen nicely at Wildsumaco

CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

Big flocks of this big bird at Wildsumaco

SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

Some were flying by the lodge

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)

A few coming to the feeders but some also in the forest

TAWNY-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)

Some people saw this stunning Hermit at San Isidro

SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)

The most common hummingbird on the trip

BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)

Very common at Wildsumaco

BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

Males and females were coming to the feeders at Wildsumaco.

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We did well with the puffbirds, including fine views of this Black-streaked Puffbird, photographed nicely by participant Karen Hamblett.

TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)

WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii)

ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)

Surprisingly common at the feeders in Wildsumaco

SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)

LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)

ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)

Nice views of a male at Antisana


A few males with long tails were present at Tambo Condor.

TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)

A few at Antisana

SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis)

Not many, but nice views of some at Tambo Condor where we had our lunch

BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)

COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)


Some were at Guango

MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST (Lafresnaya lafresnayi)

Some of our group saw this nice hummingbird at Guango.


We managed to see the incredible long bill of this bird at Antisana.

GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus)

The second largest hummingbird that we saw at Antisana

BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)

CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)

The most dominant hummingbird at San Isidro

BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (PERUVIAN) (Ocreatus underwoodii peruanus)

Males and females were seen at Wildsumaco; the very distinctive chestnut boots were stunning.

GREEN-BACKED HILLSTAR (Urochroa leucura)

The stop that we made at the waterfall gave us the chance to see this beauty.

RUFOUS-VENTED WHITETIP (Urosticte ruficrissa)

BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa schreibersii)

Black-throated Brilliant: Watch for the forehead and gorget flash in this video clip by guide Willy Perez!

GOULD'S JEWELFRONT (Heliodoxa aurescens)

One of the group's favorites, especially the males at Wildsumaco

FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)

Not many of this species, but we managed to see some males at Wildsumaco.

GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas)

It was fantastic to see this GIANT, the feeders at Tambo Condor were very popular for them.

WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)

A female seen at Guango

GORGETED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus heliodor)

At least once a day they came to the Verbenas at Wildsumaco.


NAPO SABREWING (Campylopterus villaviscensio)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)

Not the most colorful birds, but they were very numerous at Wildsumaco.

GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)

Males and females were seen at Wildsumaco.


Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)

CHESTNUT-HEADED CRAKE (Anurolimnas castaneiceps)

We tried hard but the bird never showed, though it was great to hear it call several times.

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)

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A view of the high-altitude landscape at Antisana by participant Karen Hamblett

ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens)

Thinocoridae (Seedsnipes)

RUFOUS-BELLIED SEEDSNIPE (Attagis gayi latreillii)

A trip above the Papallacta pass gave us the chance to see this unique bird.

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)

Big flocks at Antisana

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

ANDEAN IBIS (Theristicus branickii)

Only three, but it was great to see them.

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus)

The condors were a show at Antisana, adults and young birds were seen in good numbers.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus) [*]

Heard only

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE-RUMPED HAWK (Parabuteo leucorrhous)

One of these small hawks was flying at San Isidro.

VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)

BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

Great looks of this raptor at Antisana, where adults and young birds were soaring

BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)

Strigidae (Owls)

TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba)

Four were roosting at the research station, where we had great scope views.

FOOTHILL SCREECH-OWL (FOOTHILL) (Megascops roraimae napensis)

This small owl is always hard to see, but some lucky folks in our group had great views.

BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota)

Our hard work paid off in the end, and to see this nice owl roosting was a treat.

GREAT HORNED OWL (GREAT HORNED) (Bubo virginianus nigrescens)

Far scope views but it was this owl. Thank you to Alejandro, who found it.

BLACK-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba huhula)

Every night at San Isidro

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

A female was around the Coopmans trail at Wildsumaco.

BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)

Some people saw a nice male of this species.

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)

Comming to eat the moths at Wildsumaco

MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus personatus)

At the dining room at San Isidro. What a treat!

Momotidae (Motmots)

ANDEAN MOTMOT (Momotus aequatorialis aequatorialis) [*]

Heard only

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)


Great views of this superb bird at Wildsumaco

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Excellent views of this Black-banded Owl at San Isidro! Photo by guide Willy Perez.

WHITE-CHESTED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fusca)

This very quiet bird came to the moth trap very early in the morning.

BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)

We did well with this family, and we saw this species at the moth feeder and also in the forest.

BROWN NUNLET (Nonnula brunnea)

We were so close to seeing this bird, but it never showed in the open. At least we heard it twice.

Galbulidae (Jacamars)


Fantastic views of this iconic bird, which is the logo of Wildsumaco lodge

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)

GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)

RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

SOUTHERN EMERALD-TOUCANET (ANDEAN) (Aulacorhynchus albivitta albivitta)

This green toucanet was very well camouflaged amidst the green vegetation at San Isidro.

CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)

This is the one with a single red band on its breast.

GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii)

Fantastic looks at a very colorful male at Wildsumaco

YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN (BLACK-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus ambiguus)

WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)

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

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)

This tiny woodpecker was seen at the lodge.

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)

POWERFUL WOODPECKER (Campephilus pollens) [*]

We heard it but no luck seeing it.

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

Seen few times along the road at Wildsumaco

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)


Scope views at San Isidro, what a stunning bird

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis)

Possibly the bird of the trip, for me anyway, and thanks to some sharp eyes that worked hard to find this special bird.

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus)

Heard at San Isidro

BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)

A couple of times seen in flight

CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)

Antisana is still the best place to see this species.

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)

AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)

APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)

We saw this one a couple of times at Antisana.

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Very up close and personal with a Black-billed Peppershrike! Photo by participant Karen Hamblett.
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

BARRED PARAKEET (Bolborhynchus lineola)

A few seen in flight at Guacamayos

RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)

Some seen in flight, and some were feeding at the Wildsumaco carpark

SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (WHITE-CAPPED) (Pionus tumultuosus seniloides)

Scope views at San Isidro

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)

MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura)


MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris)

It was so nice to see so many of these, some pairs were looking for nests inside the old palm trees. Incredible sights.

WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

Males and females came to the moth feeders every day.

ORNATE STIPPLETHROAT (WESTERN) (Epinecrophylla ornata saturata)

YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)

RUSTY-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus frater)

STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps) [*]

BLACK ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides serva)

A very sneaky Antbird that we saw along the lower road from the lodge.

BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)

WESTERN FIRE-EYE (BLACK-BELLIED) (Pyriglena maura castanoptera)

BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)

Very active males and females eating the moths at the moth trap

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota)

At least 3 of them were coming to the feeders

CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla) [*]

WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca)

This bird hadn't been showing for over a week, but we took a chance and had great looks at one in San Isidro.

TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis)

OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula flavirostris flavirostris)

SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula nana) [*]

Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

OCELLATED TAPACULO (Acropternis orthonyx) [*]

WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus)

Great looks at one that came briefly to the antpitta feeders

LONG-TAILED TAPACULO (Scytalopus micropterus) [*]

BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]

SPILLMANN'S TAPACULO (Scytalopus spillmanni)

Really nice looks at one at Guacamayos

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)

Seen a few times at the moth place

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Green Jay by participant Karen Hamblett

OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)

Common at San Isidro

MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)

The most common woodcreeper at San Isidro

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)

STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK (Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii)

Nice looks at a pair at Guango

CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris)

STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)

MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)

LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)


BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)

PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger)

One of the prettiest Furnariidae that we saw during the trip

ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura andicola)

It was great to see one nesting at Antisana.

MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)


We had to work a bit for this bird, but we all managed to see it nicely at Antisana.

ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca curtata)

DUSKY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis moesta) [*]

DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis)

AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)

Great looks of a pair at San Isidro from the dining room

Pipridae (Manakins)

BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei)

WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (WHITE-CROWNED) (Pseudopipra pipra coracina)

Cotingidae (Cotingas)


SCARLET-BREASTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola frontalis) [*]

FIERY-THROATED FRUITEATER (Pipreola chlorolepidota)

We had great scope looks of a male at Wildsumaco.

GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris)

A few people managed to see this incredibly well-camouflaged bird.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor) [*]

WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris) [*]

OLIVE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes olivaceus)

SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)

RUFOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon rufipectus)

One seen at San Isidro and another one at Guango during our last day

MARBLE-FACED BRISTLE-TYRANT (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus)

ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)

RUFOUS-HEADED PYGMY-TYRANT (Pseudotriccus ruficeps)

SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)

RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps)

This bamboo specialty was seen twice at San Isidro.

GOLDEN-WINGED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus calopterus)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (CONFUSUS) (Tolmomyias sulphurescens confusus)

CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)

CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea)

A few were catching insects along the Loreto road the day that we drove to Wildsumaco from San Isidro.

ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus)

All the ones that we saw were very ornate indeed.

HANDSOME FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias pulcher)

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Our lunch spot on the viewing terrace at Antisana, by guide Willy Perez.

WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)


TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea)

SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)

GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (GOLDEN-FACED) (Zimmerius chrysops chrysops)

OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)


SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)

WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus) [b]

BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)

PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)

RED-RUMPED BUSH-TYRANT (Cnemarchus erythropygius erythropygius)

It was a nice moment to find this unusual bird on our way to the Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe site.

BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)

LARGE-HEADED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon megacephalum)

This bamboo specialty was showing off along the road at Wildsumaco.

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)

PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Megarynchus pitangua pitangua)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti)

This canopy flycatcher was a treat to see at San Isidro.

GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)

BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)

A few of these were coming to the dining room at Wildsumaco.

OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)

SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis) [*]

RUFOUS-NAPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)

BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)

CHIVI VIREO (Vireo chivi)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa)

GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)

VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)

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)

This small dark wren is always hard to see, but we had a very curious one along the FACE trail at Wildsumaco. Great looks at a very secretive bird.

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The ever-fantastic Sparkling Violetear by participant Karen Hamblett

GRAY-MANTLED WREN (Odontorchilus branickii)

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)

MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)

GRASS WREN (PARAMO) (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)

THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)

PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) [*]

CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya) [*]

WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (BLACK-CAPPED) (Henicorhina leucosticta hauxwelli)

GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)

MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada) [*]

It was a shame that we didn't get to see this cool bird, but it was a treat just to hear it.

Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

SPECKLED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH (Catharus maculatus) [*]

SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [b]

I have never seen so many of this species before during a tour.

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]

PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops) [*]

BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)

GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)

GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus) [*]

Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)

PARAMO PIPIT (Anthus bogotensis)

It was hard to spot this cryptic bird that was hiding so well in the grass.

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

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

SHORT-BILLED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus parvirostris)

ASHY-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus canigularis)

COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (NORTHERN ANDES) (Chlorospingus flavopectus phaeocephalus)

YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)

RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

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It was wonderful to see this Spectacled Bear out in the open on our way to Papallacta Pass! Photo by guide Willy Perez.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)

SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SUBTROPICAL) (Cacicus uropygialis uropygialis)

These caciques were the first birds to show up at the dining room in San Isidro, just before the whole place was draped with other species of birds.


Parulidae (New World Warblers)

AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla) [b]

CERULEAN WARBLER (Setophaga cerulea) [b]

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Setophaga fusca) [b]

BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER (Myiothlypis nigrocristata)

RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata)

CANADA WARBLER (Cardellina canadensis) [b]

SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)

SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)

Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra) [b]

SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea) [b]

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)

The largest tanager that we saw on our trip.

BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Sphenopsis melanotis)

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

HOODED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Buthraupis montana)

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One of the fantastic bird plates, this one of a male Torrent Duck, on the table at San Isidro. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii)

BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

The Blue-gray Tanagers in this part of the world have big white patches on the wings, and they are very different from the ones of the west slope of Ecuador's Andes.

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)

BLACK-CAPPED TANAGER (Stilpnia heinei)

BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Stilpnia cyanicollis)

BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii)

BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)

PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)

This is considered one of the prettiest tanagers in the whole family, I guess that's how it got its name!

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)

FLAME-FACED TANAGER (FLAME-FACED) (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)

GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)

This fantastic tanager was seen at Wildsumaco. On this side of the Andes they are more orange than the ones on the west slope that are yellow.

SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)

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

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)



BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa caerulescens)


PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)

GRAY-HOODED BUSH TANAGER (RUBRIROSTRIS) (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris rubrirostris)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)

PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

BLUE-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)

Birds of this taxon used to be called Grayish Saltator, but the name has been changed. We saw them a few times at Wildsumaco.


BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)

RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)

This is the one that we saw at San Isidro.


This species we saw at Wildsumaco.

AMAZON DWARF SQUIRREL (Microsciurus flaviventer)

CULPEO FOX (Lycalopex culpaeus)

SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus)

Stunning views of one from the road on our way to Papallacta Pass.

MOUNTAIN TAPIR (Tapirus pinchaque)

Some of our group who stayed longer in the dining room in San Isidro saw this unique mammal from there.

WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)

Totals for the tour: 299 bird taxa and 8 mammal taxa