A Field Guides Birding Tours Report


December 28, 2022-January 7, 2023 with Willy Perez guiding

This is a wonderful tour to end the year, full of birds, fantastic lodges, and great food. And at year's end there is always a bit of culture involved.

We started as usual visiting Antisana National Park the first day, and the weather and scenery were stunning. Very clear views of the mountains but also clear views of many fantastic birds. The Andean Condors stole the show, especially when we found at least 15 of them feasting on a dead horse. That highlight was followed by the Spectacled Bear in our way to Papallacta pass!

Two nights at San Isidro gave us the chance to enjoy the birding at that elevation from a very comfortable base. The balcony off the dining room was the best place to be, and we saw around 30 species just with a cup of coffee in hand, but the biggest attraction was the Black-banded Owl that came every night.

Our week at Wildsumaco flew by, but that was because we were very busy. The hummingbird feeders had a nice combination of birds, such as the Peruvian Racket-tail with its unique orange boots. We were blown away by the colors of a male Gould's Jewelfront that showed nicely. The Antpitta feeders were very productive with Plain-backed and Ochre-breasted, and a White-crowned Tapaculo even came to eat the worms. We had beautiful walks, the trails were steep but well-maintained so they were very manageable, and the rewards were superb. Possibly the best was going to see the Military Macaws in the old palm trees...or perhaps it was the White-crowned Manakin. The road by the lodge through forest was always packed with birds, and our most enjoyable finds were the Wattled Guan and the very well-hidden Western Striolated-Puffbird.

Other surprises kept coming, A Buckley's Forest-Falcon that flew to the open one afternoon, a Black-banded Crake that Byron showed us...incredible. We even managed to be the guinea pigs with a local project that we visited at Wawa Sumaco.The Cock-of-the-rock Lek at Amarun Pakcha was stunning, with many males that got crazy when a female showed up...that was a unique experience.

It was wonderful to celebrate the end of 2022 at Wildsumaco with a nice glass of fizzy, great people, and the traditional Ecuadorian good-bye to a year--burning the dummy in the fireplace...good-bye to the old, hello to the new! Overall the trip was busy but wonderful. I hope we can get together to go birding again soon!

—Keep birding, 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) [*]

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)


We saw this bird at Papallacta lake the last day on our way back to Quito.

ANDEAN TEAL (Anas andium)

ANDEAN DUCK (Oxyura ferruginea)

A few seen at Antisana, nice males with blue bills

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)


ANDEAN GUAN (Penelope montagnii)

WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri)

I was pleased to find a very far-away bird calling nicely in the afternoon at Wildsumaco.

SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)

Podicipedidae (Grebes)

SILVERY GREBE (Podiceps occipitalis)

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]

SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)

BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

BLACK-WINGED GROUND DOVE (Metriopelia melanoptera)

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

ANDEAN POTOO (Nyctibius maculosus)

Our night out worked very well for this species when just after dusk one bird came and used a broken tree that we had scouted out before it got dark.

Apodidae (Swifts)

CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)

WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)

GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)

GREEN-FRONTED LANCEBILL (Doryfera ludovicae)

Rob spotted one at San Isidro.

SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)

BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)

LESSER VIOLETEAR (ANDEAN) (Colibri cyanotus cyanotus)

Seen by some of our group at Wildsumaco.

BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)

WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii)

ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)

SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)

LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)

A few males at San Isidro and nice views.

ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)


TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)

SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis)

Our visit to Tambo Condor near Antisana was the place we saw some of these stunning hummingbirds.

BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)

COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)

MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST (Lafresnaya lafresnayi)

We saw one flying at the beginning of the walk at Guango the last day.

GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus)

BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)

CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)

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

GREEN-BACKED HILLSTAR (Urochroa leucura)

BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa schreibersii)

GOULD'S JEWELFRONT (Heliodoxa aurescens)

FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)

GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas)

The largest of all hummingbirds...we saw it at Tambo Condor.

LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)

WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)

WESTERN EMERALD (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus pumilus)


Very common at the verbena flowers in Wildsumaco.

NAPO SABREWING (Campylopterus villaviscensio)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)

MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)

GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)

BLACK-BANDED CRAKE (Anurolimnas fasciatus)

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)

ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens)

They used to be more common in the highlands; we just saw a pair of these handsome birds at Antisana.

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

FASCIATED TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma fasciatum)

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

ANDEAN IBIS (Theristicus branickii)

This time we saw only 3 of them. a few years ago they used to be more numerous in Antisana.

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus)

They were very active in Antisana, it was so nice to see them sitting but also flying.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

CINEREOUS HARRIER (Circus cinereus)

A distant bird that we saw in Antisana the first day.

BICOLORED HAWK (BICOLORED) (Accipiter bicolor bicolor)

BARRED HAWK (Morphnarchus princeps)

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

HARRIS'S HAWK (HARRIS'S) (Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi)

Nice to see this species at Hotel San Jose.

VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)

BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus) [b]

SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus)

Strigidae (Owls)

TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba)

BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota)

This big owl showed nicely one evening at the research station.

BLACK-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba huhula)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus auriceps) [*]

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)

MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus personatus)

Momotidae (Motmots)

ANDEAN MOTMOT (Momotus aequatorialis aequatorialis)

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana americana)

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)


BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)

It seems that the moth trap at Wildsumaco was a perfect place to see this bird.

Galbulidae (Jacamars)


This beauty was seen along the road at Wildsumaco.

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)

GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)

RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

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


One was feeding at Guango lodge.

CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)

MANY-BANDED ARACARI (Pteroglossus pluricinctus)

GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii)

Some people managed to see this stunning bird from the moth hide.

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

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

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)

RUFOUS-BREASTED PICULET (Picumnus rufiventris) [N]

It's possible I was the only one to see this bird when it flew out of the nest in Wildsumaco.

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Dryobates fumigatus)

LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis) [*]

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus)

One bird seen by some people very early at San Isidro.

BUCKLEY'S FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur buckleyi)

BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)

CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)

AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)

BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis rufigularis)

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)

Nice looks at this lovely parrot at several places.

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)

They were always seen in flight, but a very distinctive flying pattern.

MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura) [*]


MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris)

WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

RUFOUS-RUMPED ANTWREN (Euchrepomis callinota)

This very handsome but small antwren was seen twice in a mixed flock at Wildsumaco.

LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

WHITE-STREAKED ANTVIREO (WHITE-STREAKED) (Dysithamnus leucostictus leucostictus)

YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)

RUSTY-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus frater)

This arboreal antwren was seen at Wildsumaco.

STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps)

BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)

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

Males and females were very active at the moth light at Wildsumaco.

BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)

COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus) [*]

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota)

CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla)

A young bird was walking along the trail at Guacamayos ridge.

WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca)

TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis)

A pair walked across the grassland during our visit to Antisana.

OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula flavirostris flavirostris)

SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula nana) [*]

Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

OCELLATED TAPACULO (Acropternis orthonyx) [*]

WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus)

BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans)

A dark mouse-like bird crossed the trail at Guacamayos a couple of times.

SPILLMANN'S TAPACULO (Scytalopus spillmanni)

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

A very small woodcreeper that we saw at the antpitta trail.

STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus)

The very large woodcreeper that was eating moths at San Isidro.

OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)

MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)

PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)

CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris)

The small cinclodes that we saw at Antisana.

STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)

MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)

LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)


BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)

Another visitor to the moth sheet at Wildsumaco.

PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger)

The most stunning Furnariid of the trip; some were seen at San Isidro but also at Guango.

ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura andicola)

MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)


DUSKY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis moesta) [*]

DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis) [*]

AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)

Pipridae (Manakins)

BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei)

This species is quite elusive, but we had great looks at males, especially along the Coopmans trail.

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

Cotingidae (Cotingas)


BLACK-CHESTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola lubomirskii)

FIERY-THROATED FRUITEATER (Pipreola chlorolepidota)

ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK (Rupicola peruvianus aequatorialis)

The lek that we visit was superb with many males that were displaying.

GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris) [*]

AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus)

A male showed briefly at Hollin waterfall.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor)

WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

STREAK-NECKED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes striaticollis)

SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)

RUFOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon rufipectus)

MARBLE-FACED BRISTLE-TYRANT (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus)

ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)

SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)

RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps)

This bamboo specialty was present few times at San Isidro,;it took several attempts but we had great looks at this lovely bird.

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

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

CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)

Some were enjoying the moths at San Isidro.

ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus)


Very common at Hotel San Jose.

WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)

WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus)


FOOTHILL ELAENIA (Myiopagis olallai)

TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea)

A couple of these were seen catching insects at Rio Aliso near San Isidro.

SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)

PLUMBEOUS-CROWNED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias plumbeiceps)

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

FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus flavicans)

OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Contopus cooperi) [b]

SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)

WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus) [b]

BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)

VERMILION FLYCATCHER (OBSCURUS GROUP) (Pyrocephalus rubinus piurae)

Males and females were in the garden at Hotel San Jose.

PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)

SMOKY BUSH-TYRANT (Myiotheretes fumigatus)

RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca rufipectoralis)

BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)

A pair was seen at the same spot where we saw the Ecuadorian Hillstar during our first day in Antisana.

PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes)

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

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti)

GOLDEN-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes hemichrysus)

This was recently split from Golden-crowned; we saw some at San Isidro.

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)

BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)

OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)

SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis)

RUFOUS-NAPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)

BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)

RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus) [b]

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa)

We managed to see them at Guango.

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)

We tried to see the white thighs, but no luck.

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

WING-BANDED WREN (Microcerculus bambla) [*]

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon) [*]

MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)

GRASS WREN (PARAMO) (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)

PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) [*]

CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya) [*]

RUFOUS WREN (Cinnycerthia unirufa)

A group came out of dense cover in the forest when we were at Guacamayos.

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

GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys) [*]

MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada)

Some people saw this bird at Wildsumaco, and everyone heard their incredible song.

Cinclidae (Dippers)

WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (Cinclus leucocephalus)

Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides)

SPECKLED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH (Catharus maculatus maculatus) [*]

SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [b]

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]

BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)

GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)

GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus)

Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)

PARAMO PIPIT (Anthus bogotensis)

The only pipit that we saw was a friendly individual at Antisana.

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

GOLDEN-RUMPED EUPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanocephala) [*]

THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)

ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)

OLIVACEOUS SISKIN (Spinus olivaceus)

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

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

SHORT-BILLED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus parvirostris)

This one was seen at Guango.

COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (NORTHERN ANDES) (Chlorospingus flavopectus phaeocephalus)

YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)


RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

SLATY BRUSHFINCH (Atlapetes schistaceus)

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)

CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)

The big and mostly black Oropendola that we saw at Wildsumaco.

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


MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (GOLDEN-SHOULDERED) (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus oryzivorus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla) [b]

CERULEAN WARBLER (Setophaga cerulea) [b]

TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Setophaga fusca) [b]

It is a great time of the year to see this stunning wintering warbler.

BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER (Myiothlypis nigrocristata) [*]

BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER (Myiothlypis fulvicauda fulvicauda)

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]

RED-HOODED TANAGER (Piranga rubriceps)

A group of four birds was spotted at Guango.

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)

BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Sphenopsis melanotis)

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)


SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

The most common tanager on the tour.

HOODED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Buthraupis montana)

GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii)

Everyone enjoyed watching this beauty at Guacamayos ridge.

LACRIMOSE MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Anisognathus lacrymosus)

BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)

BLUE-AND-YELLOW TANAGER (GREEN-MANTLED) (Rauenia bonariensis darwinii)

ORANGE-EARED TANAGER (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

YELLOW-BELLIED TANAGER (Ixothraupis xanthogastra)

SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)

We saw some taking a bath in a bromeliad.

GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER (Chalcothraupis ruficervix)

BLACK-CAPPED TANAGER (Stilpnia heinei)

SCRUB TANAGER (Stilpnia vitriolina)

BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Stilpnia cyanicollis)

BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii)

BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)

One of Helen's favorite birds.

TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)

PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)

Definitely one of the prettiest tanagers that we saw.

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER (Tangara chrysotis)

SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)

FLAME-FACED TANAGER (FLAME-FACED) (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)

GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)

This spectacular bird was the favorite of several in our group.

GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)

CINEREOUS CONEBILL (Conirostrum cinereum)

BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)


RUSTY FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa sittoides)

A nice surprise at Tambo Condor while we were watching the hummingbirds.


PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)

PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)


BLUE-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)

SLATE-COLORED GROSBEAK (Saltator grossus) [*]


BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)

COMMON WOOLLY MONKEY (Lagothrix lagotricha)

BRAZILIAN RABBIT (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)

RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)

We saw this species at San Isidro.


The one seen at Wildsumaco.

BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)

SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus)

WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)


There were other animals that caught our attention.

The Giant Tarantula.

Also a couple of Snail eaters snakes and a big flat worm

Totals for the tour: 322 bird taxa and 8 mammal taxa