Birding is a birdwatching tour
company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries
and logistics for your visit to the Andes,
Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina
and Mexico. In addition, we conduct bird conservation and
ornithological research. Andean Birding is based in QuitoEcuador;
a spectacular country with a birdlist of
1630 and has the highest concentration of bird species
in the world.
Bellavista – A cloud forest reserve and
- Deep in Ecuador’s northwest, less than
2 hours from Quito. Smart Voyager certified,
this special place offers peace and true discovery of
exuberant nature, with 10 km of trails taking you to
waterfalls, through forests of tall trees festooned with
mosses, orchids and bromeliads. Birding here is superb – we
are on the Nono-Mindo road, now the new Eco-route.
Flurries of hummingbirds come to our feeders, including
Gorgeted Sunangel, Collared Inca, Brown Inca, Buff-tailed
Coronet, and more.
Ecuador, Tandayapa Lodge and Cabanas San Isidro
- Sword-billed Hummingbird, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Great Sapphirewing, Tyrian Metail, Sapphire-vented Puffleg and Golden Breasted Puffleg were at these hummingbird feeders. Two Rufous Wrens were preening by a dripping water stand pipe.....Robert and Angela Page report.
- This was our third visit to Ecuador (we birded in Ecuador in 1987 and 2002) and still I managed to observe 115 lifers during this trip....Henk Hendriks reports.
Ecuador, Birds and Spanish. ....A report in .pdf format (256kB) by Nigel Voaden.
- 570 species of birds were seen including an incredible 43 species of hummingbird and 67 species of tanagers. We had some unexpectedly wet weather on the west slope of the Andes so this species list can be considered less than what would normally be expected...Marlene and Gary Babic report.
- Having started a course in Spanish in late 2007, I figured a trip to Ecuador would enhance my skills. Apart from that, I had always wanted to go birding in the Andes, and the combination worked out fine...Remco Hofland reports.
- Ecuador is situated right under equator. Ecuador has more species of birds than any other country, except Costa Rica. It can boast of about 1630 species. It has a great bio-diversity from sea level and up to more than 6000 m...Jan Landsverk reports.
Magic Birding Circuit,
- George took us to the famous Nono-Mindo Road
in the Tandayapa Valley, this Cloud Forest is part of the Choco
Endemic Bird Area of Northwest Ecuador...we did see lots of birds,
including the infamous Andean Cock of the Rock...Gerry
and Denise Doekes report.
- The attached gives a brief details of a
superb two week trip that I have just completed in Southern Ecuador.
If the thought of antpittas (inc the mighty Jocotoco being hand-fed
worms), both Umbrellabirds, over 50 hummers (inc Violet-throated
Metaltail, Giant Hummingbird), parakeets......Martin Wootton reports.
Ecuador, (950 Species in 45 Memorable Days)
- By virtue of its unique geographical
location and topographical features Ecuador is one of
the world’s great birding destinations. Covering
an area only twice the size of England, it straddles
the Equator and contains many different vegetation zones
from Amazonian rainforest in the lowlands of the east
to cloud forest and páramo in the highlands of
the Andes...Graeme Wallace reports
Ecuador - East Slope
- This is a summary of birding trip in Ecuador, starting at Quito
and working down the eastern slope of the Andes via Antisana Preserve
and Papallacta Pass, as far as the terra firmae forest in
the Amazonian lowlands...Francis Toldi reports.
Mindo: seeing 3 species
- This is a short note for independent travellers who want to
visit excellent Mindo. This note should enable you to see (and
not only hear!) at least 3 species of antpitta....Eduard
Ecuador, The Antpitta Trip
- I had the good fortune to spend 45 days in
Ecuador from late January through early March....The trip was
expedition style - we stayed mostly in basic hotels, camped a
bit, and endured a couple of rough muddy trails, eating most of
the day meals from Jonas' jeep....Dave Klauber
The Galapagos Islands-Guayas
- The Galapagos lives up to all the expectations
- a fabulous place where the tameness of birds and other creatures
has no parallel....Greg Roberts reports
- This day we birded the upper Tandayapa valley.
At first we stopped at the famous spot for Tanager Finch, which
showed itself very well. After seeing the Tanager Finches we had
several stops along the road. We visited the feeders of the Bella
Vista Lodge, the trails behind the Bella Vista Lodge, some birding
along the road and finally in the evening a rocky slope near Tandayapa
for the Lyre-tailed Nightjar...Jan van der Laan
- Merely listing species just doesn’t do them justice. Watching
a displaying Booted Racket-Tail, with its little leg-tufts all
puffed out, flying back and forth in a mini pendular flight; seeing
a Violet-tailed Sylph flip its tail around and catch the light
just so; looking at the intricate plumage detail on an Andean Emerald—all
of these experiences go far beyond the mere tick of the bird....Francis
- My partner, Sean, and I have just returned
from a suberb trip to Northern Ecuador, this was one of the best
birding trips I've ever done. We saw 659 species in Ecuador, of
which 404 were lifers for me....Clare Moger reports
- The following report covers an excellent
two week trip that I completed in Northern Ecuador in October
2003. Ecuador has a reputation for being a very safe place to
visit and this was one of my reasons for choosing this trip (the
1600 species also had some influence on me)...Martin Wootton
- Paul Sunby and I recently made a short trip
to the west slope of the Andes starting in Quito. We birded at
Yanacocha, the Tandayapa Valley, the Mindo area, and two places
near Pedro Vicente Maldonado. This was my fourth visit to this
region...Mark Lockwood reports
- This report covers a two week birding trip
to Northern Ecuador. The main sites visited were Tandayapa Lodge
(which was used as a base for various sites in the Mindo area,
as well as Pedro Vicente Maldonado and Los Bancos), Yuturi Lodge,
Yarina Lodge and Yanacocha....Richard Rae reports.
Mammals and Birds Recorded in Eastern
- Saw about 250 species in our week at Yasuní,
another 100 or so added upslope. Highlights were as follows: (at
Yasuní) Long-tailed Potoo on a nest, a pair of foraging and mating
Fiery Topaz, White-chinned Swift (from the canopy platform on
one evening), Brown-backed Antwren, Lunulated Antbird, Black-necked
Red-Cotinga, Orange-eyed Flatbill (perhaps a new record for the
immediate area)....Joe Tobias reports.
Northern Ecuador (plus one
week in the south)
- Our trip to Ecuador was to last 18 days.
Our goal was to see 400 species by visiting 4 areas: west slope,
east slope, high Andes and Amazonia. Our first day was taken
up with travel from Toronto to Quito
where we stayed at the centrally located La Casa Sol, a bed and
breakfast type establishment which we used as our base in Quito...Todd
Pepper and Geoff Post report.
- From 6am to 8.30am we walked the Platform
Trail twice, the Tanager Trail twice and along the entrance to
the Potoo Trail. After breakfast we walked up the main road to
Bella Vista Lodge with the weather deteriorating into heavy rain
by the time we reached it. Enjoyed a cup of coffee watching their
Hummingbird feeders before meeting the owner who invited us to
walk his Trail C back to the Main Road before walking back down
to Tandayapa...David Cooper reports
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