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Andean Birding

Andean Birding

  • Andean 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 cloud forest reserve and lodge

Bellavista – A cloud forest reserve and lodge

  • 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 20th October -1st November 2011

  • 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.

Northern Ecuador 9 August-3 September 2010

  • 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. 26th Oct-28th November 2009 ....A report in .pdf format (256kB) by Nigel Voaden.

Northern Ecuador August 21-September 14, 2008

  • 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.

Ecuador April 13 - May 12, 2008

  • 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 Feb. 14 - March 06 2008

  • 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, Ecuador March 4-23, 2007

  • 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.

Southern Ecuador 9th-22nd March 2007

  • 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.
Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Extraordinary Ecuador, (950 Species in 45 Memorable Days) 18th January-05th March 2007

  • 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 January 26 - February 4, 2007

  • 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.

Giant Antpitta

Mindo: seeing 3 species antpitttas Dec 2005 

  • 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 Sangster reports.

Ecuador, The Antpitta Trip Jan 24 - March 10 2005

  • 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 reports.

The Galapagos Islands-Guayas Province, Ecuador   May-June 2004

  • 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

Ecuador February 5th - February 20th 2004

  • 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 reports.

Ecuador January 23 - 31, 2004

  • 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 Toldi reports

Northern Ecuador 20th December 2003 to 11th January 2004

  • 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

Ecuador October 2003

  • 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 reports

Ecuador 23-28 May 2003

  • 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

Northern Ecuador 18th April - 4th May 2003

  • 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 Ecuador Sept 2002 and Mar 2003

  • 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)  Dec 29, 2001 to Jan 13, 2002

  • 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.

Bilsa Biological Station, and other sites in NW Ecuador September-October 2002

  • From a total of 363 species, the best birds for us were Oilbird, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Hoary Puffleg, Ocellated Tapaculo, Western Hemispingus and Tanager-Finch....Joe Tobias reports.

Photo: Hoary Puffleg

Ecuador 13th December 2001 to 4th January 2002

  • 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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Some Useful bird books for Ecuador:
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Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide: v. 2 (Plates and Maps)
Cemencia Rodner et al: Buy from or

  • The most important book to be published about South American birds for years. It features ALL the 2308 bird species of Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Trinidad & Tobago plus their ranges were they overlap into the Amazon Basin, thus becoming one of the few guides that illustrates many of the birds of Northern Brazil. This volume features all the illustrations (including known sub-species) and maps. (656 pages)

Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide: v. 1 (Species accounts)
Cemencia Rodner et al: Buy from or

  • The sister volume to the above fieldguide featuring the species accounts for all the birds. (880 pages)

The Birds of Ecuador Vol 1: Status, Distribution and Taxonomy
Robert S. Ridgely: Buy from or

  • Volume 1: Status, Distribution and Taxonomy contains detailed information on the ecology, status and distribution of all species. Introductory chapters deal with geography, climate and vegetation; bird migration in Ecuador, Ecuadorian ornithology, endemic bird areas in Ecuador and conservation. Individual species accounts treat habitat, distribution and taxonomy.

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Galapagos Wildlife:
David Horwell and Pete Oxford: Buy from or

  • A really useful guide, absolutely packed with wildlife information and photos, the endemic birds, the sea life, history and with tourist information for each of the islands. I really couldn't imagine going to the Galapagos without it. The sort of book that your traveling companions would want to borrow every day!

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands  
Andy Swash, Rob Still: Buy from or

  • An excellent guide to the wildlife of the Galapagos. The text is concise and the innovative use of digital technology has produced a remarkable collection of plates, the cetaceans especially need mention. Species checklists for all the islands are particulary useful to the ardent lister.

The Birds of Ecuador Vol 2: Field Guide
Robert S. Ridgely, Paul J. Greenfield (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • Volume 2: Field Guide contains 96 full-colour plates and facing pages of descriptive text, a colour map of Ecuador, 2 line drawings of bird anatomy, 115 silhouette outlines and nearly 1600 distribution maps. All species are illustrated in full colour, including migrants and vagrants and visually distinctive subspecies. The text focuses on the field identification aspects of each species,

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Ecuador and Its Galapagos Islands

Dave Pearson, Les Beletsky: Buy from or

  • Ecotravellers to Ecuador want to experience tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife, such as toucans and parrots, monkeys and anteaters, frogs and toads, and crocodiles and snakes. On the Galapagos Islands, curious visitors want to see with their own eyes the exotic, unique, and tame wildlife that stimulated Charles Darwin to formulate the theory of evolution.

A Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos
Isabel Castro, Antonia Phillips (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their wildlife and the pioneering work undertaken by Charles Darwin in formulating his theories of natural selection and speciation. This guide covers and illustrates all the bird species to have been recorded on the islands.

A Checklist of the Birds of Northern South America : An Annotated Checklist of the Species and Subspecies of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba
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Lonely Planet: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands: a Travel Survival Kit
Rob Rachowiecki: Buy from or

  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are covered in this comprehensive travel guide, designed for all budgets. Features of the text include: over 50 detailed regional and city maps; information on Ecuador's national parks and reserves; background essays on wildlife, geography, people and places; and notes on shopping in Indian markets. Advice on accommodation, eating and traveling around is also provided.
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