Stooging around in Ecuador (3/11-15/2012)

After a Mass Audubon tour of northern Ecuador, I did some birding on my own.
First, I briefly visited a couple of properties belonging to San Jorge Eco-Lodges
(Quito and Tandayapa) and then I flew to Catamayo and was driven to Tapichalaca Reserve...

Pix from San Jorge lodges:

Golden-naped Tanager

Thick-billed Euphonia

Golden-rumped Euphonia

Tawny-breasted Flycatcher

Scaly-naped Amazon

Scaled Fruiteater

Crimson-rumped Toucanet


Purple-bibbed Whitetip

Great Thrush (female)

Green Violetear


Early the next morning I flew to Catamayo in the south of Ecuador

Cotapaxi Volcano

Chimborazo Volcano

and headed for Tapichalaca

The hummingbird feeders at Casa Simpson were hopping every day:

Long-tailed Sylph

Fawn-breasted Brilliant

Masked Flowerpiercer

Collared Inca

Flame-throated Sunangel

Amethyst-throated Sunangel

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Chestnut-breasted Coronet and Amethyst-throated Sunangel standoff

Speckled Hummingbird

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Despite the rain, there were plenty of birds to be seen on the trails:

Pale-naped Brush-Finch

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant

Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher

Black-headed Hemispingus

Bearded Guan

White-throated Quail-Dove

Golden-plumed Parakeet

Golden-crowned Tanager

Rufous-capped Thornbill


Of course, the stars of the show here are the antpittas:

Rufous Antpitta

Chestnut-naped Antpitta

and, the reason why the Tapichalaca Reserve was established

Jocotoco Antpitta (adult) - this species was discovered at this location, right about where
Casa Simpson is located today.

This is a subadult bird

More sightings along the road and on the trails:

Lots of water around in various forms

Hooded Mountain-Tanager

Record shot of Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager

bamboo thicket

Masked Trogon (female)

Masked Trogon (male) - these photos were taken through a window in the dining room

Andean Coati

trail map

Blue-capped Tanager

Rufous-tailed Tyrant

Grasshopper nymph (?)

Inca Jay (a few miles down the valley)

Green-and-black Fruiteater (female)


fancy flies

Tiger beetle

Glossy-black Thrush



waterfalls along the road

this stream crosses the main highway

the valley below Casa Simpson

that's the highway snaking its way down the valley toward Zumba

Band-tailed Pigeon

Flame-faced Tanager

Blue-backed Conebill

record shot of Chestnut-crested Cotinga

a little bit of sun!

Diego and Susan took good care of me

Back at the airport in Catamayo, I picked up a few more species including this

Long-tailed Mockingbird

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