Southern Ecuador Hummingbird & Tanager Extravaganza: Aug 26—Sep 06, 2018
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This spectacular complement to our Northern Ecuador’s Hummingbird & Tanager Extravaganza features the dramatic habitat and elevational diversity of southern Ecuador and the promise of up to 60 hummingbird species and as many as 50 tanagers (and more if we’re counting their dacnis, honeycreeper, and conebill relatives).
Ecuador has long been regarded as the planet’s hummingbird and tanager epicenter, and on this exciting sequel to our Northern Ecuador Extravaganza we’ll experience many of southern Ecuador`s prime habitats and ecosystems while in pursuit of these spectacular living gems that exemplify the glory of the Neotropics. This trip has been designed specifically for birding enthusiasts and photographers, along with anyone sporting a whim for the joys of Neotropical birding and a special focus on color and glitter! Of the nearly 200 species of hummers and tanagers (including their allies) found in this region, we hope to enjoy well over half of them, including many of the same actors present on the “Northern” tour, along with a whole new cast of superstars!
We will explore high temperate and páramo zone habitats at El Cajas National Park where we’ll search for mixed foraging flocks and their attendant tanagers and scan flowering trees and shrubs for an array of hummingbirds with names as angelic as their appearances, making a special effort to locate the endemic Violet-throated Metaltail, one of South America’s most range-restricted hummers. At the lovely Copalinga Lodge, in the exceptionally diverse Amazonian foothill region, the many possibilities can be overwhelming, and their fruit and nectar feeders will not disappoint.
Tapichalaca Reserve promises to be alive with hummers, and we will be on the look-out for a broad selection of stunning temperate and subtropical zone tanagers in this avian-rich area. We’ll venture farther south for a brief visit to the high temperate-zone Utuana Reserve and overnight at Jorupe Reserve’s Urraca Lodge, set in the famed Tumbesian endemic bioregion. Finally, we’ll close out our extravaganza at Buenaventura Reserve, where the feeders and cloud-forest at Umbrellabird Lodge teem with incredible species diversity.
The list of possibilities is far too extensive to present here, but consider this tiny sample: six mountain-tanagers; Black-and-white, Grass-green, Orange-eared, Green-and-gold, Yellow-bellied, Turquoise, Blue-necked, Paradise, Rufous-throated, Golden-eared, Golden, Spotted, and Saffron-crowned tanagers; Golden-collared Honeycreeper; Tit-like Dacnis; Giant Conebill; and hummingbirds like White-tipped and Buff-tailed sicklebills; Green and Wire-crested thorntails; Spangled Coquette; Booted Racket-tail; Purple-crowned and Black-eared fairies; Black-throated and Violet-fronted brilliants; Gould’s Jewelfront; Emerald-bellied Woodnymph; Ecuadorian Plumeleteer; Ecuadorian Piedtail; Rainbow Starfrontlet; Flame-throated, Amethyst-throated, and Purple-throated sunangels; Long-billed Starthroat; Purple-collared, Little, Gorgeted, and Short-tailed woodstars; and Rufous-capped Thornbill.
Good accommodations and good to excellent cuisine; some field lunches; birding is varied with visits to feeding stations mixed with roadside and optional forest birding; some long drives between sites; optional walking on varied terrain; varied altitudes with visits to two high-elevation sites (maximum 12,500 ft.); midday rest periods most days; climate ranging from cool to mildly warm and hot, humid, and dry (briefly).