March 24, 2019 - April 6, 20194,750$
BIRDING THE RICH & VARIED HABITATS OF SOUTHERN ECUADOR
With hummingbirds by the score and flocks of tanagers streaming though the canopy, we will be immersed in avian wonders! This itinerary focuses on the southern part of the country and we’ll concentrate our time in ecological reserves owned by the Jocotoco Foundation, one of Ecuador’s premier conservation organizations. Over 50 endangered bird species and over 100 regional endemic species can be found on the 12 Jocotoco reserves. Some, like El Oro Parakeet, are found nowhere else on earth. Witness the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Horned Screamer, Elegant Crescentchest, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, and hundreds of other species on this birding adventure of a lifetime.
The habitats we’ll be exploring range from mangroves and marshes to tropical dry forest and high-elevation cloud forest. Many of the reserves we’ll visit are protecting critically important remnants of once much more common habitats in the country. Many of the Andean bird species found in the northern part of the county extend their range into southern Ecuador, but there are also many species – the Tumbesian endemics – that are only found in the southern part of the country. We’ll see a great mix of both!
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