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Northwest Ecuador Bird List

2023-12-14 - 2:35 p.m.

Note: My 200+ new Life Birds are in All Caps. I have chosen to leave "heard-only" birds off the list. Also, one of the life birds is Swainson's Thrush, which isn't really a life bird since I've seen it before but it had never been added to my list in the past. All in all, a whirlwind of new species with a heavy focus on adorable hummingbirds & tanagers. My newest raptors are Carunculated Caracara & the amazing Barred Hawk, first well seen perched beside the path where the rain had encouraged it to shelter and again seen soaring the next day to give us good views of its flying field marks.

  1. BERLEPSCH'S TINAMOU
  2. TORRENT DUCK-- cute family with 3 chicks
  3. YELLOW-BILLED PINTAIL
  4. ANDEAN TEAL
  5. ANDEAN DUCK
  6. ANDEAN GUAN
  7. SILVERY GREBE
  8. Rock Pigeon
  9. Pale-vented Pigeon
  10. Band-tailed Pigeon
  11. Plumbeous Pigeon
  12. DUSKY PIGEON
  13. Common Ground-Dove
  14. White-tipped Dove
  15. WHITE-THROATED QUAIL DOVE
  16. Eared Dove
  17. Smooth-billed Ani
  18. Squirrel Cuckoo
  19. Common Potoo
  20. SPOT-FRONTED SWIFT
  21. White-collared Swift
  22. GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT
  23. Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift
  24. White-necked Jacobin
  25. WHITE-TIPPED SICKLEBILL
  26. BAND-TAILED BARBTHROAT
  27. TAWNY-BELLIED HERMIT
  28. WHITE-WHISKERED HERMIT
  29. Sparkling Violet-ear
  30. Brown Violet-ear
  31. Lesser Violet-ear
  32. Purple-crowned Fairy
  33. GORGETED SUNANGEL
  34. TOURMALINE SUNANGEL
  35. Green Thorntail
  36. SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD
  37. LONG-TAILED SYLPH
  38. VIOLET-TAILED SYLPH
  39. ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Female & nest only)
  40. MOUNTAIN AVOCETBILL
  41. BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER
  42. TYRIAN METALTAIL
  43. VIRIDIAN METALTAIL
  44. SAPPHIRE-VENTED PUFFLEG
  45. SHINING SUNBEAM
  46. BROWN INCA
  47. COLLARED INCA
  48. BUFF-WINGED STARFRONTLET
  49. MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST
  50. SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD
  51. GREAT SAPPHIREWING
  52. BUFF-TAILED CORONET
  53. CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET
  54. VELVET-PURPLE CORONET
  55. WHITE-BOOTED RACKETTAIL
  56. RUFOUS-GAPED HILLSTAR
  57. PURPLE-BIBBED WHITETIP
  58. FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT
  59. Green-crowned Brilliant
  60. EMPRESS BRILLIANT
  61. Giant Hummingbird
  62. PURPLE-COLLARED WOODSTAR
  63. WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR
  64. PURPLE-THROATED WOODSTAR
  65. WESTERN EMERALD
  66. Crowned Woodnymph (many Green-crowned but also an unusual Emerald-Bellied)
  67. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
  68. ANDEAN EMERALD
  69. PURPLE-CHESTED HUMMINGBIRD
  70. Blue-chested Hummingbird
  71. Violet-bellied Hummingbird
  72. SLATE-COLORED COOT
  73. Southern Lapwing
  74. ANDEAN LAPWING
  75. RUFOUS-BELLIED SEEDSNIPE
  76. ANDEAN GULL
  77. Neotropical Cormorant
  78. Great Egret
  79. Snowy Egret
  80. Cattle Egret
  81. ANDEAN IBIS
  82. Andean Condor
  83. Black Vulture
  84. Turkey Vulture
  85. Osprey
  86. Hook-tailed Kite
  87. Swallow-tailed Kite
  88. BARRED HAWK
  89. Roadside Hawk
  90. Variable Hawk-- white & dark morph
  91. Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle
  92. Gray-lined Hawk
  93. Broad-winged Hawk
  94. GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL
  95. BLUE-TAILED (CHOCO) TROGON
  96. WHITE-TAILED TROGON
  97. MASKED TROGON
  98. RUFOUS MOTMOT
  99. Broad-billed Motmot
  100. Ringed Kingfisher
  101. BARRED PUFFBIRD
  102. White-whiskered Puffbird
  103. ORANGE-FRONTED BARBET
  104. RED-HEADED BARBET
  105. TOUCAN BARBET
  106. CRIMSON-RUMPED TOUCANET
  107. GREY-BREASTED MOUNTAIN TOUCAN
  108. PLATE-BILLED MOUNTAIN TOUCAN
  109. PALE-MANDIBLED ARACARI
  110. YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN
  111. CHOCO TOUCAN
  112. OLIVACEOUS PICULET
  113. Black-cheeked Woodpecker
  114. SMOKY BROWN WOODPECKER
  115. Red-rumped Woodpecker
  116. SCARLET-BACKED WOODPECKER
  117. POWERFUL WOODPECKER
  118. GUAYAQUIL WOODPECKER
  119. Lineated Woodpecker
  120. Golden-olive Woodpecker
  121. CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER
  122. CARUNCULATED CARACARA
  123. American Kestrel
  124. Aplomado Falcon
  125. ROSE-FACED PARROT
  126. RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus)
  127. Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus)
  128. BRONZE-WINGED PARROT (Pionus)
  129. RUFOUS-RUMPED ANTWREN
  130. UNIFORM ANTSHRIKE
  131. Russet Antshrike
  132. PACIFIC ANTWREN
  133. Slaty Antwren
  134. STREAK-HEADED (LONG-TAILED) ANTBIRD
  135. ZELEDON'S ANTBIRD
  136. MOUSTACHED ANTPITTA
  137. CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA
  138. CHESTNUT-NAPED ANTPITTA
  139. YELLOW-BREASTED ANTPITTA
  140. EQUATORIAL ANTPITTA
  141. TAWNY ANTPITTA
  142. OCELLATED TAPACULO
  143. RUFOUS-BREASTED ANTTHRUSH
  144. Plain-brown Woodcreeper
  145. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
  146. Strong-billed Woodcreeper
  147. BLACK-STRIPED WOODCREEPER
  148. Spotted Woodcreeper
  149. Streak-headed Woodcreeper
  150. MONTANE WOODCREEPER
  151. PLAIN XENOPS
  152. Streaked Xenops
  153. PACIFIC TUFTEDCHEEK
  154. STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK
  155. PALE-LEGGED (PACIFIC) HORNERO
  156. CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES
  157. STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES
  158. SCALY-THROATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER
  159. LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER
  160. STREAK-CAPPED TREEHUNTER
  161. STRIPED (WESTERN) WOODHAUNTER
  162. PEARLED TREERUNNER
  163. ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL
  164. MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO
  165. WHITE-CHINNED THISTLETAIL
  166. RED-FACED SPINETAIL
  167. SOOTY SPINETAIL
  168. GOLDEN-WINGED MANAKIN-- only saw females, sad!
  169. CLUB-WINGED MANAKIN -- he even sang a little
  170. ORANGE-BREASTED FRUITEATER
  171. RED-CRESTED COTINGA
  172. ANDEAN COCK OF THE ROCK
  173. Masked Tityra
  174. Northern (Thrush-like) Schiffornis
  175. Cinnamon Becard
  176. ONE-COLORED BECARD
  177. TAWNY-BREASTED FLYCATCHER
  178. SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER
  179. BLACK-CAPPED PYGMY-TYRANT
  180. Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher
  181. Common Tody-Flycatcher
  182. ORNATE FLYCATCHER
  183. BROWN-CAPPED TYRANNULET
  184. Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
  185. WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET
  186. WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET
  187. TUFTED TIT-TYRANT
  188. YELLOW TYRANNULET
  189. Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
  190. Greenish Elaenia
  191. SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET
  192. TAWNY-RUMPED TYRANNULET
  193. CHOCO (GOLDEN-FACED) TYRANNULET
  194. SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE
  195. Western Wood-Pewee
  196. Black Phoebe
  197. Vermilion Flycatcher-- male
  198. PLAIN-CAPPED (PARAMO) GROUND-TYRANT
  199. SMOKY BUSH-TYRANT
  200. MASKED WATER-TYRANT
  201. CHESTNUT-BELLIED (SLATY-BACKED) CHAT-TYRANT
  202. RUFOUS-BREASTED CHAT-TYRANT
  203. BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT
  204. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  205. Rusty-margined Flycatcher
  206. Streaked Flycatcher
  207. SNOWY-THROATED KINGBIRD
  208. Tropical Kingbird
  209. BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE
  210. Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo
  211. CHOCO VIREO
  212. Brown-capped Vireo
  213. Red-eyed Vireo
  214. TURQUOISE JAY
  215. Blue-and-white Swallow
  216. BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW
  217. Southern Rough-winged Swallow
  218. Gray-breasted Swallow
  219. House Wren
  220. MOUNTAIN WREN
  221. GRASS (SEDGE) WREN
  222. Band-backed Wren
  223. PLAIN-TAILED WREN
  224. Bay Wren
  225. RUFOUS WREN
  226. GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN
  227. WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER
  228. Tropical Mockingbird
  229. SLATY-BACKED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH
  230. SWAINSON'S THRUSH
  231. BLACK SOLITAIRE
  232. ECUADORIAN THRUSH
  233. GREAT THRUSH
  234. GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH
  235. Golden-rumped Euphonia
  236. Thick-billed Euphonia
  237. ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA
  238. Hooded Siskin
  239. YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (BUSH-TANAGER)
  240. DUSKY CHLOROSPINGUS (BUSH-TANAGER)
  241. GRAY-BROWED (STRIPE-HEADED) BRUSHFINCH
  242. Orange-billed Sparrow
  243. Chestnut-capped Brushfinch
  244. Rufous-collared Sparrow
  245. TRICOLORED BRUSHFINCH
  246. SLATY BRUSHFINCH
  247. PALE-NAPED BRUSHFINCH
  248. YELLOW-BREASTED (RUFOUS-NAPED) BRUSHFINCH
  249. WHITE-WINGED BRUSHFINCH
  250. Scarlet-rumped Cacique
  251. (NORTHERN) MOUNTAIN CACIQUE
  252. Shiny Cowbird
  253. SCRUB BLACKBIRD
  254. Tropical Parula
  255. Blackburnian Warbler
  256. THREE-STRIPED WARBLER
  257. BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER
  258. BUFF-RUMPED WARBLER
  259. CHOCO (GOLDEN-BELLIED) WARBLER
  260. RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER
  261. Canada Warbler
  262. Slate-throated Redstart
  263. SPECTACLED REDSTART (WHITESTART)
  264. Dusky-faced Tanager
  265. Summer Tanager
  266. GOLDEN (SOUTHERN YELLOW) GROSBEAK
  267. BLACK-CAPPED HEMISPINGUS
  268. TAWNY-CRESTED TANAGER (BVD)
  269. Flame-rumped (Lemon-rumped) Tanager
  270. MOSS-BACKED TANAGER
  271. HOODED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  272. BLUE-CAPPED TANAGER
  273. MASKED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  274. GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (BVD)
  275. BLACK-CHESTED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  276. LACRIMOSE MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (BVD)
  277. SCARLET-BELLIED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  278. BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  279. BLACK-CHINNED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER
  280. GOLDEN CROWNED TANAGER
  281. Fawn-breasted Tanager
  282. GLISTENING GREEN TANAGER
  283. Blue-gray Tanager
  284. Palm Tanager
  285. RUFOUS-THROATED TANAGER
  286. GOLDEN-NAPED TANAGER
  287. GRAY-AND-GOLD TANAGER
  288. Golden-hooded Tanager
  289. BLUE-NECKED TANAGER
  290. BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER
  291. BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER
  292. Bay-headed Tanager
  293. FLAME-FACED TANAGER
  294. GOLDEN TANAGER
  295. EMERALD TANAGER
  296. Silver-throated Tanager
  297. Swallow-Tanager
  298. BLACK-FACED (YELLOW-TUFTED) DACNIS
  299. SCARLET-BREASTED DACNIS
  300. Green Honeycreeper
  301. BLUE-BACKED CONEBILL
  302. CAPPED CONEBILL
  303. Cinereous Conebill
  304. BLACK FLOWERPIERCER
  305. GLOSSY FLOWERPIERCER
  306. WHITE-SIDED FLOWERPIERCER
  307. INDIGO FLOWERPIERCER
  308. MASKED FLOWERPIERCER
  309. PLUSHCAP
  310. BLACK-BACKED BUSH-TANAGER
  311. PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH
  312. ASH-BREASTED SIERRA FINCH
  313. Saffron Finch
  314. Blue-black Grassquit
  315. THICK-BILLED (LESSER) SEED-FINCH
  316. Variable Seedeater
  317. Yellow-bellied Seedeater
  318. PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER
  319. Bananaquit
  320. Buff-throated Saltator
  321. BLACK-WINGED SALTATOR

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