The tropical foothills of the eastern Andes, taken together with the lowlands of the Amazon basin, boast an incredibly high biodiversity and are arguably the most species-rich regions of the world. The Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary bird list alone surpasses 500 species, while the number of bird species recorded at Sani Lodge is fast approaching 600! The tour will focus on finding as many species and local specialities as possible by visiting multiple micro-habitats within the Upper Amazonian biome. Although the list of possible birds is immense, some of the more interesting species that we have good chances of seeing include: Harpy Eagle, Hoatzin, Zigzag and Agami Herons, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Sungrebe, Scarlet, Blue-and-yellow, Chestnut-fronted and Red-bellied Macaws, Gould’s Jewelfront, Wire-crested Thorntail, Great and Long-tailed Potoos, White-throated, Black-mandibled and Channel-billed Toucans, Many-banded and Ivory-billed Aracaris, American Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfishers, Gilded and Scarlet-crowned Barbets, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Attila, Grey-tailed Piha, Screaming Piha, Golden-headed and Orange-crowned Manakins, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Plum-throated & Spangled Cotingas and dozens of antbird species!
Cinereous, Undulated & Variegated Tinamous; Blue-throated Piping Guan; Speckled Chachalaca; Marbled Wood Quail; Agami, Boat-billed & Zigzag Heron; Greater Yellow-headed & King Vultures; Slate-colored & White Hawks; Harpy & Crested Eagles (both very rare); Black & Ornate Hawk-Eagles; Red-throated; Black & Yellow-headed Caracaras; Grey-winged Trumpeter; Chestnut-headed, Black-banded & Grey-breasted Crakes; Sungrebe; Blue-and-yellow, Scarlet, Chestnut-fronted & Red-bellied Macaws; Dusky-headed & Cobalt-winged Parakeets; Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet; Black-headed, Orange-cheeked & Blue-headed Parrots; Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged & Southern Mealy Amazons; Hoatzin; Black-bellied Cuckoo; Tawny-bellied Screech Owl; Black-banded Owl; Ferruginous Pygmy Owl; Great & Long-tailed Potoos; Fiery Topaz (rare); Ecuadorian Piedtail; Peruvian Racket-tail; White-tailed Hillstar; Black-throated Brilliant; Gould's Jewelfront; Gorgeted Woodstar; Olive-spotted Hummingbird; Black-tailed; Green-backed & Amazonian Trogons; White-eared, Yellow-billed, White-chinned, Coppery-chested & Great Jacamars; White-necked, Chestnut-capped & Collared Puffbirds; Lanceolated Monklet; Brown Nunlet; Black-fronted, White-fronted & Yellow-billed Nunbirds; Scarlet-crowned; Gilded & Lemon-throated Barbets; Black-mandibled, White-throated & Channel-billed Toucans; Golden-collared Toucanet; Lettered, Chestnut-eared, Many-banded & Ivory-billed Aracaris; White-throated, Golden-green, Spot-breasted, Scale-breasted, Chestnut, Cream-colored, Rufous-headed, Ringed & Crimson-crested Woodpeckers; Barred, Lined, Mouse-colored, Castelnau's, Russet, Dusky-throated & Cinereous Antshrikes; Yasuni, Ornate, Rufous-tailed, Pygmy, Moustached, Plain-throated, Dugand's & Yellow-breasted Antwrens; White-backed Fire-eye; White-browed, Black-faced, Black-and-white, Silvered, Plumbeous, Sooty, White-plumed, Lunulated, Spot-backed, Dot-backed & Scale-backed Antbirds; Black-spotted & Reddish-winged Bare-eyes; Ash-throated & Chestnut-crowned Gnateaters; Plain-backed; Ochre-striped & Thrush-like Antpittas; Rusty-belted & White-crowned Tapaculos; Rufous-capped, Short-tailed & Striated Antthrushes; Black-tailed Leaftosser; Lesser Hornero; White-bellied & Parker's Spinetails; Orange-fronted Plushcrown; Point-tailed Palmcreeper; Chestnut-winged Hookbill; Cinnamon-rumped Foliage-gleaner; Long-billed, Cinnamon-throated, Amazonian Barred & Black-banded Woodcreepers; Ringed Antpipit; Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant; Slender-footed & Ecuadorian Tyrannulets; Double-banded Pygmy Tyrant; White-eyed Tody-Tyrant; Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher; Brownish Twistwing; Orange-eyed Flycatcher; Drab Water Tyrant; Citron-bellied Attila; Amazonian Umbrellabird; Plum-throated & Spangled Cotingas; Screaming Piha; Bare-necked Fruitcrow; Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin; Blue-rumped, White-bearded, Blue-backed, Wire-tailed & Golden-headed Manakins; Wing-barred Piprites; Violaceous Jay; Coraya Wren; Black-capped Donacobius; Red-capped Cardinal; Flame-crested, Yellow-bellied, Paradise, Opal-rumped & Opal-crowned Tanagers; Golden-collared Honeycreeper; Olive Oropendola.
Brown Woolley Monkey; Common Squirrel Monkey; White-fronted Capuchin; Golden-mantled & Napo Tamarins; Pygmy Marmoset; Dusky Titi; Red Howler; Monk Saki; White-bellied Spider Monkey; Black Agouti
subtropical cloud-forest, tropical foothill forest, Rio Napo river-edge forest, Rio Napo river islands, Amazon terrafirme forest, Amazon varzea forest, Amazon riparian habitat and blackwater lagoons
pleasant in the subtropics and foothills, warmer and more humid in the Amazon lowlands
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
easy to moderate pace
top notch lodges
in general easy birding with tricky species in primary forest
great, especially at the Wildsumaco feeders, NWC canopy tower and during the canoe rides at Sani Lodge
I have just finished a very successful snipe day with Dusan. I got all three species I was after, which was a result of some excellent guiding by Dušan Brinkhuizen. I cannot commend him highly enough. He can fill you in on the detail but looking for an Andean Snipe in the rain and cold wind at 4300m takes some effort! I will certainly need my rest day tomorrow.
This was my first Rockjumper experience and it was excellent. Dušan Brinkhuizen was amazing at finding birds.
The tour was excellent in all regards. And just as expected. The lodges excellent. The food as well and abundant. And of course the birds. Diverse and beautiful. And Ecuador has done such a wonderful job in attracting the birds, from hummingbirds to tanagers and even antpittas.
Lev is a consummate professional. Excellent ability to do his job of guiding, getting on birds, identifying birds-- what we all came for. I would be delighted to travel with Lev again.
Dušan Brinkhuizen is a wonderfully skilled birder and he readily shares his enthusiasm for birds and their environments. He is also skilled in Spanish and knowledgeable about the country.
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