The final word birding tour in Ecuador: 10 unbelievable species at Yasuni Biosphere Reserve

The Amazon is stuffed with unbelievable birds, however Ecuador, represented on this case by Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, is the right place to seek out a few of the most unbelievable hen species for travellers who’re in the hunt for distinctive adventures and birdwatching. Come to find 10 consultant species discovered within the Ecuadorian Amazon!


Within the yr of the hen, think about your self inmmersed in a wildlife documentary on the coronary heart of the rainforest. You’ll be able to play the position of a TV host exhibiting the beauties of the Amazon and the great flying fairies fluttering arround Añangu Lagoon:

1. Salvin’s curassow

Scientific title: Mitu salvini or Crax salvini

Description: Native from the Cracidae household, it may be present in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Humid terra firme in tropical or subtropical lowland forests is their pure habitat.

Curious info: *It’s a turkey-size, prized recreation hen. *Regardless of it has been hunted, it’s a least-concern animal within the Conservation standing. *They feed on seeds, cotyledons, flowers, leaves, and fallen fruit. *They’re additionally known as “culiblanco” in Spanish -which means “white ass”- for the colour of the tip of their tail.


2. Gray-winged trumpeter

Scientific title: Psophia crepitans

Description: it’s a member of the Psophiidae household. Guiana Defend and the Amazon are the one locations the place you possibly can see it. They nest in hole timber and choose their meals (bugs and fruit) from the bottom. *Its colours are largely black and gray. Its rump and again are gray.

Curious info: *They’re just like Guineafowls and like working than flying. *They’ve a low buzzing, however their name is as loud as their title, to allow them to be stored as pets as a result of their sound is an alert, they usually hunt snakes. *Don’t hunt them, please! They’re Close to Threatened within the Conservation Standing.


three. Snail kite

Scientific title: Rostrhamus sociabilis

Description: It belongs to the Accipitridae, which additionally has the hawks, the Previous World vultures, and the eagles as members. South America, the Caribbean, Central America and Central-Southern Florida are their breeding spots.

Curious info: *Snail kites have pink eyes, a curved beak, white rump with an elongated tail, and pink or orange legs. *They’re molluscivores –they eat apple snails. In addition they eat rodents, crabs, crayfish and turtles. They nest in bushes or on the bottom. Kites are a Least Concern species within the Conservation Standing, however in Florida they’re listed as endangered.


four. Scarlet macaw

Scientific title: Ara Macao

Description: Scarlet macaws belong to the Psittacidae, a big household group of Neotropical parrots with 17 species in any respect. Their dwelling ranges from Southern Mexico to Bolivia, together with Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

Curious info: *Scarlet macaws are the nationwide hen in Honduras. *These are one of the vital lovely and beautiful parrots. *They like to reside within the Rainforest, and eat seeds, fruits, nuts, larvae and bugs. *In addition they eat clay, nobody is aware of why! In truth, there’s a place the place you possibly can watch them doing this specific motion: the Parrot Clay Licks in Napo! *Within the Conservation Standing, Scarlet Macaws are on the Least Concern degree.


5. Hoatzin

Scientific title: Opisthocomus hoazin

Description: Hoatzins are discovered within the household of the Opisthocomidae. They’re tropical birds who reside in swamps, mangroves, and riparian forests. They are often seen in the entire Amazon, particularly within the Orinoco Delta (Venezuela). Hoatzins are vegetarian birds. They feed on fruits, flowers, leaves and vegetation. They’re social birds since they’re normally present in teams.

Curious info: *This is among the strangest creatures within the Amazon: it has multiple abdomen and appears like a hen. The actual fact of its a number of stomachs has lead the hoatzin to be known as “the flying cow”. A few of its names are “Stinkbird” and “Canje pheasant”. *Its face is totally blue and unfeathered. It has maroon eyes, and its head has a spiky crest. *Hoatzins are the nationwide birds of Guyana. *They aren’t endangered as they’re within the Least Concern place within the Conservation Standing.


6. Crested owl

Scientific title: Lophostrix cristata

Description: It comes from the Strigidae household, and will be present in Sounth Mexico, Central America and the North of South America, together with virtually all of the Amazon Basin. *They primarily eat bugs and small vertebrates.

Curious info: *These are nocturnal birds. *They’re known as “crested” as a result of they current two white “eyebrows” that reach themselves to type a crest above their head. Crested owls are Least Concern within the Conservation Standing.


7. White-throated toucan

Scientific title: Ramphastos tucanus

Description: It belongs to the Ramphastidae household. They’ve been discovered all through the entire Amazon. They like tropical humid forests, however they’ve additionally been seen in woodlands.

Curious info: *Toucans eat massive arthropods, blended fruit, small vertebrates like lizards, and the nestlings and eggs of different smaller birds. *The sounds they make are the Amazon humid lowland forest’s most recognized name; it may well attain lengthy distances. *They’re additionally known as “Pink Invoice” Toucans as a result of that is one other frequent attribute in them. * White-Throated Toucans are categorised as Weak within the Conservation Standing.


eight. Spangled cotinga

Scientific title: Cotinga cayana

Description: they arrive from the household of the Cotingidae. They are often discovered within the Amazon Rainforest cover. They’re frugivorous birds, however they’ve been additionally caught consuming bugs.

Curious info: *They’ve been hunted by many individuals for his or her lovely, colourful good feathers, and likewise to feed indigenous communities. *A few of these Cotinga species’ feathers are additionally utilized in fishing flies and lures. *Birdwatchers from all around the globe come to have a more in-depth have a look at their magnificence! Least Concern is their classification within the Conservation Standing.


9. Blue-backed manakin

Scientific title: Chiroxiphia pareola

Description: Pipridae is their household. The Amazon Basin –besides from the northwest- is stuffed with them, additionally Tobago and the Guyanas. They have an inclination to reside in dry and moist forests, and keep away from the rainforest. These manakins eat fruit and bugs.

Curious info: *When breeding, males have an incredible breeding show that features a cooperative lekking habits by which they twirl and leap to draw their feminine mate. *They’re categorised as Least Concern within the Conservation Standing.


10. Paradise tanager

Scientific title: Tangara chilensis

Description: Thraupidae is their household. They reside in humid tropical and subtropical forests within the Amazon Basin’s western and northern sides, and likewise within the Guyanas. These tanagers eat fruits and bugs.

Curious info: *These are multicolored neotropical birds that forage within the cover of lowland forests. *There are 4 subspecies: every one differs on the colour of their rumps. *Though their scientific title has that “chilensis”, it isn’t present in Chile. *They’re categorised as Least Concern within the Conservation Standing.


See them for your self in a birding tour in Añangu kichwa group, inside Yasuni Nationwide Park.

Diego Escobar is Advertising and marketing Director at Napo Wildlife Heart. Napo Wildlife Heart is an eco-lodge providing unforgettable experiences within the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, inside Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, which is managed by the Añangu kichwa aboriginal group.

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