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Birding in Ecuador Tour

Ecuador 11 Days
Starting From USD 2,610 / per person
Cocha Antshrike
The Cocha Antshrike is a rare bird found in the semi-flooded Amazonian forests of Ecuador and the extreme west of Peru. In Ecuador, couples with strong sexual dimorphism can be observed in the interweaving of lianas and riparian vegetation in the black water channels. It feeds on insects, but the habits of this rare and cautious bird are still little known.
Coopery-chested Jacamar
Despite their hummingbird like appearance, jacamars are part of a completely separate family. These insectivores stand on a perch, usually in the middle of the forest, and hunt a wide variety of insects that pass within their reach. Their long beaks, typical of insectivores, allow them to keep the wasps and bees they feed on at a distance. The Andean Jacamar can be found throughout the Amazonian foothills, where it digs its nest in clay walls.
San Isidro Owl
The San Isidro owl is undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic owls in Ecuador. This species, which lives in the cloud forests of the Cordillera Oriental, seems to be an intermediary between the Black-banded Owl (Ciccaba huhula) and the Black-and-white Owl (Ciccaba nigrolineata) due to its plumage and distribution. It is most probably a new species that has not yet been described. It is relatively easy to observe in the area of Las Caucheras, when hunting for moths attracted by the lights of the San Isidro lodge.
Andean Potoo
The Andean Potoo is one of the most cryptic nocturnal bird species. Able to stop for hours on the tips of dead branches or trunks, with which it mimics itself. At sunset it hunts for moths and beetles, which it feeds on. The chants of all the birds of this family are very particular and can, for some, be surprisingly terrifying.
Black-and-chestnut eagle
This fairly large bird of prey is found in the humid montane forests of South America. The sometimes called Isidor's eagle was placed in the monotypic genus Oroaetu, but recent genetic testing indicates that this species is more closely related to the genus Spizaetus. It is known to prey on small to medium-sized arboreal mammals like woolly monkeys, but also coatis, squirrels and some cracid birds (Guans). In Ecuador this eagle is considered rare and vulnerable. Habitat loss is the primary cause of the precipitous decline of this species.
Harpy Eagle
The fierce harpy is considered the most powerful eagle in the world. It has a modest wingspan which allows it to move more easily over low tropical forests. It feeds mainly on monkeys and sloths. Its favourite hunting technique is to perch on the highest trees in the canopy to locate its prey, which it will literally snatch from the canopy with its oversized claws.
Mountain Tapir
The mountain tapir is the only species of this group to live outside the rainforests. It is an extremely shy and rare mammal. Its population is estimated at 2-3,000 individuals and it is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. This solitary animal becomes very sociable during the breeding season.
Sword-billed Hummingbird
This species of hummingbird has the longest beak in relation to its body size. This incredible appendage enables it to reach the nectar of flowers with a very deep corolla, of which it is the only one that can feed and pollinate. But like all hummingbirds, a large part of its diet also consists of small insects and spiders.
Andean Condor
The Andean condor is the land bird with the largest wingspan (up to 3.15 metres). Using ascending currents, it can reach an altitude of up to 6,000 metres in order to travel very long distances (more than 500 km per day) in search of the carcasses it feeds on. It is a social species that lives in groups and in which the males take part in the raising of the young.
Spectacled Bear
The Spectacled Bear is the only ursidae in South America, whose distribution extends from Venezuela to Argentina. Deforestation, poaching and the advancing agricultural frontier have unfortunately converted it into the world's most endangered bear species. Almost exclusively vegetarian, this bear occupies a large number of habitats, from cloud forests to the cold Andean páramos.

At nature experience, we are great nature lovers and our main goal is to share this beautiful nature with others. We want to make sure that both present and future generations can be amazed by the many wonders around us. We try to have a positive impact on nature and its inhabitants based on a number of basic principles.

We have strict rules regarding group size and the approach and observation of the fauna and flora during our tours. In addition, we collect scientific information that can be used to continue to evaluate nature’s processes. During our travels, we visit local private reserves, nature conservation projects, scientific stations, in order to contribute directly to their development. And last but not least, we engage in dialogue with local inhabitants to assess their needs and create awareness that tourism can be a long-term economic and nature conservation solution.

For more than 10 years, Nature Experience has been supporting various organizations dedicated to the conservation and continuous research of Ecuador’s ecosystems. In 2016, we established ECO-system, a fund to which 3% of our annual profits go and which is used for conservation and research. In 2015 we became the winner of the ATR award (Acting for Responsible Tourism) because of our commitment to nature conservation.

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