Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Daggerwing Marpesia marcella Orange-breasted Fruiteater Photo of the Group with Angel the Antpitta Guru! Toucan Barbet View from our Hotel in Los Bancos Violet-tailed Sylph Waiting for the Sicklebill!


Trip Report

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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta


Trip Report for our Venture to

West Slope of Ecuador
March 2014


We all met up for breakfast at the Hotel Quito on the 15th and planned our day. At 6:30 AM we left for Yanacocha and ultimately Los Bancos. Driving up to the Jocotoco Reserve at Yanacocha we got Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, great looks at several Tuft Tit-Tyrants, decent looks at several Rufous-naped Brush-Finch (found by Doris), and a Plain-colored Seedeater.

Daggerwing, Marpesia marcella

Just before the reserve entrance in the rain we got crippling views of Tawny Antpitta and Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant, while inside the reserve we got several Buff-winged Starfrontlets at the hummingbird feeders. During a break in the rain we hoofed it along the trail getting the uncommon Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Sapphire-vented and Golden-bellied Pufflegs, Great Sapphirewing, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager and a couple of noisy Rufous Wrens amongst others.

Orange-breasted Fruiteater

We then descended Yanacocha using the short-cut to the Tandayapa Valley. Three White-capped Dippers and a White-rumped Hawk were seen along the road, while at Amphi Lodge we spent some time identifying hummers and got the following: Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Tawny-bellied and White-whiskered Hermits, Brown Violetear, White-bellied and Purple-throated Woodstars, Booted Racket-tail, White-necked Jacobin, White-tailed Hillstar, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird and Brown Inca. What a get start to our hummingbird list! We also got White-lined Tanager, 3 Euphonias, Buff-throated Saltator, Silver-throated Tanager, and Ecuadorian Thrush – all on the banana feeders. Arriving late at the Mirador we met Simon and got Green Thorntails and Bananaquits at the feeders, and Chestnut-collared Swifts flying over the gorge.

Toucan Barbet

March 16 found us heading down to Milpe and the Milpe Cloudforest Reserve. Along the entrance road leading to Milpe we found Pale-mandibled Aracari, Slaty Spinetail and Maroon-tailed Parakeet. Right in the parking lot we had 4 amazing Long-wattled Umbrellabirds- another totally unexpected bird. Along the Milpe trails were Ornate Flycatcher, Toucan Barbet, Choco Warbler, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Golden-headed Manakin and Russet Antshrike among others. At lunch in Los Bancos we found a pair of Rufous-throated Tanagers atop a bare tree. After lunch we went down to the Rio Blanco and got among others Masked Tityra, Pacific Horneo, Lineated Woodpecker, great views of a White-throated Crake running across the road. However the Neotropical River Otter fishing in the river had to be the best sighting of the day!
Violet-tailed Sylph


After an early breakfast on March 17 we headed off to Angel Paz’s place to look for Antpittas. After a disappointing Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek where we only got 5 birds, we did locate a male Lyre-tailed Nightjar and had great views of the Yellow-breasted Antpitta. Above Angel Paz’s house we got Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, a gliding Bicolored Hawk (a rare sight), Pacific Tuftedcheek, Green-and-Black Fruiteaters and Ocellated Tapaculo. Alas a recent landslide stopped us looking for Giant and Moustached Antpittas. From there we went for a late lunch at Sachatamia and got Fawn-breasted and Empress Brilliants, Violet-tailed Sylph, Velvet-purple Coronet, Black-capped Tanager and down the trails several Three-striped Warblers and a Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant.


March 18 saw us drive to Rio Silanche Reserve to bird the lower elevation, Choco endemic rich rainforest. Opposite the entrance we got 3 Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, 2 Mealy Parrots and 3 Purple-throated Fruit-Crows. What a start – incredible. Walking along the road we also got Gray-and-gold Tanager, Hook-billed Kite, Rufous-winged Tanager, Western White-tailed Trogon, Golden-olive, Cinnamon and Choco Woodpeckers, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-bearded Manakin, and Green Honeycreeper among any other species. From there we walked into the reserve and immediately got a Pallid Dove on a nest, a Red-billed Scythebill, and Violet-bellied and Purple chested hummingbirds all next to the guards lodge. Along the trail we got Southern Nightingale-Wren, Band-tailed Barbthroat, White-tipped Sicklebill, Scarlet-rumped Cacique and Orange-fronted Barbet. After lunch we climbed up their tower and got among others, Lesser Greenlet, Streaked Xenops, Scarlet-browed Tanager, Purple Honeycreeper, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis and Dusky and Ruddy Pigeons. Back at the guard lodge we got an Ecuadorian Trogon and Purple-crowned Fairy. A great day all told.


Today, March 19 we drove toward the Tandayapa Valley via the Nono-Mindo Road, walked along the Nanegalito Road and visited Tony & Barbara Nunnery’s place – Pacha Quindi. But before we left the Mirador we found a dying White-tipped Sicklebill near the door to the restaurant. Sadly it did not survive its collision with the restaurant windows. At the entrance to Mindo we got Andean Solitaire, Azara’s Spinetail and a Black-capped Tanager. Along the first part of the EcoRoute along the Nono-Mindo road at a small road cut we got Capped Conebill, White-banded and White-tailed Tyrannulets, Russet-crowned Warbler, Cinnamon Flycatcher, and Blue-capped Tanager. Along the Nanegalito road we had great looks at two Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, heard a Powerful Woodpecker, saw a Blue-Black Tanager, and got Flavscent Flycatcher, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Spectacled Whitestart, Streaked Tuftedcheek, and Green Violetear. Near Nanegalito we spooked a Band-winged Nightjar off the road. Lunching at Tony & Barbara’s we got their full complement of hummers.

View from our Hotel in Los Bancos


March 20 saw us at Poco Del Choco, a teaching facility opposite the Milpe road. Right off the bat near the Mindo road we got a Streak-capped Treehunter. Along the road to Poco Del Choco our fog enwrapped drive got us Black-chinned Mountain-Tanagers, and Laughing Falcon. Once at the facility we took a walk along their trails and got Powerful Woodpecker, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Tawny-breasted Flycatcher, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Uniform Antshrike, and a fleeting look at a Yellow-collared Chorophonia. At their house we got Red-headed Barbet, Dot-winged Antwren, and a swarm of army ants that yielded one Bi-colored and several Immaculate Antbirds. We also heard a Dusky-faced Tanager. But we dipped out on the Banded Ground-Cuckoo, one of the rarest birds on the planet, and sadly it hadn’t been seen for a month. On the return trip we got good looks at Red-billed Parrot.


For March 21 we ventured down the Mindo road and got our first Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Barred Becard, Acadian Flycatcher, we saw several Red-faced Spinetails and a female Blue Seedeater, got a Barred Hawk soaring overhead and in Mindo we got Torrent Tyrannulet, Dull-colored Grassquit, Pacific Antwren and Bay Wren. Later in the day we drove to Mangaloma looking for Banded Ground-Cuckoo. We once more failed with the GC but got Thrush-like Schiffornis, Band-backed Wren, Plumbeous Kite, Buff-rumped Warbler while some of the group had an Indigo-capped Ground Dove walk along the trail.
Waiting for the Sicklebill!Our last but one day found us driving to Mashpi lodge. Although not welcomed there we did manage Chestnut-backed Antbird, Rufous Motmot, Bay-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet all along the river. At the entrance to Mashpi lodge we did get Moss-backed Tanager, both male and female Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Black-billed Peppershrike and a Black-chinned Woodpecker. This day brought us over 300 bird species so far for the trip.
Our last day was spent driving the Tandayapa Road to Nanegalito road then up the Calacali road back to Quito. In Los Bancos we got a flock of Pacific Parrotlets and then along the Tandayapa road several Grass-green Tanagers and a Gorgeted Sunangel, Along the Nanegalito road we got both male and female Scaled Fruiteaters, Western Hemispingus, and Smoky-brown Woodpecker among others. Below the pass near the race track in the Inter-montane valley of Quito we got Giant Hummer, Purple-collared Woodstar, Common Ground-Dove, Andean Siskin, Tropical Mockingbird, Saffron Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch. All told we got 316 for this great trip.


Mark Welford


Birds seen or heard on our Venture to

West Slope of Ecuador
March 2014



Little Tinamou
Neotropic Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Hook-billed Kite
American Swallow-tailed Kite
Plumbeous Kite
Plain-breasted Hawk
Bicolored Hawk
Barred Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
White-rumped Hawk
Laughing Falcon
American Kestrel
Sickle-winged Guan
Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail
Dark-backed Wood-Quail
White-throated Crake
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Pale-vented Pigeon
Ruddy Pigeon
Dusky Pigeon
Eared Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Pallid Dove
Maroon-tailed Parakeet
Pacific Parrotlet
Red-billed Parrot
Bronze-winged Parrot
Mealy Parrot
Squirrel Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk
Band-winged Nightjar
Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Chestnut-collared Swift
White-collared Swift
Band-tailed Barbthroat
White-whiskered Hermit
Tawny-bellied Hermit
White-tipped Sicklebill
White-necked Jacobin
Brown Violet-ear
Green Violet-ear
Sparkling Violet-ear
Green Thorntail
Western Emerald
Green-crowned Woodnymph
Violet-bellied Hummingbird
Blue-chested Hummingbird
Purple-chested Hummingbird
Andean Emerald
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Speckled Hummingbird
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Green-crowned Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Giant Hummingbird
Great Sapphirewing
Collared Inca
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Buff-tailed Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet
Gorgeted Sunangel
Sapphire-vented Puffleg
Golden-breasted Puffleg
Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Booted Racket-tail
Black-tailed Trainbearer
Green-tailed Trainbearer
Tyrian Metaltail
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
Violet-tailed Sylph
Purple-crowned Fairy
Purple-throated Woodstar
Purple-collared Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar
Golden-headed Quetzal
Ecuadorian Trogon
Western White-tailed Trogon
Masked Trogon
Ringed Kingfisher
Broad-billed Motmot
Rufous Motmot
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Orange-fronted Barbet
Red-headed Barbet
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Pale-mandibled Aracari
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan
Choco Toucan
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Olivaceous Piculet
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Smoky-brown Woodpecker
Choco Woodpecker
Golden-olive Woodpecker


Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
Cinnamon Woodpecker
Lineated Woodpecker
Powerful Woodpecker
Plain-brown Woodcreeper
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Northern Barred-Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper
Montane Woodcreeper
Red-billed Scythebill
Pacific Hornero
Azara's Spinetail
Slaty Spinetail
Red-faced Spinetail
Spotted Barbtail
Pearled Treerunner
Streaked Tuftedcheek
Pacific Tuftedcheek
Lineated Foliage-gleaner
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Streak-capped Treehunter
Striped Treehunter
Plain Xenops
Streaked Xenops
Uniform Antshrike
Western Slaty Antshrike
Russet Antshrike
Pacific Antwren
Slaty Antwren
Dot-winged Antwren
Chestnut-backed Antbird
Immaculate Antbird
Bicolored Antbird
Rufous-breasted Antthrush
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta
Yellow-breasted Antpitta
Tawny Antpitta
Paramo Tapaculo
Narino Tapaculo
Spillman's Tapaculo
Ocellated Tapaculo
Green-and-black Fruiteater
Orange-breasted Fruiteater
Scaled Fruiteater
Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Golden-winged Manakin
White-bearded Manakin
Club-winged Manakin
Streak-necked Flycatcher
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Slaty-capped Flycatcher
Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Sooty-headed Tyrannulet
Golden-faced Tyrannulet
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
Greenish Elaenia
Sierran Elaenia
White-throated Tyrannulet
White-banded Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet
Tufted Tit-Tyrant
Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant
Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant
Ornate Flycatcher
Flavescent Flycatcher
Tawny-breasted Flycatcher
Cinnamon Flycatcher
Smoke-colored Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Crowned Chat-Tyrant
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant
Masked Water-Tyrant
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Golden-crowned Flycatcher
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Thrush-like Schiffornis
Barred Becard
Cinnamon Becard
Black-and-white Becard
Masked Tityra
Black-crowned Tityra
Turquoise Jay
Black-billed Peppershrike
Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo
Brown-capped Vireo
Lesser Greenlet
White-capped Dipper
Andean Solitaire
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Great Thrush
Glossy-black Thrush
Ecuadorian Thrush


Tropical Mockingbird
Band-backed Wren
Rufous Wren
Bay Wren
House Wren
Mountain Wren
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren
Southern Nightingale-Wren
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Brown-bellied Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
House Sparrow
Andean Siskin
Tropical Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Olive-crowned Yellowthroat
Slate-throated Redstart
Spectacled Redstart
Choco Warbler
Black-crested Warbler
Russet-crowned Warbler
Three-striped Warbler
Buff-rumped Warbler
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Orange-billed Sparrow
Black-striped Sparrow
Rufous-naped Brush-Finch
Tricolored Brush-Finch
White-winged Brush-Finch
Cinereous Conebill
Capped Conebill
Grass-green Tanager
Dusky Bush-Tanager
Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager
Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager
Western Hemispingus
Guira Tanager
Dusky-faced Tanager
Ochre-breasted Tanager
Scarlet-browed Tanager
White-shouldered Tanager
Tawny-crested Tanager
White-lined Tanager
Summer Tanager
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Blue-capped Tanager
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Moss-backed Tanager
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Orange-crowned Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia
Orange-bellied Euphonia
Yellow-collared Chlorophonia
Gray-and-gold Tanager
Golden Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Flame-faced Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager
Metallic-green Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager
Beryl-spangled Tanager
Blue-and-black Tanager
Black-capped Tanager
Yellow-tufted Dacnis
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
Blue Dacnis
Green Honeycreeper
Purple Honeycreeper
Plush-capped Finch
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch
Saffron Finch
Blue-black Grassquit
Variable Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Lesser Seed-Finch
Blue Seedeater
Band-tailed Seedeater
Plain-colored Seedeater
Dull-colored Grassquit
White-sided Flower-piercer
Glossy Flower-piercer
Black Flower-piercer
Masked Flower-piercer
Southern Yellow-Grosbeak
Slate-colored Grosbeak
Buff-throated Saltator
Black-winged Saltator
Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Yellow-tailed Oriole
Scrub Blackbird
Shiny Cowbird
Giant Cowbird


Neotropical River Otter

Red-tailed Squirrel

Reptiles & Amphibians


Snake sp
Anole sp (white gular pouch)
Caecilian sp