Bird Watching in Ecuador

Bird Watching

One of the world's premier birding destinations, Ecuador holds first place for the most amount of species per area. Diverse geography and mild climate make this an ideal nursery for avian life, claiming 15% of the world's bird species. This tiny country has about 1,600 known species of birds in the continental area plus 38 more endemic to the Galapagos Islands. During the last decade nearly 200 new species of birds have been added to Ecuador's list.

Within each region - the Amazon, the Andes highlands, the Pacific Coast and the Galapagos Islands, there are habitats and microhabitats that are 'islands' of well-established endemic species. Avian highlights include many hummingbirds, including the largest and smallest species on Earth, the prehistoric Hoatzin, Darwin's finches, the recently-discovered Jocotoco Antpitta, and the magnificent Andean condor. We can arrange specialist guides for clients that want to see some spectacular bird life.

My first close up encounter with hummingbirds was in the Mindo region of Ecuador. I thought it was a bee flying around my ear, but it was a tiny and very colourful hummingbird.