Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography 2,200m 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (23rd-24th February, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a popular tourist town with beautiful scenery and hotsprings nearby. Again I stayed with the Arcos family outside of town where they own a trout farm (2,200m) that borders the Sangay National Park. There are trails up from the farm into good forest in 2 valleys. The area was great for Tapaculos (Ocellated, Unicoloured & Spillman's), hummingbirds and tanagers. Up the left valley there is a wonderful spot for hummingbirds (Saphire-vented Puffleg, Tournaline Sunangel & Collared Inca) in a clearing, quite far up, created by a landslide several years ago. The right valley had Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Rusty-barred Owl, Rufous Antpitta and Blue-backed Conebill. There is plenty of accomodation in Baños and soon the Arcos family and their neighbours will finish cabins. The trails are on private land but access will be granted to people staying or eating trout at the restaurant being built. I saw 72 species including 35 lifers 

Species seen 

  • Tawny-breasted Tinamou Nothocercus julius Heard only. Recorded
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Sickle-winged Guan Chamaepetes goudotii Photographed
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • White-throated Quail-Dove Geotrygon frenata Heard only
  • White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides
  • Rufous-banded Owl Ciccaba albitarsus
  • Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila Possibly seen
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
  • Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae Possibly seen. Photographed
  • Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  • Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
  • Tourmaline Sunangel Heliangelus exortis Photographed
  • Glowing Puffleg Eriocnemis vestitus
  • Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani
  • Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  • Mountain Avocetbill Opisthoprora euryptera
  • Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi
  • Masked Trogon Trogon personatus Photographed
  • Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan Andigena hypoglauca Near-threatened Photographed
  • Andean Toucanet Aulacorhynchus albivitta
  • Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
  • Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii Photographed
  • Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  • Giant Antpitta Grallaria gigantea Endangered Possibly heard
  • Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
  • Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula
  • Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor
  • Spillman's Tapaculo Scytalopus spillmanni Heard only
  • Ocellated Tapaculo Acropternis orthonyx Photographed
  • Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii
  • Dusky Piha Lipaugus fuscocinereus Photographed
  • White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
  • Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea Photographed
  • Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
  • Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris
  • Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
  • Rufous Wren Cinnycerthia unirufa
  • Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys Heard only
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis Photographed
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater Photographed
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Turquoise Jay Cyanolyca turcosa Photographed
  • Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  • Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
  • Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  • Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
  • Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus
  • Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
  • Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
  • Short-billed Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus parvirostris
  • Black-eared Hemispingus Hemispingus melanotis
  • Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana Photographed
  • Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus
  • Golden-crowned Tanager Iridosornis rufivertex
  • Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala
  • Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii
  • Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix
  • Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
  • Plush-capped Finch Catamblyrhynchus diadema Photographed
  • Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossopis cyanea
  • Slaty Brush-Finch Atlapetes schistaceus
  • Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinucha
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris
  • Mountain Cacique Cacicus chrysonotus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse