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16 - 23 February 1997

by Barry Levine

Here's a report from a short trip (Feb 16-23) to Ecuador. The areas covered included Papallacta Pass, Mindo, Tinalandia and Puerto Quito. We had some fine days of birding and others were scarce.

Olivaceous (Neotropic) Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Little Blue Heron
Speckled Teal
Yellow-billed Pintail
Muscovey Duck
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Double-toothed Kite
Plumbeous Kite
Plumbeous Hawk
Barred Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Plain-breasted Hawk
American Kestrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Plumbeous Pigeon
Eared Dove
Rock Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-tipped Dove
Rose-faced Parrot
Spectacled Parrolet
Bronzed-winged Parrot
Speckle-faced Parrot
Scaly-naped Parrot
Little Cuckoo
Squirrel Cuckoo
Groove-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani
Beautiful Jay
Turquoise Jay
White-collared Swift
Andean Emerald
Green-crowned Brilliant
Crowned Woodnymph
White-vented Plumeleteer
White-whiskered Hermit
Band-tailed Barbthroat
Booted Racket-tail
Great Sapphirewing
Tyrian Metaltail
Purple-backed Thornbill
Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Mountain Velvetbreast
Shining Sunbeam
Black-tailed Trainbearer
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Violet-tailed Sylph
Golden-headed Quetzal
Green Kingfisher
Crimson-rumped Toucan
Choco Toucan
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Pale-mandibled Aracari
Yellow-vented Woodpecker
Red-headed Barbet
Red-rumped Woodpecker
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Powerful Woodpecker
Golden-Olive Woodpecker
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
Barred Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper
Pale-legged Hornero
Azara's Spinetail
Plain Xenops
Red-faced Spinetail
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Dot-winged Antwren
Yellow-breasted Antwren
Pacific Streaked Antwren
Chestnut-backed Antbird
White-bearded Manakin
Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
Red-crested Cotinga
Green-and-black Fruiteater
Black-and-white Becard
One-colored Becard
Cinerous Becard
Black-crowned Tityra
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant
Golden-faced Tyrannulet
White-throated Tyrannulet
White-banded Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet
Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher
Tropical Peewee
Smoke-colored Peewee
Bran-colored Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
White-crested Elaenia
Gray Elaenia
Black-and-white Tody-Tyrant
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant
Masked Water-Tyrant
Ornate FlycatcherTropical Kingbird
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Vermillion Flycatcher
Blue-and-white Swallow
Brown-bellied Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
White-capped Dipper
Band-backed Wren
House Wren
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher
Great Thrush
Pale-eyed Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Shiny Cowbird
Giant Cowbird
Russet-backed Oropendula
Brown-capped Vireo
Canada Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Russet-crowned Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Tropical Parula
Olive-crowned Yellowthroat
Three-striped Warbler
American Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart
Green Honeycreeper
Blue Dachnis
Black-faced Dachnis
Cinerous Conebill
White-sided Flower-Piercer
Black Flower-Piercer
Yellow-collared Chlorophonia
Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager
Blue-naped Tanager
Golden Tanager
Flame-faced Tanager
Black-capped Tanager
Beryl-spangled Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager
Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Blue-winged Mounatin Tanager
Blue and Yellow Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Summer Tanager
Red-hooded Tanager
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Tawny-crested Tanager
Scarlet-browed tanager
White-lined Tanager
Thick-billed Euphonia
Orange-bellied Euphonia
Blue-hooded Euphonia
Orange-crowned Euphonia
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Rufous-naped Brush-Finch
Pale-naped Brush-Finch
Black-winged Saltator
Yellow Grosbeak
Buff-throated Saltator
Orange-billed Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Blue-black Grosbeak
Lesser Seed-Finch
Blue-black Grassquit
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Variable Seedeater
Plain-collared Seedeater
Black-and-white Seedeater
Spot-tailed Seedeater
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Hooded Siskin

For the week, we saw 185 species. We had a great time and would like to thank the people who helped us. John Rollins in Quito was invaluable.  He helped us set up the trip and through the goodness of his heart took us out twice during our stay there. You can't beat that kind of generousity, especially when that someone has wonderful birding skills as well.  Rick Romea in Seattle was a fountain of information as he had just returned from his trip to Ecuador before we left. Thanks to those responded to my inquiries on what would be best for Alden, my 77 year old friend who accompanied me on this trip (Trevor Quested, Marion Dobbs, Sharon Kanareff, Cheryl Pearce, as well as others).

Barry Levine
Seattle, Wa.

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