Ecuador is a Birdwatcher’s Paradise

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Our country is a paradise in many ways. From stunning beaches to the unique wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest, there is beauty everywhere in Ecuador. Indeed, Ecuador is one of the countries with the largest number of bird species. If you’re a birdwatcher, you’ll find this country a paradise. Here are some of the most popular bird species you will have the pleasure to meet in Ecuador:

Jocotoco

The Jocotoco is a small bird with white feathers under the eyes.  Although it was thought that it had become extinct, in 1998 a group of Jocotoco Antipitta was discovered. Because of this, the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation was created to preserve endangered birds of Ecuador. The Foundation achieves this goal mainly by buying lands and designating them as ecological reserves. This small and lovely bird can be seen in Quito Ecuador, so come and learn more about this endangered species.

Hummingbirds

From tiny brown-green hummers with almost no tail, to impressively large, rainbow-tinted ones with tails longer than their body, the never ending stream of hummingbirds of every size and shape will mesmerize and dazzle you. Found nowhere else on earth, there are  300 remaining black-breasted puffleg hummingbirds. The most common variety is the chestnut-breasted coronets. Hummingbirds whir around their habitat from morning until evening, so there are many opportunities to capture them in a photo.

Toucans

This friendly bird is known for its huge yellow bill. It is found in semi-open habitats. It is mainly a species of lowlands, commonly found in the Amazon Rainforest. Their bright colors make them stand out among the trees, so it’s easy to watch them.

Pale-headed Brush Finch

The Pale-headed Brush Finch is a diminutive gray and white bird. An endemic species, it can be found in the arid areas of Ecuador. This is one of the rarest birds in the world, and they are in danger of extinction.

Andean Condor

The Andean Condor is Ecuador’s national bird. It is a long living bird with an average lifespan of 50 years. It has the largest non-marine wingspan of any bird on the planet. The adult plumage is black with white feathers nearly surrounding the neck.  They can be found in the Andes mountains. It appears as a patriotic symbol in the coats of arms of countries such as: the Republics of Bolivia (for its characteristic of the search for unlimited horizons), Chile (for its strength), Colombia (representing freedom and order), and in Ecuador (for power, greatness and value). These are just some of the characteristics of this powerful animal that has become a part of the culture of many countries, including Ecuador. You can find it during your trip in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Ecuador is a country where you can experience magical moments watching unique and remarkable birds. Bird photographers from around the world come to photograph birds that are found nowhere else. In Cotopaxi National Park, you’ll be able to watch some of the popular bird species mentioned and enjoy the breathtaking views. This park is located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Quito. Stay at Anahi Boutique Hotel during your trip to Ecuador! Centrally located in Quito, Anahi Boutique Hotel offers many comfortable amenities and is the place to stay if you visit this wonderful park and meet our charming city. Click here to see travel tips for visiting Quito. Come explore and have an unforgettable time!

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