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August 1, 2018

Ecuador Birding One

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Mindo Cloud Forest

It has been a while since I have posted a blog. I have come all the way from Cali in Colombia without taking a photograph. I crossed the border into Ecuador with thousands of Venezualan refugees. It was quite chaotic. I stayed a few days in Otavalo and Quito, the capital. This morning I caught the bus to Mindo. I am staying in a nice lodge and this afternoon I went for a walk to buy a local Mindo Field Guide.

Lemon-rumped Tanager  - male
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) – male

The Lemon-rumped Tanager is most frequently found below 1500 meters. They are found in pairs or small groups.

Lemon-rumped Tanager  - female
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) Tangara Lomilimon – female

The Spanish name for the Lemon-rumped Tanager is Tangara Lomilimon.

White-lined Tanager   - female
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) – female

The White-lined Tanager feeds on fruits and are often seen close to roads. The Spanish name is Tangara Filiblanca.

Bananaquit
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Bananaquits are often found with tanagers and hummingbirds in fruit trees and flowering plants. They drink the nectar of flowers by puncturing the side of the flower.

Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetes cayanensis)

The Rusty-margined Flycatcher feeds on insects and some fruits. Its Spanish name is Mosquero Alicastano.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

This is a close-up of a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird piercing the side of a flower to suck out the nectar. I did not know they did this. The Spanish name is Amazilia Colirufa.

Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe

Black-and-white Seedeater   - male
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) – male

The Spanish name for the Black-and-white Seedeater is Espiguero Negriblanco.

Black-and-white Seedeater  - female
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) – female

Unknown seedeater
Unknown seedeater

I have no idea what this is.

Mindo bird list

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) Tangara Lomilimon
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) Mielero Flavo
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) Tangara Filiblanca – female
Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetes cayanensis) Mosquero Alicastano
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Espiguero Negriblanco
Black Phoebe
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) Amazilia Colirufa
Blue-Grey Tanager
Feral Pigeon
Cattle Egret
Shiny Cowbird
Tropical Kingbird

Source: Birds of Mindo by William Patino.

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