Birding in Quito2018-08-17T13:18:05+00:00



  • Here you will find all necessary touristic services, including trained guides, quality accommodation, and the exquisite regional cuisine of this ideal bird-watching destination. Birdwatching in Quito Metropolitan Area and surroundings is an experience you will want to repeat and recommend.

  • Yanacocha Reserve: at 3,200 m above sea level, 9 km northwest of Quito. Nono-Tandayapa-Mindo road (Quinde Eco-route) begins down from Yanacocha.

  • Yunguilla Conservation Area: 20 km northwest of Quito along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, next to Pululahua Reserve.

  • Geobotanical Reserve Pululahua: 17 km northwest of Quito, next to Calacalí town, beyond “the middle of the world”

  • Maquipucuna Reserve: located next to Nanegal town, 70 km west of Quito. Pahuma Reserve: km 43 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road.

  • Bellavista Reserve and Tandayapa valley: at km 52 of the Calacalí-La Independencia road, a detour heading south. The Quinde Eco-Route traverses the valley.

  • Santa Lucía Reserve: neighbouring Maquipucuna and Yunguilla reserves, 1 hour walk through lush cloud forest.

  • Mashpi and Amagusa Reserves: at km 60 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, a detour heading north to Pacto town. From Pacto departs a gravel road to La Delicia- Pactoloma-Guayabillas; 20-25 km to the reserves.

  • Mashpi valley: at 550 m above sea level, access from km 104 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road, taking a detour heading northwest towards Pachijal-Cielo Verde; another detour right after 20 km heads to Mashpi.

  • Paz de las Aves: at km 68 along the Calacalí-La Independencia road.

  • Papallacta pass: within the large Cayambe Coca National Park, 65 km east of Quito along the Pifo-Papallacta-Baeza road heading to the Amazon.

  • Puembo and Río Chiche: 15 km east of Quito along the Pifo-Papallacta-Baeza road.

  • Guayllabamba and Jerusalem: 15-20 km north of Quito in the dry upper valley of Guayllabamba river.

  • Antisana Ecological Reserve: high Andean bogs and paramos 50 km southeast of Quito, with the spectacular
    landscape of Antisana volcano.


1. Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus
Open areas at 2,000-4,500 m

2. Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe
Attagis gayi
Paramo rocky areas at 4,000-4,600 m

3. Ecuadorian Hillstar
Oreotrochilus chimborazo
Paramos above 3,600 m

4. Purple-backed Thornbill
Ramphomicron microrhynchum
Montane forest at 2,500-3,400 m


5. Black-breasted Puffleg
Eriocnemis nigrivestis
montane forest at 2,700-3,500 m
Ecuadorian endemic

6. Rufous-crowned Antpitta
Pittasoma rufopileatum
Rainforest up to 950 m

7. Golden-rumped Euphonia
Euphonia cyanocephala
Woodland and gardens at
1,200-2,800 m


8. Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan
Andigena laminirostris
Cloud forest at 1,600-2,600 m

9. Crested Quetzal
Pharomachrus antisianus
Coud forest at 1,500-2,500 m

10. Beautiful Jay
Cyanolyca pulchra
Cloud forest at 1,300-2,200 m


11. Toucan Barbet
Semnornis ramphastinus
Cloud forest at 1,400-2,700 m

12. Saffron-crowned Tanager
Tangara xanthocephala
Montane forest at 2,300 m

13. Black-chinned Mountain-
Tanager Anisognathus notabilis
Cloud forest at 1,400-2,200 m


14. Andean cock-of-the-rock
Rupicola peruvianus
Cloud forest at 900-2,200 m

15. Violet-tailed Sylph
Aglaiocercus coelestis
Cloud forest at 800-2,200 m

16. Velvet- purple Coronet
Boissonneaua jardini
Cloud forest at 800-1,800 m

17. Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Urosticte benjamini
Cloud forest at 800-1,900 m

18. Orange-breasted Fruiteater
Pipreola jucunda
Cloud forest at 600-1,700 m

19. Club-winged manakin
Machaeropterus deliciosus
Cloud forest at 600-1,600 m

20. Guayaquil Woodpecker
Campephilus gayaquilensis
humid forest up to 1,500 m

21. Blue-tailed Trogon
Trogon comptus
Foothill forest at 300-800 m

22. Giant Antpitta
Grallaria gigantea
Cloud forest at 1,400-2,400 m

23. Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Cephalopterus penduliger
Humid forest below 1,100 m

24. Rose-faced Parrot
Pyrilia pulchra
Humid forest below 1,400 m

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Photos: Nick Athanas (1,4,7,8,9,11,12,15,16,17,19,20,21,24), Sam Woods (2,10,18), Pablo Cervantes (3,13,14,25), Steve Blain (5), Francisco Sornoza (22), Andrew Spencer (23), Iain Campbell (26), Murray Cooper (6).

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