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Andes of Northern Ecuador

January 23, 2023 - February 3, 2023

Please consider joining Washtenaw Audubon Society this upcoming January for a journey across the Andes of Northern Ecuador. This popular birding circuit lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s premier birding regions, with colorful families such as hummingbirds and tanagers reaching their peak global diversity in this part of the Andes. We’ll hope to see around 50 species of hummingbird, including some particularly iconic and mind-blowing species such as Sword-billed Hummingbird, Booted Racket-tail, Velvet-purple Coronet, and Rainbow-bearded Helmetcrest. Our route will cut through the unparalleled diversity of habitats that makes the Andes the greatest driver of avian diversity anywhere in the world. We will bird everything from tropical rainforest and montane cloud forest to arid canyons and high elevation paramo. In addition to hummingbirds, we’ll seek out other famous Andean specialties such as Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, the bizarre and striking Andean Cock-of-the Rock, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, as well as many species of Antpitta. With luck, we’ll also track down a few globally rare species such as Greater Scythebill, Masked Mountain-Tanager, Hoary Puffleg, or White-faced Nunbird.

The trip will be limited to 5 participants and is a perfect introduction to the avian wonderland that is the neotropics. More extensive details about the itinerary, pricing, and targets is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_wW7e-dmCCXK2s4COszN9mbQPKb16CQx8PIbA66llns/edit

Any inquiries or questions are welcome and can be directed to Ben Lucking at benl.falcon@gmail.com.

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January 23, 2023
February 3, 2023
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