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Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador

Map of Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador

Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta) Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus) Moustached Antpitta (Grallaria alleni) Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps)
Giant Antpitta (Grallaria gigantea) Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini) Purple-bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini) Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus) Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens) Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)
Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens) Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus notabilis) Black-and-white Owl (Strix nigrolineata) Azaras Spinetail (Synallaxis azarae) White-winged Tanager (Piranga leucoptera) Metallic-green Tanager (Tangara labradorides)




7/30/2023: The next morning, we headed over to Angel Paz's refuge to see the cock-of-the-rock lek as well as being the famous place to see Antpittas. Unfortunately, there is a lot of feeding of the birds happening at this place and also plenty of playback of bird calls as the method to seeing the birds.

There is controversy behind feeding the antpittas and also using playback to attract birds in this and other places. I will have to say that it is definitely a bit lame and much less challenging to see birds this way. I compare this to using cheat codes on video games. What is the point, really, of going into the natural area and then using electronics to trick the birds into coming closer? I would also mention that you are interfering with their business by playing tapes of their rivals in their territory. You have discarded the natural aspect at this point. Imagine if birds came into your house and broadcast threatening human voices...

Feeding the birds is only slightly less lame, at least the birds are getting something out of it. A lot of people rationalize that doing something less harmful is somehow good (side note: see commercialization of environmentalism), which is why we will soon complete turning the Earth into a wasteland. Anyway, I am not proud of taking advantage of playback and feeding.

On the other hand, if the antpittas were not getting fed at this place, you would have the alternative which is a clearcut pasture full of future McDonalds hamburgers. Clearly, the cattle industry is a lot worse in this case as the tourism money is protecting the forest here.

Previous Visit (Frutti Reserve: 7/29/2023)
Next Visit (Oilbird Cave: 7/30/2023)

Species Recorded (68)

Birds ( 68 )

Antpittas ( Grallariidae )
Moustached Antpitta - Grallaria alleni
Yellow-breasted Antpitta - Grallaria flavotincta
Giant Antpitta - Grallaria gigantea
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta - Grallaria ruficapilla

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Hook-billed Kite - Chondrohierax uncinatus

Chachalacas, Guans, and Curassows ( Cracidae )
Sickle-winged Guan - Chamaepetes goudotii
Crested Guan - Penelope purpurascens

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi
Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Scaly-naped Parrot - Amazona mercenarius
Maroon-tailed Parakeet - Pyrrhura melanura

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Black-and-white Owl - Strix nigrolineata

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Lyre-tailed Nightjar - Uropsalis lyra

Swifts ( Apodidae )
White-collared Swift - Streptoprocne zonaris

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Speckled Hummingbird - Adelomyia melanogenys
Violet-tailed Sylph - Aglaiocercus coelestis
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
Buff-tailed Coronet - Boissonneaua flavescens
Velvet-purple Coronet - Boissonneaua jardini
Lesser Violetear - Colibri cyanotus
Brown Violetear - Colibri delphinae
Fawn-breasted Brilliant - Heliodoxa rubinoides
White-booted Racket-tail - Ocreatus underwoodii
Purple-throated Woodstar - Philodice mitchellii
Andean Emerald - Uranomitra franciae
Purple-bibbed Whitetip - Urosticte benjamini

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Golden-headed Quetzal - Pharomachrus auriceps
Masked Trogon - Trogon personatus

Toucan Barbet ( Semnornithidae )
Toucan Barbet - Semnornis ramphastinus

Toucans ( Ramphastidae )
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan - Andigena laminirostris
Crimson-rumped Toucanet - Aulacorhynchus haematopygus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Guayaquil Woodpecker - Campephilus gayaquilensis

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Montane Woodcreeper - Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
South American Leaftosser - Sclerurus obscurior
Azara's Spinetail - Synallaxis azarae

Antthrushes and Antpittas ( Formicaridae )
Rufous-breasted Antthrush - Formicarius rufipectus

Antbirds ( Thamnophilidae )
Streak-headed Antbird - Drymophila striaticeps
Uniform Antshrike - Thamnophilus unicolor

Tapaculo ( Rhinocryptidae )
Spillman's Tapaculo - Scytalopus spillmanni

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Scaled Fruiteater - Ampelioides tschudii
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Contopus cooperi
Smoke-colored Pewee - Contopus fumigatus
White-tailed Tyrannulet - Mecocerculus poecilocercus
Streak-necked Flycatcher - Mionectes striaticollis
Golden-bellied Flycatcher - Myiodynastes hemichrysus
Ornate Flycatcher - Myiotriccus ornatus
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus

Cotingas ( Cotingidae )
Andean Cock-of-the-rock - Rupicola peruvianus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Blue-and-white Swallow - Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Andean Solitaire - Myadestes ralloides

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Chivi Vireo - Vireo chivi
Brown-capped Vireo - Vireo leucophrys

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Three-striped Warbler - Basileuterus tristriatus
Slate-throated Redstart - Myioborus miniatus

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus notabilis
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus
Masked Flowerpiercer - Diglossa cyanea
Orange-bellied Euphonia - Euphonia xanthogaster
White-winged Tanager - Piranga leucoptera
Yellow-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila nigricollis
Golden Tanager - Tangara arthus
Metallic-green Tanager - Tangara labradorides
Beryl-spangled Tanager - Tangara nigroviridis
Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
White-winged Brushfinch - Atlapetes leucopterus
Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis


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