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Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca, Ecuador (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca, Ecuador

Map of Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca, Ecuador

Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus) Pearled Treerunner (Margarornis squamiger) Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex) Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca fumicolor) Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami) Grass Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)




8/2/2023: The previous night, I made the mistake of booking a hotel too close to the highway, and the sound of traffic throughout the night was not fun. In the morning, we were heading up the mountain to look for the Spectacled Bear and the Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. The seedsnipe has been a nemesis of mine as I missed it in several attempts in Chile.

Anyway, we arrived at the mountain, and it was very foggy and also very windy. We walked around freezing and getting wet (and barely not getting lost in the fog) for awhile, but there was no chance that we could find the seedsnipe in those conditions.

Later in the day, we decided to give it another try in case the fog might clear. The fog did not clear however, and we were walking around again in the miserable conditions. I was watching my feet as to not trip over the paramo when I looked ahead to where the guide was walking. Just as I looked up, he flushed a seedsnipe!

Later, we headed over to the Papallacta side to look for tapirs. It was raining there too. Then, I missed my bus by 5 minutes. The guide was nice enough to drive me to Baeza.


Previous Visit (Yanacocha: 8/1/2023)
Next Visit (Baeza: 8/3/2023)

Species Recorded (34)

Birds ( 34 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus

Antpittas ( Grallariidae )
Tawny Antpitta - Grallaria quitensis

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Yellow-billed Pintail - Anas georgica

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Andean Condor - Vultur gryphus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle - Geranoaetus melanoleucus
Variable Hawk - Geranoaetus polyosoma

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Carunculated Caracara - Daptrius carunculatus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Andean Gull - Chroicocephalus serranus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Black-winged Ground Dove - Metriopelia melanoptera

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Shining Sunbeam - Aglaeactis cupripennis
Buff-winged Starfrontlet - Coeligena lutetiae
Viridian Metaltail - Metallura williami
Great Sapphirewing - Pterophanes cyanopterus

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Chestnut-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes albidiventris
Pearled Treerunner - Margarornis squamiger

Tapaculo ( Rhinocryptidae )
Paramo Tapaculo - Scytalopus opacus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Red-crested Cotinga - Ampelion rubrocristatus
White-throated Tyrannulet - Mecocerculus leucophrys
White-banded Tyrannulet - Mecocerculus stictopterus
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant - Ochthoeca fumicolor
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant - Ochthoeca rufipectoralis

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Grass Wren - Cistothorus platensis
House Wren - Troglodytes aedon

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Great Thrush - Turdus fuscater

( Thinocoridae )
Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe - Attagis gayi

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Spectacled Redstart - Myioborus melanocephalus

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus igniventris
Cinereous Conebill - Conirostrum cinereum
Masked Flowerpiercer - Diglossa cyanea
Black Flowerpiercer - Diglossa humeralis
Glossy Flowerpiercer - Diglossa lafresnayii
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch - Geospizopsis unicolor
Golden-crowned Tanager - Iridosornis rufivertex

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis


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