Trip report: Northwest Ecuador, In Search of Chocó Endemics (July 2012) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Andrés Vásquez. This was a set departure tour.

Once again the immensely diverse humid Choco EBA (Endemic Bird Area) opened its doors to one of the most bird-endemic-rich locations in mainland South America. We always put special effort into finding the endemics of this globally important bioregion, and at the end this time we registered nearly 500 species in 12 days on the main tour, which included over 40 of the endemics. Nearly 40 further species were added in a 3-day extension to the high Andes and an Oilbird cave, which included Andean Condors, Oilbirds, and Black-faced Ibis as standouts.

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