Trip report: Ecuador, The Andes Introtour (Feb 2020) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Andres Vasquez.This was a set departure tour, and it included the High Andes extension.

The second Introtour of the year and the second one I had the pleasure to guide in a row. This was a great way for me to show you that every single time we run this itinerary only great fun can come out of it. This one, compared to the previous tour ran back in January had better luck in terms of weather and in terms of some rarities seen but not in terms of total numbers. This just proves that regardless of the conditions, the tour always delivers so much.

The absolute best bird we got was the ultra-rare BANDED GROUND-CUCKOO which for over 5 seconds (this is a lot considering this species’s habits) stayed completely exposed; read more in detail about this experience on the daily narrative section. Apart from this beast, we found plenty other superb birds like Torrent Ducks and White-capped Dipper in the Tandayapa Valley which is unusual, Plate-billed Mountain-Toucans, Toucan Barbets, a close-range display of the spectacular Lyre-tailed Nightjar, 42 species of hummingbirds, Tanager Finch, Black Solitaire, Indigo Flowerpiercer, 3 species of fruiteaters, and various dozens of tanagers. On the extension we got plenty of Andean Condors, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Andean Ibis, Cinereous Harrier, and the rare Andean Potoo as highlights.

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FULL Ecuador: The Andes Introtour February 2020 trip report (4 MB PDF)