In partnership with Tropical Birding Tours, we invite you to join the ABA Ecuador Birding Bash!
Ecuador is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, with an enormous bird list of 1600+ species despite being only about the size of Colorado. The reason for this extreme number is that Ecuador sits in the tropics, right on the equator (the country name is the Spanish word for equator), and contains a huge variety of habitats and birding areas. Its most prominent geological feature is the Andes, which form a central spine down the country. The Andes will be the focus of the Birding Bash, and there will be a variety of extensions available throughout Ecuador before and after.
The main event is ten days long and covers some of the most famous birding sites in the Andes of Ecuador, including the lush cloudforests of the legendary Tandayapa Valley and the dramatic high-mountain sites of Papallacta and Antisana where Andean Condors roam effortlessly on the wing. A variety of other superb locations feature, where hummingbird feeders attract a dizzying variety of shimmering species, and well-stocked fruit tables can attract anything from toucans to tanagers. If you only ever come to Ecuador once, this is a tour that will satisfy that hunger. This tour is open to birders of all levels, from first-timers to seasoned experts, and there will be photography-focused groups as well.
When: July 14–23, 2021
Where: Quito, Equador
How Much: $3490
Single Supplement: $560.00
Sword-billed Hummingbird has the longest bill to body size of any bird on Earth Pablo Cervantes D
Antisana is home to the largest number of Andean Condors in Ecuador (Sam Woods)
The snow-capped peak of Antisana is breathtaking on a clear day Nick Athanas
A dazzling Crowned Woodnymph waits patiently beside the feeders at Milpe Pablo Cervantes D
We’ll visit a display site of the stunning Andean Cock-of-the-rock Nick Athanas
5 species of toucan are possible on this trip Pablo Cervantes D
The tower at Sani Lodge (on the Amazon Photo extension) offers eye-level shots of amazing birds like Green-backed Trogon Nick Athanas
Toucan Barbet is a specialty of the region Nick Athanas
The Southern Ecuador extensions should get the iconic Jocotoco Antpitta Nick Athanas
The feeders in the temperate forest of Yanacocha attract Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers Nick Athanas