Birding in Ecuador

With its huge diversity, Ecuador is one of the best places in the world for bird watching, you can easily experience a wide range of habitats from the Andes to the coast, this is why its considered a mega-biodiverse country.

With over 1600 bird species among all regions, birdwatching in Ecuador is extremely rewarding, even for beginners as there is no need to book special tours and guides to see colorful birds.

It is impossible to say which area is the best among the many available, it depends on the individual interests, but we can name a few that are on the “Must-do” list

Cloud forest of Mindo

The cloud forest of Mindo is usually at the top of the Christmas Bird Count every year, it is considered one of the hotspots for birdwatching for its great diversity of species. It is home to the Cock-of-the-rock, but it is quite famous for its hummingbirds, with countless feeders around, the chances of spotting many are high. Among the species you can see in Mindo are: Emerald Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet, Collared Inca, and more

Amazon rainforest

The rainforest is a highly biodiverse area, where surrounded by incredible flora, you can see many toucans, parrots, macaws, quetzals, hoatzins and many more. As the rainforest is incredibly large, you might need a specialist guide to take you safely into the deepness of the forest and lead you into seeing as many species as possible.

Chocó Andino

This eco-region holds one of the most important hotspots for biodiversity, it has over 62 endemic bird species, in its habitats that are usually tropical and humid, some of the species you might find include: the Moss-backed Tanager, the Indigo Flowerpiercer, Beautiful Jay, Orange-breasted Fruiteater and Chocó Vireo.   


The high mountains are home to many iconic species, with the recent discovery of the Blue-throated Hillstar. The must-see highlight species is the Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world, and the giant hummingbird. Here you will also enjoy unsurpassable sceneries in the paramo grasslands.


While there are not many species to be seen in the Galapagos islands, they are quite unique, like the blue-footed boobies, Galapagos hawks, and Galapagos finches.

Travel with our Responsible Travel agents and let yourself be guided through the different habitats, discovering many incredible species.

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