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Chapter 2 - The North West Starting in Quito as its gateway, the Northwest of Ecuador offers access to a great number of resorts, lodges and hotels, many private reserves and to some of the protected areas run by the Ecuadorian Government...Read More
Chapter 6 - The Southwest The Coast and Coastal Cordillera that begins in northern Manabí Province of Southern Ecuador shares many of the range-restricted species also found in northern Perú. Many of the birding sites in the Southwest are easily accessible...Read More
Chapter 3 - The Extreme North Starting in Quito the extreme northern Ecuadorian habitats share many range restricted species with Southern Colombia. Internal Colombian security issues had always been a factor to discourage visitors to many of the unique birding sites in the extreme Northern Ecuador...Read More
Chapter 4 - The Northeast Starting in Quito as its gateway, the Northeast of Ecuador offers access to a great number of resorts, lodges, hotels, and many private reserves as well as to some of the protected areas run by the Ecuadorian Government...Read More
Chapter 5 - Southern Andes Starting with Cuenca or Loja as gateways, the Southern Andes offer access to some of the protected areas run by the Ecuadorian Government. The last decade has also seen the establishment of several private reserves and newer resorts, lodges...Read More
Chapter 7 - Galapagos Islands Despite the fact that the Galapagos Islands are relatively impoverished in bird species when compared with Ecuadorian mainland standards, the islands hold more than four times the endemic bird species that can be encountered on continental Ecuadorian territory...Read More

It has been more than 10 years since the last bird finding guides for Ecuador were published. Some of these books were my constant traveling companions in the long, rewarding and still ongoing learning process of the Ecuadorian avifauna. Since their publication many things have changed for the good of the Ecuadorian birdlife. There are increasing numbers of private reserves that have been established by nature and bird lovers, as well as the formation of many foundations for the conservation of the wildlife in Ecuador, one of which includes the formation of the Jocotoco Foundation in 1998.The publication of the master piece A Field Guide to the Birds of Ecuador, by Ridgely and Greenfield brought increasing interest from the international birding community and the opportunity to set deep roots for the newly rising Ecuadorian birding community. This has brought me to the conclusion that this is the right moment to publish a tool that could share most of the useful information needed to travel and look for birds in Ecuador.

The avian richness of the country accounts for over 1660 species including those encountered in the Galápagos Islands. The mainland or continental species are 1621 from which 7 are endemic species unique to Ecuador. This avian richness makes Ecuador the fourth country in the world in numbers of bird species following only Colombia, Brazil and Peru. I hope this information will allow you to enjoy your birding tour of our wonderful country and its birds.

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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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