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6.0 Introduction

The Southwest: The Coast and Coastal Cordillera.


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.  Much of the Tumbesian deciduous forests has been impacted due many human development activities, which have transformed it into a largely denuded landscape.  Fortunately during the last several years several private initiatives have focused on protecting some expanses of this fragile habitat. 

The rainy season extends from late December to early May but birding is good year round.


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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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