Yardbirds: Quito, Ecuador

Cumbaya is a relatively posh suburb located in the inter-Andean valley below Quito. It's warmer and drier down here than it is in the city, and while there's hardly any native vegetation left, there are ample stands of secondary forest, mainly Eucalyptus, as well as lush home gardens that support avian life. Our house has a nice variety of flowering plants, and there are a couple of feeders, both nectar and fruit, to attract birds. Across the street is a deep wooded ravine with ample ground cover, and the neighboring houses have several mature trees, including Jacaranda, Fig, and Acacia. The bird list includes birds I have seen around our yard, including across the street.

Bird list: Blue-and-White Swallow, Rufous-Collared Sparrow, Great Thrush, Sparkling Violetear, Western Emerald, Giant Hummingbird, Slate-Throated Whitestart, Southern Yellow Grosbeak, Eared Dove, Vermillion Flycatcher, Blue-and-Yellow Tanager, Scrub Tanager, American Kestrel, Black Vulture, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Streak-Throated Bush-Tyrant, White-Winged Brush-Finch, Hooded Siskin, White-Collared Swift, House Wren, Azara's Spinetail, Black-Tailed Trainbearer, Yellow-Bellied Seedeater, Cinerous Conebill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Recently (Feb) saw large olive colored bird on the grass at Hotel Quito. Had orange beak and was the size of mourning dove. I enjoy your wonderful pictures as I am trying to name it.

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