Birding (or birdwatching) in Mindo Ecuador

Mindo is one of the best places in the world for birding. Bird watching is an activity to observe birds with the eyes in their living environments for fun or purposes of scientific studies. The use of glasses, telescopes or binoculars often proves indispensable. Some birders see birdwatching as passion or practice it for recreational reasons.

This activity includes the study of the behavior of many species of birds, monitoring of protected species individuals, population monitoring and migration. If bird watching is a university science, the weight of the fans in this area remains important since there is a network of observers which often brings significant success.

Birding is an activity that can be done during the whole year. To practice this hobby you will need essential binoculars and guide recognition. Bird watching embodies much knowledge: distinguish singing, to recognize the shape of the bird in flight or posed, have notions about its behavior and its biology. A phenomenon that allows observing the most unusual species is migrating. Many birds are moving to breed, to look for food and to win harsh environment. Thanks to this it is possible to observe, in addition to migratory birds (which do not migrate), the migration, ie the species that are migrating and which are located in that area only in passing.

The Cock-of-the-rock or cliff birds (Rupicola) are a genus of the family of jewelry birds (Cotingidae), found in Mindo.  Rock roosters have a squat figure and extremely sturdy feet. The males have a very bright plumage with a broad fan-shaped tuft which extends over the head and beak almost completely covered. The female birds are less conspicuously colored, the cropping is much smaller.

In the males of the Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) the top of the head and neck are shimmering black. Black background vertices from extended spring are contrasting with a white eye stripe. In females, the elongated feathers are missing. The sides of the head, chest and throat are blue-gray. The top has a dark brown and the rump is yellowish. The wings are dark bluish gray and brown. The underside is yellowish gray and reddish discoloration on the chest and abdomen. The short tail is blue-gray. The beak is bright yellow with a dark tip. The legs are green, red-brown eyes. Your reputation that couples usually perform a duet is antiphonal (alternating vocals).

The Swainson’s Toucan or Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii), is an indigenous to Central and South America from the family of toucans. He belongs to the genus Ramphastos and was first described in 1833 by John Gould. It owes its name to the English ornithologist William Swainson.

The Violet-tailed sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) is amazingly beautiful species of hummingbirds (Trochilidae family) present in Mindo, Ecuador.

So if you are an experienced birder or just an amateur contact us for lodging in Las Terrazas de Dana. We can organize your birding tours with the best bird guides of Mindo and other activities separately or in a complete package.

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