Ecuador Bonus Trip: March 8–18, 2019
Ecuador is the size of the state of Georgia, yet 1,540 species of birds have been recorded in the country. Of these 133 are hummingbirds. On this Venture we'll travel across the Andes, seeing a dazzling display of tanagers, flycatchers and hummingbirds; over high, windswept pass to relict patches of polylepis forest for the endemic Black-breasted Puffleg (very rare); through Chocó cloudforest, where we hope to find such regional hummingbird endemics as Empress Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet; and lower elevation forest on the east slope where we should see Golden-tailed Sapphire, Wire-crested Thorntail and the dramatic Black-throated Brilliant. Our accommodation will be comfortable and convenient to the best birding spots across the Ecuadorian Andes. The food is excellent and the people very friendly. If you have never been to South America before, this trip to Ecuador will open your eyes to the beauty and diversity of hummingbirds in South America.
This trip is offered to the Carolina Bird Club by Ventures Birding Tours. For full details, see the detailed itinerary. Registration opens October 1. A registration form will be provided for download here on that date.