Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Milpe Bird Sanctuary - Ecuador

The afternoons of March 18 and 19, 2022, I visited the Milpe Bird Sanctuary outside of Mindo, Ecuador, at an elevation of about 3,772 feet. They have a covered area where they serve lunch with close observation of several different hummingbird feeders and a large branch to which halved bananas are impaled to attract birds. I did not see the number or variety of birds that I saw at the Mashpi Amagusa Reserve, but saw some spectacular birds there that I did not see in Mashpi.
I saw 20 species of birds, including 6 species of hummingbird (the green-crowned brilliant, velvet-purple coronet, white-necked Jacobin, rufous-tailed hummingbird, crowned woodnymph and green thorntail); 3 species of toucan (Choco toucan, collared aracari and chestnut-madibled toucan), blue-gray tanagers, palm tanagers, a green honeycreeper, bananaquit, and a crested guan.

Blue-Gray Tanager

Chestnut-mandibled toucan

Choco toucan

Collared or pale-mandibled toucan

Crested guan

Crowned woodnymph

Flame-rumped tanager

Golden-naped tanager

Golden tanager

Green honeycreeper

Green thorntail

Green-crowned brilliant

Palm tanager

Red-tailed squirrel

Velvet purple coronet

White-necked Jacobin

1 comment:

  1. Seeing the three toucans and numerous hummingbirds together and being able to clearly see the differences is really interesting.