Birding in Ecuador
Biodiversity is concentrated in Ecuador, one of the birdiest countries in the world. Although slightly smaller than Nevada, 1,638 bird species can be found in Ecuador, including 36 endemics; and many more regional endemics. The country straddles the equator, extending from 2 degrees north latitude to 5 degrees south. Ecuador is considered biologically megadiverse, resulting not only from its tropical location, but from its diverse topography. The Galapagos Islands, famous for unique wildlife, are 600 miles west of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean, and are a province of Ecuador.