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.

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  • Ecuador Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Ecuador Birding Hotspots

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Jococoto Antpitta. Photo provided by Jocotours of Ecuador.

The Discovery That Led to the Creation of Jocotoco

In November 1997, an incredible finding ignited a conservation movement. Twenty years later, its founders retell their stories and motivations. Today the Jocotoco Foundation owns 12 nature reserves throughout Ecuador, which protect 52,000 acres that are home to 900 bird species, including 55 endangered species. Learn how it all began!
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