Ecuador 1993 Species List

This is a list of species observed during my visit to Ecuador over the period January 22 - February 6, 1993 on a 14 day birding tour with Field Guides, Inc. led by Rose Ann and John Rowlett. The trip covered the Amazon Basin and the east slope of the Andes. We started at La Selva Jungle Lodge on the Rio Napo and made our way up the east slope of the Andes to Quito via Coca, Tena, Baeza, and Papallacta Pass.

Definitions of abbreviations used are as follows:


Life species or life family


Heard only


Seen poorly by me (but identified either by myself or others)

Bird names (and order) are per The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, Sixth Edition by James F. Clements (2007). Each common and scientific name is a link to a Google image search for that name. This provides a quick way to find images of each species (if Google's search can find them on the web).


Great Tinamou

Tinamus major


Little Tinamou

Crypturellus soui


Undulated Tinamou

Crypturellus undulatus


Bartlett's Tinamou

Crypturellus bartletti




Anhinga anhinga



Capped Heron

Pilherodius pileatus


Cocoi Heron

Ardea cocoi

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


Striated Heron

Butorides striata


Rufescent Tiger-Heron

Tigrisoma lineatum


Zigzag Heron

Zebrilus undulatus



Torrent Duck

Merganetta armata


Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


Greater Yellow-headed Vulture

Cathartes melambrotus


King Vulture

Sarcoramphus papa



Pandion haliaetus


Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus

Pearl Kite

Gampsonyx swainsonii

Plumbeous Kite

Ictinia plumbea



Tiny Hawk

Accipiter superciliosus


Bicolored Hawk

Accipiter bicolor


Slate-colored Hawk

Leucopternis schistaceus

Roadside Hawk

Buteo magnirostris

Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus


Puna Hawk

Buteo poecilochrous


Black Hawk-Eagle

Spizaetus tyrannus



Black Caracara

Daptrius ater


Carunculated Caracara

Phalcoboenus carunculatus

Yellow-headed Caracara

Milvago chimachima

Laughing Falcon

Herpetotheres cachinnans


American Kestrel

Falco sparverius


Bat Falcon

Falco rufigularis



Speckled Chachalaca

Ortalis guttata


Spix's Guan

Penelope jacquacu


Blue-throated Piping-Guan

Pipile cumanensis

Wattled Guan

Aburria aburri



Sickle-winged Guan

Chamaepetes goudotii

Nocturnal Curassow

Nothocrax urumutum




Marbled Wood-Quail

Odontophorus gujanensis





Opisthocomus hoazin


Gray-winged Trumpeter

Psophia crepitans



Chestnut-headed Crake

Anurolimnas castaneiceps


Black-banded Crake

Anurolimnas fasciatus


Rufous-sided Crake

Laterallus melanophaius



Gray-necked Wood-Rail

Aramides cajanea

Paint-billed Crake

Neocrex erythrops


Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinica


Azure Gallinule

Porphyrio flavirostris


Wattled Jacana

Jacana jacana



Pied Lapwing

Vanellus cayanus

Southern Lapwing

Vanellus chilensis

Collared Plover

Charadrius collaris


Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca



Andean Gull

Larus serranus


Yellow-billed Tern

Sternula superciliaris

Large-billed Tern

Phaetusa simplex


Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata

Pale-vented Pigeon

Patagioenas cayennensis

Plumbeous Pigeon

Patagioenas plumbea


Ruddy Pigeon

Patagioenas subvinacea


Eared Dove

Zenaida auriculata

Ruddy Ground-Dove

Columbina talpacoti

Gray-fronted Dove

Leptotila rufaxilla


Sapphire Quail-Dove

Geotrygon saphirina


White-throated Quail-Dove

Geotrygon frenata


Ruddy Quail-Dove

Geotrygon montana



Blue-and-yellow Macaw

Ara ararauna

Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao


Chestnut-fronted Macaw

Ara severus

Red-bellied Macaw

Orthopsittaca manilata


White-eyed Parakeet

Aratinga leucophthalma


Dusky-headed Parakeet

Aratinga weddellii


Cobalt-winged Parakeet

Brotogeris cyanoptera


Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet

Touit huetii

Spot-winged Parrotlet

Touit stictopterus



Black-headed Parrot

Pionites melanocephalus


Orange-cheeked Parrot

Pionopsitta barrabandi


Blue-headed Parrot

Pionus menstruus


Speckle-faced Parrot

Pionus tumultuosus


Yellow-crowned Parrot

Amazona ochrocephala

Orange-winged Parrot

Amazona amazonica

Scaly-naped Parrot

Amazona mercenaria

Mealy Parrot

Amazona farinosa


Squirrel Cuckoo

Piaya cayana

Greater Ani

Crotophaga major

Smooth-billed Ani

Crotophaga ani


Tropical Screech-Owl

Megascops choliba



Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl

Megascops watsonii


Rufous-banded Owl

Ciccaba albitarsis

Crested Owl

Lophostrix cristata


Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium brasilianum



Long-tailed Potoo

Nyctibius aethereus

Andean Potoo

Nyctibius maculosus


Common Potoo

Nyctibius griseus




Rufous-bellied Nighthawk

Lurocalis rufiventris


Sand-colored Nighthawk

Chordeiles rupestris


Nyctidromus albicollis


Band-winged Nightjar

Caprimulgus longirostris


Ladder-tailed Nightjar

Hydropsalis climacocerca



Chestnut-collared Swift

Streptoprocne rutila

White-collared Swift

Streptoprocne zonaris


Gray-rumped Swift

Chaetura cinereiventris

Short-tailed Swift

Chaeture brachyura

Fork-tailed Palm-Swift

Tachornis squamata

Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift

Panyptila cayennensis



White-tipped Sicklebill

Eutoxeres aquila

Rufous-breasted Hermit

Glaucis hirsutus



White-bearded Hermit

Phaethornis hispidus


Great-billed Hermit

Phaethornis malaris

Formerly Long-tailed Hermit

Black-throated Hermit

Phaethornis atrimentalis

Formerly Little Hermit before split


Gray-chinned Hermit

Phaethornis griseogularis

Napo Sabrewing

Campylopterus villaviscensio


White-necked Jacobin

Florisuga mellivora



Sparkling Violet-ear

Colibri coruscans

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Klais guimeti


Wire-crested Thorntail

Popelairia popelairii

Fork-tailed Woodnymph

Thalurania furcata


Olive-spotted Hummingbird

Leucippus chlorocercus


Many-spotted Hummingbird

Leucippus hypostictus


Glittering-throated Emerald

Polyerata fimbriata


Speckled Hummingbird

Adelomyia melanogenys


White-tailed Hillstar

Urochroa bougueri


Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Boissonneaua matthewsii


Shining Sunbeam

Aglaeactis cupripennis


Mountain Velvetbreast

Lafresnaya lafresnayi


Bronzy Inca

Coeligena coeligena


Collared Inca

Coeligena torquata

Great Sapphirewing

Pterophanes cyanopterus



Booted Racket-tail

Ocreatus underwoodii


Long-tailed Sylph

Aglaiocercus kingi


Black-eared Fairy

Heliothryx auritus


Amethyst Woodstar

Calliphlox amethystina


White-tailed Trogon

Trogon viridis

Black-tailed Trogon

Trogon melanurus



Crested Quetzal

Pharomachrus antisianus


Golden-headed Quetzal

Pharomachrus auriceps


Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquatus


Amazon Kingfisher

Chloroceryle amazona


Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana


Green-and-rufous Kingfisher

Chloroceryle inda


American Pygmy Kingfisher

Chloroceryle aenea


Blue-crowned Motmot

Momotus momota

Rufous Motmot

Baryphthengus martii



White-eared Jacamar

Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis


Coppery-chested Jacamar

Galbula pastazae

Purplish Jacamar

Galbula chalcothorax




Collared Puffbird

Bucco capensis


White-chested Puffbird

Malacoptila fusca


Black-fronted Nunbird

Monasa nigrifrons

White-fronted Nunbird

Monasa morphoeus


Yellow-billed Nunbird

Monasa flavirostris



Chelidoptera tenebrosa



Scarlet-crowned Barbet

Capito aurovirens


Gilded Barbet

Capito auratus

Formerly Black-spotted Barbet

Red-headed Barbet

Eubucco bourcierii



Andean Toucanet

Aulacorhynchus albivitta

Formerly Emerald Toucanet


Golden-collared Toucanet

Selenidera reinwardtii

Lettered Aracari

Pteroglossus inscriptus


Ivory-billed Aracari

Pteroglossus azara


Chestnut-eared Aracari

Pteroglossus castanotis


Many-banded Aracari

Pteroglossus pluricinctus

Channel-billed Toucan

Ramphastos vitellinus

Formerly Yellow-ridged Toucan


Red-billed Toucan

Ramphastos tucanus

Formerly Cuvier's Toucan



Lafresnaye's Piculet

Picumnus lafresnayi


Rufous-breasted Piculet

Picumnus rufiventris


Yellow-tufted Woodpecker

Melanerpes cruentatus


Yellow-vented Woodpecker

Veniliornis dignus


Bar-bellied Woodpecker

Veniliornis nigriceps

Smoky-brown Woodpecker

Veniliornis fumigatus


Little Woodpecker

Veniliornis passerinus


Crimson-mantled Woodpecker

Piculus rivolii


Spot-breasted Woodpecker

Colaptes punctigula


Scaly-breasted Woodpecker

Celeus grammicus

Chestnut Woodpecker

Celeus elegans


Cream-colored Woodpecker

Celeus flavus

Lineated Woodpecker

Dryocopus lineatus

Powerful Woodpecker

Campephilus pollens



Crimson-crested Woodpecker

Campephilus melanoleucos



Bar-winged Cinclodes

Cinclodes fuscus

Lesser Hornero

Furnarius minor



Azara's Spinetail

Synallaxis azarae


Dark-breasted Spinetail

Synallaxis albigularis


White-bellied Spinetail

Synallaxis propinqua


Parker's Spinetail

Cranioleuca vulpecula

Formerly Rusty-backed Spinetail


Plain Softtail

Thripophaga fusciceps


Orange-fronted Plushcrown

Metopothrix aurantiaca


Pearled Treerunner

Margarornis squamiger

Point-tailed Palmcreeper

Berlepschia rikeri



Montane Foliage-gleaner

Anabacerthia striaticollis

Striped Woodhaunter

Hyloctistes subulatus

Black-billed Treehunter

Thripadectes melanorhynchus

Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner

Automolus melanopezus


Black-tailed Leaftosser

Sclerurus caudacutus



Rufous-tailed Xenops

Xenops milleri

Streaked Xenops

Xenops rutilans

Olivaceous Woodcreeper

Sittasomus griseicapillus

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Glyphorynchus spirurus


Long-billed Woodcreeper

Nasica longirostris


Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper

Dendrexetastes rufigula


Ocellated Woodcreeper

Xiphorhynchus ocellatus


Olive-backed Woodcreeper

Xiphorhynchus triangularis


Lineated Woodcreeper

Lepidocolaptes albolineatus


Montane Woodcreeper

Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger

Formerly Spot-crowned Woodcreeper


Fasciated Antshrike

Cymbilaimus lineatus


Undulated Antshrike

Frederickena unduligera

Great Antshrike

Taraba major



Lined Antshrike

Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus


Castelnau's Antshrike

Thamnophilus cryptoleucus

Plain-winged Antshrike

Thamnophilus schistaceus



Black Bushbird

Neoctantes niger

Dusky-throated Antshrike

Thamnomanes ardesiacus


Cinereous Antshrike

Thamnomanes caesius

Pygmy Antwren

Myrmotherula brachyura



Plain-throated Antwren

Myrmotherula hauxwelli


White-flanked Antwren

Myrmotherula axillaris


Long-tailed Antbird

Drymophila caudata


Rufous-rumped Antwren

Terenura callinota

Blackish Antbird

Cercomacra nigrescens


Black Antbird

Cercomacra serva



Gray Antbird

Cercomacra cinerascens

White-backed Fire-eye

Pyriglena leuconota



Black-faced Antbird

Myrmoborus myotherinus


Warbling Antbird

Hypocnemis cantator


Silvered Antbird

Sclateria naevia


Plumbeous Antbird

Myrmeciza hyperythra


White-shouldered Antbird

Myrmeciza melanoceps


Spot-backed Antbird

Hylophylax naevius


Dot-backed Antbird

Hylophylax punctulatus


Scale-backed Antbird

Hylophylax poecilinotus


Hairy-crested Antbird

Rhegmatorhina melanosticta


Rufous-capped Antthrush

Formicarius colma


Black-faced Antthrush

Formicarius analis


Rufous-breasted Antthrush

Formicarius rufipectus



Striated Antthrush

Chamaeza nobilis


White-lored Antpitta

Hylopezus fulviventris

Thrush-like Antpitta

Myrmothera campanisona



Tawny Antpitta

Grallaria quitensis

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta

Grallaria ruficapilla


White-bellied Antpitta

Grallaria hypoleuca



Red-crested Cotinga

Ampelion rubrocristatus


Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater

Pipreola frontalis


Fiery-throated Fruiteater

Pipreola chlorolepidota


White-browed Purpletuft

Iodopleura isabellae


Screaming Piha

Lipaugus vociferans


Purple-throated Cotinga

Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema


Plum-throated Cotinga

Cotinga maynana


Spangled Cotinga

Cotinga cayana


Bare-necked Fruitcrow

Gymnoderus foetidus


Amazonian Umbrellabird

Cephalopterus ornatus



Wire-tailed Manakin

Pipra filicauda

Golden-headed Manakin

Pipra erythrocephala


Blue-crowned Manakin

Lepidothrix coronata

Blue-rumped Manakin

Lepidothrix isidorei


Blue-backed Manakin

Chiroxiphia pareola


Golden-winged Manakin

Masius chrysopterus

White-bearded Manakin

Manacus manacus


Orange-crested Manakin

Heterocercus aurantiivertex


Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin

Tyranneutes stolzmanni



Rough-legged Tyrannulet

Phyllomyias burmeisteri

Formerly White-fronted Tyrannulet


Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet

Tyrannulus elatus

Forest Elaenia

Myiopagis gaimardii


Gray Elaenia

Myiopagis caniceps


White-crested Elaenia

Elaenia albiceps


Mottle-backed Elaenia

Elaenia gigas


White-tailed Tyrannulet

Mecocerculus poecilocercus


White-banded Tyrannulet

Mecocerculus stictopterus

Torrent Tyrannulet

Serpophaga cinerea


River Tyrannulet

Serpophaga hypoleuca


Yellow Tyrannulet

Capsiempis flaveola


Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant

Stigmatura napensis


Golden-faced Tyrannulet

Zimmerius chrysops


Ecuadorian Tyrannulet

Phylloscartes gualaquizae


Variegated Bristle-Tyrant

Pogonotriccus poecilotis


Ornate Flycatcher

Myiotriccus ornatus


Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant

Poecilotriccus ruficeps


Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher

Poecilotriccus calopterus

Common Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum cinereum


Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum


Handsome Flycatcher

Myiophobus pulcher


Olive-chested Flycatcher

Myiophobus cryptoxanthus


Cinnamon Flycatcher

Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus

Cliff Flycatcher

Hirundinea ferruginea



Fuscous Flycatcher

Cnemotriccus fuscatus

Alder Flycatcher

Empidonax alnorum

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus cooperi


Smoke-colored Pewee

Contopus fumigatus


Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

Tropical Pewee

Contopus cinereus


Blackish Pewee

Contopus nigrescens

Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans


Drab Water-Tyrant

Ochthornis littoralis


Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant

Cnemarchus erythropygius

Long-tailed Tyrant

Colonia colonus

Piratic Flycatcher

Legatus leucophaius

Social Flycatcher

Myiozetetes similis

Gray-capped Flycatcher

Myiozetetes granadensis

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus


Lesser Kiskadee

Philohydor lictor


Lemon-browed Flycatcher

Conopias cinchoneti

Streaked Flycatcher

Myiodynastes maculatus


Boat-billed Flycatcher

Megarynchus pitangua

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus


Grayish Mourner

Rhytipterna simplex



Sirystes sibilator

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Myiarchus tuberculifer



Short-crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus ferox


Cinnamon Attila

Attila cinnamomeus

Bright-rumped Attila

Attila spadiceus

Masked Tityra

Tityra semifasciata

Black-tailed Tityra

Tityra cayana

White-winged Becard

Pachyramphus polychopterus


Black-capped Becard

Pachyramphus marginatus


Black-and-white Becard

Pachyramphus albogriseus



Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Sand Martin

White-winged Swallow

Tachycineta albiventer

Brown-chested Martin

Progne tapera


Brown-bellied Swallow

Notiochelidon murina

Blue-and-white Swallow

Notiochelidon cyanoleuca


White-banded Swallow

Atticora fasciata


White-thighed Swallow

Neochelidon tibialis

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx ruficollis

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica



White-capped Dipper

Cinclus leucocephalus



Black-capped Donacobius

Donacobius atricapilla


Thrush-like Wren

Campylorhynchus turdinus


Gray-mantled Wren

Odontorchilus branickii


Plain-tailed Wren

Thryothorus euophrys


Coraya Wren

Thryothorus coraya


Buff-breasted Wren

Thryothorus leucotis

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon



Mountain Wren

Troglodytes solstitialis

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren

Henicorhina leucophrys


Scaly-breasted Wren

Microcerculus marginatus


Formerly Southern Nightingale-Wren


Wing-banded Wren

Microcerculus bambla



Andean Solitaire

Myadestes ralloides

Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus


Pale-eyed Thrush

Platycichla leucops


Great Thrush

Turdus fuscater


Black-billed Thrush

Turdus ignobilis


Lawrence's Thrush

Turdus lawrencii

White-necked Thrush

Turdus albicollis




Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas


Violaceous Jay

Cyanocorax violaceus

Turquoise Jay

Cyanolyca turcosa




Brown-capped Vireo

Vireo leucophrys

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus


Rufous-naped Greenlet

Hylophilus semibrunneus


Olivaceous Greenlet

Hylophilus olivaceus


Black-billed Peppershrike

Cyclarhis nigrirostris


Thick-billed Euphonia

Euphonia laniirostris


Golden-rumped Euphonia

Euphonia cyanocephala


Bronze-green Euphonia

Euphonia mesochrysa


Orange-bellied Euphonia

Euphonia xanthogaster


Rufous-bellied Euphonia

Euphonia rufiventris


Hooded Siskin

Carduelis magellanica


Olivaceous Siskin

Carduelis olivacea


Tropical Parula

Parula pitiayumi

Blackburnian Warbler

Dendroica fusca

Blackpoll Warbler

Dendroica striata


Canada Warbler

Wilsonia canadensis

Slate-throated Redstart

Myioborus miniatus


Spectacled Redstart

Myioborus melanocephalus


Black-crested Warbler

Basileuterus nigrocristatus

Three-striped Warbler

Basileuterus tristriatus



Coereba flaveola


Capped Conebill

Conirostrum albifrons



Magpie Tanager

Cissopis leverianus


White-capped Tanager

Sericossypha albocristata


Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager

Chlorospingus flavigularis


Black-capped Hemispingus

Hemispingus atropileus


Orange-headed Tanager

Thlypopsis sordida


Yellow-backed Tanager

Hemithraupis flavicollis


Flame-crested Tanager

Tachyphonus cristatus

White-shouldered Tanager

Tachyphonus luctuosus


Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra


Masked Crimson Tanager

Ramphocelus nigrogularis

Silver-beaked Tanager

Ramphocelus carbo

Blue-gray Tanager

Thraupis episcopus

Palm Tanager

Thraupis palmarum

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager

Anisognathus igniventris



Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager

Anisognathus somptuosus

Yellow-throated Tanager

Iridosornis analis



Orange-eared Tanager

Chlorochrysa calliparaea

Turquoise Tanager

Tangara mexicana


Paradise Tanager

Tangara chilensis


Green-and-gold Tanager

Tangara schrankii


Golden Tanager

Tangara arthus


Golden-eared Tanager

Tangara chrysotis


Saffron-crowned Tanager

Tangara xanthocephala


Flame-faced Tanager

Tangara parzudakii


Spotted Tanager

Tangara punctata

Bay-headed Tanager

Tangara gyrola


Golden-naped Tanager

Tangara ruficervix


Blue-necked Tanager

Tangara cyanicollis


Masked Tanager

Tangara nigrocincta


Beryl-spangled Tanager

Tangara nigroviridis


Black-capped Tanager

Tangara heinei


Opal-crowned Tanager

Tangara callophrys


Black-faced Dacnis

Dacnis lineata

Green Honeycreeper

Chlorophanes spiza

Purple Honeycreeper

Cyanerpes caeruleus



Tersina viridis


Black-backed Bush-Tanager

Urothraupis stolzmanni


Plumbeous Sierra-Finch

Phrygilus unicolor


Variable Seedeater

Sporophila corvina


Black-and-white Seedeater

Sporophila luctuosa


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater

Sporophila castaneiventris


Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch

Oryzoborus angolensis

Formerly Lesser Seed-Finch

White-sided Flowerpiercer

Diglossa albilatera


Black Flowerpiercer

Diglossa humeralis



Deep-blue Flowerpiercer

Diglossopis glaucus


Masked Flowerpiercer

Diglossopis cyaneus

Red-capped Cardinal

Paroaria gularis

Orange-billed Sparrow

Arremon aurantiirostris



Yellow-browed Sparrow

Ammodramus aurifrons

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis


Grayish Saltator

Saltator coerulescens

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus



Red-breasted Blackbird

Sturnella militaris

Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis


Giant Cowbird

Molothrus oryzivorus


Moriche Oriole

Icterus chrysocephalus


Orange-backed Troupial

Icterus croconotus

Formerly Campo Oriole

Yellow-rumped Cacique

Cacicus cela

Scarlet-rumped Cacique

Cacicus uropygialis


Solitary Cacique

Cacicus solitarius


Russet-backed Oropendola

Psarocolius angustifrons

Crested Oropendola

Psarocolius decumanus


Green Oropendola

Psarocolius viridis


Amazonian Oropendola

Gymnostinops bifasciatus


Oriole Blackbird

Gymnomystax mexicanus

439 species, 53 families, 268 life birds, 1 life family

Alan Wight
Sonoma County, California