¡Voy a Ecuador!

2010 January 20
by David J. Ringer
Sword-billed Hummingbird

Sword-billed Hummingbird by kookr

VICKSBURG, MISS. — You see a brightly colored bird. The colors and patterns are impossible — but you’re trying hard to memorize them (blue crown? auriculars? green?) so you can put a name to the fantastical bird when you get back to your field guide.

It’s a dream. We all have them.

Either that, or you’re getting ready for a trip to Ecuador.

In my case, happily, it’s the latter! Mike Bergin and I have been invited to spend four glorious days birding in Ecuador as guests of Renato Espinoza and Paola Cevallos, owners of Pululahua Hostal.

In terms of species diversity, South America is the planet’s birdiest continent, and Ecuador is the birdiest of them all. For its size, its avifauna is staggeringly speciose; the list exceeds 1600 species. Peru, Colombia, and Brazil all have more species, but they are also many times the size of Ecuador.

There’s no way for me to learn all the species we may encounter before we go, so we’re going to try the immersion approach. And if I drown in a sea of tanagers, hummingbirds, tapaculos, and tinamous, well … there are far worse fates indeed.

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6 Responses
  1. Nancy permalink
    January 21, 2010

    Sounds great! Have a wonderful trip!

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  3. January 21, 2010

    ¿Te acompaño adentro de tus maletas?

  4. Janet Crowell permalink
    January 21, 2010

    David, That is truly awesome. I am so happy for you.

  5. January 22, 2010

    What a great opportunity. Have a fantastic trip!

  6. January 22, 2010

    By the time you wake up from this dream you will be landing at Quito International Airport and we will be there to continue your dream…

    Seee you tonight and we will birding tomorrow at 10500 ft where we are sure to find the Sword-billed Hummingbird you have been dreaming of!


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