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Birds of Ecuador: 121+ Birds You Can See on Mainland Ecuador

Are you interested in the birds of Ecuador? You’ll be happy to know that Ecuador is home to over 1600 species of birds! In this post, we’ll share 121 birds of Ecuador you could see on the mainland.

Birds of Ecuador Black cheeked Woodpecker

Did you know that there are twice as many bird species in Ecuador than any one of the continents of North America, Australia, or Europe? Let’s take a look at some of them now.

Birds of Ecuador: 121 Birds You Could See on Mainland Ecuador

A great way to see a large number of birds is on our Tumbesian Region bird-watching package (14 day / 13 night stay).

On this adventure you’ll travel from the coast to the Andes and have the chance to see between 450 to 500 species! Because of the number of habitats visited, this trip gives you the highest number of possible species sightings of all our bird-watching packages.

Let’s get started by looking at a list of 121 birds of Ecuador that you are likely to see on this adventure:

  1. Ecuadorian Ground-Dove

    Pacific Hornero birds of Ecuador

    Pacific Hornero

  2. Croaking Ground-Dove
  3. Gray-cheeked Parakeet
  4. Pacific Parrotlet
  5. Pacific Pygmy-Owl
  6. Ecuadorian Trogon
  7. Blue-crowned Motmot
  8. Streak-headed Woodcreeper
  9. Yellow-olive Flatbill
  10. Bran-colored Flycatcher
  11. Streaked Flycatcher
  12. Fasciated Wren
  13. Superciliated Wren
  14. Streaked Saltator
  15. Scrub Blackbird
  16. Ecuadorian Thrush
  17. Rufous-necked Wood-Rail
  18. Red-lored Amazon
  19. Mangrove Warbler
  20. Great-tailed Grackle
  21. Striated Heron

    Amazilia Hummingbird. Photo by Su Neko

  22. Snail Kite
  23. Northern-crested Caracara
  24. Eared Dove
  25. Striped Cuckoo
  26. Pacific Hornero
  27. Amazilia Hummingbird
  28. Golden-olive Woodpecker
  29. Lineated Woodpecker
  30. Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  31. Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant
  32. Common Tody-Flycatcher
  33. Chestnut-throated Seedeater
  34. El Oro Parakeet
  35. El Oro Tapaculo
  36. Long wattled umbrellabird
  37. Club winged Manakin
  38. Song wren
  39. Rufous headed Chachalaca
  40. Black-cheeked Woodpecker
  41. Ochraceous Attila
  42. Cinnamon Becard

    Ecuador birds el oro parakeet

    El Oro Parakeet

  43. Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  44. Buff-throated Saltator
  45. White-whiskered Puffbird
  46. Speckle-breasted Wren
  47. Pacific Royal-Flycatcher
  48. Yellow-tufted Dacnis
  49. Guira Tanager
  50. Orange-crowned Euphonia
  51. Gray Hawk
  52. Black-striped Sparrow
  53. Brownish Twistwing
  54. Watkins Antpitta
  55. Black cowled Saltator
  56. White tailed jay
  57. White edged oriole
  58. Henna hooded foliage gleaner
  59. Rufous necked foliage gleaner
  60. West Peruvian screech owl
  61. Red-masked Parakeet
  62. Black-billed Cuckoo (migrant, mainly April)

    black cheeked woodpecker birds of Ecuador

    Black-cheeked Woodpecker

  63. Tumbes Swift
  64. Gray-chinned Hermit
  65. Long-billed Starthroat
  66. Ecuadorian Piculet
  67. Scarlet-backed Woodpecker
  68. Guayaquil Woodpecker
  69. Blackish-headed Spinetail
  70. Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner
  71. Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner
  72. Red-billed Scythebill
  73. Collared Antshrike
  74. Tumbesian Tyrannulet
  75. Pacific Elaenia
  76. Tumbes Pewee
  77. Gray-breasted Flycatcher
  78. Sooty-crowned Flycatcher
  79. Slaty Becard
  80. White-tailed Jay
  81. Gray-and-gold Warbler
  82. Black-and-white Tanager (seasonal)

    Caracara birds of Ecuador

    Caracara. Photo by GringosAbroad

  83. Black-capped Sparrow
  84. White-edged Oriole
  85. Yellow-tailed Oriole
  86. Saffron Siskin
  87. Speckled Hummingbird
  88. Rainbow Starfrontlet
  89. Purple-throated Sunangel
  90. Line-cheeked Spinetail
  91. Blackish Tapaculo
  92. Silver-backed Tanager
  93. Golden plumed parakeet
  94. Bearded Guan
  95. Red faced parrot
  96. Chestnut bellied Cotinga
  97. West Peruvian Screech-Owl
  98. Stygian Owl
  99. Plumbeous Rail
  100. Jocotoco Antpitta
  101. White capped tanager
  102. White faced nunbird
  103. Blackish Rail
  104. Marañon Thrush

    Yellow tailed oriole Ecuador birds

    Yellow-tailed Oriole

  105. Tyrian Metaltail
  106. Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
  107. Mouse-colored Thistletail
  108. Rufous Antpitta
  109. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta
  110. Glossy Flowerpiercer
  111. Pale-naped Brush-Finch
  112. White breasted parakeet
  113. Coppery chested Jacamar
  114. Long-tailed Mockingbird
  115. Vermilion Flycatcher
  116. Thick-billed Euphonia
  117. Great Crested Flycatcher
  118. Northern Waterthrush
  119. Yellow Warbler
  120. Swainson’s Thrush
  121. Summer Tanager

Will You See More Than 121 Birds in Ecuador?

Are you excited yet? Remember, that the above list is made up of 121 birds of Ecuador that are commonly seen on this trip, there are hundreds more that you may also see.

Read more about hummingbirds in Ecuador

On this adventure you’ll explore the Tumbesian lowlands. This is considered as an Endemic Bird Area by BirdLife International due to its concentration of restricted-range birds, and its vegetation diversity. In this area, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of its 50+ endemic bird species.

121 Ecuador Birds Pacific Hornero

You’ll start off in Guayaquil exploring the Cerro Blanco reserve, and the mangrove estuary of Puerto Hondo where you could see: the Ecuadorian Ground-Dove, Croaking Ground-Dove, Gray-cheeked Parakeet, Pacific Parrotlet, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, Ecuadorian Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Yellow-olive Flatbill, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Fasciated Wren, Superciliated Wren, Streaked Saltator, Scrub Blackbird, Ecuadorian Thrush, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Red-lored Amazon, Mangrove Warbler, the Great-tailed Grackle, and more.

Each day will be spent birding through different habitats as you make your way to Quito in the Andes Mountains.

Your travels will take you through many habitats including:

  • Tropical Deciduous Forest
  • Mangrove Forest
  • Southwestern Lower Montane and Foothill Forest
  • Southwestern Middle Montane Forest
  • Andean Montane Scrub
  • Elfin Forest
  • Upper Montane Forest
  • Temperate Forest
  • Páramo Grassland

You’ll finish your trip at Quito’s Botanical Garden. This area is a temporary refuge for birds on their way to the eastern slope and lowlands.

Some of the birds spotted in the area are: the Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush and Summer Tanager.

121 Ecuador birds El Oro Parakeet

Read more about this exciting Ecuador birding trip here.

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  • Shan December 25, 2017, 8:06 am

    Amazing details you share the whole list of birds. Very interesting details thanks for sharing.


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