Birding Galapagos Islands

Birding Galapagos Islands
Birding for Conservation

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mindo Birding Capital of Ecuador and Yellow House

Without a doubt the town of Mindo is a perfect place to base birding trips for the northwest slopes of Ecuador.  This small town is filled with hostals, birding guides, and birding-tour-offers that one could spend more than a week birding around the many private and government reserves that surround the town.  For this reason we have chosen the Garzon Family and their Yellow House farm as our base for the tours on the nearby slopes.

This picture was taken by Mike Bergin of 1000birds and states that a protected forest assure the supply of water.

This welcoming place has five wonderful well marked trails that provide choice birding spots that overlook the town of Mindo.

The 200 hectares of forest protected by this family provide ample space to see a great variety of birds like the Streaked Flycatcher.

        The Masked Water-tyrant

The Common Potoo around the farm house:

The Mindo-Nambillo Gorvernment Reserve of 19,200 ha extends to the south east of Mindo providing a huge protected area for the birds in these lands.

Here are some of the most fascinating birds found around Mindo.

Black-and-White Hawk Eagle:

The Choco Tucan:

Golden-winged Manakin

And also humming birds like the White-necked Jacobin

The Green-crowened-Woodnymph

The Mindo area has won three consecutive years the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Download the 109th Christmas Bird count here.

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