BIRDS OF SUMACO BIOSPHERE
The biodiversity of the slopes of the Andes have long been documented to be one of the highest in the world. The Sumaco Biosphere was setup as a biosphere by the UNESCO in 2002 to protect 931,000 hectares ranging n altitude from 400 to 3900 m.a.s.l. This is the fourth biosphere in Ecuador making this park at similar importance as Yasuni and Galapagos, and Podocarpus.
It is also a very important area for bird diversity and has an impressive list of 224 specialties where the common birds have been removed. You can find this list here. The more complete list of birds can be found on WildSumaco web site.
The Chestnut-fronted Macaws are nesting next to our cabaņa and there are large groups that sleep in the neighboring woods that can be se from the observation platform at the community cabaņa.
The Military Macaws, considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, also sleep in the nearby forests and make diurnal flights that sometimes coincide with the location of our communal tourism cabaņa.
Military Macaw flying by the cabaņa.
Military Macaws playing in the palms below the cabaņa.
The Cerulean Warbler also visit our reserve every year. If you are lucky it can be photographed from our observation deck.
Cerulean Warbler on a nearby trail.