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Tumbesian Specialties

This birding area, which stretches into north-western Peru has been designated by Birdlife as the ´Tumbesian Endemic Bird Area´. The habitat consists of tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests, and is extremely important due to the high levels of both regional and local endemism in plants and animals.

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In Ecuador there are more than 50 Tumbesian endemics, so this area is for those searching for some truly unique birding!

The lodges and reserves we visit in this area are mostly owned and run by the Jocotoco Foundation which was established to protect the habitat of globally threatened species of birds in the Andes of Ecuador. It also carries out habitat restoration for this purpose, by replanting deforested areas with native trees and shrubs. Download our target bird list.

Buenaventura ReserveBuenaventura Reserve

The Buenaventura Reserve is where the threatened El Oro Parakeet was discovered in 1980, and is well known as probably the richest ornithological site in south west Ecuador. This is a rare remnant tropical cloud forest at about 1000m altitude on the west slope of the Andes with a rich flora. A simple lodge was completed within the reserve in early 2004...
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Jorupe and Utuana ReserveJorupe and Utuana Reserve

The Jorupe Reserve, located in the heart of the Tumbesian region of south west Ecuador, consists of quality deciduous forest dominated by statuesque Ceiba trees. It supports many rare species of plants and animals, including more than 50 Tumbesian endemic birds, such as Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, and White-tailed Jay...
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Tapichalaca ReserveTapichalaca Reserve

The Tapichalaca Reserve, where the Jocotoco Antpitta was discovered in 1997, protects an unusually wet area of temperate forest on the east slope of the Andes. It is also home to almost the entire known population of the Jocotoco Antpitta...
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