The Santa Lucía Cloud Forest is home to an extraordinary bird diversity - a genuine paradise for those passionate about bird watching.

The reserve has an extention of 730 hectars / 1800 acres, about 80% of which is pristine primary montane rain forest. The altitudinal range is 1.400m to 2.500m above sea level. Those are the main reasons for the huge bird diversity - so far we have registered around 400 spieces which accounts for about 4% of all bird species world-wide.

The species that can be observed in Santa Lucía range from the elusive Giant Anpitta, the rare White-faced Nunbird, spectacular Plate-billed Mountain-Toucans, Beautiful Jays, Wattled Guans to a huge variety of many smaller but no less attractive Hummingbird and Tanager species. Many of those can even be observed in fruiting trees around lodge.

Unfortunately quite a few of the species are listed by the UICN with alarming conservaction status'. The Black-and-chestnut Eagle is considered Endangered and species such as the Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Cloud-Forest Pygmy-Owl and the Long-wattled Umbrellabird are listed as Vulnerable.

ENJOY BIRDING IN SANTA LUCÌA

There are many ways to enjoy birdwatching in Santa Lucia: on the trails, in the forest, around the lodge or from the balcony of your cabin.

You can observe many species of hummingbirds including Empress Brilliant, Brown Inca, Violet-tailed Sylph and Booted Racket-tail. Take walks along the trails to admire many different species of cotingas, parrots, guans, woodpeckers, hawks and antthrushes and owls to name just a few. More than fifty species of tanagers have been observed in large mixed flocks, including the rare and beautiful Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager and the stunning Grass-green Tanager. It is occasionally also possible to observe the Beautiful Jay, currently listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.

In our reserve there are also several leks of various birds including the Club-winged Manakin, Golden-winged Manakin and a large, colorful and very active bird called Cock-of-theRock. The latter one can be particularly well observed in the place where the males perform there morning display in order to win the attention of the females. A unique "show" that you shouldn't miss.

There are seven species of Antpitta residing in Saint Lucia. Trying to find them becomes a challenge, but with the help of our local guides and a little patience most birders will get lucky. It was not until recently that rare species such as Giant and Moustached Antpittas were discovered.

Our local guides, experts and enthusiastic birdwatchers enjoy the exchange of knowledge about the birds of Santa Lucia with visitors. We are happy to offer you special packages for birdwatchers where you can create your own itinerary. Contact us for more information.

Santa Lucia offers a unique experience in bird watching; Our tourists are not disappointed.

We hope you will visit us soon!

Más información

Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros para más información sobre los tours de observación de aves:

Teléfono: (593-2) 215 7242
Correo electrónico: santaluciaecuador@gmail.com

Por favor, consulte las siguientes páginas y documentos para más información:

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