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Birding at Santa Lucía

Santa Lucia is home to an extraordinary diversity of birds and is a paradise for birders.

The reserve contains over 1,800 acres of nearly virgin cloudforest ranging from 1,400 meters to 2,600 meters. Because of the differences in elevation, Santa Lucia is home to many different species of birds and 405 species have been recorded Document Bird list

Many rare birds can be seen and heard, such as Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan, Wattled Guan, Beautiful Jay, Long-wattled Umbrella Bird, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black-and -Chestnut Eagle, Powerful Woodpecker and White-faced Nunbird.

In fact the nunbirds can sometimes be seen sitting in the trees by the lodge and the Plate-billed Mountain-Toucans are frequently found feeding in fruiting trees close by the cabin.

Some of these birds, including the Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Giant and Moustached Antpittas and the Long-wattled Umbrella Bird, are in danger of becoming extinct. Document Endangered bird list

Enjoy Birding at Santa Lucía

You can hike the many well-maintained trails in the reserve or simply relax on the porch of the lodge and watch the hummingbird feeders. At the feeders you will see many endemic species of hummingbirds including Empress Brilliant, Brown Inca, Violet-tailed Sylph and Booted Racket-tail.

While hiking the trails, look out for many different species of cotingas, parrots, guans, woodpeckers, antthrushes and hawks just to name a few. Over fifty species of tanagers have been observed in huge mixed flocks, among them the rare and beautiful Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager, Black-chinned Mountain -Tanager and the stunning Grass-green Tanager. At higher elevations, the now endangered Beautiful Jay is present.

Also on the reserve are several leks including those of the Club-winged Manakin, Golden-winged Manakin,and a very large andactive Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek which is a definite must-see.

There are seven species of antpitta residing in Santa Lucía. They are a challenge to find, but with thehelp of our local guides and somepatience, most birders will have good luck. It was only recently that the rareGiant and Moustached antpittas were discovered.

Our local guides are expert and enthusiastic birders and enjoy sharing Santa Lucía's birds with visitors. We offer a special inclusive tour for birders or you can plan your own itinerary.

Please contact us for more information or click here for prices. Santa Lucía offers a unique birding experience and birders do not leave us disappointed.

We look forward to hearing from you.


More Resources

As the birding package is currently undergoing changes, please contact us for more information!

Please see the following pages and documents for more information:


Reservations: (593-2) 215 7242 or email: santaluciaecuador@gmail.com 

For general inquiries email: santaluciaecuador@gmail.com or
Santa Lucía Cloud Forest Reserve, Barrio La Delicia, Nanegal, Ecuado


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