Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary

At 300 to 350 MASL (984- 1148 ft) is a low altitude private cloud forest and bird sanctuary located 7 km off the main highway after Pedro Vicente Maldonado on kilometer 127.  When driving on the main highway turn right at the blue house with a bus stop and go inland toward a rock mine.  After a while you will have to take a left and then the next two rights.  When you get to a long climb, then look on the left for the entrance.  It has 80 hectare (200 acres) of primary and secondary recovering cloud forest.  There is one main trail and a smaller loop trail which begin with at a 15 meter (50 feet) canopy observation tower.  The trails are very easy with a wide open path cleared regularly for your safety and convenience.  Be aware of snakes; we found a 2 meter long bushmaster crossing the main trail.  This placed is owned and protected by the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation in an effort to preserve the threaten forest in this internationally defined Important Bird Area (IBA). 

This is a must visit place for the great variety of Chocó endemics that can be seen here such as the Purple-chested Hummingbird, the Chocó Trogon, the Double-banded Graytail, the Griscom’s Antwren, the Stub-tailed Antbird, the Black-tipped Cotinga, the Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, the Scarlet-and-white Tanager, and the Blue-whiskered Tanager.

For more information visit : www.mindocloudforest.org

Bird List Here: http://mindocloudforest.org/birdlists/rio_silanche_birdlist.pdf

BIRDS of Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary (MCF)

Plumbeous Kite

Double-toothed Kite

Loughing Falcon

Dusky Pigeon

Plumbeous Kite

Double-toothed Kite

Loughing Falcon

Dusky Pigeon

Ruddy pigeon

Blue-headed Parrot

Bronze-winged Parrot

Purple-chested Hummingbird

Ruddy pigeon

Blue-headed Parrot

Bronze-winged Parrot

Purple-chested Hummingbird

Green-crowned Woodnymph - Juvenile

Collared Trogon

Rufous Motmot

Pale-mandibled Aracari

Green-crowned Woodnymph

Collared Trogon

Rufous Motmot

Pale-mandibled Aracari

Choco-Toucan

Guayaquil-Woodpecker

Lineated Woodpecker

Golden-olive-Woodpecker

Choco Toucan

Guayaquil Woodpecker

Lineated Woodpecker

Golden-olive Woodpecker

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Cinnamon Woodpecker

Red-rumped Woodpecker

Pacific-Hornero

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Cinnamon Woodpecker

Red-rumped Woodpecker

Pacific Hornero

Streaked Xenops

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper_Glyphorynchus spirurus

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Spotted Woodcreeper

Streaked Xenops

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Spotted Woodcreeper

Plain-brown-Woodcreeoper

Spot-crowned Antvireo

Checker-throated Antwren

White-flanked Antwren

Plain-brown Woodcreeper

Spot-crowned Antvireo

Checker-throated Antwren

White-flanked Antwren

Dot-winged Antwren

Dot-winged Antwren - Female

Purple-throated-Fruitcrow

White-bearded Manakin

Dot-winged Antwren

Dot-winged Antwren

Purple-throated Fruitcrow

White-bearded Manakin

Brown-capped Tyrannulet

Slaty-capped Flycatcher

Golden-faced Tiranulet

Olive-striped Flycatcher

Brown-capped Tyrannulet

Slaty-capped Flycatcher

Golden-faced Tiranulet

Olive-striped Flycatcher

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Gray Eleina

Greenish Elaenia

Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Gray Eleina ?

Greenish Elaenia ?

Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Streaked Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Streaked Flycatcher

Cinnamon-Becard

Black-and-white-Becard

Masked Tityra

Red-eye Vireo

Cinnamon-Becard

Black-and-white Becard

Masked Tityra

Red-eye Vireo

Lesser Greenlet

Tropical Gnatcatcher

Slate-throated-Gnatcatcher

Lesser Greenlet

Tropical Gnatcatcher

Slate-throated Gnatcatcher

Fasciated Wren

Swainsons Thrush

Ecuadorian Thrush

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Orange-bellied Euphonia

Swainsons Thrush

Ecuadorian Thrush

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Orange-bellied Euphonia

Fulvous-vented Euphonia

Fulvous-vented Euphonia

White-Shouldered Tanager

Bay-headed Tanager

Fulvous-vented Euphonia

Fulvous-vented Euphonia

White-Shouldered Tanager

Bay-headed Tanager

Rufous-winged Tanager

Guira Tanager

Dusky-faced Tanager

Blue-necked Tanager

Rufous-winged Tanager

Guira Tanager

Dusky-faced Tanager

Blue-necked Tanager

Tawny-crested Tanager

Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager

Variable-Seedeater

Black-striped Sparrow

Tawny-crested Tanager

Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager

Variable Seedeater

Black-striped Sparrow

Buff-throated Saltator

Black-winged Saltator

Clearwinged Butterfly

Bushmaster

Buff-throated Saltator

Black-winged Saltator

Clearwinged Butterfly

Becareful of Bushmaster

 

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