Yanacocha Reserve

At 3200 MASL (10500 ft) is a high altitude reserve located on the western slope of Volcano Pichincha with 960 hectares (2371 Acres)  of mostly elfin Polylepis forest.  These woodlands are home of the largest and most beautiful hummingbirds of Ecuador such as: the Great Sapphirewing (Pterophane scyanopterus), the Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), and also the critically endangered and endemic Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis).  This reserve is owned and operated by The Jocotoco Foundation, which was established in 1998 to protect the habitat of the endangered species of Andean birds.

This is a great place to view birds of high altitude, it has a wonderful flat and open trail 2+ miles in length with great views of the back side of Pichincha.  This trail was first opened to bury a water pipe which brings  pristine mountain water to the city of Quito.  It now has been adapted for bird watchers and has side trails to explore.  There are numerous hummingbird feeders, and this gives a great opportunity to see some high altitude rarities up close.  We can spend the whole day, or a half day, exploring this wonderful area.  Since it is very close to Quito we recommend doing this trail on the first day; we pick you up from your hotel and take you straight to this high altitude paradise of birds.

Click Here to see the bird List: Bird List Yanacocha Reserve

BIRDS Of Yanacocha

 

Ruco Pichincha

 

Curve-billed Tinamou_Nothoprocta curvirostris

Andean Condor

Black-and-chestnut_Eagle

Caranculated Caracara

Curve-billed Tinamou

Andean Condor

Black-and-chestnut Eagle

Caranculated Caracara

 

Variable Hawk Black Morph

Andean_Guan

White-capped Parrot

 

Variable Hawk Black Morph

Andean Guan

White-capped Parrot

Short-eared Owl

Purple-backed Thornbill_Ramphomicron microrhynchum

Shining Sunbeam_Aglaeactis cupripennis

Great_Sapphirewing

Short-eared Owl

Purple-backed Thornbill

Shining Sunbeam

Great Sapphirewing

Great_Sapphirewing_Female

Sword-billed_Hummingbird

Buff-winged_Starfrontler_Female

Buff-winged_Starfrontler.

Great Sapphirewing Female

Sword-billed
Hummingbird

Buff-winged
Starfrontler Female

Buff-winged
Starfrontler

Mountain Velvetbreast

Sapphire-vented  Puffleg

Golden-breasted Puffleg_Eriocnemis mosquera

Tyrian Metaltail

Mountain Velvetbreast

Sapphire-vented
Puffleg

Golden-breasted Puffleg Eriocnemis mosquera

Tyrian Metaltail

Bar-bellied_Woodpecker

Powerful_Woodpecker

Pearled Treeruner

Streaked_Tuftedcheek

Bar-bellied
Woodpecker

Powerful Woodpecker

Pearled Treeruner

Streaked Tuftedcheek

Rufous Antpitta

Tawny Antpitta

Ocelleated Tajpaculo

Tufted Tit-Tyrant

Rufous Antpitta

Tawny Antpitta

Ocelleated Tajpaculo

Tufted Tit-Tyrant

White-throated Tyrannulet_Mecocerculus leucophrys

White-banded Tyrannule

Rufous-breasted_Chat_Tyrant

Crowned_Chat_Tyrant

White-throated Tyrannulet

White-banded Tyrannule

Rufous-breasted Chat Tyrant

Crowned Chat Tyrant

Barred Fruiteater

Rufous Wren

Great thrush

Spectacled Whitestart

Barred Fruiteater

Rufous Wren

Great thrush

Spectacled Whitestart

Blue-backed_Conebill

Glossy Flowerpiercer

Masked_Flowerpiercer

Bluish Flowerpiercer

Blue-backed Conebill

Glossy Flowerpiercer

Masked Flowerpiercer

Bluish Flowerpiercer

Black Flowerpiercer

Golden-crowned Tanager

Hooded_Mountain_Tanager

Black-chested Mountain Tanager

Black Flowerpiercer

Golden-crowned Tanager

Hooded Mountain Tanager

Black-chested
Mountain Tanager

Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager

Superciliated Hemispingus

Stripe-headed Brush Finch

Rufous-naped Brush Finch

Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager

Superciliated Hemispingus

Stripe-headed Brush Finch

Rufous-naped Brush Finch

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