Birding in Mindo is excellent. No. That’s a huge understatement, it’s unbelievable, it’s overwhelming. There are about 1,700 documented bird species in Ecuador alone. Birding Mindo, Ecuador is some of the best in the world.
North American birder, ask your guide how many birds they have seen just in northern Ecuador. One my guides, Angel, has 900+ species. That’s about twice as may bird species that occur in North America. While Angel and I walked through the cloud forest we discussed the sense of nature that comes from knowing your birds but even more by knowing their songs.
As we walked he would point and tell me what I was hearing and we would then set off to see it. Identification by song is the most common way of bird identification for scientist and professional birders. Why? Because it’s hard to see them. Think about it. When you are in…
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