The Birds of Northwest Ecuador

Volume I: The Upper Foothills and Subtropics

by John V. Moore, Paul Coopmans, Robert S. Ridgely, and Mitch Lysinger


This is the first edition. For the current edition: click here.
This three-CD publication presents vocalizations from 190 bird species and features over 425 separately announced recordings. The mid-elevation montane and premontane forests of northwest Ecuador support a wealth of birdlife, including a large number of species and subspecies endemic to the exceptionally rich "Chocó Faunal Region." This important biogeographic area extends northward into western Colombia, and this is the first audio publication to feature a large number of these endemics. For some of the wider-ranging species included in this publication, the discerning listener will note certain differences between the vocalizations presented and those of the same species (but usually a different subspecies) found elsewhere.

3 CDs, booklet. Published 1999.

Species list:

  1. Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  2. Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis
  3. Barred Hawk Leucopternis princeps
  4. White-rumped Hawk Buteo leucorrhous
  5. Black-and-chestnut Eagle Oroaetus isidori
  6. Sickle-winged Guan Chamaepetes goudotii
  7. Dark-backed Wood-Quail Odontophorus melanonotus
  8. Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata
  9. Plumbeous Pigeon Columba plumbea
  10. White-throated Quail-Dove Geotrygon frenata
  11. Yellow-eared Parrot Ognorhynchus icterotis
  12. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
  13. Blue-fronted Parrotlet Touit dilectissima
  14. Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus
  15. White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides
  16. Rufescent Screech-Owl Otus ingens
  17. Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nubicola
  18. Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata
  19. Lyre-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis lyra
  20. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  21. Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
  22. Spot-fronted Swift Cypseloides cherriei
    Note: In the autumn 2002 edition of Cotinga Steve N. G. Howell makes a convincing argument that this species was correctly identified in our publication and the "qualifier" was not needed.
  23. Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus
  24. White-tipped Sicklebill Eutoxeres aquila
  25. Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludovicae
  26. Brown Violet-ear Colibri delphinae
  27. Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  28. Andean Emerald Amazilia franciae
  29. Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  30. Purple-bibbed Whitetip Urosticte benjamini
  31. Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides
  32. White-tailed Hillstar Urochroa bougueri
  33. Brown Inca Coeligena wilsoni
  34. Collared Inca Coeligena torquata
  35. Buff-tailed Coronet Boissonneaua flavescens
  36. Velvet-purple Coronet Boissonneaua jardini
  37. Gorgeted Sunangel Heliangelus strophianus
  38. Hoary Puffleg Haplophaedia lugens
  39. Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii
  40. Violet-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus coelestis
  41. Wedge-billed Hummingbird Schistes geoffroyi
  42. Purple-throated Woodstar Philodice mitchellii
  43. Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus
  44. Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps
  45. Masked Trogon "split" Trogon personatus
  46. White-faced Nunbird Hapaloptila castanea
  47. Toucan Barbet Semnornis ramphastinus
  48. Crimson-rumped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus haematopygus
  49. Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan Andigena laminirostris
  50. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
  51. Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
  52. Yellow-vented Woodpecker Veniliornis dignus
  53. Powerful Woodpecker Campephilus pollens
  54. Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae
  55. Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa
  56. Red-faced Spinetail Cranioleuca erythrops
  57. Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens
  58. Rusty-winged Barbtail Premnornis guttuligera
  59. Pacific Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes johnsoni
  60. Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  61. Lineated Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla subalaris
  62. Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia variegaticeps
  63. Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus
  64. Flammulated Treehunter Thripadectes flammulatus
  65. Striped Treehunter Thripadectes holostictus
  66. Streak-capped Treehunter Thripadectes virgaticeps
  67. Uniform Treehunter Thripadectes ignobilis
  68. Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans
  69. Tyrannine Woodcreeper Dendrocincla tyrannina
  70. Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
  71. Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
  72. Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
  73. Brown-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus pusillus
  74. Uniform Antshrike Thamnophilus unicolor
    Erratum: recording data for cuts # 2 and # 3 should be reversed.
  75. Russet Antshrike Thamnistes anabatinus
  76. Slaty Antwren Myrmotherula schisticolor
  77. Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata
  78. Rufous-rumped Antwren Terenura callinota
  79. Esmeraldas Antbird Myrmeciza nigricauda
  80. Immaculate Antbird Myrmeciza immaculata
  81. Rufous-breasted Antthrush Formicarius rufipectus
  82. Giant Antpitta Grallaria gigantea
  83. Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis
  84. Plain-backed Antpitta Grallaria haplonota
  85. Moustached Antpitta Grallaria alleni
  86. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
  87. Yellow-breasted Antpitta Grallaria flavotincta
  88. Ochre-breasted Antpitta Grallaricula flavirostris
  89. Narino Tapaculo Scytalopus vicinior
  90. Choco Tapaculo Scytalopus chocoensis
  91. Spillmann's Tapaculo Scytalopus spillmanni
  92. Ashy-headed Tyrannulet Phyllomyias cinereiceps
  93. Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
  94. White-tailed Tyrannulet Mecocerculus poecilocercus
  95. Rufous-winged Tyrannulet Mecocerculus calopterus
  96. Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
  97. Streak-necked Flycatcher Mionectes striaticollis
  98. Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
  99. Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
  100. Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes ophthalmicus
  101. Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus pelzelni
  102. Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps
  103. Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus ruficeps
  104. Fulvous-breasted Flatbill Rhynchocyclus fulvipectus
  105. Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea
  106. Ornate Flycatcher Myiotriccus ornatus
  107. Flavescent Flycatcher Myiophobus flavicans
  108. Orange-crested Flycatcher Myiophobus phoenicomitra
  109. Handsome Flycatcher Myiophobus pulcher
  110. Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
  111. Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus
  112. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  113. Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris
  114. Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix diadema
  115. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  116. Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus
  117. Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
  118. White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
  119. Black-and-white Becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
    Erratum: recording was made in April 1996, not September 1994.
  120. Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii
  121. Orange-breasted Fruiteater Pipreola jucunda
  122. Scaled Fruiteater Ampelioides tschudii
  123. Red-ruffed Fruitcrow Pyroderus scutatus
  124. Andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana
  125. Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus
  126. Club-winged Manakin Machaeropterus deliciosus
  127. Turquoise Jay Cyanolyca turcosa
  128. Beautiful Jay Cyanolyca pulchra
  129. Black-billed Peppershrike Cyclarhis nigrirostris
  130. Choco Vireo Vireo masteri
  131. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  132. Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides
  133. Rufous-brown Solitaire Cichlopsis leucogenys
  134. Black Solitaire Entomodestes coracinus
  135. Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater
  136. Spotted Nightingale-Thrush Catharus dryas
    Erratum: cut #2 presents calls of 2 individuals of Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi.
  137. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  138. Pale-eyed Thrush Platycichla leucops
  139. Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus
  140. Sharpe's Wren Cinnycerthia olivascens
  141. Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys
  142. Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  143. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
    Erratum: cut #2 is a song (duet?) of Bay Wren Thryothorus nigricapillus.
  144. Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  145. Olive-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis semiflava
  146. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  147. Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus
  148. Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
  149. Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
  150. Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus
  151. Yellow-collared Chlorophonia Chlorophonia flavirostris
  152. Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala
  153. Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
  154. Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
  155. Masked Flower-piercer Diglossopis cyanea
  156. Indigo Flower-piercer Diglossopis indigotica
    Erratum: cut #1 is a song of Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus.
  157. White-sided Flower-piercer Diglossa albilatera
  158. Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
  159. Glistening-green Tanager Chlorochrysa phoenicotis
  160. Rufous-throated Tanager Tangara rufigula
  161. Golden Tanager Tangara arthus
  162. Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii
  163. Metallic-green Tanager Tangara labradorides
  164. Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix
  165. Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis
  166. Black-capped Tanager Tangara heinei
  167. Purplish-mantled Tanager Iridosornis porphyrocephala
  168. Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus
  169. Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus notabilis
  170. Moss-backed Tanager Bangsia edwardsi
  171. Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala
  172. White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
  173. Ochre-breasted Tanager Chlorothraupis stolzmanni
  174. Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus canigularis
  175. Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis
  176. Dusky Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus semifuscus
  177. Western Hemispingus Hemispingus ochraceus
  178. Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
  179. Plushcap Catamblyrhynchus diadema
  180. Black-winged Saltator Saltator atripennis
  181. Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  182. Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
  183. Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
  184. Slaty Finch Haplospiza rustica
  185. Tricolored Brush-Finch Atlapetes tricolor
  186. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Atlapetes brunneinucha
  187. Tanager Finch Oreothraupis arremonops
    Erratum: cut #4 presents calls probably of Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus. It is not the Tanager Finch.
  188. Olive Finch Lysurus castaneiceps
  189. Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons
  190. Yellow-bellied Siskin Carduelis xanthogastra


  1. The following recordings are looped, without saying so in the booklet: Blue-fronted Parrotlet # 2, Green-fronted Lancebill, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker # 2, Russet Antshrike # 1, White-tailed Tyrannulet # 3, Smoke-colored Pewee #5 and #6, Green-and-black Fruiteater # 3, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Golden-winged Manakin # 2, Black-billed Peppershrike, Andean Solitaire, Pale-eyed Thrush # 2, Masked Flowerpiercer # 2, Black-and-white Seedeater # 1.
  2. The following recordings are NOT looped (despite the booklet saying so): Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Long-tailed Antbird # 2, Black Phoebe, Fawn-breasted Tanager # 2, Flame-faced Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager # 2.


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