The Birds of Cabañas San Isidro

John V. Moore & Mitch Lysinger


Vocalizations of 154 species from the mid-elevation montane forests of the eastern slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. Includes Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, 3 species of Mountain Tanager and hemispingus, 4 species of Antpitta, 5 species of Tapaculo, and many others. These audio cassettes were replaced by an MP3-CD in 2010.

These two cassettes feature bird vocalizations from the mid-elevation montane forests of the eastern slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. All of the vocalizations on these cassettes were recorded in the vicinity of Cabañas San Isidro, a charming tourist lodge nestled in the picturesque Quijos valley near the small town of Cosanga, 100 kilometers east of Ecuador's capital city, Quito. The lodge itself is located at an altitude of approximately 6800 feet. However, the trails leading from the lodge cover elevations from approximately 6000 to almost 7600 feet. Habitats range from montane forest, woodland, riverine edge, and Chusquea (Bamboo) stands, to cleared pastures. The avifauna at San Isidro contains elements of both the Subtropical zone (throughout most of the area) and the lower Temperate zone (on the upper slopes).

We have attempted to capture most of the bird vocalizations that an avid naturalist might hear while spending several days at Cabañas San Isidro. Many of the birds have several vocalizations, and we have tried to give a sampling of as many of these vocalizations as possible. Thus, for example, the vocalizations of the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren and the Subtropical Cacique contain several different variations. While we have attempted to capture most of the common vocalizations of each species, a number of species featured on these cassettes may give other vocalizations in addition to those presented here. We have also succumbed to including vocalizations of a few rarities, such as the White-faced Nunbird and Brown-billed Scythebill, which are less likely to be seen or heard but have been recorded by us in this location.

Two cassettes, published 1997. Suggested retail price: $19.95


  1. Osprey Pandion haliaetus (Calls in flight)
  2. Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris (Calls. Display calls)
  3. White-rumped Hawk Buteo leucorrhous (Calls. Display calls in flight)
  4. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus (Calls)
  5. Black-and-chestnut Eagle Oroaetus isidori (Calls)
  6. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus ("Song". Calls. Calls of young birds)
  7. Andean Guan Penelope montagnii (Calls)
  8. Wattled Guan Aburria aburri (Display calls. Calls (2x))
  9. Sickle-winged Guan Chamaepetes goudotii (Foraging and alarm calls. Wing rattle display)
  10. White-throated Quail-Dove Geotrygon frenata (Song)
  11. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola (Flight calls)
  12. Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus (Flight calls. Begging calls of young bird)
  13. White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides (Calls)
  14. Scaly-naped Parrot Amazona mercenaria (Flight calls (2x))
  15. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana ((Alarm) calls. Call + flight calls)
  16. Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani (Calls. Flight calls)
  17. Rufous-banded Owl Strix albitarsus (Song? Disturbed calls. "Evening calls". Song)
  18. Andean Potoo Nyctibius maculosus (Song. Calls of female during copulation)
  19. Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris (Song and calls)
  20. Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris (Song)
  21. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris (Group flight calls)
  22. Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila (Group flight calls. Calls)
  23. Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus (Song)
    Erratum (first printing only): this is Streak-necked Flycatcher. A new Hermit cut was inserted in the second printing and new recording data was used.  New data is ML, 9/98, 2075 m (6800'), song. You can tell if you are using the updated cassette by checking the recording data.
  24. Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus (Song)
  25. Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans (Calls)
  26. Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys (Calls while feeding. Calls. Song)
  27. Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides (Song. Excited calls)
  28. Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena (Typical song phrase.)
  29. Collared Inca Coeligena torquata (Excited calls. Single call)
  30. Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii (Song. Feeding calls)
  31. Long-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus kingi (Calls (2x))
  32. Crested Quetzal Pharomachrus antisianus (Song. Alarm calls)
  33. Golden-headed Quetzal Pharomachrus auriceps (Song. Alarm calls (2x))
  34. Masked Trogon Trogon personatus (Song. Alarm calls (2x))
  35. Highland Motmot Momotus aequatorialis (Calls. Disturbed calls)
  36. White-faced Nunbird Hapaloptila castanea (Calls)
  37. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus (Song)
  38. Black-billed Mountain-Toucan Andigena nigrirostris (Song. Bill clapping (2x))
  39. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii (Alarm calls)
  40. Yellow-vented Woodpecker Veniliornis dignus (Calls)
  41. Powerful Woodpecker Campephilus pollens (Calls. Calls in flight. Drums)
  42. Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae (Song (2x))
  43. Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa (Song (3x))
  44. Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger (Calls. Song.)
  45. Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens (Calls (2x))
  46. Rusty-winged Barbtail Premnornis guttuligera (Calls (3x))
  47. Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii (Calls. Calls and song)
  48. Lineated Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla subalaris (Calls and song)
  49. Striped Treehunter Thripadectes holostictus (Calls. "Song-like phrases")
  50. Streak-capped Treehunter Thripadectes virgaticeps (Calls (2x). Song)
  51. Tyrannine Woodcreeper Dendrocincla tyrannina (Song. Calls. Alarm calls (2x))
  52. Olive-backed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus triangularis (Calls + song. Calls)
  53. Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger (Single song. Song. Calls (2x))
  54. Brown-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus pusillus (Song (2x))
  55. Bicolored Antvireo Dysithamnus occidentalis (Calls (2x))
  56. Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata (Song (3x). Calls)
  57. Barred Antthrush Chamaeza mollissima (Calls. Song)
  58. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla (Song (2x). Calls)
  59. Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis (Song. Calls)
  60. White-bellied Antpitta Grallaria hypoleuca (Song. Contact notes)
  61. Slate-crowned Antpitta Grallaricula nana (Song)
  62. Ash-colored Tapaculo Myornis senilis (Complete song. Alarm calls. "Spontaneous calls")
  63. omitted
  64. Blackish Tapaculo Scytalopus latrans (Calls. Song (2x))
  65. Equatorial Rufous-vented Tapaculo Scytalopus micropterus (Song. Calls. Distress calls (2x). Calls after playback)
  66. Spillmann's Tapaculo Scytalopus spillmanni (Complete song)
  67. Ocellated Tapaculo Acropternis orthonyx (Calls)
  68. Ashy-headed Tyrannulet Phyllomyias cinereiceps (Song)
  69. White-tailed Tyrannulet Mecocerculus poecilocercus (Song (2x). Calls)
  70. Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet Mecocerculus minor (Calls (2x))
  71. Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea (Calls and song)
  72. Rufous-breasted Flycatcher Leptopogon rufipectus (Calls. Excited calls. Calls)
  73. Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes ophthalmicus (Song. Calls and partial song)
  74. Variegated Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes poecilotis (Calls)
  75. Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus pelzelni (Bill snaps. Song (2x))
  76. Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps (Song. Agitated vocalization with bill snaps. Song. Calls)
  77. Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant Poecilotriccus ruficeps (Calls. Contact notes)
  78. Cinnamon Flycatcher Pyrrhomyias cinnamomea (Calls. Song. Calls)
  79. Flavescent Flycatcher Myiophobus flavicans (Calls)
  80. Handsome Flycatcher Myiophobus pulcher (Calls. Contact calls (2x))
  81. Smoke-colored Pewee Contopus fumigatus (Calls (2x). Dawn song)
  82. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans (Song. Calls. Song)
  83. Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris (Calls. Alarm calls)
  84. Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix diadema (Calls (2x). Disturbed calls)
  85. Smoky Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fumigatus (Calls. Dawn song)
    Erratum (first printing only): background sound is Highland Tinamou, not Emerald Toucanet.
  86. Pale-edged Flycatcher Myiarchus cephalotes (Calls. Song and calls. Calls)
  87. Lemon-browed Flycatcher Conopias cinchoneti (Calls)
  88. Golden-crowned Flycatcher Myiodynastes chrysocephalus (Calls. Excited calls)
  89. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus (Dawn song. Calls (2x))
  90. Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor (Song. Calls and songs)
  91. Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii (Calls (3x))
  92. Black-chested Fruiteater Pipreola lubomirskii (Calls (2x))
  93. Dusky Piha Lipaugus fuscocinereus (Song)
  94. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock Rupicola peruviana (Calls)
  95. Turquoise Jay Cyanolyca turcosa (Calls (4x))
  96. Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas (Calls (3x))
  97. Black-billed Peppershrike Cyclarhis nigrirostris (Song)
  98. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys (Song. Calls (2x))
  99. Andean Solitaire Myadestes ralloides (Song)
  100. Pale-eyed Thrush Platycichla leucops (Song. Distress calls)
  101. Great Thrush Turdus fuscater (Calls. Song. Calls)
  102. Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus (Song. Calls (2x))
  103. Chestnut-bellied Thrush Turdus fulviventris (Song)
  104. Blue-and-white Swallow Pychochelidon cyanoleuca (Song. Flight calls)
  105. Pale-footed Swallow Notiochelidon flavipes (Flight calls. Single flight call)
  106. Rufous Wren Cinnycerthia unirufa (Song and calls. Song + calls. Duet)
  107. Sharpe's Wren Cinnycerthia olivascens (Alarm calls. Song. Duet song.)
  108. Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys (Duet song. Call)
  109. Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis (Calls. Song)
  110. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys (Contact notes. Alarm calls. Contact calls. Songs (2x). Duet song)
  111. Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi (Song)
  112. Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca (Calls)
  113. Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis (Calls. Song)
  114. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus (Song (3x). Calls (2x))
  115. Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus (Song)
  116. Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis (Calls. Song)
  117. Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus (Song)
  118. Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus (Song. Calls (2x). Duet song)
    Erratum (first printing only): background sound is Highland Tinamou, not Emerald Toucanet.
  119. Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus (Song. Calls)
  120. Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys (Calls (3x). Song)
  121. Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala (Calls. Song and call notes)
  122. Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster (Song)
  123. Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons (Dawn song. Calls. Contact notes)
  124. Bluish Flowerpiercer Diglossa caerulescens (Song. Calls)
  125. Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea (Song. Calls. Flight calls)
  126. White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera (Song. Calls)
  127. Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota (Song)
  128. Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala (Calls (2x))
  129. Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii (Calls (2x))
  130. Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis (Calls)
  131. Black-capped Tanager Tangara heinei (Calls. Flight calls (2x))
  132. Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus (Song. Calls)
  133. Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus somptuosus (Calls. Song + excited calls.)
    Erratum (first printing only): background sound is Highland Tinamou, not Emerald Toucanet.
  134. Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana (Contact notes. Dawn song)
  135. Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus (Song. Calls)
  136. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (Calls)
  137. Red-hooded Tanager Piranga rubriceps (Song. Song + calls.)
  138. White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata (Calls. Calls. Flight calls)
  139. Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus (Song. Calls. Chatter)
  140. Yellow-whiskered Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus parvirostris (Calls)
  141. Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager Cnemoscopus rubrirostris (Calls. Song)
  142. Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus (Calls. Calls + foraging notes. Calls.)
  143. Oleaginous Hemispingus Hemispingus frontalis (Song. Calls. Contact calls)
  144. Black-eared Hemispingus Hemispingus melanotis (Duet song. Contact notes + song. Contact notes. Notes)
  145. Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii (Calls (2x). Dawn song)
  146. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinuchus (Song)
  147. Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus (Song)
  148. White-rimmed Brush-Finch Atlapetes leucopis (Song. Calls)
  149. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis (Song (3x). Calls)
  150. Russet-backed Oropendola Psarocolius angustifrons (Calls (3x). Song)
  151. Subtropical Cacique Cacicus uropygialis (Calls. Contact calls. Vocalizations)
  152. Northern Mountain-Cacique Cacicus leucoramphus (Calls. Chortle. calls)
  153. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus (Dueted song. Calls)
  154. Olivaceous Siskin Carduelis olivacea (Song. Calls. Song)


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