Birds of The Ecuadorian Highlands

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



This four-CD publication presents vocalizations of nearly all bird species found in the high Andes of Ecuador. It contains over 850 separately announced recordings of 246 species and represents the first attempt to publish an audio series devoted entirely to the birds of the high Andes. It is outstanding in its completeness, including not only song, but also a variety of calls of each species and distinct subspecies, several of which are endemic to the region. The high Andes of Ecuador supports a diversity of habitats ranging from cushion plants near the snowline through high-elevation grassland, wetlands and Polylepis-Gynoxys woodland, to humid forest on the rainy slopes and dry scrub in the intermontane valleys. These habitats are occupied by different species of birds, each with a voice adapted to its specific environment and life style. This CD-set is part of a series that will eventually cover all the birds of Ecuador, one of the richest avifaunas in the World.

4 CDs, 2 booklets. Published 2001. Suggested retail price: $25.95

Species list:

  1. Tawny-breasted Tinamou Nothocercus julius
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
  4. Andean Teal Anas andium
  5. Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  6. Andean Ruddy Duck Oxyura ferruginea
  7. Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis
  8. Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
  9. Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis
  10. Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
  11. White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
  12. Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  13. Carunculated Caracara Phalcoboenus carunculatus
  14. Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
  15. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  16. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  17. Bearded Guan Penelope barbata
  18. Andean Guan Penelope montagnii
  19. Ecuadorian Rail Rallus aequatorialis
  20. Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
  21. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  22. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  23. Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
  24. White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
  25. Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
  26. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  27. Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
  28. Noble Snipe Gallinago nobilis
  29. Andean Snipe Gallinago jamesoni
  30. Imperial Snipe Gallinago imperialis
  31. Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi
  32. American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
  33. Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
  34. Andean Gull Larus serranus
  35. Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata
  36. Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  37. Common Ground-dove Columbina passerina
  38. Maroon-chested Ground-dove Claravis mondetoura
  39. Black-winged Ground-dove Metriopelia melanoptera
  40. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  41. White-throated Quail-dove Geotrygon frenata
  42. Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptosittaca branickii
  43. Yellow-eared Parrot Ognorhynchus icterotis
  44. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
  45. Red-faced Parrot Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops
  46. White-capped Parrot Pionus seniloides
  47. Scaly-naped Amazon Amazona mercenaria
  48. White-throated Screech-owl Otus albogularis
  49. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  50. Andean Pygmy-owl Glaucidium jardinii
  51. Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  52. Rufous-banded Owl Strix albitarsus
  53. Stygian Owl Asio stygius
  54. Buff-fronted Owl Aegolius harrisii
  55. Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris
  56. Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris
  57. White-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus cayennensis
  58. Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata
  59. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  60. White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus
  61. Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
  62. Western Emerald Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus
  63. Blue-headed Sapphire Hylocharis grayi
  64. Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys
  65. Ecuadorian Hillstar Oreotrochilus chimborazo
  66. Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
  67. Shining Sunbeam Aglaeactis cupripennis
  68. Mountain Velvetbreast Lafresnaya lafresnayi
  69. Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
  70. Buff-winged Starfrontlet Coeligena lutetiae
  71. Rainbow Starfrontlet Coeligena iris
  72. Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera
  73. Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis
  74. Flame-throated Sunangel Heliangelus micraster
  75. Purple-throated Sunangel Heliangelus viola
  76. Glowing Puffleg Eriocnemis vestitus
  77. Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani
  78. Black-thighed Puffleg Eriocnemis derbyi
  79. Black-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia victoriae
  80. Green-tailed Trainbearer Lesbia nuna
  81. Purple-backed Thornbill Ramphomicron microrhynchum
  82. Viridian Metaltail Metallura williami ssp. atrigularis
  83. Viridian Metaltail Metallura williami ssp. primolina
  84. Violet-throated Metaltail Metallura baroni
  85. Neblina Metaltail Metallura odomae
  86. Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina
  87. Rainbow-bearded Thornbill Chalcostigma herrani
  88. Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi
  89. Mountain Avocetbill Opisthoprora euryptera
  90. Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
  91. White-bellied Woodstar Acestrura mulsant
  92. Masked Trogon Trogon personatus
  93. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus ssp. albivitta
  94. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus ssp. cyanolaemus
  95. Gray-breasted Mountain-toucan Andigena hypoglauca
  96. Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
  97. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker Piculus rivolii
  98. Bar-bellied Woodpecker Veniliornis nigriceps
  99. Powerful Woodpecker Campephilus pollens
  100. Slender-billed Miner Geositta tenuirostris
  101. Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  102. Stout-billed Cinclodes Cinclodes excelsior
  103. Andean Tit-spinetail Leptasthenura andicola
  104. Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae ssp. ochracea
  105. Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae ssp. media
  106. Rufous Spinetail Synallaxis unirufa
  107. White-browed Spinetail Hellmayrea gularis
  108. White-chinned Thistletail Schizoeaca fuliginosa
  109. Mouse-colored Thistletail Schizoeaca griseomurina
  110. Streak-backed Canastero Asthenes wyatti
  111. Many-striped Canastero Asthenes flammulata
  112. Streaked Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii
  113. Pearled Treerunner Margarornis squamiger
  114. Flammulated Treehunter Thripadectes flammulatus
  115. Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
  116. Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
    Note: date cut # 4 should be June 21, 1997.
  117. Greater Scythebill Campylorhamphus pucherani
  118. Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata
  119. Undulated Antpitta Grallaria squamigera
  120. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla
  121. Jocotoco Antpitta Grallaria ridgelyi
  122. Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis ssp. obsoleta
  123. Chestnut-naped Antpitta Grallaria nuchalis ssp. nuchalis
  124. Bicolored Antpitta Grallaria rufocinerea
  125. Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula
  126. Tawny Antpitta Grallaria quitensis
  127. Slate-crowned Antpitta Grallaricula nana
  128. Crescent-faced Antpitta Grallaricula lineifrons
  129. Ash-colored Tapaculo Myornis senilis
  130. Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor, "eastern"
  131. Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor ssp. latrans
  132. Unicolored Tapaculo Scytalopus unicolor ssp. subcinereus
  133. Spillmann's Tapaculo Scytalopus spillmanni
  134. Chusquea Tapaculo Scytalopus parkeri
  135. Paramo Tapaculo Scytalopus canus, "southern"
  136. Paramo Tapaculo Scytalopus canus ssp. opacus
  137. Ocellated Tapaculo Acropternis orthonyx
  138. Black-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias nigrocapillus
  139. Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias uropygialis
  140. Southern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  141. Highland Elaenia Elaenia obscura
  142. White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  143. Sierran Elaenia Elaenia pallatangae
  144. White-throated Tyrannulet Mecocerculus leucophrys
  145. White-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus stictopterus
  146. Tufted Tit-tyrant Anairetes parulus
  147. Black-crested Tit-tyrant Anairetes nigrocristatus
  148. Agile Tit-tyrant Uromyias agilis
  149. Subtropical Doradito Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis
  150. Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps
  151. Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis ssp. pyrrhops
  152. Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis ssp. granadensis
  153. Orange-banded Flycatcher Myiophobus lintoni
  154. Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  155. Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
  156. White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
  157. Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca rufipectoralis
  158. Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris
    Note: recording data for cut # 1 should be changed to July 1991, 1800m, Chiriboga Rd., Pichincha.
  159. Crowned Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix frontalis
  160. Jelski's Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix jelskii
  161. Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant Silvicultrix diadema
  162. Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant Cnemarchus erythropygius
  163. Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes striaticollis
  164. Smoky Bush-Tyrant Myiotheretes fumigatus
  165. Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana
  166. White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis andicola
  167. Plain-capped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola alpina
  168. Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
  169. Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
  170. Red-crested Cotinga Ampelion rubrocristatus
  171. Chestnut-crested Cotinga Ampelion rufaxilla
  172. Barred Fruiteater Pipreola arcuata
  173. Black-collared Jay Cyanolyca armillata
  174. Turquoise Jay Cyanolyca turcosa
  175. Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  176. Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  177. Glossy-black Thrush Turdus serranus
  178. White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
  179. Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  180. Blue-and-white Swallow Pychochelidon cyanoleuca
  181. Pale-footed Swallow Notiochelidon flavipes
  182. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  183. Rufous Wren Cinnycerthia unirufa
  184. Grass Wren Cistothorus platensis
  185. Plain-tailed Wren Thryothorus euophrys
  186. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  187. Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  188. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  189. Paramo Pipit Anthus bogotensis
  190. Spectacled Whitestart Myioborus melanocephalus
  191. Black-crested Warbler Basileuterus nigrocristatus
  192. Citrine Warbler Basileuterus luteoviridis
  193. Russet-crowned Warbler Basileuterus coronatus
  194. Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys
  195. Golden-rumped Euphonia Euphonia cyanocephala
  196. Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
  197. Blue-backed Conebill Conirostrum sitticolor
  198. Capped Conebill Conirostrum albifrons
  199. Giant Conebill Oreomanes fraseri
  200. Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina
  201. Masked Flowerpiercer Diglossa cyanea
    Note: cut # 4 is looped.
  202. Glossy Flowerpiercer Diglossa lafresnayii
  203. Black Flowerpiercer Diglossa humeralis
  204. White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera
  205. Rusty Flowerpiercer Diglossa sittoides
  206. Rufous-chested Tanager Thlypopsis ornata
  207. Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota
  208. Scrub Tanager Tangara vitriolina
  209. Blue-and-black Tanager Tangara vassorii
  210. Golden-crowned Tanager Iridosornis rufivertex
  211. Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus igniventris
  212. Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager Anisognathus lacrymosus
  213. Hooded Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis montana
  214. Masked Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis wetmorei
  215. Black-chested Mountain-Tanager Buthraupis eximia
  216. Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager Dubusia taeniata
  217. Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
  218. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  219. Red-hooded Tanager Piranga rubriceps
  220. White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata
  221. Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager Cnemoscopus rubrirostris
  222. Black-backed Bush-Tanager Urothraupis stolzmanni
  223. Black-capped Hemispingus Hemispingus atropileus
  224. Superciliaried Hemispingus Hemispingus superciliaris
  225. Black-headed Hemispingus Hemispingus verticalis
  226. Grass-green Tanager Chlorornis riefferii
  227. Plushcap Catamblyrhynchus diadema
  228. Streaked Saltator Saltator albicollis
  229. Masked Saltator Saltator cinctus
  230. Southern Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  231. Black-backed Grosbeak Pheucticus aureoventris
  232. Black-and-white Seedeater Sporophila luctuosa
  233. Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
  234. Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  235. Plain-colored Seedeater Catamenia inornata
  236. Paramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa
  237. Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola
  238. Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
  239. Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
  240. Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
  241. Slaty Finch Haplospiza rustica
    Note: cut # 2 is looped.
  242. Pale-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes pallidinucha
  243. Northern Rufous-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes latinucha
  244. Slaty Brush-Finch Atlapetes schistaceus
  245. White-winged Brush-Finch Atlapetes leucopterus
  246. White-rimmed Brush-Finch Atlapetes leucopis
  247. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinuchus
  248. Stripe-headed Brush-Finch Buarremon torquatus
  249. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  250. Northern Mountain-Cacique Cacicus leucoramphus
  251. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
  252. Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
  253. Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
  254. Andean Siskin Carduelis spinescens


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