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Nocturnal Curassow, photo by FMU Camera TrapsLazuline Sabrewing, photo by M Fogden


The Wildsumaco bird list keeps growing, and now has now reached an amazing 524 species!  The most recent additions are White-tailed Kite and Chestnut-fronted Coronet. Pale-vented Pigeon has recently been added as well, and we have 2 recent sightings of Subtropical Pygmy-Owl, confirming an old record.  Vermilion Flycatcher was recorded in Pacto Sumaco, and recently Lanceolated Monklet was seen down by Rio Pucuno. 

Our antpitta feeding station has had the following species visit recently:  Plain-backed Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, White-crowned Tapaculo, White-throated Quail-Dove, and 2 Sharp-tailed Streamcreepers.

A student group from Wildsumaco Biological Station was thrilled to discover an Eastern Lowland Olingo feeding in a tree 8-10 feet from them, in broad daylight.  This is a seldom-encountered animal that's usually nocturnal.

Woolly Monkey has been spotted occasionally from our trails, and most recently seen was a family group consisting of a male and a female carrying a baby. 

A Black Mantle Tamarin troop comes in daily to the the lodge area for the bananas that we put out for them. 

We now have 2 ground feeders where we've been placing corn and rice.  Two black agouti have been seen eating there.

Two Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos were heard and then seen from Wildsumaco's Manakin Trail in mid-April 2014!  It was heard the following day, but has disappeared since then, apparently following an ant swarm.  Who will be the next to see these rare birds?

Some special birds have begun calling again.  Wattled Guan, Wing-banded Wren, Buckley's Forest-Falcon, Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail, White-throated Quail-dove, Plain-backed Antpitta and Black Tinamou have all joined the dawn chorus that's heard from the deck in the mornings, and Band-bellied Owl calls almost every night.

A tree next to the lodge deck recently has been the perch, at different times, of a pair of Band-bellied Owls, Buckley's Forest-Falcon and Black Hawk-Eagle!

Orange-breasted Falcon was spotted on a snag from the lodge front porch one recent morning, and another afternoon Buckley's Forest-Falcon was spotted in the tree where the owls had been, hopping around and possibly hunting  hummingbirds for a few minutes before flying off.

Hummingbird numbers are now slowly picking up again from a seasonal low.  Violet-headed Hummingbird, Gorgeted Woodstar and White-bellied Woodstar are usually to be found on flowers in the lodge yard, and Rufous-vented Whitetip, White-necked Jacobin, White-tailed Hillstar and Long-tailed Sylph have joined the more regular species at the hummingbird feeders. 

At the Wildsumaco feeders you'll again have a reasonable chance to see Green Hermit, Black-throated Brilliant, Violet-fronted Brilliant, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Gould's Jewelfront, Wire-crested Thorntail, Booted Racket-tail.  Other species join in from time to time as well!

Everyone with windows has had problems with birds hitting them.  At Wildsumaco we've tried several different techniques to reduce bird injury, none of which proved terribly effective.  Recently we heard about and tried hanging nylon parachute cord at 4" intervals in front of our numerous windows.  We can report that we're delighted with the results!  Since installing it, we've had an immediate and noticeable reduction in window hits, and those few birds who have hit, seem to have pulled up at the last second and not sustained serious injuries. 

A few months ago a sharp-eared guide heard White-lored Antpitta calling.  It came in very close to playback, but only 1 member of the group saw it.  Since then it has been seen several times! Second record for Wildsumaco of this normally lowland species.

Check out or download the full Wildsumaco Bird List elsewhere on this website. A printout is available at our bar when you visit Wildsumaco.

In the past months we've had loads of return visits from people who stayed at Wildsumaco in previous years.  Often their first visit was for just a couple or three days, by themselves or with a bird tour group, and now they're returning for stays of up to 15 days.  Welcome back to all of you!

Now available at the lodge, we've developed 2 bird lists, one giving an estimate (not a promise!) of what an average birder might reasonably hope to see on his own, on a 3-night visit without a guide or playback.  The other list, most useful for guides and hard-core birders, describes relative abundance of all species, on the large elevational gradient that is Wildsumaco, from Loreto Road to the southern boundaries of Gran Sumaco National Park. The latter is our original list, and remains on this website.  Contact info@wildsumaco.com for either list, or check them out at the lodge on arrival.

Many people combine their interest in birds with an interest in butterflies and photography, botany and mycology.  Check out the link at the bottom of this page to see some really nice butterfly photos taken during a couple of spring-time visits to Wildsumaco; these folks were so happy with the butterflies they found here, that they set up a website with their photos!

One delighted guest recently wrote in our guest book, "Now perhaps the best set of hummingbird feeders

Ocelot has been positively identified from camera trap photos! Wildsumaco now officially boasts 4 species of cat: Ocelot, Margay, Puma and Jaguarundi  -  an exciting group of cats to have documented by photos!

Now you can travel with Wildsumaco!  After many requests, Wildsumaco now offers great, cost-conscious tours throughout Ecuador!  Our flagship East Andean slope tour lets you journey with Wildsumaco Birdtours from Quito to the heights of Papallacta, and on down to Wildsumaco Lodge in the foothills, visiting at all the important birding locations and elevations on the way.  This trip may be taken with or without a professional bird guide.  For other tours, see the Birdtours page of this website.  Contact the Wildsumaco office for costs and other details.

Remember that it's pretty rare to see mammals in Ecuador, but mammals that have been seen or camera trapped on the reserves of Wildsumaco and Rio Pucuno Foundation include GRISON, PUMA, NAPO TAMARIN and WHITE-FRONTED CAPUCHIN, WHITE-BELLIED SPIDER monkeys, SPECTACLED BEAR, KINKAJOU, MARGAY, COLLARED PECCARY and TWO-TOED SLOTH.

A complete list of mammal species caught on camera traps or seen on our reserve is found at the end of the Wildsumaco Bird List, elsewhere on this website.  Although photos of many mammal species are scattered throughout the website, most of our mammal photos are on the Rio Pucuno Foundation pages (click link at top of page).

Now open for about 8 years, Wildsumaco Lodge has hosted guests from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chezch Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

A number of our visitors have generously shared their bird photos with us.  Rest your cursor over a photo, and the name of the bird species and the photographer will appear.  We appreciate and thank our many friends who have let us use their photographs of the birds they've seen in Wildsumaco.




Napo Sabrewing, www.glennbartley.com
Buckley's Forest-Falcon
Golden-collared Honeycreeper, photo by B Herrera
Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak, photo by N Athanas
Golden-olive Woodpecker, photo by G Lambeth
Band-bellied Owl, photo by V Mouret
Great Potoo
Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, photo by J Olah
Black-mandibled Toucan
Black Tinamou, photo by FMU Camera Trap
Scale-backed Antbird, photo by H Hendriks
Sumaco Dragon
Fork-tailed Woodnymph, photo by C Foil
Waterfall Trail
Sumaco Volcano and Lodge, photo by B Olson
Black Hawk-Eagle, photo by Tom Shilke
Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, photo by B Herrera
Eastern Lowland Olingo  T Knowles 2016
Rufous-vented Whitetip, photo by B Herrera
Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, photo by Richard Webster
Crimson-crested Woodpecker
Bicolored Hawk, photo by J Nilsson
Wing-banded Wren, photo by Richard Webster
Spotted Tanager, photo by B Herrera
Short-tailed Antthrush, photo by L De Temmerman
White-tailed Trogon, photo by J Olson
Black-faced Antbird, photo by B Herrera
Red-billed Tyrannulet, photo by Richard Webster
Plain-backed Antpitta, photo by Merl Arnot
Gould's Jewelfront, photo by B Herrera
Golden-tailed Sapphire
Ecuadorian Piedtail, photo by R Webster
Plain-winged Antwren, photo by Roger Ahlman, rahlman2002@yahoo.se
Lined Antshrike Female, photo by B Herrera
Lined Forest-Falcon, photo by Tim Mitzen
Smooth-billed Ani, photo by Roger Ahlman
Black-throated Brilliant, photo by J Olson
Golden-collared Toucanet, photo by Seth Ames
Rufous-throated  Sapphire, photo by J Nilsson


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