The Birds of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

The birds in the Amazon Rainforest are very diverse in their life style, with many species living in the ground,  many others at mid-level in the forest and a lot of action happens in the canopy, many species trail throughout the forest in small social clubs that we call mixed species flock, many would surprising us in size, colors, sounds, behaviour.

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We list some of the most diverse families of birds found in the largest tract of rainforest in Ecuador, found in terra firme, varzea, flooded forest, forest swamps, moriche swamps, rivers, forest streams, oxbow lakes and roadsides

Depending in the spectrum of the habitats in a determined area, the abilities of the species to establish in that area, birds can be found almost everywhere you go, colorful tanagers, skulking antbirds, dancing manakins, oropendolas, macaws

The most diverse amazonian bird families found at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, recorded over 10 years of observations:

  • Flycatchers: 80 species
  • Antbirds: 50 species
  • Tanagers: 37 species
  • Ovenbirds: 27 species
  • Kites, Eagles & Hawks: 26 species
  • Hummingbirds: 26 species
  • Parrot & Macaws: 18 species
  • Woodpeckers:17 species
  • Woodcreepers: 17 species
  • Manakin: 12 species
  • Puffbirds: 12 species

Quick Fact:

The largest bird living in the Amazon Rainforest is: The King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) with an overall length ranges from 67–81 centimeters (27–32 in) and its wingspan is 1.2–2 meters (4–6.6 ft). Its weight ranges from 2.7–4.5 kilograms (6–10 lb). And the smallest is also one of the smallest birds on Earth: The Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant (Myiornis ecaudatus)  with a body length of 6.5 centimeters, and its weight 4·2 grams.

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