The Birds Living in the Amazon Rainforest

The Birds Living in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.

The Birds Living in the Amazon Rainforest
The Yellow-browed Antbird lives inside terra firme on the Southern bank of the Napo River.

All the Living Birds of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador can be found in all the forest formations, the birds have adapted to live with all the resources provided by the Western Amazon Basin.

Habitats where the Birds of the Amazon Rainforest lives:

  • Terra Firme
  • Varzea
  • Forest Swamp
  • Forest Streams
  • Moriche Swamp

The Birds living in the Amazon Rainforest are very diverse in their lifestyle, 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.

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

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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The Yasuni Amphibians and Reptiles in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest Amphibians & Reptiles: Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Bromeliad Tree Frog - Herping
Bromeliad Tree Frog are active during the night, it moves in the canopy and occasionally comes down to check what to eat.

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is home of several hundred species of Amphibians & Reptiles, the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve holds one the highest diversity in this forest creatures.

Watch Amazon Rainforest Amphibians & Reptiles: Yasuni Biosphere Reserve

We have created a video to showcase a collection of images and videos of many species found in the Yasuni. Its ten minutes of interesting tree frogs, colorful dart poison frogs, venomous snakes,  many tree snakes and giant anacondas, the odd-shapes turtles and marsupials tree frogs and many species more.

The Amazon Rainforest is home of these extraordinary group of forest creatures, some of them are active during the day in the forest litter sharing it with other critters, the ground can be a busy place for some, they make a better living up in the canopy in colonies of bromeliads or tree holes can be suitable for some forest rarities.

Listen to Rainforest Frogs

Amazon Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)

The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve has outstanding global conservation significance due to its extraordinary biodiversity and potential to sustain this biodiversity in the long term.

The Yasuni is the world’s greatest amphibian diversity on a landscape scale is found in the upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador and Peru, and in the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil.

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Downdload Free Sounds of the Amazon Rainforest

Download Free Sounds of the Amazon Rainforest!

The sounds of the Amazon Rainforest can be counted only by millions given the size of the Diversity of Life. Find Songs and Calls in every corner of it, whether it lives in the canopy surrounded by a green ocean of trees or live in the leaves litters; all of them need to communicate with each other.

We brought the Amazon Experience a little bit closer to you, experience unique records from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, where Shiripuno Amazon Lodge is located, surrounded by miles of unbroken forest.

Check some of the coolest Nature Sounds we had recorded for you.

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Fiery Topaz

Shiripuno Lodge - Fiery Topaz is among the most beautiful hummingbirds from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador
Shiripuno Lodge – Fiery Topaz is among the most beautiful hummingbirds from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

 

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is tiny but it is one of the Most Biodiverse places in the World.

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador
The Nangaritza River in the Zamora Province. The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest region in Ecuador is about 50% of the country but only represents 2 % of the half of the planet’s remaining rainforests in the world.

The Ecuadorian Amazon has a mosaic of Ecosystems and vegetation types including rainforests, seasonal forests, deciduous forests, and flooded forests.

The Typical Ecosystems of the Lowlands Rainforest in Ecuador.

The different Ecosystems of the Ecuadorian Rainforest holds a huge Diversity of Life, here is a list of the habitats and niches:

    • Terra Firme
    • Várzea or Temporary Flooded Forest
    • Igapo
    • Moriche Swamp
    • Forest Swamps
    • River Islands
Shiripuno Lodge ~ The Amazon Horned Rain Frog, it's a ground-dweller amphibian using its camouflage waits for its prey to pass by, the sit-and-wait technique is used by many species of the Amazon Rainforest.
Shiripuno Lodge ~ The Amazon Horned Rain Frog, it’s a ground-dweller amphibian using its camouflage waits for its prey to pass by, the sit-and-wait technique is used by many species of the Amazon Rainforest.

Major Rivers flowing in The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Rivers in the Rainforest are the Lifeline and its history plays an important part in the local fauna flora and People.

The Rivers are an import player in the dynamics of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, Rivers brings rich volcanic sediments to the Amazon Basin.

Shiripuno Lodge ~ The Amazon Rainforest is home of at least 5 species of cats, all of them can swim and climb trees.
Shiripuno Lodge ~ The Amazon Rainforest is home of at least 5 species of cats, all of them can swim and climb trees.

Here is a list of the Major Rivers, many bring water from the Andes and many are settled by indigenous and settlers today:

  • Putumayo River
  • San Miguel River
  • Napo River
  • Curaray River
  • Cononaco River
  • Aguarico River
  • Cuyabeno River
  • Yasuní River
  • Tiputini River
  • Coca River
  • Payamino River
  • Marañón River (Peru)
  • Tigre River
  • Pastaza River
  • Bobonaza River
  • Palora River 
  • Morona River

The ethnic diversity of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

For thousands of years, the Amazon Rainforest is home for thousands and now millions of people. People live in different locations with perfect conditions to raise their families and keep their cultures alive. Today they are the Guardians of the Rainforest.

  • Kichwa People in the Napo y Pastaza provinces
  • Siona and Secoya People living in Sucumbíos province
  • Cofan People live in the Sucumbíos province
  • Waorani People living in Napo y Pastaza
  • Tagaeri-Taromenani People living in the Pastaza and Orellana
  • Shuar and Achuar People living in the Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe provinces
  • Záparo People living in the Pastaza province
  • Shiviar People living in the Pastaza province

Ecuador protects many of the Amazon Rainforest Ecosystems 

Ecuador put efforts to promote the Conservation of many ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest in a series of conservation areas and education. Check the big ones below:

  • Cofán-Bermejo Ecological Reserve in Sucumbios with an extension of 55451 ha, it was created in 2002.
  • Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Orellana and Sucumbios provinces with an extension of 590.112 hectáreas, created in 1.979.
  • Limoncocha Biological Reserve in Sucumbios with an extension of 4.613 hectares, it was created in 1.985.
  • Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, Orellana and Sucumbíos Province with an extension of 206,749 ha it was created in 1994.
  • Yasuni National Park, Orellana and Pastaza Provinces with 1’022.736 ha, it was created in 1979.
  • El Condor Biological Reserve, in the Morona Santiago province with 2.440 ha, it was created in 1.999