You probably know that Ecuador is a biodiversity hotspot, so you will see a number of blog posts about it over time. For now, lets talk about my favorite animal: birds.
Ecuador, a country the size of Nevada, is home to 18% of the bird species in the world — 1,663 bird species, to be exact. That is more than the United states, Canada and Europe combined. This diversity is particularly stunning among hummingbirds. Ecuador actually has more than half the hummingbird species in the world. (Here are a few we have spotted. Unfortunately, of Ecuador’s bird species, 77 are considered endangered.
On our trip to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon jungle last weekend, we were fortunate enough to spot toucans and macaws, among other stunning species. But we don’t even have to go that far to appreciate the many bird species here: I spotted this fellow on my walk to work last week.