A post about Birds

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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.

About Katherine

Katherine lived on four different continents before settling in to Washington, D.C., to raise her family. She works at a global think tank during the day and raises twin boys the rest of the time. When she isn't working on a spreadsheet for work, she loves walking in the forest with her family, which invariably involves stomping in puddles and climbing on logs. Though she is less of a world traveler these days, she continues to seek out adventures, from exploring D.C.'s museums and playgrounds to taking road trips to national parks. When it's time to unwind, she can be found snuggling with her husband on the couch. Likes: adventures, sleeping past 7 a.m., being surrounded by forests, the sound of her boys laughing, and locally made ice cream. Dislikes: whining, the patriarchy, and people who judge parents/kids.
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