Recinto 23 de Junio
We are a small community of farmers that migrated from the south of Ecuador in search of better land more than 30 years ago. Our struggle is representative of the many small farmers in Ecuador who have difficulties making a living from agriculture and resort to the total exploitation of the land, unfortunately we obtain very little from our work.
We are witnessing a new way of living with the arrival of bird watchers in search of the exotic Long-wattled Umbrellabird. This bird-blessing is beginning to take effect in the community as we realize that eco-turism can provide additional income to the people who can find and show the wanted bird. Many of our town members are now interested in the conservation of the forest to preserve these unique species.
Please visit us to see the Long-wattled Umbrella bird and to increase the awareness in our community of the benefits of conservation. We have enough patches of forest that provide great birds and an unforgettable birding experience. Our community lies at the bottom of some hills which can be accessed for a greater variety of birds including the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan.
During a half day birding excursion we can find many birds including: Swallow-tailed Kite, Gray-headed Kite, Roadside-Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Ruddy Pigeon, Bronze-winged Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Golden-headed Quetzal, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Long-tailed Sylph, Pacific Hornero, Buff-fronter Foliage gleaner, Red-faced Spinetail, Spotted Woodcreeper, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Golden-faced Tyrannulet, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Ornate-Flycatcher, Piratic Flycatcher, One-colored Becard, Masked-water-tirant, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Fasciated Wren, House-Wren, Bay Wren, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Tropical Parula, Slate-throated Whitestart, Blue-necked-Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Lemon-rumped Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager, Dusky Bush-Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, Shiny Cowbird, Variable Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Siskin.
Here is what our friends from 10,000 Birds had to say about our place: http://10000birds.com/pajaro-toro.htm
Many thanks to our sponsor the Puluahua Hostal for helping us build and manage this web site so we can reach more people interested in saving the forest through our eco-tourism program.
Check out these great partners for affordable birding programs that support the Ecuadorian people and businesses through the Bird Watching for Conservation Association.
Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve.- The site with the highest Choco Endemic birds in Ecuador: Indigo Flowerpiercer, Moss-backed Tanager, Rose-faced Parrot, and many more.
Pacto Sumaco.- Best birding option to visit the Sumaco Biosphere National Park and help the local community of Pacto Sumaco.
Isla Corazon offers community owned birdwatching and mangrove tours. A fantastic place to see mangrove and estuary birds and also help the comunnity of Puerto Portovelo.
Pululahua Hostal - Birding Tours that conserve the forest and money.
Refugio Paz de las Aves - A great place for bird watching difficult birds up close.
Gareno Lodge - The best place to see the Rufous Potoo and to help the conservation of the Huaorani forest.
Cueva de los Tayos.- This is a great place to see and photograph the Oilbirds close to Mindo.