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Macas & surroundings - early 2019 (1 Viewer)


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We're formulating plans for a trip to Ecuador that will center around a week or so at Casa Upano on the outskirts of Macas. It's a B&B operated by the daughter of someone we know, and apparently somewhat off the beaten path in terms of birding itineraries.

The most significant patches of undisturbed habitat are apparently Sangay National Park and portions of the Rio Upano valley. The only contemporary published bird finding guides cover northeast & northwest Ecuador, and the old (1996) guide compiled by Brinley Best, Robert Williams & others describe the avifauna as "very poorly known". Clive Green's guide from the same year devotes only one sparse paragraph to the region, almost entirely speculative.

So can anyone out there offer insight into the birding prospects expected in and around Macas, Sangay NP and Rio Upano?

Gary H
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