The Nature Guides of Ecuador

The Nature Guides of Ecuador

The Nature Guides of Ecuador worth reading  before coming…

We pull a series of Nature Guides of Ecuador, within which you can find useful information about most of the Wildlife to be found while you travel throughout the Cloudforest, The Andes, The Amazon and  The Galapagos Islands. Below is a short list of the most recommended to check out before coming for you Nature Trip in Ecuador.

The Field Guide of the Birds of Ecuador

2nd edition. by Miles McMullan & Lelis Navarrete

The Second Edition of the Fieldbook of the Birds of Ecuador novelties are:
An appendix with the most striking mammals sought after by visitors.
It includes 20 new bird species that have been registered in Ecuadorian territory to date (March / 2017).
The maps of the species present the different subspecies that exist in Ecuador.
400 new illustrations, many of which have not been published previously.
The taxonomy – although not the linear sequence – reflects the classification used by the IUO (IOC) in the list of birds of the world published in January 2017, version 7.1

+ 1680 species illustrated
+3000 illustrations

Wildlife of Ecuador

A Photographic Field Guide to Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians

Andrés Vásquez Noboa
Photography by Pablo Cervantes Daza

Mainland Ecuador’s spectacular wildlife makes it a magnet for nature tourists, but until now there hasn’t been a go-to, all-in-one guide geared to the general reader. With this handy and accessible guide, visitors now have everything they need to identify and enjoy the majority of birds and animals they are likely to see. Written and illustrated by two of Ecuador’s most experienced naturalist guides and photographers, this book covers more than 350 birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It features over 400 stunning color photographs and includes a range map for each species, as well as a brief account of the country’s natural history and biogeography. With its extensive coverage, attractive and easy-to-use layout, beautiful photographs, and nontechnical text, this is an essential guide for anyone who wants to explore the natural wonders of Ecuador.

An essential all-in-one guide to mainland Ecuador’s amazing wildlife
Unique and attractive layout with more than 400 stunning color photographs
Covers more than 350 of the most frequently seen birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
Uses a habitat-based approach to aid identification
Accessible text provides key information on identification, behavior, biology, and conservation
Photos, maps, and text are presented together for ease of use
First published in 2017.

All Birds Ecuador

A complete field guide to identify all bird species recorded in Ecuador – incl. songs + calls!

It is based on renowned reference work of the Helm Guide Series “Birds of Northern South America” by Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, and Miguel Lentino. The creation of apps from the book is a co-production between Bloomsbury Plc and Sunbird Images. The app contains 5,300 illustrations and more than 4,000 bird songs and calls in total.

James Lowen of Neotropical Birding magazine writes:

“Condensing Restall’s two-volume work into an app, while remaining usable, is no mean feat—and Sunbird Images deserve recognition for successfully doing so. Navigation is admirably straightforward.”

This app belongs to the Sunbird Images BLUE LABEL series. BLUE LABEL series are top notch digital field guides which provide the most comprehensive data available. They stand for completeness including even the very rare species and vagrants which have only been recorded once or a few times in a region. Even the rare species are illustrated and described in detail featuring a full species account.

No other bird app for this region offers the following:

  • all 1,612 Ecuadorian bird species including all vagrants
    selection of 5,000 illustrations from the reference work “Birds of Northern South America”
  • all subspecies + geographic, age and sex variations illustrated more than 3,000 bird songs and calls!
  • most advanced Compare Mode of any bird app – compare up to 16 species
  • images / songs / maps spectrograms of all songs + details where songs were recorded
  • detailed distribution maps of Northern South America down to subspecies
  • level introduction contains hints and links on bird watching in Ecuador
  • create sighting lists and sort by place, date, group, and name automatically
  • plots all birds on a map via GPS, editable make notes for each bird spotted
  • a simple identification key narrows species down sort and display species: A-Z, 6 different languages, taxonomic

Ecuador is a prime birding spot and a country of extremes. It covers altitudes between coastal regions up to heights of more than 6,000 m and habitats that include coasts with beaches, Desert Woodland and Arid Scrub, Páramo, Temperate as well as Subtropical Montane Forest (Cloud Forest/ Elfin Woodland), the Amazon Rainforest in particular, Swamps and Mangroves.

Ecuador has the highest biodiversity per square kilometre in the world, with an unlimited number of possibilities for birding.

The Birds of Ecuador: Field Guide Paperback – June 26, 2001

by Robert S. Ridgely (Author),‎ Paul J. Greenfield (Author),‎ Frank Gill (Foreword)

The Birds of Ecuador comprehensively treats the nearly 1600 species of birds that can be found in mainland Ecuador. The authors describe Ecuador this way: “One of the wonders of the natural world. Nowhere else is such incredible avian diversity crammed into such a small country. . . . Birds are, happily, numerous in many parts of Ecuador: even the downtown parks of the big cities such as Quito and Guayaquil host their complement.”

Volume II, the field guide volume of this two-volume set, contains 96 full-color plates and facing pages of descriptive text, a color map of Ecuador, along with two line drawings of bird anatomy, 115 silhouette outlines, and nearly 1600 distribution maps. All species are illustrated in full color, including migrants and vagrants and visually distinctive subspecies. The text focuses on the field identification aspects of each species, including their behavior, vocalizations, and nest appearance.

The two volumes of The Birds of Ecuador are available separately or may be purchased as a slipcased set.

Birds of EcuadorSpangled Coquette

The aim of this gallery is to market my pictures to a wide audience. It is also to give visitors an idea of the great diversity this small country has to offer and that is why some images of rather poor quality have been included.
As of mid december 2017 these galleries have pictures of 1236 species all taken in mainland Ecuador. Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos have 1264 species.

Hummingbirds of Ecuador Kindle Edition

by Paúl Guerrero G. (Author)Hummingbirds of Ecuador by [Guerrero G.,Paúl]

This photo book is the result of many year of field work, waiting patiently the perfect moment to catch the perfect shot of each species of hummingbird.

In Ecuador live near of 130 of the 343 existing species worldwide. The surprising abundance of this birds in the country has earned him the title of “Land of Hummingbirds”.

Within the field of photography, bird documentation is a complex task and, with the hummingbirds, it is even more. This is due, first, to the dizzying speed at which they move, which makes it nearly impossible to photograph them in their natural habitat; second, it is the fact that to achieve high image quality, it is necessary to have heavy and extremely expensive telephoto lenses. However, thanks to technological advances and the placement of feeders in strategic points of the country, now it is possible to obtain profesional quality images, and with a much lower investment in equipment.

The images presented here are only a little showcase of the huge variety of species existing in this small but rich country called Ecuador.

Birds of Ecuador and Galapagos (Pocket Photo Guides) Paperback – May 9, 2017

by Clive Byers (Author)

Although it is one of South America’s smallest countries, Ecuador is home to nearly 1,600 species of birds. This is thanks to the huge variety of habitats created by the Andes. The country is a birder’s paradise and an increasingly popular tourist destination. Areas such as Tandayapa, Mindo and La Selva are renowned for their birdwatching potential and boast such dramatic species as Toucan Barbet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Giant Conebill and Ocellated Tapaculo, plus an array of brightly colored manikins, cotingas, tanagers and hummingbirds. Offshore, the Galapagos Islands provide one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.Two hundred and fifty-two of Ecuador and the Galapagos’ most interesting and spectacular birds are featured in this concise and easy-to-use guide.

Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Birds of Ecuador (Helm Field Guides)

Robin Restall; Juan Freile9781408105337: Birds of Ecuador (Helm Field Guides)

This up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the birds of mainland Ecuador is a valuable resource for anyone exploring the mountains, forests and wetlands of this incredibly bird-rich country. With thousands of beautiful and detailed paintings, accompanied by concise descriptions and accurate maps, this is an indispensable guide to bird identification in Ecuador.

· Covers every species and most subspecies recorded in Ecuador, including migrants and vagrants, with accurate and up-to-date distribution maps.

· 291 colour plates illustrating more than 1,630 species, with text on facing pages for quick and easy reference.

· Concise text covering identification, voice, habits, habitats, range, distribution and status.

Birds of Western Ecuador: A Photographic Guide Paperback – June 14, 2016

by Nick Athanas (Author),‎ Paul J. Greenfield (Author),‎ Iain Campbell (Contributor),‎ Pablo Cervantes Daza (Contributor),‎ Andrew Spencer (Contributor),‎ Sam Woods (Contributor)

Western Ecuador is famed for its astonishingly diverse birdlife, from colorful hummingbirds and outrageous toucans to more difficult groups like raptors, flycatchers, and ovenbirds. Here is the ultimate photographic guide to the spectacular birds of this region. Featuring nearly 1,500 stunning color photos of 946 species, this richly detailed and taxonomically sophisticated field guide will help you with even the toughest identification challenges. Species accounts, photos, and color distribution maps appear side by side, making it easier than ever to find what you are looking for, whether you are in the field or preparing for your trip.

Features nearly 1,500 photos of 946 species
Includes facing-page species accounts, photos, and maps
Provides photos of multiple plumages for many species
Helps you to differentiate between similar species

Wildlife of the Galápagos: Second Edition (Princeton Pocket Guides) Paperback – January 5, 2016

by Julian Fitter (Author),‎ Daniel Fitter (Author),‎ David Hosking (Author)

Since its first publication more than a decade ago, Wildlife of the Galápagos has become the definitive, classic field guide to the natural splendors of this amazing part of the world. Now fully updated, this essential and comprehensive guide has been expanded to include the more than 400 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, and other coastal and marine life of this wondrous archipelago. Over 650 stunning color photographs, maps, and drawings are accompanied by accessible, descriptive text. This new edition includes information about all the common fish of the region and Spanish names are featured for the first time. There is also a revised section that discusses the islands’ history, climate, geology, and conservation, with the most current details on visitor sites.

This is the perfect portable companion for all nature enthusiasts interested in the astounding Galápagos.

Covers 400+ commonly seen species, including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, and other coastal and marine life
Illustrated with over 650 color photographs, maps, and drawings
Includes maps of visitor sites
Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area
Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands.

Galapagos Birds: Wildlife Photographs from Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago, the Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, and the Words of Herman Melville, … FitzRoy (Galapagos Islands Nature Series) Paperback – February 12, 2015

by Lynn Michelsohn (Author),‎ Moses Michelsohn (Photographer)

Exotic Galapagos Islands Birds!

Glimpse the unique world of Galapagos Island birdlife through brief selections from the writings of world-famous visitors and the camera of a modern-day nature photographer.

Nearly 200 years ago, British naturalist Charles Darwin, American novelist Herman Melville, and HMS Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy of the Royal Navy all traveled to Ecuador’s famous archipelago, the Galapagos Islands.

All three visitors marveled at the unique birdlife they found during their Galapagos Islands travel, from the “man-of-war hawk . . . strong bandit birds, with long bills cruel as daggers” to “penguins . . . erect as men”

Now, nature photographer Moses Michelsohn captures this exotic Galapagos Island birdlife in 25 striking color photographs.

Galapagos Birds (6,000 words, 40 pages in paperback) includes:

~ Darwin’s discussions of finches, mockingbirds, and other Galapagos Islands birds from Voyage of the Beagle.
~ Melville’s “Sketch Third. Rock Rodondo,” featuring descriptions of birdlife in this unique world, from The Encantadas or The Enchanted Isles.
~ Captain FitzRoy’s musings on the cause of the Galapagos Island birdlife diversity that he saw during HMS Beagle’s round-the-world survey voyage.
~ Moses Michelsohn’s wildlife photographs of common Galapagos Island birds beloved by today’s visitors.
~ Lynn Michelsohn’s brief but insightful introductions to the Galapagos Island writings of Darwin, Melville, and FitzRoy.

Enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands!

Leave a Reply