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ECUADOR 2006

A few kilometers downslope from Papallacta lies the fairly new Guango Lodge, at 8,800 feet. Being part of the Bustamente Family lodges (along with San Isidro) it meets the highest standards of food and service - and the birds are preetty good, too! The Alder-dominated woodlands along the river (where Torrent Ducks are regular) are home to Grey-breasted Mountain-Toucan, numerous Hemispinguses (or is that Hemispingi?!), and the local Dusky Piha, among many others, while the hummingbird feeders play host to the abundant Tourmaline Sunangels and Tyrian Metaltails, a few Long-tailed Sylphs and White- bellied Woodstars, and one or two regular Sword-billed Hummingbirds, Chestnut-breasted Coronets, and Glowing Pufflegs, plus seasonally the rare Gorgeted Woodstar and Mountain Avocetbill put in frequent appearances. The latter species is closely tied to the flowers of the Centropogon plant, which occurs in small patches on the property - ask Alex, one of the employees, to show you this small flower, and you will increase your chances of finding the Avocetbill during periods when it is not attending the feeders:

Chestnut-breasted Coronet:



Tourmaline Sunangel: