All photos and paints copywright Dr George Cruz
San Jorge Birds and Mammals Specials
Indigo Crowned Quail Dove
Birds and Mammals – Special Encounters at San Jorge Eco-Lodges
During your visit to The Magic Birding Circuit, be sure to sign up to see one of the unique Bird and Mammal Observations that are offered by our guides. San Jorge Eco-Lodges has began to develop the process in which guests can enjoy watching a variety of tamed birds and mammals found at our feeders and birding reserves. At San Jorge’s three eco-lodges, Ecuadorian birding local guides Stalin, Camilo and Vicente after months of work , they feed birds and mammals in our feeders . This is a new highlight to our program.
The Banded Ground Cuckoo
By Cheryl Korowotny
The Magic Birding Circuit is famous for its bird life with over 1,000 species, but imagine the thrilling amazement when birding guide Dr. Jorge Cruz with birders Ken and Susy Goodier, Chuck and Nancy Williams and Bill and Lena Proebsting spotted the Banded Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus). Two of these birds have been recently sighted (February 2011) and confirmed on the property of San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve. This species of cuckoo is in the Cuculidae family and found in the Choco of western Colombia and Ecuador.
This is the first hand reporting on finding the Banded Ground-Cuckoo as told by Dr. Jorge Cruz, owner of San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves of Ecuador. "I was guiding our birding group and we spotted the Banded Ground-Cuckoo near the lodge, eating ants. I had received several reports from our local guide, Camilo, the bird had appeared very swiftly a few weeks ago. This time the bird seemed more confident and decided to leave the lush forest and show up near the lodge. There are at least two of them which were viewed. They were found mixed in a flock of Antbirds, Woodcreepers and some Antwrens all looking for the huge group of ants in this magical forest. The birds also scourer foliage, stems and tree-trunks and catch prey such as grasshoppers disturbed by army ants. These Cuckoo's live at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, with many other rare birds, along with the Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, the Plumbeous and Semi-collared Hawks, the Long-wattled Umbrella birds, Indigo crowned Quail Doves, the Golden-winged, Club-winged, White-bearded Manikins and Glistening-green Tanager."
The Banded Ground-Cuckoo is famous for just how difficult they are to see, some of them almost never encountered in life. Part of the problem is that the species depends on primary forests, which are rapidly disappearing or becoming degraded. Banded Ground-Cuckoo is included in the art book: "The Fifty Rarest Birds of the World" . According to BirdLife International, "This species occurs at very low population densities and is often absent even from seemingly appropriate habitat; overall it is considered to have a very small and fragmented population that is isolated in small subpopulations. In most of its range, habitat loss and degradation are proceeding rapidly, indicating that there are significant and ongoing declines in range and population. Locally it is opportunistically hunted for food. This combination of factors has led to its uplisting to Endangered."
According to other found articles, "Ground-Cuckoos are an extremely interesting, much desired group of birds, whether you are talking of the Asian species or the Neomorphus species in the Neotropics. This is for two main reasons – they are all attractive, striking birds and all of them are downright difficult to see, some of them almost never being encountered in life. The Banded Ground-Cuckoo falls into this latter category: It has for many years been one of the hardest and least seen of all the endemic birds of the Chocó region (this region encompasses northwest Ecuador and western Colombia)."
San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves of Ecuador are privately owned and operated by Dr. Jorge Cruz who is the head birding guide at The Magic Birding Circuit. For additional information please visit: www.sanjorgeecolodges.com
Banded Ground Cuckoo - San Jorge de Milpe
Photos by Dr. Jorge Cruz, San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve, Ecuador
San Jorge Birds and Mammals Specials
This is a small sample of around 1000 bird species that The Magic Birding Circuit covers. At the feeders during the day, we can see a Tyra (Mustelid family) and the Agouti crossing the trails. During our night walks, one can be very surprised to see Kinkajou, Porcupine, Opossum and other wildlife passing by. We are presently working to attract the more difficult to see, Red-tailed Pigmy Deer, Giant Anteater, Sloth and Ocelot.
Birds commonly seen at San Jorge feeders during the year:
Bay Wren, Red-headed Barbet, Black-capped Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Chesnut-back Antbird, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Golden tanager, Golden headed Quetzal, Golden Rumped Euphonia, Uniform Antshrike, Blue Grey Tanager, Spangled Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Golden-headed Quetzal, Immaculate Antbird, Indigo-crown Quail Dove, Masked Flowerpiercer, White Sided Flowerpiercer ,Black Flowerpiercer, Orange-bellied Euphonias, One colored Baccard, Cinnamon baccard, Thick Billed Euphonia, Orange-billed Sparrow, Rufous-fronted Wood Quail, Rufous Motmot, Scale-crested pigmy Tirant, Southern-yellow Grosbeck, Thick-billed Euphonias, Uniform Antshike and dozens more!!. There are also up to 65 species of Hummingbirds. In the highlands, the Rufous-banded Owl who was born near our hacienda, can be heard in the surroundings.
Some birds that arrive to feeders or to a certain area
San Jorge New Bird Pics
San Jorge Quito.
With 25 cents take the trole bus in any place of the city( south to north direction),
Stop in the North Trole City Station. Inside this station,
take a "feeder trole bus" to PARQUE DE COTOCOLLAO. Its a white /green bus.
Once in this park, you can take a bus( Rancho -Ofelia) and make the driver stop in Hosteria San Jorge entrance (4 km uphill). 25 cents.Walk for 1 km and arrive. From this park you can take a taxi, for 8 USD or you can take a pick up for 5 USD and be transported directly to Hosteria San Jorge.
We offer safe, direct and private shuttles 24 hour day service from the airport or any place of the city.
10 USD per pax during day or 15USD per pax during night.
R. Almeida. N 42-191 e Hidalgo de
Pinto (Urb. Quito Tennis )
Quito - Ecuador
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(593 2) 224 7549
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