Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes–Guango Lodge

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(October 14)
The Guango Lodge is on the eastern slope of the Andes at about 8,800 feet and features humid temperate forest.

Tourmaline Sunangel
Tourmaline Sunangel.
Tourmaline Sunangel
Tourmaline Sunangel
White-bellied Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar.
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Fawn-breasted Brilliant.
Buff-winged Starfrontlet (f)
Buff-winged Starfrontlet (female.)
Sapphire-vented Puffleg
Sapphire-vented Puffleg.
White-bellied Woodstars & Sapphire-vented Puffleg
White-bellied Woodstars and Sapphire-vented Puffleg.
Masked Flowerpiercer
Masked Flowerpiercer.
Masked Flowerpiercer
Flowerpiercers are the cheats of the hummingbird world. Plants that depend on hummingbirds for pollination generally produce long thin flowers that allow only a hummingbird’s specialized beak to reach in for the nectar. Flowerpiercers have short sharp beaks that can cut into the flower at the base, getting the nectar without doing any pollination.
Masked Flowerpiercer

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