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Southwestern Ecuador Specialties is a marvelous tour that includes land preserved by the Jocotoco Foundation. Among the prizes there is Pale-browed Tinamou, here photographed by guide Willy Perez. This shy species is a Tumbesian endemic, found only in western Ecuador and adjacent northwestern Peru.
Participant Brian Armstrong managed to get this Rainbow Starfrontlet at just the right angle to show why it is named both rainbow and starfrontlet. Six subspecies are named, and some of these could be elevated to full-species status. This bird graced the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour guided by Willy Perez this year.
Looking like a cross between a big bittern and an immature tiger-heron, Pinnated Bittern is very patchily distributed in wetlands with emergent vegetation from Mexico to northern Argentina. David and Judy Smith provide a perfect portrait from the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year.