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A bird fond of palm, nutmeg, and laurel fruits, Long-wattled Umbrellabird is best known for the male’s pompadour crest and outrageous “wattle,” feathers that extend from the throat, over 2 feet long in adults! This young male was photographed by Brian Armstrong on our Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour.
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.