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Cracking its knuckles before it begins the day, this Plumbeous-backed Thrush's lead-colored back and pale blue eye are captured to good advantage in this image by David and Judy Smith from the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour.
Red-masked Parakeet, occasionally seen free-flying in the United States, is endemic to the Tumbesian region, in southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, where it is considered Near Threatened. Brian Armstrong got this sweet shot on the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year.
On the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour, this Crescent-faced Antpitta performed admirably. Many veteran Andean birders have yet to see this species, though its Osprey-like voice can be heard at dawn in a few locations in Colombia and Ecuador. Guide Willy Perez took this superb image.