El Oro Parakeet, Pyrrhura orcesi

Buenaventura and Piñas. Piñas consists of about 100 hectares of tall, humid premontane cloudforest at a level of 900 -1000 meters in southern Ecuador, surrounded by cattle pastures, and it presents a unique mixture of bird species from two distinct avifaunal regions in Ecuador: the Chocó in the northwest and the Tumbesian in the southwest. The newly described El Oro parakeet was discovered in 1980 and over 250 species of birds have been recorded. The drive from Quito is about 11 hours but can also be reached in less time from Cuenca or Guayaquil. Accommodations are low standard but adequate.
Target birds: Red-masked Parakeet, Rose-faced Parrot, Black-and-white Owl, White-tipped Sicklebill, Emerald-bellied Woodnymph, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Uniform Treehunter, Brown-billed Scythebill, Scaled Fruiteater, Golden-winged Manakin, Song Wren, Three-banded Warbler, and Rufous-throated Tanager.