Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest

The Mindo area has won the Christmas Bird Count for three consecutive years, and the Mindo-Nambillo protected forest is one of the sources that bombards the Mindo area with more than 470 birds.  The protected forest has 19,468 Hectares that range in altitude from 1220 to 4953 MASL (4000 to 16245 ft). The easiest access to the edge of  this forest is through the road that goes to the waterfalls and cable-car area. Although there is more traffic due to recent development, including the Mindo Canopying, birding is still good along the entire road.  The road that goes to the Mindo Gardens also enters the Nambillo reserve and there are some trails I have not explored yet that go from the Waterfall road to the Mindo Gardens area.

Download Mindo Birdlist here: Mindo General Area Birdlist


Chestnut-mandibled Toucan_Ramphastos swainsonii-Pano

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan - Ramphastos swainsonii


Red-billed Parrot_Pionus sordidus

Pale-mandible Aracari

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Ramphastos swainsonii

Neotropical-Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus

Pale-mandible Aracari


Green-crowened Woodnymph_Thalurania fannyi

Green-crowened Woodnymph_Thalurania fannyi


Heliodoxa imperatrix

Green-crowened Woodnymph
Thalurania fannyi

Green-crowened Woodnymph
Thalurania fannyi



Ecuadorian Thrush_Turdus maculirostris

Rusty-margined Flycatcher_Myiozetetes cayanensis_8393.jpg

Lemon-rumped Tanager_Ramphocelus icteronotus

Bubulcus ibis

Ecuadorian Thrush
Turdus maculirostris

Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Myiozetetes cayanensis

Lemon-rumped Tanager
Ramphocelus icteronotus

Golden Tanager

Guira Tanager_Heithraupis guira



Golden Tanager

Guira Tanager Heithraupis guira

Orange-bellied Euphonia
Euphonia xanthogaster

Brush Tanager


Tricolored Brush-Finch_Atlapetes tricolor

Yellow-bellied Seedeater

Seedeater Female


Tricolored Brush-Finch
Atlapetes tricolor

Yellow-bellied Seedeater

Yellow-bellied  Seedeater Female


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