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The Birds of the Yasuni in Ecuador

The Birds of the Yasuni in Ecuador

The Birds of the Yasuni in Ecuador, among the richest avifauna in the Rainforest!

Jacamar, common bird to be found.
Jacamar, resting in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

The Yasuni as we all know the most biodiverse place on Earth. Birds are among the diverse groups of animals found in this unique location in the Amazon Basin.

When you arrive in the Yasuni, you will be welcomed by tropical birds getting diffused by the motion of the city.

As as you leave the rumbling city you will be entering to listen to a complete tune, the sounds of the forest and my are from birds living by.

It means, that an easy day would go birding whether by walk or by boat, car and sometimes by bike.

Plan and come to visit many locations to watch birds, many species can be easily found from here.

The Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador in the evergreen lowlands rainforest in the Western Amazon Basin can be visited in 30 minutes fly from Quito.

Watch Birds from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador

You can pick from many locations to watch birds by the Napor River, Coca City, Limoncocha, Taracoa, Pompeya, Dayuma.

Locations with tourism experience would be ready to perform better experience of birdwatching.

The Most Common Birds to Watch in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve

The most abundant species to be found in the Yasuni in Ecuador would depend on where you are in the moment of watching birds.

Let’s imaging, we all are in the canopy after reaching the last frontier of the Rainforest, many tourist facilities have canopy towers and another way to observe this realm closer. Check some of the birds to be found while there.

The Birds of the Yasuni in Ecuador
Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

Birds to be found in the Canopy of the Yasuni

  • Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)
  • Violaceaou Jay(Cyanocorax violaceus)
  • Russet-backed Oropendola(Psarocolius angustifrons)
  • Yellow-backed Cacique (Cacicus cela)
  • Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)
  • Spangled Cotinga(Cotinga cayana)
  • Great Potoo (Legatus leucophaius) and others.

Let’s imaging you are exploring the realms of the pristine forest and you are in an entangled forest,  check some of the bird to pay attention to this forest location

Birds to be found in the  Sub Canopy of the Yasuni

  • Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis)
  • Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus)
  • Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris)
  • Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata)
  • Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus)
  • Black-necked Red Cotinga (Phoenicircus nigricollis)
  • Red-necked Woodpecker (Campephilus rubricollis) and others.

Birds to be found in the  Understory of the Yasuni

  • Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus)
  • Gray-winged Trumpeter (Psophia crepitans)
  • Salvins’s Curassow (Mitu salvini)
  • Sooty Antbird (Myrmeciza fortis)
  • Rusty-belted Tapaculo (Liosceles thoracicus)
  • Thrush-like- Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona)
  • Ringed Antpipit (Corythopis torquatus) and others.

The Habitats Birds can be found in the Yasuni

The different habitats formations in the Yasuni have not to change for quite a long time,  the diversity of the avian fauna have adapted to live inside, the entire forest structure is suitable for life, birds found food all over the forest, the amount was endless, life was boasting.

Habitats of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve

Birds easily recognize the places more suitable for some creatures with specific needs such as food and shelter; birds patrolled long distances for fruits, insects, nesting materials, and so on.

  • Floodplain Forest;  Flat, tall forest with seasonal flooding records.
  • Terra firme; Hilly forest with no flood record in the last 100 years. away from large rivers.
  • Flooded Forest;  Short forest at edges of large Oxbow Lakes
  • Moriche Swamp;  Dense accumulation of moriche palm and other swampy plants
  • River Islands; Special habitat entire regulated by the rainfall

The Conservation of the Birds of the Yasuni National Park

The Conservation of the Birds in the Yasuni is an arguable topic case, recent studies have shown the birds are declining about 60% of its population. Due to Global Insects dropping Population.

Conservation is always among the most avoidable topic in all Conversations of all social status inside the Governmental Agencies.

Everyone associated with the Yasuni and the rest of Ecuador Biodiversity, sees, feels, notices, and accepted the economical dynamics Ecuador is involved in.

  • Hunting still Happening; thousands of people live around the Biological reserve and most have no clue they live inside the Reserve and don’t know how to behave.
  • Logging still Happening; thousands of people still chopping trees like if there is no tomorrow, large trucks are moving giants tree every night.
  • Agriculture Encroaching still Happening; a large amount of land is given to development families and political friends
  • Oil Field Opening still Happening, the eternal fight against poverty ensure more oil fields.
  • Palm Oil Plantations accepted and Happening; a brand new idea to fight poverty.

Democracy and Development are a long shot for Amazonian realities, everyone agrees big changes are coming by the end of the square and nobody is ready.

From little to nothing can be easy applied to all governmental actions, for instance making stupid economical and political decisions from decade to decade.

The prime motivation in the political agenda is to use nature as the source of bringing cash into the country, nature as prime and sole investor in Ecuador’s Economy.

Conservation takes a different lead, Conservation is a huge avenue of opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

Conservation can be profitable as a business and exist wide niches of opportunities to make a living helping the environment.

Sumaco Nahui an online platform to collect funds to establish restoration projects in the Cloud forest in Ecuador.

Yasuni Wildlife an Online Platform that sells digital and print goods collect all sell to buy the property and plant trees in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

Tourism with a pursuit in the Yasuni is helping to rethink the value behind the biodiversity for the coming years.

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Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life.

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life, focusing on the heart of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Yasuní National Park in eastern Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. In 1995, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and ForestGEO-STRI initiated a Forest Dynamics Plot in the northwest portion of the Park in lowland, aseasonal, old-growth rainforest.

Yasuni Wilderness
Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

In 1 ha of the Yasuní FDP, there are 670 tree species. Comparing this number with species counts in 1 ha of a forest at other sites—BCI, Panama (168 species); Pasoh, Peninsular Malaysia (497 species)—illustrates the exceptional richness of the Yasuní forest.

In the entire 50 ha site, we recorded 1,150 species. To date, more than 30 species have been discovered that are new to science.

Jarol Fernando Vaca began exploring the heart of the Yasuni, he entered the first time to Waorani Ethnic Reserve, I lead tours for and Ecuadorian Tour Operator, he entered into an intimate relationship that goes for good twenty years.

He explores with the first-hand sources of information to understand the roles of species, understanding the mechanics of Life in the Amazon rainforest with the Waorani people.

Organize and leads to the remote location in the Yasuni National Park

Rainforest Sounds
Rainforest Sounds

The Yasuní-ITT

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative was a project that attempted to keep over a billion barrels of oil in the ground under the Yasuni National Park, a biosphere reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The initiative was launched in 2007 which offered a perpetual suspension of oil extraction in part of the Yasuni National Park called Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) in return for payments of $3.6 billion from the international community (half of what Ecuador would have realized in revenue from exploiting the resources at 2007 prices).

It envisioned the transition to a sustainable economy, using the funds to create jobs in such sectors as renewable energy while respecting the region’s biodiversity and social equality.

One of the world’s most innovative global environmental governance mechanisms was announced to leave oil underground in an effort of co-responsibility with the world to combat climate change.

However, by 2012 only $200 million had been pledged and by 2013 the plan had abandoned and drilling started in 2016.

While the press and policy leaders have railed against the president for not completing this pioneering plan, a subtle and more important point has escaped us: the very foundations of this plan, sumak kawsay / buen vivir (the good life), and Ecuador’s constitutional rights of nature, are threatened.

The world may have missed an opportunity to move toward a more sustainable outlook for its future.

The Scientific Field Research centers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. These are located in the province of Orellana, about 280 km ESE from Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
Yasuni research station

The Yasuni Research Station is the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) Biological Station inside the Yasuni National Park on the Southern bank of the Tiputini River.

Tiputini Biological Station

Tiputini Biodiversity Station is located on the northern bank of the Tiputini River, and although separated from the Yasuni National Park by the river, the station is in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

The station is jointly managed by Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University as a center of education, research, and conservation.

Tiputini Biodiversity Station preserves a tract of 6.5 km² which mostly includes primary non-flooded forest, but there is a rather narrow belt of flooded vegetation towards the river, streams, and around a small oxbow lake.

Along the Tiputini River, several beaches are uncovered during the dry season, but all are short, never greater than 100 m. Because of its remote location and agreements with local indigenous groups, no hunting of large mammals has occurred in the area and it is possible to habituate and study primates that are difficult to observe elsewhere. The station is geared towards research and education.

Yasuni Ecuador Hotels

The Yasuni Reserve in Ecuador Have many accommodations options from luxurious  lodging facilities such as Napo Wildlife Center, Sacha Lodge, Sani, Lodge, La Selva Lodge, Napo Cultural Center, Indillama Lodge

Yasuni Ecuador Ecotourism

Tourism is the major player in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the amount of biodiversity and the access to unique destinations turns the Yasuni a Wildlife destination for specializing tourism.

You can have activities such as Birdwatching, Wildlife Photography, Educational Ecology Course, Communitarian Tourism.

Yasuní National Park Oil Drilling

Yasuni Oils’ history has begun quite a time ago.

Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni, home to uncontacted tribes, opens for oil drilling

Yasuni National Park has long been controversial for being an area rich in biodiversity that also has some of Ecuador’s largest oil reserves

Yasunı ́has outstanding global conservation significance due to its extraordinary biodiversity and potential to sustain this biodiversity in the long term:

  1. large size and wilderness character,
  2. intact large-vertebrate assemblage,
  3. IUCN level-II protection status in a region lacking other strict protected areas, and the likelihood of
  4. maintaining wet, rainforest conditions while anticipated climate change-induced drought intensifies in the eastern Amazon.

However, further oil development in Yasunı ́jeopardizes its conservation values.

Yasuni National Park Animals

The most iconical wildlife found in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, during daily excursions:

  1. Anaconda
  2. Jaguar
  3. Harpy Eagle
  4. Pink Dolphin
  5. Sloth
  6. Wooly Monkey

Ecuador Amazon Yasuni

Ecuador has about 2 % of the entire Amazon Basin, Yasuni is located in the biological crossroad turning into the most fascinating location to watch wildlife.

Watch the Jaguar  found in the Yasuni Video on YouTube

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Yasuni Orchid Garden in Ecuador Rainforest

Yasuni Orchid Garden in Ecuador Rainforest
Yasuni Orchid Garden in Ecuador Rainforest
Orchids of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

Shiripuno Lodge has created an amazing Orchids Garden with Yasuni Wild Orchids, many of them had been rescued from light gaps, fallen branches swept by the storms, broken branches, or rotten branches; many of them came in different shapes but with time most of them recover.

Yasuni Orchid Garden in Ecuador Rainforest
The Orchids of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

With patience and understanding about their ecologies such as light difference, soil needs, fungi, and others; we offer you our first group of images of this incredible world of beauty.

Yasuni Orchid Garden in Ecuador Rainforest
The Orchids of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

Orchids are a unique and diverse group of plants, which had captured the attention of humans for several thousands of years. Here a small example of the Diversity of the Yasuni Orchids.

Yasuni Orchid Garden
The Orchids of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

The right names will come soon.

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Rainforest Wildlife Camera

The Mammals of the Yasuni

The Puma is wandering in the trails of Shiripuno Lodge.

Watch the amazon Wildlife captured in the Yasuni Trap Camera, many rare species found here.

We use many Traps Cameras available to capture moments of unique Amazonian Wildlife, those moments are useful data to understand the forest dynamics, we using it use to create a baseline of pristine forest in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

We set them in many locations in the forest, we chose randomly camera station like in remote Forest Clay Licks, close & far trails, Moriche swamps, forest swamps, oxbows, feeding trees, streams, most of the times these locations have a limited number of visitors.

Many kind of Rainforest Wildlife found in our Yasun Trap Camera:

The Yasuni Trap Camera is a Sharing Initiative to promote the Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest Wildlife by bringing out of the forest images and videos from many different species of animals, many of them are the threat by Our Lifestyle and losing them is something we can’t afford.

We you had enjoyed the Rainforest Wildlife in the Yasuni Trap Camera.

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Watch “Waorani People: Using Blowgun with Poisoned Darts” on YouTube

Waorani Woman

The Waorani People are one of the last hunters and gatherers of the Western Amazon Basin.

An immense source of knowledge of the Amazon Rainforest to modern mankind, all the tricks and tips to make a living in the most biodiverse place on Earth.

Try after try, start all over again… over thousands of years. Time was not an issue as long as the forest was plentiful.

The Waorani People has no word for work. Things get done because are mandatory to survive, each individual is unique and independent. Survival belongs to all the members, a team work.

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Birds of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

Birds of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador

Baby Rufous Potoo found in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.

We found this beautiful creature on the pristine terra firme forest at Shiripuno Lodge.

Birdwatching or birding is an important tourist activity it brings people from all over the world to search for them.

Most of the major birding destination takes place in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Enjoy this little video from the Yasuni Ecuador.

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Welcome to the Yasuni!

Yasuni Wilderness

Exploring the Yasuni Wilderness since 1998!

Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. Rio Napo, Coca. Orellana, Ecuador.
Yasuni Reserva de Biosfera. Rio Napo, Coca. Orellana, Ecuador.


We venture to know into the heart of one of the biodiverse places on the Planet!

We dive into the details of the giant machinery of Life, in how this fragile works, get to know its elements.

Our curiosity to go beyond the establishment.

Understanding the Diversity of Life to Conserve it for the long run.

We propose solutions focusing on the Circular Economy of each location

We vision the Yasuni as the Western Amazon Basin Bio High Tech Hub, providing solutions to science, technology, and biodiversity.

We promote massive actions in the restoration of the Amazon Rainforest with reforestation programs & education.

We use Tourism and Conservation Biology as our main cash flow to integrate conservation activities into local farmers, indigenous and local governments.