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AYAMPE RESERVE

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# Species:253
# Excl Vagrants:253
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:0

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Ayampe Reserve was newly established by the Jocotoco Foundation to protect the endangered Esmeraldas Woodstar, which inhabits only a small area near the southwestern coast of Ecuador. The habitat is dry tropical forest, semi-deciduous forest, and mangroves. The woodstar inhabits these forests. They are seasonally present during the wet season and migrate out of the reservethereafter, returning at end of dry season to nest during March-May. During non-breeding season they move to higher elevation.

LOCATION OF SITE

Ayampe Reserve is located on the southwestern coast of Ecuador, northwest of Guayaquil. It is reached by taking the coastal highway from Guayaquil towards Libertad and then the Spondylus Route for about one and a half hours to Las Tunas.