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Birdwatching in Cuenca

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The Azuay capital has 13 routes recommended for birdwatching

 Birdwatching in Cuenca

(I shot that along the Tomebamba in Cuenca)

In Cuenca there are 13 recommended for bird watching, according to guide Santa Ana Avifauna of the Four Rivers routes.

About 80 species of birds have been recorded in urban and suburban areas of Cuenca, after a group of biologists investigate on the avifauna of the city.

And, according to the report, most of the city is influenced by Andean forests, mainly located in the El Cajas National Park and forest areas and protective vegetation; also has the presence of the 4 rivers and riparian vegetation that make Cuenca a privileged place for the species, especially birds.

Among the routes from which the various species of birds in the urban case they observe are: Ravine Park-Mother-Pumapungo; the Batan-El Vado-gardens of the University of Cuenca; U. Gardens Park Azuay-linear riverside park Yanuncay-Paradise; Paradise Park-linear park on the banks of river Tomebamba-intersection at the Max Uhle Avenue; linear park on the banks of river Tomebamba at the intersection with the bridge-Uhle Monay Monay-Citadel-Bikeway Max Tomebamba Avenue; and Park Avenue Loja-linear banks of the river Yanuncay-Solano Avenue.

For rural areas, also considered natural areas are: San Jose Yellow-River-Balzay Cabogana; Middle Ejido-Sayausí-Bosque Protector Yunguilla; The Middle Ejido-banks of river Misicata Yanuncay-; Capulispamba-Ucubamba; Nulti- Challuabamba; Challuabamba-The Silver-Huahuashumi; and Czech-Chiquintad. Birds such as blackbirds, sparrows, chugos, hummingbirds, doves, pigeons, and even introduced species such as parrots red heads (aratinga) of more temperate climates, they can be observed at these sites, according to Xavier Espinoza, Director Environmental Management Commission (CGA).

Espinoza said that watching the birds need to have patience and go early in the morning, which is when the birds begin to seek food.

The official said that populations of species recorded have been reduced. For that reason, he said, shall, with a fund of the State Bank, a project for the conservation of urban biodiversity Basin, which consists of environmental restoration of rivers and streams, where native species that will provide food be planted for birds and also ecological niches are created. “And so it means trying to incorporate natural habitat in the city because there has been a lot of migration of the birds, which are moving away from population centers,” he explained.

The 80 species recorded in Cuenca were reported between February and October 2013.
The book avifauna of Santa Ana of the Four Rivers was conducted by the City in partnership with the University of Azuay in order to promote the care of nature and promotes environmental and territorial sustainability.

(From El Telegrapho using Google Translate – Published 10/26/2014)

Ecuador has 1600 bird species and a Field Guide is great to have if you live here or are just visiting. Mine is called “The Birds of Ecuador” and it’s available on Amazon.

Paul Acee

Author: Paul Acee

Retired and living in Ecuador.

One Comment

  1. Hi Paul,
    Great information. My wife and I are almost retired and we are coming to Ecuador in April to scope it out. We do plan on coming to Cuenca for a few days and want to make the most of seeing the city. Would you mind if I can contact you with personal questions about best restaurants, tipping, etc.
    You mention a senior rate for the bus for those that are over 65. Do you have to obtain a special ID to get this rate or would a U.S. drivers license suffice? If I can ask questions please use my PM at Thank You, Richard

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