LA FRAGANCIA LOJA – ZAMORA ROAD
Birding Tours in Ecuador La Fragancia Loja Zamora Road.This site is located 6km from the city of zamora, between 1000 and 1600 meters in altitude. Thanks to ease of acces provided by the road, which in prior years was the main highway between Loja and Zamora, you will have no trouble getting to the area to observe the landscape and interesting avifauna.
The area is characterized by having Evergreen Foothill Forest vegetation located in the east range and Amazon tributaries of southern Ecuador. This vegetation formation is found at between 800 and 1300 meters in altitude along the sides of mountain ranges. In this fridge of vegetattion, Amazon species and those found in the Andes are mixed. This area pertains to the eastern Andean sub – macrothermal flank rainforest formation. According to Ca?adas (1983), this area is considered premontane forest and according to Harling (1979), this area includes humid low montane forest.
The native foliage in this area covers a larger percentage of earth than in neighboring area; nonetheless it is evident that in almost the entire province of Zamora Chinchipe there is a high incidence of forest fragmentation. These small, isolated forests are found in places with steep slopes that are not easily accessible. The presence of the old highway between Loja and Zamora , for many years, played a large role in the selective extraction of timber and in the change of land use for agricultural and ranching purposes, which explains the forest fragmentation and loss in the area. The vegetation that is the product of the human intervention is represented, in large part, by pasture grasses, grasses and secondary forest, or grasses and relict trees (Andrade 2006).
To complety your long bird list in southern Ecuador, here are some of the species you can find here. Birding Tours in Ecuador La Fragancia Loja Zamora Road.
Roadside Hawk, Red Billed Parrot, Glitering-throated Emerald, Lafresnaye?s Piculet, Guira Tanager, Orange-eared Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Silver-beaked Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Red-headed Barbet, Ecuatorial Graytail, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet and Yellow-olive Flatbill, Yellow cheecked Becard, Crested Oropendola. Other species such as Olivaceous Greenlet, Ash-browed Spinetail, Lined Antshrike and Grayish Saltator can be heard and often seen.
La Fragancia also is the place some target birds such as the Lanceolated Monklet and Ecuadorian Graytail. An important migrant bird founded here, is the Cerulean Warbler.