First Record of a Black-throated Green Warbler in Ecuador was Here!

First Record of a Black-throated Green Warbler in Ecuador was Here!

First Record of a Black-throated Green Warbler in Ecuador was Here!

Last 10th of March, the teams of Casa Divina Lodge and Ecuador 1000 felt an immense joy. A specimen of the Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) was recorded for the first time in Ecuador, and that happened in our small private reserve of forest in recovery!


In Spanish, this bird has several local names depending on the country it flies through. But in Ecuador it’s so rare to see it that it’s only known by the specie’s name. The Black-throated Green Warbler usually breeds in Canada and the USA, and migrates to Central America and the Antilles during the winter, being common as far as the north of Colombia and Venezuela.

Knowing that this bird has come all the way down to Ecuador, and that it’s first record has been done at Casa Divina Lodge, is a real honor. Mostly for all of us working with dedication and perseverance to the conservation of the tropical forests of the  Choco Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve .

Our lodge is located in the middle of a 6.6 ac of protected cloud forest, and besides the cabins and trails, we do our best to avoid any kind of impact to the natural dynamics of the area. In this way, the local ecosystem can freely recover and wildlife knows it’s a safe place to be. Among the 86 bird species that have been recorded in our private reserve, on a normal day you can easily spot marvelous creatures such as Rofous Motmot, Golden-headed Quetzal, Choco Toucan, Collared Aracari, Purple-throated Woodstar, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, and more than 10 kinds of Tanagers. Furthermore, this is also home for mammals like agoutis and armadillos, and for hundreds of amphibians and reptiles.

Eugeni Capella Roca, Miquel Bonet and George Wagner are the authors of this discovery. They came to our lodge to spend one night in the middle of their renowned journey Ecuador 1000, consisting in spotting 1000 species of birds around the country, without flying, in a time lapse of 75 days. They achieved it and exceeded that number by spotting 1050 species and recording 900.  Visit this link to know more about their adventure (only in Spanish).

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