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Birdwatching at
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

La Selva is "simply one of the world’s best birding sites."

-Ned Wheatley, Author of Where to Watch Birds in South America

Birdwatching in the Amazon Rainforest is a bucket-list sort of adventure for many birdwatchers, and there is no better place in the Amazon to see them than La Selva Lodge, located in the heart of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. After all, there are more species of birds in Ecuador alone than in all of North America combined, and a large percentage of those birds make the Amazon their home. You’re sure to see dozens of species of birds...just on the canoe trip from the town of Coca down the Napo River to get to the lodge on your first day!

We love having birdwatchers at the lodge, and here are just a few things we do to make your birdwatching experience unforgettable:

  • Native guides from local communities: they may not speak much English, but they know the local names of all of the birds, and better yet, where to find them!
  • Early breakfasts
  • An observation tower high in the rainforest canopy
  • Quiet, hand-paddled canoes for seeing birds on the lagoon and the creeks that lead in and out of it.
  • Private, specialized birdwatching guides upon request with an additional fee.


Birdwatching Highlights at La Selva Lodge

Why La Selva Lodge? Here are just a few of the many, many highlights of birding with us:

  • It's the place where the Long-tailed Potoo was first seen,
  • It’s also the place where the Ochre Striped Ant-pitta and the Cocha Antshrike were first documented;
  • The world capital of the spectacular Zig-zag Heron.
  • The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds, from tiny hummingbirds to massive Harpy Eagles
  • Our guests regularly see dazzling species such as macaws, toucans and tanagers

For more details, see our partial list of birds that you might see while at La Selva.




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