Masked Saltator, Saltator cinctures

Podocarpus National Park protects vast tracts of pristine cloudforest (146.280 has) which extend from the upper Amazonian (1.000 meters) to paramo at 3.600 meters. About 550 species of birds have been recorded. The Cajanuma entrance is easily accessible, only 30 minutes by car from Loja and has an extensive trail system leading one through virgin temperate cloudforests, elfin forests, up to the high paramo with lakes. The Bombuscara entrance is located an hour east of Loja near Zamora in the lower subtropics. Easy trails lead through lush, verdant rainforest from which close to 300 bird species have been seen. Allow for at least four days in Podocarpus National Park and plan your stay according to which entrance you wish to use.
Target birds for Bombuscara: Lanceolated Monklet, White-breasted Parakeet, Band-bellied Owl, Blackish Nightjar, Ecuadorean Piedtail, Highland Motmot, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Black-streaked Puffbird, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Equatorial Graytail, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Foothill Antwren, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Blue-rumped Manakin, Cinnamon Tyrant, Gray-Mantled Wren, Chestnut-vented Conebill and Olive Finch.

Target birds for Cajanuma: Masked Saltator, Tawny-breasted Tinamou, White-throated Hawk, Bearded Guan, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Red-faced Parrot, Swallow-tailed Nightjar, Neblina Metaltail, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Ocellated Tapaculo, Orange-banded Flycatcher, and Pale-footed Swallow.