Orange-fronted Barbet, Capito squamatus

Centro Cientifico Rio Palenque (300 m) is a small, privately owned reserve of primary lowland rainforest (180 hectares), located 50 kms south of Santo Domingo and on the main road to Quevedo. Driving time from Quito is approximately 3 hours. Today, the Palenque forest reserve is completely surrounded by vast banana and oil palm plantations (less than 5% of Ecuador's coastal rainforest remains). It is ornithologically a very productive area where over 300 species of birds have been observed. A full day of birding is recommended and the visit can ideally be combined with a stay at Tinalandia.
Target birds: Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Spectacled Owl, Baron's Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, Ecuadorian Trogon, Western White-tailed Trogon, Red-billed Scythebill, Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner, Ochraceous Atilla, Song Wren, Guira Tanager and Crimson-breasted Finch.