Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dark-backed Wood-Quail

Another species I was very fortunate to see in Ecuador: Dark-backed Wood-Quail. According to studies by conservation groups, this is a threatened and vulnerable species, found only in a small area of western Ecuador, and an even smaller area across the border in Colombia. The number of individuals still in existence is thought to be somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 individuals, and declining. I saw this one only because Angel Paz has been coaxing it (and its family group of about five or six members) to come out of the undergrowth to eat the juicy worms he brings into the steep, cloud-forest valley where it lives.


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