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JACOME-NEGRETE, Iván Vinicio  e  MONAR-BARRAGAN, Henry Paúl. Aves del sendero Cóndor Machay (cantón Rumiñahui, Pichincha-Ecuador): Evaluación de especies con valor para el aviturismo local. Siembra [online]. 2020, vol.7, n.2, pp.69-92. ISSN 2477-8850.

This study was designed with to evaluate the bird watching potential in the Cóndor Machay trail. This trail is located in the high montane forest, of Rumipamba parish, in the Rumiñahui canton (Pichincha Province-Ecuador). The birds were visually identified by eleven walk-rounds of 3.5 km carried out from La Caldera sector to the Cóndor Machay waterfall, from September 2017 to March 2018. For each species, its bird watching values were estimated as a variable that combines the parameters of aesthetics, relative abundance, perceptibility, conservation status, endemism, value, and scientific importance, cultural historical value and taxonomic singularity. In total, 58 species of 21 families and 9 orders were registered, with a predominance of hummingbirds (Trochilidae) and Passeriformes. 10 species with the greatest avituristic value were: Carunculated Caracara, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Andean Gull, Great Thrush, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch, Sparkling Violetear, Spectacled Redstart, American Black Vulture and the Andean Guan. The trail is a refuge for local Andean birds, and has a high value for the promotion of the local bird-watching tourism activities. To ensure the long-term conservation of this site, we recommend regulating the tourist carrying capacity and to implement strict rules for the visitors regarding garbage disposal and pet handling within the path.

Palavras-chave : Andes; birds; montane forest; diversity; Ecuador.

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