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Buenaventura Reserve

Staging site


Current size: about 3,721acres (1,506 ha)

Home to the El Oro Parakeet the Buenaventura Reserve is known as the richest ornithological site in south-west Ecuador and is funded by WLT.


The Buenaventura Reserve

The Buenaventura Reserve protects a beautiful remnant of tropical cloud forest.

The Buenaventura Reserve is where the threatened El Oro Parakeet was discovered in 1980. This is a rare remnant tropical cloud forest at about 1000m altitude on the west slope of the Andes with a rich flora. A simple lodge was completed within the reserve in early 2004. (See a virtual tour of the lodge.)

Wildlife at Buenaventura

The reserve is home to Puma, Ocelot, Howler Monkey and Sloths and the following Globally Threatened bird species:

  • Rufous-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis erythroptera)
  • Grey-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis)
  • Ochre-bellied Dove (Leptotila ochraceiventris)
  • El Oro Parakeet (Pyrrhura orcesi)
  • Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nubicola)
  • Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)
  • Rufous-necked Foliage-Gleaner (Syndactyla ruficollis)
  • El Oro Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi)
  • Pacific Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus occidentalis)
  • Grey-breasted Flycatcher (Lathrotriccus griseipectus)
  • Ochraceous Attila (Attila torridus)
  • Long-wattled Umbrellabird (video clip of an Umbrellabird at Tapichalaca Reserve)
An El Oro Parakeet

El Oro Parakeets. The Birds are being fitted with radio transmitters as part of a research programme aimed at creating a conservation strategy for this important species, which is almost unknown outside of Buenaventura. Photo: © M.Deitrich.

The reserve is also home to over 30 near threatened and restricted range (endemic) species of birds. As well as this exceptional avifauna, the reserve is also an important site for endemic and threatened plants. Examples of plants found at Buenaventura include the folowing:

  • Habenaria
  • Sobralia
  • Oncidium
  • Dracula
  • Macroclinium
  • Brassia

Buenaventura Webcam - Webcam in the Forest

Coati feeding from the hummingbird feeder

The hummingbird feeder in front of the Buenaventura wildlife webcam attracts a variety of wildlife, including a very greedy coati family.

Hummingbird feeders by the public road are a popular attraction for local people - and now you too can see the birds, from the comfort of your home: in an ambitious initiative WLT has installed a webcam in the reserve.

The Buenaventura webcam is situated in a prime position to film the incredible variety of birds that come to the feeders in the reserve. On WLT's sister site,, you can take a virtual tour of the Buenaventura Reserve and listen to a podcast about the webcam project.

Carbon Balanced

Buenaventura is also one of WLT's Carbon Balanced Programme sites. Visit Carbon Balanced to find out more about this programme

Fundación Jocotoco reserves:

| Buenaventura | Jorupe | Narupa | Río Canandé | Tapichalaca | Utuana | Yanacocha | Yunguilla |

« Back to Jocotoco Reserves page

More Information on the Tropical Forest Project

To learn more about the Ecuador project visit the main project page: Help Save the Rainforests.

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