Welcome to the top of the Americas! The slopes, open grasslands, shrublands and edge of the forest along the Andes are home to fascinating plants and lots of endemic animals...
Probably Fuchsia boliviana, 'Fuchsia'.
Chroicocephalus serranus, 'Andean Gull'.
Theristicus branickii, 'Andean Black-faced Ibis'.
Phalcoboenus carunculatus, 'Carunculated Caracara'. (Trying saying the name of this bird three time fast!) Found only in the mountain grasslands & shrublands of Ecuador and Colombia.
Turdus chiguanco, 'Chiquanco Thrush'.
Spinus magellanicus, Hooded Siskin.
Zonotrichia capensis, 'Rufous-collared Sparrow', 'Andean Sparrow','Tico-tico' (Portuguese), Chingolo (Spanish).
Saltator aurantiirostris, 'Golden-beaked Saltator'.
Aglaeactis cupripennis, 'Shining Sunbeam'. Found in montane rainforest and shrubland in the Andes.
Ensifera ensifera, 'Sword-billed Hummingbird'. As suggested by the name, the bill is very long; the only bird that has a bill longer than it's body. It looks absurd, and the bird can not preen with it's own bill like most birds, but must use it's feet. When it perches, it is usually with the bill pointing upwards. They mostly feed on the nectar from flowers in the genera Datura and Passiflora, especially 'Curuba' Passiflora mixta, which it is thought to have co-evolved with. The bird is found in montane forest and shrublands in the Andes.
Patagona gigas, 'Giant Hummingbird'. Plain brown with rufous underbelly. As the names suggests, this is the largest of all hummingbirds; it is about the size of an European Starling, but is much lighter. It is found on the edge of the montane forest and in shrublands in the Andes.
Aglaiocercus kingii, 'Long-tailed Sylph'. Only the males have the longer tails, as this would be impractical for nesting females. Often seen at feeders. Found in mountain rainforest and edge in Andes.
Lama glama, Llama. This species was domesticated from of the wild Guanaco.
Viscacha look like rabbits, but are not related, and are in fact a type of rodent.
They have the ears of a bunny and the tail of a squirrel; that makes them cute twice!
Lagidium peruanum, 'Northern Viscacha'.
The author Damon Ramsey looking for Andean Condors (2015)