1600 bird species are found on the Ecuador mainland...a country a bit smaller than the state of Nevada.
38 more endemic species are found on the Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador straddles the equator (hence the name) and has an estimated 14.6 million people.
The climate is highly variable...according to altitude.
Three geographic regions are found...plus the Galapagos Islands:
i) low-lying coast to the west.
ii) sierra highlands running north-south in the center.
iii) Amazonian rain forest in the east.
A megadiverse country with more biodiversity per sq. km of any nation.