Built in the middle of the dry forest and surrounded by giant Ceiba trees, the Urraca Lodge is your gateway to birding in the Jorupe Reserve. Some 190 bird species have been seen to date, including many endemics and approximately two dozen globally threatened birds.
Endemics of the Tumbesian region of southern Ecuador you can see here include the Pale-browed Tinamou, Grey-cheeked Parakeet, Slaty Becard, Grey-breasted Flycatcher, Elegant Crescentchest, Blackish-headed Spinetail, Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner, Henna-hooded Foliage-Gleaner, Watkins Antpitta, and White-tailed Jay. Jorupe is also an excellent place to observe the King Vulture.
The Tumbesian region includes arid scrub, deserts, deciduous tropical forest, and premontane deciduous forest. The site where the Jorupe Reserve is located is an area with the most extensive remnants of forest in the region still in good condition. The reserve also covers an important altitudinal gradient, which also contributes to the diversity of species that can be seen here.