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Work experience

May 2009Present

Professional Birdguide and Tourleader

Mindo Bird Tours Ltda.


Aug 2007Sep 2002

Master of Biology (MSc.)

University of Groningen (RuG)

Birding in Ecuador

My Publications

Brinkhuizen , D.M. (2013). Rufous-crowned Antpitta Pittasoma rufopileatum in Ecuador.    Neotropical Birding 12: 40-47.Brinkhuizen, D. M., Carter C., Lyons, J.A. & Albán, N.J. (2013). White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant     Myiornis albiventris, new to Ecuador. Cotinga 35: 113-115.Brinkhuizen, D. M. & de Bruin, B. (2013). Slaty-backed Forest Falcon Micrastur mirandollei     in north-west Ecuador. Cotinga 35: 109-110.Brinkhuizen, D. M. & Solano-Ugalde, A. (2012). Range extension of Chocó Vireo Vireo     masteri in Ecuador, with a description of the species’ song. Cotinga 34: 73-77.Brinkhuizen , D.M., Shackelford , D. & Altamirano Guerrero , J.O. (2012). The Long-    whiskered Owlets Xenoglaux loweryi of Abra Patricia. Neotropical Birding 10: 39-46.Solano-Ugalde, A. & Brinkhuizen, D. M. (2012). Aves, Thraupidae, Indigo Flowerpiercer     Diglossa indigotica (Sclater, 1856): New country records, natural history notes, and     occurrence in northwest Ecuador. Check List 8(2): 245-247.Woods, S., Spencer, A. & Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2012). Recent observations of White-rimmed     Brush Finch Atlapetes leucopis in Sucumbíos province, north-east Ecuador. Neotropical     Birding 11: 67-71.Brinkhuizen, D.M. & Córdova Saeteros, M.L. (2011). First photographs of Black Tinamou     Tinamus osgoodi in Ecuador with notes on subspecific identity and occurrence.     Cotinga 33: 127-128.Brinkhuizen, D.M., Velasco, D.L., Obiol, J.F., Rodríguez, G., Ardaiz Ganuza, J. & Seitz, L.     (2011). First record of Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea in western Ecuador. Cotinga 33:     127.Bot, S., Brinkhuizen, D., Pogány, A., Székely, T. & van Dijk, R. (2011). Penduline tits in     Eurasia: distribution, identification and systematics. Dutch Birding 33: 177-187.Brinkhuizen, D.M., Brinkhuizen, L. Keaveney, A.& Jane, S. (2010). Red-throated Pipit Anthus     cervinus: a new species for South America. Cotinga 32: 15-17.van Dijk, R.E., Brinkhuizen, D.M., Székely, T. & Komdeur, J. (2010). Parental care strategies     in Eurasian penduline tit are not related to breeding densities and mating     opportunities. Behaviour 147: 1551-1565.Dingle, C., Poelstra, J.W., Halfwerk, W., Brinkhuizen, D.M. &  Slabbekoorn, H. (2010).     Asymetric response patterns to subspecies-specific song differences in allopatry and     parapatry in the Gray-breasted Wood-wren. Evolution 64 (12): 3537–3548.Magrath M.J.L., Santema P., Bouwman K.M., Brinkhuizen D.M., Griffith S.C. & Langmore N.E. (2009).     Seasonal decline in reproductive performance varies with colony size in the fairy martin,     Petrochelidon ariel. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63 (5): 661-672Yu, MEI., Ming, MA., Bao-wen,HU., Brinkhuizen, D. & Szekely, T (2009). Nests and Nest-site     Selection of White-crowned Penduline Tit Remiz coronatus in the Northern Xinjiang.     Zoological Research  30(5): 565−570.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2008). One of Ecuador’s most wanted: Jocotoco Antpitta. Dutch     Birding 30: 317-319.Brinkhuizen, D.M. & Rodriguez, C. A. (2008). First record of Willet Catoptrophorus     semipalmatus in the Ecuadorian highlands. Cotinga 30: 81-82.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2007). A remarkable case of hatchling death in the Penduline tit.    Limosa  80: 109-111.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2007). Observation of Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus at the     Danube River near Stara Palanka. Ciconia 16: 103.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2007). Song of Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus heard at     Midzor, Stara Planina. Ciconia. 16: 110.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2007). Nieuw voor Groningen: Woestijnplevier. De     Grauwe Gors  35: 110-111.Brinkhuizen, D.M. & van der Schot, W. (2006). Woestijnplevieren te IJmuiden en     Eemshaven. Greater Sandplovers. Dutch Birding. 28: 339-340.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2004). Sighting of a Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus in     Knjazevac. Ciconia. 13: 205.Brinkhuizen, D.M. (2004). Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris at Babin Zub, Stara Planina.        Ciconia. 13: 218.Fontijn, W. & Brinkhuizen, D. (2004). Nieuw voor Groningen: Steppekiekendief. De     Grauwe Gors. 32: 29-35.Brinkhuizen, D., Jonker, M. & Heikamp, A. (2004). Nieuw voor Groningen: Afrikaanse     Vink. De Grauwe Gors. 32: 91-97.Brinkhuizen, D.M. & Brinkhuizen, D.C. (2004). Een Iberische Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus     brehmii in de Groninger wijk Vinkhuizen. De Grauwe Gors. 32: 157-158.Brinkhuizen, D.M., Heikamp, A. & van den Berg, A. B. (2004). Afrikaanse Vink in Haren.     African Chaffinch. Dutch Birding. 26: 84-85.Brinkhuizen, D.M., de Weerd, E. & van Wetter, P. (2004). Giervalk bij Holwerd. Gyr     Falcon. Dutch Birding. 26: 433-435.Brinkhuizen, D. (2003). Poelsnip op het Oostelijk Eemshaventerrein. De Grauwe Gors.     31: 158-161.Brinkhuizen, D. & Brinkhuizen, L. (2003). Grunneger Big Day. De Grauwe Gors.     31: 59-64.Brinkhuizen, D. & de Bruin, B. (2000). De Zwartkeellijster van de Selwerderhof.     De Grauwe Gors. 28: 139-142.


Biologist, birder and guide resident in Ecuador. I graduated at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where I conducted bird research on extra-pair paternity, breeding systems, evolution of song, speciation and community ecology in countries including Australia, China, Hungary, The Netherlands and Ecuador. I got hooked on Neotropical biodiversity and wilderness and live in the capital Quito where I work for Mindo Bird Tours. Activities apart from guiding include scientific research, exploring new areas, bird photography and bird sound recording. I am a committee member of CERO (Comité Ecuatoriano de Registros Ornitológicos) and I am founder and webmaster of AVESECUADOR. For a selection of my photo stock go to SAPAYOA! many bird photos from Ecuador and more! My list of birds seen in Ecuador stands on 1458 species!