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Murray Cooper has been working at documenting the extraordinary diversity of neo-tropical rainforests since 1998, where his main focus has been birds and micro-photography, and is compiling one of the most important and impressive collections of neotropical birds. His principal focus has always been to capture the more rare and unknown birds of his Tropical Andean home - the most bird-diverse region in the world.

His work has been well published internationally, including National Geographic, Time and Natural History Magazine, plus he has published over 10 photography books - the more notable being Aleteo – Birds in Ecuador, Birds of Colombia, Hummingbirds of Colombia and Hummingbirds of Ecuador. He works extensively in neighboring Colombia, where he has brought out two pioneering books on the most diverse bird country on the planet: Birds of Colombia and Hummingbirds of Colombia, and is currently completing one on Llanos region of this spectacular country.
He also donates a lot of his time and images to local conservation causes in Ecuador, as well as to international organizations.

South African born, he has made a home of Ecuador since 1991. He spent the first eleven years working on conservation of the Choco Rainforests, where he co-founded a 21 000 acre reserve, and lived eight hours by mule into the forest. Since 2002 he has been living on a farm in the cloud-forests of the Choco, stepping boldly into the 21st Century with road access, power-lines and internet! He also happens to produce some of the worlds top coffee's on his Firefly Farm.
Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) feeding on berry, Ecuador
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00565666 Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) feeding on berry, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) with orchids, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443895 Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) with orchids, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris), Choco Rainforest, Ecuador
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00565670 Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris), Choco Rainforest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila americana) on flowering tree, Ecuador
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00565683 Variable Seedeater (Sporophila americana) on flowering tree, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Wasp (Vespidae) group on nest, Ecuador
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00565693 Wasp (Vespidae) group on nest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) hummingbird feeding on flower nectar, Ecuador
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00565694 Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) hummingbird feeding on flower nectar, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), Ecuador
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00565696 Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), Ecuador© Murray Cooper
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male flying, Ecuador
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00565716 White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male flying, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) flying, Ecuador
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00565724 Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) flying, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) hummingbird, Ecuador
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00565747 Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) hummingbird, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis), Ecuador
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00565760 Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis), Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) hummingbird, Colombia
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00565776 Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) hummingbird, Colombia© Murray Cooper
Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) hummingbird feeding on flower nectar, Colombia
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00565777 Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) hummingbird feeding on flower nectar, Colombia© Murray Cooper
Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) male courting female at lek, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador. Sequence 3 of 3
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00565781 Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) male courting female at lek, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador. Sequence 3 of 3© Murray Cooper
Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi), Ecuador
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00565805 Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi), Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) group flying, Ecuador
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00565811 Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) group flying, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
White-tailed Trogon (Trogon chionurus) with butterfly prey, Ecuador
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00565815 White-tailed Trogon (Trogon chionurus) with butterfly prey, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Hooded Mountain-Tanager (Buthraupis montana), Ecuador
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00565820 Hooded Mountain-Tanager (Buthraupis montana), Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus) feeding on fruit, Ecuador
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00565835 Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus) feeding on fruit, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male feeding on flower nectar, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00449697 White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male feeding on flower nectar, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) in lowland rainforest, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00449699 Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) in lowland rainforest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) feeding frog to chicks, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443529 Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) feeding frog to chicks, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Choco Toucan (Ramphastos brevis) feeding on fruit, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443332 Choco Toucan (Ramphastos brevis) feeding on fruit, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) male courting female at lek, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador. Sequence 2 of 3
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00565780 Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) male courting female at lek, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador. Sequence 2 of 3© Murray Cooper
Pale-mandibled Aracari (Pteroglossus erythropygius) group feeding on fruit, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador
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00565763 Pale-mandibled Aracari (Pteroglossus erythropygius) group feeding on fruit, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) skimming, Ecuador
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00565740 Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) skimming, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) male, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443519 Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) male, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Wasp (Vespidae) group at nest, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador
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00565677 Wasp (Vespidae) group at nest, Choco Rainforest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Red-bellied Macaw (Ara manilata) group on snag, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00455606 Red-bellied Macaw (Ara manilata) group on snag, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Treehopper (Bocydium sp) group, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443242 Treehopper (Bocydium sp) group, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda) male displaying at lek, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00449838 Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda) male displaying at lek, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) males diplaying, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00449712 Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) males diplaying, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Fiery Topaz (Topaza pyra) hummingbird female at nest, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443925 Fiery Topaz (Topaza pyra) hummingbird female at nest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) with orchids, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443897 Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) with orchids, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus), Colombia  -  Murray Cooper
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00443883 Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus), Colombia© Murray Cooper
Rose-faced Parrot (Pionopsitta pulchra) pair fighting, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443759 Rose-faced Parrot (Pionopsitta pulchra) pair fighting, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides) hummingbird male and butterfly feeding on flower, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443745 Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides) hummingbird male and butterfly feeding on flower, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus), Colombia  -  Murray Cooper
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00443275 Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus), Colombia© Murray Cooper
Spix's Night Monkey (Aotus vociferans) group looking out of tree hole, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443676 Spix's Night Monkey (Aotus vociferans) group looking out of tree hole, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) hummingbird male, Peru  -  Murray Cooper
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00443675 Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) hummingbird male, Peru© Murray Cooper
White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) hummingbird parent feeding chicks at nest, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443644 White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) hummingbird parent feeding chicks at nest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) male basking, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443524 Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) male basking, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae) male with insect prey, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443506 Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae) male with insect prey, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) female feeding on flower, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443451 Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) female feeding on flower, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Chachi Tree Frog (Hypsiboas picturatus), Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443369 Chachi Tree Frog (Hypsiboas picturatus), Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Saffron-headed Parrot (Pionopsitta pyrilia), Colombia  -  Murray Cooper
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00443299 Saffron-headed Parrot (Pionopsitta pyrilia), Colombia© Murray Cooper
Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) chick and parent at nest, Ecuador
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00565824 Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) chick and parent at nest, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) emerging from nymph, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443266 Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) emerging from nymph, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) emerging from nymph, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443265 Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) emerging from nymph, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) hummingbird in territorial display, Colombia
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00565575 Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) hummingbird in territorial display, Colombia© Murray Cooper
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