Birding Factoids

1,104 species
in 69 families

213 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
97 endemic species

CIA Travel AdvisoryChecklist of Mexican BirdsConservation, Biodiversity and the EnvironmentTours and GuidesEco-lodgesSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information

Check out Guiliano Gerro and Silvio Sommazzi's Mexican Birds
Nick Lowton's Mexico Bird Galleries
and Cliff Buxton's Gallery of Mexican Bird Photos
or join Steve Nanz on his Photo Safari to Mexico.

This page does not identify the relative ranking of the birding "hotspots".
Click here to find out about the way that sites were identified.

Mexican Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. For some of the birds, you can click on the birds for more info... )
Crested Carcara - Mexican National Bird - Photo by Andrew Wilson
Photo copyright Andrew Wilson
Thick-billed Parrot - Photo copyright Phillip Coffey
Photo copyright Phillip Coffey
Audubon's Oriole - Photo copyright Peter Weber
Photo copyright Peter Weber
Green-backed Sparrow - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Bananaquit - endemic race from Cozumel
Courtesy of Ducks Unlimited, Mexico
Little Tinamou - Photo copyright Richard Garrigues
Photo copyright Richard Garrigues
White-eared Hummingbird - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
Wood Stork - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Redhead or Huasteco Parrot - endemic to Mexico
Grey-necked Wood Rail - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
King Vulture - endangered - Photo by Ernesto Enkerline
Courtesy of Ducks Unlimited, Mexico
Red-throated Ant-tanager - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Tropical Kingbird - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
White-winged Dove - Photo copyright Peter Weber
Photo copyright Peter Weber
Green-breasted Mango - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Yucutan Woodpecker - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Bananaquit - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Rufous-collared Sparrow - Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Lineated Woodpecker - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Pinnated Bittern - Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Streaked-headed Woodcreeper - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Mangrove Swallow - Photo copyright Guido Band
Photo copyright Guido Band
Tropical Pewee - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Spectacled Owl - Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Cozumel Emerald - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Pacific Screech-Owl - Photo copyright Tyler Hicks
Photo copyright Tyler Hicks
Melodious Blackbird - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    ....El Cielo Biosphere Reserve is a 356,872-acre site stretching from the
      eastern to the western slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental. The tropical forest around the town of Gomez Farias near El Cielo is a paradise for birdwatchers with species such as the warbling vireo, amethyst-throated hummingbird and least pygmy-owl. Bird list. Or check out Troy Gordon's site on El Cielo. Also this site.
    ....Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve - Encompassed in this relatively
      small area is a broad range of almost unexplored ecosystems.
    ....Birding in Mexico's Copper Canyon - Written by Keith Albritton, 
      guide in Batopilas and Bird Expert. Incised in the Pacific slope of the Sierra Madre Occidental, the network of canyons known collectively as "Copper Canyon". Easily one of the largest and most complex canyon systems in the world, the area contains a vast array of habitats. It is the combination of these habitats that allow for such a diversity of resident, migrating, and wintering bird species; more than 400 in all!
    ....Bird Watching in Mexico - Mexico is habitat to hummingbirds, 
      woodpeckers, macaws, parrots, vultures, toucans, and quetzals. Few places in Mexico are without our feathered friends, though some places are particularly good for bird-watching, such as southern Mexico (El Triunfo in Chiapas, Calakmul in Campeche and Celestun, and R’o Lagartos and the Sian Ka'an in Quintana Roo).
    ....Birding in Mexico - Puerto Vallarta - With more than 300 species of
      birds, Puerto Vallarta is called El Paraíso or Paradise. This site provides maps, checklists, and information on specialities and endemics.
    ....Ixtlan de Juarez: Oaxaca's Northern Sierra - by Norma Angelica
      Montes R. and Gustavo Ramírez Santiago. The Northern Sierra is the perfect destination for nature lovers, since it is home for an array of plants and animals, including five hundred species of birds.
    ....Oaxaca at Christmastime - This commercial site provides an itinerary
      regarding birding in Oaxaca. The area has also acquired a reputation among birdwatchers, for in the immediate surroundings of the city one can find a variety of habitats, from desert and oak-thorn scrub to pine and cloud forest. Birds of at least three distinct faunal regions occur here, among them many of Mexico's most notable endemic species.
    ....A Site Guide to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico - by Peg Abbott. 
      Looking for an great winter escape fairly close to home? A mere four-hour drive from either Tucson or Phoenix will bring you to a beautiful, white sand beach and fabulous birding. Puerto Peñasco lets you capture the exotic without the time and expense of a long vacation. It is quickly emerging as a popular location for birders.
    ....World Conservation Monitoring Centre - information on protected  ...
    ....El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve - by Fulvio Eccardi and Cesar Carrillo
      in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. See also this site by Philip D. Tanimoto, November 1997.
    ....Calakmul Biosphere Reserve - The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in
      southern Mexico protects 723,000 hectares of some of the most important humid tropical forest in Mesoamerica. Home to 350 different kind of migratory and native birds (including the threatened great curassow), as well as howler and spider monkeys, the Reserve also provides habitat for five of the six species of cat found in Mexico.
    ....The Birdlife of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - With an amble list
      of 345 species, (which would no doubt increase with special attention given to the migrating shorebirds), Sian Ka'an is certainly well worth a visit by birdwatchers. The total number of species represents 33% of all species identified for the entire country of Mexico and 67% of those reported for the Yucatan Peninsula.
    ....The Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, by Sonja Macys, November
      1996. This reserve is best known for its spectacular
      flocks of American Flamingos, can be reached by car. Take Highway 281 through Uman or Hunucmá and follow signs for Celestún. Over 320 species have been identified in the Biosphere Reserve of which many are permanent residents. For the true bird watcher, the best time to visit is in the winter when migrants abound.
    ....Ría Lagartos, Yucatán - The Ría Lagartos estuary is located 270km
      from Mérida, the capital of the province on the northeast coast of the state of Yucatán. The area is considered outstanding for birds, with a total of 72 migratory and 141 resident species. The symbol of the reserve is the Greater Flamingo and the area is an important nesting site for this species. More information.
    ....The El Eden Reserve - El Eden is only 2 hours away from Cancun
      (30 miles to the northwest) in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is located in the outstanding bioregion known as "Yalahau" (in Maya means "where the water is born") at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition to El Eden, this region includes the protected areas of Ria Lagartos, Isla Contoy and Yum Balam. 
    ....La Laguna de Santa Maria del Oro, Nayarit, Mexico. Birding at a
      volcanic lake - A subtropical birders paradise. There are a large number of birds in different habitats (lake, streams, fields,      roadside, mountain, and urban) in a relatively small area, offering excellent winter birding in a moderately warm and dry climate. Includes a local bird list. Visitors can also look for Ben Wassick at Koala Bungalows, where he spends most of the winter. There are accomodations and an RV park there, which is rare for a good birding site in Mexico. Or e-mailBen Wassink - "When I'm there, I do take birders around and help them in anyway I can. I'm not a professional guide, so I don't charge people." 
    ....Raptor Rapture in Veracruz - Tropical Conservation Newsbureau -
      January, 1997. The raptors, or birds that hunt, come from all over North America, funneling down through the narrow waist of Mexico and Central America to their wintering grounds. Geography and favorable winds condense the birds over Veracruz during their journeys south and north. 
    ....Birds of Cozumel - A brief paragraph part way down this page of
      general information about Cozumel identifies a few key birding locations. 
    ....Iowa Ornithological Member's Mexican Adventure - An illustrated Trip
      Report by Matt Kenne. On Friday, February 13, 1998, a diverse group of Iowans met at the Monterrey Inn in Laredo, Texas, to embark on a birding trip through Tamaulipas and San Louis Potosi, Mexico with Bob and John Cecil.
    ....Manzanillo - The laguns of Manzanillo are a good place to see all the
      wild birds, especially at the Lagun of the Garzas and the Lagun of the Cuyatlan. Maps are included on the site.
    ....Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge - 358 species of birds,
      such as: crested mandible toucan, ornate hawk eagle, red-lored parakeet and the red-capped manakin and harpy eagle.
    ....Birding in Mexico - by the Rio Grande Valley Bird Observatory
      reports of research trips and tours to: 
      • Lake Catemaco 
      • E. San Luis Potosi and N. Veracruz 
      • Catemaco, Una Vez Mas! 
      • Sierra Gorda, Queretaro 
    ....Man and the Biosphere Reserves in Mexico - clickable map
      showing location of reserves.
    ....Birding the State of Sinaloa, by Alwin A.K. van der Heiden. 
      Information is provided here on birding in Mazatlan Sinaloa, the Sierra Madre Occidental, and the Pacific lowlands and foothills.
    ....Marismas Nacionales International Reserve, Sinaloa and Nayarit,
      Mexico. Part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. 
    ....Trip Report: Desierto de los Leones Recreational Park, Mexico City -
      by Charlie Moores. March 2005.
    ....Trip Report: Birding and Duding in Yucutan and Belize, July 26 to 
      August 31, 2003. By Tim Allwood and Claire Stephenson. There’s no feeling like that of the roar and pull of the engines of a jet as you travel down the runway, and this year our destination was the endemism hotspot of the Yucutan peninsula in Mexico, and Belize. After last year’s epic expedition into darkest Peru we fancied a slightly more sedate trip with the chance to relax, swim, meet a few people and generally doss about with a beer or two. This area has many endemic species and subspecies (a fair few probable splits in the pipeline) along with many more species endemic to the wider area of Central America. 
    ....Mexico Travel Diary - March 14 - 31, 2002, by James Ownby. 
      The best place to find the Tufted Jay, endemic to the Sierra Madre Occidental in western Mexico is Barranca Rancho Liebre, a canyon near the Mazatlan - Durango highway in Sinaloa state. 
    ....Mexico Trip Report - 2001. By Nicholas Block. Three other college
      students and I recently made a 10-day road trip to northeastern México, concentrating on the El Naranjo/Gómez Farías and Tlanchinol regions. We hoped to see all the northeastern endemics and as many other Mexican specialties as possible.  We missed one endemic, unfortunately, most likely due to the fact we spent little time in the best habitat for it.  However, the trip was very successful overall, logging 262 total species without any coastal birding at all and little lowland or wetland birding. 
    ....Trip Report: Yucatan Peninsula (incl. Tikal – Guatemala)
      by Daniel Kronauer and Frank E. Rheindt. From Dec 14 through 22, 2000, we traveled around on the Yucatan Peninsula on what we term a "combined birding and herping" trip. The reason we opted for Yucatan is its high endemism and easy accessibility from the U.S. One of us (DK) is a passionate herpetologist, while the other (FER) is an avid world birder, but fortunately the areas of interest for both animal groups coincide well, so we could each just concentrate on the respective group upon arrival at the sites. Information is provided on:
      • Felipe Carrillo Puerto
      • Tikal
      • Cobá
      • Isla Cozumel
      • Rio Lagartos
    ....Mexico Trip Report: 27 Jan - 22 Feb 1999 by Jon Hornbuckle. 
      I undertook a Mexico "clean-up" trip, excluding the northeast, having already briefly covered Yucatan and Sierra de Atoyac, plus Guatemala. This followed 10 days in Cuba and so started in Merida, for the three coastal endemics, before proceeding to Oaxaca, southern Chiapas, Jalisco and Colima, San Blas, southern Baja (mainly for whales), and the Mazatlan area. The trip was quite successful except in Chiapas where we were unlucky with the owls and chose a degraded locality in the morning, exacerbated by too little time.
    ....Birding trip report: West Mexico 21 November to 3 December 1999 - 
      by John van der Woude. For the birding we focused on four regions: 1. San Blas in the state Nayarit at the Pacific Ocean, for the moist tropical and subtropical zones, 2. The coast (Pacific as well) of the state Colima for the dry tropical zone, 3. The volcanoes of the state Colima for the different, mostly moist mountain zones, 4. Several sites on the central, often rather dry, mountainous plateau, with large lakes. 
    ....Mexico Trip Report - 23 January - 20 February, 1998. By Greg Roberts. 
      Provinces of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Yucatan.
    .....Yucutan Birding - by Stephen Marks. Scroll right to the bottom
      section of this page to see some Yucutan highlights. 
    ....Trip Report:Copper Canyon, Mexico, 21-31 March, 2003. By Mary 
      Beth Stowe. 
    ....Trip Report for Northeast and Central Mexico, May 17th-24th 2003 - 
      by Oscar Carmona. I led a group of 6 people from the Dallas-Fort Worth area on a birding/history tour of NE and Central Mexico. About half the  time was spent looking for birds and the other half was visiting museums and missions. The following is a report of the  locations visited, birds seen, hotels we stayed at, and restaurants we ate at. 
    ....Trip Report: Chiapas, Mexico - March, 2002 - by Don Roberson. 
      El Triunfo is one of the most remote places one can reach in the Neotropics. It is a beautiful cloud forest on the continental divide high in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Mexico (and very near the Guatemala border). It is either a three-day, 22 mile hike gaining over 6000' in elevation up the Pacific slope (as we did in April 1986), or a one-day, 8 mile climb of 2400' elevation from the east side (as we did in March 2002). Either expedition is a physical challenge but the rewards are astonishing. The colors and contrasts of the life zones one traverses, and the beauty and mystery of the birds and wildlife encountered, are breathtaking. 
    ....Trip Report: Quintana Roo/Yucutan - May-June 2002. By Chris
      Spagnoli. I took a trip to Quintana Roo and the province of Yucatan from May 25 through June 4, 2002, with a group of my insane friends. Although they are not birders, they take a real interest in my hobby and helped in spotting birds when we did joint side trips to attractions such as the Mayan ruins. This was my first birding trip to the tropics. My goal was to get one hundred life birds. The season was such that the North American migrants had long departed, so my total species count was not particularly high. The positive side of that was that virtually all of the birds I saw were life birds and I was not distracted by the movements of familiar species. 
    ....Mexican Trip Reports - for an outstanding series of Mexican Trip 
      Reports - see Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas: Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository". A great collection of over 100 trip reports from the states of: 
      • Baja California
      • Chiapas
      • Colima
      • Durango
      • Guerrero
      • Hidalgo
      • Jalisco
      • Mexico City
      • Nayarit
      • Nuevo Leon
      • Oaxaca
      • Quintana Roo
      • San Luis Potosi
      • Sinaloa
      • Sonora
      • Tabasco
      • Tamaulipas
      • Vera Cruz
      • Yucatan
      • Multi-State trips, four or more States 
    ....Trip Report  - West Mexico: Colima and Jalisco - March 5-12, 1995 - 
      by Carol Schumacher. Focus on lowlands from Manzanillo north toward Barre de Navidad.
    ....Trip Report - Mexico - West Central, Nov.-Dec. 1996
      By Garry George. Here's a long trip report from a Thanksgiving trip to San  Blas, Colima, Volcan de Fuego near Colima and near Manzanillo.
    ....Trip Report - Mexico - Ixtapa, Dec. 96-Jan. 97
      By Timothy Barnekov. This is a report of a trip that my wife and I made to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico, between December 28 and January 5, 1997.  We recommend this trip for those who want to combine relaxing in the sun and sea with some reasonably good birding.  This birding needs to be done along the coast because, much to our dismay, we discovered that any venturing into the foothills is extremely dangerous even for a sizable group.
    ....Trip Report - Mexico - Yucatan, 1/13-17/97
      By Jeff Perkins. First of all, as far as familiar North American songbirds go, winter in the Yucatan is like a good spring day in High Island. 13 familiar warbler species, 5 vireos, Least Flycatchers and Wood Thrushes were everywhere we turned. And then came the Mexican endemics. The woods were a riot. See also another one of Jeff's trip report on the Yucatan.
    ....Trip Report - Yucatan Peninsula, 22-30 September, 1995 - 
      The last week in September my non-birding (but indulgent) wife and I took advantage of the present cheap airfares and hotels within Mexico, and risked hurricanes.  Advantages of Yucatan in September are off-season hotel rates ($15-40); few tourists at the Mayan sites, except at Chichen Itza and to a lesser extent Uxmal and Tulum; a flood of migrants; and (I think) the easy viewing of a large part of the Flamingo flock, midway between its less acessible breeding and wintering lagoons.
    ....Yucatan Trip Report - Jeff Perkins. OK, I'm hooked. This was our 
      first birding adventure south of the Rio Grande. Although only a very quick taste, this birding in a strange land brought back that thrill of discovery and adventure we all had when we first pointed our binocs at a tree.
    ....Trip Report, Durango/San Blas , Mexico. By James Norman Paton 
      What follows is a report of a trip I and another birder took March 18 - 24, 1995 to Durango and San Blas, Nay. in Mexico. In was done from El Paso in my car, and may be of particular interest to border residents who have not yet ventured into Mexico. 
    ....Mexico - Yucatan, Chiapas and Tikal Trip Report - February, 1997
      by Mark van Kleunen. In February 1997, we took a three week trip to Southern Mexico including a two day excursion to Tikal, Guatemala. Our daily  activities mainly consisted of birdwatching. We wanted to see as many of the Yucatan and Cozumel endemics as possible, but we also visited the lowland rainforest, highlands and pacific slope of Chiapas.
    ....Trip Report - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Oct 4-11, 1996.
      By Wayland B. Augur. All in all, it was a great trip! I'd like to do it again with another birder who can put up with the heat; another person to work out Ids of complicated Flycatchers and Pelagics would have been very nice, and who knows how much my single pair of eyes missed!
    ....Trip Report: Central America (A birding travel report on: Mexico,
      Guatemala and Belize) - 16 March - 12 April 1991, by Michiel de Boer. This is a report of a birding holiday of four weeks in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. We didn't book anything in advance (except for the flight) didn't rent a car and still visited all the good spots we wanted to visit. It was a great pleasure and a terrific experience, we would recommend to any birdwatcher or nature-lover. The planning of this trip relied on sources like travel-reports. By writing this report I hope I can contribute to the planning of trips of other people.
    ....Mexico Trip Reports - Blake Maybank's great trip report archive 
      holds many more trip reports on various parts of Mexico.

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Conservation, Biodiversity

and Environment

Great Curassow - THREATENED - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Black-headed Trogon - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Couch's Kingbird - Photo copyright Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
Photo copyright Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
Rufous-tailed Jacamar - Photo copyright Allen Chartier
Photo copyright Allen Chartier
Neotropic Cormorant - Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Boat-billed Heron - Photo copyright Bert Frenz
Photo copyright Bert Frenz
    ....Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve Conservation Program, 
      Mexico - In the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, in the state of Queretaro in central Mexico, home to 363 bird species, the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda (GESG) is actively working to protect resident and migratory birds through its Program of Environmental Education and Prevention of Forest Fires. This program reaches16,000 children monthly in 170 rural schools in the area. The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is the only one in Mexico which has attained federally-protected status through a thoroughly grassroots movement led by GESG. The community buy-in to GESG's development of sustainable methods to use and manage the Reserve's natural resources is extensive and profound. For more information, see this site.
    ....River of Raptors, Veracruz, Mexico - The River of Raptors project is 
      being implemented by Pronatura-Veracruz with support from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and HawkWatch International. The program is based at the Veracruz Bird Observatory which lies at a key migration bottleneck for thousands of wading birds and millions of hawks (including the declining Swainson's Hawk). In total, 465 bird species, including 220 neotropical migrants have been recorded in the area, yet much of the native habitat has already been converted to agriculture. The project is conducting long-term monitoring of hawks and wading birds, developing community outreach and environmental education, identifying and protecting migrant stop-over habitat, and promoting sustainable ecotourism. Membership in Amigos del Rio de Rapaces is offered through Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Ecotourism opportunities are offered by Pronatura-Veracruz. Funds raised for this project will be matched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project is also supported by the Howard County Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society.
    ....El Carricito Old Growth Project, Mexico - Less than 1% of the
      old-growth forest that once covered Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre Occidental now remains, providing a last refuge for populations of globally threatened bird species, as well as other plants and animals. Many species from western temperate North America extend as far south as the Sierra Madre Occidental, accounting for the biological richness of the remaining pine-oak forests. These mountain forests are also home to endemic species of Neotropical flora and fauna. In recent years, however, much of the old-growth, pine-oak habitat has been destroyed by extensive logging operations. El Carricito now contains the most significant remaining stand of old growth mesa pine forest in Mexico. The area is important for globally threatened Military macaws, Thick-billed parrots, and Eared Trogons, as well as for many neotropical migrants such as Hermit and Townsend's Warblers. Bosque Antiguo is working with the indigenous community to establish a locally-managed reserve. The project involves field surveys, fire patrols, and the establishment of a center for forest conservation. Funds raised for this project will be matched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project is also supported by the Northern Virginia Bird Club. 
    ....Conservation of Birds of the Yucatan Peninsula (CAPY), Mexico -
      CAPY (from its Spanish acronym) is part of a larger effort, called Gulf Crossings, which aims to protect migratory and resident birds around the Gulf of Mexico. One of the strategies for CAPY is to relieve pressure on natural habitats through the development of avitourism and local knowledge and pride in birds. Another, more basic, step is to research the patterns of habitat use by migratory birds and their pathways in the Peninsula, as these are surprisingly poorly known. Knowledge derived from these studies will help guide habitat conservation action by the project's partners, including The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Southern Mexico Program. The program includes bird identification training workshops, the involvement of volunteers, habitat use research, and spring migration route analysis. The CAPY initiative is a shared responsibility of Amigos de Sian Ka'an and Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan, and both of these organizations are partners in Gulf Crossings which is managed by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (Lake Jackson, Texas) and TNC's Wings of the Americas program. To find out more visit the website.

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Mexican Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Red-lored Parrot - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Sungrebe - Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Muscovy Duck - Photo copyright Barry Koffler
Photo copyright Barry Koffler
Black-throated Magpie-Jay - Photo copyright Steve Metz
Photo copyright Steve Metz
Worthern's Sparrow - Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Photo copyright Greg Lasley
Collared Aracari - Photo copyright Skip Russell
Photo copyright Skip Russell
    ....Campo David Birding Tours - Mexico is birding country, the gathering
      point of birdwatchers from all over North America. This is a nation, host to a remarkable ecosystem that has one of the most diverse and colorful varieties of bird life anywhere. During the course of one week's birding – allowing for careful planning and season - it is possible to see more than two hundred different species of the country's bird life. 
    ....Canyon Travel - in Mexico's Copper Canyon. In spite of its ruggedness,
      Copper Canyon is a fragile environment.  So visiting under the leadership of a responsible ecotourism company is particularly important. Canyon Travel's trips feature resident naturalist guides and exclusive environmentally sound lodges. By selecting your departure date, gateway, and length of trip, with special emphasis on your specific interests and activity level. We excel at birding, flora identification, moderate walks or challenging hikes, and cultural contacts with seldom visited native families. 
    ....Oaxaca Christmas with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
      A trip to Oaxaca is more than an ornithological adventure. It's a colorful, vibrant mixture of sights and sounds, both natural and man-made. This multifaceted tour appeals not only to birders wishing to sample the tropical avifauna for the first time and veterans seeking the rare endemics, but also to those who enjoy the charm of an old colonial city, pre-Columbian ruins, the colorful costumes and crafts of the local Indians, and the joyous manner in which Oaxaqueños celebrate Christmas. 
      • Oaxaca Christmas - December 20 - December 29, 2003 (11.0 days - Limit 14 ) with leaders Brad Boyle and Alice Boyle
      VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    ....Colima y Jalisco: An Introduction to Tropical Birding with Victor
      Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) - Tropical weather, flashy birds, numerous endemics, and captivating scenery–an irresistible combination for any birder. Our Colima & Jalisco tour is a superb introduction to the delights of Neotropical birding. Many of the tropical families (trogons, woodcreepers, motmots, etc.) are represented here by only one or two species. This allows the novice tropical birder a chance to become acquainted with these groups. This relaxed tour, with relatively short drives and only three hotels, is a perfect introduction to the birds found on the Pacific slope of Mexico. 
    ....El Triunfo with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) - In the high 
      mountains of southern Mexico, there is a valley that many naturalists describe as the most beautiful they have ever seen. The plentiful rainfall and fertile soil of this region have produced one of the world's most remarkable cloud forests. Here, huge trees laden with orchids and other epiphytes tower above the forest floor, and ferns the size of trees reach heights of 40 feet. As spectacular as the plant life is, the birds are equally marvelous. 
      • El Triunfo - March 20 - March 30, 2004 (11.0 days - Limit 14 ) with leaders Brad Boyle & Greg Lasley 
    ....Barranca del Cobre: the Copper Canyon with Victor Emanuel Nature
      Tours (VENT) - Barranca del Cobre is Mexico's famed Copper Canyon, compared by many to our Grand Canyon. The comparison doesn't do justice to the astounding variety of habitats offered by this canyon system carved out of the western edge of the Sierra Madre Occidental. This trip offers a wonderful combination of great birding, magnificent scenery, and cultural diversity.

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Black-cowled Oriole - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
    ...Campo David - Near the picturesque 16th Century village of Ahome, 
      David Warner has built a fine new 10,000 square feet air conditioned lodge, designed specifically for birders, and situated in an acre of lush, semi-tropical parkland that is surrounded by palm and enough bougainvillea to attract every hummingbird in the region. 
    ...Copper Canyon Lodge - The Ultimate Escape - Enter a world hidden
      deep in the rugged Sierras...a world forgotten by time. 200 miles south of the U.S. border, you enter a roadless sea of lush, misty mountains, the most primitive terrain in North America, inhabited by secretive Tarahumaras, who make no villages and avoid contact with 'inferior outsiders'.

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Mexican Speciality Birds

Orange-breasted Bunting - Photo copyright James Ownby
Photo copyright James Ownby
Information taken from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. An international checklist system was required to enable world-wide country to country comparisons.Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International. Click here to see the lists of North American endemic birds found in Mexico.
Species printed in red are extinct. Species printed in blue are endangered.
Tufted Jay - ENDEMIC - THREATENED - Photo copyright James Ownby
Photo copyright James Ownby


Mexican Endemic Birds

(for more information on Mexican Endemics, see Richard Palmer's List of Endemic Birds)

____ Rufous Bellied Chacalaca
____ West Mexican Chacalaca
____ Bearded Wood-Partridge
____ Long-tailed Wood-Partridge
____ Elegant Quail
____ Banded Quail
____ Golden-Cheeked Woodpecker
____ Grey-breasted Woodpecker
____ Grey-crowned Woodpecker
____ Bronze-winged Woodpecker
____Imperial Woodpecker
____ Citreoline Trogon
____ Socorro Parakeet
____ Maroon-fronted Parrot
____ Mexican Parrotlet
____ Lilac-crowned Parrot
____ White-fronted Swift
____ White-naped Swift
____ Mexican Hermit
____ Long-tailed Sabrewing
____ Short-crested Coquette
____ Golden-crowned Emerald
____ Cozumel Emerald
____ Dusky Hummingbird
____ Doubleday's Hummingbird
____ Mexican Woodnymph
____ Green-fronted Hummingbird
____ Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird
____ White-tailed Hummingbird
____ Blue-capped Hummingbird
____ Mexican Sheartail
____ Beautiful Hummingbird
____ Balsas Screech-Owl
____ Oaxaca Screech-Owl
____ Cape Pygmy-Owl
____ Colima Pygmy-Owl
____ Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl
____ Eared Poorwill
____Socorro Dove
____ Veracruz Quail-Dove
____ Guadalupe Caracara
____Guadalupe Storm-Petrel
____ Pileated Flycatcher
____ Flammulated Flycatcher
____ White-striped Woodcreeper
____ Mexican Antthrush
____ Dwarf Jay
____ White-throated Jay
____ San Blas Jay
____ Purplish-backed Jay
____ Tufted Jay
____ Black-throated Magpie-jay
____ Sinaloa Crow
____ Slaty Vireo
____ Western Warbling Vireo
____ Dwarf Vireo
____ Cozumel Vireo
____ Golden Vireo
____ Cape Warbling Vireo
____ Russet Nightingale-Thrush
____ Grayson's Thrush
____ Socorro Mockingbird
____ Cozumel Thrasher
____ Grey Thrasher
____ Ocellated Thrasher
____ Vizcaino Thrasher
____ Spotted Wren
____ Boucard's Wren
____ Yucatan Wren
____ Giant Wren
____ Grey-barred Wren
____ Slender-billed Wren
____ Nava's Wren
____ Happy Wren
____ Sinaloa Wren
____ Clarion Wren
____ Socorro Wren
____ Cape Titmouse
____ Black-crested Titmouse
____ Ridgway's Titmouse
____ Guadalupe Junco
____ Baird's Junco
____ Sierra Madre Sparrow
____ Bridled Sparrow
____ Black-chested Sparrow
____ Cinnamon-Tailed Sparrow
____ Oaxaca Sparrow
____ Striped Sparrow
____ Collared Towhee
____ White-throated Towhee
____ Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow
____ White-naped Brush-Finch
____ Rufous-capped Brush-Finch
____ Green-striped Brush-finch
____ Belding's Yellow-throat
____ Altamira Yellow-throat
____ Black-polled Yellow-throat
____ Hooded Yellow-throat
____ Large-billed Sparrow
____ Red Warbler
____ Red-breasted Chat
____ Slate-blue Seedeater
____ Rose-bellied Bunting
____ Orange-breasted Bunting
____ Orange Oriole
____ Black-backed Oriole
____Slender-billed Grackle

97 endemics
4 extinct

 Endangered Birds in Mexico

Breeding Birds

Non-breeding Birds

___ Azure-rumped Tanager
___ Bearded Wood-Partridge
___ Belding's Yellow-throat
___ Black-capped Vireo
___ Black-polled Yellowthroat
___ Black-vented Shearwater
___ Blue-capped Hummingbird
___ Clarion Wren
___ Dwarf Jay
___ Eared Trogon
___ Guadeloupe Junco
___ Guadeloupe Storm-Petrel
___ Horned Guan
___ Imperial Woodpecker
___ Maroon-fronted Parrot
___ Mexican Woodnymph
___ Military Macaw
___ Nava's Wren
___ Red-crowned Parrot
___ Short-crested Coquette
___ Sierra Madre Sparrow
___ Sinaloa Martin
___ Slender-billed Wren
___ Socorro Dove
___ Socorro Mockingbird
___ Socorro Parakeet
___ Thick-billed Parrot
___ Townsend's Shearwater
___ Veracruz Quail-Dove
___ White-fronted Swift
___ White-tailed Hummingbird
___ White-throated Jay
___ Worthern's Sparrow
___ Yellow-headed Parrot
___ Giant Kingbird
___ Golden-cheeked Warbler
___ Mountain Plover
___ Piping Plover
___ Whooping Crane

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