Birding Factoids

506 species
in 55 families
No endemics 
2 of the 21 species 
endemic to 
Central America are 
represented here.
No endangered species

    El Salvador
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Rufous-naped Wren - Photo copyright Skip Russell
Photo copyright Skip Russell

Violet Sabrewing - Photo copyright Tyler Hicks

Photo copyright Tyler Hicks

Cinnamon Hummingbird - Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    ....Where to find birds in El Salvador - by Oliver Komar. Information is 
      provided on:
      • El Imposible National Park 
      • Montecristo National Park 
      • Walter Thilo Deininger National Park 
      • Perquín 
      • Complejo Los Volcanes 
      • Coffee Plantations (Finca La Giralda) 
    ....The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance
      El Salvador - brief information about Laguna del Jocotal.
    ....Eco Travels in El Salvador - For its compact size, El Salvador certainly
      has many places to check out and deserves special attention. Within this Central American country, you can find jungle, great beaches and best of all, a growing environmental awareness. Urban pressures have claimed much of the wilderness, but efforts are underway to protect what exists. There are also sizeable reforestation campaigns.
    ...."Directly north of the capital and not easy to reach, is the Montecristo 
      Cloud Forest. Also called El Trifinio, it contains a variety of microclimates and possibly the greatest diversity of wildlife in Central America. Open only from October to March, the summit of Montecristo marks the point where the borders of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala meet. The reserve is protected by all three countries." 
    ...."As a consecuence of habitat destruction and excessive wood
      exploitation, many mammals proper to the highland have diminished notably, or simply have been exterminated(crested eagles,jaguar,and others). In order to avoid and restore this damages, reservations have been kept in the most appropriated areas where flora and fauna are still intact and almost virgin. Among the most important are Montecristo Cloud Forest, El Imposible Woods, Cerro Verde Mountain, Deininger Park and El Jocotal Lagoon. Notwithstanding,small animals are still abundant; there are over 400 different bird species, and among these 17 hummingbirds species which may be observed at Cerro Verde National Park." 

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Central American Specialities

in El Salvador

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in El Salvadore. 

Central American Endemic Specialities in El Salvador - No  National Endemics

___ Bushy-crested Jay ___ Red-throated Parakeet

Endangered Birds in El Salvadore

Breeding Birds

Non-breeding Birds
None None

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Links checked October 15, 2001