Birding Factoids

688 species
in 59 families
No endemics 
19 of the 21 species 
endemic to 
Central America are 
represented here.
3 endangered species

Checklist of Nicaraguan BirdsTours and GuidesEco-LodgesSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Check out Jean Coronel's Birds of Nicaragua page.
Nicaragua Specialities
Turquoise-Browed Motmot - National Bird of Nicaragua - Photo by Tom Davis
Photo copyright Tom Davis

Nicaratguan Seed-Finch - Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Photo copyright Jean Coronel

    ....Nicaragua's Parks and Attractions - A clickable map show the 

      parks and reserves. Birding highlights are noted. Just click on a yellow area to jump to more information about a park. See this site also. Or for Spanish speakers, this site has a little more information.
    ....Indio Maiz Biological Reserve - no useful reference on WWW
    ....Into the Forest: Nicaragua's Selva Negra by Ronda Green - 
      The hotel at Selva Negra has comfortable cabins and an attractive restaurant balcony (and great food) beside a lovely small lake at the edge of the forest. Trails with names such as Sendero Mono ( Monkey Trail) or Sendero Indiana Jones (!) wind through attractive and lush forests which seemed amazingly familiar to me, given that I'd never visited tropical America before. 
    ....Nicaragua Trip Reports - a number of Nicaragua trip reports are
      available from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository". 

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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 Nicaraguan Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Red-legged Honeycreeper - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Nicaraguan Grackle (endemic) - Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    ....Ecotourism International of Nicaragua - the company provides tailored,
      package tours to the best birding and eco sites in the country. Specifically: Indio Maiz (rainforest birding), Cerro Kilambe (montane rainforest birding, including the largest population of Pharomachrus mocinno - Royal Quetzal - in Central America), Laguna de Apoyo and Lake Nicaragua (including the Isletas and Los Guatuzos for waterfowl), Chacocente Reserve (dry tropical forest biome), Chocoyero Wildlife Refuge (green parakeet nesting area), etc. If you would like more information, please contact Tom Fletcher.
    ....Birding Nicaragua with Tour Nicaragua - For the bird watcher or lover of
      tropical wildlife in general, this is a truly memorable experience. Unique to Nicaragua, Birding Nicaragua is not only the first and only tour of its kind in Nicaragua but also one of the most diverse nature watching experiences available anywhere. The contrasting habitats of the country's 600+ bird species, numerous butterflies, monkeys and other rich tropical fauna are almost as varied as the wildlife itself. 

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Yellow-throated Euphonia - Photo copyright Jean Coronel
Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    ....Selva Negra Mountain Resort - "Guests can hike into the cloud forest 
      along miles of private trails, watching for birds, beautiful orchids, and glimpses of the noisy but elusive howler monkeys." - Bill Eckert Travel World News

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Central American Specialities

in Nicaragua

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 Nicaragua. 

Central American Endemic Specialities in Nicaraguan - No  National Endemics

___ Black-throated Wren
___ Bushy-crested Jay
___ Crimson-fronted Parakeet
___ Green-breasted Mountain-gem
___ Grey-headed Piprites
___ Hoffman's Woodpecker
___ Nicaraguan Grackle
___ Nicaraguan Seed-Finch
___ Purple-throated Mountain-gem
___ Red-throated Parakeet
___ Rufous-winged Woodpecker
___ Snowcap 
___ Snowy Cotinga
___ Streak-crowned Antvireo
___ Stripe-breasted Wren
___ Three-wattled Bellbird
___ White-throated Mountain-gem
___ White-throated Shrike-Tanager
___ Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Endangered Birds in Nicaragua

Breeding Birds

Non-breeding Birds
___ Military Macaw ___ Three-wattled Bellbird ___ Golden-cheeked Warbler

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Links checked on November 19, 2000