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Mexico, land of the Mayas, Aztecs, Zapotecs and Conquistadores, is one of the most charismatic countries in the world. Sombreros, white-clad peons on a stubborn mule and siestas conjure up a sleepy image which disguises (as well as any Zapata-style moustache) a country rapidly entering the modern world, where good roads, accommodation and food are the norm, and birding always rewarding. It is the third largest country in Latin America, with an incredible variety of habitats ranging from steamy tropical lowland jungle and barren cactus-studded hills to refreshing pine forests and high alpine vegetation above the treeline. Over half of the country is at an altitude of over 3300ft (1000m) and much of that at over 6600ft (2000m), and more than 80% of this splendid nation is classified as having a semi-arid climate.

Mexico basically consists of a high central plateau flanked by an eastern and a western range of mountains set back from the coast. Mexico, both culturally and ornithologically, is a land of stark contrasts. A transitional zone between the temperate North American continent and the lush rainforests of Central America, Mexico’s position, physiography and contrasting habitats have produced an endemic-rich avifauna which, remarkably, is third only to Brazil and Peru amongst New World countries. Amazingly, no fewer than 213 species of birds are restricted to Mexico and northern Central America! Mexico is also the wintering ground of a splendid selection of colourful migrants from North America and the mixed warbler flocks are a real feature of its woods. The central and southwestern parts of the country are the richest region for birds in all Mexico.

In the state of Chiapas, in far southeastern Mexico, breathtaking scenery at the El Sumidero Canyon near Tuxtla Gutierrez is augmented by the delightful Red-breasted Chat, the nomadic Slender Sheartail and the rare Belted Flycatcher, while not far away the striking but almost unknown endemic Nava’s Wren inhabits limestone karst outcrops. The sprightly, near-endemic Pink-headed Warbler inhabits the cool mountain forests where birders can also find Blue-throated Motmot and Black-throated Jay.

The arid scrub of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and coastal Chiapas is home to Orange-breasted and Rosita’s Buntings, two of the most stunning of Mexico’s many endemic birds, and the amazing Giant Wren and the retiring Cinnamon-tailed (or Sumichrast’s) Sparrow are likewise found nowhere else.

In the Pacific lowlands and foothills around Puerto Angel the semi-deciduous woodland holds three extremely localized endemics: Oaxaca (or Blue-capped) and Cinnamon-sided Hummingbirds, and the stunning little White-throated Jay. The offshore waters often produce Black Storm Petrel and Townsend’s Shearwater, together with an excellent selection of other pelagic species.

Continuing north, the deserts and woods around the attractive city of Oaxaca hold many endemic birds, such as the Beautiful Sheartail (or Beautiful Hummingbird), Dwarf Jay, Ocellated Thrasher, Collared Towhee and Bridled and Oaxaca Sparrows amongst others.

In the state of Veracruz the pine-oak forests of the Sierra de Juarez hold a range of specialities, including Unicolored Jay, Slate-colored Solitaire and White-naped Brush Finch, while in the Cordoba area the limestone outcrops are home to the restricted-range Sumichrast’s Wren.

In a remote corner of this incredible country lives a semi-mythical bird that every international birder craves to see, the spectacular Horned Guan. The best place to admire this mind-boggling species is the wonderful Biosphere Reserve of El Triunfo, located on the highest ridges of the Sierra Madre mountains in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The El Triunfo cloud forest is often enveloped in a mantle of mist and is one of the most pristine and diverse natural areas remaining in Mexico. With an avifauna of more than 400 species, El Triunfo holds some of the most fascinating and enthralling birds of the American tropics. With its striking red ‘horn’, piercing white eyes and arresting blue-black and white plumage, the Horned Guan is surely one of the most outstanding birds in the world.

Text courtesy, Birdquest, who has operated tours to Mexico since 1987.

Horned Guan

Horned Guan, copyright Denzil Morgan

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Showing the 96 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Oaxaca and Central Mexico August 11th - 27th 2006, author Tim Mitzen (added September 9, 2006)
(Sierra Madre Sparrow, Black-polled Yellowthroat, Sumichrast's Wren, Giant Wren and more)

Oaxaca , Mexico - February 4th - 10th 2006, author Stephen Bahr (added September 29, 2007)
(Sumichrast's Wren , Red Capped Manakin , Lesser Roadrunner , Oaxaca Sparrow)

Mexico - Mazatlan and the Durango Highway - 17th - 24th August 2008, author David Vander Pluym (added September 19, 2008)
(Eared Quetzal, Tufted Jay, Aztec Thrush, Hooded Grosbeak)

Mexico: Quintana Roo/Yucatan/Calakmul, Nov 26th - Dec 6th, 2004, author Paul Hudson (added September 19, 2005)
(Calakmul, Coba, Ocellated Turkey, Great Curassow)

Manzanillo Hotel area, Colima, Mexico - July 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico, 4th - 22nd April 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

North-west and Central Mexico, 28th November - 13th December 1997, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

North-east Mexico, 22nd - 26th November 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

North-west Mexico, February 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Mexico, 28th December - 18th January 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico, Jalisco and Colima, January - February 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

North-east and Central Mexico, 17th - 24th May 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico, El Naranjo/Gómez Farías and Tlanchinol regions, January 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Northeast México (Monterrey, Tecolutla, Tlanchinol, El Naranjo and Gómez Farías), July 28th - August 8th 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico, Oaxaca and Chiapas 21st December - 8th January 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

The Yucatan (Motmots, Mayans and Margaritas), January 13th - February 1st 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Baja - Cape Region - June 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Chiapas, Mexico, May 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

San Blas, Mexico, 4th - 13th March 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Baja California - Cape Region - 22nd - 30th March 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico, December 01 - January 02, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Southern Mexico, 27th March - 16th April 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Baja California - Cape Region - 24th - 29th October 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

San Blas, Narayit, Mexico, 3rd -13th January 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Baja California - Cape Region - 24th January - 1st February 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

San Blas, Mexico, November 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Baja California - Norte - 10th - 19th October 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Durango - Mazatlan Highway, Mexico, August 10th - 15th 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Mexico - Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta region - May 2014, author Chris Drysdale (added October 27, 2014)
(Puerto Vallarata, Jalisco, La Bufa Road, El Tuito, Rancho Primavera, Bioto road)

Eastern Pacific Cruise - October 29th - November 22nd 2009, author Gail Mackiernan (link created October 1, 2010)
(California, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, Yellow-footed Gull, Galapagos, De Fillipe's and Juan Fernandez Petrels, Hornby's Stormpetrel, Chestnut-throated Huet-huet)

Mexico, Oaxaca and Southern Veracruz - March 08, author Paul van Els (added November 9, 2008)
(Oaxaca, Veracruz, Uxpanapa, Zipolite, Tehuantepec, Monte Alban, Valle Nacional, Tuxtepec, Nava's Wren, Sumichrast's Sparrow, Oaxaca Sparrow, Bridled Sparrow, Gray-crowned Woodpecker, White-striped Woodcreeper, Greater Swallow-tailed Swift, White Hawk, Dus)

Mexico, Baja California Sur, The Cape Region and the Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez, author Roger Wolfe (link created November 29, 2004)
(Baja California Sur, Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo)

South-east Mexico - 1st - 9th May 2006, author A. McAndrews (added November 22, 2006)
(Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Usumacinta Marshes, Calakmul)

Western Baja California: U.S. border to Vizcaino Peninsula, 16th - 24th October 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added November 2, 2004)
(La Salina, Maneadero Plains, La Bufadora, Punta Banda, El Socorro and El Socorrito and other sites)

Oaxaca and Veracruz - November 2009, author Kenneth M. Burton (added November 19, 2009)

Mexico - 21st May - 7th June 2018, author Sandra Harding (added November 16, 2018)
(Lesser-ground Cuckoo, Dwarf Jay, Wagler's Toucanet, Valle National, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Chiapas)

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - 24th March - 5th April 2008, author Adrian Haagner (added May 6, 2008)
(Yucatan peninsula, Celestun, Rio Lagartos)

Mexico (Cancun, Coba, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos) 17th March – 30th March 2005, author David Ousey (added May 3, 2005)

Mexico - Sierra de Los Tuxtlas - May 18th - 21st 2018, author NIcholas Lethaby (added May 29, 2018)
(Tuxtla Quail-Dove, Long-tailed Sabrewing)

Mexico (DF, Guerrero, Oaxaca and others) - 27 December 2003 - 13 January 2004, author Pete Hosner (added May 28, 2006)
(States of Mexico, Guerrero, and Oaxaca. Other states that we visited en route and birded casually in included: Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Hidalgo, D.F. and Morelos.)

Mexico: Cozumel Island and Yucatan Peninsula, May 2006, author Richard C. Hoyer (added May 27, 2006)
(Cozumel Island, Vigia Chico Road, Calakmul, Rio Lagartos, migrants, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, Yucatan peninsula endemics, Jabiru, Ornate Hawk-Eagle)

NW Mexico, 21 Feb-1 March 2009 Julian Hough & Simon Harvey, author Julian Hough (link created May 17, 2009)
(San Blas and surrounding areas)

Mexico, Centro Turismo Amixtlán, Jalisco 6th - 8th March 2014 , author Suzanne Winckler (added May 15, 2014)
(Jalisco-Colima, Volcán de Fuego )

Big Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico - March 6th to 27th 2009, author manuel grosselet (added May 14, 2009)
(Oaxaca state, endemics species)

Mexico: Monarch butterlies and birding (December 2016 - January 2017), author Scott Olmstead (added May 13, 2017)
(Cerro Pelón, Macheros, Bumblebee Hummingbird, Red Warbler, Black-backed Oriole)

Birding Guerrero, Mexico: The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Area and the Sierra Madre del Sur, author Nick Lethaby (added May 1, 2013)
(Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Atoyac, White-tailed Hummingbird, White-throated Jay, Short-crested Coquette)

Yucatan Peninsula April 1-7, 2009, author Chris Burney (added May 1, 2009)
(Sites visited include: Tulum, Felipe Carillo Puerto, Calakmul, Rio Lagartos, Coba, and Cozumel Island.)

Chiapas Mexico, January 6th - 13th 2006, author Noah Gaines (added March 6, 2007)

Cape District, Baja California Sur: 20th –27th January 2006, author Steve Mlodinow (added March 6, 2006)
(Acorn Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeon)

Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula - February 2014, author Allan Drewitt (added March 30, 2014)
(Yucatan, Rio Lagartos, Cozumel, Calakmul, Ocellated Turkey, Black Currasow, Black Catbird)

Baja California, Mexico - 17th February - 2nd March 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created March 3, 2017)
(Birds and Whales)

Mexico: Yucatan and northern Chiapas, 2nd - 23rd January 2007, author Paul Donald (added March 3, 2007)

Mexico - Quintana Roo - April 30th – May 9th, 2012, author Chris Drysdale (added March 28, 2013)
(Yucatan, Mayan Riviera)

Mexico - Quntana Roo (Puerto Morelos/Coba only) - 5th and 9th December, 2009, author Chris Drysdale (added March 28, 2013)
(Yucatan, Puerto Morelos, Coba)

Mexico - Huatulco, Oaxaca - March 2013 , author John C Kendall (added March 26, 2013)
(Lesser Ground-cuckoo, Red-breasted Chat, Red, Golden-browed, Crescent-chested, Red-faced, Oliver, Grace's Warblers, Mountain Trogon, Shrike-vireo, Red-headed Tanager, Pelagic shearwaters and 5 Booby species)

Baja California Sur – Cape District - 21-29 January 2005, author Steve Mlodinow (added March 22, 2005)
(Garganey)

Mexico: Northeast Yucatán Peninsula including Isla Cozumel, 8th - 23rd February 2015, author David Alan Showler (added March 21, 2015)
( Yucatan, Cozumel, Mexico)

Mexico - Veracruz - October 2007, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Mexico - Nayarit - January 2008, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Mexico - Nayarit - Baja California - February 2008, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Oaxaca, 6-14 December 2014, author Michael Tanis (link created March 16, 2015)
(Migratory species were common and abundant: we tallied fifteen U.S. breeding warblers among many other migrants.)

Mexico: Yucatán peninsula 28 September – 22 October 2016, author Dave Flumm (added March 12, 2017)

Mexico: Guerrero, February 2007, author Alan J. Knue (added March 12, 2007)

Baja California Cape District - July 2006, author Steve Mlodinow (added July 26, 2006)
(Seabirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Vagrants)

Western Mexico: February 17 – March 2016 , author Jon Hornbuckle (added July 2, 2016)
(Southern Chiapas, Tuxtla, El Triunfo, La Cumbre, Huatulco National Park, Horned Guan, Fulvous Owl, Aztec Thrush, Pink-headed Warbler )

Mexico - December 2013, author Paul Davis (added January 6, 2014)
(Yucatan Peninsular, Akumal, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Social Flycatcher, Yucatan Vireo, Magnificent Frigatebird.)

Mexico - Chihuahua Sierra Madre Occidental - 19th - 23rd June 2010, author Paul van Els (added January 5, 2011)
(Chihuahua, Sierra Madre Occidental, Thick-billed Parrot, Spotted Wren, Pine Flycatcher, Berylline Hummingbird, Flammulated Owl, Mountain Pygmy-Owl)

Yucatan Peninsula, 10-22 January 2016, author Neil Gilbert (added January 31, 2016)
(Felipe Carillo Puerto, Calakmul, Rio Lagartos, Cozumel)

Yucatan and Palenque, Mexico - 7th - 20th March 2003, author John Bowler (added January 26, 2013)
(We saw a total of 252 species and had great views of most of the east Yucatan endemics )

West Mexico - November - December 1999, author John van der Woude (link created January 25, 2011)
(San Blas, Colima, volcanoes, central plateau)

Mexico - Yucatan Peninsula, 13-23 December 2010, author Charlie Wright (added January 24, 2011)

Monterrey, Mexico January 15-18, 2009, author Oscar carmona (added January 22, 2009)

Mexico – Jalisco and Colima - 27 December 2012 – 8 January 2013, author Marcus Roening (added January 20, 2013)

Mexico - Oaxaca and Chiapas - January 5th - 14th 2017, author Ross Schaefer (added January 18, 2017)
(El Ocote, San Cristobal, Nava's Wren, Pink-headed Warbler, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Rosita's Bunting)

Mexico - Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit & Durango highway - 4th - 29th December 2008, author Stephen Blaber (added January 18, 2009)
(most endemics)

Mexico - Mazatlan & Durango Road - Sinaloa - 2nd - 9th January 2011, author Marcus Roening (added February 26, 2011)
(Mazatlan, Purplish-backed Jay, Durango Hwy, Tufted Jay)

Oaxaca with Uxpanapa Road into Veracruz - January 14th - 22nd 2005, author Brad Benter (added February 18, 2005)
(Oaxaca, Veracruz, Uxpanapa)

West Mexico: September 16th - 28th 2006, author Christian Artuso (added December 7, 2006)

Southern Mexico - 14 July - 23 August 2007, author Oscar Johnson (added December 4, 2007)
(Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Durango, Tuxtla Quail-Dove, Sumichrast's Wren, Nava's Wren, Dwarf Jay, Tufted Jay, Black-polled Yellowthroat, Belted Flycatcher, Giant Wren,)

Mexico: Mexico City, November 26th - December 1st 2013, author Michael Hurben (added December 3, 2013)
(Sierra Madre Sparrow, Red Warbler)

North-east Mexico - December 7th-20th 2008, author Paul van Els (added December 26, 2008)
(El Cielo, El Naranjo, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Worthen's Sparrow, Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, Altamira Yellowthroat, Hooded Yellowthroat, Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Great Black Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Gray-collared Becard)

North-west Mexico and South-east Arizona, November 2008, author Jon Hornbuckle (added December 16, 2008)
(Copper Canyon, Eared Quetzal)

Mexico, Carnival Cruise "Birding" Trip - 8th - 13th December 2008, author April Grunspan (added December 15, 2008)
(Progreso, Cozumel)

San Blas, Mexico - photo trip - October 27 - November 09 2007, author Paul Kusmin (added December 1, 2007)
(San Blas, Mexico,digiscoping, revs&audy, revs, audy)

Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico - 11th - 17th July 2008, author Oscar Johnson (added August 4, 2008)
(Yucatán and Cozumel endemics)

Mexico birding trip report for Chiapas and the Yucatan, January 17 - February 1, 2006, author Brad Benter (added August 14, 2006)
(Chiapas, Yucatan, Calukmul, Bonompax, Yaxchilan)

Chiapas, July 10-15, 2006 (under construction), author Daniel Jones (added August 1, 2006)
(Palenque, Cerro Huitepec, Sumidero Canyon, Belted Flycatcher, Blue Seedeater)

Western Mexico - Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima - 21 February to 9 March 2019, author Dick Meijer (link created April 29, 2019)
(Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima include 52 of the 99 endemic species of Mexico)

Mexico: Oaxaca, 13-22 March 2010, author Catherine McFadden (added April 24, 2010)
(Monte Alban, La Cumbre, Valle Nacional, Playa Zipolite, Rosita's Bunting, Slaty Vireo)

Mexico San Blas and Durango Highway, author David MacKay (link created April 22, 2011)
(Russet-crowned Motmot, Purplish-backed Jay, Golden Vireo, Plain-capped Starthroat, Rusty-crowned Ground-sparrow)

Mexico Chiapas, author David MacKay (link created April 22, 2011)
(Palenque, Ocote, Tuxtla, San Cristobal, Arriaga, Tapachula, Finca Argovia)

Mexico Sonora, author David MacKay (link created April 22, 2011)
(Alamos, Rio Sonora, San Carlos, Guaymus, Elegant Euphonia, Solitary Sandpiper, endemics)

Mexico, Chihuahua and Sonora, author David MacKay (link created April 22, 2011)
(Thick-billed Parrots, Eared QUetzal, Basaeciachi falls, Yecora, Endemics, )

Mexico, San Blas , author David MacKay (link created April 22, 2011)
(San Blas Jay, Bumblebee Hummingbird, Mexican Woodnymph, Golden Vireo, Green Flash Sunset)

Chiapis, Mexico with El Triunfo, February 22nd - March 6th 2007, author Brad Benter (added April 18, 2008)

Western Mexico - 23rd February - 8th March 2008, author Colin Bushell (added April 11, 2008)
(Guadalajara, Lesser Roadrunner, Nevado de Colima, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Mountain Pygmy-Owl, Mountain Trogon, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Volcan Fuego, Aztec Thrush, West Mexican Chachalaca, Long-tailed Wood-Partridge, Dwarf Vireo, La Cumbre, Bl)

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Gorda Banks, off Baja Cape, Mexico, After much debate and correspondence, a author Naturetrek (added April 10, 2014)