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Birding Guatemala with Cayaya Birding:

  • Birding tours in Guatemala, led by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño, authors of the Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Guatemala (Lynx Edicions, 2007). Excellent birding spots with 24 endemics of the northern Central American highlands, including Highland Guan, Horned Guan, Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous Sabrewing, Pink-headed Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager, and Black-capped Siskin. Website with recent trip reports.

Chelemha Cloud Forest Reserve, Guatemala, 25-29 May 2007

  • In 2005, my wife and I went to Guatemala on holiday for a week in November. During that trip, we arranged a 3 day birding trip with Cayaya Birding to look for the Horned Guan. We had a very successful (albeit very strenuous) hike up the side of Volcano Atitlan, the highlight of which was prolonged looks at two Horned Guans looking back at us....Alan Van Norman returns in 2007

Los Tarrales Private Reserve, Guatemala November 2006

  • Los Tarrales Private Reserve is a world class birding preserve located on the Pacific slope of Vulcan Atilan in Guatemala.   With 3 life zones and a huge elevation gain of nearly 13, 500 ft, the bird diversity is amazing with 22 species of hummingbird possible...Daniel R. Schneider reports

Monterrico and Parque Hawaii November 2006, Daniel R. Schneider reports
Biotopo del Quetzal Guatemala. November 2006 Daniel R. Schneider reports
ARCAS Rehabilitation Center in Flores November 2006 Daniel R. Schneider reports
Parque Tikal - Guatemala November 2006 Daniel R. Schneider reports

Guatemala's Natural Private Reserves, 11- 26th Nov2006

  • Early morning birding added to our list with a total of almost 50 species seen, including our only Rufous-browed Peppershrike.  We heard the regional endemic White-bellied Chachalaca but were unable locate it.  We also had our first look at White-throated Magpie-Jay, a real crowd pleaser...Beth and Bill Clark report.

Bird List for Guatemala Trip 30/11-15/12/2003

  • Itinerary and bird list for various sites...Peter Howlett

South East Mexico, with a side trip to Guatemala November 2000

  • This trip report is designed to give an idea of what can be achieved whilst spending most of a two week holiday in the resort of Cancún. However I did add some extra time to the holiday so I could fit in a bit of birding at Tikal (Guatemala) and on Cozumel...The first birds for the trip were seen from the bedroom window and these were Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird and Great-tailed Grackle...Tony Clarke reports

Yucatan Mexico and Tikal National Park Guatemala Nov.-Dec'99

  • Peter Nash reports fom his Yucatan trip, which include a stop over at the Tikal National park Guatemala

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Some Useful bird books for Guatamala:
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Lista Comentada de las Aves de Guatemala / Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Guatemala

  • The most authoritative, detailed, and updated checklist of the 725 bird species recorded in Guatemala. Also includes information about status, habitats and endemic species, along with detailed distribution maps, information on species to watch for and species of special concern.

Belize: And Northern Guatemala (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
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  • If you looking for one guide for the region this is it. An all inclusive wildlife guide, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. It doesn’t give all that much information about each specific species but it does give the meat: range maps, illustrations, and a bit of the biology.

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
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  • This new field guide covers the 1070 bird species, including North American migrants, known to inhabit Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and western Nicaragua. More than 180 species are endemic to this region. Richly illustrated with colour plates and additional black-and-white drawings, it describes the birds' appearance, voice, habitat, behaviour (including nests and eggs), and distribution. Introductory chapters give essential background information

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas : Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
Ernest Preston Edwards, Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • I hope you will agree this is the most "user-friendly" Mexican bird guide. It has gone through two major revisions, each time becoming more useful and helpful than before. (1) In my book, almost all of the illustrations (the "heart and soul" of a field guide) are better, in my opinion, than those in most other Mexican or Central American guides, (Comments by author)

Where to Watch Birds in Mexico
Steve Howell, Sophie Webb (Illustrator): Buy from

  • Mexico is one of the best birdwatching destinations in the world. The country's species list comprises a wide range of resident birds and many migrants from South and Central America. This guide covers over 100 birdwatching sites from Baja California to the Yucatan Peninsula. Over 950 species can be seen including virtually all the endemics and regional specialities. as with other guides in this series. This book also provides information on travel, accessibility, location of species and when it is best to see them. There are also suggested itineraries for birding holidays in Mexico. Steve Howell co-authored "A Guide to the Birds of Mexico".

The Sibley Guide to Birds (Audubon Society Nature Guides Ser.)
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  • David Sibley's new field guide to the birds of North America renders all the existing guides obsolete at one stroke. The book itself is beautifully produced and crafted - the sort of book that gives pleasure just in the handling of it. Covers many of the birds seen in Mexico.

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Richard Mahler: Buy from or

  • In the ADVENTURES IN NATURE series, this 2nd revised edition gives expert advice on touring with minimum impact on the environment. It focuses on the natural history and intrinsic culture of the country. It is fully illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, maps and diagrams.


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