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Oaxaca, Mexico - Self Tour Nov.29-Dec.9, 2001

  • Left very early for drive to Puerto Angel. We got to the birding area not long after daylight and birded highway 175 between km184 - 199. The hills were alive with birds. We went on to Puerto Angel and got in some late afternoon birding beyond the community of Zipolite in the arid scrub....Ron Hoff reports

Western Mexico March 2001

  • Mexico is noted for its spectacular and varied avifauna and probably nowhere is this variety better represented than in the tiny state of Colima, the surrounding areas of Jalisco and near the coastal fishing village of San Blas in Nayarit. Mexico has a high degree of endemism and many species are of restricted range. It is these specialist species that were of most interest to us...Jan Vermeulen reports

Mexico (Oaxaca state, Puerto Arista & surroundings of Mexico City) 18 November - 3 December, 2000

  • Mexico had been on our target destination list for some time, and having decided to finally do a trip there, all that was left to decide was which part to visit.  We got some very reasonably priced flights to Mexico City, and decided to do a loop trip from there down through Oaxaca state.  However, there were a few localised endemics in the Mexico City area which I was also keen to see, so we pencilled in some time in that area at the start and the end of the trip... Gruff Dodd reports.

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

  • This is a large and impressive resort, with many tourist hotels situated on a figure 7 shaped island. The crook of the 7 forms a mangrove filled lagoon, the mangroves stretch out hundreds of yards in many places. We mostly birded the golf course at the northern end of the hotel zone and the small bushy area around the Mayan ruins at El Rey in the south, but there are gardens and tree lined avenues attractive to birds everywhere..Peter Nash reports

Mexico 1999, 1996

  • Birding in Mexico is a delight and the country has many endemics. Add to this the fact that many good birds can be found near archeological sites or natural wonders, and you'll have a good time there. Here are summaries of John van der Woude's reports of his independent trips to this country: one to the West and one to the Southeast of the country.

South-east Mexico, Yucatan and Chiapas February/March 1999

  • This report covers a two-week trip to the south-eastern part of Mexico in February/March 1999 to the Yucatan and Chiapas, land of the Maya. Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, nearby Cozumel Island and Chiapas combine rich tropical birding with a spectacular cultural setting. It is also a notable centre of bird endemism...Jan Vermeulen reports. (225K)

West Mexico - Oaxaca - Yucatan 23 January - 20 February, 1998

  • Greg Roberts birded his way through the provinces of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo and Mexico. Here he provides his itinerary and bird list.

Oaxaca, Mexico October 1997

  • When roaming the rainforests near the Rio Lalana in mid-August 1979 only a lone Black and White Warbler and both Northern and Louisiana waterthrushes were found along the river to betray the start of temperate northern fall migration. The numbers below show the influx of northern species to be dramatic, as one would expect, providing an interesting example of seasonal avifaunal change in this area...Jungle Bob reports

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Some Useful bird books for country:
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Where to Watch Birds in Mexico
Steve Howell, Sophie Webb (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • 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".

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

The Sibley Guide to Birds (Audubon Society Nature Guides Ser.)
David Allen Sibley: Buy from or

  • 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.

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)

Recommended travel books for Mexico

Lonely Planet: Mexico
John Noble, et al: Buy from or

  • "Mexico is an experience that offers a multitude of cultures, cuisine, environments, handicrafts, art and history." This vast country covers an area of almost 2 million square km encompassing mountains, plains, deserts and beaches.."

Eyewitness Travel Guides 41: Mexico
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  • This guide to Mexico features the country's best museums, beaches, ancient sites and churches and highlights information on food and fiestas, hotels, bars and restaurants. Organized district by district with a systematic, thematic approach this book provides information on sights in each area and features in each major sight to help you know what to look out for and how to make the most of your time.
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