Sunday, March 25, 2012

Birds of Mexico (Aves de Mexico): Non-Passerine

Birds (non-passerine)

Red-billed Tropicbird - wikipedia
Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus (Rabijunco Piquirrojo) - The Red-billed Tropicbird is found in coastal and offshore Pacific waters. It is white, has a long slender tail, and a red bill. I saw several on Isla Isabel in Nayarit in mid-November 2011.






Blue-footed Booby
Blue-footed Booby, Sula nebouxii (Bobo Patiazul) - The Blue-footed Booby is found in coastal Pacific waters and rocky shores. It has bright blue feet. I saw several hundred in San Blas and Isla Isabel Nayarit in mid-October 2011.







Brown Booby - wikipedia
Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster (Bobo Moreno) - The Brown Booby is found in both Pacific and Caribbean coastal waters. It is characterized by a brown head and chest. I saw several hundred on Isla Isabel in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Huatulco in late June 2012. 








Male Magnificent
Frigatebird - Wikipedia
Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens (Fragata Magnifica) - The Magnificent Frigatebird is common along the coasts of Mexico. It can be found soaring along the edge of the water and sometimes inland. It is distinguished by its large size, long forked tail, and pointed wings. The male has a red, inflatable sack in its throat, while the female has a white throat. I saw several individuals on the coast of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several thousand in San Blas and Isla Isabel in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 







Least Grebe - Wikipedia
Least Grebe, Tachybaptus dominicus (Zambullidor Menor) - The Least Grebe can be found in shallow ponds with floating vegetation on both coasts and Yucatan Mexico. It is the smallest Grebe in the world and is mostly grey in color. I saw several in Lago Catemaco in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw four on Lago Valsequillo from Tetela in mid-April 2011, five in early May 2011 and seven in early June 2011. I saw one at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late July 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from November 2011 through January 2012. I saw one in Parque Ecologico in early June 2012.





Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps (Zambullidor Menor) - The Pied-billed Grebe is a very small grebe that inhabits small ponds or wetlands. It can be found throughout Mexico. It is distinguished by a small dark ring on its beak. I saw several one bird at Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010 and one in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late December 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw three at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw three in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011 and one more in early April 2011. I continue to see this bird on Lago Valsequillo. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011. I saw several in Bacalar in late December 2011. I saw one in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012.



Eared Grebe (breeding) - Wikipedia
Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis (Zambullidor Orejudo) - The Eared Grebe is a little grebe that can be found throughout Mexico in shallow ponds during northern winters. Its breeding plumage includes orange sides, a black back and neck, and yellow feathers around its orange eyes. It loses its breeding plumage during northern winters; the orange and yellow are replaced by less brilliant white and grey colors. I saw nearly fifty in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela and several in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late December 2010. I saw many (including one in breeding pluamge) Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw hundreds at the Crater Lake Alchichica and several more at Atexcac in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw many in Lago Valsequillo on the other side of the lake from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011. I saw two in breeding plumage from San Baltazar de Tetela in early April 2011. I saw 25 near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw one near Tetela on valsequillo in mid-september 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw one in Laguna Atexca and several in Laguna Alchichica in Puebla in late September 2011. I saw many in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo in November 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011 and late January 2012. I saw several in Atexcac in late March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela in late April 2012. I saw several in Atexcac in mid-May, 2012.




Eared Grebe (non-breeding)
- Wikipedia












Common Moorhen - Wikipedia
Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus (Gallineta Comun) - The Common Moorhen can be found throughout ponds and marshes feeding along the shores in Mexico. It is distinguished by a black head, neck, chest and belly, rufous wings and back, yellow legs and a red beak. I saw a single bird in the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011. I saw one near Parque Bicentenario in Lago Valsequillo and one in San Baltazar de Tetela in early April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I continue to see individuals in Valsequillo. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several on wetlands near San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Laguna Chapulco in late January 2012. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012.





American Coot - Jajean

American Coot, Fulica americana (Gallareta/Focha Americana) - The coot is relatively common in ponds and wetlands throughout Mexico. My first sighting was at the Charco del Ingenio near San Miguel de Allende in the beginning of October 2010. I saw three birds on Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw hundreds on the Valsequillo lake near San Baltazar de Tetela in Puebla in early and late December 2010 and mid January 2011. I saw several in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late December 2010. I saw several at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early and late January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early January and mid 2011. I saw hundreds at the Crater Lake Alchichica and several more at Atexcac in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw hundreds in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011. I saw thousands along the entire coast of Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw hundreds on Lago Catemaco and Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I continue to see this bird on Lago Valsequillo. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several on wetlands in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several hundred in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw many in Valle de Bravo in early February 2012. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Atexcac in late March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012.


Male Sungrebe - Wikiepdia
Sungrebe, Heliornis fulica (Pajar-cantil) - The Sungrebe is uncommon but can be found in shaded waters in Gulf Coats and Yucatan Mexico. It is distinguished by black and white face and neck striping. The female has a reddish stripe on its face. I saw one in Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011.





American White Pelican - Wikipedia
American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (Pelicano Blanco) - The American White Pelican is the largest pelican in Mexico. It is all white when swimming, with a long yellow beak. In flight, it has black underneath its wings. It can be found on and soaring above coastal and shallow fresh water throughout Mexico during northern winters. I saw several thousand soaring in formation above La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many in Celestun and Ria Lagartos in the Yucatan in late December 2011.




Brown Pelican - Jajean
Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis (Pelicano Cafe) - The Brown Pelican is common along the coast of Mexico. It is distinguished by its brown color and large, colorful beak. I saw many in La Mancha, and the city of Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several hundred in San Blas, Platanitos, and Isla Isabel in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one the Canyon de Sumidero in mid-March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 



Double-crested Cormorant - wikipedia
Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus (Cormoran Bicrestado) - The Double-crested Cormorant is common in coastal and inland waters in most of Mexico. It is large, dark, and has a yellow or orange beak. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011.









Neotropic Cormorant - Wikipedia
Neotropic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Cormoran Neotropical) - The Neotropic Cormorant can be found in coastal and inland waters in most of Mexico. It is a large, dark, diving bird with a yellow beak. I saw one in the mangrove lagoon in La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo near the boat launch at Africam Safari in late February 2011 and one near the dam in early April 2011. I saw hundreds in Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several near San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in early February 2012. I saw several in Chiapa de Corzo and the Canyon de Sumidero in mid-March 2012. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 



Anhinga - Wikipedia
Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga (Anhinga Americana) - The Anhinga can be found in waters on both the Pacific and Gulf Coasts of Mexico. It is is distinguished by its dark color and long, narrow neck. It swims with only its head above water. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw a huge flock en route to the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in the mangroves of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 



American Bittern - wikipedia
American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus (Aviator Americano) - The American Bittern is uncommon but can be found throughout wetlands in Mexico during northern winters. It is a large heron, mostly brown, with striations on its throat. I saw four over the span of several weeks in Valsequillo near Tetela in late-November 2011 and mid-January  2012. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012.









Bare-throated Tiger Heron
- Wikipedia
Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Tigrisoma mexicanum (Garza-tigre Gorijinuda) - The Bare-throated Tiger Heron can be found in trees at the edges of water in Yucatan, Pacific and Gulf Coasts of Mexico. It is distinguished by a white throat. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in the mangroves of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 










Snowy Egret - Jajean
Snowy Egret, Egretta thula (Garza Nivea) - Snowy Egrets are found throughout Mexico on ponds and wetlands. Snowy Egrets have black bills and black legs, with yellow feet. I saw a Snowy Egret at Parque Nacional Cimatario outside of Queretaro in late October 2010, in the pond by the park's front gate. I saw another on Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January and mid-April 2011. I saw one in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late January 2011. I several in Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw hundreds over Lago Sontecomapan and a nesting colony on the shores of Catemaco in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June and early July 2011. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011.I saw one in Prque Ecologico in early November 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early March 2012. I saw several in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-April 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 



Little Blue Heron - Wikipedia
Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea (Garza Azul) - The Little Blue Heron can be found throughout Mexico's coasts and inland waterbodies. It is slightly larger than a Snowy Egret and the adult is is a deep greyish blue color. I saw several Little Blue Herons on the Valsequillo lake near San Baltazar de Tetela in Puebla in early December 2010. I saw an immature bird in the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one adult and two immatures near Tetela on Valsequillo in mid-september 2011. I saw two immatures near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 






Tricolored Heron - Wikipedia
Tricoloured Heron, Egretta tricolor (Garza Tricolor) - The Tricoloured Heron is found throughout wetlands in coastal Mexico during summer, and throughout central Mexico during northern winters. It is distinguished by its combination of blue and orange neck and back, and by its white stomach. I saw two  in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late December 2010 and sevearl more in mid January 2011. I saw three in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011, one more in early April 2011, and several more in mid-April 2011. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in mid-september 2011. I saw three in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo in late November 2011 through February 2012. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 


Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens (Garzo Rojiza) - The Reddish Egret is uncommon throughout Mexico's coastal wetlands. It is large, has a blue body and reddish neck and head. I saw two in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.







Cattle Egret, non-breeding - Wikipedia
Cattle Egret,  Bubulcus ibis (Garza Ganadera) - The Cattle Egret is common throughout Mexico in ponds, wetlands, and pastures. Cattle Egrest are the smallest egrets in Mexico. I have seen Cattle Egrets in large numbers from inside buses while traveling through Mexico, since September 2010 when I arrived. While breeding Cattle Egrets have orange feathers on their backs and heads. I saw my first breeding plumage individuals over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011.





Green Heron - Wikipedia
Green Heron, Butorides virescens (Garza Verde) - The Green Heron is a small heron found throughout densely vegetated water edges in Mexico. It is distinguished by its dark back and head, and rufous neck, chest, and belly with white streaks. I saw one bird in the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw two near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June and mid-July 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw three in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw hundreds in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





Black-crowned Night Heron - Jajean

Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax (Garza-nocturna) - The Black-crowned Night Heron can be found in trees along marshes and rivers throughout Mexico, and is more widespread during northern winters. It has a very short neck, grey wings, black shoulders, and a black crown. I first saw this bird at the Charco del Ingenio near San Miguel de Allende in the beginning of October 2010.  I saw several at Parque Ecologico in Puebla where they nest behind the aviary in early and late January 2011.  I saw one at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw two at the BUAP Jardin Botanico in mid-April 2011. I saw two on Lago Valsequillo near Parque Bicetenario in mid-April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June and early July 2011. I saw two near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 


Yellow-crowned Night Heron
- Wikipedia
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea (Garza-nocturna Coroniclara) - The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is found in coastal waters and mangroves in Pacific and Gulf Coast Mexico. It is mostly grey with a black head and white face markings. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Ria Lagartos in late Deceber 2011. I saw one in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 







Boat-billed Heron - wikipedia
Boat-billed Heron, Cochlearius cochlearius (Garza Cucharon) - The Boat-billed Heron is uncommon in coastal and Yucatan wetlands in Mexico. It is a medium sized heron that is characterized by a large dark beak. I saw two immatures in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 











Great Blue Heron - Wikipedia
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (Garzon Cenizo) - The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in Mexico and can be found throughout the country in any fresh or salt water marsh during northern winters. It is distinguished by its large size and overall bluish-grey coloring. I saw one Great Blue Heron in Lago Valsequillo in Parque Bicentenario, Puebla, in mid-December 2010. I saw several individuals on the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early January 2011. I saw two in Lago Valsequillo near the boat launch at Africam Safari in late February 2011. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several on Lago Valsequillo throughout April 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I saw one on Rio Grande in Santiago Quiotepec in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw ten in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo in late November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 



Great Egret - Wikipedia
Great Egret, Casmerodius albus (Garza Grande) - Great Egrets are common, but less frequent than Cattle Egrets. I have seen most individuals in small groups or alone among larger flocks of Cattle Egrets. Great Egrets are the largest Egrets in Mexico, and have orange bills and black legs. They have been present since August 2010, when I arrived in Mexico. I saw one in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late Fenruary 2011. I saw three in Lago Valsequillo near the boat launch at Africam Safari in late February 2011. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several near Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw several on Lago Valsequillo in early and mid-April 2011. I saw three at the BUAP Jardin Botanico in mid-April 2011. I saw three in a wet field  in Zacatlan, Puebla, in early June 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I continue to see individuals in Valsequillo. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw one in Parque Ecologico in early November 2012. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 




White Ibis - Wikipedia
White Ibis, Eudocimus albus (Ibis Blanco) - The White Ibis can be found in wetlands along the coasts of Mexico. It has an all white body, and long red beak and legs. I saw three birds in the mangroves of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 







White-faced Ibis - Ana
White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi (Ibis Cariblanco) - This type of Ibis is the only type found in central, inland Mexico. Flocks of this Ibis routinely fly in v-formation over the city of Queretaro, like Canada Geese or Cormorants. I first saw this bird in mid-September 2010. This is a new bird for me. I saw several flocks of over 100 individuals from Parque Bicentenario on the shores of Lago Valsequillo in Puebla in mid-November and mid-December 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw two in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late Fenruary 2011. I saw several along the coast of Lago Valsequillo as well as hundreds in one spot in the lilies just south of Parque Bicentenario in late February 2011. I saw hundreds in wet fields along the highway between Puebla and Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw hundreds throughout Lago Valsequillo  in April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June and early July 2011.  I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I continue to see individuals in Valsequillo. I saw several in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Laguna los Fuertes in Teziutlan, Puebla, in ealry June 2012.



Limpkin - Wikipedia

Limpkin, Aramus guarauna (Carao) - The Limpkin is found in marshes and mangroves in southern  Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico. It is a mostly brown ibis-like bird. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw two in Bacalar in late December 2011.





Roseate Spoonbill - wikipedia
Roseate Spoonbill, Ajaia ajaja (Espatula Rosada) - The Roseate Spoonbill can be found in inland coastal wetlands throughout Mexico. It is large and pink and has a spoon shaped bill. I saw several in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Celestun and Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 









Wood Stork - Wikipedia
Wood Stork, Mycteria americana (Ciguena Americana) - The Wood Stork can be found in wetland areas, especially if there are tall trees available for roosting. I saw several in Media Luna, a very deep freshwater spring / lagoon in the State of San Luis Potosi, in early September 2010. I saw thousands over Chichicaxtle in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw several thousand over San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Celestun and Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber (Flamenco Americano) - The Greater Flamingo can be found in a few large colonies along the Yucatan coast. It is a very large pinkish orange bird. I saw several thousand in Celestun and several hundred in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.





Fulvous Whistling Duck - Wikipedia
Fulvous Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna bicolor (Pijiji Canelo) - The Fulvous Whistling Duck is common along Mexico's coasts, but rare inland. It inhabits freshwater lagoons and marshes. It is a reddish brown duck, with black wings and white wing bars. I saw a single bird at a lagoon in Parque del Arte in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in mid-January 2011 and late April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June, early July, and early November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo in early April, 2012.







Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Wikipedia
Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna autumnalis (Pijiji Aliblanco) - The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is common in shallow inland waters along the coasts of Mexico but is rare in the center of the country. It has a bright pink beak and white wing patches that are more obvious in flight. I saw one group of thirty in Lago Valsequillo near Parque Bicentenario in early and late April 2011. I saw several hundred in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw hundreds in Chiapa de Corzo in mid-March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 


Muscoy Duck - wikipedia
Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata (Pato Real) - The Muscovy Duck is a large duck rare along Mexico's coasts. It is black with a white wing patch, and the male is much larger than the female. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012.







Male and Female Green-winged Teal - wikipedia
Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca (Cerceta Aliverde) - The Green-winged Teal can be found in wetlands and ponds throughout Mexico during northern winters. The male has a rufous head with a green ear patch and the female is mostly pale brown. I saw several in the wetlands near San Blas Nayarit in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from late November 2011 through early February 2012. I saw a few in a reservoir in Aguacate, Sierra del Tentzo in late November 2011.




Mexican Duck
Mexican Duck, Anas diazi (Pato Mexicano) - The Mexican Duck is very common and very non-descript; it looks like a female Mallard Duck. It is very similar to the Mottled Duck, and I may have mistaken the identification. My first sighting was at the Charco del Ingenio near San Miguel de Allende in the beginning of October 2010. I saw several at the Flor del Bosque in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early January 2011.  I saw several in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011. I saw several in a bay just south of Parque Bicentenario in late February 2011. I saw several throughout Lago Valsequillo in April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I continue to see indivuduals in Valsequillo. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco throughout 2011. I saw several in Laguna los Fuertes, Teziutlan, Puebla, in early June 2012.



Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail, Anas acuta (Pato Golondrino Norteno) - The Northern Pintail can be found on ponds and wetlands throughout Mexico during northern winters. The male is distinguished by its long pointed tail, its rufous head and a white throat and chest. The female is mostly brown. I saw several from a distance on Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in mid-January and early November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011.
  


Blue-winged Teal - Jajean
Blue-winged Teal, Anas discors (Cerceta Aliazul) - Blue-winged Teal can be found on open water throughout Mexico, and migrate towards Mexico during northern winters. Males have a distincitve crescent in front of the eyes, and blue wing patches. Females lack both. My first and only sighting came on a pond in a public park in Puebla in early October 2010, where there were four individuals. I saw two birds on Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw many on Lago Valsequillo near San Baltazar de Tetela in Puebla in late December 2010 and mid January 2011.  I saw several in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late December 2010. I saw several at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early and late January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011. I saw hundreds on the bays of Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw a small number near Parque Bicentenario in early April 2011. I saw two at Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in mid-April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011.  I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw several in Laguna Atexca in Puebla in late September 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw hundreds on Valsequillo in late December and early November 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo in early February 2012. I saw several in the presa in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw several in Valsequillo in mid-April 2012. I saw one in the wetland near el Carmen, Puebla, in early June 2012.





Male Cinnamon Teal - wikipedia
Cinnamon Teal, Anas cyanoptera (Cerceta Castana) - The Cinnamon Teal is common in shallow wetlands throughout most of Mexico during northern winters. The male is a small dark that has ablack beak and a mostly rufous body while the female is brown and lacks any obvious markings. I saw at least one male and possibly several females on Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo in early February  and March 2012.





Male and Female Northern Shovelers
Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata (Pato Cucharon Norteno) - The Northern Shoveler can be found throughout Mexico during northern winter. The male is distinguished by a dark, long bill, a dark head, a golden eye, and orange sides. The female has mottled brown feathers,  and a long yellow bill. In winter, males lose their colorful plumage and become mottled brown like the female. The bill is used for "shoveling" through shallow water and mud in search of food.  I saw a single male on Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010 and several other males on Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in mid-December 2010. I saw one in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late December 2010. I saw several at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early and late January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw several on the bays of Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw several near Parque Bicentenario in early April 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw hendreds in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011 nd from Parque Bicentenarion in early November 2011. I saw several in Parque Ecologico in early November 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo in early February 2012. I saw several in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw several in Valsequillo in mid-April 2012. I saw several in Laguna los Fuertes, Teziutlan, Puebla, in early June 2012.


Male and Female Gadwall - wikipedia
Gadwall, Anas strepera (Pato Pinto) - The Gadwall can be found on wetlands throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is a greyish brown duck with a white mark on its wings when floating. I saw several on Valsequillo near Tetela in late November 2011 and early January 2012. I saw a few in a reservoir in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in late November 2011 and mid-February 2012. I saw one in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 







Male and female Eurasian Wigeon
- Wikipedia
Eurasian Wigeon, Anas penelope (Pato Silbon) - The Eurasian Wigeon is very uncommon but can be found in marshes and lakes in Mexico during northern winters. The male is distinguished by its rufous head and yellow forehead, while the female is mostly brown. I saw a possible flock of twenty in Crater Lake Atexcac in Puebla in mid-February 2011.





Male American Wigeon - Wikipedia
American Wigeon, Anas americana (Pato Chalcuan) - The American Wigeon is found in marshes and lake throughout Mexico during northern winters. The male has a green swath on its head and white forehead, while the female is mostly brown. I saw two on Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw two in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late February 2011. I saw several on the bays of Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw several on Valsequillo in early November 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo in early February 2012. I saw several in Valsequillo in mid-April 2012.


Male Redhead - wikipedia
Redhead, Aythya americana (Pato Caecirrojo) - The Redhead is a duck common on wetlands throughout most of Mexico during northern winters. The male has a distinct red head, while the female is mostly brown. I saw two in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early December 2011 and several more in late January 2012. I saw many in Valsequillo near Oarque Bicentenario in early January 201. I saw several in the presa in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012. I saw one in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw one near la Gloria in Zacapoaxtla in early May 2012.



Male Ring-necked Duck - Wikipedia

Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris (Pato Piquianillado) - The Ring-necked Duck can be found in  ponds and lakes throughout most of Mexico during northern winters. The male is distinguished by an all black head and grey body while the female is mostly brown. Both have a white ring at the tip of their bill. I saw two females on Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw ten in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several hundred from near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in early November 2011. I saw three in Laguna Chapulco in late January 2012.


Male and female Lesser Scaup
- ducks.org
Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis (Pato-boludo Menor) - The Lesser Scaup can be found on coastal and inland waters throughout Mexico during northern winters. The male has a black head and whitish-grey body, while female is mostly brown but has a white rig at the base of its bill. I saw several on Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw hundreds on Lago Catemaco in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in Parque Ecologico in late January 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. 







Male Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis (Pato Tepalcate) - The male Ruddy Duck is very distinct; rusty colored body, blue bill, bright white cheeks, and black cap. Females lack these colors. My first sighting was at the Charco del Ingenio near San Miguel de Allende in the beginning of October 2010. I saw others at the Laguna Chapulco park in Puebla also in early October 2010 and hundreds in late December 2010. I saw three birds on Laguna San Baltazar in Puebla in mid-November 2010. I saw several on the Valsequillo lake near San Baltazar de Tetela in Puebla in early and late December 2010 and mid January 2011. I saw several in Lago Valsequillo from Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011. I saw several in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late January 2011.  I saw hundreds at the Crater Lake Alchichica and several more at Atexcac in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw hundreds in Lago Valsequillo from San Baltazar de Tetela in late Fenruary 2011. I saw hundreds on the bays of Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw several on Lago Valsequillo in early and mid April 2011. I saw many at Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in mid-April 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011. I continue to see individuals in Valsequillo.  I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco throughout 2011. I saw hundreds in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw several in the presa in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012. I saw several in Atexcac in late March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw several in Atexcac in mid-May, 2012.




Black Vulture - Wikipedia
Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus (Zopilote Negro) - Black Vultures are common and widespread in Mexico. They are distinguished from Turkey Vultures by white wing tips that flash while flying. I first saw this bird in early September 2010 from inside of a bus in San Luis Potosi. I saw hundreds on the coast of La Mancha and Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several in the zocalo in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I saw several above Africam Safari in late February 2011. I saw huundreds over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in Zacatlan in Puebla in early June 2011. I saw one on Rio Grande in Santiago Quiotepec in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011. I saw many at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several hundred in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 



Turkey Vulture - Wikipedia
Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura (Zopolite Cabecirrojo) - Turkey Vulture are common and widespread in Mexico. They are often seen soaring on hot air currents, with their wings in the shape of a v, and I have seen them just about everywhere I have traveled. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw many at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw thousands over Cardel and Chichicaxtle in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw several near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several hundred in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 




Osprey - Wikipedia
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus (Gavilan Pescador) - The Osprey can be found throughout Mexico fishing along open water. It is distinguished by its greyish color, white head and neck, and black eye stripe. I saw several along the coast, above the wetlands and in the mangroves of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one fly over Valsequillo from near Tetela in early June 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw several over Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw one over Valsequillo in early November 2011. I saw several in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 






Sharp-shinned Hawk - wikipedia
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus (Gavilan Pajarero) - The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a small hawk that is a resident in forests in central Mexico and can be found throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is very similar to the Coopers Hawk but is smaller, has a long square-tipped tail, and beats its wings more rapidly. I saw several over Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011.








Cooper's Hawk - Wikipedia
Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii (Gavilan de Cooper) - The Cooper's Hawk is a medium sized hawk found in open woodland throughout Mexico. It has a grey back and head, a very long, striped tail, distinct facial markings, and rufous markings on its chest. I first identified a Coopers Hawk at a city park in Colonia La Paz in Puebla, in late November 2010. I saw a second Cooper's Hawk at the Hotel Mision Los Angeles in Oaxaca in early December 2010.  I saw one at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw one in Parque Villa Atl in Puebla in late February 2011. I saw one at Rio Atoyac in Puebla in early April 2011. I saw one at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late July 2011. I saw one near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in early september 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw two in Parque VillAtl in Puebla in mid-October 2011.  I saw one in Cerro Maquitepetl in Xalapa in mid-October 2011. I saw several over Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw one near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012. I saw one in Parque Nacional La Malinche near San Miguel Canoa, Puebla, in mid-April 2012. 


Swallow-tailed Kite - wikipedia
Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus (Milano Tijereta) - The Swallow-tailed Kite is a large kite that is transitory and uncommon along the Gulf Coast plain in Mexico. It is characterized by its forked tail. I saw two in Lagos de Montebellos and one near Bonampak in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.





White-tailed Kite - Ana
White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus (Milano Coliblanco) - The White-tailed Kite seems to be the most common bird of prey in central Mexico, or at least the most visible. They can be seen flying along the highways above pastures, or even in the cities perched on trees. They have distinctive black shoulders and red eyes. I have seen this bird frequently since arriving in Queretaro in August 2010. I saw one in Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in late February 2011. I saw one in Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011.I saw several near Tequila in Jalisco in mid-November 2011.


Mississippi Kite - wikipedia
Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis (Milano de Mississippi) - The Mississippi Kite is transitory and common along Mexico's gulf coast plain. I saw one in the Reforma Agraria reserve (Las Guacamayas) in mid-March 2012.









Snail Kite - mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov
Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis (Milano Caracolero) - The Snail Kite is found in coastal wetlands in the Yucatan and southern Gulf of Mexico. It is mostly black with a reddish orange beak and talons. I saw several in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit, outside of its normal range, in mid-November 2011. I saw two in Bacalar in late December 2011.









Northern Harrier - wikipedia
Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus (Gavilan Rastrero) - The Northern Harrier is a medium-sized hawk that is common over marshes throughout Mexico during northern winters. It has several different color variations, some light some dark, has a long tail, and can be seen hovering while searching for prey. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one from near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in early November 2011.  I saw one over the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012. I saw one in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012.




White Hawk - wikipedia
White Hawk, Leucopternis albicollis (Aguililla Blanca) - The White Hawk is a medium-sized hawk found in tropical lowland forests in southern Mexico. It is all white with black wing tips. I saw two in the Reforma Agraria reserve in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.















Harris's Hawk - Wikipedia
Harris's Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus (Aguililla de Harris) - The Harris's Hawk is uncommon but can be found in dry areas throughout Mexico. It is a dark colored hawk with red shoulders and a white patch at the base of its tail. I have seen several, including one over Lago Valsequillo, but first identified one along the highway in Puebla near Oriental in mid-February 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011.







White-tailed Hawk - wikipedia
White-tailed Hawk, Buteo albicaudatus (Aguililla Coliblanca) - The White-tailed Hawk is a large hawk found in scrub forests throughout much of Mexico. It is characterized by a white tail and red shoulders. I saw one in Valsequillo in February 2012 and again in early May 2012.





Common Black Hawk
Common Black Hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus (Aguililla Negra Menor) - The Common Black Hawk can be found near mangroves and beaches throughout Mexico. It is distinguished by its black color and white tail striping. I saw two in the mangroves of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in the mangroves of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I several in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 



Zone-tailed Hawk - wikipedia
Zone-tailed Hawk, Buteo albonotatus (Aguililla Aura) - The Zone-tailed Hawk is a medium-sized hawk that can be found in dry woodlands in the summer and wetlands during the winter. It is a black hawk with grey underwings and a black and white striped tail. I saw one near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw one in the wetlands of San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Chiapa de Corzo in mid-March 2012.


 



Short-tailed Hawk - nestbox.com
Short-tailed Hawk, Buteo brachyurus (Aguililla Colicorta) - The Short-tailed Hawk is a large hawk common along both coasts, in southern Mexico, and the Yucatan. It has several plumage variations, including an all-black phase, a brown phase, and a phase with a dark back and light chest and belly. I saw a dark and a light phase at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in the Sierra Tentzo in early October 2011. I saw one in Cerro Maquitepetl in Xalapa in mid-October 2011. I saw one over Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011.




Grey Hawk - wikipedia
Grey Hawk, Asturina nitida (Aguililla Gris) - The Grey Hawk is a medium-sized hawk common along both coasts, in southern Mexico, and the Yucatan. It is mostly grey and has a barred tail. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw one at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw one in Huatulco in late June 2012. 







Roadside Hawk - Jajean
Roadside Hawk, Buteo magnirostris (Aguililla Caminera) - The Roadside Hawk is common in open forests and savannahs in the Yucatan, and the Gulf and Pacific Coasts of Mexico. It is a small hawk, mostly grey in color with a barred stomach. I saw several near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in Calakmul in late December 2011. I saw one in la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 






Broad-winged Hawk - wikipedia
Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo pltypterus (Aguililla Ala Ancha)  The Broad-winged Hawk is transitory along the gulf coast of Mexico. It is a small hawk that often flies in large groups. I saw forty thousand in one day in Cardel and Chichicaxtle in Veracruz during the fall migration in mid-October 2011.










Swainson's Hawk - wikipedia
Swainson's Hawk, Buteo swainsoni (Alguililla de Swainson) - The Swainson's Hawk is transitory throughout Mexico and can be seen during fall and spring migrations. It is a medium-sized hawk.  I saw hundreds in one day in Cardel and Chichicaxtle in Veracruz during the fall migration in mid-October 2011. I saw several hundred over Bosque la Primavera in Guadalajara in mid-November 2011.








Red-tailed Hawk - Wikipedia
Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis (Aguililla Colirroja) - The Red-tailed Hawk is a medium sized hawk that can be distinguished by its red tail. However, it has many color variations and the red tail is sometimes not apparent. The Red-tailed Hawk can be found throughout Mexico, and is easily seen in agricultural areas. I first identified a Red-tailed Hawk along the highway between Puebla and Xalapa, Veracruz, in mid-November 2010. I saw one bird soaring over Flor del Bosque in Puebla in early December 2010. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw two in Parque Bicentenario in early and mid January 2011.  I saw three at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw one in Parque Bicentenario in Puebla and another above Africam Safari in late February 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in early August 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one near Huehuentlan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw one over Bosque la Primavera in Guadalajara in mid-November 2011. I saw one at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw one in Atexcac in late March 2012. I saw several in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-April 2012.



Crested Caracara - Wikipedia
Crested Caracara, Polyborus plancus (Caracara Comun) - The Crested Caracara is widespread in Mexico, and can been seen flying above pastures or semi-desert scrub. My first sighting was in early Septmeber 2010 on a trip to Matehuala in San Luis Potosi. I saw one inland in La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw two in Atoyatempan in Puebla in early May 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw one in Platanitos Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 





Laughing Falcon - Wikipedia
Laughing Falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans (Halcon Guaco) - The Laughing Falcon is found in open forests and savannahs in the Yucatan, and the Gulf and Pacific Coasts of Mexico. It is distinguished by its white head and black face mask. Its name comes from its loud, laugh-like call. I saw one near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011.I saw one near the sewer ponds of San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.




American Kestrel - Wikipedia
American Kestrel, Falco sparverius (Cernicalo Americano) - The American Kestrel is common in central Mexico. It is distinguished by its small size for a raptor, and its colorful blue, red and white plumage. I first saw this bird at the Charco del Ingenio near San Miguel de Allende in the beginning of October 2010. I saw several along the highway between Puebla and Xalapa, Veracruz, in mid-November 2010. I saw one at Parque Nacional Popo-Izta in late November 2010. I saw several along the highway between Puebla and Oaxaca in early December 2010. I saw one in Parque del Bicentenario in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I continue to see this bird regularly. I saw two in Cerro Zapotecas in Cholula in late January 2011.  I saw one at the Crater Lake Alchichica and several more along the highway in mid-February 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in Puebla in mid February 2011. I saw one in Aguacate and one in Atoyatempan in early October 2011. I saw one at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.


Aplomado Falcon
- Wikipedia
Aplomado Falcon, Falco femoralis (Halcon Aplomado) - The Aplomado Falcon is uncommon in Mexican savannahs. It has very distinguishing head striping with contrasting white, black, and orange. It has a white throat, black chest, and orange belly. I saw two in the cane fields of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw one in a tree over Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011.









Bat Falcon - wikipedia
Bat Falcon, Falco rufigularis (Halcon Murcielaguero)  - The Bat Falcon is found in forests in coastal and Yucatan Mexico. It is small, has a dark blue back and chest and a reddish belly. I saw one in a cenote in Chichen Itza in late December 2011. I saw one in Palenque and another in Las Guacamayas in mid-March 2012.








Merlin - Wikipedia
Merlin, Falco columbarius (Esmerejon) - The Merlin is a small falcon found throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is grey or sometimes brown with a lighter colored chest and stomach. I saw one fly over Crater Lake Atexcac in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw one on Valsequillo near Parque Bicentenario in mid-October 2011. I saw one on Isla Isabel and another at the wetlands of San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.








Peregrine Falcon - wikipedia
Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus (Halcon Peregrino) - The Peregrine Falcon is a large falcon that can be seen in Mexico during northern winters. It usually has a grey back and barred chest with a prominent dark face mask. I saw several in Chichicaxtle and Cardel during the fall migration in mid-October 2011. I saw one over the SEMARNAT office in Guadalajara in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011. I saw one in Chiapa de Corzo in mid-March 2012. 








Plain Chachalaca - antpitta.com
Plain Chachalaca, Ortalis vetula (Chachalaca Comun) - The Plain Chachalaca is common in open forests and brush in Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico. It is a brown, pheasant-like bird that often perches in groups in trees. I saw several at Hotel Ecobiosfera and Hotel Los Amigos near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011.








Wagler's Chachalaca - birdpicsandmore.com
Wagler's Chachalaca, Ortalis wagleri (Chachalaca Vientre-castana) - The Wagler's Chachalaca is endemic to central Pacific coast dry forests. It has a rufous belly and undertail. I saw several near the sewer ponds in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





West Mexican Chachalaca - surfbirds.com
West Mexican Chachalaca, Ortalis poliocephala (Chachalaca Mexicana) - The West Mexican Chachalaca is endemic to dry woodlands in southern Mexico. It is a brown, pheasant-like bird, that has lighter belly than other Chachalacas. I saw several at the Alas Verdes in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in late April 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in teh Sierra Tentzo in early October 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011. I saw several along the Oaxaca coast in late June 2012. 





Grey-necked Wood Rail - Wikipedia
Grey-necked Wood Rail, Aramides cajanea (Rascon Cuelligris) - The Grey-necked Wood Rail can be found along the shores of wetlands and mangrove forests on the Gulf, Caribbean, and southern Pacific coasts of Mexico. It is a larrge rail with a rufous body, grey neck, and yellow bill. I saw one in the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010.





Rufous-necked Wood Rail - planetofbirds.com
Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Aramides axillaris (Rascon Cuellirrufo) - The Rufous-necked Wood Rail is uncommon in mangroves along the Pacific and Yucatan coasts. Its rufous neck, yellow beak, and red legs are diagnostic. I saw one in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





Sora - wikipedia
Sora, Porzana carolina (Polluela Sora) - The Sora is a rail throughout wetlands in Mexico during northern winters, although it is rarely seen. It is a medium-sized rail with a short yellow beak. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in mid-september 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late September 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I heard several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in early October 2011. I saw several on Valsequillo near Parque Bicentenario in mid-October 2011. I saw several at the sewer ponds in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I heard one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Laguna Chapulco in mid-April 2012.



Northern Bobwhite - thedailygreen.com
Northern Bobwhite, Colinus virginianus (Codorniz-cotui Nortena) - The Northern Bobwhite is a small quail that is common throughout scrubby woodlands in eastern and central Mexico. It has a white and black face and a rufous chest, although there are several subspecies with much darker plumage and no facial markings. I saw one possible individual on Cerro Zapotecas in Cholula in early May 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 





Thicket Tinamou - costaricagateway.com
Thicket Tinamou, Crypturellus cinnamomeus (Tinamu Canelo) - The Thicket Tinamou can be found in coastal and Yucatan Mexico forests. It has bright red legs and a striped body. I saw two in Calakmul in late December 2011.








Breeding pluamge American Golden Plover - wikipedia
American Golden Plover, Pluvalis dominica (Chorlo-dorado Americano) - The American Golden Plover is a medium-sized shorebird found in inland wetlands throughout most of Mexico during northern winters. Its winter plumage is mostly a mottled grey with a white belly and short black beak. I saw several at a shrimp farm in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.




American Oystercatcher - wikipedia
American Oystercatcher, Haematopus palliatus (Ostrero Americano) - The American Oystercatcher is uncommon but can be found along beaches and rocky coasts throughout Mexico. It has a black head and bright orange beak. I saw two on the beach near San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.







Black-necked Stilt - Wikipedia
Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus (Candelero Americano) - This bird is easily distinguished by its tall redish orange legs, its white underbody and black back, neck, and head. It can be found wading in shallow waters inland or along the coast. My first sighting came from inside a bus outside of the Mexico City airport on the our first day in Mexico, in late September 2010. I saw one in a bay just south of Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in late February 2011. I saw several on a sand bar in Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw eight on Lago Valsequillo from Tetela in mid-April 2011. I saw several at the sewer ponds, shrimp farms, and wetlands in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Laguna los Fuertes, Teziutlan, Puebla, in early June 2012. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





Whimbrel - wikipedia
Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus (Zarapito Trinador) - The Whimbrel is a shorebird that can be found along coasts throughout Mexico during northern winters. It has a long curved beak. I saw several on the beaches, mangroves, shrimp farms, and wetlands of San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





Long-billed Curlew - wikipedia
Long-billed Curlew, Numenius americanus (Zarapito Piquilargo) - The Long-billed Curlew can be found in wetlands in northern Mexico and coasts throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is a large shorebird and has a very long curved bill. I saw one at a shrimp farm in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





American avocet - wikipedia
American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana (Avoceta Americana) - The American Avocet can be found throughout wetlands and coasts in Mexico during northern winters. It has a white body, black wings, and a long, upturned beak. I saw several at a shrimp farm in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Laguna los Fuertes, Teziutlan, Puebla, in early June 2012.










Northern Jacana - Wikipedia
Northern Jacana, Jacana spinosa (Jacana Mesoamericana) - The Northern Jacana can be found on floating vegetation in wetlands on the Gulf, Caribbean, and southern Pacific coasts of Mexico. The male has a black neck and head, brown body, long legs, and a yellow beak. Its wings flash yellow when it hops from place to place in a marsh. The female lacks yellow plumage and has white underneath. I saw five in the wetlands of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010.I  saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several at the sewer ponds, shrimp farms, and wetlands in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





Greater Yellowlegs - Wikipedia
Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca (Patamarilla Mayor) - The Greater Yellowlegs is very similar to the Lesser Yellowlegs in appearance and range. Both are large shorebirds that can be found throughout Mexico during northern winters. Both are grey above, white below, and have long yellow legs. However, the Greater Yellowlegs is slightly larger and has a larger, heavier bill. I saw one Greater Yellowlegs on the dam of Lago Valsequillo in Puebla in early April 2011. I saw one from near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in early November 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011.






Lesser Yellowlegs - Wikipedia
Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes (Patamarilla Menor) - The Lesser Yellowlegs can be found throughout Mexico's coasts and wetlands during northern winters. It is a tall, grey shorebird with long yellow legs. It is differentiated from Greater Yellowlegs by a shorter bill. I saw one in a bay just south of Parque Bicentenario in late February 2011. I saw four on Lago Valsequillo from Tetela in mid-April 2011. I saw four in Valsequillo in late March 2012.




Solitary Sandpiper - wikipedia
Solitary Sandpiper, Tringa solitaria (Playero Solitario) - The Solitary sandpiper is a medium sized sandpiper common throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is similar to a yellowlegs but has a shorter neck and shorter legs. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012.






Willet - Jajean
Willet, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus (Playero Pihuihui) - The Willet can be found feeding throughout the coasts of Mexico. It is a large shorebird, mostly grey above and white below. I saw several on the beaches of La Mancha and Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw five on La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several at the beaches in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





Spotted Sandpiper, breeding plumage
- Wikipedia
Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia (Playero Alzocolita) - Spotted Sandpipers are common throughout Mexico along pond shorelines and beaches. In breeding polumage they have distinct spots on their underbelly, but in non-breeding plumage (what you will see in Mexico) their underbelly is solid white. When they walk, they bob their tale up and down. I saw Spotted Sandpipers at Parque Nacional Cimatario outside of Queretaro in early September, late October, and early November 2010, in the pond by the park's front gate. I also saw them at the Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early October 2010.  I saw one in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late January 2011.  I saw several at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw nearly twenty around Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in breeding plumage at Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in mid-April 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late September 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.


Wilson's Plover - wikipedia
Wilson's Plover, Charadrius wilsonia (Chorlito Piquigrueso) - Wilson's Plover can be found throughout Mexican coasts during northern winters. It is a small greyish plover with a large beak. I saw several in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.









Snowy Plover - wikipedia
Snowy Plover, Charadrius alexandrius (Chorlito Niveo) - The Snowy Plover is a small shorebird common in coastal and central Mexico during northern winters. It is very pale with an incomplete black collar. I saw several in El Carmen in Puebla in late March 2012.






Killdeer - Wikipedia
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus (Chorlitejo Tildio) - The Killdeer is found throughout northern and central Mexico year-round, and can be found in southern Mexico during northern winters. It inhabits open fields and marshes. It has a double black ring on its throat, a rufous tail, and a high pitched whistle while in flight. If you approach its nest (on the ground), the adult will try to distract you by pretending to have a broken wing, leading predators away from the nest before flying away. I first saw a Killdeer at the garbage dump outside of Queretaro in late September 2010. I saw nearly fifty together in Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in mid-December 2010 and several more in mid January 2011. I saw several individuals on the coast of La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010.  I saw several at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw several around Lago Valsequillo in late February 2011. I saw one fly over Mision La Muralla in Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw two the BUAP Jardin Botanico in mid-April 2011. I saw two at Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in mid-April 2011.


Marbled Godwit - wikipedia
Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa (Picopando Canelo) - The Marbled Godwit can be found along coasts throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is large and has a long straight beak. I saw one at a shrimp farm in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. 






Short-billed Dowitcher - wikipedia
Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus (Costurero Piquicorto) - The Short-billed Dowitcher can be found along Mexican coasts during northern winters. The winter plumage adult is mostly grey with yellowlegs and a long dark beak that is slightly downturned. I saw several near Campeche in late December 2011.






Long-billed Dowitcher - wikipedia
Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus (Costurero Piquilargo) - The Long-billed Dowitcher is common on inland wetlands throughout Mexico during northern winters. The winter plumage adult is mostly grey with yellowlegs and a long dark beak. I saw several on wetlands in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several near Campeche in late December 2011. I saw one in Alchichica in late March 2012.







Wilson's Snipe - wikipedia
Wilson's Snipe, Gallinago delicata (Agachona Comun) - The Wilson's Snipe is common along the shores of marshes and other wet grassy areas throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is distinguished by a very long beak. I saw one on Valsequillo near  Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in early November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw one in Parque Laguna Chapulco in late November 2011.








Wilson's Phalarope - Jajean
Wilson's Phalarope, Steganopus tricolor (Falaropo de Wilson) - Phalaropes, in general can be easily identified because they often swim along shorelines, rather than walk. Wilson's Phalaropes breed in North American prairies and winter in the Andes in South America, passing through Mexico. They come further inland than other Phalaropes; in non-breeding plumage (what you will see in Mexico) they lose the reddish coloring and are grey on their backs and necks, and white underneath. I saw three Wilson's Phalaropes at the Laguna Chapulco park in Puebla also in early October 2010 and two more in late December 2010. I saw one at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in late July 2011. I saw several on Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-september 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Valsequillo in late September 2011. I saw several in Parque Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late September and early October 2011. I saw ten in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Valsequillo in mid-April 2012. I saw 1,300 in Valsequillo near Tetela in late April 2012, and then 3,000 in Valsequillo in mid-May 2012.


Red Phalarope - montereyseabirds.com
Red Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius (Falarapo Piquigrueso) - The Red Phalarope can be found along Pacifica coastal and off-shore waters in Mexico during northern winters. It has a thicker beak than other Phalaropes and during the winter it is mostly grey. I saw several large groups off the coast of San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.




Ruddy Turnstone - Wikipedia
Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres (Vuelvepiedras Rojizos) - The Ruddy Turnstone is a small shorebird that can be found along rocky shorelines and beaches in Mexico. It is distinguished by its rufous body, white belly, and black and white markings on its face and neck. I saw several on the beaches of Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several at the beach in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011.




Western Sandpiper - wikipedia 
Western Sandpiper, Calidris mauri (Playerito Occidental) - The Western Sandpiper is a small sandpiper common in coastal and inland Mexico during northern winters. It is characterized by its small size and its black beak and legs. I saw one in Valsequillo in early March and one in Alchichica in late March 2012.





Least Sandpiper - wikipedia
Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla (Playerito Minimos) - The Least Sandpiper is common throughout wetlands in Mexico during northern winters. It is a very small sandpiper with a black beak and short yellow legs. I saw several in Campeche in late December 2011.I saw several in Valsequillo near the panga in mid- and late January 2012. I saw several in Valsequillo in late March 2012. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012.







Baird's Sandpiper - bird-friends.com
Baird's Sandpiper, Calidris bairdii (Playerito de Baird) - The Baird's Sandpiper is a medium sized sandpiper that can be found throughout mudflats in Mexico. It is distinguished by a black beak and legs and wings that project beyond its tail. I saw several in Laguna Chapulco in mid-April 2011 and several more near Tetela on Valsequillo in late April 2011. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012.




Pectoral Sandpiper - wikipedia
Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos (Playero Pectoral) - The Pectoral Sandpiper is a medium-sized sandpiper, transitory and common throughout Mexico. It has yellow legs and orange and black beak. I saw several in Valsequillo in mid and late March 2012.






Laughing Gull - Ana
Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla (Gaviota Reidora) - The Laughing Gull is a medium sized gull can be found throughout costal Mexico and can be found inland in central and southern Mexico. The adult breeding gull has a black head and orange bill, while the non-breeding adult has a white head with few black markings and a black bill. I first identified this bird at a pond in Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early January 2011, but probably saw several in Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw one over Lago Valsequillo in San Baltazar de Tetela in mid-January 2011. I saw hndreds over Lago Catemaco, Lago Sontecomapan and La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo in mid-October 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several in Alchichica in late March 2012. I saw one in Laguna los Fuertes, Teziutlan, Puebla, in early June 2012. I saw several along the coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 


Ring-billed Gull - wikipedia
Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis (Gaviota Piquianillada) - The Ring-billed Gull is a medium-sized gull that is common throughout water-bodies in Mexico during northern winters. Its yellow bill with a black ring is characteristic. I saw several on the lake in Valle de Bravo in early February 2012.






Franklin's Gull - wikipedia
Franklin's Gull, Larus pipixcan (Gaviota de Franklin) - Franklin's Gull is a small gull common throughout Mexico during northern winters. The adult in breeding plumage has a black head. I saw one in Valsequillo in mid-April 2012.







Caspian Tern - wikipedia
Caspian Tern, Sterna caspia (Golondrina-marina Caspica) - The Caspian Tern is uncommon but can be found throughout central and coastal Mexico. It is very similar to the Royal Tern but has a red beak. I saw one at a shrimp farm in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.





Royal Tern - Ana
Royal Tern, Sterna maxima (Golondrina-marina) - The Royal Tern is a large tern common in coastal lagoons and estuaries in Mexico. It is distinguished by a black cap and large orange bill. I saw several on the beaches of La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several on La Barra in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw many throughout coastal Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several along the coast inOaxaca in late June 2012. 







Sandwhich Tern - Wikipedia
Sandwhich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis (Golondrina-marina de Sandwhich) - The Sandwhich Tern can be found in along the coasts of the Gulf, southern Pacific and Yucatan Mexico. It is distinguished by a black beak with a yellow tip. I saw a small group on La Barra near Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011.I saw several in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.








Forters Tern - wikipedia
Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri (Golondrina Marina de Forster) - Forster's Tern can be found throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is a small tern with a black eye patch. I saw several at a shrimp farm in San Blas in Nayarit in mid-November 2011.








Least Tern - wikipedia
Least Tern, Sterna antillarum (Charran Minimo) - The Least Tern is a small tern uncommon along Mexico's coasts. It is mostly white with a yellow beak. I saw one in la Presa Valsequillo in mid-May 2012. (This was the first record of this species in the state of Puebla.)







Black Tern - wikipedia
Black Tern, Chlidonias niger (Golondrina- marina Negra) - The Black Tern can be seen throughout Mexico during the winter transition on the coasts and inlad water bodies. It is small and dark grey. I saw one on Lago Chapala in Jalisco in late November 2011. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 







Black Slimmer - wikipedia
Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger (Rayador Americano) - The Black Skimmer can be found along Mexican coasts during northern winters. It has a black body and wings and a large orange and black beak. I saw several in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.






Red-billed Pigeon
Red-billed Pigeon, Columba flavirostris (Paloma Morada) - The Red-billed Pigeon is common in lowland, coastal forests throughout Mexico. It has a dark grey body, with rufous wing and neck plumage, and red bill. I saw several in La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





White-winged Dove - Wikipedia
White-winged Dove, Zenaida asiatica (Paloma Aliblanca) - The White-winged Dove is widespread throughout Mexico. It has a distinctive white stripe across its wing that can be seen when in flight. I have seen this bird often since arriving in Mexico in late August 2010. I saw one near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 









Mourning Dove - Wikipedia
Mourning Dove, Zenaida Macroura (Paloma Huilota) - The Mourning Dove can be found throughout Mexico. It has adistinguishing pointed tail when in flight, and is slightly smaller than the White-winged Dove and slightly larger than the Inca Dove. Its woo-oo-oo-oo call, as if it is in mourning, gives the bird its name. I first positively identified a Mourning Dove in late October 2010 in the parkway in Los Alamos colonia in Queretaro, but have seen many since then in Puebla. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. 







Eurasian Collared Dove - wikipedia
Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto (Tortola Turca) - The Eurasian Collared Dove is a medium-sized dove introduced into the Americas and becoming increasingly common in urban and suburban areas. It is mostly pale with a white tail and a black stripe on the back of its neck. I saw several near Cardel in Veracruz in early October 2011. I saw one in the city of Puebla in mid-October 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in Puebla near my house in early May 2012.




Inca Dove - BirdFriends.com
Inca Dove, Columbina inca (Tortola Colilarga) - The Inca Dove is common and widespread. It is a small dove, often found in groups foraging on teh ground. It has a specled grey body, and reddich wings. It sounds like a rattle as it flies.  I have seen this bird in large numbers everywhere since arriving in Mexico in late August 2010.





Common Ground Dove - Wikipedia
Common Ground Dove, Columbina passerina (Tortola Comun) - The Common Ground Dove can be found in open savannah in most of Mexico. It is distinguished by the Inca Dove by its pinkish chest, belly and wings, and by its reddish beak. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw several in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011 .I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in early August 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in early september 2011. I saw several in Atoyatempan in the Sierra Tentzo in early October 2011. I saw several near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.


Ruddy-ground Dove - wikipedia
Ruddy-ground Dove, Columbina talpacoti (Tortola Rojiza) - The Ruddy-ground Dove is common in open areas along coastal Mexico. It is a small dove with a short tail. I saw one in Chichicaxtle in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw several in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Lacanja Chan Sayab near Bonampak in mid-March 2012.








White-tipped Dove - wikipedia
White-tipped Dove, Leptotila verreauxi (Paloma Arroyera) - The White-tipped Dove is very common in forests in coastal, southern, and Yucatan Mexico. It is small, pinkish, and has red legs. I saw one in Xpujil in late December 2011.






Pacific Parkeet - antpitta.com
Pacific Parakeet, Aratinga strenua (Perico Verde) - The Pacific Parakeet is a large parakeet common in woodlands and plantations on the southern coast of Mexico. It is almost entirely green. I saw several in Chiapa de Corzo in mid-March 2012.








Orange-fronted Parakeet - wikipedia
Orange-fronted Parakeet, Aratinga canicularis (Perico Frentinaranja) - The Orange-fronted Parakeet is a medium sized parakeet common along the west and southern coasts of Mexico. It has an orange throat and a red forehead. I saw several along the coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012.









Mexican Parrotlet - forpus-klub.cz
Mexican Parrotlet, Forpus cyanopygius (Periquito Mexicano) - The Mexican Parrotlet can be found in central Pacific coast Mexico. It is small and mostly green. I saw one in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.










Olive-throated Parakeet - Wikipedia
Olive-throated Parakeet, Aratinga nana (Perico Pechisucio) - The Olive-throated Parakeet is common in lowland forests and plantations in the Gulf and Caribbean coasts of Mexico. It is a small, green parakeet with a yellowish chest. I saw several in La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several at Hotel Los Amigos and Ecobiosfera near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011.







Military Macaw - parrotsinternational.org
Military Macaw, Ara militaris (Guacamaya Verde) - The Military Macaw is a large macaw, which, due to illegal pet trade, is now extremely rare and found in only a few hard to reach locations in Mexico. It is a large mostly green macaw that also has a spectacular mixture of yellow, blue and red plumage. I saw several in the Canyon del Sabino in Tecomovaca in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in in late April 2011, early August 2011 and mid-June 2012.


Scarlet Macaw - wikipedia
Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao (Guacamaya Roja) - The Scarlet Macaw is a large parrot, once common throughout much of coastal Mexico, now only found in a small part of Chiapas. It is easily identifiable for its size and its bright red color. I saw several at the Reforma Agraria reserve (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.














White-fronted Parrot - wikipedia
White-fronted Parrot, Amazona albifrons (Loro Frentiblanco) - The White-fronted Parrot is found in coastal, southern, and Yucatan Mexico forests. It is a large parrot with red eyes and white patch on the forehead. I saw in Calakmul in late December 2011. I saw several along the coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 








Lilac-crowned Parrot - wikipedia
Lilac-crowned Parrot, Amazona finschi (Loro Corona-violeta) - The Lilac-crowned Parrot is endemic to the west and south coasts of Mexico. It has a purple colored forehead. I saw several in Huatulco in late June 2012.










Red-lored Parrot
- Wikipedia
Red-lored Parrot, Amazona autumnalis (Loro Cachete-amarillo) - The Red-lored Parrot is found in forests and open woodlands in Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico. It is distinguished by a blue cap, red face, and yellow chin. I saw one at Hotel Los Amigos on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011.










Yellow-billed Cuckoo - wikipedia
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus (Cuco Piquiamarillo) - The Yellow-billed Cuckoo can be found in forests in eastern and southern Mexico. It is distinguished by its large, curved, yellow bill. I saw one near Aguacate in Puebla in early June 2011.











Squirrel Cuckoo - Jajean
Squirel Cuckoo, Piaya cayana (Cuco Ardilla) - The Squirrel Cuckoo is the largest cuckoo in Mexico other than the roadrunners. It is found in lowland forests throughout Mexico. It has an overall rufous body with a grey belly. I saw two in La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw one in the UNAM Biological Research Station in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one in Cerro Maquitepetl in Xalapa in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Coba in late December 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw one in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012.



Lesser Ground Cuckoo - wikipedia
Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Morococcyx erythropygus (Cuco-terrestre Menor) - The Lesser Ground Cuckoo is common in woodlands along the southern coast of Mexico. It has a rufous chest and belly, a blue eye ring, and a brown back. I saw one in Huatulco in late June 2012.









Lesser Roadrunner
- birdquest-tours
Lesser Roadrunner, Geococcyx velox (Correcaminos Menor) - The Lesser Roadrunner can be found in southern Mexico in open fields and scrub. It has no striping on its chest, distinguishing it from the Greater Roadrunner. I first saw a Lesser Roadrunner along the side of the highway between Oaxaca and Puebla in early December 2010. I saw one in a tree in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw one in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011.




Greater Roadrunner - Wikipedia
 Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus (Correcaminos Mayor) - The Greater Roadrunner is in the cuckoo family, and although it can fly, it spends most of its time on the ground. It is common in central and northern Mexico, and found in desert scrub habitats. It is very skittish and will run away quickly when it spots you. Unlike the Lesser Roadrunner, it has striping on its chest. I first identified this bird in early November, 2010, at Parque Nacional Cimatario, although I had likely seen it there briefly on an earlier visit.



Groove-billed Ani
- Wikipedia
Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris (Garrapatero Asurcado) - The Groove-billed Ani can be found in open woodlands and cultivated areas throughout Mexico. It is distinguished by its all black plumage and thick bill. I saw several at Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw one in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010. I saw several individuals in La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several at Hotel Los Amigos near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several near Coyomeapan in the Sierra Negra in Puebla in mid-May 2011. I saw one on Rio Alseseca near the BUAP in Puebla in early June 2011.  I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012.




Mottled Owl - wikipedia
Mottled Owl, Strix virgata (Buho Cafe) - The Mottled Owl is a medium-sized owl common along both coasts, in southern Mexico, and the Yucatan. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011.






Ferruginous Pygmy Owl - wikipedia
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Glaucidium brasilianum (Tecolotito Comun) - The Ferruginous Pygmy Owl is common along both coasts, in southern Mexico, and the Yucatan. It is a very small owl that is rufous in color. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw one near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Mazunte, la Ventanilla and Huatulco in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 









Mountain Pygmy Owl
- antpitta.com
Mountain Pygmy Owl, Glaucidium gnoma (Tecolotito Norteno) - The Mountain Pygmy Owl can be found in Mexico at higher altitudes in mixed forests. Its feathers can be either grey (northern) or rufous (southern). Its small size and pseudo-face on the back of its head help distinguish it. I saw a single bird in the pine forests of Parque Nacional Pop-Izta in late November 2010.










Lesser Nighthawk - lesliehawes.com
Lesser Nighthawk, Chordeiles acutipennis (Cotacabras Menor) - The Lesser Nighthawk is common in most of Mexico, but migrates south during northern winter, and north during northern summer. It is mostly grey with white wing patches. It can be seen at dusk eating insects in the air. I saw three at Mision La Muralla in Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw two in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.I saw several probables in Ria Lagartos in late December 2011.





Black Swift - biodiversityexlorer.org
Black Swift, Cypseloides niger (Vencejo Negro) - The Black Swift is a large swift that can be found in western and southern Mexico. It is distinguished by its large size and all black body. I saw several possible Black Swifts in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011.










White-collared Swift - wikipedia
White-collared Swift, Streptoprocne zonaris (Vencejo Cuelliblanco) - The White-collared Swift is common over forests in southern and Gulf coast Mexico. It is large, mostly black, with a white collar around its neck. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several along teh coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





White-throated Swift - Wikipedia
White-throated Swift, Aeronautes saxatilis (Vencejo Gorjiblanco) - White-throated swifts are all black on top when flying, and white underneath. I saw two or three individuals in the canyon at Charco de Ingenio outside of San Miguel de Allende in early October 2010. Here, the swifts live in the canyon walls, flying out together when he walls warm up in the sun at around 9 or 10am every day.  I saw several at the Crater Lake Alchichica in Puebla in mid-February 2011. I saw several in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw one in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011.




Long-billed Hermit - wikipedia
Long-billed Hermit, Phaethornis longirostris (Ermitano Colilargo) - The Long-billed Hermit is common in forests in southern Mexico. It is charecterized by a long, curved bill and a long white tail. I saw several in Palenque, Bonampak, and Reforma Agraria (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.









Little Hermit - ibc.lynxeds.com
Little Hermit, Pygmornis longuemareus (Ermitano Pequeno) - The Little Hermit is a small hummingbird found in southern rainforests in Mexico. It has a rufous body color and a long, curved bill. I saw one in the Reforma Agraria reserve (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.






Violet Sabrewing - Wikipedia
Violet Sabrewing, Campylopterus hemileucurus (Fandangero Morado) - The Violet Sabrewing is one of the largest hummingbirds in Mexico. It can be found in forests and gardens in southern Mexico. It is distinguished by its large size and bright purple coloring. I saw a pair at the Centro Ecologico San Francisco de Asis in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I saw one near la Gloria and la Olla in Zacapoaxtla in early May 2012. I saw one in el infernillo near Huachinango in late June 2012.








Wedge-tailed Sabrewing - ibc.lynxeds.com
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Campylopterus curvipennis (Fandangero Colicuna) – The Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is common in forests and gardens along the Gulf slope and Yucatan Mexico. It is a large hummingbird with a green back and white chest. Its blue cap is rarely visible. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. 








Green-breasted Mango - wikipedia
Green-breasted Mango, Anthracothorax prevostii (Mango Pechiverde) - The Green-breasted Mango can be found in southern and Yucatan forests. It is a large hummingbird. Both the male and female have a black throat and chest while the female has white sides. I saw one in Bacalar in late December 2011.







White-bellied Emerald - antpitta.com
White-bellied Emerald, Amazilia candida (Esmeralda Vientre-blanco) – The White-bellied Emerald is common along the Gulf slope and Yucatan Mexico. It is a small hummingbird with a green back and white chest. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. 









Azure-crowned Hummingbird - wikipedia n
Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Amazilia cyanocephala (Colibri Coroniazul) - The Azure-crowned Hummingbird is common in southern and east coast forests. It is white underneath with a blue crown. I saw one at the Cascada la Morena in Huauchinango in late June 2012.






Dusky Hummingbird - camacdonald.com
Dusky Hummingbird, Cynanthus sordidus (Colibri Prieto) - The Dusky Hummingbird is endemic to southern Mexico. It is distinguished by an orange beak and  white streak across its eye. I saw several in Laguna Chapulco in Puebla in late April 2011. I saw one near Valsequillo from near Parque Bicentenario in early June 2011.  I saw one in Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in mid-June 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw one in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012. I saw one in Valsequillo in early May 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011. I saw one in Monte Alban in late June 2012.




Male Broad-billed Hummingbird - Wikipedia
Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris (Colibri Piquiancho) - The Broad-billed Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Queretaro and I have seen many individuals since arriving in late August 2010. Both the male and female have a bright, broad orange bill. The male is all green with an irridescent blue throat (hard to see unless the light is perfect), and the female is green above and white/grey below, with a white ear stripe.


Doubleday's Hummingbird - herbhoughton.com
Doubleday's Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris doubledayi (Colibri de Doubleday) - Doubleday's Hummingbird is a subspecies endemic to dry woodlands along the southern coast of Mexico. It is almost identical to teh Borad-billed Hummingbird, but has more bluish underparts. I saw several in Huatulco in late June 2012.





White-eared Hummingbird
- Wikipedia
White-eared Hummingbird, Hylocharis leucotis (Colibri Orejiblanco) - The White-eared Hummingbird is widespread in Mexico. It is easily distinguished by its long white eye streak. The male has a luminescent green throat and the female has a second eye streak. I first saw the bird in Piedra Grande, outside of Mexico City, at the end of October 2010. I saw one male perched on a pine tree branch.  I saw one in La Malintzi and another in Flor del Bosque at the end of December 2010. I saw two at Parque Ecologico in Puebla in early January 2011. I saw several and heard hundreds in the forests of El Chico in early March 2011. I saw several near Coyomeapan in the Sierra Negra in Puebla in mid-May 2011. I saw one above the Truchas fish farm in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya near Atlixco in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw one in Flor del Bosque in early November 2011. I saw several at the monarch reserve in Piedra Herada in Valle de Bravo in early February 2012. I saw one in Atexcac in late March 2012. I saw several in Parque Nacional La Malinche near San Miguel Canoa, Puebla, in mid-April 2012.






Berylline Hummingbird
- Wikiped
Berylline Hummingbird, Amazilia beryllina (Colibri de Berilo) - The Berylline Hummingbird can be found in forests and gardens in Pacific coast and southern Mexico. It has a green head and upper body, rufous tail, and rufous wings. I first identified this bird at Hotel Mision Los Angeles in Oaxaca in early December 2010. I saw one on Rio Alseseca near the BUAP in Puebla in early June 2011. I saw one above the Truchas fish farm in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya near Atlixco in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw one in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in early October 2011. I saw one in Monte Alban in late June 2012.







Buff-bellied Hummingbird - casasantaana.com
Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia yucatensis (Colibri Vientre-canelo) - The Buff-bellied Hummingbird is common along the gulf coast and Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It has a green chest and rufous belly. I saw one in Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.







Cinnamon Hummingbird - wikipedia
Cinnamon Hummingbird, Amazilia rutila (Colibri Canelo) - The Cinnamon Hummingbird is common on central and southern Pacific coast Mexico. It is a medium sized hummingbird that appears rufous. I saw several in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in Huatulco in late June 2012.






Violet-crowned Hummingbird -  nearfamous.com
Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Amazilia violiceps (Colibri Corona-violeta) - The Violet-crowned Hummingbird can be found in dry woodlands and pine forests on the Pacific slope of Mexico. It has a dull green back, white throat and chest, and a blue crown. I saw one on Cerro Zapotecas in Cholula in early May 2011. I saw several near Tetela on Lago Valsequillo in Puebla in late May 2011. I saw several in Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in mid-June 2011. I saw one above the Truchas fish farm in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya near Atlixco in Puebla in late June 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in early August 2011. I saw one near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012.


Green Violet-ear - wikipedia
Green Violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus (Orejavioleta Verde) - The Green Violet-ear is a medium-sized hummingbird common in mountain forests in central and southern Mexico. It is all green with a blue throat and violet ear patch. I saw one in the monarch reserve in Piedra Herrada near Valle de Bravo in early February 2012.






Blue-throated Hummingbird - wildphotosphotography.com
Blue-throated Hummingbird, Lampornis clemanciae (Colibri-serrano Gorjiazul) - The Blue-throated Hummingbird is found in montane forest clearings throughout Mexico. The male is distinguished by a blue throat, while both sexes have dark eye streaks. I saw one female near Parque Bicentenario on Valsequillo in late May 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw one in Atexcac in late March 2012.







Male Magnificent Hummingbird - birdsinfocus.com
Magnificent Hummingbird, Eugenes fulgens (Colibri Magnifico) - The Magnificent Hummingbird is common in forests and farms throughout Mexico. The male is distinguished by a purple forehead and green throat, while the female has neither. I saw one in Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in mid-June 2011.





Male Lucifer Hummingbird
- nearfamous.com
Lucifer Hummingbird, Calothorax lucifer (Tijereta Nortena) - The Lucifer Hummingbird can be found throughout central Mexico. The male is green above, white underneath, with a long white ear stripe and purple throat, while teh female lacks the purple throat and has rufous sides and tail. I saw the male on top of La Pena in Bernal in mid-September 2010.I saw one female in Tlaxcala in mid-september 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo in late March 2012. I saw a female near Pico de Orizaba in early June 2012.






Female Lucifer Hummingbird
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Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird - wikipedia
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris (Colibri Gorjirrubi) - The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is common throughout most of Mexico during northern winters. The male has a bright red throat while the female has no throat coloring. I saw two in Valsequillo near Parque Bicentenario in early October 2011. I saw one in Cardel in Veracruz in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011.



Violaceous Trogon - Wikipedia
Violaceous Trogon, Trogon violaceus (Trogon Violaceo) - The Violaceous Trogon can be found at forest edges in southern Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico. The male is distinguished by its blue head, green back, and yellow chest, while the female has a black head and back and yellow chest. I saw one on the shore of Lago Santecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw two in Bonampak in mid-March 2012.







Citreoline Trogon - wikipedia
Citreoline Trogon, Trogon citreolus (Trogon Citrino) - The Citreoline Trogon is endemic to dry woodlands and mangroves in southern Mexico. It has a black head, a blue, green and black back, a yellow chest, and a yellow eye. I saw several along the coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012.






Black-headed Trogon - wikipedia
Black-headed Trogon, Trogon melanocephalus (Trogon Cabecinegor) – The Black-headed Trogon is common in forests and mangroves along the Gulf slope and Yucatan Mexico. It has a black head, a green back, blue tail, and yellow chest. I saw two at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. We saw several at Coba and Xpujil in late December 2011. I saw several in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.









Male Elegant Trogon - Wikipedia
Elegant Trogon, Trogon elegans (Trogon Elegante) - The Elegant Trogon is widespread in Mexico's forests, extending from the northern border to the southern Pacific coast. The male is green with a red chest and rufous tail, while the female is brown with a light colored chest. I saw several at the Alas Verdes cabins in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I heard one near Aguacate in Puebla in early June 2011. I heard one near La Huerta in Puebla in early July 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011.




Male Collared Trogon -
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Collared Trogon, Trogon collaris (Trogon Collarejo) - The Collared Trogon is uncommon but can be found in montane forests in southern Mexico. The male has an emerald green back and red chest, while the female has a brown back and red chest. I saw one female in Las Amacas in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I saw several probables in the UNAM Biological Research Station in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I heard several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw two in Palenque in mid-March 2012. I saw one in el infernillo near Huachinango in Puebla in late June 2012.






Rufous-tailed Jacamar - wikipedia
Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Galbula ruficauda (Jacamar Coliruffo) - The Rufous-tailed Jacamar is a medium sized bird common in forests in southern Mexico. It is emerald green on top and rufous underneath with a long black beak. I saw one in Palenque and one in Reforma Agraria (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.








Russet-crowned Motmot
Russet-crowned Motmot, Momotus mexicanus (Momoto Coronicafe) - The Russet-crowned Motmot is endemic to open woodlands in Pacific slope and southern Mexico. It is distinguished by its red cap green body, and long, pendulum-like tail that it often swings like a clock pendulum when agitated. I saw several at the Alas Verdes cabins in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I saw three near Aguacate in Puebla in early May 2011 and one more in early June 2011. I saw one in La Calera in Puebla in mid-June 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo in Puebla in late June and mid-July 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw several in the Canyon del Sabino in Tecomovaca in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in early August 2011. I heard several in Zapotitlan Salinas and saw several at the Canyon del Sabino in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reservein early August 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in teh Sierra Tentzo in early October 2011. I saw several near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw one at the sewer ponds in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-April 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011. I saw several in Mazunte and Huatulco in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 




Blue-crowned Motmot - Jajean
Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota (Momoto Comun) - The Blue-crowned Motmot can be found in forests in Yucatan Mexico as well as the northern Gulf Coast. It is distinguished by its green and blue coloring, red eye, and long, pendulum-like tail that it often swings like a clock pendulum when agitated. I saw a pair at Centro ecologico San Francisco de Asis in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I heard several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011.




Turquoise-browed Motmot - wikipedia
Turquoise-browed Motmot, Eumomota superciliosa (Momoto Cejiturquesa) - The Turquoise-browed Motmot is common in gardens and forests in southern and Yucatan Mexico. It has a very bright turquoise brow and long, pendulum like tail. I saw one in Iste and another in Tulum in late December 2011.






Male Ringed Kingfisher - Wikipedia

Ringed Kingfisher, Ceryle torquata (Martin-pescador Collarejo) - The Ringed Kingfisher is the largest Kingfisher in Mexico. It can be found in inland and coastal waters. It is distinguished by its large size, greyish blue back and head, and rufous coloring that extends from its chest to its belly (on the male).  I saw several in La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw one in the UNAM Biological Research Station in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several over Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw one in Lacanja Chan Sayab near Bonampak in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Laguna Manialtepec and la Ventanilla in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 



Male Belted Kingfisher - Wikipedia
Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon (Martin Pescador Norteno) - The Belted Kingfisher can be found fishing in open waters throughout Mexico during northern winters. It is distinguished by its contrasting blue-grey and white coloring, while the female has reddish sides. I saw one on Lago Valsequillo in Africam Safari in late February 2011. I saw one near Tetela on Valsequillo and one near Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in late September 2011. I saw two in Valsequillo near Tetela in mid-October 2011. I saw one in Laguna San Felipe in Puebla in late October 2011. I saw several in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw one in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012. I saw one in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012.


Amazon Kingfisher - wikipedia
Amazon Kingfisher, Chloroceryle amazona (Martin-pescador Amazona) - The Amazon Kingfisher is a medium-sized kingfisher found in coastal and southern wetlands in Mexico. It is green and white, while the male has a ruddy chest. I saw several in Reforma Agraria (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.






Male Green Kingfisher - Wikipedia
Green Kingfisher, Chloroceryle americana (Martin-pescador Verde) - The Green Kingfisher is found along small streams throughout most of Mexico. It is a small, mostly dark green and white kingfisher. The male has rufous coloring on its chest. I saw several on Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw two in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in late November 2011. I saw several in the Lagunas de Montebello in mid-March 2012. I saw two in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw one at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011. I saw several along teh coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 





American Pygmy Kingfisher - wikipedia
American Pygmy Kingfisher, Chloroceryle aena (Martin-pescador Enano) - The American Pygmy Kingfisher can be found in wooded wetlands in southern and Yucatan Mexico. It is very small, has a green body, an orange chest and a white patch on its belly. I saw one in Celestun in late December 2011.





Keel-billed Toucan - Wikipedia
Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus (Tucan Pico-multicolor) - The Keel-billed Toucan is found in tall forests in southern Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico. It is distinguished by its large size and large, colorful bill. I saw several in the UNAM Biological Research Station in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw several in Calakmul in late December 2011. I saw one in the Reforma Agraria Reserve in mid-March 2012.



Collared Aracari - wikipedia
Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus (Tucancillo Collarejo) - The Collared Aracari is a small toucan common in forests in southern and Yucatan Mexico. It is black on top, yellow underneath, and has a black and yellow bill. I saw several in Reforma Agraria (Las Guacamayas) in Chiapas in mid-March 2012.






Pale-billed Woodpecker - wikipedia
Pale-billed Woodpecker, Campephilus guatemalensis (Carpintero Piquiclaro) - The Pale-billed Woodpecker is common in lowland coastal forests throughout Mexico. Its entire head is red and it has a large crest. I saw one in the mangroves in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw one in Calakmul in late December 2011. I saw two in the Reforma Agraria Reserve in mid-March 2012. I saw one in Lacanja Chan Sayab near Bonampak in mid-March 2012. I saw two in Huatulco in late June 2012.










Male Acorn Woodpecker
- Wikipedia
Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus (Carpintero Arlequin) - The Acorn Woodpecker is widespread in Mexcio. Both male and femals are very similar in appearance. My first sighting came in mid-September 2010 in the Sierra Gorda mountains near Pinal Amoles. I saw another at Flor del Bosque in Puebla in late November and again in early December 2010. I saw several at  Flor del Bosque in Puebla in late December 2010 and again in late January 2011. I saw one on the highway to La Cantona in Puebla in late January 2011. I saw one in Parque Villa Atl in Puebla in late February 2011. I saw one in El Chico in early March 2011. I saw several at Flor del Bosque in late March 2011. I saw three in the ravine behind Mision La Muralla in Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw several at Flor del Bosque in Puebla in early April 2011. I saw three near Aguacate in Puebla in early May 2011. I saw several in Aguacate in early October 2011. I saw several in Flor del Bosque in early November 2011. I saw several in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-April 2012.


Gila Woodpecker - wikipedia
Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis (Carpintero de Gila) - The Gila Woodpecker is common in dry forests in northwestern and Baja Mexico. It is a pale colored woodpecker with a black and white barred back. I saw one in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011.







Golden-cheeked Woodpecker - wikipedia
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Melanerpes chrysogenys (Carpintero Cachetidorado) - The Golden- cheeked Woodpecker is endemic to southern and central Pacific coast forests. It has red on top of its head, a black eye patch and golden coloring on the side of its face. I saw two in San Blas Nayarit in mid-November 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw several long teh coast in Oaxaca in late June 2012. 









Bronze-winged Woodpecker - audubonmagazine.org
Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Piculus aeruginosus (Carpintero Alibronceado) – The Bronze-winged Woodpecker is endemic to forests along the northern Gulf coast. It is an olive brown woodpecker with a red nape and mustache stripe.  I saw one at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. 








Grey-breasted Woodpecker
- Wikipedia
Grey-breasted Woodpecker, Melanerpes hypopolius (Carpintero Pechigris) - The Grey-breasted Woodpecker is endemic to dry areas in southern Mexico. It is often found atop a tall cactus. It has a black and white patterned back and wings, and dullish grey head and chest. I saw one in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-December 2010 and several more in early May 2011. I saw one in Parque Bicentenario in Puebla in mid-January 2011. I saw one in Flor del Bosque in Puebla in late January 2011.  I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas in Puebla in mid February 2011 - they appeared to be nesting in the tall cactuses. I saw several in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I saw several on Cerro Zapotecas in Cholula in early May 2011. I saw several near La Huerta in the Sierra Tentzo in Puebla in early July 2011. I saw several in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011. I saw several in Zapotitlan Salinas and on Rio Grande in Santiago Quiotepec in the Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in early August 2011. I saw several in Aguacate in early October 2011. I saw several near Huehuentan el Grande in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-October 2011. I saw several at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw several in Aguacate in the Sierra Tentzo in mid-April 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012. I saw several at the Alas Verdes canyon in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, in mid-June 2011.




Golden-fronted Woodpecker
- Wikipedia
Golden-fronted Woodpecker,  Melanerpes aurifrons (Carpintero Frentidorado) - This woodpecker is widespread and common in Mexico. The female lacks the male's red head. Pairs can be seen easily in the city of Queretaro almost every day, and I saw it for the first time in late August 2010. I saw several individuals in La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw several in various places in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I saw several at Hotel Ecobiosfera near Lago Sontecomapan in Veracruz in mid-March 2011 (the species has a red head rather than a golden head in Veracruz). I saw several in the ravine behind Mision La Muralla in Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I saw several at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011. I saw one in Cerro Maquitepetl in Xalapa in mid-October 2011. I saw many throughout the Yucatan in late December 2011. I saw one in Las Guacamayas in Chiapas in mid-March 2012. I saw one in Lacanja Chan Sayab near Bonampak in mid-March 2012.


Golden-fronted Woodpecker
(red variety) - Jajean














Ladder-backed Woodpecker
- Wikipedia
Ladder-backed Woopecker, Picoides scalaris (Carpintero Listado) - This woodpecker is widespread but not as common as the Golden-fronted Woodpecker. The male has a red head, with white and black ear and cheak stripes, while the female has a black head. I saw this bird for the first time in late October 2010 in the parkway in Los Alamos colonia in Queretaro. I saw one in the oak forests of Flor del Bosque in Puebla in early December 2010. I saw one in La Mancha, Veracruz, in late December 2010. I saw one in Tecomovaca, Oaxaca, in the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve in late April 2011. I saw one at the pyramid in Cholula in late May 2011. I saw one in Atoyatempan in Puebla in mid-July 2011.I saw one in Valsequillo near Parque Bicentenario in early November 2011. I saw one in Valsequillo near Tetela  in late November 2011. I saw one at the UMA Ejido Santa Cruz, Achichipilco, in early March 2012. I saw several in Tepexi de Rodriguez in the Mixteca Poblana mid-May 2012.






Hairy Woodpecker - Wikipedia
Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus (Carpintero Serranero) - The Hairy Woodpecker is a medium sized woodpecker found montane forests in Mexico. It has red on the back of its head, a white chest and belly, almost solid black shoulders and wings, and a white patch in the middle of its back. I first saw a Hairy Woodpecker in the pine forests of Parque Nacional Pop-Izta in late November 2010. I saw one in La Malintzi in late December 2010.









Female Strickland's Woodpecker - jajean
Strickland's Woodpecker, Picoides stricklandi (Carpintero de Strickland) - The Strickland's Woodpecker is endemic to the central mountains of Mexico. It resembles the Hairy Woodpecker but has a spotted chest. I saw one in Parque Nacional La Malinche in mid-september 2011. 






Northern Flicker, male
and female - Wikipedia
Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus (Carpintero Collarojo) - Northern Flickers are widespread in Mexico during the northern winter. They are unlike other woodpeckers in that they migrate and feed on the ground. Northern Flicker adults are brown with black bars on the back and wings, and have a black collar on the upper chest. The male has a red mustache stripe extending from the beak. I first saw the bird in Piedra Grande, outside of Mexico City, at the end of October 2010. I saw one male perched on a pine tree branch. I saw at least one (red shafted) at the Parque Nacional Izta-Popo (Paso de Cortes) in late May 2011. I saw one in Parque Nacional Pico de Orizaba in early January 2012. 







Female Smoky-brown Woodpecker
- Wikipedia
Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Veniliornis fumigatus (Carpintero Cafe) - The Smoky-brown Woodpecker is common at forest edges in Gulf Coast and Yucatan Mexico, as well as in Nayarit. It is distinguished by its overall brown color, while the male has a red forehead. I saw one bird at Centro Ecologico San Francisco de Asis in Cuetzalan in early February 2011.





Male Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker - Wikipedia
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius (Carpintero Bebedor) – The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a small woodpecker and is widespread in Mexico. It migrates during the northern winter through Mexico to Central America. Adults are mottled black on the back and have wings with white bars; they have a black head with white lines down the side, a red forehead and crown, and a yellow breast; adult males have a red throat while females do not. I saw the first two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers on the same day at the end of October, 2010, in different locations; one in the street in front of my house in Queretaro, and the other in Parque Nacional Cimatario, Queretaro. I saw one in the forests behind Centro Ecologico San Francisco de Asis in Cuetzalan in early February 2011. I saw one at Flor del Bosque in Puebla in late March 2011. I saw one in the ravine behind Mision La Muralla in Amealco Queretaro in late March 2011. I sw one in Bosque la Primavera in Guadalajara in mid-November 2011. I saw one in La Calera in late November 2011. I saw one in Valle de Bravo in early February 2012. I saw one in Aguacate in the Sierra del Tentzo in mid-February 2012.




Lineated Woodpecker - Wikipedia
Lineated Woodpecker, Dryocopus lineatus (Carpintero Lineado) - The Lineated Woodpecker can be found in lowland forests in most of Mexico. It is a large woodpecker, distinguished by its bright red crown and white neck stripe that extends to its eye. I saw several in La Mancha, Veracruz in late December 2010. I saw several in the UNAM Biological Research Station in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz in mid-March 2011. I saw two at the Reserva Santa Gertrudis in Veracruz in late August 2011.













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