|Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas are known for birds.
Almost 60 % of all Mexican birds can be found here. W. J. Schaldach Jr., recently deceased local
ornithologist, counted 568 species including oceanic pelagic birds and more than 200 migrants.
North American migrants like warblers, vireos and others share the forests here with toucans, parrots,
antbirds and a host of other Neotropical residents including large colonies of water birds, wintering
passerine falcons and even gold finches.
The only true local endemic and endangered species:
Tuxtla Quail-dove (Geotrygon carrikeri),
joins the near threatened Long-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus excellens)
and the vulnerable Nava's Wren (Hylorchilus navai) as priced birder´s trophies.
In Catemaco, if driving a car, check your parking space for bird droppings, you may return to a car painted
white. If walking, wear a hat, these mostly grackles and cow birds are non-discriminatory bombers.
It is hilarious what has been tried to inhibit these latter day migrants to the Catemaco shores. But that is
another web page. Meanwhile check for little bells with strings attached to trees on the Malecón.
If you are a serious birder:
read W.J. Schaldach Jr´s incomplete online Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Veracruz, including a
list of Veracruz endemic species which mostly seem to call Los Tuxtlas home.
Buy the book A Site Guide to the Birds of Veracruz by Robert Straub.
Below is an excerpt of Jorge Montejo Diaz's description of some of the more popular Los
Tuxtlas birding sites.
|Birding in Los Tuxtlas