Bird And Wildlife Watching In Guatemala
Birdwatchers as well as nature enthusiasts have discovered their recreation space in Guatemala. Fifteen percent of Guatemala's land is allocated for national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments, in addition to biosphere. Not to mention, with more than nineteen distinct ecosystems: mangrove swamps, beaches, desert thorn forests, wetlands, humid lowland jungles, flood plains, cloud forests, savannahs as well as awesome highland pine/oak woodlands - only to name some - you will also be able to explore wonderful plant life and animals.
Guatemala is quickly becoming a hot birdwatcher's paradise with over 750 species of birds to see. This is the place where birds from North America and South America come to interact and have a ball. Plus, if you know where to go you'll have plenty of close encounters with over 250 species of mammals, 200 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 50 species of butterflies.
The vicinity of Lake Atitlan has forests ranging in altitude from 750 to 2,500 meters (2,500 to 8,200 feet) that include broadleaf and cloud forests.
* horned guan
* long-tailed manakin
* Pacific parakeet
* orange-fronted parakeet
* Several species of hummingbirds
* Howler Monkeys
* Spider Monkeys
The Pacific coast's Manchon Guamuchal Wetland Preserve wetlands, canals and mangrove swamps are brimming with all sorts of birds and wildlife.
* 350 species of birds
* roseate spoonbill
* blue heron
* belted kingfisher
* Black and white hawk eagles
* Keel-billed motmots
* Blue-winged warbler
* Wood thrush
* Aquatic birds
* 14 duck species
* Sparrow hawks
* 20 species of egrets
* Boat-billed Herons
* Lesser Yellow-headed vultures
56 species of mammals Tapir
50 species of reptiles and amphibians
The moist Caribbean coast with protected areas Biotope Monterrico-Hawaii, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Cerro San Gil, and Rio Las Escobas Park are just some of the amazing ecosystems to see over 350 species of birds and 100 species of wildlife.
black and white hawk eagle
90 neotropical migrants wood thrush
25 Nearctic shorebirds
Green sea turtle
Olive ridley turtles
yellow-headed parrot (Amazona oratrix)
Highlands and Cloud Forests of Las Verapaces
Sierra de Las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Chelemha Cloud Forest Preserve, and Mario Dary Rivera Biotope (also know as El Quetzal) are home to Guatemala's national bird: The Resplendet Quetzal and many more.
Harpy Eagle (the only place in Guatemala)
Various species of hummingbirds
TIkal National Park is one of the rare places in Central America where you are guaranteed to see wildlife action. Even for the novice wildlife spotters, you will feel like an expert. But Tikal isn't the only park full of amazing birds and wildlife. You'll get your share in Laguna Lachua National Park, Naachtun-Dos Lagunas Biotope, Cerro Cahui Biotope and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Black-and-White Hawk Eagle
Magnolia Warbler Black- and-white Warbler
pied-billed grebe northern jacana
Spider and howler monkeys
Extra Extra - Birds Birds and more Birds
For the hardcore birders, who can bird two weeks straight, sunrise to sunset or beyond, Guatemala will keep you busy!
Steller's Jay Eastern Blue Bird
Blue-throated Green Motmot
Rufous and White Wren
Chestnut Capped Warbler
White Bellied Chachalaca
Boat-billed Heron Peregrine Falcon
Turquoise-browed Russet-crowned Motmots
White Throated Magpie-Jay
Elegant Trogon Plain-capped Starthroat
Yucatan Jay Northern Cardinal
Collared Aracari Emerald Toucanet
The Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
by: Marina K. Villatoro