Bird And Wildlife Watching In Guatemala

Bird And Wildlife Watching In GuatemalaBirdwatchers 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.
Lake Atitlan
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.
Birds:
* horned guan
* long-tailed manakin
* Pacific parakeet
* orange-fronted parakeet
* Several species of hummingbirds
* Hawks
* Vultures
* Falcons
* Parrots
* woodpeckers
Wildlife:
* Howler Monkeys
* Spider Monkeys
Pacific Coast
The Pacific coast's Manchon Guamuchal Wetland Preserve wetlands, canals and mangrove swamps are brimming with all sorts of birds and wildlife.
Birds:
* 350 species of birds
* roseate spoonbill
* blue heron
* belted kingfisher
* Toucans
* Black and white hawk eagles
* Keel-billed motmots
* Blue-winged warbler
* Wood thrush
* Aquatic birds
* 14 duck species
* Sparrow hawks
* Buzzards
* Falcons
* 20 species of egrets
* Boat-billed Herons
* Lesser Yellow-headed vultures
Wildlife:
56 species of mammals Tapir
Jaguars
50 species of reptiles and amphibians
Crocodiles
Iguanas
Caribbean Coast
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.
Birds:
black and white hawk eagle
keel-billed motmot
90 neotropical migrants wood thrush
blue-winged warbler
25 Nearctic shorebirds
yellow-headed parrot
great curassow
herons
pelicans
yellow-headed parrot
Wildlife:
Acutus crocodile
Manatee
Otters
Freshwater turtles
Green Iguanas
Tapir
Howler monkeys
Jaguars
Green sea turtle
Leatherback turtles
Olive ridley turtles
Green Iguana
Caiman
Spider monkeys
Peccary
Jaguar
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.
Birds:
Azure-rumped
Tanager
Pink-headed Warbler
Horned Guam
Emerald Toucanets
Mountain Trogons
Harpy Eagle (the only place in Guatemala)
Highland Guans
Various species of hummingbirds
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
Spotted Nightingale-Thrush
Wildlife
Jaguars
Pumas
Deer
El Peten
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.
Birds:
Kingfishers
Ducks
Herons
Hawks
Parrots
Toucans
Woodpeckers
Ocellated turkey
Peregrine falcons
Mealy parrots
Black-throated Shrike-Tanager
Plain Xenops
Green Shrike-Vireo
Red-Crowned Ant-Tanager
Hummingbirds
Cichlids
King Vulture
Black-and-White Hawk Eagle
Bat Falcon
Wood Thrush
Kentucky Warbler
Magnolia Warbler Black- and-white Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Montezuma's Oropendola
pied-billed grebe northern jacana
Wildlife:
White-tailed deer
Tapirs
Jaguars
Pumas
Spider and howler monkeys
Coati
Raccoons
Paca
Rodents
Bats
Ocelots
Armadillos
Margays
Brocket deer
Crocodiles
River turtles
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!
Pink-headed Warbler
Red-shafted Flicker
Whip-poor-will
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay Eastern Blue Bird
Emerald Toucanet
Penelopina Nigra
Bushy-crested Jay
Blue-throated Green Motmot
Long-tailed Manakin
Rufous and White Wren
Spotted Nightingale-Thrush
White-eared Ground-sparrow
Chestnut Capped Warbler
White-collared Seedeater
Wood Stork
White Bellied Chachalaca
Yellow-naped Parrot
Orange-chinned Parakeet
Roadside Hawk
Harris Hawk
Night Heron
Boat-billed Heron Peregrine Falcon
Snail Kite
Lesser Roadrunner
Streak-backed Oriole
Turquoise-browed Russet-crowned Motmots
White Throated Magpie-Jay
Elegant Trogon Plain-capped Starthroat
Varied Bunting
Brown Creeper
Spotted Woodcreeper
Resplendent Quetzal
Collared Trogon
Barred Parakeet
Hooded Grosbeak
Ocellated Turkey
Yucatan Bobwhite
Yucatan Poorwill
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Yucatan Flycatcher
Yucatan Jay Northern Cardinal
White-bellied Wren
Keel-billed Toucan
Collared Aracari Emerald Toucanet
Great Curassow
Black-capped Siskin
White-breasted Hawk
Rufous-collared Thrush
The Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
Pink-headed Warbler
Blue-throated Motmot
Horned Guan
Azure-rumped Tanager
Rufous Saberwing
Muscovy Duck
Pacific Parakeet
White-breasted Chachalaca
Roseate Spoonbill
Pygmy Kingfisher
by:  
Marina K. Villatoro

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