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Bird And Wildlife Watching In Guatemala

Bird And Wildlife Watching In Guatemala
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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.

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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