West Mexico Tour Report 2013

9th March - 20th March 2013

Either for rarity value, excellent views or simply a group favourite. 

  • Rufous-necked Wood Rail
  • Boat-billed Heron
  • Elegant Quail
  • Banded Quail
  • Buff-collared Nightjar
  • Eared Poorwill
  • Northern Potoo
  • Colima Pygmy Owl
  • Military Macaw
  • Mexican Parrotlet
  • Golden-crowned Emerald
  • Bumblebee Hummingbird
  • Amethyst-throated Hummingbird  
  • Green-fronted Hummingbird
  • Mexican Woodnymph
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker
  • Grey-crowned Woodpecker
  • White-naped Swift
  • Mountain Trogon
  • Citreoline Trogon
  • Russet-crowned Motmot
  • Blue Mockingbird
  • Spotted Wren
  • Happy Wren
  • Aztec Thrush
  • Grey Silky-Flycatcher
  • Grey-collard Becard
  • Flammulated Flycatcher
  • Tufted Jay
  • Purplish-backed Jay
  • San Blas Jay
  • Transvolcanic Jay
  • Golden Vireo
  • Red Warbler
  • Colima Warbler
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Golden-browed Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo   
  • Collared Towhee
  • Red-headed Tanager
  • Rosy Thrush-Tanager  
  • Black-chested Sparrow
  • Rufous-capped Brush-Finch   
  • Green-striped Brush-Finch
  • Orange-breasted Bunting
  • Rusty-crowned ground-Sparrow  
  • Yellow-winged Cacique
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird (50,000)


Red Warbler copyright Kim and Cindy Risen 001
This was our very first tour to Mexico and I must say it exceeded all our expectations. A country fraught with bad press that it seems hard to shake off, we urge you to not believe all you hear and read. Mexico is a beautiful country teeming with good birds including many endemics, it has fantastic scenery, great hotels, fabulous food and lovely friendly people. We were all pleasantly surprised at just how friendly the locals were everywhere we went. Everyone smiled and waved at us and many locals would talk about the birdlife around their homes. Having been to Texas and Arizona several times each I think Mexico has everything those two states has and far more beside. If you want a mix of North American west coast warblers, alongside many Central American birds in their most Northern range, and then add lots of endemics and specialities then Mexico has it all. See some of the highlights above to get a flavour of the birds we saw, it was simply fantastic and we very much look forward to returning in 2017. 


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