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Birding and Photography 

in Rio Lagartos, Yucatan

Birding By Land In Rio Lagartos

The Land birding trips are 4 hrs.

The cost for the trips is $4,200.00 pesos for group and all the trips are done by Diego personally, includes ground transportation.

There is also a 2.50/person park entrance fee

Rio Lagartos bio-reserve is the best place for birding in the state of Yucatan and on the Yucatan Peninsula!

We have 8 vegetation zones

We have a wide variety of habitats close by and we can design birding tours to find the species you are looking for.
With a few separate tours you have a chance to see a great many of the birds on the Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve list
The new total of species you can encounter here is 395.
We have more bird species than any other area of the Yucatan Peninsula(we have over 70% of the total)


The Yucatan’s Endemic Species

Yucatan Wren (Campylorhynchus yucatanicus)
Mexican Sheartail(Doricha eliza)
Yucatan Flycatcher(Myiarchus yucatanensis)
Orange Orioles (Icterus auratus)
Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus)
Yucatán Black-throated Bobwhite (Colinus nigrogularis)
Yucatan Woodpecker or Red-vented Woodpecker( Melanerpes pygmaeu

Ferruginous Pygmy-owl-Jim Legault

tropical kingbird

lesser roadrunner
Turquoise-browed Motmot-Jim Legault
Jabiru -Jim Legault/Last report 2018.

You can expect 60-90 species in a birding day in Rio Lagartos.
Bird Lists for the Yucatan Peninsula and Rio Lagartos(link)
Download or print the lists to prepare for your birding here.
The following is a list of birds we can see on land trips.

It is not the complete list here in The Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve.

The Land birding trips are 4 hrs.

The cost for the trips is $4,200.00 pesos for group and all the trips are done by Diego personally includes ground transportation.

The following are commonly seen on our land birding trips

White-lored Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiloris)
Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)
Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)
Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita)
Canivet’s Emerald or Fork-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon canivetii)
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina splendens)

Gray-crowned Yellowthroats (Geothlypis poliocephala)
Rufous necked Wood-rail (Aramides axillaris).
Grey necked wood rail (Aramides cajaneus)
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture also known as the Savannah Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
King Vulture(Sarcoramphus papa) monotypic New World Vultures (Cathartidae)
Zone-tailed (Buteo albonotatus)
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)
Laughing Falcon also called the Snake Hawk (Herpetotheres cachinnans),
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria cinnamomea/solitaia)
American Pygmy-Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
jabirú o tuyuyu (Jabiru mycteria)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)
Yellow Warblers (Setophaga petechia, formerly Dendroica petechia)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)
Yellow-throated Vireo – Vireo flavifrons
Rufous-browed Peppershrike – Cyclarhis gujanensis (+insularis)
Northern Parula – Parula americana
Yellow Warbler – Dendroica petechia (bryanti)
Magnolia Warbler – Dendroica magnolia
Palm Warbler – Dendroica palmarum
Black-and-white Warbler – Mniotilta varia
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Pheucticus ludovicianus
Indigo Bunting – Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting – Passerina ciris

White-collared Seedeater – Sporophila torqueola morelleti
Eastern Meadowlark – Sturnella magna
Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus
Hooded Oriole – Icterus cucullatus
Tennessee Warblers. Oreothlypis peregrina
Mangrove Vireo. (Vireo pallens)
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia).
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Vermillion Flycatchers (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
Northern Waterthrush, (Parkesia noveboracensis)
Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
Green Jay – Cyanocorax incas
Ladder-backed Woodpecker – Picoides scalaris
Least Flycatcher – Empidonax minimus
Great Kiskadee – Pitangus sulfuratus
Social Flycatcher – Myiozetetes similis
Tropical Kingbird – Tyrannus melancholicus
Other notable birds included :

White-winged Dove – Zenaida asiatica
Common Ground-Dove – Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-Dove – Columbina talpacoti
Aztec Parakeet – Aratinga astec
Groove-billed Ani – Crotophaga sulcirostris
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
Mangrove Swallows (Tachycineta albilinea).
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius),
Common Ground-dove (Columbina passerina pallescens)
Rudy ground dove (Columbina talpacoti)
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana termophila),

Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus melanocephalus)
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)
Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus or plagiatus)
Northern Caracara, or Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)
Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris)

Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus fuliginosus)
Lesser Nighthawks (Chordeiles acutipennis micromeris),
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinali yucatanicus)
Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium brasilianum
Snowy (Egretta thula brewsteri),
Great Egrets(Ardea alba egretta)
White Ibises (Eudocimus albus)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus cachinnans)