El Tuito

El Tuito

Birds to watch 350

Sierra Madre Mountains, pacific coast and the neo-volcanic belt

This beautiful tour combines the tropical birding with the higher elevation specialties at the Sierra Madre Mountains; most of the species will be different from the ones in the Vallarta area. To accomplish this we will drive away from Vallarta to a pine and oak forest with patches of transitional tropical ecotones located between the pacific coast and the neo-volcanic belt that crosses Mexico.

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Mountain and Tropical Birds


This beautiful tour combines the tropical birding with higher elevation specialties of the Sierra Madres mountains. We are fortunate to be located where the sierra meets the volcanic belt splitting the country into two distinct avian regions. Here numerous endemic species from the north are found at their southern limit. In addition many southern Mexico and Central American species can be encountered at their northern limits! We will start at sea level and gradually head up through tropical forests and sub-perennials and into pine and oak forests of the Sierra Madres. 

We will reach about 1000 meters of elevation. Many of the species will be quite different from the ones near P.V.

A sample of some species found in the area are: GREY-CROWNED WOODPECKER, VARIED BUNTING, PAINTED REDSTART, BLACK-VENTED ORIOLE, GREY- COLLARED BECARD., GRACES WARBLER, RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER, GOLDEN VIREO, COLIMA PYGMY OWL, TUFTED FLYCATCHER, GREATER PEWEE, LILAC CROWNED PAR- ROTS, MILITARY MACAWS, BLUE MOCKINGBIRD, BERYLLINE and BUMBLEBEE HUMMINGBIRDS, BLUE- HOODED EUPHONIA, SPOTTED WREN, BROWN-BACKED SOLITAIRE, LAUGHING FALCON and BLACK-HEADED SISKINS among many others.

Snack brunch and soft drinks will be served at the restaurant. Guests are welcome to use restaurant facilities and order from menu if they wish (optional, not included). Great place to relax and share with many exotic species while we review our checklist for the day.

Itinerary

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  • Diamond 1

    Pickups

    6:30-7.00 a.m.

    Pickups and introduction of tour members and logistics.

  • Diamond 2

    Arriving

    8:00-8.30 a.m.

    Our next stop will be in bird-rich habitat.

  • Diamond 3

    Breakfast

    8:30-11.00 a.m.

    Breakfast with the impressive Sierra Madres for background. The rest of the morning will be spent birding through the mountains, reaching 1000 meters of elevation at the highest point.

  • Diamond 4

    Down from the montain

    11-11:30 a.m.

    On our way down from the mountains we will search for species we have not seen yet.

  • Diamond 5

    Back on the highway

    11:30-12:00 p.m.

    we will decide from the following two excellent options. First, the Altamira ranch just south of El Tuito town hosts numerous species within an authentic Mexican ambience. Alternately, The Botanical Gardens with their Tropical birds Sanctuaries is very scenic.

  • Diamond 6

    Altamira or the Gardens

    12:00-12:30 p.m.

    We will bird and enjoy Altamira or the Gardens to complete a great overall checklist for the day. Snacks and soft drinks provided at the restaurant.

  • Diamond 7

    Extra time

    12:30-1:00 p.m.

    We will have a bit of extra time to use restaurant facilities or order from the menu.

Bird Watch List

** The number of birds per trip may change


  1. CRESTED GUAN
  2. RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE
  3. LESSER GROUND-CUCKOO
  4. COLIMA PYGMY OWL
  5. SPARKLING-TAILED WOODSTAR
  6. LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD
  7. BUMBLEBEE HUMMINGBIRD
  8. HUMMINGBIRDS
  9. GREY-CROWNED WOODPECKER
  10. GREENISH ELAENIA
  11. TUFTED FLYCATCHER
  12. NORHTERN BEARDLESS TYRANNULET
  13. NUTTINGS FLYCATCHER
  14. GREY-COLLARED BECARD
  15. BROWN-BACKED SOLITAIRE
  16. BLUE MOCKINGBIRD
  17. BLACK-CAPPED VIREO
  18. GRACE`S WARBLER
  19. FAN-TAILED WARBLER
  20. RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
  21. ELEGANT EUPHONIA
  22. FLAME-COLLARED TANAGER
  23. VARIED BUNTING
  24. GREEN-STRIPED BRUSHFINCH
  25. RUFOUS-CROWNED SPAROW
  26. RUSTY SPARROWS
  27. SCOTT`S ORIOLE
  28. PINE HEADED SISKIN

 

Faq

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  • Diamond 1

    Insect Repellent

    We recommended protection for insects in nature

  • Diamond 2

    Bring your camera

    Make sure that you bring all your gadgets and extra battery

  • Diamond 3

    Restrooms ability

    Restrooms are easily accessed early in the tour or after 11 am; in between, there is the forest.

  • Diamond 4

    Level of fitness

    Moderate, most walks do not have to be strenuous. We tend to adjust to the level of each group.

  • Diamond 5

    What includes my tour?

    Certified and specialized bilingual Guide binoculars and spotting scope checklists and field guides continental breakfast throughout the tour energetic snacks, fruit, purified water, and soft drinks are provided Ground transportation first aid kit

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