To better prepare for the adventure that awaits you, please take a look at the following lists:
Some of the region’s star birds, stratified according to habitats, include, in season:
1. Bahia Banderas beaches, Boca de Tomates and the Estuary of the Rio Ameca (including booby watching by scanning the bay waters beyond the breakers): Limpkin; Black-necked Stilt; American Oystercatcher; Collared, Wilson’s, Black-bellied and Semipalmated (the last two winter) plovers; Whimbrel; Sanderling, Least, Western and Spotted sandpipers (last five winter); Greater Yellowlegs (winter) and Willet; Laughing, Franklin’s (migration), Heermann’s, California, Ring-billed and Herring gulls (last three winter); Least (summer), Caspian, Common (winter), Royal and Elegant (migrant) terns; Black Skimmer; Wood Stork; Magnificent Frigatebird, Blue-footed and Brown boobies; Brown Pelican; Little Blue and Tricolored herons, Reddish Egret, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned night-herons; White Ibis; Black and Turkey vultures; Belted (winter) and Green kingfishers; Great Kiskadee and Social flycatchers, Thick-billed and Tropical kingbirds; Gray-breasted Martin and Northern Rough-winged Swallow (winter); Northern Waterthrush, Yellow and Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart and Northern Parula (all winter); and Grayish Saltator, etc.
2. Valle Banderas such as at La Desembocada at the Rio Mascota: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck; Rufous-bellied and West Mexican chachalacas; Elegant Quail; Pied-billed Grebe (winter); Red-billed Pigeon and Ruddy Ground-Dove; Groove-billed Ani and Squirrel Cuckoo; Vaux’s Swift; Plain-capped Starthroat, Golden-crowned Emerald, Ruby-throated (winter), Broad-billed, Cinnamon and Violet-crowned hummingbirds; Sora , American Coot (last two winter), Common and Purple gallinules; Limpkin; Black-necked Stilt; Killdeer; Northern Jacana; Spotted Sandpiper and Greater Yellowlegs (last two winter); Wood Stork; Anhinga; Neotropic Cormorant; Little Blue and Green herons, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned night-herons; White and White-faced (migration) ibis; Osprey; Crane, Common Black, Gray and Zone-tailed hawks; Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; Citreoline and Elegant trogons; Russet-crowned Motmot; Belted (winter) and Green kingfishers; Golden-cheeked, Ladder-backed, Pale-billed and Lineated woodpeckers; Collared Forest-Falcon, Crested Caracara and Laughing falcons; Mexican Parrotlet (winter), Lilac-crowned Parrot, Orange-fronted Parakeet and Military Macaw (wanderer); Ivory-billed Woodcreeper; Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Pacific-slope, Vermilion (last two winter), Nutting’s, Brown-crested, Boat-billed, and Social flycatchers, Great Kiskadee, Tropical and Thick-billed kingbirds, Masked Tityra, Rose-throated Becard and Bright-rumped Attila; Black-capped, Bells, Warbling (last three winter) and Yellow-green (summer) vireos; Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Green and San Blas jays; Happy and Sinaloa wrens; Blue Mockingbird; Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush (winter) and Rufous-backed Robin; Scrub (Goldman’s) Euphonia and House Finch; Rosy Thrush-Tanager; Stripe-headed, Clay-colored, Lark and Lincoln’s sparrows (last three winter); Yellow-breasted Chat (winter); Eastern Meadowlark, Yellow-winged Cacique, Orchard, Hooded (last two winter) and Streak-backed orioles; Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-White, Orange-crowned, Nashville, MacGillivray’s, Yellow and Wilson’s warblers, Common Yellowthroat (all winter); Summer Tanager (winter), Red-breasted Chat, Blue, Varied, Indigo and Painted buntings (last two winter); Blue-black Grassquit, Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater and Grayish Saltator, etc.
3. Sinaloan Thorn Forest, Palm Forest and Tropical forest of the Sierra Vallejo Biosphere Reserve: Thicket Tinamou; West Mexican Chachalaca and Crested Guan; Red-billed Pigeon; Groove-billed Ani, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo and Squirrel Cuckoo; Buff-collared Nightjar; Mexican Hermit, Plain-capped Starthroat, Golden-crowned Emerald, Mexican Woodnymph (rare), Broad-billed, Cinnamon and Violet-crowned hummingbirds; Hook-billed Kite, Black-and-White and Black hawk-eagles, Great Black Hawk, Zone-tailed, Gray, and Short-tailed hawks; Mottled Owl, Ferruginous and Colima pygmy-owls; Citreoline & Elegant trogons; Russet-crowned Motmot; Golden-cheeked, Pale-billed and Lineated woodpeckers; Collared Forest-Falcon, Bat Falcon; Lilac-crowned Parrot, Mexican Parrotlet (winter), Orange-fronted Parakeet and Military Macaw; Ivory-billed Woodcreeper; Masked Tityra, Gray-collared and Rose-throated Becards, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Greenish Elaenia, Pacific-slope, Vermilion, Dusky-capped, Nutting’s, Brown-crested, Social, Boat-billed, Sulphur-bellied flycatchers, Bright-rumped Attila, Great Kiskadee, Tropical and Thick-billed kingbirds; Golden, Black-capped, Bell’s, Warbling (the last three winter) and Yellow-green (summer) vireos; Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Green and San Blas jays; Happy and Sinaloa wrens; Blue Mockingbird; Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous-backed Robin; Scrub (Goldman’s) Euphonia; Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow, Stripe-headed Sparrow; Yellow-winged Cacique, Black-vented, Hooded and Streak-backed orioles; Golden-crowned, MacGillivray’s, Black-throated Gray (the last two winter), Fan-tailed and Rufous-capped warblers; Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Yellow Grosbeak, Red-breasted Chat, Blue, Varied and Painted (winter) buntings; Blue-black Grassquit; Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, and Grayish Saltator, etc.
Most of the following eBird Hotspots may be visited on this incredibly exciting Birding in Mexico destination, depending on recent knowledge and experiences here.
Please inquire for pricing then give us your preference, and we’ll gladly make it happen for you!
*See full eBird list of each site we will be visiting by clicking each specific bird list link, below:
1. Jalisco Locations on the south side of Valle de Banderas:
2. Nayarit Locations on the North side of Valle de Banderas: