VERACRUZ (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (22-23rd September, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

This site is one of the best places to see the near-threatened endemic Sumichrast's Wren. Amatlan is very small but only 8km from Cordoba, a major city. Cordoba has a range of hotels and restaurants. We stayed at the Hotel Iberia which was quite comfortable. Buses leave Cordoba for Amatlan regularly and from the plaza follow the intructions in the site guide to reach the forest. The 2km walk there can be quite birdy and birding at the actual site is excellent, with many tropical species. I failed to see the wren on the first day as I got there too late but saw it the next day with the use of playback. Once you have located a singing bird it is best to climb into the forest, try playback and wait. 53 species including 31 lifers. 

Species Notes

  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced species
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove h Leptotila verreauxi
  • Ruddy Quail-Dove h? Geotrygon montana
  • White-crowned Parrot ? Pionus senilis
  • Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • Vaux's Swift ? Chaetura vauxi
  • Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis
  • Stripe-tailed Hummingbird ? Eupherusa eximia
  • Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  • Emerald Toucanet h? Aulacorhynchus prasinus
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
  • Western Wood-Pewee ? Contopus sordidulus
  • Least Flycatcher ? Empidonax minimus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher ? Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
  • Sumichrast's Wren Hylorchilus sumichrasti Endemic Near-threatened
  • Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus
  • White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
  • Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Fan-tailed Warbler Euthlypis lachrymosa
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
  • Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
  • Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
  • Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
  • Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  • Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri
  • Montezuma Oropendola Gymnostinops montezuma
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse