VERACRUZ (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (19-20th September, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Coatepec is a site for the endangered endemic Bearded Wood-Partridge and can be visited in a day trip from the nearby town of Jalapa although there are a few more expensive places to stay in Coatepec as well. We stayed at Hotel Limon in Jalapa for N$145 (pesos). Buses leave regularly from Jalapa and you can walk from where the bus drops you to the site following the directions in the site guide. I failed to see the bird and it would be better to contact Pronatura-Veracruz who may be able to help you find a guide who knows where to find the birds. Contact information is found in the site guide. It would also be good to get to the site as early as possible which is more difficult on public transport. General birding is excellent. 46 species including 42 lifers.

Species seen 

  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • ? Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced species
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • h? Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  • ? Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  • Azure-crowned Hummingbird Hummingbird Agyrtria cyanocephala
  • ? Bumblebee Atthis heloisa Endemic
  • Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
  • h? Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus
  • ? Spot-crowned Lepidocolaptes affinis
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • ? Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
  • ? Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  • ? Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
  • Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus
  • 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
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
  • Elegant (Blue-hooded) Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
  • Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
  • Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus
  • ? Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse