Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd-4th December, 2004) 

Birding Site Guide

This is a fairly small town at a main junction of the road. It is easily accessible by bus and is about 3hrs south of Playa del Carmen. There are a few places to stay and eat and there is also internet. The birding spot is close to town. Head e from the main roundabout and bear left after 5 blocks or 600m following the instructions in the site guide. Birding is great in the early morning but it gets hot very quickly. Oscillated Turkey and Great Curassow are present in the area but are rare outside of the reserve. There is hunting pressure and I even saw a man cycling along with a rifle. 89 species including 14 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced species
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana
  • Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis
  • Canivet's Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  • Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  • Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus
  • Yucatan Woodpecker Melanerpes pygmaeus
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
  • Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
  • Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina
  • Ruddy Woodcreeper ? Dendrocincla homochroa
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Red-capped Manakin Pipra mentalis
  • Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  • Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  • Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
  • Yucatan Flycatcher Myiarchus yucatanensis
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Purple Martin Progne subis
  • Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus
  • White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra
  • Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  • Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris Near-threatened
  • Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush ? Catharus minimus
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
  • Yucatan Jay Cyanocorax yucatanicus
  • White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
  • Northern Parula Parula americana
  • Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  • Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
  • Rose-throated Tanager Piranga roseogularis
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
  • Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Blue-black Grassquit ? Volatinia jacarina
  • White-collared Seedeater ? Sporophila torqueola
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
  • Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  • Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
  • Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  • Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  • Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor
  • Melodious Blackbird h Dives dives
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  • Orange Oriole Icterus auratus
  • Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  • Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas
  • Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse