COLIMA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (22nd October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

La Cumbre is close to Colima city and is a reliable site for the near-threatened endemic Balsas Screech-Owl. It would be straight forward with your own vehicle. We tried to get there on public transport and hitching, which was more difficult. There seemed to be no bus leaving the terminal that passed here but there may be one from somewhere else. Follow the directions in the site guide if you are driving. We ended up having to take a taxi to the start of the Jiquilpan road from where we hitched. It would not be too expensive to take a taxi all the way though. Getting back was even more problematic as it is difficult to hitch in the dark after owling. It may be an idea to get a taxi there and get them to wait or come back. We followed the advice in the book of climbing up to the top and waiting until dusk before walking down. We only heard the Balsas Screech-Owl though. 22 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk ? Accipiter striatus
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • West Mexican Chachalaca Ortalis poliocephala Endemic
  • Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Lesser Ground-Cuckoo ? Morococcyx erythropygus
  • Balsas Screech-Owl h Megascops seductus Endemic Near-threatened
  • Pauraque h Nyctidromus albicollis
  • Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys Endemic
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  • Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis Endemic
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Black-chested Sparrow Aimophila humeralis Endemic
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse