SANTA CATALINA & LIST (Mexico City)
MEXICO CITY (s)
Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl
Best Time for visit (15 September 2004)
Birding Site Guide
We stayed with a friend in the s of Mexico City in a place called Santa Catalina. The private road had many trees and several birds could be seen, especially in the early morning. I saw my first hummingbird of the trip. The tell-tale curved, red bill and the rufous wings and tail helped me to identify the endemic Berylline Hummingbird. It gave an incessant chipping from branches and even overhead wires. The similar-looking Broad-billed hummingbird also with a red, curved bill was distinguished by its black wings and tail and its white underparts and spot behind its eyes. Apart from House Sparrows, the most common birds in this area were the petite Inca Doves. Usually found in pairs, their coo-coo calls could be often heard. They have a smart barred pattern which makes them difficult to see when they are feeding on the ground. Other birds seen were the colourful and very active Wilson´s Warblers, the very plain-coloured Canyon Towhee, Barn Swallows and a scraggy-looking Great-tailed Grackle which seems to sit permanently on the roof of a nearby family restaurant.
- Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
- Inca Dove Columbina inca
- Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris
- Berylline Hummingbird Saucerottia beryllina
- Blue-throated Hummingbird ? Lampornis clemenciae
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
- Bell's Vireo ? Vireo bellii
- Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
- Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
- Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus
- Lark Bunting ? Calamospiza melanocorys
- Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
- House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced
A total of -- species of mammals.
There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles.
Author: Charles Hesse