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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (7th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

This is a breeding site for the endangered Thick-billed Parrot. It is close to the town of Madera which is 5hrs by bus from Chihuahua city. Madera only has a few hotels. The cheapest one seemed to be closed and the cheapest place we could then find was N$270. A bus leaves Madera for Huaracan at 06.00 and passes Ejido Socorro Rivera. From the turn off it is another couple of km up into the village which is just a group of poor houses. You get dropped off in the dark so bring a torch and warm clothes. I followed the track through the village and carried on towards the hills. This is an old logging trail. I failed to see the parrots and they may have already flown s. 30 species including 9 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  • Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  • Spotted Owl ? Strix occidentalis Near-threatened
  • Mountain Pygmy-Owl h? Glaucidium gnoma
  • Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
  • Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  • Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  • Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
  • Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi
  • American Robin Turdus migratorius
  • Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  • Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri
  • Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi
  • Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
  • White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  • Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  • Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  • Common Raven Corvus corax
  • Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
  • Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
  • Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  • Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus
  • Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus
  • Northern Cardinal ? Cardinalis cardinalis
  • House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse