CHIAPAS (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (24th November, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

There is plenty of cheap accomodation in Tuxtla. I stayed at the Hotel Casa Blanca which has small basic rooms. There are plenty of places to eat and do internet as well. The Tuxtla Guttierez Zoo or ZOOMAT as it is also called is 20 minutes by colectivo which leave about 10 blocks south of the hotel. Details are in the normal guide books. It is set on a forested slope and as well as the interesting captive birds has many wild birds too, like Collared Aracari, Russet-crowned Motmot and Green Jay. Great Curassows and Crested Guans roam free but maybe feral. 22 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
  • Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
  • Great Curassow Crax rubra Near-threatened
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus
  • Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Banded Wren Thryothorus pleurostictus
  • Plain Wren Thryothorus modestus
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
  • American Redstart ? Setophaga ruticilla
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse