JALISCO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (21st & 23rd October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Volcan de Fuego can be reached easily from Colima where there are many palces to stay and eat. We stayed at the Hotel Colonial for just N$130 for a double. A bus leaves at 06.30 from the Central Camionera in Colima and passes the small town of Atenquique. Before entering the town there is a left turn at km53 (not clearly marked) which continues up the mountain. The first day we tried to get there, we got off the bus too soon and took a left turning into a small village. The road continued and eventually joined up with the correct one. It is about 18km to the higher parts with more interesting species, although there is some nice woodland lower down after about 10km. The road up is very bad and you would need 4WD. A few vehicles use the lower part of the road, but higher up it is very unlikely you will be able to hitch. It is too far for a day trip although we did it. I recommending going up for a night or 2 to be there nice and early. I possible saw an Eared Quetzal which flew past when I tried playback. General birding is excellent. 102 species including 24 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  • Cooper's Hawk ? Accipiter cooperii
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • Broad-winged Hawk ? Buteo platypterus
  • Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Merlin ? Falco columbarius
  • Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
  • Quail/Partridge sp. ?
  • Banded Quail Philortyx fasciatus Endemic
  • Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove h Leptotila verreauxi
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox
  • Vaux's Swift ? Chaetura vauxi
  • White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
  • Violet-crowned Hummingbird Agyrtria violiceps
  • Berylline Hummingbird Saucerottia beryllina
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae
  • Amethyst-throated Hummingbird ? Lampornis amethystinus
  • Lucifer Hummingbird Calothorax lucifer
  • Bumblebee Hummingbird Atthis heloisa Endemic
  • Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope
  • Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
  • Eared Quetzal ?? Euptilotis neoxenus Endemic Near-threatened
  • Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys Endemic
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  • Arizona Woodpecker Picoides arizonae
  • Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
  • White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster Endemic
  • Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
  • Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
  • Hammond's Flycatcher ? Empidonax hammondii
  • Dusky Flycatcher ? Empidonax oberholseri
  • Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  • Nutting's Flycatcher ? Myiarchus nuttingi
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
  • Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  • Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus
  • Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis Endemic
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  • Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens Endemic
  • Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  • Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis
  • American Robin Turdus migratorius
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  • Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi
  • White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  • Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  • Mexican Jay Aphelocoma ultramarina
  • Common Raven Corvus corax
  • Cassin's Vireo ? Vireo cassinii
  • Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  • Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  • Golden Vireo Vireo hypochryseus Endemic
  • Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys
  • Lucy's Warbler ? Vermivora luciae
  • Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
  • Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
  • Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons
  • Red Warbler Ergaticus ruber Endemic
  • Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Rufous-capped Brush-Finch Atlapetes pileatus Endemic
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
  • Rusty Sparrow ? Aimophila rufescens
  • Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  • Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  • Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
  • Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  • Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  • Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  • Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii
  • House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
  • Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse