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Birding Tours

If you are a birder, Mexico is a great place! we offer different kind of tours including Science, Art and Culture in each one of them, in order to make your experience unforgettable. ¡We are proud members of Mexico birding-tours!

 

What kind of birding tours we offer?

  • Customized: if you want to increase your life list or you just want to see most species as possible, we can plan a route according to your interests.

  • Predesign tours: we have developed routes in order to make your experience unforgettable. 

We work with local guides, so they really know the sites, the birds and the culture in their home regions, meet them here!

 

We always try to support local initiatives to contribute in the local economy and have a positive impact in human communities and bird conservation.

Read testimonials from some of the people who has hired us!

Take a look at our map and choose your next destination.

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Central Mexico

 
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Central Mexico is our home, these is land of volcanoes and multiple natural wonders, such as the Monarch Butterfly migration, is cradle of ancestral civilizations that have left impressive vestiges and part of their culture still alive in its people. Between its mountains and valleys you can find marshes, lakes, scrublands, bunchgrasslands, temperate forests, tropical dry forests and cloud forests.

This is a region of high biological richness, so you can find some beautiful species such as: Berylline HummingbirdRusset-crowned Motmot and the rare Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo. Also, you can find a lot of mexican endemic birds, such as the spectacular Red WarblerGreen-striped Brushfinch and Black-chested Sparrow; some species are so restricted in its range of distribution, that this is the only region where you can find them, such as the Transvolcanic Jay, Black-polled Yellowthroat, Strickland's Woodpecker and the elusive Sierra Madre Sparrow.

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Central Mexico 

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Oaxaca

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The beautiful Oaxaca city is the first place to visit this incredible state, one of the most biodiverse along the country, which is also reflected in its culture, which still alive in its different manifestations. In the different regions around the state, you can visit coastal areas, rivers, lakes, scrublands, temperate forests, tropical dry forests, humid evergreen forets and cloud forest.

 

Some of the beautiful birds you can find are: Military Macaw, Garnet-throated Hummingbird and White-throated Magpie-Jay. This state posses the high number of mexican endemics, such as Ocellated ThrasherBridled Sparrow, Oaxaca Sparrow, Slaty Vireo and Citroline Trogon; some of them with a small range of distribution such as Blue-capped Hummingbird, el Sumichrast's Wren, the elusive Dwarf Jay, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow and the spectacular Rose-bellied Bunting.

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Oaxaca

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Chiapas: Tacana Volcano and surroundings

Tapachula is the start point for the journey in this interesting region, where the culture refuse to die and the limits with the Guatemala only exist on the map. Here you can find coastal areas, mangroves, rivers, tropical dry forests, humid evergreen forests and cloud forests.

Region of great biodiversity, where you can find some of the most wanted birds to watch around the world, such as Resplendent QuetzalHorned Guan and the rare Agami Heron. You can find some of the middle american birds species, such as Yellow-naped ParrotRufous Sabrewing and the rare Buddy-crowned Wood-Partridge. This is home of the mexican endemic Giant Wren, and other regional endemics, such as Azure-rumped Tanager, Pink-headed Warbler, Wine-throated Hummingbird and the Black-capped Siskin.

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Chiapas: Tacana Volcano and surroudings

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Yucatan Peninsula

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Cancun or Mérida can be the start point to begin the journey through these paradisiacal lands of great biodiversity, where incredible pyramids are hidden among the jungle, and the Mayan cultural legacy is still alive among its people. In this place there are coastal areas, mangroves, cenotes, petenes, swamps, tropical dry forests and humid evergreen forests.

In this region of high biological richness, you can find the spectacular American FlamingoKeel-billed Toucan and the legendary Turquoise-browed Motmot. There are a lot of regional endemics birds, such as the charismatic Yucatan Jay, Yellow-lored Parrot, Orange OrioleYucatan Woodpecker and the rare Ocellated Turkey. Also, you can find the mexican endemic Mexican Sheartail and is the only place possible for Yucatan Wren.

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Yucatan Peninsula

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Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas

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Catemaco and its beautiful lake welcome visitors, well known for its reputation as "witch place", is the start point to discover this region full of natural beauty and where still remains traces of the original cultures. In this place you can find coastal areas, mangroves, lakes, grasslands, tropical dry forests, humid evergreen forests and cloud forests.

This region posses a high biological diversity, a lot of birds can be found all year around, such as the singular Montezuma Oropendola, Red-lored Parrot, White Hawk and the recent reintroduced Scarlet Macaw. Every year, a great number of migratory birds come here, and the most spectacular raptor migration take place in October, when you can see hundreds of individuals flying over. Also, you can find the mexican endemic Long-tailed Sabrewing, and is the only place in the world where lives the elusive Tuxtla Quail-Dove.

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Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas

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Tamaulipas: El Cielo

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Ciudad Victoria or Tampico is just the point of arrival, to later go to the beautiful town of Gómez Farias located right in this paradise of spectacular landscapes called: "El Cielo" (Heaven). In this place you will find scrublands, rivers, temperate forests, humid evergreen forests and cloud forests.

In this spectacular region, tropical birds such as Military Macaw, Sungrebe and the stunning Ornate Hawk-Eagle; join together with northern birds such as Red-crowned Parrot and Tamaulipas Crow. Some mexican endemics are possible, such as Blue-capped Motmot, Bumblebee Hummingbird and Tawny-collared Nighjar; even, some of them are restricted to northeast of Mexico, such as Crimson-collared GrosbeakAltamira Yellowthroat and Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl.

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Tamaulipas: El Cielo

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Bird Guides

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I received my bachelor's degree in Biology and my Master's degree in Biological Sciences from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). I work primarily with topics related with ornithology, urban ecology, restoration ecology, and community-based biological monitoring. I also coordinate bird monitoring projects, promote citizen science programs, and develope activities for the conservation of biodiversity. I'm interested in linking scientific research with decision making in environmental improvement, as well as promoting community development through the study of birds and birdwatching. I'm fluent in Spanish and English.

Central Mexico  

Rubén Ortega-Álvarez

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I was born and raised in Mexico City. Since child have interest in nature and spends a lot of time in natural areas within and outside Mexico city. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Biology and his masters degree in Biological Sciences from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM). My work has focused in bird ecology, environmental education, wildlife illustration and community-based biological monitoring. I'm an avid birder and have lead birding trips for over 6 years in central Mexico area. I'm fluent in Spanish and English.

Central Mexico 

Rafael Calderón-Parra

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I was borned in Mexico, but spent several years in New York City and Kenya. I became a birder in New York at eight years of age. I've acquired one of the highest Mexico bird lists at 960 species.

I have published more than 30 articles on Mexican bird distribution, natural history, taxonomy and conservation. I'm adept to identify birds by their vocalizations. My work on bird songs has led to raising the Nava’s Wren to species status. I was involved in the rediscovery of the endangered Bearded Wood-Partridge in central Veracruz. I completed my PhD degree in Ornithology from the National University of Mexico, specializing in bird community ecology. I'm fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Tok Pisin. I've led birding tours for more than 18 years, mostly in Mexico and Central America but also Papua New Guinea, Peru, Brazil, New Caledonia, Kenya and Uganda. 

Central Mexico

Héctor Gómez de Silva

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I was borned in Mexico, I did my thesis about natural history of Sumichrast's Wren. In order to get a Master's degree I studied the biotic dispersal of cacti seeds in the Tehuacan valley. All my academic training has been received from National University of Mexico (UNAM). I've participated in several projects linked to bird conservation and I have interest in environmental education. I work with Hector as a team, so I've travel to several regions along Mexico and other countries, such as Brazil,  Canada, China, Japan, Peru, India and Costa Rica.  I'm fluent in Spanish.

Central Mexico

Mónica Pérez-Villafaña

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My name is Eric Antonio Martinez, I have birded the area of Oaxaca for nearly 20 years, my interest started in my own Village Teotitlan del Valle, but the birds have taken me to many other parts of the world, I have volunteer and worked at the Long-point bird observatory in Ontario Canada, I do a visit every year to Cuba to visit some of my family and do birding of course, and I travel extensively within Mexico to enjoy the birds of my beloved Mexico, the birds are truly a passion in my life. 

Oaxaca | Chiapas

Eric Antonio

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I was borned in Capulálpam de Méndez en Oaxaca, México. I've interested in nature all my life, I'm a nature guide since 11 years ago, in 2014 I was certified by the national instances. I became a birder since 3 years ago, and now is a great passion for me, specially bird photography. I was trained as a bird monitor in 2016 by the National Comission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). I've envolved in svereal projects about bird in the reigon. I'm an active eBird user. I'm available as a birdguide in my community and surroudings. I'm fluent in Spanish.

Oaxaca (Sierra Norte)

Leonel Bautista

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Group of people from different rural communities settled in the "Tacana Volcano" Biosphere Reserve located in Chiapas, Mexico. Trained as community bird monitors in 2012 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). They have submited more than 100 lists to eBird derived from systematic bird monitoring. They have participated as authors in the publication of 1 scientific article, 1 book chapter; and, as collaborators in 1 scientific communication article and 1 field guide. They have participated as instructors in 8 workshops for train new community monitors in other regions of the country. He has also collaborated in ornithological research work in other regions. They have carried out several activities related to environmental education and others activities that benefits the conservation of natural resources, and particullarly birds and their habitat.

Chiapas (Tacana Volcano and surroudings)

Community network of bird monitors "Pavón/Pavo de Cacho"

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Group of people from different rural communities settled in the region named "La Chinantla", a Priority Region for Conservation located in Oaxaca. They were trained as community bird monitors in 2010 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). They have submited more than 1,600 lists on eBird derived from systematic bird monitoring. They have participated as authors in the publication of  1 book chapter; and, as collaborators in 1 scientific article. They have participated as instructors in 1 workshop for the train new community monitors in other regions of the country. They have carried out several activities related to environmental education, scientific communication and other activities that contributes to the conservation of natural resources, and particularly to birds and their habitat.

Oaxaca (La Chinantla)

Community network of bird monitors "Tä jmidsa'"

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Group formed by people from the town of San Pablo Oztotepec, one of the 12 original towns of Milpa Alta in Mexico City, where one of the most important natural reserves of the entity is located. They were trained as community bird monitors in 2014 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). For more than 10 years they have participated and carried out the monitoring of the endemic Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi) and have collaborated in multiple research projects with state, federal and international institutions, as well as with other species such as the endemic Zacatuche (Romerolagus diazi). They are quite active in environmental education work within their community in order to promote knowledge and conservation of natural resources in the region.

Centro de México (Milpa Alta)

Community group of bird monitors "Monitoreo Biológico Milpa Alta"

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Group people from different communities and cities in different regions of the Yucatan Peninsula. They were trained as community bird monitors in 2015 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). Passionate people about nature, they carry out different environmental awareness activities in their respective localities with the intention of promoting bird watching in order to make people appreciate and care nature. They also participate as instructors and promoters of different citizen science projects.

Yucatan Peninsula

Community network of bird monitors "Mayan Jays"

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Group of people from different rural communities settled in 5 municipalities of  "Los Tuxtlas " Biosphere Reserve located in Veracruz. They were trained as community bird monitors in 2010 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). They were trained in techniques of capture and bird banding by PRONATURA in 2012. They have been condecorated with some awards by CONABIO, such as: monitor of the year, coordinator of the year, greater contribution of lists on eBird. They are active members of the Network of Community Bird Monitors of CONABIO. They have submited more than 7000 lists on eBird derived from systematic bird monitoring. They have participated as authors in the publication of 1 scientific article, 1 book chapter; and, as collaborators in 1 scientific communication article and 1 field guide. They have participated as instructors in 8 workshops for the train new community monitors in other regions of the country. They have also collaborated in ornithological research work in other regions. They have carried out several activities related to environmental education, scientific communication and other activities that contributes to the conservation of natural resources, and particularly to birds and their habitat.

Veracruz (Los Tuxtlas)

Community network of bird monitors "Huilotl Toxtlan"

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Organization of people from different rural communities of the "El Cielo" Biosphere Reserve in Tamaulipas. They were trained as guides for bird watchers by Héctor Gómez de Silva in 2006 and as community bird monitors in 2014 by the National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO). They have been condecorated by several local and national institutions. They are active members of the Network of Community Bird Monitors of CONABIO. They have participated as authors in the publication of 2 scientific articles and 1 field guide. They have also collaborated in ornithological research work in other regions. They have carried out various activities related to environmental education, scientific communication and other activities that contributes to the conservation of natural resources.

Tamaulipas (El Cielo)

Community network of bird monitors "Tropa Pajarera de El Cielo"

 

Testimonials

Mi esposa y yo tuvimos el placer de pasar un día de observación de aves cerca del DF con Rafael y Rubén. Son biólogos apasionados y muy conocedores de las aves y la naturaleza en el área. Mi esposa, bióloga también, estuvo muy feliz que nuestras guías supieron tanto sobre las plantas. Entre nosotros tenemos más de 40 años de experiencia con las aves, y hemos viajado a lugares en México y América Central. Estábamos más impresionados con las habilidades de Rafa y Rubén. Esperamos ver aves con ellos otra vez. 

Michael Hurben

I was staying in a hotel opposite the Auditorio Nacional i.e. in the centre of Mexico City but Ruben and Rafa managed to take me out for two excellent days of birding in beautiful locations including the Desierto de los Leones and La Cima.  I was really impressed by their energy and enthusiasm for these trips, starting soon after 6.00am (when it was dark) and carrying on for as long as I wished.  Their identification of birds by sight and sound was outstanding, and we found all the species I was keen to see.

Peter Andrews

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