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GUATEMALA March 2017

From March 25 - 31, 2017 I birded the central Pacific highlands and the Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatán in Guatemala. Click on the links below to see some of the great birds I saw thanks to the skills and knowledge of Guatemala-based BIRDING EXPEDITIONS.

NOTE: I was birding first, photographing second (as usual) on this trip, thus the quality of the photos below varies greatly from "very good" to "pretty crappy". In most cases our views of a bird were much better than the photos obtained of it; part of the purpose of this gallery is to show just how many good birds can be seen - if you use a really good locally based birding tour company such as Birding Expeditions.

The sites visited were:
Rincon Suizo near Tecpan.
San Lucas Toliman on Lago Atitlan.
Los Tarrales southeast of Lago Atitlan.
Fuentes Georginas near Quetzaltenango CLICK HERE for few photos from this bird-rich area.
Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan, north of Huehuetenango. CLICK HERE for few photos of this habitat - unique in all of middle America.
El Pilar in Santiago Guatemala City.
Parque Ecologico Cayala in Guatemala City.




Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Parque Ecologico Cayala in Guatemala City - possibly documenting slight sexual dimorphism?.

Ocellated Quail Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan.

Horned Guan Fuentes Georgina.

Highland Guan Los Tarrales.

Crested Guan Los Tarrales.

White-bellied Chachalaca Los Tarrales.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) San Lucas Toliman.

Common Black Hawk Los Tarrales.

Striped Cuckoo Los Tarrales.

Fulvous Owl Fuentes Georgina.

Black-and-white Owl Los Tarrales.

Tody Motmot Los Tarrales.

Vaux's Swift Los Tarrales - presumed to be the resident ssp. richmondi.

Slender Sheartail San Lucas Toliman.

Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Los Tarrales.

Green-throated Mountain-Gem Fuentes Georgina.

Blue-tailed Hummingbird Los Tarrales - including a Beyrlline-like morph.

Long-billed Starthroat Los Tarrales.

Hairy Woodpecker near Fuentes Georgina.

Guatemalan Flicker Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan.

Yellowish Flycatcher Rincon Suizo.

Tropical Pewee Los Tarrales.

Long-tailed Manakin Los Tarrales.

Bushy-crested Jay Parque Ecologico Cayala in Guatemala City.

Unicolored Jay near Fuentes Georgina.

Black-capped Swallow near Fuentes Georgina - showing the pale saddle.

Brown Creeper Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan and Rincon Suizo - are they the same subspecies?

Rufous-browed Wren near Fuentes Georgina.

Brown-backed Solitaire Fuentes Georgina.

Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Fuentes Georgina.

Rufous-collared Robin near Fuentes Georgina.

Black Thrush Rincon Suizo.

Goldman's Warbler Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan.

Pink-headed Warbler Fuentes Georgina.

Crescent-chested Warbler Los Tarrales.

Savannah Sparrow Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan - with a link to the recent paper about the enigmatic wetmorei subspecies.

Spotted Towhee Parque Regional Municipal Todos Santos Cuchamatan.

Yellow-eyed [Guatemalan] Junco Rincon Suizo.

Azure-rumped Tanager Los Tarrales.

White-naped Brushfinch near Fuentes Georgina.

Plain [Pine] Siskin near Fuentes Georgina.

Black-capped Siskin near Fuentes Georgina.