|Sponsors of the Christmas Bid Count in Tikal 2009:
Wildlife Conservation Society Guatemala
Tikal National Park
Hotel Jaguar Inn
PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program
Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitología
List of participants (group leaders in bold-face)Eladio Arévalo García, Christian Artuso, Claudia Avendaño, Francisco Bedoya, Bianca Bosarreyes, Efraín Caal, Roberto Caal, John Paul Cahill, Peter Cahill, Rob Cahill, Ruth Cahill, Tara Cahill, Nathan Cahill, Oswaldo Chi Dubón, Carlos Contreras, Marcial Córdova, Knut Eisermann, Kyle Elliot, Aquiles Estuardo Hernández, Armando García Córdova, Melanie Guigueno, Julio Madrid, Miguel Marín, Brian McNab, Roan McNab, Jairo G. Méndez Fión, Rony A. Méndez Fión, Luis Oliveros, Maynor Ovando, Luke Daniel Penner, David Samuel Rodriguez, Andrés Rosales, Israel Segura, Pablo Alejandro Soto, Lemuel Valle, Rachel Susan Yoner. Compiler: Knut Eisermann. Secondary compiler: Claudia Avendaño, Roan McNab.
Participants of the 4th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal. The final meeting was kindly hosted by Hotel Jaguar Inn.
Male Great Curassow in the Tikal archaelogocial site.
Satellite image of northeastern Petén. The Christmas Bird Count Tikal (white circle) samples bird communities of the largest Neotropical forest north of the Amazon basin. The CBC circle includes tall broadleaf forest, scrub swamp forest, forest edge, open habitat, lagoons, and creeks.
A White-necked Puffird on a dead tree.
Adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle in the canopy in the Tikal National Park.
Magnolia Warbler was one of the most abundant Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds in the Tikal National Park.
Gray-headed Tanager is a common ant-follower in Tikal.
Gray-throated Chat is an uncommon bird in Tikal.
Pair of Orange-breasted Falcon perched on a distant tree.
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The fourth edition of the Christmas Bird Count in Tikal took place on 21 December 2009. A total of 36 observers in eight groups counted birds in the National Park. The weather was not favorable; it was raining in the night and in the morning.
A total of 2256 birds of 172 species were recorded. In addition, 14 more species were observed during the count week. The most abundant species with at least 40 detected individuals were Montezuma Oropendula with 400 individuals on a roost, followed by Magnolia Warbler, Stub-tailed Spadebill, Wood-Thrush, Brown Jay, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Keel-billed Toucan, and Ocellated Turkey. The most abundant Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds were Magnolia Warbler, Wood Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Gray Catbird, and Kentucky Warbler.
Noteworthy was a Crested Eagle which was seen in the western part of the Tikal National Park. This species is not often recorded in Tikal due to its concealing behavior. A single Mottled Owl was the only owl recorded during the count (because of the rain). Black-and-white Owl and Vermiculated Screech-Owl were observed in the count week.
The Tikal National Park is part of the Maya-Lacandon Important Bird Area (IBA GT001) and this Christmas Bird Count helps to monitor bird populations in this IBA.
It follows a list of species and numbers of individuals recorded during the fourth Christmas Bird Count in Tikal (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOU 2009). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).
Genus INCERTAE SEDIS
AOU (1998) The American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
AOU (2009) Fiftieth supplement to the AOU check-list of North American birds. Auk 126: 705-714.
To see results of all Christmas Bird Counts throughout the Americas visit http://cbc.audubon.org/cbccurrent/current_table.html