CAYAYA BIRDING tours Los Tarrales

Birding tours in Los Tarrales with CAYAYA BIRDING since 2003

Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING have been supporting the Los Tarrales tourism program since 2003 and have been studying the preserve's bird life since then. They compile the Tarrales bird checklist, taught former local guides, and advised on local birding logistics. They helped to develop Los Tarrales as one of the best birding spot in Guatemala. Take advantage of their detailed knowledge of the Los Tarrales avifauna and discover this nature preserve with them.

Los Tarrales
Humid forest in Los Tarrales on Atitlán Volcano.

CAYAYA BIRDING offers tour packages in Los Tarrales from 2 to 4 days (including transport to and from Los Tarrales, transport within Los Tarrales, expert guiding, meals in Los Tarrales Lodge), which enable you to see a large portion of the 350 bird species recorded in Los Tarrales.

Blue Seedeater
A male Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor) in Los Tarrales. Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING documented the first breeding record of this species in Guatemala.

We plan the exploration of the diverse habitats of Los Tarrales according to the length of your stay of 2-4 days. Rain forest, cloud forest, pine-oak forest, scrub, shade coffee plantation, and pine forest from 750 to 3000 m altitude harbor different bird assemblages.

Azure-rumped Tanager
Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi) in Los Tarrales. Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING were leading recent studies on the distribution and natural history of Azure-rumped Tanager.
Horned Guan in Los Tarrales
Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) in the cloud forest of Los Tarrales.
Tody Motmot
Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula) in a Chusquea bamboo thicket in Los Tarrales.

More photos from CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Los Tarrales (click/tap on image to enlarge)

Blue-crowned Chlorophonia White-bellied Chachlaca Long-tailed Manakin Rufous Sabrewing Azure-rumped Tanager White-eared Ground-Sparrow Singing Quail adult Gray-headed Kite Yellow-naped Parrot Short-tailed Hawk Thicket Tinamou Mottled Owl Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Highland Guan Bat Falcon Spot-breasted Oriole Rufous-breasted Spinetail Plumbeous Vireo Tawny-throated Leaftosser Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl immature Gray-headed Kite Horned Guan Fulvous Owl Yellow-naped Parrot Tarrales Lodge dining Tarrales Lodge dining Tarrales Lodge Tarrales Lodge Tarrales Lodge Tarrales Lodge room

Birding tours in Los Tarrales with CAYAYA BIRDING


Videos from CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Los Tarrales

A Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus singing devotedly.

Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi feeding on fruit of Cecropia obtusifolia.

A Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus walking on a branch.

A preening White Hawk Pseudastur albicollis in Los Tarrales.

A male Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons working on a nest hole in a tree trunk.


Birding tours in Los Tarrales with CAYAYA BIRDING


White Hawk
White Hawk (Pseudastur albicollis) in Los Tarrales.

Published bird studies including data from Los Tarrales by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING

  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2015) Los búhos de Guatemala. 381-434 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Eisermann, K. (2013) Vocal field marks of Unspotted Saw-whet Owl and Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl. Neotropical Birding 13: 8-13.
  • Eisermann, K. & S. N. G. Howell (2011). Vocalizations of the Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium cobanense). Journal of Raptor Research 45: 304-314.
  • Eisermann, K., S. Arbeiter, G. López, C. Avendaño & J. d. León Lux (2011) Distribution, habitat use, and implications for the conservation of the globally threatened Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi in Guatemala. Bird Conservation International 21: 423-437.
  • Eisermann, K., S. Arbeiter, G. López, C. Avendaño, J. de León Lux, A. Burge, A. de León Lux & E. Buchán (2011). Nesting ecology of the Endangered Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi) in Guatemala. Ornitología Neotropical 22: 39-57.
  • Eisermann, K., G. López, J. Berry, J. de León Lux & A. Burge (2011) Vocalisations and juvenile plumage of the Azure-rumped Tanager. Cotinga 33: 23-26.
  • Eisermann, K. (2011) Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi: from ornithological enigma to conservation flagship. Neotropical Birding 9: 44-50.
  • Howell, S. N. G. & K. Eisermann (2011) Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium cobanense is a good species. Neotropical Birding 9: 74-76.
  • Eisermann, K. (2011) Citizen science in the ornithology of a developing country: Christmas Bird Counts in Guatemala. Birding 43: 38-47.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Important Bird Areas of the Neotropics: Guatemala. Neotropical Birding 5: 4-11.
  • Eisermann, K., A. Burge & G. López (2007) Nesting records of Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) on Atitlán volcano, Guatemala. Bulletin of the IUCN / BIRDLIFE / WPA Cracid Specialist Group 23: 13-24.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • Eisermann, K., N. Herrera & O. Komar (2006) Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra). Pp. 85-90 In: D. M. Brooks (ed.) Conserving Cracids: the most threatened family of birds in the Americas. Miscellaneous Publications of the Houston Museum of Natural Science 6.

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