Christmas Bird Count: Antigua 2010

Compilers: Knut Eisermann & Claudia Avendaño

CBC Antigua 2010.

The second CBC Antigua Guatemala was carried out on 18 December 2010. A total of 16 observers in four groups counted birds in Finca Filadelfia, in Finca El Pilar, at Cerro Alux, and at Agua volcano. Weather conditions were favorable with no clouds and no or little wind.

A total of 941 birds of 117 species was detected. In addition, two more species were recorded during the count week. The most abundant birds with at least 20 detected individuals were (in descending order of abundance): Pacific Parakeet, Vaux's Swift, Wilson's Warbler, Bushy-crested Jay, Gray Silky-flycatcher, Townsend's Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-collared Robin, Band-tailed Pigeon, Brown-backed Solitaire, and Tennessee Warbler.

Noteworthy were records of Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, which represent new site records for Guatemala. Several range-restricted bird species of the north Central American highlands were recorded during the CBC, including Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Blue-throated Motmot, Bushy-crested and Black-throated Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-browed Wren, Rufous-collared Robin, and Blue-and-white Mockingbird.

Antigua is part of the Antigua Guatemala Important Bird Area (IBA GT016) 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 second Christmas Bird Count in Antigua Guatemala (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOU 2010). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).

  1. Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys 1
  2. Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus 3
  3. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 11
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 5
  5. Accipiter sp. 1
  6. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 3
  7. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus 2
  8. American Kestrel Falco sparverius 1
  9. Rock Pigeon Columba livia 2
  10. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata 24
  11. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica 3
  12. Inca Dove Columbina inca 3
  13. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 3
  14. Pacific Parakeet Aratinga strenua 82
  15. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana 2
  16. Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis 3
  17. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 1
  18. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma 2
  19. Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi 2
  20. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris 1
  21. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi 80
  22. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus 7
  23. Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus 1
  24. Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus 9
  25. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis 19
  26. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala 5
  27. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens 2
  28. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus 3
  29. Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami 1
  30. Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens 6
  31. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 36
  32. Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti 5
  33. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus 1
  34. Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus 1
  35. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris 3
  36. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 6
  37. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 7
  38. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 10
  39. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 4
  40. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius 2
  41. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 1
  42. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 18
  43. Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus 2
  44. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus 3
  45. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis 9
  46. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus 1
  47. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus 7
  48. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus 1
  49. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax 8
  50. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris 1
  51. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus 1
  52. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 3
  53. Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis 3
  54. Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens 1
  55. Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons (cw)
  56. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 3
  57. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua 1
  58. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis 3
  59. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 2
  60. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 6
  61. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius 10
  62. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni 2
  63. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus 2
  64. Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus 1
  65. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys 2
  66. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis 2
  67. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo 8
  68. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus 42
  69. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri 11
  70. Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata 35
  71. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 1
  72. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 1
  73. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus 16
  74. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus 18
  75. Plain Wren Thryothorus modestus 9
  76. House Wren Troglodytes aedon 4
  77. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus 11
  78. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys 5
  79. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis 24
  80. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii 5
  81. Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus 2
  82. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi 2
  83. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques 25
  84. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis 1
  85. Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus 1
  86. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus 13
  87. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus 39
  88. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus 1
  89. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina 20
  90. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa 1
  91. Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens 1
  92. Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi 39
  93. Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis 2
  94. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 4
  95. MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei 2
  96. Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla 43
  97. Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons 1
  98. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus 7
  99. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli 8
  100. Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus 6
  101. Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens 3
  102. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula 6
  103. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Arremon brunneinucha 4
  104. White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes albinucha 4
  105. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 4
  106. Prevost's Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata 2
  107. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii 1
  108. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis 5
  109. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 3
  110. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana 3
  111. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata 2
  112. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 4
  113. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 1
  114. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 13
  115. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 4
  116. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus 11
  117. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria 4
  118. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei 2
  119. House Sparrow Passer domesticus (cw)

References

AOU (1998) The American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

AOU (2010) Fifty-first supplement to the AOU check-list of North American birds. Auk 127: 726-744.


To see results of all Christmas Bird Counts throughout the Americas visit http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.


Sponsors of the Christmas Bird Count in Antigua 2010


Participants of the second Christmas Bird Count in Antigua, 2010.

List of participants (group leaders in bold-face): Claudia Avendaño, John, Robert, and Peter Cahill, Knut Eisermann, Francisco Falla, Celso García, Axel Hernández, Vicente Ismatul, Roberto Olmos, Juan Rivera, Patricia Rodríguez, Helen Stohlman, Josephine Thompson, Santos Vicente, Claire de Masaya.
Compiler: Knut Eisermann. Secondary compiler: Claudia Avendaño.

Meetings were kindly hosted by Finca El Pilar and Finca Filadelfia.


Images from the second Christmas Bird Count in Antigua

Christmas Bird Count Antigua Guatemala
Satellite image of the area covered by the circle of the Christmas Bird Count Antigua Guatemala. The area ranges in altitude from 1200 to 3760 m. Habitats are diverse and include broadleaf forest, mixed and conifer forest, scrub, grassland, shade coffee plantation and other agricultural area, and urban area.
Wine-throated Hummingbird
Wine-throated Hummingbird
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-headed Siskin
Black-headed Siskin

Reserve your visit to Antigua



Back to Top