Christmas Bird Count: Antigua 2012

Compilers: Knut Eisermann & Claudia Avendaño

The fourth CBC Antigua Guatemala was carried out on 19 December 2012. A total of 17 observers in four groups counted birds in in Finca El Pilar, Finca Filadelfia, at Cerro Alux, and at Agua volcano. A calm night made for good night birding.

CBC Antigua 2012.

A total of 1081 birds of 122 species was detected. In addition, one more species was recorded during the count week. The most abundant birds with at least 20 detected individuals were (in descending order of abundance): Green Violetear, Band-backed Wren, Pacific Parakeet, Black-capped Swallow, Wilson's Warbler, Great-tailed Grackle, Black-headed Siskin, Bushy-crested Jay, Townsend's Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rufous-collared Robin, Gray Silky-flycatcher, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, and Black Vulture.

Notable was a Golden-cheeked Warbler; a photograph of a male furnishes a winter record for Antigua and the first record for the Antigua CBC. Several range-restricted bird species of the north Central American highlands were recorded during the CBC, including Fulvous Owl, Pink-headed Warbler, Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Blue-throated Motmot, Bushy-crested and Black-throated Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-browed Wren, Rufous-collared Robin, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, and Black-capped Siskin.

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 fourth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua Guatemala (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOU 2012). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).

  1. Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys 4
  2. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 21
  3. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 5
  4. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus 1
  5. White-breasted Hawk Accipiter striatus chionogaster 1
  6. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 4
  7. Rock Pigeon Columba livia 5
  8. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata 18
  9. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica 5
  10. Inca Dove Columbina inca 6
  11. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 7
  12. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana 3
  13. Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis 5
  14. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma 2
  15. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata 4
  16. Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens 3
  17. Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae 3
  18. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi 10
  19. Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus 56
  20. Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens 6
  21. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens 7
  22. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus 7
  23. Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami 1
  24. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 28
  25. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus 2
  26. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus 7
  27. Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus 1
  28. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala 13
  29. Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina 2
  30. Blue-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia cyanura 1
  31. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis 19
  32. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris 3
  33. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 4
  34. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 3
  35. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 20
  36. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 3
  37. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 4
  38. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus 3
  39. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 7
  40. Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis 2
  41. Pacific Parakeet Aratinga strenua 50
  42. Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis 1
  43. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis 5
  44. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus 7
  45. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax 8
  46. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 2
  47. Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons 1
  48. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 1
  49. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 9
  50. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua 5
  51. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis 2
  52. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 4
  53. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius 4
  54. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni 2
  55. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys 1
  56. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis 2
  57. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo 5
  58. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus 36
  59. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri 18
  60. Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata 50
  61. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis cw
  62. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus 8
  63. House Wren Troglodytes aedon 5
  64. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus 9
  65. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus 54
  66. Spot-breasted Wren Pheugopedius maculipectus 2
  67. Rufous-and-white Wren Thryophilus rufalbus 2
  68. Plain Wren Cantorchilus modestus 4
  69. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys 3
  70. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 9
  71. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis 19
  72. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris 1
  73. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii 7
  74. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi 9
  75. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques 27
  76. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis 2
  77. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus 22
  78. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus 23
  79. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus 3
  80. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla 3
  81. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum 1
  82. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 8
  83. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa 5
  84. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina 12
  85. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla 3
  86. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei 7
  87. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia 1
  88. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi 31
  89. Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia 1
  90. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 4
  91. Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons 1
  92. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli 6
  93. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 48
  94. Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons 1
  95. Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor 6
  96. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus 12
  97. Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas 1
  98. White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola 1
  99. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpierce Diglossa baritula 5
  100. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Arremon brunneinucha 5
  101. White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes albinucha 4
  102. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 1
  103. Prevost's Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata 2
  104. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis 6
  105. Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus 3
  106. Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus 16
  107. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 1
  108. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana 10
  109. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata 2
  110. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 3
  111. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 1
  112. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives 5
  113. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 45
  114. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus 10
  115. Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri 3
  116. Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus 3
  117. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 7
  118. Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima 4
  119. Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps 2
  120. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus 39
  121. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria 5
  122. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei 7
  123. House Sparrow Passer domesticus 11

References

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

AOU (2012) Fifty-third supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union check-list of North American birds. Auk 129: 573-588.


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


CBC Antigua 2012
Participants of the fourth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua Guatemala. Meetings were kindly hosted by Finca El Pilar and Finca Filadelfia.

Sponsors of the Christmas Bird Count in Antigua 2012


Participants of the fourth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua, 2012.

List of participants (group leaders in bold-face): Carlos Aguilar, Daniel Aldana, David Aldana, Fernando Aldana, Claudia Avendaño, Bianca Bosarreyes, Andrés Duarte, Diego Duarte, Knut Eisermann, Luis Gonzáles, Benoit Laliberté, Roberto Olmos, Carlos Ordoñez, Maynor Ovando, Lemuel Valle, Klemens Wernisch, Michaela Wernisch.
Compiler: Knut Eisermann. Secondary compiler: Claudia Avendaño.


Images from the fourth 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.
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Black-headed Siskin
Black-headed Siskin
MacGillivray's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Greater Pewee
Greater Pewee
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

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