Christmas Bird Count: Antigua 2015-2016

Compiled by Knut Eisermann

The sixth Christmas Bird Count Antigua Guatemala took place on 3 January 2016. A total of 15 observers in four groups counted birds in in Finca El Pilar, Finca Filadelfia, and at Cerro Alux.

CBC Antigua 2015-2016.

A total of 1257 birds of 120 species was detected. In addition, 44 more species were recorded during the count week. The most abundant birds with more than 30 detected individuals were (in descending order of abundance): Gray Silky-flycatcher, Brown-backed Solitaire, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Wilson's Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Band-backed Wren, White-collared Swift, and Rufous-browed Wren.

Fuego volcano
Fuego Volcano southwest of Antigua Guatemala was quite active during the CBC on 3 January 2016, with spectacular views later at night ...

Several range-restricted bird species of the north Central American highlands were recorded during the CBC, including Highland Guan, Ocellated Quail, Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Blue-throated Motmot, Bushy-crested 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 sixth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua Guatemala (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOU 2015). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).

  1. Highland Guan Penelopina nigra 20
  2. Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus 11
  3. Ocellated Quail Cyrtonyx ocellatus 3
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias (cw)
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba (cw)
  6. Snowy Egret Egretta thula (cw)
  7. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea (cw)
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (cw)
  9. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 23
  10. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 6
  11. Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus 1
  12. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 5
  13. Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber (cw)
  14. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus (cw)
  15. Rock Pigeon Columba livia (cw)
  16. Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris (cw)
  17. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata 19
  18. Inca Dove Columbina inca 4
  19. Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina 2
  20. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 10
  21. White-faced Quail-Dove Zentrygon albifacies 1
  22. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica 6
  23. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura (cw)
  24. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana 2
  25. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris (cw)
  26. Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis (cw)
  27. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 1
  28. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma 2
  29. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum 1
  30. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata 4
  31. Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens 2
  32. Stygian Owl Asio stygius 1
  33. Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi (cw)
  34. Unidentified owl Strigiformes 1
  35. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis 1
  36. Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae 5
  37. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris 32
  38. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi 6
  39. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis (cw)
  40. Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus 12
  41. Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens 15
  42. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens 12
  43. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus 2
  44. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 5
  45. Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti 3
  46. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus 8
  47. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala 5
  48. Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina 2
  49. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis 23
  50. Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus 1
  51. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris 6
  52. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis 8
  53. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus 12
  54. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 17
  55. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 5
  56. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius 1
  57. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 16
  58. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus (cw)
  59. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 8
  60. Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis 1
  61. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus 3
  62. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway (cw)
  63. American Kestrel Falco sparverius 3
  64. Pacific Parakeet Psittacara strenuus 27
  65. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola 4
  66. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis 12
  67. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis rubiginosus 7
  68. Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii 1
  69. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus 9
  70. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus 9
  71. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax 16
  72. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus (cw)
  73. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 6
  74. Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens 1
  75. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 7
  76. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus (cw)
  77. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua 2
  78. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis 4
  79. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis (cw)
  80. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 8
  81. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius 2
  82. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni 2
  83. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus 1
  84. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys 2
  85. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys (cw)
  86. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis 2
  87. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo 7
  88. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus 58
  89. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri 18
  90. Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata 57
  91. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis (cw)
  92. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica (cw)
  93. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus 5
  94. House Wren Troglodytes aedon 3
  95. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus 32
  96. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus 36
  97. Rufous-and-white Wren Thryophilus rufalbus 1
  98. Plain Wren Cantorchilus modestus 2
  99. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys 18
  100. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 17
  101. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis 67
  102. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris 1
  103. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii 4
  104. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus 1
  105. Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus 3
  106. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi 7
  107. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques 24
  108. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus 13
  109. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis (cw)
  110. Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus 1
  111. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus 98
  112. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus 3
  113. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum (cw)
  114. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis (cw)
  115. Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera 1
  116. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 7
  117. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa 4
  118. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina 17
  119. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla (cw)
  120. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala (cw)
  121. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei 8
  122. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas (cw)
  123. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia (cw)
  124. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia (cw)
  125. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi 41
  126. Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis 4
  127. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 4
  128. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli 27
  129. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 56
  130. Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons 3
  131. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus 14
  132. Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens (cw)
  133. Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas (cw)
  134. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula 6
  135. Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina (cw)
  136. White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola 1
  137. Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps (cw)
  138. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Arremon brunneinucha 10
  139. White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes albinucha 6
  140. Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens 1
  141. White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis (cw)
  142. Prevost's Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata (cw)
  143. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii (cw)
  144. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis 1
  145. Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus 16
  146. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 2
  147. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana 5
  148. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata 2
  149. White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera 1
  150. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 4
  151. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea (cw)
  152. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives 1
  153. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 21
  154. Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri 4
  155. Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus 3
  156. Spot-breasted Oriole Icterus pectoralis (cw)
  157. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis (cw)
  158. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 5
  159. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus (cw)
  160. Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima 6
  161. Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra (cw)
  162. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus 24
  163. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria (cw)
  164. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei 17
  165. 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 (2015) Fifty-sixth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union check-list of North American birds. Auk 132: 748-764.


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


CBC Antigua 2015-2016
Participants of the sixth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua Guatemala. The meetings was kindly hosted by Finca Filadelfia.

Sponsors of the Christmas Bird Count in Antigua 2015-206


Participants of the sixth Christmas Bird Count in Antigua, 2015-2016.

List of participants (group leaders in bold-face): Claudia Avendaño, Bianca Bosarreyes, Manuel de Jesús Gonzáles Aguilar, Claire de Masaya, Knut Eisermann, Saulo García, Sandra Molina, Andrea Navas, Miguel Navas, Roberto Olmos, Gabriel Quiñónez, Varinia Sagastume, Mariana Solis, Lemuel Valle, and Natalia Vargas
Compiler: Knut Eisermann. Secondary compiler: Claudia Avendaño.


Images from the sixth 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.
Hammond's Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Black-headed Siskin
Black-headed Siskin
Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon
Paltry Tyrannulet
Paltry Tyrannulet
Hooded Grosbeak
Hooded Grosbeak
Townsend's Warbler
Townsend's Warbler.
Gray Silky-flycatcher
Gray Silky-flycatcher
Guatemalan (Northern) Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma cobanense
Guatemalan (Northern) Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma cobanense.
Inca Dove
Inca Dove
Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Wine-throated Hummingbird
Among spider web: a male Wine-throated Hummingbird.
Western Tanager and Flame-colored Tanagers
Piranga tree: a male Western Tanager and a pair of Flame-colored Tanager.
Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Least Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove

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