Seventh official Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Tikal (GMTK) 2017
organized by CAYAYA BIRDING

Compiled by , CAYAYA BIRDING, January 2018

A total of 47 observers in 9 groups gathered for the seventh Christmas Bird Count in the Tikal National Park, conducted on 15 December 2017. Weather was favorable, with cloud cover 0-100% and little or no wind.

CBC Tikal 2017.

A total of 2085 birds of 177 species was recorded. In addition, five more species were observed during the count week. The most abundant species with at least 25 detected individuals were (in descending order of abundance): Montezuma Oropendola, Lesser Greenlet, Stub-tailed Spadebill, Wood Thrush, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Schiffornis, Gray Catbird, Northern Bentbill, Brown Jay, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Spot-breasted Wren, Melodious Blackbird, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Red-lored Parrot, Kentucky Warbler, Collared Aracari, White-crowned Parrot, and Squirrel Cuckoo.

Noteworthy records included a Swainson's Warbler, an immature Gray-headed Kite, and a pair of Orange-breasted Falcon.

Orange-breasted Falcon
An Orange-breasted Falcon in Tikal during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.

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.

Christmas Bird Count Tikal
We appreciate the support by the administration of Parque Nacional Tikal (permits, park guards accompanying groups) to this Christmas Bird Count.

Red-capped Manakin
A male Red-capped Manakin photographed in Tikal during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.

It follows a list of species and numbers of individuals recorded during the seventh Christmas Bird Count in Tikal (Nomenclature according to AOU 1998 and supplements, most recent update AOS 2017). Species recorded during the count week are marked with (cw).

  1. Great Tinamou Tinamus major 13
  2. Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus 6
  3. Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula 13
  4. Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens 6
  5. Great Curassow Crax rubra 9
  6. Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata 9
  7. Scaled Pigeon Patagioenas speciosa 4
  8. Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris 3
  9. Short-billed Pigeon Patagioenas nigrirostris 9
  10. Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana 6
  11. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 2
  12. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana 26
  13. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis 3
  14. Yucatan Poorwill Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus 3
  15. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris 1
  16. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi 20
  17. Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis 1
  18. Long-billed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris 5
  19. Stripe-throated Hermit Phaethornis striigularis 5
  20. Purple-crowned Fairy Heliothryx barroti 6
  21. Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis 9
  22. White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida 7
  23. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl 10
  24. Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis 1
  25. Russet-naped Wood-Rail Aramides albiventris 3
  26. Limpkin Aramus guarauna 4
  27. Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa 7
  28. Great Egret Ardea alba 3
  29. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea 1
  30. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea 3
  31. Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius 6
  32. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 6
  33. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 7
  34. Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis 1
  35. Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus 1
  36. Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris 6
  37. Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus 1
  38. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 1
  39. Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus 1
  40. Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus 1
  41. Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus 2
  42. Vermiculated Screech-Owl Megascops guatemalae 2
  43. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata 16
  44. Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata 3
  45. Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena 21
  46. Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus 14
  47. Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus 6
  48. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris 10
  49. Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula 2
  50. Lesson's Motmot Momotus lessonii 16
  51. White-necked Puffbird Notharchus hyperrhynchus 4
  52. White-whiskered Puffbird Malacoptila panamensis 8
  53. Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda 16
  54. Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus 29
  55. Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus 24
  56. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons 4
  57. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius (cw)
  58. Smoky-brown Woodpecker Picoides fumigatus 8
  59. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus 6
  60. Chestnut-colored Woodpecker Celeus castaneus 13
  61. Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus 14
  62. Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis 21
  63. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans 7
  64. Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis 16
  65. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus 1
  66. Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis (cw)
  67. Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus 2
  68. Olive-throated Parakeet Eupsittula nana 14
  69. Brown-hooded Parrot Pyrilia haematotis 22
  70. White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis 28
  71. White-fronted Parrot Amazona albifrons 7
  72. Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis 30
  73. Mealy Parrot Amazona farinosa 16
  74. Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus 5
  75. Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis 4
  76. Dusky Antbird Cercomacroides tyrannina 1
  77. Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis 14
  78. Scaly-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus guatemalensis 7
  79. Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus 20
  80. Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa 6
  81. Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina 16
  82. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus 5
  83. Northern Barred-Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae 18
  84. Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus 2
  85. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster 31
  86. Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii 1
  87. Plain Xenops Xenops minutus 7
  88. Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum 8
  89. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe 3
  90. Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata 11
  91. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus 7
  92. Sepia-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon amaurocephalus 2
  93. Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare 38
  94. Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum 1
  95. Eye-ringed Flatbill Rhynchocyclus brevirostris 10
  96. Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens 22
  97. Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus 57
  98. Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus 5
  99. Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher Terenotriccus erythrurus 6
  100. Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher Myiobius sulphureipygius 4
  101. Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus 2
  102. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris 13
  103. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus 1
  104. Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus 16
  105. Rufous Mourner Rhytipterna holerythra 2
  106. Yucatan Flycatcher Myiarchus yucatanensis 2
  107. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 13
  108. Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus 11
  109. Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus 5
  110. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus 4
  111. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua 7
  112. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis 17
  113. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus 8
  114. Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii 2
  115. Northern Schiffornis Schiffornis veraepacis 48
  116. Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata 17
  117. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 3
  118. White-collared Manakin Manacus candei 2
  119. Red-capped Manakin Ceratopipra mentalis 13
  120. Tawny-crowned Greenlet Tunchiornis ochraceiceps 20
  121. Lesser Greenlet Pachysylvia decurtata 64
  122. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus 22
  123. Mangrove Vireo Vireo pallens 1
  124. Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons 17
  125. Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus (cw)
  126. Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio 38
  127. Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas 1
  128. Yucatan Jay Cyanocorax yucatanicus 3
  129. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 13
  130. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus 3
  131. Spot-breasted Wren Pheugopedius maculipectus 36
  132. White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra 19
  133. White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta 15
  134. Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus 10
  135. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea 6
  136. Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea 4
  137. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus 3
  138. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina 55
  139. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi 3
  140. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis 44
  141. Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis 3
  142. Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea 16
  143. Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi 17
  144. Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus 5
  145. Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma 116
  146. Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas 12
  147. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 5
  148. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives 34
  149. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla 6
  150. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum 10
  151. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis 7
  152. Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera 3
  153. Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera 3
  154. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 16
  155. Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii 1
  156. Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa 30
  157. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas 1
  158. Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina 8
  159. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 25
  160. Northern Parula Setophaga americana 3
  161. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia 50
  162. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 1
  163. Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica 11
  164. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 2
  165. Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica (cw)
  166. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 12
  167. Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus 14
  168. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 4
  169. Rose-throated Tanager Piranga roseogularis 4
  170. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 15
  171. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica 33
  172. Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda 52
  173. Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster 11
  174. Gray-throated Chat Granatellus sallaei 2
  175. Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides 1
  176. Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina 9
  177. Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus 1
  178. Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina (cw)
  179. Gray-headed Tanager Eucometis penicillata 11
  180. Black-throated Shrike-Tanager Lanio aurantius 38
  181. Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus 4
  182. Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps 4


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

AOS (2017) Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's check-list of North American birds. Auk 134: 751-773.

Northern Barred-Woodcreeper
A Northern Barred-Woodcreeper during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.

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Images from the seventh Christmas Bird Count in Tikal

Christmas Bird Count Tikal
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.
Orange-breasted Falcon
Orange-breasted Falcon photographed in Tikal during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.
Red-capped Manakin
A male Red-capped Manakin photographed in Tikal during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.
Bright-rumped Attila
Bright-rumped Attila during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Philadelphia Vireo
This Philadelphia Vireo was photographed during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Ruddy Quail-Dove
One of the Ruddy Quail-Doves recorded during 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Blue-black Grassquit
Species of open habitat such as Blue-black Grassquit are rare in Tikal. This bird was photographed during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.
White-necked Puffbird during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Roadside Hawk
Roadside Hawk during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Wood Thrush
Wood Thrush during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Black-throated Shrike-Tanager
A male Black-throated Shrike-Tanager during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
A juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Black Hawk-Eagle
A Black Hawk-Eagle in the sky over Tikal during the count week of the 7th Christmas Bird Count.
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Ornate Hawk-Eagle over Tikal during the 7th Christmas Bird Count.
Mottled Owl
A Mottled Owl in the night of the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Black-and-white Owl
A Black-and-white Owl during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Gray-headed Kite
An immature Gray-headed Kite during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
A Rufous-tailed Jacamar during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Slaty-tailed Trogon
A female Slaty-tailed Trogon during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher during the 7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal.

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Participants of the 7th Chistmas Bird Count in Tikal National Park (names of compilers in bold face): Andrea Aguliera, Vinicio Alba, Daniel Aldana, Gelber Aldana, Regino Arrévalo Córdova, Claudia Avendaño, Roberto Boteo, Guillermo Caal Xol, John Cahill, Edy Calate, Amado Carcía, Ruben Castillo, Tito Contreras, Melvin Córdova, Gumercindo Córdova, Jorge Dangel, Carlos Echeverría, Knut Eisermann, Jairo Elias, Marlo Garcia, Esdras García, René Góngora, Luis González, Cesar Hernandez, René Victor Hernández, Billy Hood, Diego Jurado, Edin León Agustín, Carlos López, Benedicto Lucas, Carlos Madrid, Oliverio Mateo, Byron Melgar, Sandra Molina, Pablo Najarro, Luis Oliveros, Desly Ortiz, Ever Recinos, Kevin Reyes, Edgar Reyes, Melvin Rivera, Sergio Rivera, David Rodríguez, Andrés Rosales, Carlos Salazar, Douglas Salazar Fernández, and Jeremías Valle.

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