CAYAYA BIRDING - Birdwatching in Guatemala

Newletter #12
5 December 2017

Recent CAYAYA BIRDING contributions
to the ornithology and herpetology of Guatemala

Owls of Guatemala

Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING contributed an update on the distribution of owls in Guatemala:
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Flammulated Owl in Guatemala

Knut and Claudia contributed to a study on the nesting ecology and habitat use of Flammulated Owl in Guatemala, which represents the first nesting record southeast of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec:
Eisermann, K., E. Matías & C. Avendaño (2017) Primer registro de anidación de Psiloscops flammeolus en Guatemala. Cotinga 39: 53-59.

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis wetmorei

Knut and Claudia contributed to a study on the nesting ecology of Savannah Sparrow in Guatemala. This is the first documentation of the subspecies Passerculus sandwichensis wetmorei since the type specimens were collected more than 100 years ago:
Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & E. Matías. 2017. Nesting evidence, density and vocalisations in a resident population of Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis wetmorei in Guatemala. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 137: 37-45.

Knut contributed a short note on noteworthy records of two amphibian species, including the bizarre Burrowing Toad:
Eisermann, K. (2017) A new locality and elevational range extension for Rhinophrynus dorsalis Duméril & Bibron, 1841 (Anura: Rhinophrynidae), and a noteworthy record for Hypopachus variolosus (Cope, 1866) (Anura: Microhylidae) in Guatemala. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4: 688-692.

More on our research online at PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program


CAYAYA BIRDING Christmas Bird Counts 2017

CBC Volcán Atitlán, 20 December 2017
11th Christmas Bird Count at Volcán Atitlán, on 20 December 2017.
CBC Tikal, 15 December 2017
7th Christmas Bird Count in Tikal National Park, on 15 December 2017.

Results of past Christmas Bird Counts including photographs are available here.


Photo highlights by CAYAYA BIRDING tour participants in 2017

Orange-breasted Falcon
Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus by Kevin Bartlett, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in Tikal.
Pink-headed Warbler
Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor by Allan Obertreiber, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Ocellated Quail
A pair of Ocellated Quail Cyrtonyx ocellatus by Steve Clark, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Male Highland
Male Highland Guan Penelopina nigra by Steve Broste, photographed in the Guatemalan foothills.
Horned Guan
Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus by David McDonald, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Goldman's Warbler
Goldman's Warbler Setophaga goldmani by Allan Obertreiber, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the western highlands of Guatemala.

CAYAYA BIRDING video of the year

Seeing a tinamou is always a treat, seeing one singing, is special. See here a video of a Thicket Tinamou singing devotedly its song in the dark forest understory.


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