CAYAYA BIRDING - Birdwatching in Guatemala

Newletter #13
25 December 2018

2018 CAYAYA BIRDING contribution
to the ornithology of Guatemala

Birds of Guatemala

Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING contributed an update on the avifauna of Guatemala:
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.

Summary.-We present an update on the status and distribution of birds in Guatemala relative to a previous summary (Eisermann & Avendaño 2007) and based upon a review of new published and unpublished records. During the period 2006 to 2017, 50 species were frst documented in Guatemala. Another 11 species were reported for the frst time but without verifable documentation. Breeding was newly confrmed for 58 species. Noteworthy observations, including range extensions, are summarised for 131 species. The Guatemalan avifauna now comprises 758 species of which 23 lack documentation. Of the 758 species, 509 breed in Guatemala, 240 are non-breeding visitors, transients or vagrants, and the status of nine is uncertain.

More on our research


CAYAYA BIRDING Christmas Bird Count 2018

CBC Volcán Atitlán, 19 December 2018
CAYAYA BIRDING organized the 12th Christmas Bird Count at Volcán Atitlán on 19 December 2018.
CBC Volcán Atitlán, 19 December 2018
Participants of the 12th Christmas Bird Count at Volcán Atitlán recorded more than 280 bird species on December 19th. Final results will be online shortly.

Results of past Christmas Bird Counts organized by CAYAYA BIRDING including photographs are available here.


Photo highlights by CAYAYA BIRDING tour participants in 2018

Pink-headed Warbler
Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor by Kevin Bartlett, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the highlands of Guatemala.
Slate-throated Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus by Kevin Bartlett, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the highlands of Guatemala.
Northern Emerald-Toucanet
Northern Emerald-Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus by Kevin Bartlett, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the highlands of Guatemala.
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus mexicanus by David McDonald, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the highlands of Guatemala.
Belted Flycatcher
Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus by David McDonald, during a CAYAYA BIRDING trip in the highlands of Guatemala.

CAYAYA BIRDING photo of the year

Belted Flycatcher
Don't mess with me: furious look of a Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus) showing its spiky crest in the highlands of Guatemala.

CAYAYA BIRDING video of the year

One of the most obvious songs in the Atlantic slope rainforests of Guatemala: Northern Schiffornis Schiffornis veraepacis.


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