Seeing nocturnal birds in Guatemala
with CAYAYA BIRDING

Bearded Screech-Owl in Guatemala
Male rufous morph Bearded Screech-Owl Megascops barbarus in the highlands of Guatemala.

Tweinty species of owls, 11 species of nighthawks, and two species of potoos occur in Guatemala and promise exciting night birding. Most of them are widespread Neotropical species such as Mottled Owl, Black-and-white Owl, Spectacled Owl, Striped Owl or Common Pauraque.

Rising full moon in the highlands of Guatemala.
CAYAYA BIRDING nocturnal birding comes often with beautiful skyscapes.

Others occur mainly in Mexico and Central America, such as Northern Potoo, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Pacific Screech-Owl, and Whiskered Screech-Owl. The Guatemalan mountains are the core range of some night birds restricted to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico, such as Fulvous Owl and Bearded Screech-Owl. Other nocturnal birds in Guatemala are widespread throughout the American continent such as Barn Owl and Great Horned Owl.

Mexican Whip-poor-will in Guatemala
Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae in the highlands of Guatemala.

Many of Guatemala's night birds can be seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours, some of these species also during day time. Get in touch to organize your birdwatching tour in Guatemala.

Photographs of nocturnal birds seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

Unspotted Saw-wht Owl in Guatemala Pacific Screech-Owl in Guatemala Whiskered Screech-Owl in Guatemala Bearded Screech-Owl in Guatemala Guatemalan Screech-Owl in Guatemala Mexican Wood Owl in Guatemala Black-and-white Owl in Guatemala Fulvous Owl in Guatemala Stygian Owl in Guatemala Buff-collared Nightjar in Guatemala Common Pauraque in Guatemala Yucatan Poorwill in Guatemala Mexican Whip-poor-will in Guatemala Northern Potoo with chick

More photos of owls in Guatemala.

Videos of nocturnal birds seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

Calling Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens in a cloud forest in the highlands of Guatemala.

Calling Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata in a rainforest in Guatemala.

Calling Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis in Guatemala.


Start here planning your birding trip to Guatemala:


Northern Potoo in Guatemala.
Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis in Guatemala.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about nocturnal birds in 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.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Enríquez, P. L., K. Eisermann, H. Mikkola & J. C. Motta-Junior (2017) A review of the systematics of Neotropical owls (Strigiformes). 7-19 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Eisermann, K., E. Matías & C. Avendaño (2017) Primer registro de anidación de Psiloscops flammeolus en Guatemala. Cotinga 39: 53-59.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2015) Los búhos de Guatemala. 381-434 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Enríquez, P. L., K. Eisermann, J. C. Motta-Junior & H. Mikkola (2015) Una revisión de la taxonomía y sistemática de los búhos neotropicales. 29-38 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Eisermann, K. (2013) Vocal field marks of Unspotted Saw-whet Owl and Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl. Neotropical Birding 13: 8-13.
  • Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala.Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • Enríquez, P. L., K. Eisermann & H. Mikkola (2012) Los búhos de México y Centroamérica: necesidades en investigación y conservación. Ornitología Neotropical 23, Suppl.: 247-260.
  • Eisermann, K. & S. N. G. Howell (2011). Vocalizations of the Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium cobanense). Journal of Raptor Research 45: 304-314.
  • Eisermann, K. (2011) Conservation status of Bearded Screech-owl Megascops barbarus. Unpublished communication to BirdLife International. Proeval Raxmu, Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. (Base for an upgrade from Near Threatened to Vulnerable in the IUCN/BirdLife International Red List of worldwide threatened bird species)
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • Eisermann, K. & U. Schulz (2005) Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53: 577-594.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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