Seeing Slender Sheartail in Guatemala
with CAYAYA BIRDING

Slender Sheartail in Guatemala
A male Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura in the highlands of Guatemala.

The genus Doricha has only two species, Mexican Sheartail (D. eliza), endemic to lowlands of southern Mexico, and Slender Sheartail (D. enicura), restricted to highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador).

Two males of Slender Sheartail
Two males of Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura in the highlands of Guatemala.

In Guatemala, Slender Sheartail occurs locally in humid and semihumid scrub and forest edges above 1000 m (3300 ft). During the breeding season, males gather on leks.

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Photographs of Slender Sheartail seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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Videos of Slender Sheartail seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

Interaction of a bee with a Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura in the highlands of Guatemala.

A Slender Sheartail "doing the scissor" ... seen during a CAYAYA BIRDING tour in the highlands of Guatemala.


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juvenile Slender Sheartail
Juvenile Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura in the Guatemalan highlands.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Slender Sheartail

  • 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 & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • 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.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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