BIRDING

Rancho Primavera is a bird-watcher’s paradise!

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The 200 acres of our ranch supports over 215 species of birds, including parrots, trogans, cuckoos and 16 types of hummingbirds!  And depending upon the time of year, you may also see many neotropical migrants like sparrows and warblers.Birding tour groups regularly visit and cherish Rancho Primavera for its birdlife and solitude.

Within an hour’s drive you can search for over 300 bird species that can be found in the greater Jalisco region which supports a wide array of habitats from the mountainous pine and oak forests, tropical deciduous rainforests and coastal thorn scrub, beaches, islands and  mangrove estuaries.

Day birders are welcome to visit Rancho Primavera without charge though we do welcome donations!

Download the  Rancho Primavera Bird List

BIRD LIST FOR RANCHO PRIMAVERA

COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Ducks, Geese & Swans Anatidae
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis P
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Wood Duck Aix sponsa P
Gadwall Anas strepera
American Wigeon Anas americana
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors P
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera P
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata P
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca P
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis P
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis P
Guans, Chachalacas & Allies Cracidae
West Mexican Chachalaca (E) Ortalis poliocephala P
Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
New World Quail Odontophoridae
Elegant Quail Callipepla douglasii
Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus
Loons Gaviidae
Common loon Gavia immer
Grebes Podicipedidae
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus P
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Gannets & Boobies Sulidae
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
Pelicans Pelecanidae
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos P
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
Cormorants Phalacrocoracidae
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus P
Anhingas Anhingidae
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
Frigatebirds Fregatidae
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens P
Herons, Egrets & Bitterns Ardeidae
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus P
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis P
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum P
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias P
Great Egret Ardea alba P
Snowy Egret Egretta thula P
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea P
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor P
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Green Heron Butorides virescens P
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax P
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
Ibises & Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
White Ibis Eudocimus albus P
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi P
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja P
Storks Ciconiidae
Wood Stork Mycteria americana P
New World Vultures Cathartidae
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus P
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura P
Hawks, Eagles & Kites Accipitridae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus P
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus P
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus P
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii P
Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens P
Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus P
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Gray Hawk Buteo nitidus P
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus P
Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus P
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis P
Swainson’s Hawk Falconidae
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus P
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway P
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans P
American Kestrel Falco sparverius P
Merlin Falco columbarius
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis P
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus P
Rails, Gallinules & Coots Rallidae
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola P
Rufous-necked Wood-Rail Aramides axillaris
Sora Porzana carolina P
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica P
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus P
American Coot Fulica americana P
Limpkin Aramidae
Limpkin Aramus guarauna P
COMMON NAMESCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Inca Dove Columbina inca P
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina P
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti P
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi P
Parrots, Macaws & Allies Psittacidae
Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis P
Military Macaw Ara militaris P
Mexican Parrotlet (E) Forpus cyanopygius
Lilac-crowned Parrot (E) Amazona finschi P
Cuckoos Cuculidae
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana P
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus P
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris P
Barn Owl Tyto alba P
Owls Strigidae
Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis
Vermiculated Screech-Owl Megascops guatemalae
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Colima Pygmy-Owl (E) Glaucidium palmarum P
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum P
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata P
Barred Owl Strix varia
Nightjars & Allies Caprimulgidae
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis P
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis P
Eared Poorwill (E) Nyctiphrynus mcleodii
Buff-collared Nightjar (RE) Caprimulgus ridgwayi
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
Potoos Nyctibiidae
Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis
Swifts Apodidae
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi P
Hummingbirds Trochilidae
Long-billed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris P
Golden-crowned Emerald (E) Chlorostilbon auriceps P
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris P
Mexican Woodnymph (E) Thalurania ridgwayi P
Berylline Hummingbird (RE) Amazilia beryllina P
Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila P
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (RE) Amazilia violiceps P
Plain-capped Starthroat Heliomaster constantii P
Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird (RE) Tilmatura dupontii P
Lucifer Hummingbird (RE) Calothorax lucifer P
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris P
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri P
Costa’s Hummingbird Calypte costae
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
COMMON NAMESCIENTIFIC NAMESEEN*
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua P
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis P
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris P
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus P
Cassin’s Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans P
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris P
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
Genera Incertae Sedis
Gray-collared Becard Pachyramphus major
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae P
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata P
Shrikes Laniidae
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Vireos & Allies Vireonidae
Mangrove Vireo Vireo pallens
Bell’s Vireo Vireo bellii
Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla P
Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus P
Cassin’s Vireo Vireo cassinii
Hutton’s Vireo Vireo huttoni
Golden Vireo (E) Vireo hypochryseus P
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus P
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis P
Crows, Jays & Magpies Corvidae
Black-throated Magpie-Jay (E) Calocitta colliei P
White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
San Blas Jay (E) Cyanocorax sanblasianus P
Common Raven Corvus corax P
Swallows Hirundinidae
Sinaloa Martin Progne sinaloae P
Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea P
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor P
Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea P
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina P
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis P
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia P
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica P
Chickadees & Tits Paridae
Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi
Long-tailed Tits Aegithalidae
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
Wrens Troglodytidae
Spotted Wren (E) Campylorhynchus gularis
Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus
Sinaloa Wren (E) Thryothorus sinaloa P
Happy Wren (E) Thryothorus felix P
House Wren Troglodytes aedon P
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
MacGillivray’s Warbler Oporornis tolmiei P
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas P
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala P
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina P
Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia pusilla P
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
Fan-tailed Warbler (RE) Euthlypis lachrymosa P
Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
Rufous-capped Warbler (RE) Basileuterus rufifrons
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens P
Tanagers & Allies Thraupidae
Rosy Thrush-Tanager Rhodinocichla rosea P
Genus Incertae Sedis
Buntings, Sparrows & Allies Emberizidae
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina P
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola P
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta
Green-striped Brush-Finch Arremon virenticeps
Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus P
Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow (E) Melozone kieneri P
Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda P
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus P
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii P
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Cardinals & Allies Cardinalidae
Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra P
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana P
Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
Red-headed Tanager (E) Piranga erythrocephala
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens P
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica P
Red-breasted Chat (E) Granatellus venustus
Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus P
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus P
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Blue Bunting (RE) Cyanocompsa parellina P
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea P
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea P
Orange-breasted Bunting (E) Passerina leclancherii
Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor P
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris P
Dickcissel Spiza americana P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Green Heron Butorides virescens P
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax P
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
Ibises & Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
White Ibis Eudocimus albus P
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi P
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja P
Storks Ciconiidae
Wood Stork Mycteria americana P
New World Vultures Cathartidae
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus P
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura P
Hawks, Eagles & Kites Accipitridae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus P
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus P
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus P
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii P
Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens P
Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus P
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Gray Hawk Buteo nitidus P
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus P
Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus P
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis P
Swainson’s Hawk Falconidae
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus P
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway P
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans P
American Kestrel Falco sparverius P
Merlin Falco columbarius
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis P
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus P
Rails, Gallinules & Coots Rallidae
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola P
Rufous-necked Wood-Rail Aramides axillaris
Sora Porzana carolina P
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica P
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus P
American Coot Fulica americana P
Limpkin Aramidae
Limpkin Aramus guarauna P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Plovers & LapwingsCharadriidae
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Wilson’s Plover Charadrius wilsonia
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus P
Oystercatchers Haematopodidae
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Avocets & Stilts Recurvirostridae
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus P
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Jacanas Jacanidae
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa P
Sandpipers & Allies Scolopacidae
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius P
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria P
Wandering Tattler Tringa incana
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca P
Willet Tringa semipalmatus
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
Sanderling Calidris alba
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla P
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata P
Gulls & Terns Laridae
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Heermann’s Gull Larus heermanni
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
California Gull Larus californicus
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Royal Tern Thalasseus maxima
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Doves & Pigeons Columbidae
Rock Pigeon ( I ) Columba livia P
Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris P
Eurasian Collared-Dove ( I ) Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope P
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus P
Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin P
Trogons Trogonidae
Citreoline Trogon (E) Trogon citreolus P
Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans P
Motmots Motmotidae
Russet-crowned Motmot (RE) Momotus mexicanus P
Kingfishers Alcedinidae
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquatus P
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon P
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana P
Woodpeckers & Allies Picidae
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus P
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (E) Melanerpes chrysogenys P
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius P
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris P
Arizona Woodpecker Picoides arizonae
Gray-crowned Woodpecker (E) Colaptes auricularis P
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus P
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis P
Ovenbirds & Woodcreepers Furnariidae
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster P
White-striped Woodcreeper (E) Lepidocolaptes leucogaster
Tyrant Flycatchers Tyrannidae
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe P
Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata P
Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax P
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis P
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus P
Hammond’s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis P
Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus P
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer P
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens P
Nutting’s Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi P
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus P
Flammulated Flycatcher (E) Deltarhynchus flammulatus
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
Kinglets Regulidae
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Old World Warblers Sylviidae
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea P
Black-capped Gnatcatcher (RE) Polioptila nigriceps
Thrushes & Allies Turdidae
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Brown-backed Solitaire (RE) Myadestes occidentalis
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris P
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus P
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis P
Rufous-backed Robin (E) Turdus rufopalliatus P
Mockingbirds & Thrashers Mimidae
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Blue Mockingbird (E) Melanotis caerulescens P
Wagtails & Pipits Motacillidae
American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Waxwings Bombycillidae
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum P
Silky-Flycatchers Ptilogonatidae
Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus
Olive Warbler Peucedramidae
Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
New World Warblers Parulidae
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera P
Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina P
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata P
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla P
Lucy’s Warbler Vermivora luciae
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi P
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia P
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica P
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia P
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata P
Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens P
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
Townsend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi
Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica
Grace’s Warbler Dendroica graciae
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia P
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla P
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum P
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla P
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla P
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME SEEN*
Troupials & Allies Icteridae
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus P
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus P
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater P
Black-vented Oriole (RE) Icterus wagleri P
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius P
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus P
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus P
Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii P
Audubon’s Oriole Icterus graduacauda
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula P
Yellow-winged Cacique (RE) Cacicus melanicterus P
Siskins, Crossbills & Allies Fringillidae
Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis P
Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Pine Siskin Spinus (Carduelis) pinus
Black-headed Siskin (RE) Spinus (Carduelis) notata
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus (Carduelis) psaltria P
Old World Sparrows Passeridae
House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus

* P indicates birds seen on the property, other are birds seen nearby.

Regional Endemic Bird Species

Many of the region’s endemic birds can be seen at Rancho Primavera including:

  • West Mexican Chachalaca: these birds can be very noisy as the call back and forth from one flock to another. They are skittish, but can be seen hopping from tree to tree.
  • Colima Pygmy Owl: This little guy produces quavering rolls preceding his hoots.
  • Mexican Hermit: This large hummer can be seen briefly as he flies from heliconia to papaya blossom to banana blossom.
  • Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird: The male is a sight to see with his long tail that is deeply forked. We see the female occasionally  feeding on the blue flowers of the golden-dew drop just outside the house
  • Golden-crowned Emerald: This hummingbird is a feast to the eyes with its bright green beauty.
  • Mexican Woodnymph: This hummingbird can be found in humid semi-deciduous woods.
  • Citreoline Trogan: Males have a mantle of golden green to blue, both sexes have distinctive yellow eyes. It builds nests in termitaries.
  • Russet-crowned Motmot: This guy can be hard to spot until breeding season comes in spring, then you see them easily sitting in the tree going tick-tock with his tail, that is why they call him “pajaro reloj” in Spanish.
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker: Is a daily regular at the bird feeders when fruit is out. He also like helping himself to the many papayas on the trees around the house.
  • Gray-crowned Woodpecker: You can find him by listening for his sharp explosive KEEah
  • Lilac-crowned Parrot: Noisy like all parrots and can be heard and seen flying by.
  • Golden Vireo: Will trick you by joining mixed flocks. He has a loud song made of a series of repeated “chu-chu-chu-chu” notes.
  • Black-throated Magpie Jay: Is the symbol of our ranch. There is a family that lives here full time and love to come to the feeders for tortillas (well, they are Mexican birds)
  • San Blas Jay: Is seen daily, seems black in the dim light but his wings are bright, bright blue in the sunlight.
  • Sinaloa Martin: Is a mystery bird, can be seen dipping in pond for a drink mid-morning or late afternoon.
  • Happy Wren: Is a happy bird as he sings songs rich in bright phrases. Can be seen foraging in vegetable garden by the house, feeding mainly on insects.
  • Sinaloa Wren: He forages on the ground and in the understory helping to keep our insect population under control. He lacks the boldly striped face of his cousin the Happy Wren and his underparts are mainly whitish.
  • Rufous-backed Thrush: Also called Rufous-backed Robin or Grayson’s Thrush, is seen on the ground and low in trees and bushes.
  • Blue Mockingbird: The books say he is very shy, but our local guys have gotten use to us and can be easily seen around main house and rental houses.
  • Fan-tailed Warbler. Can be found near the ground either in pairs or just one at a time.
  • Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow: is a ground foraging species and stays relatively well hidden in shrubbery. We had a student come and study them here for his Ph.D thesis.
  • Black-vented Oriole: We have a regular pair that call out if the syrup in the feeders is getting low.
  • Yellow-winged Cacique: If we put bananas out, watch out, he becomes king of the feeders. Very common bird.
  • The sub-species of the Striped-headed Sparrow known as acuminata is usually  found around the house in small chattery groups that are a delight to hear.
  • Rufous-bellied Chachalacas:  just as noisy as their cousins….

Other endemics you can seek out within an hour’s drive

  • Elegant Quail
  • Flammulated Flycatcher
  • Orange-breasted Bunting
  • Black-capped Gnatcatcher
  • Mexican Parrotlet

BIRDING RESOURCES

Download the  Rancho Primavera Bird List

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Recommended Guide Books

Peterson and Chaliff book Cover

Howell and Web Book Cover

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
by Steve Howell and Sophie Webb
A Field Guide to Mexican Birds: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador
by Roger Tory Peterson and Edward Chalif

Birding Guides for Hire

Alex Martinez    www.birdinginmexico.com  Alejandro Martinez is a bilingual guide certified by Sectur and an active member of Cipamex. He published, along with Dennis W. Boddy in 1999 “The Birds from Paradise” a guide for the birds of the Puerto Vallarta area. In 2004 an improved and updated second edition was published.  He is also willing to share his knowledge on Mexican ancient cultures.

Eduardo Lugo   www.wildlifeconnection.com  |  www.vallartabirdwatching.com

Fernando          www.ecotoursvallarta.com

Luis Morales    www.birdingsanpancho.com  Marine Biologist Luis Morales has guided birding and nature tours in the Jalisco and Nayarit region for the over the last 10 years. Luis is the Director of the San Pancho Birding Network that is dedicated to advance bird and habitat conservation in the region through education, sustainable community development and science.

Carlos Bonilla    www.macawforever.org

Stephen Shunk (US Guide)    www.paradisebirding.com

Local Birding Events

Vallarta Bird Festival – held annually in March

Bird-watchers

Bird-watchers

Praise for bird-watching at Rancho Primavera

“This is a true paradise!  The moment I stepped out of the van, I felt like I could live here forever and the birding here is incredible!”
–Diana and Dom from Washington

“Thank- you for the wonderful hospitality, great food, camaraderie, and spectacular birds!”
 – Karen from Minnesota

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