OM would like to help with our new listing of the birds of Moxviquil, OM and Huitepec those with interest of the bird populations of the Altos de Chiapas. OM is passionate about the preservation of habitats that attract birds to our botanical garden. The reserves of Moxviquil and Huitepec are important areas to observe many rare and endangered species that are rigorously protected to assure, for future generations, forests that allow all to commune with the wonders of a natural environment. We hope this list is beneficial for all who care to know more about the great biodiversity that OM strives to protect for the betterment of all.

Please, when you are in San Cristóbal, come for a visit to OM, and enjoy the birds, orchids and other natural and manmade wonders that will allow you to enjoy the harmony and nature that is Chiapas, and do not forget your binoculars.

Birds Observed at Orquídeas Moxviquil and Reserva Huitepec

Birds in red are endangered.

Accipiter striatus Sharp-shinned Hawk 
Accipiter striatus chionogasterWhite-breasted Hawk 
Aegolius ridgwayiUnspotted Saw-whet Owl  *Huitepec only  
Aeronautes saxatalis White-throated Swift 
Aimophila rufescens Rusty Sparrow 
Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Aspatha gularis Blue-throated Motmot 
Atlapetes albinucha White-naped Brush-Finch | Atlapetes nuca blanca  
Basileuterus belli Golden-browed Warbler 
Basileuterus culicivorusGolden-crowned Warbler  *Huitepec only  
Basileuterus rufifrons Rufous-capped Warbler 
Bombycilla cedrorum Cedar Waxwing 
Buarremon brunneinucha Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch 
Buteo brachyurus Short-tailed Hawk | Aguililla cola corta  
Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk 
Buteo platypterus Broad-winged Hawk 
Campylorhynchus zonatus restrictusBand-backed Wren | Matraca tropical 
Caprimulgus vociferus Whip-poor-will 
Cardellina rubrifrons Red-faced Warbler 
Carduelis atriceps Black-capped Siskin 
Carduelis notata Black-headed Siskin 
Carduelis pinus Pine Siskin 
Carduelis psaltria Lesser Goldfinch 
Carpodacus mexicanus House Finch 
Cathartes aura Turkey Vulture | Zopilote aura  
Catharus frantzii Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush 
Catharus guttatus Hermit Thrush 
Catharus ustulatus Swainson’s Thrush 
Certhia americana Brown Creeper 
Chlorospingus ophthalmicusCommon Bush-Tanager  *Huitepec only  
Chordeiles acutipennis Lesser Nighthawk 
Ciccaba virgata Mottled Owl 
Claravis mondetoura Maroon-chested Ground-Dove 
Coccothraustes abeillei Hooded Grosbeak 
Coccyzus americanusYellow-billed Cuckoo  *Huitepec only  
Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker 
Colibri thalassinus Green Violet-ear 
Columbina inca Inca Dove 
Contopus pertinax Greater Pewee 
Contopus virensEastern Wood-Pewee  *Huitepec only  
Coragyps atratus Black Vulture | Zopilote común 
Corvus coraxCommon Raven  *Huitepec only  
Cyanocitta stelleri Steller’s Jay | Chara crestada 
Cyanolyca pumilo Black-throated Jay 
Cyclarhis gujanensis Rufous-browed Peppershrike 
Dactylortyx thoracicus Singing Quail 
Dendrocincla homochroaRuddy Woodcreeper  *Huitepec only  
Dendroica caerulescens Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Dendroica chrysoparia Golden-cheeked Warbler 
Dendroica coronata Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Dendroica dominica Yellow-throated Warbler  *OM only  
Dendroica fusca Blackburnian Warbler 
Dendroica magnolia Magnolia Warbler 
Dendroica occidentalis Hermit Warbler 
Dendroica townsendi Townsend’s Warbler | Chipe negro amarillo  
Dendroica virens Black-throated Green Warbler 
Diglossa baritula Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer | Picaflor canelo   photo
Dives dives Melodious Blackbird  *OM only  
Dumetella carolinensis Gray Catbird | Maullador gris 
Empidonax flavescens Yellowish Flycatcher 
Empidonax hammondii Hammond's Flycatcher 
Empidonax minimus Least Flycatcher 
Empidonax virescensAcadian Flycatcher  *Huitepec only  
Ergaticus versicolorPink-headed Warbler  *Huitepec only  
Eugenes fulgens fulgensMagnificent Hummingbird | Colibrí magnífico 
Euphonia elegantissima Elegant Euphonia 
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon 
Falco sparverius American Kestrel 
Fulica americana American Coot 
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen 
Geococcyx velox Lesser Roadrunner 
Geothlypis trichas Common Yellowthroat 
Glaucidium gnomaNorthern Pygmy-Owl  *Huitepec only  
Grallaria guatimalensis Scaled Antpitta 
Helmitheros vermivorum Worm-eating Warbler  *OM only  
Henicorhina leucophrys Gray-breasted Wood-Wren 
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow 
Hylocharis leucotis White-eared Hummingbird | Zafiro oreja blanca   photo
Hylocichla mustelinaWood Thrush  *Huitepec only  
Icterus chrysater Yellow-backed Oriole 
Icterus galbula Baltimore Oriole | Bolsero de Baltimore 
Icterus wagleri Black-vented Oriole  *OM only  
Junco phaeonotusYellow-eyed Junco  *Huitepec only  
Lampornis amethystinus Amethyst-throated Hummingbird 
Lampornis viridipallens Green-throated Mountain-gem 
Lamprolaima rhami Garnet-throated Hummingbird 
Lepidocolaptes affinis Spot-crowned Woodcreeper 
Leptotila verreauxi White-tipped Dove 
Loxia curvirostraRed Crossbill  *Huitepec only  
Megascops barbarusBearded Screech-Owl  *Huitepec only  
Megascops trichopsisWhiskered Screech-Owl  *Huitepec only  
Melanerpes formicivorus Acorn Woodpecker | Carpintero bellotero 
Melanotis hypoleucus Blue-and-white Mockingbird 
Melospiza lincolnii Lincoln’s Sparrow 
Mimus gilvus gracilisTropical Mockingbird | Centzontle tropical 
Mitrephanes phaeocercus Tufted Flycatcher 
Mniotilta varia Black-and-white Warbler 
Molothrus aeneusBronzed Cowbird  *Huitepec only  
Myadestes occidentalis Brown-backed Solitaire | Clarín jilguero 
Myiarchus tuberculifer Dusky-capped Flycatcher 
Myioborus miniatus miniatusSlate-throated Redstart 
Myioborus pictusPainted Redstart  *Huitepec only  
Notiochelidon pileata Black-capped Swallow 
Oporornis formosusKentucky Warbler  *Huitepec only  
Oporornis tolmiei MacGillivray’s Warbler 
Pachyramphus aglaiae Rose-throated Becard 
Parula americanaNorthern Parula  *Huitepec only  
Parula superciliosa Crescent-chested Warbler  photo
Passer domesticus House Sparrow 
Patagioenas fasciata Band-tailed Pigeon 
Peucedramus taeniatus Olive Warbler 
Pheucticus ludovicianus Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Picogrueso pechirrosa 
Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker 
Pipilo erythrophthalmus Eastern Towhee | Toquí pinto  
Piranga flava Hepatic Tanager 
Piranga ludoviciana Western Tanager | Tángara capucha roja  
Piranga rubra Summer Tanager 
Polioptila caerulea Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Protonotaria citreaProthonotary Warbler  *Huitepec only  
Psaltriparus minimus Bushtit | Sastrecillo 
Ptilogonys cinereus Gray Silky-flycatcher 
Pyrocephalus rubinus Vermilion Flycatcher 
Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed Grackle | Zanate mexicano 
Regulus calendula Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Sayornis nigricans Black Phoebe 
Seiurus aurocapilla Ovenbird 
Seiurus motacilla Louisiana Waterthrush 
Seiurus noveboracensis Northern Waterthrush 
Selasphorus platycercusBroad-tailed Hummingbird  *Huitepec only  
Sialia sialis Eastern Bluebird 
Sphyrapicus varius Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
Spizella passerina Chipping Sparrow 
Stelgidopteryx serripennis Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
Streptoprocne zonaris White-collared Swift 
Sturnella magnaEastern Meadowlark  *Huitepec only  
Tachycineta thalassina Violet-green Swallow 
Troglodytes aedon House Wren 
Troglodytes rufociliatus Rufous-browed Wren 
Trogon collaresCollared Trogon  *Huitepec only  
Trogon mexicanus Mountain Trogon 
Turdus infuscatus Black Robin 
Turdus plebejusMountain Robin  *Huitepec only  
Turdus rufitorques Rufous-collared Robin | Mirlo cuello rufo  photo
Vermivora celataOrange-crowned Warbler  *Huitepec only  
Vermivora chrysoptera Golden-winged Warbler 
Vermivora peregrina Tennessee Warbler 
Vermivora ruficapilla Nashville Warbler 
Vireo bellii Bell’s Vireo 
Vireo flavifrons Yellow-throated Vireo 
Vireo gilvus Warbling Vireo 
Vireo huttoni Hutton’s Vireo | Vireo reyezuelo 
Vireo solitarius Blue-headed Vireo 
Wilsonia canadensis Canada Warbler 
Wilsonia pusilla Wilson’s Warbler | Chipe corona negra  
Xiphorhynchus erythropygiusSpotted Woodcreeper  *Huitepec only  
Zenaida asiatica White-winged Dove 
Zonotrichia capensis Rufous-collared Sparrow | Gorrión chingolo  


Special thanks to Efraín Castillejos-Castellanos and his Lista de aves de Huitepec y San José Bocomtenelté.

Photos by Francesca Albini. A personal note from Francesca:

Francesca's life changed one morning when she had a casual encounter with a Mountain Trogon (a relative of the Resplendent Quetzal) while she was hiking in a pine forest next to her home in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Since that moment she developed a huge passion for birds; this provided her with a link to the natural world, a connection she strongly felt in her heart and had always sought since she was a very small child. She now hopes to use her skills as a bird photographer and illustrator to provide an opportunity for other people to enjoy the variety and harmony of the avian world too. Birds are beautiful, elegant, sometimes endangered creatures that can teach us invaluable lessons about the world we all inhabit.

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