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Horned Guan by Adam Riley
Rightly hailed as one of the world’s most uniquely adorned birds, the Horned Guan is restricted to a few humid mountain forest localities in Guatemala and southeast Mexico. This species is the only surviving member of a very ancient lineage of Cracids (Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows), and besides being endangered (with a total population estimated at under 2,500), its habitat choice of cloudforests on the steep slopes of volcanoes and mountains makes it a rather challenging species to seek – though of course this also adds to the allure and excitement upon finally viewing it in its isolated environment.
This image of an adult bird was taken by Adam Riley on Guatemala’s San Pedro volcano, an event he describes as “one of the highlights of my birding career!” This is just one of many potential highlights on our upcoming Guatemala – Central American Specialties tour, with other targets on this Neotropical adventure including the incomparable Resplendent Quetzal, Pink-headed Warbler, Fulvous Owl, Rufous Sabrewing, Blue-throated Motmot, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Prevost’s Ground Sparrow and the localized Azure-rumped Tanager.
This tour also comes with two short yet thoroughly recommended extensions. Our pre-tour Atlantic Slope Extension takes us to eastern Guatemala in search of several habitat-specific species including Russet-crowned Motmot, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Canivet’s Emerald, Keel-billed Tody and Scaled Antpitta. Finally, our post-tour Tikal Extension not only explores the region’s remarkable Mayan ruins, but also targets such avian gems as the glittering Ocellated Turkey, Orange-breasted Falcon, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Mexican Antthrush, Northern Royal Flycatcher and the impressive Great Curassow!
For further information on these departures, all of which still have spaces available, click on the links below, or contact our office.
Central American Specialties (17 to 25 January 2015 (9 days), US$2,700 per person sharing);
Atlantic Slope Extension (13 to 17 January 2015 (5 days), US$1,400 per person sharing);
Tikal Extension – Birding the Mayan Ruins (25 to 29 January 2015 (5 days), US$1,600 per person sharing).
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