Overview

After having worked our way successfully through the Northern Balsas Drainage on our short pre-tour extension, the main tour will begin in Morelia. We start our birding around Patzcuaro, stopping at Lago Cuitzeo will give us an excellent chance of finding the gorgeous Black-polled Yellowthroat and Aztec Rail, followed by some time in nearby Pine-Oak forests for Transvolcanic Jay and Spotted Wren.

We then head to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), our base for the remainder of the tour. As we head out of one of the world’s largest conurbations, we shall stop at road side marshes to search for Black-polled Yellowthroat, Striped Sparrow and with a little luck, Aztec Rail. The highlands surrounding Morelia play host to Transvolcanic Jay, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo and a host of hummingbirds including Mexican Violetear, Rivoli’s, Broad-tailed, Berylline, and White-eared Hummingbird. Heading out to Canon de Los Lobos we search for some of the most desirable Mexican endemics such as Banded Quail, beautiful Lesser Ground Cuckoo, scarce Colima Pygmy Owl, Beautiful Sheartail and Dusky Hummingbird. Our Birding Among Volcanoes tour is perfectly complemented with a week long extension to the state of Veracruz.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Colima Pygmy Owl, Black-polled Yellowthroat, Aztec Rail, Red-faced & Red Warbler, Broad-billed, Violet-crowned, Dusky, Rivoli’s, Broad-tailed, Berylline & White-eared Hummingbird, Mexican Violetear, Lucifer & Beautiful Sheartail, Rufous-capped Brushfinch, Stripe-headed, Black-chested & Rusty Sparrow, Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow, Grey-barred, Spotted, Happy, Sinaloa & Banded Wren, West Mexican Chachalaca, Banded Quail, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Slaty, Dwarf & Golden Vireo, Strickland’s Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Greater & Lesser Roadrunner, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Blue Mockingbird, White-naped Swift, Elegant Trogon, Hammond’s, Dusky and Cordilleran Flycatcher, Grey Silky-Flycatcher, Painted & Slate-throated Whitestart, Yellow-eyed Junco, Thick-billed Kingbird, Orange-billed & Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Steller’s, Transvolcanic, Green & Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch.
Habitats Covered
deciduous forest, volcanic slopes, wetlands, scrub, pine oak forest,
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some tougher species
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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Mexico was a blast! I saw 81 lifers on the extension and another 86 on the main trip. Our local guide, Eric, was great. He is young, enthusiastic, has good ears and eyes and knows his birds and their behaviours very well. I quickly dubbed him 'Mr Never-give-up' as he would keep at it until we saw each bird. I also thoroughly enjoyed Chris Sharpe's company and his knowledge about many things.

A good trip... The trip focused on endemics and extraordinary time and effort went into this. The local guide, Eric, knew his patch and earned the name Mr P (for persistence) - but he did get the difficult birds! I achieved my personal birding goals... and I again thank Rockjumper for that.

Our tour leaders produced a very successful tour. They worked together well and their skills complemented each other. Chris's education and experience provided us with a plethora of knowledge and fun facts. His personnel skills were put to the test with quite a diverse group of birders with an assortment of desires. He succeeded well. One could not ask for a better local guide than Eric. He knows every nook and cranny of his turf. He knows the birds well and multiple sites to look for each species. He has very good eyes and ears. But for me, his strongest characteristic is his genuine desire to find every target for the group. His persistence is unmatched. It paid off several times. I enjoyed the trip.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2023 DEPARTURES
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