Our comprehensive exploration of Oaxaca is jam-packed with specialties taking in the major birding sites of Teotitlan del Valle, Benito Juarez National Park, Cerro San Felipe, the archaeological spectacle of Monte Alban and Huatulco. With a high level of endemicity, we set out to find dry interior endemics such as Ocellated Thrasher, Bridled and Oaxaca Sparrows, Boucard's Wren, Dwarf Jay and the diminutive Dwarf Vireo. Cerro San Felipe is expected to reward us with Russet Nightingale-Thrush and the piercing Red Warbler, possibly one of the most attractive birds in all of North America. As we marvel at the iconic Monte Alban, we will also be searching for the endemic Slaty Vireo, Ocellated Thrasher and Blue Mockingbird. Our time in Huatulco will be spent birding the endemic strewn Sierra de Miahuatlan for such delights as Long-tailed Wood Partridge, Blue-capped Hummingbird, White-faced Quail-Dove, Mexican Hermit, Long-billed and Plain-capped Starthroat, West Mexican Chachalaca, Citreoline Trogon and Red-breasted Chat.
As the tour draws to a close, we change tack, and head out to the sea off Puerto Angel for a pelagic, with such headline species as the endemic Townsend’s Shearwater, while we shall also be on the lookout for Christmas and Galapagos Shearwaters, and both the rare Black and Wedge-rumped Storm Petrels.
Unicolored, Azure-hooded, White-throated & Dwarf Jay, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Blue-capped, Beautiful, Dusky, Garnet-throated, Azure-crowned, Emerald-chinned, Cinnamon & Green-fronted Hummingbird, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Mexican Hermit, Long-billed & Plain-capped Starthroat, West Mexican Chachalaca, Pileated Flycatcher, Blue Mockingbird, Ocellated Thrasher, White-throated Towhee, Oaxaca Sparrow, Long-tailed Wood Partridge, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Brown-backed Solitaire, Red & Red-faced Warbler, Slate-throated & Painted Whitestart, Collared Towhee, Lesser Roadrunner, Spotted Wood Quail, Black & Ornate Hawk-Eagles, White-faced Quail-Dove, Colima & Central American Pygmy Owl, Slaty Vireo, Blue Mockingbird, Aztec Thrush, Grey-crowned Woodpecker, Vermiculated Screech Owl, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Boucard’s, Happy & Banded Wren, Red-breasted Chat, Blue & Orange-breasted Bunting, Hooded Yellow-throat, Wagler’s (Emerald) Toucanet, Townsend’s, Wedge-tailed, Galapagos, Black-vented, Christmas & Pink-footed Shearwater, Black, Least & Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel and Red-billed Tropicbird
intermontane valley scrub, pine & oak forests, pelagic, humid cloud forest, subtropical forest, pacific thorn forest and foothill riparian forests
mostly warm with some light drizzle expected in the cloud forests. Can be cool to cold at higher elevations (and on the pelagic). Humidty can be expected in low lying areas
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed, with some long days in the field
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some tricky/rare target species
pre-Colombian archaeological sites of Monte Alban & Yagul, Oaxaca City.
good to excellent