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Bird Sighting Database
Bird Watching in Rio Dulce, Guatemala

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The following is a list of all birds known to appear in eastern Guatemala along with sight records for those species which have been sighted around the Rio Dulce and surrounding area. The list is organized by family and sub-family.

In 1990, a serious birding effort was organized and financed by Hacienda Tijax and approximately 280 species were identified. The majority of sight records in this list are still from that effort.

Bird-watchers who visit the Rio Dulce area are invited to submit sight records. All sight records we receive are attributed and are compiled into the computerized database we maintain. Bird watching is coordinated by Eugene at Hacienda Tijax. Your sight records may be submitted at Hacienda Tijax or at Capt. Nemo's Communications at Bruno's.

Observational data from the Lake Izabal area is sorely lacking and birdwatchers are especially invited to observe in this area. The southern and western shores of Lake Izabal are unique habitats and should be especially interesting. The northwestern shore is a wetland habitat and an interface zone between the Rio Dulce area and the highlands of the Verapaces. As such, it should contain many species not found farther down the river.

Currently, the Rio Dulce and surrounding area has been divided into six observational zones, lettered A through F. More zones will be added if there is data from additional areas in the future.

The list is rather large so it is divided into six equal sized sections.


PART 1 (100-1700)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
100 Tinamidae Tinamous Mancololas
200 Gaviidae Loons
300 Podicipedidae Grebes Zambullidores
400 Sulidae Gannets and Boobies
500 Pelecanidae Pelicans Pelicanos
600 Phalacrocoracidae Cormorants Malaches
700 Anhingidae Darters (Anhingas)
800 Fregatidae Frigatebirds Fregatas
900 Ardeidae Herons and Bitterns
1000 Threskiornithidae Ibises and Spoonbills
1100 Ciconiidae Storks Ciguenas
1200 Phoenicopteridae Flamingos Flamencos
1300 Anatidae Ducks Patos
1400 Cathartidae New World Vultures
1500 Pandionidae Ospreys Aguilas Pescadoras
1600 Accipitridae Kites,Hawks,Harriers,Eagles
1700 Falconidae Forest-Falcons and Falcons Caracaras

PART 2 (1800-3400)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
1800 Cracidae Chachalacas, Guans, Curassows
1900 Phasianidae Wood-Partridges, Quails, etc.
2000 Meleagrididae sub.
2100 Rallidae Rails,Gallinules,Coots
2200 Heliornithidae Finfoots
2300 Eurypygidae Sunbitterns
2400 Aramidae Limpkins Totolacas
2500 Burhinidae Thick-Knees
2600 Charadriidae Plovers Chorlitos
2700 Haematopodidae Oystercatchers
2800 Recurvirostridae Stilts and Avocets
2900 Jacanidae Jacanas
3000 Scolopacidae Sandpipers, Snipes
3100 Laridae Gulls and Terns Gaviotas Y Golondrinas de Mar
3200 Rynchopidae sub. Skimmers Rayadoras
3300 Columbidae Pigeons and Doves Palomas
3400 Psittacidae Macaws, Parrots, Parakeets Loros, Pericos, Guacamayos

PART 3 (3500-4700)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
3500 Cuculidae Cuckoos,Anis,Roadrunners
3600 Tytonidae Barn Owls
3700 Strigidae True Owls
3800 Caprimulgidae Nightjars (Goatsuckers)
3900 Nyctibiidae Potoos
4000 Apodidae Swifts Vencejos
4100 Trochilidae Hummingbirds Chupaflores,Ninfas
4200 Trogonidae Trogons Auroras
4300 Momotidae Motmots Tolobojos
4400 Alcedinidae Kingfishers Martin Pescadores
4500 Bucconidae Puffbirds
4600 Galbulidae Jacamars Martin Gorriones
4700 Ramphastidae Toucans Tucanes

PART 4 (4800-5200)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
4800 Picidae Woodpeckers Carpinteros
4900 Furnariidae Ovenbirds and Allies Horneros
5000 Dendrocolaptidae Woodcreepers
5100 Formicariidae Antbirds
5200 Tyrannidae Tyrant Flycatchers

PART 5 (5300-6900)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
5300 Cotingidae Cotingas
5400 Pipridae Manakins
5500 Hirundinidae Swallows Golondrinas
5600 Corvidae Crows and Jays
5700 Paridae
5800 Certhiidae Creepers
5900 Troglodytidae Wrens Chinchivirines
6000 Cinclidae
MUSCICAPIDAE: Gnatcatchers,Gnatwrens
6100 Sylviidae sub. and Kinglets
6200 Turdidae sub. Robins,Thrushes,Solitaires
6300 Mimidae Thrashers and Mockingbirds
6400 Motacillidae Pipits
6500 Bombycillidae Waxwings
6600 Ptilogonatidae Silky-Flycatchers
6700 Vireonidae Vireos
VIREONIDAE:
6800 Vireolaniinae sub. Shrike-Vireos
6900 Cyclarhinae sub. Peppershrikes

PART 6 (7000-7500)
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REF # SCIENTIFIC NAME ENGLISH NAME SPANISH NAME
EMBERIZIDAE:
7000 Parulinae sub. Warblers
7100 Coerebinae sub.
7200 Thraupinae sub. Euphonias,Tanagers
7300 Emberizinae sub. Creepers
7400 Icterinae sub. Oropendolas, Grackles, Orioles
7500 Fringillidae Saltators,Grosbeaks,Buntings,Finches,Sparrows

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