Where to go for birding in Guatemala?

How Many birds there are in Guatemala?

Guatemala inhabits 749 bird species recorded in 414 genera; thirty-five restricted to the northern Central America region. The regional variety of the country delivers several possibilities for experiencing rare and beautiful species of birds within their natural habitat, in addition to experiencing the cultural and historic richness the nation offers.

These birds are classified in these categories:


Families 84
Genera 414
Bird species 749
Resident birds 501
Migratory birds 141
Transient birds 38
Pelagic birds 20
Accidental birds 34
Introduced birds 6
Summer resident birds 4
Extirpated birds 3
Extinct birds 1


Where to go for birding in Guatemala?

Most Guatemala birding trips concentrate on four most important endemic regions of the country for birding.

The Highlands of Northern Central America is the place to find the Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus), the Pink-headed Warbler (Cardellina versicolor), and also the Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara Cabanisi).

The North Pacific Slope hosts the Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata), the  Pacific Parakeet (Psittacara strenuus), and the  Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis).

The Northwestern Tropical Jungles of Guatemala includes more than 500 species of birds and is one of the most famous Guatemalan holiday destinations for birdwatchers. Home to birds like the Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis), the Keel-billed Motmot (Electron carinatum), as well as the Gray-headed Piprites (Piprites griseiceps).

The Lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, including the northern Petén district of Guatemala, this area features species like Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata), the Grey-throated Chat (Granatellus sallaei), as well as Rose-throated Tanager (Piranga roseogularis). Guatemala hosts numerous extraordinary species of birds, such as the Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) and the Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis).

What can we experience in Guatemala in addition to birding?

Guatemala has such cultural, geographical, and historical richness that even casual birdwatchers may have a lot to do and see besides birding, while birding lovers will have lots of spots to choose from and a high chance of catching a glimpse of many exceptional bird species. Any Guatemala holiday can conveniently combine birdwatching with hiking, volcano hiking, or any other nature activities. Also, many of the locations that are perfect for birding are the place to find some of Guatemala’s most well-known Mayan sites.

Is it a possibility to do birding and visit Mayan Sites?

The region of Tikal Park hosts more than 400 species of birds, but is additionally the location of the most extraordinary Mayan temples and ruins the country offers. Based in an environmentally protected area, visitors can break up time between exploring ancient Mayan ruins, birding, or going to some of the surrounding locations to visit stunning natural lakes, shop at a local market, or climb an active volcano.

Few other holiday destinations provide such fantastic travel opportunities, from vibrant cities to Mayan culture and markets, to jungle and mountain villages, all within a couple of hours distance from each other sometimes. Because the ideal time for watching many bird species is in the pre-dawn time to morning hours, visitors can easily see exceptional birds up close in the morning, and after that, they still have the rest of the day able to enjoy anything else Guatemala is offering.

When is the best birding season in Guatemala?

Guatemala is a subtropical country. There are three main climatic seasons.

Rainy Season:

From May to October, we have a rainy season. June may be the month with the higher average pluvial rainfall peaks. July and August have each one a dog-day week, which are ideal times for traveling for the reason that rain stops; however, the bird’s biology and behavior remain during winter.

Dry-Cold Season:

From November to February, the climate is dry and cold. These months support the lower peaks of temperature in January and low average ranges in pluvial rainfall.

Dry-Warm Season:

From March to April, the weather condition is dry and hot. The higher temperature peaks are usually in April and also the lower rain averages.

Two essential periods need to have considering based on your specific interest on birds:

Neotropical Migratory Season:

A Neotropical migratory bird breeds in the United States and Canada through the northern summer season and stays during the northern winter season in Mexico, Center America, South America, or the Caribbean islands.

Mainly the migratory season ranges from October to April. Weather is dry, fresh, and ideal for trips. Most birds from the Nearctic area are heading toward warmer regions. The bio-diversity of birds has their higher peaks, as well as the activity of birds searching for food is a beautiful spectacle.

The composition of multi-specific flocks differs according to the location, as well as the feeding behaviors and interactions are exciting phenomena to see. Probably the best months for exploring the country are November when all of the birds are in the country and March when most of the migrant birds are heading through the neotropical area towards north.

Local breeding Beason:

In June and July, the climate is wet and cold in most of the highlands. The migrant birds have eventually left; however, the resident birds are starting the mating, so most of the birds may be seen in couples. Their nest, eggs, reproductive conduct is accessible and is the ideal time for excellent and also emotive pictures.pictures

Orange-breasted Falcon

Inside Rainforest
5 days 4 nights
Availability: All Year Round

Goldman's Warbler

Guatemala Endemics
12 days 11 nights
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Maya princess at Tikal National Park

Nature & Culture
11 days 10 nights
Availability: All Year Round

Pink-headed Warbler

Highlands & Mayan World
15 days 14 nights
Availability: All Year Round