Birdwatching in Los Tarrales

Los Tarrales reserve ranges from the lowlands at 750 m elevation to the top of the volcano at 3500 m, providing different bird habitats. 350 bird species have been recorded in Los Tarrales. The preserve is part of the Atitlán Important Bird Area (IBA GT015), designated by BirdLife International.

White-bellied Chachalaca
White-bellied Chachalaca is endemic to the Pacific slope lowlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America. It is easily seen in the surroundings of Los Tarrales Lodge.

The entire altitudinal range is accessible on trails of different difficulty, from easy to walk to very tough hikes. Los Tarrales  lodge is located at 750 m and surrounded by the small village, the coffee processing plant, coffee and ornamental flower plantations, and secondary growth. Several Cinnamon Hummingbirds defend their territories around the lodge and flocks of Pacific, Orange-fronted, and Orange-chinned Parakeet do often rest in nearby trees. White-bellied Chachalacas are often seen in secondary scrub.

Fruit feeders at the lodge are visited by Yellow-throated and Scub euphonias, Yellow-winged and Blue-gray tanagers, Spot-breasted, Altimira, and Baltimore orioles, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Rufous-naped Wren, Black-headed Saltator, Summer Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Clay-colored Thrush, White-bellied Chachalaca, Blue-crowned Motmot, Melodious Blackbird and others.

La Rinconada trail is a 1200 m long loop through shade coffee plantation at about 800 m elevation. This is our most productive birding trail; skilled birders can observe more than 100 bird species on good days. The trail offers views over the canopy of Inga trees, which are visited by foraging tanagers (White-winged, Western, Yellow-winged), and several nectar feeding birds like Baltimore Orioles, Red-legged Honeycreeper, and several hummingbirds like Blue-tailed and Ruby-throated Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald and Blue-throated Goldentail. Dense patches of secondary growth scrub are the habitat of White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Rufous-(Chestnut)-capped Warbler, and Plain Wren. Long-tailed Manakins can be seen year-round.

To access the cloud forest on the upper volcano slope you may reserve a hike with the reserve's own 4-wheel-drive vehicle, which will bring you to an elevation of 1400 m (4260 ft), where the Azure-rumped Tanager can be seen. From there you will ascend with your guide the steep slope of the volcano to search for Horned Guans, Green-throated Mountain-gems, Black-throated Jays, and other cloud forest birds. This is a very tough hike for which it is recommended to stay in the Tarrales Lodge the night before, to be able to start early in the morning. Reservation in advance is required to access the cloud forest, since the number of visitors is limited.

Birding guides Josué de León Lux, Aaron de León Lux, and Léster de León Lux at Los Tarrales are keen birders and have reported several species for the first time at Los Tarrales, many of them with proof photograph and reported in the journal North American Birds. Josúe and Aaron learned their craft with Cayaya Birding and the PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program. Josué founded a young-birder club at Los Tarrales, involving local youngsters into birding, including his younger brother Léster, who has become a knowledgeable birding guide. Gerardo López (Lalo) is the local specialist of Horned Guans.

Los Tarrales Birding Tours can be led in English and Spanish.

It follows an updated list of bird species reported in Los Tarrales. We thank all observers who have contributed their records (see end of this page). Nomenclature of this list according to AOU (1998): Check list of the North American birds. Seventh Edition, American Ornithologists’ Union, Lawrence, KA. and supplements, published in "The Auk" ( A printed checklist of the birds of Los Tarrales with information on habitat and status is available in Los Tarrales.

List of bird species recorded in Los Tarrales
compiled by Knut Eisermann

  1. Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus
  2. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  3. White-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis leucogastra
  4. Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
  5. Highland Guan Penelopina nigra
  6. Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus
  7. Great Curassow Crax rubra
  8. Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys
  9. Spotted Wood-Quail Odontophorus guttatus
  10. Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus
  11. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  12. Great Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  13. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  14. Great Egret Ardea alba
  15. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  16. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  17. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  18. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  19. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  20. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  21. Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
  22. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  23. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  24. King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
  25. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  26. Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis
  27. Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus
  28. Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
  29. Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
  30. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  31. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  32. Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
  33. Great Black Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
  34. Solitary Eagle Buteogallus solitarius
  35. White Hawk Pseudastur albicollis
  36. Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  37. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  38. Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus
  39. Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
  40. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  41. White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus
  42. Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
  43. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  44. Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus
  45. Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus
  46. Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber
  47. Sungrebe Heliornis fulica
  48. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  49. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  50. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  51. Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  52. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  53. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  54. Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  55. Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
  56. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  57. White-faced Quail-Dove Zentrygon albifacies
  58. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  59. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  60. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  61. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  62. Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor
  63. Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  64. Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia
  65. Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox
  66. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  67. Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata
  68. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  69. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
  70. Central American Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium griseiceps
  71. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
  72. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
  73. Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata
  74. Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens
  75. Stygian Owl Asio stygius
  76. Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi
  77. Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  78. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  79. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  80. Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae
  81. Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis
  82. Black Swift Cypseloides niger
  83. Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
  84. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  85. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  86. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  87. Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
  88. White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
  89. Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
  90. Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii
  91. Black-crested Coquette Lophornis helenae
  92. Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  93. Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
  94. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens
  95. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus
  96. Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami
  97. Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura
  98. Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Tilmatura dupontii
  99. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  100. Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti
  101. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
  102. Canivet's Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
  103. Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei
  104. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus
  105. Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
  106. White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida
  107. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala
  108. Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina
  109. Blue-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia cyanura
  110. Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  111. Blue-throated Goldentail Hylocharis eliciae
  112. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
  113. Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus
  114. Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus
  115. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
  116. Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno
  117. Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula
  118. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis
  119. Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  120. Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa
  121. Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
  122. Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  123. Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
  124. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus
  125. Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  126. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  127. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  128. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  129. Smoky-brown Woodpecker Picoides fumigatus
  130. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  131. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus
  132. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  133. Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  134. Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
  135. Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis
  136. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
  137. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  138. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  139. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  140. Merlin Falco columbarius
  141. Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
  142. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  143. Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis
  144. Pacific Parakeet Psittacara strenuus
  145. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
  146. Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  147. White-fronted Parrot Amazona albifrons
  148. Yellow-naped Parrot Amazona auropalliata
  149. Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  150. Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis
  151. Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus
  152. Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa
  153. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
  154. Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
  155. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis
  156. Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia variegaticeps
  157. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis rubiginosus
  158. Rufous-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis erythrothorax
  159. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
  160. Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  161. Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  162. Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii
  163. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
  164. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
  165. Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare
  166. Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  167. Eye-ringed Flatbill Rhynchocyclus brevirostris
  168. Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  169. Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus
  170. Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus
  171. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
  172. Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
  173. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
  174. Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
  175. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  176. Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  177. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  178. Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
  179. Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
  180. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
  181. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  182. Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis
  183. Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens
  184. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  185. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  186. Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  187. Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
  188. Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  189. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  190. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  191. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  192. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
  193. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  194. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  195. Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
  196. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  197. Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  198. Gray-collared Becard Pachyramphus major
  199. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  200. Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis
  201. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  202. Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  203. Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus
  204. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  205. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  206. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  207. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  208. Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
  209. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  210. Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
  211. Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus
  212. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys
  213. Green Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius pulchellus
  214. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  215. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo
  216. White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
  217. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus
  218. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  219. Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  220. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  221. Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata
  222. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  223. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  224. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  225. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  226. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  227. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus
  228. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
  229. Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  230. Spot-breasted Wren Pheugopedius maculipectus
  231. Rufous-and-white Wren Thryophilus rufalbus
  232. Plain Wren Cantorchilus modestus
  233. White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  234. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  235. Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
  236. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  237. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  238. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis
  239. Slate-colored Solitaire Myadestes unicolor
  240. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
  241. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii
  242. Spotted Nightingale-Thrush Catharus dryas
  243. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  244. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  245. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  246. Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus
  247. Mountain Thrush Turdus plebejus
  248. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi
  249. White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis
  250. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques
  251. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus
  252. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  253. Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  254. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  255. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus
  256. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
  257. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  258. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
  259. Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
  260. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  261. Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  262. Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
  263. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  264. Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
  265. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa
  266. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  267. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  268. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
  269. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
  270. Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia
  271. Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa
  272. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  273. Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
  274. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  275. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  276. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  277. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  278. Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
  279. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  280. Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
  281. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  282. Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
  283. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  284. Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis
  285. Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia
  286. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  287. Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymosus
  288. Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  289. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli
  290. Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  291. Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
  292. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
  293. Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor
  294. Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
  295. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  296. Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
  297. Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  298. Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
  299. Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi
  300. Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  301. Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
  302. Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  303. Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  304. Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta
  305. White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
  306. Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivaceus
  307. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula
  308. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Arremon brunneinucha
  309. White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes albinucha
  310. Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
  311. White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis
  312. Prevost's Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata
  313. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  314. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  315. Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus
  316. Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus
  317. Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  318. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  319. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  320. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
  321. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  322. White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
  323. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
  324. Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
  325. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  326. Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
  327. Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
  328. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  329. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  330. Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
  331. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  332. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  333. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  334. Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri
  335. Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus
  336. Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
  337. Yellow-backed Oriole Icterus chrysater
  338. Spot-breasted Oriole Icterus pectoralis
  339. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  340. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  341. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
  342. Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
  343. Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea
  344. Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
  345. Blue-crowned Chlorophonia Chlorophonia occipitalis
  346. Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps
  347. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus
  348. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  349. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei
  350. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Los Tarrales birding guides
Los Tarrales birding guides Léster de León Lux, Josué de León Lux, and Aaron de León Lux.

Testimonials about Los Tarrales guides

  • "Can't say enough about Josué. What a guy, a world-class birder." Trent Miller, Austin, TX, USA, December 2014.
  • "Aaron has Superman eyes! What a great guide ... very kind, very thorough!" Gail Emerich, Indianapolis, IN, USA, March 2014.
  • "Special thanks to Aaron and Lalo. I have rarley met such skillful guides during my travels around the world." Geert Beckers, Belgium, March 2013.
  • "Josué's bird-finding skills are legendary" Adam Riley, South Africa, November 2012.
  • "Our guide Aaron was invaluable in seeing the birds we would never have noticed." Steve and Cathy Carpenter, December 2011
  • "A phenomenal place to bird. The quality of the guides is outstanding (Josué, Aaron, and Lalo)." Liz and Bruce, Australia and USA, December 2011.
  • "Our local guides - Josué, Everilda, and Aaron - were excellent and we saw many new birds." Jacky D., London, February 2011.
  • "Josué is an excellent birder and guide with the patience of a saint." Steve Duffield, South Uist, Scotland, October 2010.
  • "Josué, you are a real treasure. I hope to bird with you again some day - and thanks to Lalo and Aaron for the Horned Guan that made this visit so memorable to me." Robert Dean, Costa Rica, October 2009.
  • "Aaron was a very good guide o the trails." Campbell, Wisconsin, February 2009.
  • "Josué was a patient and wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor." Less Todd, North Carolina, December 2008.
  • "Excellent staff and guides, Josué and Lalo." Leslie Hemming, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, April 2008.
  • "Josué is a very knowledgeable, sharp-eyed, patient teacher." Fran and Will Irvin, Bethesda, MD. February 2008.
  • "Josué is an excellent guide and fine young man." John Spahr, Virginia. February 2008.
  • "Gracias por una aventura bonita. Tuvimos un gran tiempo con nuestro guía Aaron." John and Karen Chipman, Indiana. January 2008.
  • "Great place and birds. Wonderful experience, Josué is top notch guide." David Ward and Mark Derbshaw, Fort Wayne, USA. December 2007.
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Los Tarrales Birding Tours are led by our specialized guides. A half-day tour lasts 3 hours, a full-day tour 6 hours. Tours can be led in English and Spanish.

Azure-rumped Tanager
Azure-rumped Tanager. PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program studied the ecology of Azure-rumped Tanager, in collaboration with Los Tarrales.

Adult Horned Guan walking on a branch of a Kanak tree (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) in the cloud forest of Los Tarrales.

Rufous Sabrewing

"Tarrales is great. In my relaxed morning simply birding on trails that led off from the cabins I found over 100 species of birds, including five species of parrots, three motmots, White-bellied Chachalaca, Highland Guan, Long-tailed Manakin, Rufous Sabrewing, and Prevost's Ground-Sparrow. I can't wait to get back and spend more time in such a birdy and hospitable setting."
Steve N. G. Howell, March 2008,
author of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

Reports on
Christmas Bird Counts
in Los Tarrales

Preening White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) mobbed by a White-throated Thrush. Rufous-and-white Wren and Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush singing at close range.

Northern Potoo
Northern Potoo.
Long-tailed Manakin in Los Tarrales
King Vulture in Los Tarrales
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
A Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl observing birds at the fruit feeder at the Tarrales Lodge.
Striped Cuckoo
A Striped Cuckoo, spotted at the edge between forest and coffee plantation.
Black Hawk-Eagle
Black Hawk-Eagle.
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole at the nest.
Dark morph Red-tailed Hawk
Dark morph Red-tailed Hawk.
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird is the dominant hummer at Tarrales Lodge.
Dark morph Short-tailed Hawk
Dark morph Short-tailed Hawk.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the Tarrales pond.
Light morph Red-tailed Hawk
Light morph Red-tailed Hawk.
Paltry Tyrannulet
Paltry Tyrannulet.
Great Black-Hawk
Great Black-Hawk.
Crested Guan
Crested Guan at dusk.
Black-and-white Owl
Black-and-white Owl.
Singing Quail
Pair of Singing Quail at the nocturnal roost.
Yellowish Flycatcher
Yellowish Flycatcher.
Mexican Whip-poor-will
Mexican Whip-poor-will.
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Ornate Hawk-Eagle.
Birding Guatemala

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