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. More than 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" (www.aou.org). 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. Maroon-chested Ground-Dove Claravis mondetoura
  56. Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
  57. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  58. White-faced Quail-Dove Zentrygon albifacies
  59. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  60. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  61. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  62. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  63. Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor
  64. Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  65. Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia
  66. Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox
  67. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  68. Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata
  69. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  70. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
  71. Central American Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium griseiceps
  72. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
  73. Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
  74. Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata
  75. Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens
  76. Stygian Owl Asio stygius
  77. Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi
  78. Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  79. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  80. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  81. Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae
  82. Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis
  83. Black Swift Cypseloides niger
  84. Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
  85. White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  86. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  87. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  88. Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
  89. White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
  90. Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
  91. Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii
  92. Black-crested Coquette Lophornis helenae
  93. Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  94. Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
  95. Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens
  96. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus
  97. Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami
  98. Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura
  99. Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Tilmatura dupontii
  100. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  101. Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti
  102. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
  103. Canivet's Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
  104. Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei
  105. Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus
  106. Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
  107. White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida
  108. Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala
  109. Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina
  110. Blue-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia cyanura
  111. Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  112. Blue-throated Goldentail Hylocharis eliciae
  113. White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
  114. Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus
  115. Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus
  116. Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
  117. Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno
  118. Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula
  119. Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis
  120. Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  121. Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa
  122. Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
  123. Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  124. Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
  125. Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus
  126. Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  127. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  128. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  129. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  130. Smoky-brown Woodpecker Picoides fumigatus
  131. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  132. Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus
  133. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  134. Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  135. Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
  136. Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis
  137. Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
  138. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  139. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  140. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  141. Merlin Falco columbarius
  142. Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
  143. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  144. Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis
  145. Pacific Parakeet Psittacara strenuus
  146. Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
  147. Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  148. White-fronted Parrot Amazona albifrons
  149. Yellow-naped Parrot Amazona auropalliata
  150. Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  151. Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis
  152. Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus
  153. Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa
  154. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
  155. Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
  156. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis
  157. Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia variegaticeps
  158. Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Clibanornis rubiginosus
  159. Rufous-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis erythrothorax
  160. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
  161. Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  162. Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  163. Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii
  164. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
  165. Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
  166. Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare
  167. Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  168. Eye-ringed Flatbill Rhynchocyclus brevirostris
  169. Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  170. Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus
  171. Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus
  172. Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
  173. Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
  174. Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
  175. Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
  176. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  177. Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  178. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  179. Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
  180. Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
  181. Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
  182. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  183. Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis
  184. Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens
  185. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  186. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  187. Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  188. Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
  189. Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  190. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  191. Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  192. Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  193. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
  194. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  195. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  196. Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
  197. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  198. Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  199. Gray-collared Becard Pachyramphus major
  200. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  201. Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis
  202. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  203. Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  204. Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeus
  205. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  206. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  207. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  208. Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
  209. Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
  210. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  211. Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
  212. Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus
  213. Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys
  214. Green Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius pulchellus
  215. Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  216. Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo
  217. White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
  218. Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus
  219. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  220. Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  221. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  222. Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata
  223. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  224. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  225. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  226. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  227. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  228. Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus
  229. Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
  230. Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  231. Spot-breasted Wren Pheugopedius maculipectus
  232. Rufous-and-white Wren Thryophilus rufalbus
  233. Plain Wren Cantorchilus modestus
  234. White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  235. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  236. Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
  237. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  238. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  239. Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis
  240. Slate-colored Solitaire Myadestes unicolor
  241. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
  242. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii
  243. Spotted Nightingale-Thrush Catharus dryas
  244. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  245. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  246. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  247. Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus
  248. Mountain Thrush Turdus plebejus
  249. Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi
  250. White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis
  251. Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques
  252. Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus
  253. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  254. Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  255. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  256. Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus
  257. Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
  258. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  259. Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
  260. Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
  261. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  262. Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  263. Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
  264. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  265. Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
  266. Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa
  267. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  268. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  269. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
  270. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
  271. Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia
  272. Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa
  273. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  274. Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
  275. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  276. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  277. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  278. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  279. Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
  280. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  281. Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
  282. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  283. Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
  284. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  285. Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis
  286. Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia
  287. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  288. Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymosus
  289. Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  290. Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli
  291. Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  292. Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
  293. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
  294. Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor
  295. Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
  296. Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  297. Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
  298. Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  299. Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
  300. Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi
  301. Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  302. Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
  303. Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  304. Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  305. Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta
  306. White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
  307. Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivaceus
  308. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula
  309. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Arremon brunneinucha
  310. White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes albinucha
  311. Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
  312. White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis
  313. Prevost's Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata
  314. Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
  315. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  316. Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  317. Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus
  318. Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus
  319. Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  320. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  321. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  322. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
  323. Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  324. White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
  325. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
  326. Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
  327. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  328. Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
  329. Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
  330. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  331. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  332. Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
  333. Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  334. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  335. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  336. Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri
  337. Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus
  338. Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
  339. Yellow-backed Oriole Icterus chrysater
  340. Spot-breasted Oriole Icterus pectoralis
  341. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  342. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  343. Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
  344. Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
  345. Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea
  346. Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
  347. Blue-crowned Chlorophonia Chlorophonia occipitalis
  348. Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps
  349. Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus
  350. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  351. Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei
  352. 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
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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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