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.

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 2000-2017
compiled by Knut Eisermann

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

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Testimonials

  • "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
  • "We totally enjoyed our morning with Léster. Beautiful birds, wonderful place."
  • "Everilda is an excellent guide. We had a magnificent adventure and saw many birds, butterflies, and plants. Unforgettable!" Nancy, California, USA
  • "Our local guides were excellent and we saw many new birds." Jacky D., London.
  • "A wonderful place. Great hospitality, excellent food and guiding from Josué and Everilda. We feel we have seen the real Guatemala." Moray and Philip Wharton, E. Yorks, UK.
  • "Wonderful two days of birding with Everilda and Josué. The knowledge of each bird by sight and sound was amazing." Benny and Chuck Fischen, San Francisco.
  • "We visited Los Tarrales for the first time in 2002 and found great birding and very friendly people. Since then we came back many times for showing birds to international birdwatchers, for research on some of the special birds, and for teaching local guides and preparing publicity. Los Tarrales is one of the premier destinations in Guatemala for birdwatchers and nature lovers: food is great, local guides belong to the best in Guatemala, and accommodations are comfortable." Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño, CAYAYA BIRDING. April 2015.
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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

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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.
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