Trip report: Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Veracruz custom tour (Mar 2009) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter, Nick Athanas, and Sam Woods. This was a custom tour that was more comprehensive than our Oaxaca set-departure tour.

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is famous as a barrier to gene flow between bird species. There are Red Warblers and Blue Mockingbirds to its “north”, and Pink-headed Warblers and Blue-and-white Mockingbirds to its “south”. But the Isthmus is also home to a few very restricted-range endemics, like this stunning male Rosita’s Bunting.

This custom tour had a single task: see as many of Middle America’s endemics as possible in a three-week period without driving ridiculous distances. In order to achieve this, we concentrated on Oaxaca, Chiapas, and the southernmost portion of Veracruz. Together, the three aforementioned Mexican states are home to roughly 900 bird species: as many as all of North America north of Mexico! In this relatively small area, we were able to visit nine distinct Endemic Bird Areas, so not only did we rack up a great trip list (520), but a large percentage of them were endemic species.

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