Trip report: Mexico: Oaxaca and Chiapas custom tour (Feb 2021) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Alex Luna. This was a custom tour; it was a shorter version of our set-departure tour including the extension.

Oaxaca is the state of Mexico with the largest list of birds including a fantastic number of regional endemic species. Add to this its incredible gastronomy, a colorful native culture, rich history, and dramatic landscapes and you have a truly unique place that, without a doubt, should be on the bucket list of every single birder.

This custom trip was six days long (plus the arrival and departure days) between the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Our set-departure tour is quite a bit longer, but despite being a relatively quick tour, we observed most of the specialties of this region. It is difficult to determine which were the “top five” since the list of these was quite long, but I went with these beauties: Rose-bellied and Orange-breasted Buntings, Pink-headed Warbler, Colima Pygmy-Owl, and Blue-throated Motmot.

During the whole tour, we covered many ecosystems. The most predominant was the scrub forest, then the pine-oak forest, and a bit of the tropical evergreen forest in Chiapas. By the end of the trip, we saw around 250 birds, a good bird list for such a short tour. Click the link below to read the full report.

Click this link to view the full Oaxaca trip report (3 MB PDF).