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The state of Oaxaca has a variety of climates and supports a rich variety of birds. Some of the varieties and their locations are listed below.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Pacific Coast Region

Altamira Oriole

Icterus gularis
Banded Wren
Pheugopedius pleurostictus

Bare-Throated Tiger Heron

Tigrisoma mexicanum
Blue Bunting
Cyanocompsa parellina

Blue Heron

Ardea herodias
Boat-Billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius
Brown Booby
Sula leucogaster

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis
Citreoline Trogon
Trogon citreolus
Colima Pygmy Owl
Glaucidium palmarum
Collared Plover
Charadrius collaris
Doubleday's Hummingbird
Cynanthus latirostris doubledayi

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium brasilianum
Fregata minor

Golden Cheeked Woodpecker

Melanerpes chrysogenys
Happy Wren
Thryothorus felix
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo
Morococcyx erythropygus

Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis
Olive Sparrow
Arremonops rufivirgatus
Orange-Breasted Bunting
Passerina leclancherii

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Aratinga canicularis


Pandion haliaetus
Painted Bunting
Passerina ciris
Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus
Red Breasted Chat
Granatellus venustus

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus
Russet-Crowned Motmot
Momotus mexicanus

Streak-backed Oriole

Icterus pustulatus
Spot-breasted Orioles
Icterus pectoralis

Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra

Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor
West-Mexican Chachalaca
Ortalis poliocephala

White-throated Magpie jay

Calocitta formosa
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Polioptila albiloris

Wood Stork

Mycteria americana

Yellow-winged Cacique

Cacicus melanicterus

Sierra Madre del Sur, Pacific slope
Great Swallow tailed Swift
Panyptila sanctihieronymi
Mexican Hermit Hummingbird
Phaethornis Cephalus
Berylline Hummingbird
Amazilia beryllina
Blue capped Hummingbird
Eupherusa cyanophrys
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Lampornis clemenciae
Bumblebee Hummingbird
Atthis heloisa
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Amazilia rutila
Cinnamon-Sided Hummingbird
Amazilia viridifrons
Green Fronted Hummingbird
Amazilia viridifrons
Garnet-Throated Hummingbird
Lamprolaima rhami
Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus
Audubon's Oriole
Icterus graduacauda dickeyae
Brown-Backed Solitaire
Myadestes occidentalis
Chestnut-Sided Shrike Vireo
Vireolanius melitophrys
Cinnamon-Bellied Flowerpiercer
Diglossa baritula baritula
Common Bush Tanager
Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
Grey Crowned Woodpecker
Piculus auricularis
Golden-Crowned Emerald
Chlorostilbon auriceps
Golden Vireo
Vireo hypochryseus
Fan-tailed Warbler
Euthlypis lachrymosa
Hepatic Tanager
Piranga flava
Hooded Yellowthroat
Geothlypis nelsoni
Ivory-billed woodcreeper
Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
Lineated Woodpecker
Dryocopus lineatus
Greater Pewee
Contopus pertinax
Gray-Silky Flycatcher
Ptilogonys cinereus
Masked Tityra
Tityra semifasciata

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Campephilus guatemalensis
Red-headed Tanager
Piranga erythrocephala
Rose-throated Becard
Pachyramphus aglaiae
Russet Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus occidentalis
Slaty Vireo
Vireo brevipennis
Wagler's Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus wagleri
White Throated Jay
Cyanolyca mirabilis
White-Throated Robin
Irania gutturalis

Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Pacific Parakeet
Aratinga strenua
Lesser Ground Cuckoo
Morococcyx erythropygus
Pacific Screech Owl
Otus cooperi
Giant Wren
Campylorhynchus chiapensis
Orange Breasted Bunting
Passerina leclancherii
Rosita's Bunting
Passerina rositae
Ruddy breasted Seedeater
Sporophila minuta
Sumichrast's Sparrow
Aimophila sumichrasti

Cloud Forest, Gulf slope
Wood partridge
Rollulus roulroul
Rufous Breasted Spinetail
Synallaxis erythrothorax
Azure Hooded Jay
Cyanolyca cucullata
Sumichrast's Wren
Hylorchilus sumichrasti
Blue Crowned Chlorophonia
Chlorophonia occipitalis
Yellow Tailed Oriole
Icterus mesomelas

Cloud Forest, high elevations
Amethyst-Throated Hummingbird
Lampornis amethystinus
Bumblebee Hummingbird
Atthis heloisa
Green Violet-Ear Hummingbird
Colibri thalassinus
White-Eared Hummingbird
Hylocharis leucotis
Aztec Thrush
Ridgwayia pinicola
Brown Creeper
Certhia americana
Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo
Vireolanius melitophrys
Cinnamon-Bellied Flowerpiercer
Diglossa baritula
Collared Towhee
Pipilo ocai
Crescent-Chested Warbler
Parula superciliosa
Dwarf Jay
Cyanolyca nana
Gray-barred Wren
Campylorhynchus megalopterus
Hermit Warbler
Dendroica occidentalis
Hutton's Vireo
Vireo huttoni
Red Warbler
Ergaticus ruber
Steller's Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri
Spot-Crowned Woodcreeper
Lepidocolaptes affinis affinis
Townsend's Warbler
Dendroica townsendi
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis

Valley of Oaxaca
Beautiful Hummingbird
Calothorax pulcher
Berylline Hummingbird
Saucerottia beryllina
Dusky Hummingbird
Cynanthus sordidus
Green-Fronted Hummingbird
Amazilia viridifrons
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Archilochus colubris
Black-Vented Oriole
Icterus wagleri
Bridled Sparrow
Aimophila mystacalis
Boucard's Wren
Campylorhynchus jocosus
Brown-Backed Solitaire
Myadestes occidentalis
Dwarf Vireo
Vireo nelsoni
Gray-Breasted Woodpecker
Melanerpes hypopolius
Gray Silky-Flycatcher
Ptilogonys cinereus
Least Grebe
Tachybaptus dominicus
Green Heron
Butorides virescens
Lesser Roadrunner
Geococcyx velox
Ocellated Thrasher
Toxostoma ocellatum
Oaxaca Sparrow
Aimophila notosticta
Pileated Flycatcher
Xenotriccus mexicanus
Russet Nightingale-Thrush
Catharus occidentalis
Slate-Throated Redstart
Myioborus miniatus miniatus
Slaty Vireo
Vireo brevipennis
White-Striped Woodcreeper
Lepidocolaptes leucogaster
White-Throated Towhee
Pipilo albicollis

Fauna of Mexico - Birds Viva Natura web site also has information on plants, animals and places.
Birds of Oaxaca and Chiapas by Dr. Brad Bergstrom
Oaxaca Birding Tours Birding and Cultural Tours by Roque Antonio Santiago.
Hutizil Journal of Mexican Ornithology
Notes on Birds of Central Oaxaca Part 1 by John M. Forcey
Notes on Birds of Central Oaxaca Part 2 by John M. Forcey
Michael Malone's Bird List of the Manialtepec and Puerto Escondido Region.
Biblioteca de Sonidos Aves de México Bird Songs of Mexico, mp3 recordings.

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