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sian ka'an, Tulum, México - Birding Map

Apart from ocean bird watching along Tulum´s white sand beaches, the Maya jungle exhibits exotic birds such as squawking Chachalacas (Ortalis vetula, which wake you up in the morning), Buff-bellied Hummingbirds (Amazilia yucatanensis, which hum in front of you as if they are going to find nectar in your sunglasses) and Yucatan Jays (Cissilopha yucatanica, the communicative herding blue Jays).

Slaty-tailed Trogons (Trogon massena) have soft, colorful feathers with distinctive male and female plumage. The word "Trogon" is Greek for "nibbliing" because these birds gnaw holes in trees to make their nests.

The Great Curassow (Crax rubra) is a 36 inch tall, hearty bird, with a large black curly crest and yellow knob above it´s bill. These magnificent birds live up to 25 years!

Ocellated Turkeys (Meleagris ocellata) is endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula, and are most often found in lowland forests as well as clearings. Often living with Pigeons and Doves, they are hunted by the Maya for their tasty meat.

Parrots such as the White Crowned Parrot (Pionus senilis), Yellow-lored Parrot (Amazona xantholora) and Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa) live as couples, but stay together in groups.

Crested Guans (Penelope purpurascens) are found high in trees, walking slowly across branches and leaping across gaps. They also live in groups and often forage on the ground for food and water. In the breeding season, Guans perform a wing-drumming display. While in flight, the bird beats it´s wings at twice the normal speed, producing a whirring sound.

Colorful Keel-billed Toucans (Ramphastos sulfuratus) offer visual amazement, while Red-vented Woodpeckers (Melanerpes pygmaeus) and Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus) offer auditory stimulation.

The jungle birds of Quintana Roo are a continuing natural show of colorful sights and musical sounds. This brief description of our feathered friends only represent a small portion of the birds available for peaceful birdwatching in Tulum.