Bird Watching Around Bacalar Area

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

Getting started with bird watching

Generally speaking, there are more than 10,000 species of birds in the entire world. In Mexico, there are approximately 1108 species of birds. Meanwhile, in the Yucatan Peninsula there are approximately 566 species of birds. During Winter, a huge migration of birds descending from Canada and USA to Yucatan and in the summertime, another migration of birds ascending from southern parts of the America continent such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

It is important to understand the benefits that bird watching can bring us since they have great importance for the environment. Birds are pollinators of flowers, dispensers of seeds, helpers of pests control and they are good indicators of the environment, it is to say where there are birds, means that the environment is healthy.

The birds have certain schedules, being in a tropical area, birds usually go out early in the morning. So, it is essential to wake up early and follow them at dawn, if you want to see a great variety of species and in greater quantity.

In Bacalar Sunrise Villa, one afternoon around 5pm, in the month of January, we were able to observe approximately 18 species such as: Chipe garganta amarilla、Loro frente blanca、Perico pecho sucio、Golondrina manglera、Luis bienteveo、Luisito común、Luis pico grueso、Paloma morada、Paloma alas blancas、Mirlo café、Garcita verde、Paloma de collar turca、Aguililla gris、Zanate、Tordo cantor、Chipe trepador、Eufonía garganta amarilla、Golondrina ala serradas.

Bird watching group you can follow

In Quintana Roo there is a group called Dzibabán that is dedicated to the observation of birds of all kinds, which promotes the registration and care of the species that exist in the city of Chetumal and other nearby cities, while promoting the care of the environment ambient.

In addition to the observation, the group is responsible for registering the birds through photographs by collecting them in a catalog of the birds of the region.

In Chetumal alone, about 83 different species have been found.

To be part of the club, people must have binoculars and a camera, but above all the interest in nature and biodiversity that exists in the region.

Where to do bird watching?

To do birdwatching you only need to be attentive to the sky, the trees and the environment; These creatures are at any time and in any place, but if you want to enjoy more of this activity and start in this passionate work, we recommend you visit the places mentioned above. Bird watching in Mexico "mega diverse" is undoubtedly the easiest task since this country offers in every corner the opportunity to appreciate its natural exuberance.

Places you can visit when you stay in Bacalar Sunrise Villa


It is very important to have the following elements:


  • Binoculars: it is the basic element to perform this activity we recommend using 7x35, 8x42, 10x42. The first number means the amplification capacity, that is, if the target is 100 meters away, it will appear as if it were 10 meters away. The second number refers to the diameter of the outer lens. If you are a beginner you are recommended to start with the 7x35 ones.


  • Field guide: There are many guides for this purpose, as well as some dedicated to specific groups of birds; As a beginner, we recommend starting with a general guide like Roger Tory Peterson's “The Birds of Eastern North America”



  • List of records: here you will write your sightings and it is important that you write the place and date of the observation, the scientific name of the bird and characteristics; also draw it! You don't need to be an artist and it will help your learning, making it easier


  • Clothing and accessories: try to wear the most comfortable clothes suitable for the weather to which you will be exposed in discreet colors, comfortable, waterproof and non-slip footwear, rainy weather raincoat, hats or caps. Try to carry your hands free, carry a small or medium backpack, with notebook, pencil, camera, water, sunscreen and biodegradable insect repellent

Why do bird watching?

The importance of this activity is that it promotes the conservation of birds and their habitat, sensitizing the public to respect the environment. The behavior of the birds stimulates curiosity that is why it is so satisfying to spend time contemplating them. Observation sharpens the senses, improves memory, drives trips, walks and puts you in touch with passionate people in this activity that also makes contributions to science with their findings and records

Bird Island in Bacalar

The ideal place for people who like photography and ecotourism. On this island you can find several species of local and migratory birds, such as the pink spatula, storks, herons, seagulls and buzzards.


It is important to emphasize that the observation of these birds is remote and it is a good option to have a camera with long-range zoom or binoculars because it is forbidden to pass inside the island or get off to take pictures.

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Small city of quiet streets and preserved vegetation, in the mornings the concert of birds is heard from beginning to end and even in the most populated areas birds such as toucans and eaglets have been sighted. One of the best places for bird watching is the Archaeological Zone of Oxtankah in Chetumal, just 54 minutes from our place, you will have the opportunity to visit these beautiful Mayan vestiges and in turn observe the species that houses this place

We recommend you leave at approximately 7:00 am (remember that the best time to watch birds is from 7:30 am) from Bacalar Sunrise Villa take the road and take a return to the city of Chetumal it will take you less than 20 minutes, choose the entrance through Insurgentes Avenue (free of Chetumal) continue on this avenue until you reach the monument to Leona Vicario and head to the Centennial Road, continue following the signs to Oxtankah.

Open from: 8 am-5pm (4:30 pm last check in)

Cost: $ 55.00 Services: toilets and parking.


Exalting the majesty of the place, a huge Mayan settlement known as Dzibanché rises above that land from an area of approximately 40 square kilometers of excellent architectural qualities. It still conserves the vegetation that allows the refuge of different species, including birds that take advantage of their qualities to inhabit it. Nature and history complement each other to offer a show of blinding grace that you cannot miss, walk along its paths, stay tuned for details, dare and see everything you can.

Open from: 8 am-5pm (4:30 pm last check in)

Cost: $ 55.00 Services: toilets and parking.

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The Most Common Species Bird Nearby

Black and white Aagle

Rare but spectacular eagle from the lowland tropical forest. Very rarely it is perched, when they are distinctive: the black mask, the yellow-orange base of the beak.

The eagle always symbolizes the extraordinary heroic, when you stare at it, its sharp eyes will always make you stop breathing.

Habitat: Bacalar, Qroo, Mexico

White-fronted parrot

A beautiful specimen that flies near the ground, it is found in semi-open areas with scattered trees, forests and forest fragments, in dry and humid areas. It has a white forehead, a red face and a yellowish beak.

Every day, from 5 to 6 in the afternoon, thousands of parrots return home, green feathers throughout the sky, at that time the sky looks magnificent.

Habitat: Xulha and southern Mexico.

Bicolor Swallow

The common and widely distributed swallow found in a variety of open habitats such as grasslands and wetlands.

When they fly, you can see the spectacular bright blue color like a sapphire in the sky, it is an incredibly beautiful bird.

Habitat: Bacalar, Qroo, Mexico

Parrot dirty chest (Parrot)

Parrots pretty small. They usually have relatively long and somewhat pointed tails. This species is common in tropical lowland lands, usually seen in open areas with scattered trees, forests and located in cities and suburban areas.

They are small birds, when you see them eat the fruit of the tree, it is really cute.

Habitat: Xulha and southern Mexico.

Luisito common

It looks like a small version of Boat-billed Flycatcher, but with a smaller beak. It is common in tropical and subtropical areas, especially in semi-open areas with trees and hedges, on the edge of forests, villages, and gardens. It's usually noisy.

Habitat : Xul ha, Qroo, Mexico

Martin collar fisherman

The largest kingfisher in America with exceptionally large peaks and sharp calls. The male and the female are similar. The color of the chest: the completely reddish male, the female has a bluish gray band bordered by white.

Habitat: Bacalar, Qroo, Mexico

Luisito bienteveo

Large, strongly marked and bustling. Pretty chubby with a big head and short tail. It is found in areas full of shrubs, often near open areas or bodies of water.

Habitat: Xul ha, Qroo, Mexico.

Blackbird brown

Marrón uniforme con vientre más amarillento amarillento. Pico amarillo pálido y radios muy débiles en la garganta. Muy común y ampliamente distribuido en toda América Central, con un rango restringido en los Estados Unidos.

Hábitat: Bacalar, Qroo, México

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