The following is a partial list of species that can be seen on Birding boat trips in the Rio Lagartos Bio-Reserve..395 species have been counted

 Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber)
Brown pelican(Pelecanus occidentalis)
American white pelican(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Neotropical cormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus (antes Phalacrocorax olivaceus)
Anhinga(Anhinga anhinga),
Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated Plover – Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer – Charadrius v. vociferus
Black-necked Stilt – Himantopus m. mexicanus
Greater Yellowlegs – Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs – Tringa flavipes
Spotted Sandpiper – Actitis macularia
Western Sandpiper – Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper – Calidris minutilla
Stilt Sandpiper – Calidris himantopus
Laughing Gull – Larus atricilla
Caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Sterna caspia )
Magnificent Frigatebird – Fregata magnificens
Bare throated Tiger-Heron ( Tigrisoma mexicanus)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius phillipsi),
Reddish Egrets (Egretta refescens rufescens),
Great blue heron( Ardea Herodias)
Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
Little Blue Heron – Egretta caerulea
Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis ibis
Green Heron – Butorides virescens
Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Nycticorax violaceus
White Ibis – Eudocimus albus
Roseate Spoonbill – Platalea ajaja
Wood Stork – Mycteria americana
Great egret(Ardea alba), also known as Great White Egret, Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron, is a large, widely-distributed egret.
Osprey(Pandion haliaetus),
Mangrove Cuckoo(Coccyzus minor)
Mangrove Vireo (Vireo pallens)
American Pygmy Kingfisher.(Chloroceryle aenea)
Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger niger)
Willets (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata),
Whimbrel(Numenius phaeopus)
Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus utilensis)
Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus maximus).
Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
Dunlins (Calidris alpina hodsonia),
White-rumped (Calidris fuscicollis),
Stilt (Calidris himantopus),
Least (Calidris minutilla)
Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri),
Sanderlings (Calidris alba),
Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres morinella)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes).
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)

The following are commonly seen on our land birding trips


White-lored Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiloris)
Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)
Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)
Zenaida Dove  (Zenaida aurita)
Canivet’s Emerald or Fork-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon canivetii)
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina splendens) 
Gray-crowned Yellowthroats (Geothlypis poliocephala)
Rufous necked Wood-rail (Aramides axillaris).
Grey necked wood rail (Aramides cajaneus)
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture also known as the Savannah Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
King Vulture(Sarcoramphus papa) monotypic New World Vultures (Cathartidae)
Zone-tailed (Buteo albonotatus)
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)
Laughing Falcon also called the Snake Hawk (Herpetotheres cachinnans),
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria cinnamomea/solitaia)
American Pygmy-Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
jabirú o tuyuyu (Jabiru mycteria) 
 Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)
Yellow Warblers (Setophaga petechia, formerly Dendroica petechia)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)
Yellow-throated Vireo – Vireo flavifrons
Rufous-browed Peppershrike – Cyclarhis gujanensis (+insularis)
Northern Parula – Parula americana
Yellow Warbler – Dendroica petechia (bryanti)
Magnolia Warbler – Dendroica magnolia
Palm Warbler – Dendroica palmarum
Black-and-white Warbler – Mniotilta varia
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Pheucticus ludovicianus
Indigo Bunting – Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting – Passerina ciris
White-collared Seedeater – Sporophila torqueola morelleti
Eastern Meadowlark – Sturnella magna
Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus
Hooded Oriole – Icterus cucullatus
Tennessee Warblers. Oreothlypis peregrina
Mangrove Vireo. (Vireo pallens)
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia).
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Vermillion Flycatchers (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
Northern Waterthrush, (Parkesia noveboracensis)
Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
Green Jay – Cyanocorax incas
Ladder-backed Woodpecker – Picoides scalaris
Least Flycatcher – Empidonax minimus
Great Kiskadee – Pitangus sulfuratus
Social Flycatcher – Myiozetetes similis
Tropical Kingbird – Tyrannus melancholicus
Other notable birds included :
 White-winged Dove – Zenaida asiatica
Common Ground-Dove – Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-Dove – Columbina talpacoti
Aztec Parakeet – Aratinga astec
Groove-billed Ani – Crotophaga sulcirostris
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Plain Chachalaca  (Ortalis vetula)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
Mangrove Swallows (Tachycineta albilinea).
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius),
Common Ground-dove (Columbina passerina pallescens)
Rudy ground dove (Columbina talpacoti)
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana termophila),
 Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus melanocephalus)
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)
Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus or plagiatus)
Northern Caracara, or Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)
 Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris)
Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus fuliginosus)
Lesser Nighthawks (Chordeiles acutipennis micromeris), 
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinali yucatanicus)
Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium brasilianum
Snowy (Egretta thula brewsteri),
Great Egrets(Ardea alba egretta) 
White Ibises (Eudocimus albus)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus cachinnans)

Of course, the time of year,passage of migratory flocks and a bit of luck is always a part of birding but the amazing array of birds never ceases to amaze our visitors.

Mexican Sheartail Hummingbird

Emerald Hummingbird


The slide show below will take a few seconds to load but is worth the wait. All these photos were made in the bio reserve on trips with "Rio Lagartos Adventures"

All the Bird photographs in the website were made in the Bio Reserve or close by. 
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Birding in the "Rio Lagartos Bio-reserve"

 The best way to experience the Rio Lagartos Bio reserve is with an experienced local bird guide .


Diego Nuñez is  the most experienced guide in Rio Lagartos and one of most experienced in the Yucatan.(he is  fluent in english)He can customize your birding here to find endemic species and others you would like to add to your life time lists.


 We offer outings on land and by boat in order to see birds in the rich variety of habitats included in the 150,000 acre wildlife refuge.


Whether you are an experienced birder,a novice or interested in a class for beginners,we can arrange an outing that matches(challenges) your experience and knowledge level.

By Boat
A birding boat tour takes  4 hrs and can be designed to find the species you are looking for.

Within the estuary there are a number of distinct habitats with different species.

Boat birding can give 
birders with physical challenges an opportunity for great birdwatching! 

The best times are early morning or later in the afternoon.


The birding boat trips are 199 usd (4 hours) by reservation.


Mexican Bare-throated Tiger-heron,
Roseate Spoonbill,

Woodstork,
Blue-winged Teal,
Boat-billed heron,
Snowy and Great Egret
Reddish Egrets,
White Ibis,Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons,

Pygmy KingFisher
Brown and White Pelicans,
Magnificent Frigatebird,
Anhinga,

Double crested Cormorant,

Royal and Sandwich Terns,

Herring,Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls,

Green Heron

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Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Land outings:

The Land birding trips are 4 hrs and accomodate up to 6 birders. The cost for the trips is 199 usd for the group and all the trips are done by Diego personally.

Yucatan Wren,

Yucatan Bobwhite,

Mexican Sheartail,

Carnivet's emerald,
Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Golden-fronted Woodpecker,
Grove-billed Ani,

Tropical kingbird,
Tropical Mockingbird,

Brown-crested Flycatcher,

Turquoise-browed Motmot,

Vermilion Flycatcher,
Mangrove Vireo,

Rose-throated Becard,
Plain Chachalaca,,
Mangrove Cuckoo,White-lored Gnatcatcher and many more...........




Birding in the Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve with Diego Nuñez

395 species of Birds have been identified here

The Yucatan's Endemic Species in Rio Lagartos 


Yucatan Wren (Campylorhynchus yucatanicus)
Mexican Sheartail(Doricha eliza)
Yucatan Flycatcher(Myiarchus yucatanensis)
Orange Orioles (Icterus auratus)
Yucatan Jay  (Cyanocorax yucatanicus)
Yucatán Black-throated Bobwhite (Colinus nigrogularis)

Yucatan Night jar

​Yucatan Poorwill
Yucatan Woodpecker or  Red-vented Woodpecker( Melanerpes pygmaeus)

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Woodstorks with their chicks near Rio ​Lagartos

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The best way to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us is to spend a few days .We have excellent lodging at our new waterfront birding Lodge  "Ria Maya" and Restaurant.
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Great Blue heron with Lunch

The following lists( by land and by boat) are a sampling of the 395 species that have been recorded here.488 species have been recorded in the state of Yucatan and 533 on the Yucatan Peninsula. These lists grow every year! We have more of the Yucatan' species than any other location.


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Boat billed Heron with Chicks

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