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Embrace Mother Nature and the Joys of Bird-watching in
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At the Hacienda Chichen's Bird Refuge and Maya Jungle Reserve in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, guests and visitors alike marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature's wildlife. Take a visual tour now of our Maya flora (plants) and Maya fauna (animals) Hacienda Chichen is Yucatan's ideal bird-watching for both aficionado and professional birders.  View the Bird Guide List of this hotel, should you observe a family or species at the hotel property not mentioned here, please contact us to include it, thanks.

This Yucatan's birding destination and Eco-Spa Getaway offers many wonderful Eco-Cultural Vacation packages if you wish to truly enjoy bird-watching (birding) and experience great eco-friendly fun activities during your visit to Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Our Property's Full Bird List is grouped in a manner that most bird lovers will understand rather than in a scientific family format.

These are some of the many beautiful birds you can observe at
Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge Gardens and Mayan Jungle Reserve:

To view our Yucatan Bird List: birds you will find at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, click here.

Oscellated turkey, Agriocharis ocellata - families of this beautiful wild turkey are protected by the Hacienda Chichen's Maya Jungle Reserve in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Oscellated turkey, Agriocharis ocellata, this wild bird is
endemic to Yucatan and protected in our Nature Reserve
is  known to the Maya as the grand "Kutz".  Males have a
lovely plumage of  iridescent golden yellow, violent, indigo
blue, metallic greens and white; their head and neck color
has deep hues of blue and violet  with  protuberances like
a domestic turkey. Their tails have a semi-circular pattern
near the end of the feathers.  Found only in Yucatan, the
Oscellated turkey feeds on seeds, shoots or insects, lives
in small family groups within deciduous low bush forest.  A
ground dweller that can not be domesticated and nests in
dense forest spots, sleeping at tree top branches.  Mayan
families enjoy to eat these shy and easy to disrupt birds.

Turquoise-browed motmot, Eumomota superciliosa at Hacienda Chichen's  Bird Refuge in Yucatan, Mexico.Turquoise-browed motmot: truly a majestic bird, "Toh" as the Maya people named the Eumomota superciliosa, has distinctive multi-color plumage a light turquoise crown, black eye marks, and two long tail semi-naked feathers with a drop like decorative shape tip. The Blue-crowned motmot, Motmotus momota (right photo) also named "Toh" by the Mayas, has similar facial marks and multi green/blue feathers with yellow/orange bellies, though its two semi-naked tail feathers are a bit shorter. Toh birds are among the few cave dwellers species, nesting in wells and Yucatan's cenotes. 


Painted bunting (male) at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoPainted bunting males have a distinctive combination of plumage
colors: bright red fro the bottom of the peak to the belly and tail;
the back has bright metallic hues of green, while the head blends
deep indigo blue with violet tones, plus a red circle eye-line.  This
beautiful bird is a permanent resident in the Maya Jungle Reserve
in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Passerine ciris female bird has
a pale brown back and yellow/green belly. They inhabit mid - low
scrubland and forest. Shy, reproduces near water areas in wood
dense wild sites.  Feeds on seeds, small fruits, and some insects.
At the
Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge it is seen near the pool area.

Summer Tanager (male) grace the gardens at Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoYou will find many Summer tanager birds, Piranga rubra,  at dawn and during the day. The male has a distinctive bright red scarlet plumage all over the body but the wings which are a bit darker. A female has a olive-yellow plumage.  Although Summer tanager are birds known to migration, at the Hacienda Chichen Nature Maya Jungle Reserve guests and visitors may see these scarlet beautiful birds almost all year around.  The main diet of these birds is filled with seeds, insects, or tropical fruits.


Green Jay or Ses Ib as the Maya called him, is one of the many beautiful birds in found in Yucatan   Green Jay, Cyanocorax yucas, is known to Yucatan's Maya
as majestic "Ses Ib" birds.  These wild birds' plumage stands out
with beautiful shades of green on back and wings.  A blue-violet
shade top with black marking bib coming from the head sides and
throat. The green tail has yellow feathers on each side that are
seen as it flies.  Green Jays inhabit well preserved low or medium
feeding on fruits, tender shoots and flowers.  Breeds and
nests in deep foliage areas.  Enjoys flying solitary but it is known
to fly in groups of two or more during mating season.  Yucatan's
side roads and open forest areas are perfect places to find them.

  Yucatan Jay Endemic species of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Yucatan jay, Cyanocorax yucatecanicus, is an endemic bird species that Mayans call "Ch'el."  This is a jay with a brilliant turquoise blue plumage on back and wings, bright yellow peak, feet, and eyeliner, with black feather head, throat, and belly.  Breeds in undisturbed wooded areas, nesting in small flocks.  Can be seen eating near banana and fruit crops, or insects and seeds. Flies in small groups and enjoys pastures and open fields; very talkative and social.  The Yucatan Jay is a medium size bird that can be observed all times of the day. Females birds have black peaks and feet.


Yucatan wookpecker is an endemic bird species to the Peninsula of Yucatan, MexicoYucatan woodpecker, Melanerpes pygmaeous, is known
to the Maya people as "Ch'ujum." This woodpecker is endemic
to the Yucatan, living in low forest with plenty of insects to
feed; loves the
coconut plantation at Hacienda Chichen,  an
area that many families of Yucatan woodpeckers reside year
round.  Nests and breeds in old hollow wood branches where
up to four eggs may be incubated for 23 days.  Fascinating
birds have black and white strips backs and wings plumage,
and a pale yellow/brown body; the forehead yellow spot is
clearly mark and the crest is vivid red. A large strong peak
with a very long retractable tongue supported by a strong
tendon attached to the skull of these birds help them feed.

yucatan parrots are endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula, the T'uut (Maya) is a parrot is a monogamous wild animal. VIEW OUR FULL YUCATAN BIRD LIST

  Yucatan parrots, "T'uut" in Maya, are another endemic birds, the species is only found in the Yucatan Peninsula, These birds travel in flocks from feeding grounds to their roosting sites. Parrots are monogamous for life and become good pets; but are best enjoy flying free in their medium forest habitat. Yucatan parrots love to fly together in small groups to feed on fruits, seeds, flowers high on tree branches. Talkative and noisy, their plumage is mainly emerald green with indigo blue outline wing feathers; when in flight, their red patched wings can be observed clearly. At the forehead, these birds have a patch of yellow feathers near the peak, a white spot covers the head top, red feather near eyes.

Keel billed Toucan is a migratory bird viewed during breeding season at Hacienda Chichen's Bird RefugeKeel-billed Toucan, also known as the Rainbow billed
toucan, inhabits the tropical forests in Colombia to the
Yucatan in Mexico. Toucans, Ramphastos sulfuratus,

are beautiful, colorful birds so attractive and elegant,
they area a joy to observe in the wild. A Keel toucan
has black body, belly, and tail plumage, blue eyeliner,
and a yellow or white bib shaped chest.
  Feeds fruits,
and seeds, enjoys flying in small groups to perch atop
lush tree canopy. The large peak is light in weight for
it is built as a sponge soft bone covered in keratin a
very waxy protein. The Keel-billed toucan roosts in a
hollow old tree branch with other toucans of the flock.
Very sociable bird that is a joy to watch in the wild as
it flies with his small flock from tree top to tree top.


Yucatan endemic birds: Orange Oriole a regular resident at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoOn tall tree branches you will find the Orange Oriole, Icterus auratus, an endemic bird species found only in Yucatan Peninsula. The male all body is covered with bright deep yellow with under hues of orange plumage; the wings are black with clearly marked white bands, the eye and neck have some areas of black plumage.  It inhabits low forest and areas with fruit and flower trees, eats nectar, insects, seeds, and a few seeds. Nests with other birds of its kind, sociable and adapted, the Orange oriole, weaves impressive nests from plant fibers and tree or grass cuts; its nest are large, made out of straw and dry sticks artistically woven to hang.

Yucatan birding is best at Hacienda Chichen's Bird Refuge and Mayan Jungle Reserve if you wish to observe this lovely hummingbird.Mexican Sheartail hummingbird, Doricha eliza, only found
in Mexico's subtropical shrub-land rural gardens, seldom in few
urban garden areas.  A near extinction threatened hummingbird
the Mexican Sheartail is a Mexican endemic bird species that has been loosing its natural habitat; therefore these hummingbirds
are protected at the Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and gardens, where their population has grown and taken residence. Little is
known about the Mexican Sheartail hummingbird behavior; feeds
on nectar of flowers; can be observed near the hibiscus hedges
in the garden's paths.  The Mexican Sheartail hummingbird has a
bright metallic green plumage upperparts and a magenta throat.

Rose Throated Becard: birds observed at Hacienda Chichen's Bird Refuge, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Rose-throated becard, Pachyramphus aglaiae, is a winter migratory resident easy to spot at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and beautiful gardens.  Rose-throated becards are small flycatcher birds with gray upperparts, large head with a black feather cap, a fairly large pale rose-red throat spot, and pale gray under-parts.  Rose throated becards love to catch insects in flight and eat larvae, fruits and small wild berries.  Their flight is often for short distances with rapid shallow wing-beats. Rose-throated becard lays two to six white with brown blotches eggs and builds large foot-long globular nests in spring.


Squirrel Cuckoos observed at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoSquirrel Cuckoo, Piaya cayana (Kip Cho in Maya),
a rather large bird averaging 46 cm long. A shy bird
is found in woodlands and semi-open jungle hedges;
Squirrel Cuckoo birds fly only short distances, leaping
from branch to branch feeding on large insects such
as spiders, caterpillars, wasps, and sometimes fruit.
Squirrel Cuckoo plumage has a cinnamon or chestnut
upperparts covering the top head, then paler on the
throat with an almost pink tone. Its lower breast and
belly are grayish. Squirrel Cuckoo's long tail feathers
have black with white band-like tips. The bill is lime
and the iris is red.  These beautiful birds call makes
sharp "kip! weeuu sounds and whistles long
Females lay 2 or 3 eggs on leaf and twit high nests.

Indigo Bunting male observed at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza Bird RefugeIndigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, showcases deep turquoise indigo blue plumage all over with a black mark in front of eyes, when in mating season (male photo); this beautiful indigo song-bird is found in Hacienda Chichen during its migratory winter season (Nov. to March each year); prefers undisturbed lush forest areas and rejoyadas. You can observe Indigo bunting birds stroll gently through the hotel's Maya Jungle Reserve. Indigo Buntings migrate at night, using the stars for guidance, they learn their night sky orientation as young birds. The female plumage has pale brown upper feathers. Male Indigo Bunting are similar to the Blue Grosbeak, also found at Hacienda Chichen.

Social Flycatcher birds sing and fly all day long at the gardens of Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoSocial flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis (X'takay in Maya) is a member of the tyrant flycatcher bird family. Social flycatcher
birds plumage resemble that of Boat-billed flycatchers and Great kiskadee birds; however social flycatcher adult birds are smaller,
18 cm. long.  The male head has a dark almost black crown with
a strong white eyestripe; the upperparts are olive brown, wings
and tail have gray brown feather tones. Social flycatcher belly
and underparts are bright yellow and the throat is white.  At the Hacienda Chichen these cheerful birds' calls chips-k'-cheery are
sang all day long to the enjoyment of guests and visiting birders. Social flycatcher birds love to perch in the open terraces of the hotel and feed on small berries from many of the trees around the hotel's main arch. They nest near water from February to June.

Yucatan Wren Couple in their breeding grounds. See other fauna residents at the Hacienda Chichen Nature ReserveYucatan wren, Campylorhynchus yucatanicus, called "Yan coti" in Maya. This endemic bird species is classified as a "near threatened" due to its small limited habitat range in an increasingly developed and fragmented region confined to the northern of Yucatan Peninsula 9including north-west Campeche) in Mexico. Yucatan wren birds enjoy scattered bushes, pastures, and the forest busy edges of the Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge grounds where they are protected.  It borages in pairs and in family groups on the ground, diet is still unknown but possibly eats small grass seeds in low vegetation areas. Nests and breeds around March and May in ovoid grass nests inside tall bushes.


 Gray hawks breed at Hacienda Chichen's lush tropical gardens where guests enjoy observing this magnificent raptorGray Hawk, Buteo nitidus, a neo-tropical raptor or bird of
prey that breeds at Hacienda Chichen's lush gardens and
wild forest edges. This beautiful raptor is know to Mayans
Yoksadz.  Adult Gray hawks reach up to 50cm in height
and hunt for food primarily using their talons; these raptors
eat lizards, snakes, birds, small animals. Gray hawks display
a characteristic curved tip to their beak. They have superb
vision and hunting skills. Grey hawks also they have strong
pale grey bodies, black tail with three wide white bands.
Wings are gray, their striking stripped gray and white feather pattern covers breast; Gray hawks have strong orange legs.
Gray hawks are short winged and have a fast agile flight. Territorial in nature; they highly guard their breeding grounds;
their nests usual are high and have two pale blue white eggs.

Many endemic birds found in the Yucatan Peninsula can be observed at
Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and Maya Jungle Reserve:

Our own Yucatan Bird List is grouped in a manner that most bird lovers will easily recognize.

      Rose Throat Bacard found at Hacienda Chichen's Maya Jungle ReserveHooded Oriole - male - at Hacienda Chichen Green Eco-Spa Resort, Yucatan, MexicoIndigo Bunting bird - male - at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Birding in Yucatan at Hacienda Chichen is quite a joy, over 157 wild bird species are found in this green hotel's Bird Refuge and gardens. Birding for any guest as well as for true professional birders is very rewarding; for photographers this is truly a wonderful opportunity to shoot great photos.  Also if you are an amateur birder, you can booked a Mayan Local Bird-watching guided tour with one of our Maya local guides who help birders indentify birds as well as Mayan medicinal plants during the 90 minutes bird nature guided tour, offered at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan. 

At Hacienda Chichen gardens and Bird Refuge bird-watching is one of the highlights moments of most guests visiting this magnificent Mayan region.  For Yucatan birding activities and birding tours in the Yucatan, please contact Chichen Services via email: info@chichenservices.com or visit www.chichenservices.com to find which Nature and Birding Vacation Package is best for you!

Hacienda Chichen Resort's own Yucatan Bird List - bird groups you will find in this great sustainable eco-cultural destination, for further detail click name:


Ani Groove-billed, Crotophaga sulcirostris ( Chic Bul in Maya)
Squirrel Cuckoo
, Piaya cayana (Kip Cho in Maya)



Blue Bunting, Cyanocompsa perellina

Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, Cardinalidae family

Painted Bunting, Passerina ciris


CARDENALS AND GROSBEAKS: view the following birds' photos and info here

Blue Grosbeak, Guiraca caerulea.

Black-headed Saltator, Saltator coerulescens.  

Grayish Saltator, Saltator coerulescens

Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.  

Rose-breasted grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus.  



Plain chachalaca, Ortalis vetula (Baach in Maya)


DOVES and PIGEONS: view the following doves / pigeons' photos and info here

Caribbean dove, Leptotila jamaicensis

Common ground dove, Columbina passerine

Mouring dove, Zwnaida macroura

Red-billed pigeon, Patagioenas flavirostris

Rock pigeon, Columba livia
Ruddy ground-dove,
Columbina talpacoti (Chak Mucuy in Maya)

White tipped dove, Leptotila verreauxi

White winged dove, Zenaida asiatica



Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis



Lesser Goldfinch, Carduelis psaltria.  

Scrub Euphonia, Euphonia affinis
Yellow-throated Euphonia, Euphonia hirundinacea



American Kestrel, Falco sparverius

Bat Falcon, Falco rufigularis

Collared Forest Falcon, Micrastur semitorquatus

Crested Caracara, Caracara cheriway

Laughing Falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans (Kos in Maya)

Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus


FLYCATCHER and ANTBIRDS: view the following flycatchers' photos and info here

Barred antshrike, Thamnophilus doliatus

Boat-billed flycatcher, Megarynchus pitangus - X'takay in Maya – (see flycatchers)
Bright-rumped attila, Attila spadiceus

Brown-crested flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus
Yellow-billed cacique, Amblycercus holoseiceus (Pi’ich in Maya)

Couch’s kingbird, tyranuus couchii

Dusky-capped flycatcher, Myiarchus tuberculifer

Eastern Wood-Pewee, Contopus virens

Great crested flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus

Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus, ( X'takay in Maya all similar birds in colors)

Greenish Elaenia, Myiopagis viridicata

Least flycatcher, Empidonax minimus

Northern Bentbill, Oncostoma cinereigulare

Social flycatcher, Myiazetetes similis  (X'takay in Maya for all similar birds in colors) Sulphur-bellied flycatcher, Myodynastes luteiventris

Tropical Pewee, Contopus cinereus

Tropical Kingbird, melancholius (X'takay in Maya)

Yellow-bellied elaenia, Elaenia flavogaster

Yellow-bellied flycatcher, Empidonax flaviventris

Yellow-olive flycatcher, Tolmonyias sulphurescens

Yucatan flycatcher, Myiarchus yucatanensis – endemic. (X'takay in Maya)



Yucatan bobwhite or Black-throated bobwhite,Colinus nigrogularis, "Bech" in Maya.



Common grackle, Quiscalus

Great tail grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus (X'Kau in Maya)
Bronzed cowbird or Red-eyed cowbird, Molothrus aeneus



Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea

White-lored gnatcatcher, Polioptila albiloris



Blue-black grassquit, Volatinia jacarina

White-collared seedeater, Sporophila torqueola

Yellow-faced grassquit, Tiaris olivacea



Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor
Caprimulgus carolinensis

Gray Hawk, Asturina nitida, (Yoksadz in Maya)

Lesser Nighthawk, Chordeiles acutipennis

Pigeon Hawk, Falco Columbarius

Roadside Hawk, Buteo Magnirostris

Short-tailed Hawk, Buteo albonotatus

White Hawk, Leucoptemis albicollis

Yucatan Poorwill, Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus – see Yucatan endemic birds

Zone-tailed Hawk, Buteo albonotatus



Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilla yucatanensis - Dzunum in Maya 

Canivet’s Emerald hummingbird, Chlorostibon canivetii

Cinnamon hummingbird, , Amazilla rutila
Emerald-chinned hummingbird, Abeillia abeillei

Green breasted mango, Anthracothorax prevostii (Dzunum in Maya)

Mexican sheartail, Dorich eliza, Dzunum" in Maya - see humming birds

Ruby-throated hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, (Dzunum in Maya all hummingbirds)  

White-bellied Emerald hummingbird, Amazilia candida

Wedge-tailed sabrewing, Campylopterus curvipennis



Brown Jay, Psilorhinus morio

Green Jay, Cyanocorax yncas

Yucatan Jay, Cyanocorax yucatanicus, endemic.


Gray Catbird, DuMetella Carolinensis(Box Chika' in Maya)

Tropical Mockingbird, Mimus gilvus


MOTMOTS: view the following Motmot birds' photos and info here

Blue crowned motmot, Momotus momota, (Toh in Maya)

Turquoise-browed motmot, Eumomota superciliosa, (also Toh in Maya)


ORIOLE BIRDS:   view the following Oriole birds' photos and info here

Altamira oriole, Icterus gularis  ( Yuyum in Maya)

Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula (Chel in Maya same as many orioles)

Black-Cowled oriole, Icterus Dominicensis ssp. prosthemelas

Hooded oriole Icterus Cucullatus, ( Yuyum in Maya, same as many orioles )

Melodious black-bird, Dives dives ( Pich in Maya )

Orange oriole, Icterus auratus, (" yuyum" in Maya) endemic.

Orchard oriole, Icterus spurius
Yellow-backed oriole 
( Chel in Maya, same all yellow orioles )

Yellow-tailed oriole  ( Chel in Maya, same all yellow orioles )



Barn owl, Tyto alba ( Xoch'  in Maya)

Ferruginious pygmy owl,  Glaucidium brasilianum ( X;nuk in Maya)
Great Horned owl,  Bubo virginianus

Mottled owl,  Ciccaba virgata



Black-throated bobwhite, Colinus nigrogularis, "Bech" in Maya.
Yucatan Quail, Colinus virginianus



Olive-throated parakeet, Aratinga nana

White-fronted parrot, Amazona Albifrons

Yucatan parrot or Yellow lored, Amazona xantholora, (T’uut in Maya)



Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus,rare



Lesser roadrunner, Geococcyx velox – restricted island population to N.Yucatan



Olive sparrow, Arremmonops rufivirgatus



Barn swallow, Hirundo rustica

Cave swallow, Petrochelidon fulva

Cliff swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Northern rough-winged swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Purple Martin, Progne subis

Ridgway’s rough-winged swallow, Stelgidopteryx ridgway - "Cutzam" in Maya.

Tree swallow, Tachycineta bicolor



Rufous-breasted Spinetail  Synallaxis erythrothorax

Vaux’s Swift, Chaetura vauxi



Blue-gray tanager, Thraupis episcopus

Gray-headed tanager, Eucometis penicillata

Red-throated ant-tanager, Habia fuscicauda

Red-legged honeycreeper, Cyanerpes cyaneus

Rose-throated tanager, Piranga roseogularis – rare to observe

Scarlet tanager, Piranga Olivacea

Summer tanager, Pirunga rubra

Western tanager, Piranga ludoviciana

Yellow-winged tanager, Thraupis abbas



Clay colored robin, Turdus greyi, ( X'Kok in Maya )

Gray-cheeked thrush, Turdus

Louisiana waterthush, Seiurus motacilla

Pulple martins, Progne subisr (see wood thrushes)

Swainson’s thrush, Catharus ustulatus

Wood thrush, Hylocichla mustelina



Thicket Tinamou, Crypturellus cinnamomeus



Black crowned tityra, Tityra inquisitor (Pelan K'euel in Maya)
Mask tityra,
Tityra semifasciata, (Pelan K'euel in Maya)

Rose-throated bacard, Piranga roseogularis.



Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus

Toucan, Keel-billed, Ramphastos sufuratus



Ocellated Turkey, Meleagris ocellata – endemic species



Black-headed Trogon, Trogon Melanocephalus.

Violaceus trogon, Trogon violaceus



American Black vulture, Coragyps atratus

Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura



Lesser greenlet. vireo, Hylophilus decurtatus

Mangrove vireo, Vireo pallens

Red-eyed vireo, Vireo olivaceus

Rufous-browed peppershike, Cyclarhis gujanensis

Warbling vireo, Vireo gilvus

White-eyed vireo, Vireo griseus,

Yellow-green vireo, Vireo flavoviridis,
Yellow-throated vireo, Vireo flavifrons

Yucatan vireo, Vireo magister,



American redstart warbler, Setophaga ruticilla

Bay-breasted warbler, Dendroic castaneaa

Blue-winged warbler, Vermivora pinus

Black-and-white warbler, Mniotilta varia

Blackpoll warbler, Dendroica straita

Black-throated blue warbler, Dendroica caerulescens

Black-throated green warbler, Dendroica virens

Black and white warbler, Mniotita varia

Cape May warbler, Dendroica tigrina

Cerulean  warbler, Dendroica cerulea

Chestnut-sided warbler, Dendroica pensylvanica

Common yellowthroat warbler, Geothlypis trichas

Kentucky warbler, Oporomis formosus

Louisiana waterthush, Seiurus motacilla

Gray-crowned yellow-throat, Geothlypis poliocephala

Hooded warbler, Wilsonia citrina

Magnolia warbler, Dendroica magnolia

Northern Parula, Perula americana

Northern waterthrush warbler, Parkesia noveboracensis

Ovenbird warbler, Seiurus aurocapillus

Palm warbler, Dendroica palmarum

Prairie warbler, Dendroica discolor

Prothonotary  warbler, Protonotaria citrea

Tennessee warbler, Vermivora peregrina

Yellow warbler, Dendroica petechia aestiva

Yellow-breasted Chat, Icteria virens

Yellow-rumped warbler, Dendroica coronata

Yellow-throated warbler, Dendroica dominica,



Cedar waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum



Ivory-billed woodcreeper, Xiphorhynchus flavigaster

Golden-fronted woodpecker, Centurus aurifrons

Golden olive woodpecker, Piculus Rubiginodud

Ladder-backed woodpecker, Picoides scalaris

Lineated woodpecker, Dryocopus lineatus (all woodpeckers are Colonte in Maya)

Pale-billed woodpecker, Campephilus guatemalensis

Olivaceous woodcreeper, Sittasomus griseicapillus

Ruddy woodcreeper, Dendrocincla homochroa

Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Spyrapicus varius

Yucatan woodpecker, Melanerpes pygmaeus



Carolina wren, thryothorus ludovicianus

House wren, Troplodytes aedon

Spot-breasted wren, Thryothorus maculipectus

Southern house wren, Troglodytes aedon

White-browed wren, thryothorus albinucha

White-bellied wren, Uropsila leucogastra

Yucatan wren, Campylorhynchus yucatanicus, called " Yan coti" in Maya.


YUCATAN ENDEMIC BIRDS: Some general names but look also for bird groups:

Mexican sheartail, Dorich eliza, endemic emerald green humming bird, "Dzunum" in Maya.

Ocellated Turkey, Meleagris ocellata – endemic species

Yucatan bobwhite, Colinus nigrogularis, "Bech" in Maya.

Yucatan flycatcher, Myiarchus yucatanesis, known in Maya as a " X'takay "

Yucatan Jay, Cyanocorax yucatanicus, endemic.

Yucatan night-jar, Caprimulgus badius, called "Box Pujuy" in Maya. (see jays)
Yucatan parrot or Yellow lored, Amazona xantholora, (T’uut in Maya)

Yucatan poorwill, Nyctiphrynus yucatanius, called "Chac Pujuy" in Maya.

Yucatan Quail, Colinus virginianus

Yucatan vireo, Vireo magister, (see verios)

Yucatan woodpecker, Amazilla

Yucatan wren, Campylorhynchus yucatanicus, called " Yan coti" in Maya.

The above Hacienda Chichen Bird List features birds observed by Barbara MacKinnon, Belisa B. Gordon, and Jim Conrad, the hotel’s naturalist / forest expert.  The total list of birds found in the Yucatan Peninsula contains a surprisingly high percentage of endemic birds species (see above) that worldwide are only found in the Yucatan. Barbara Mackinnon has recorded and listed 14 endemic species and about 100 subspecies.

The reason for so many Yucatan endemics bird species can be easy understand: Unique species tend to evolve on islands where gene flow from surrounding populations is cut off, allowing island-bound birds to evolve to their own local conditions. The Yucatan Peninsula is an "ecological island." It is surrounded by water in the east, west and north, and, in the south, the moist, lush forests and marshes found there are ecologically very different from the arid north. To Yucatan birds adapted to dry, scrubby environments, the tall, humid forests of the south are nothing less than ecological walls.

About 50% of all of Mexico's bird species are found in the Yucatan Peninsula, with 58% of all North American birds found here. 128 bird species, or so, from North America regularly overwinter in the Yucatan; while some 54 bird species pass through the Yucatan during spring and/or fall migration, nesting many times in the peninsula or farther north, and overwinter here or farther south. About 58 species are considered vagrants or occasional visitors.  From October to May each year is the best time to come enjoy not only Yucatan’s endemic bird species but also migratory birds.  Hacienda Chichen Resort’s private Bird Refuge and Maya Jungle Reserve offers birders and all guests alike, a fantastic bird population with over 157 bird species observed during such months each year.  These are some of the birds you can observe and enjoy not only in our Bird Refuge but from your own private cottage-room terrace and the hotel’s lush tropical gardens. 

There are a hundred or so of non-endemic bird species also observed as regular residents at the Bird Refuge at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; all of them have found in this sustainable hotel property a peaceful safe heaven to nest, breed, and enjoy a natural safe habitat. Guests and local workers have learned to admire and protect these creatures.  We wish to share Yucatan's vast animal kingdom with future generations; therefore, caring and protecting their habitat is our mission and joy.

Wildlife Protection and Reforestation:Brown breasted flycatcher at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and Gardens, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico


     Hacienda Chichen Eco-Spa Resort is truly an unique eco-hotel and Colonial historic landmark in the mist of Chichen Itza's Mayan temples, Yucatan, Mexico.  With a high environmental awareness commitment and strong ecological safe practices, Hacienda Chichen is a Nature Lover destination, especially for birders and bird-watching aficionados hoping to observe hundred of colorful wild birds joyfully singing and moving in such closeness that a pair of binoculars may not be needed to fully appreciate each bird. Genuinely committed to Sustainable Tourism in Yucatan, this acclaimed Green Spa Jungle Resort offers native eco-cultural activities to all its guests since 2003, when Mr. Bruce Gordon and Mrs. Belisa Barbachano took over the operation of this beautiful hacienda and boutique green hotel.  Mr. Bruce Gordon directs all ecological ventures of the hotel such as its Nature & Wildlife Conservation, and Reforestation programs; he also oversees the Hacienda Chichen's green hospitality practices and policies.  Under his direction, the Hacienda Chichen is committed to taking active measures to preserve, conserve, and enrich the flora and fauna habitats, aiming to increase diversity and protect the habitat of endemic wildlife.  His responsible actions have stopped the illegal hunters of white deer and other endangered animal species (fauna) for entering the property; thus, increasing the safety of many endangered endemic species in the region, including families of kinkajous, oscillated turkeys, and white tail deer.  Mr. Gordon and his forest-guards have planted over 2,500 indigenous hardwood trees in the property and reclaimed over 80 acres of unauthorized farmed land.  staff; thus, increasing the natural joy of learning about each other; this interaction   enriches the local community at the same time that the community enriches the visitors’ cultural experience and knowledge.


     The property of Hacienda Chichen sits in the heart of the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  For three generations, the owners have kept this property as a green Maya Jungle Resort with utmost environmental care, protecting Yucatan's fauna (animals) and endemic flora (plants) within their vast private Maya Jungle Reserve Eco-Spa Resort's property; respecting not only Yucatan's historical legacy, its impressive Maya and Colonial cultural value, but the hospitality green vision and sustainable social mission that has made Hacienda Chichen an innovating eco-cultural destination where travelers can experience authentic Mayan cultural traditions.  


Summer Tanger - male - observed at Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and Main Gardens. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico


   ABOUT YUCATAN ADVENTURE ECO-TRAVEL GUIDE: We are a joined volunteer team with the Maya Foundation In Laakeech, a NGO Sustainable Civil Society dedicated to the welfare of the Mayan rural people and communities near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Our volunteer team thanks the Hacienda Chichen Resort and  Yaxkin Spa active organized efforts to Sustainable Tourism and Green Awareness Eco-Social activities to protect the Mayan Jungle environment: flora and fauna, as well as the Mayan native cultural traditions, and local rural-communities such as Xcalacoop, Yucatan, Mexico.  Indeed, few hotels and haciendas in Yucatan, Mexico have dedicated their efforts to “Responsible Tourism” as wholeheartedly.


      HOW TO HELP US HELP? There are plenty of ways you can support and help the communities you visit, ask us about small useful gifts that you could pack for to support local schools and conservation projects.  Your support is highly appreciated; you can help by buying at Toh Boutique Mayan Art-crafts or by making a donation to support The Maya Foundation In Láakeech A.C. social and ecological programs.

If you wish to be involved in MFIL volunteer work, the Hacienda Chichen offers free rooming and other discounts, please read our volunteer FAQ article.



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June 2006

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