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La Tigra National ParkSatellite View
La Tigra National Park is one of the most popular cloud-forests in Honduras. The park is home to 171 species, 42 of which only live in cloud-forests and 27 migratory species. Some of these species are endangered or threatened, as is the case with the great curassow and numerous species of the trogon family, which includes the Resplendent Quetzal. Visitors interested in viewing the Quetzal will have better luck in the breeding season between March and May. They are normally completely hidden in the dense vegetation of the cloud forest, but, during this time both the males and females are very active.
Pico Bonito National ParkSatellite View
Pico Bonito National Park is one of the most visually spectacular places in Honduras, in recent years tourist developments, which haven`t affected the surrounding environment, have made this area one of the most comfortable and enjoyable places to visit in Honduras. A large variety of species are found in and around Pico Bonito including hawks, eagles, kites, doves, parrots, motmots, hummingbirds, wood-creepers, swallows and loons, which all inhabit the park and surrounding area. Also you will find Keel Billed Tucans, Highland Guan, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Blue-crowned Motmot, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, White-collared Manakin, Slaty-tailed trogon, and many others.
Rio Platano BiosphereSatellite View
On a more adventurous note the Rio Platano Biosphere offers what may be one of the best nature experiences in all Central America. The Biosphere makes up, with neighbouring national parks and forested areas, one of the largest areas of unfragmented tropical forest north of the Amazon. The Rio Platano is home to over 375 bird species. Many migratory birds are found in the area as are many rare species which are hard, if not impossible, to find in any other area of Honduras, Harpy Eagles, Aplomado Falcon, Great Green and Scarlet Macaws, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Chestnut-mandible Toucan, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Jabiru and the Black and White Hawk Eagle are just a few of the special species found in the Biosphere.
Tela BaySatellite View
Tela Bay and the nearby Lancetilla Botanical Gardens are a must for all birders. Punta Sal and Los Micos Lagoon which are located on Tela Bay, offer excellent birding for lagoon, mangrove and coastal species. These wetlands are a haven for large numbers of Ibis, Herons, Gulls, Egrets, Terns, Sandpipers and the impressive Roseate Spoonbills. The Lancetilla Botancial Gardens are one of the largest tropical gardens in the world, and are home to a wide variety of trees from all over the world and a protected nature reserve. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the gardens and surroundings, toucans, tanagers, orioles, trogons, motmots, antbirds, ovenbirds and a variety of colourful parrots are but a sample of the rich bird diversity.
Yojoa LakeSatellite View
The habitat of Yojoa Lake, it's surrounding tropical forest and the forested mountains of Santa Barbara and Cerro Azul Meambar are home to over 373 species of birds. The area offers some of the best accessible birding in Honduras. Once an avid bird watcher reportedly was shocked when over the time span of a few hours he was able to sight as many as 37 species in one tree, all from the comfort of his deck chair on his hotel room lake-front terrace!
Number of bird species: 746
National Bird: Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot Ochrocephala auropalliata
Number of endemics: 1
Honduran Emerald Amazilia luciae
Field Checklist of the Birds of HondurasDennis Beall 27 pages, tabs. American Birding Association 1997
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Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and HondurasRA Ridgely and JA Gwynne 608 pages, 48 col plates, 53 line illus. Princeton University Press 1992
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Seven Names for the BellbirdMark Bonta, Texas A&M UP 2003
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R Sherry Thorne, c/o Cooperacion Tdcnica, Apdo 30289 Toncontin, Tegucigalpa Honduras. + 504 341869; email@example.com
Friends of Celaque National Park
We hope to attract ecologists, biologists, and other scientists interested in studying the park's ecosystems, restoring degraded surrounding areas, and linking it to nearby natural areas through green corridors...
The Patuca Foundation's mission is the conservation and sustainable development of the remaining tropical forests in Honduras, cooperating with local non-profit organization Grupo Ecológico Olancho (GEO).
Mejorar la calidad de vida de los pobladores de las cuencas hidrográficas de la Bahía de Tela, a través de la conservación de los recursos naturales, agroforestales, el desarrollo comunitario, el ecoturismo, la concientización ambiental y el cambio de políticas en manejo sostenible de las áreas protegidas, utilizandos metodologías participativas.
Celaque National ParkWebsite
Many bird species, particularly migratory ones, reside in the pine-oak forest between September and May. These include several species of warbler, woodpeckers, vultures, vireos, the American swallow-tailed kite...
Honduras' Parks and Protected AreasWebsite
This is a preliminary index of protected areas in Honduras.
Jeanette Kawas National ParkWebsite
You step off the boat over the seaweed-filled water and onto the sandy beach of Punta Sal. With every step you take, crabs scatter away, trying to avoid being stepped on...
La Muralla National ParkWebsite
Nature abounds and if you're lucky you'll see a great diversity of wildlife. The most common bird life are the local Central American species, but the area also attracts North American migrants. The resplendent quetzal is a year-round resident. Some people say quetzals are more abundant and more easily observed here than in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. Quetzals are most observable February-April when they are breeding and raising their chicks...
La Tigra National ParkWebsite
The magic of the cloud forest, combining the complexity of a mixed pine, oak and liquidambar forest, is the main attraction in this unique protected area. The park has a wide variety of flora and fauna and plays a major role in water production for the capital city and surrounding communities...
At Macaw Mountain, visitors are immersed in the natural beauty of Honduras as they walk on trails and wooden pathways through the lush, stream-cut valley. In addition to interacting with parrots and toucans, Macaw Mountain has excellent wild bird watching and a wealth of native butterflies, beetles, orchids and mature, native trees. Well-informed bilingual guides enforce the park`s strong ecological focus by providing visitors with in-depth information about birds, vital links between coffee farming and bird populations, and the importance of certain species within the cosmology of the ancient Maya of Copán.
National Parks of TrujilloWebsite
This wildlife refuge is home to many species of waterbirds, as well as crocidiles, turtles, white faced monkeys, iguanas, and hundreds of species of fish.
Pico Bonito National ParkWebsite
Pico Bonito National Park is a bird watcher's paradise. Nearly 200 species of birds have been identified. Who can ever forget the hanging nests of the Montezuma Oropendola. Giant black cowbirds are often seen around oropendola colonies. The bright red and black of the Scarlet-Rumped Tanager is a sight never to be forgotten. When you hear a loud wing-snapping noise strain your eyes to see the White-Collared Manakin.
Rio Platano Biosphere ReserveWebsite
Located on the watershed of the Río Plátano, the reserve is one of the few remains of a tropical rainforest in Central America and has an abundant and varied plant and wildlife...
Río Plátano Biosphere ReserveWebsite
Thirty-nine species of mammals, 377 species of birds and 126 of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded. Threatened species include giant anteater...
Wetlands of International ImportanceWebsite
Honduras presently has 4 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 241,997 hectares...
1996 [September] - Mark OberleReport
This report covers the highlights of birding locations that I visited in between some work I did in Tegucigalpa. My wife, Mardie, and my 5-year old son, William, came so they could get a sense of life in a developing country as we considered a career change for 1997. So the birding was less intense than if I had been on my own.
1998 [March] - Howard YouthReport
Belize and Costa Rica have received the lion`s share of U.S. press, but Honduras has wonderful potential. For one thing, the country, though growing rapidly, still has many wild places.
1999 [June] - Pamela Conley - Birding the Highlands of HondurasReport
The day was bright and sunny and after the long confinement and exhaustion of jet travel, we found it exhilarating to be on a boat floating gently through a marshy area. We drifted lazily past great blue, tricolored, little blue, and green-backed herons that took off in flight as we passed. Snowy, great and cattle egrets were numerous white reflections on the water. We also saw belted and ringed kingfishers fly ahead of the boat, and we watched jacana tip-toe across giant lily pads...
2001 [February] - Richard Stern - La CeibaReport
The purpose of this report is therefore more of an introduction to the area than a major birding trip report.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Coco ToursTour Operator
Tour operator in Honduras. Birding, trekking and rainforest packages...
Focus on NatureTour Operator
Honduras, the second-largest country in Central America, is a land of mountains and forests, of beaches and coral, of mangroves and wilderness...
Guided bird watching tours are avaliable with Malcolm, who has been studying the area for the last 5 years. A self taught birder he has experience in India, Europe, South-east Asia and South America before settling at the lake...
Honduran BirdsTour Operator
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 504 97511680 or 504 97515004 - Honduras is a great destination for neotropical birding, simply an essential pilgrimage for any birders wanting to enjoy the tropical birding trip of a lifetime! Boasting the second richest avifauna in Central America...
Honduras Travel & Vacation GuideTour Operator
You have come to the right place if you are: planning travel to Honduras on vacation; thinking of a scuba diving Honduras vacation in Roatan, a Bay Island off Honduras north coast, or simply need more Honduras travel information to decide if a Honduras vacation is right for you. I am glad you are here. Welcome...
La Moskitia EcoaventurasTour Operator
Birdwatching or birding has become one of the favorite activies for outdoor enthusiasts. The rainforest jungles, secondary forests, pine forests, beaches, marshes and mangroves of Honduras provide an opportunity to see many of the hundreds of bird species that inhabit these spectacular Central American ecosystems. La Moskitia Ecoaventuras - located in La Ceiba, Honduras - can take you to the areas with the best possibilities for seeing such birds as: parrots, toucans, macaws, quetzals, oropendulas, fly catchers, trogons, motmots, jacamars, pelicans, sandpipers, ibises, frigatebirds, roseate spoonbills, storks, etc. Join us on one of our specialized birding expeditions or ecotours in the Caribbean coast of Honduras...
Mesoamerica TravelTour Operator
Mesoamérica Travel is an incoming Tour Operator with its head office in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. We organize and manage trips for individual travelers or small groups as well as incentive trips all tailored to service your needs. Our trips vary in length and focus, from one-day adventures and tours to longer, all-terrain and multihabitat itineraries. Our offer includes nature and adventure travel exploring one of the world`s most magnificent wildernesses: the jungles, mountains, forests, rivers, and coastlines...
Roatan ChartersTour Operator
To be Honduran is to be a lot more than just another pretty beach. This itinerary originates in the capital city of Tegucigalpa where we tour the shops and boutiques and sample delightful tipico fare. Enroute to beautiful mountain rimmed Lago Yojoa, home to nearly 400 bird species, we visit colonial Comayagua...
Online Success with a Proven Team - As tourism develops in Honduras we need to take business and promotion to a new level and on to a global stage. This may sound difficult and expensive, but it can be done economically with the Internet. There are many companies that have tried to promote their business on the Internet with little success. They quickly found there is a lot more involved in getting people to your website than just putting it online...
Birds and Beaches: Unique Lodgings in HondurasAccommodation
Two unusual eco-lodges; distinctly different from each other, offer visitors a true Honduran experience...
D&D Brewery Lodge & RestaurantAccommodation
We’re the first microbrewery in Honduras, located near picturesque Lake Yojoa in central Honduras. Our draft beer, hand-crafted on site, is a refreshing change from the bottled stuff you find elsewhere in Honduras! Our accommodations feature 3 private cabins, 6 standard rooms, a mixed dorm, and camping–all tucked away inside of lush jungle vegetation. Amenities include a swimming pool, free WiFi, netbook rental, laundry service, book exchange, full-service restaurant, and of course, our tap room!
Eco-Hacienda San LucasAccommodation
...a natural mystical place...
End of the World ResortAccommodation
Have you always dreamed of exploring or rediscovering the ancient Mayan world firsthand? Or perhaps hiking silently through a lush, green jungle paradise, amidst a colorful array of tropical butterflies, birds and orchids?
Pico Bonito LodgeAccommodation
Honduras offers the birdwatcher, amateur and professional alike, an incredible opportunity to observe its avian fauna in a wide variety of habitats. To date, at least 740 bird species have been recorded here. The country is dotted with national parks and reserves which alone harbor most of the species at one time or another throughout the year...
Birding Honduras offers resources for birders interested in Central America, and uses Honduras as a focal point...
Checklist - Birds of HondurasChecklist
Cloud Forest in HondurasWebsite
Because of its mountainous topography, Honduras has more cloud forests than any other country in Central America, boasting nearly 40. The largest cloud forests have been made into national parks. Others are wildlife refuges, biological reserves or simply water protection areas. Of the 13 national parks located in Honduras, 12 are located in highland cloud forests.
Some sightings in Honduras...
Mesoamerica is a big destination for foreign birdwatchers. It forms the bridge between the largely temperate species of North America and the tropical species of South America. It is home to a large number of endemics, many of which are much sought after by the bird watching connoisseur, such as the Resplendent Quetzal and the Horned Guan. However, the majority of birders visiting Mesoamerica confine their birding to Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama, leaving Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua as relative birding backwaters. This is a terrible shame as there is some fantastic birding to be had. Throughout the 1980s three of these countries suffered from civil wars which put off many visitors, but now the countries have stabilized it is time for birders to return and find out what they have been missing.
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