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Free and Sovereign State of Colima

Colima Warbler vermivora crissalis ©Vince Gravel Website

Birding Colima

Colima is a state in western Mexico. It shares its name with its capital and main city, Colima. Colima is a small state, sharing a border with the Mexican states of Jalisco to the north and east, and Michoacán to the south. To the west Colima borders the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to the capital city of Colima, the state's main cities include Manzanillo and Tecomán. The state has an area of 5,455 square kilometers (2,106.2 sq mi), with a population in 2005 census of about 567,996 people.



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Useful Reading

Fieldguides, CDs etc.

For a selection of appropriate fieldguides and CDs etc see the general Mexico page of Fatbirder…


Abbreviations Key

BR Sierra De Manantlan Region


Satellite View

The bird tally for the general area is 336 species – 30% of Mexico's birds, including the locally rare Amazona finschi (lilac-crowned amazon, cotorra); Ara militaris (military macaw, guacamaya verde) and Aquila chrysaetos (golden eagle, águila real); 30% of the species are totally or partially migratory, and 32 species are endemic to western and central Mexico.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Tour Operator

…In birding terms Mexico is a very rich country due to its geographical situation. There is a wide variety of habitats and ecosystems, which are home to a rich flora and fauna full of endemics. There are coastal dunes, mangroves, savannas, lowland and highland cloud and rain forests, deserts. Mexico is one of main biological diversity hotspots with 1,040 different species of birds, of which many are endemic…

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [02 February] - Bob Cecil - Manantlan Biosphere


…A guide might also help you find what has been described as the West Coast counterpart of cloud forest, alleged to be on up the mountain. Talking to a couple of other guys, John got what he thought was a convincing description of Eared Quetzals, including the white undertail…

2013 [01 January] - Marcus Roening

Report PDF

…The largest concentration of water birds was on the NW corner of the Bahia de Navidad and the town of Melaque, especially where the pungent stream enters the bay at the very edge of town. Amongst the 100s of Brown Pelicans, Neotropical Cormorants and Royal Terns, we were able to pick out Brown & Blue-footed Boobies, Elegant & Forster’s Terns…

Places to Stay

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Hotel La Posada


Bart Varelmann, the American owner and operator since 1960, provides a unique personal touch to the small (22 rooms) seaside inn. Here you are someone special - not just a room number. You`ll be greeted personally upon arrival (there`s no front desk) and quickly began to relax and enjoy total informality at Bart`s unique seaside inn.