Fatbirder - linking birders worldwide... Wildlife Travellers see our sister site: WAND

Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa

Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarhynchus pitangua ©Ian Montgomery Website

Sinaloa is bordered to the north by Sonora and Chihuahua; to the south, by Nayarit; to the east by Durango, and to the west, across the Gulf of California, Baja California Sur. The eighteen municipios of Sinaloa are home to approximately 2,425,675 inhabitants. The coastal plain is a narrow strip of land that stretches along the length of the state and lies between the ocean and the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental Range, which dominates the eastern part of the state. Sinaloa is traversed by many rivers, which carve broad valleys into the foothills. The largest of these rivers are the Culiacán, Fuerte, and Sinaloa.

Sinaloa has a warm climate on the coast side, moderate-warm in the valleys and lower mountainskirts, moderate-cold in small mountains and cold in the high ones. Its weather characteristics vary from subtropical, found on the plains, to cold in the nearby mountains. Temperatures range from 22° C to 43° C with rains during the summer.



GNU Free Documentation License


Useful Reading

Fieldguides, CDs etc.

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

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Sendero Mexico

Tour Operator

In addition to the beautiful beaches, islands, the historic downtown, cultural events and sites, the area around Mazatlan offers the traveller interested in nature and birdwatching an enriching experience. The area is characterized by long, white beaches, mangrove-lined brackish water estuaries (lagoons), tropical deciduous and dry thorn forest and in the higher elevations pine/oak forests. Each area is unique in the type of flora and fauna it is comprised of. For example the tropical deciduous forest possesses up to 40 % of the flora and fauna found in all of Mexico. Over 400 hundred species of birds, 35 Mexican endemics and another 17 Mexican/Central American endemics, are found in the three combined ecosystems…

Trip Reports

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…


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.

2006 [01 January] - Barry Cooper & Gail Mackiernan


Along with our friend Sally Wechsler we visited San Blas, Nayarit, and vicinity and sites along the Durango Road, Sinaloa. During our time at San Blas we stayed at the Hotel Garza Canela and while birding the Durango Road we stayed at the cabins at Daniel’s Restaurant and Hotel in Copala. We will only make the following limited comments on the accommodations, as both hotels have been discussed at some length in several earlier trip reports…

2007 [07 July] - Russ Namitz


I went on a 2 week birding trip to central Pacific Mexico in July. Beside one hellacious thunderstorm and another smaller one, it didn’t rain for the trip duration. Birding commenced mostly in the mornings and rarely in the afternoons as I had to juggle rental car logistics with the 3 surfers & non-birding spouse that I was traveling with…

Places to Stay

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Hotel Santa Anita


A modern hotel with 130 rooms and suites, known for its comfort and elegance, is located in Los Mochis, a prosperous agricultural city of over 300,000…


Mazatlan Bird Festival

Facebook Page

There are now hundreds of annual birds festivals, big and small, across North America and the Mazatlan Bird Festival promises to become the most important event of its kind in Latin America. Treat yourself to a birding vacation to an area of well recognized birding importance in sunny Mexico…


Tufted Jay Preserve

Facebook Page

Satellite View

High above the warm coastal plains of the Mexican pacific coast in the cool forested canyons of the Sierra Madre Occidental is the Tufted Jay Preserve. This unique Preserve was created to protect the lush habitat of the spectacular and highly endemic Tufted Jay. Founded in December 2005 the Tufted Jay Preserve offers the visitor comfortable accommodations located in an area known for it's varied and rich biodiversity…