Free and Sovereign State of Jalisco

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Birding Jalisco

Jalisco is a state in Mexico. The capital of Jalisco is the city of Guadalajara. In the 2005 census, Jalisco had a population of 6,752,113 people. Jalisco is known for being the birthplace of mariachi music.

The state of Jalisco borders the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the states of Nayarit to the northwest, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes to the north, Guanajuato to the east, and Colima and Michoacán to the south. It has an area of 79,085 km2 (30,535 sq mi).Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Chapala, lies within the boundaries of Jalisco.

Jalisco is the center of the Mexican tequila industry, and the town of Tequila, Jalisco, which gave its name to the famous liquor, is located there. The volcanic soil covering much of the state of Jalisco is particularly well suited for the cultivation of the blue agave plant, which is used as the base for tequila.

Contributors
Checklist

  • iGoTerra Checklist

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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 ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
Reserves

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  • Jalisco Dry Forests

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    List of locations - The Jalisco Dry Forests are a region of unparalleled diversity in Mexico. These rich forests, with more than 750 species of plants, are a crucial point in the migratory routes of many birds coming from Canada and the United States each winter…
  • MP Los Arcos

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Guides & Tour Operators


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  • Ecotours de Mexico

    Tour Operator
    The Bay of Banderas is home to a great variety of habitats and ecosystems, ranging from mountains, rivers and creeks, marshy lagoons, tropical forests, mangroves and shorelines. The diversity is so great that we can boast up to 355 different bird species in this area. That`s almost HALF of all bird species found in the U.S. and Canada combined! These are great birding tours, ALWAYS small groups and guided by one of Vallarta`s top birders.
  • Open Air Expeditions

    Tour Operator
    Choose either the Coastal Bird Walk or the Mountain Bird Hike. We suggest the Coastal Birds if this is your first time birding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We will drive you to a local estuary down a road paralleling the river. This is great habitat for Seedeaters, Buntings, Oriols, Kestrels and more. At the estuary, we will use a Spyingscope to scan the Shores and Mangroves for Egrets, Herons, Avocets and Sandpipers. Next we will drive 15 minutes to a fresh water lagoon to view Rails, Coots, Jacanas and Ducks
  • Wildlife Connection

    Tour Operator
    Bird watching is a fascinating outdoor activity. Due to its geographical position, Puerto Vallarta is, without a doubt, a perfect location, where on a relatively small area, we can observe a great variety of birds. Wildlife Connection offers you the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable encounter with these birds, surrounded by exuberant vegetation and in the company of biologists who will share with you their experience and knowledge
  • ecoTOURS

    Tour Operator
Trip Reports


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  • 2007 [05 May] - Chris Drysdale

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    One week trip to Jalisco, staying at Puerto Vallarta (in Marina Vallarta, 20 minutes drive north of the city centre), with side trips just across the state line to Nayarit, April 24th to May 1st 2007…
  • 2007 [07 July] - Russ Namitz

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    Two week trip taking in Nayarit, Sinaloa and Jalisco…
  • 2013 [01 January] - Marcus Roening

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    …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…
  • 2014 [05 May] - Chris Drysdale - Puerto Vallarta

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    ...I took three local half-day trips from Puerto Vallarta, each starting before dawn to maximize daylight: the high elevation La Bufa (San Sebastian del Oeste); Rancho Primavera (El Tuito); and the road to Bioto. Each turned out, for their own reasons, to be excellent birding locations...
  • 2014 [March] - Suzanne Winckler

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    ...Our two-day visit to Centro Ecoturismo Amixtlán in Jalisco was part of an 18-day birding trip (including Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco) covering the well-known birding destinations, primarily those in Steve Howell's A Bird-finding Guide to Mexico (1999)...
Places to Stay


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  • Casa de las Flores B&B

    Accommodation
    Casa de las Flores Bed & Breakfast in Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara is a restored, turn of the century adobe home in a traditional neighborhood. When you open our doors you will find English-speaking hosts, large flower-filled gardens, and spacious accommodations waiting to greet you.
Blogs
  • Vince Gravel - Birds of Mexico

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    Many terrific pix…

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