Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa

Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarhynchus pitangua ©Ian Montgomery Website
Birding Sinaloa

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.

Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • Mazatlan Bird Festival

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    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…

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  • NR Cacaxtla Plateau Wildlife Refuge

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  • Tufted Jay Preserve

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    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…
Trip Reports
  • 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…

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