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Cozumel, Quitana Roo (Center on Interactive Map)

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Map of Cozumel, Quitana Roo

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) Male American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) Cozumel American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris)
Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia) Female Basic Plumage Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) Cozumel caboti ssp. Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum) Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica) Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) Female

Cozumel is an island off the Yucatan Peninsula known as a touristy cruise ship port. Sterile and overpriced resorts line much of the coast replacing what was once vibrant jungle. In the birding world, Cozumel is known for its four endemic species (one possibly extinct) and several endemic subspecies. Unfortunately, in three days of trying, I was unable to locate any of the endemics.


Mexico to Panama

1/14/2009: Upon arrival at the airport in Cozumel to start our Central America trip, we were met by the resort company touts who offered a rental car discount, free breakfast, and free entrance to the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve. The breakfast was terrible, and the lowlight of the presentation was a fancy animated video showing a patch of jungle being transformed into resort. We found it difficult to find good birding spots as a lot of the island has been cleared for resort development. Despite hours of searching over a three day period, we did not find ANY of the four endemic bird species.

Next Visit (Tulum: 1/16/2009)

Species Recorded (43)

Birds ( 40 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

Frigatebirds ( Fregatidae )
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
White Ibis - Eudocimus albus
Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Blue-winged Teal - Spatula discors

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
American Coot - Fulica americana

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
White-crowned Pigeon - Patagioenas leucocephala
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Vaux's Swift - Chaetura vauxi

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Green-breasted Mango - Anthracothorax prevostii

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis
Black Catbird - Melanoptila glabrirostris
Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas
Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia
Northern Parula - Setophaga americana
Hooded Warbler - Setophaga citrina
Yellow-throated Warbler - Setophaga dominica
Magnolia Warbler - Setophaga magnolia
Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia
American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla

Bananaquit ( Coerebinae )
Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Indigo Bunting - Passerina cyanea

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus


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