Tropical Dry Forest - Wetlands -  Coastal dune - Associated Fauna - Remote Areas


Tours for bird watching can be carried in three (3) different environments, coastal scrub, wetlands and tropical forest.

You can walked through the trails or on board a boat with outboard motor to visit the northern lagoons within the island, at extra cost.

Below are listed the three different locations and immediately after the activities that can be carried out for bird watching in each of them:

1. Punta Norte. The Natural Protected Area, of Flora and Fauna, Northern Zone of Cozumel Island.

2. Punta Ixpalbarco. The Natural Protected Area of Flora and Fauna, East of the island of Cozumel.

3. Villa Maya, Private Nature Reserve located in the central part of the island in the vicinity of the archaeological ruins of San Gervasio.


In this location there are (2) options available to bird watching:

a. On board a small boat in 23-25 feet long with outboard, coastal lagoons north of the island, estuarine waters that are home to a wide variety of waterfowl visit. The community is mangrove. (Call for information, availability, scheduale and estimation on cost).

b. Through trail walking on driveways to Punta Norte. The hike is about 3 - 4 km, the community is wetlands, particularly mangrove and tasistal. Upon completion, the experience is summarize and discussed sightings made.


In this location there are two (2) options for bird watching:

a. Aboard an aluminum canoe 17 feet long rowing, Ixpalbarco wetlands, freshwater lagoons that according to the rainy season and the amount of precipitation, these lagoons are navigable, pristine environment, with a great biodiversity.
(Call for information, availability, scheduale and prices).

b. Walked through the path of access to Punta Ixpalbarco, mangroves, and coastal dune scrub visited. It is an excellent opportunity for sighting water birds and coastal scrub. The hike is about 3-4 km, The main communities are wetlands, beaches and coastal scrub with chit palm species, siricote, sea grape, creeping plants as riñonina, suriana and tournefortia. Upon completion, the experience is summarize and discussed sightings made.


a. This location is experienced only through the walk on the trails within the nature reserve. The reserve is located towards the center of the island at a point where you can visit different tips of vegetation and communities. The natural relief turns along the way, being able to see a difference in shaping the relief and soil type allowing recognize Geology of the island, these differences has allowed different plant communities, tropical forest, lowland forest, and wetlands. The walk is done through 5 km of trails that penetrate the dense vegetation of the rainforest. Upon completion, the experience is summarize and discussed the sightings made.

Call we can customize your excursion.

As you know, Cozumel is an oceanic island, is characterized by the species of migratory birds coming from North America in the winter, in addition to the resident species of the island, there are 19 endemic species and subspecies that make it unique experience.

While there are different lists of different authors report different residents, endemic, migratory and vagrant bird species, and to bring together 5 of the main lists, the result is the list of matching species, the result is 310 species of birds reported for the island of Cozumel.


- Transportation from the meeting point and back
- Different ecosystems for birdwatching.
- field guides.
- Coffee, snaks and natural drinks and natural fruit.
- Time to share your sightings.
- Natural interpretation, you will learn about the natural history of the island of Cozumel.


-Transportation To Meeting Point
-Photographs, photographic cameras or binoculars.


MEGA Grosery store in town.
For hotel guests who are staying in Cozumel or for people who come from Playa del Carmen or cruise passengers the meeting point is the base of the electric escalator at MEGA grosery store in down town, at Av. Rafael Melgar (ocean front aveniune and 11 Av.)

You will receive your confirmation via e-mail with precise instructions to reach the Meeting Point.


5 Hrs. 


Minimum: 2 people
Maximum: 8 people


Backpack, long pants, long sleeves and closed tennis shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, camera, money for photos, gratuities or other beverages.


Daily departures.
The departure time is at 6:00 a.m.
The schedule can be flexible, but needs confirmation, contact us via email.


i. Confirmation:  - Deposit will be pay online through Pay Pal, (

- We recommend to pay the balance for services in cash, when you arrive to the meeting point, either in US USD or in Mx pesos at the exchange rate of the day.

- We do not collect on credit cards.

ii. The maximum weight of the participant cannot exceed 110 kg or 240 pounds.; minimum age of 12 years. This expedition is not suitable for people with physical disabilities or diseases, cardio - pulmonary.

Price : $ 110.00 USD


Birds of Cozumel: The list below shows the Status of the birds in Cozumel, publish by Howell (1995) The Key for the Status is:

R: Confirmed or suspected resident breeder.
Rr: Rare resident.
T: Transient migrant.
Tr: Rare Transient migrant.
W: Winter visitor, at least irregularly.
Wr: Rare winter visitor.
V: Non breeding visitor
X: Vagrant.
E: Extinct.
H: Hypothetical occurrence.
? When use alone, indicates possible occurrence indicates probable status; Endemic species and subspecies are indicated in bold. view  
An asterisk * indicates non native or introduced stock.

  Scientific  English  Spanish  Status
1 Phalacrocorax auritus  Double-crested cormorant Cormorán Bicrestado Wr Rr
2 Ixobrychus exilis Least bittern Avetorito Americano Wr
3 Anas a. acuta  Northern pintail Pato Golondrino Norteño Wr
4 Anas discors  Blue-winged teal Cerceta Aliazul Wr
5 Anas clypeata  Northern shoveler Pato Cucharón Norteño Wr
6 Aythya collaris Ring-necked duck Pato Piquianillado Wr
7 Aythya affinis Lesser scaup Pato-boludo Menor Wr
8 Falco sparerius American Kestrel Cernícalo Americano Wr
9 Falco columbarius Merlin Esmerejón Wr
10 Falco peregrinus Peregrine falcon Halcón Peregrino Wr
11 Porzana carolina Sora Polluela Sora W R
12 Fulica a. americana American Coot Gallareta Americana Wr
13 Plucialis squatarola Black-bellied plover Chorlo Gris W R
14 Charadrius semipalmatus Semipamated plover Chorlito Semipalmado W R
15 Charadrius v. vociferus Killdeer Chorlito Tildío W R
16 Tringa melanoleuca Greater yellowlegs Patamarilla Mayor W
17 Tringa solitaria Solitary sandpiper Playero Solitario W
18 Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Willet Playero Pihuihui W
19 Actitis macularia Spotted sandpiper Playero Alzacolita W
20 Calidris alba Sanderling Playero blanco W
21 Calidris mauri Western Sandpiper Playerito Occidental W
22 Calidris minutilla Least sandpiper Playerito Mínimo W
23 Limnodromus griseus Short-billed dowitcher Costurero Piquicorto W
24 Gallinago gallinago delicata Common snipe Agachona Común W
25 Larus argentatus smithsonianus  Herring gull Gaviota Plateada Wr
26 Sterna caspia Caspian tern Golondrina-marina Caspica Wr
27 Rynchops n. niger Black skimmer Rayador Americano Wr
28 Zenaida macroura Mourning dove Paloma Huilota R
29 Ceryle alcyon Belted kingfisher Martin-pescador Norteño W R
30 Sphyrapicus varius Yellow-bellied sapsucker Chupasavia Vientre-amarillo W
31 Empidonax minimus Least flycatcher Mosquero Mínimo Wr
32 Tachycineta bicolor Tree swallow Golondrina Arbolera  Wr
33 Catharus mustelinus Wood thrush Zorzalito Maculado Wr
34 Dumetella carolinensis Grey catbird Pájaro-gato Gris Wr
35 Bombycilla cedrorum Cedar waxwing Ampelis Americano Wr
36 Vireo griseus White-eyed vireo Vireo Ojiblanco W
37 Vireo flavifrons Yellow-throated vireo Vireo Gorjiamarillo W
38 Vireo philadelphicus Philadelphia vireo Vireo de Filadelfia Wr
39 Vermivora pinus Blue-winged warbler Chipe Aliazul Wr
40 Vermivora peregrina Tennessee warbler Chipe Peregrino W
41 Parula americana Northern parula Parula Norteña W
42 Dendroica magnolia Magnolia warbler Chipe de Magnolia W
43 Dendroica tigrina Cape may warbler Chipe Atigrado Wr
44 Dendroica caerulescens Black-throated blue warbler Chipe Azuloso Wr
45 Dendroica coronata Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) warbler Chipe Rabadilla-amarilla Wr
46 Dendroica virens Black-throated green warbler Chipe Dorsiverde W
47 Dendroica dominica Yellow-throated warbler Chipe Gorjiamarillo Wr
48 Dendroica discolor Prairie warbler Chipe Pradeño W
49 Dendroica palmarum Palm warbler Chipe Playero Wr
50 Mniotilta varia Black and white warbler Chipe Trepador Wr
51 Setophaga ruticilla American redstart Pavito Migratorio Wr
52 Helmitheros vermivorus Worm-eating warbler Chipe Gusanero W
53 Helmitheros swainsonii Swainson’s warbler Chipe de Swainson W
54 Seiurus aurocapillus Ovenbird Chipe-suelero Coronado W
55 Seiurus noveboracensis Northern waterthrush Chipe-suelero Charquero W
56 Oporornis formosus  Kentucky Warbler Chipe de Kentucky Wr
57 Geothlypis trichas Common yellowthroat Mascarita Común W
58 Wilsonia citrina Hooded warbler Chipe Encapuchado W
59 Icteria virens Yellow-breasted chat Gritón Pechiamarillo W
60 Piranga rubra  Summer tanager Tángara Roja Wr
61 Pheucticus ludovicianus Rose-breasted grosbeak Picogrueso Pechirrosado W
62 Passerina caerulea Blue grosbeak Picogrueso Azul W
63 Passerina cyanea Indigo bunting Colorín Azul W
64 Passerina ciris Painted bunting Colorín Sietecolores W
65 Ammodramus savannarum Grasshopper sparrow Gorrión Chapulín W
66 Butorides virescens  Green heron Garza Verde Rr
67 Coragyps atratus  Black vulture Zopilote negro R
68 Cathartes aura  Turkey vulture Aura Cabecirroja R
69 Buteo magnirostris  Roadside hawk Aguililla Caminera Rr
70 Buteo brachyurus fuliginosus Short-tailed hawk Aguililla Colicorta R
71 Crax rubra griscomi Great curassow Hocofaisán Rr
72 Laterallus ruber Ruddy crake Polluela Rojiza R
73 Gallinula chloropus cachinnans Common moorhen Gallineta Común R
74 Himantopus m. mexicanus Black-necked stilt Candelero Americano R
75 Columba livia ssp Feral pigeon (rock dove) Paloma Doméstica R*
76 Columbina passerina * Common ground-dove Tórtola Común R
77 Columbina talpacoti  Ruddy ground dove Tórtola Rojiza R
78 Leptotila jamaicensis gaumeri Caribbean dove Paloma Caribeña Rr
79 Amazona xantholora Yucatan parrot Loro Yucateco R
80 Coccyzus minor Mangrove cuckoo Cuco Manglero R
81 Crotophaga ani Smooth-billed ani Garrapatero Piquiliso R
82 Crotophaga sulcirostris  Groove-billed ani Garrapatero Pijuy R
83 Otus guatemalae  Vermiculated screech-owl Tecolote Vermiculado R
84 Nyctidromus albicollis  Pauraque Tapacaminos Picuyo R
85 Caprimulgus badius Yucatan nightjar Tapacaminos Yucateco Rr
86 Chaetura vauxi  Vaux’s swift Vencejo de Vaux R
87 Chloristilbon forficatus Cozumel emerald Esmeralda de Cozumel R
88 Chloroceryle aenea stictoptera Pygmy kingfisher Martin-pescador Enano Rr
89 Melanerpes pygmaeus  Yucatan woodpecker Carpintero Yucateco R
90 Melanerpes aurifrons  Golden-fronted woodpecker Carpintero Frentidorado R
91 Camptostoma imberbe Northern beardless tyrannulet Mosquerito Lampino Norteño Rr
92 Myiopagis viridicata  Greenish elaenia Elenia Verdosa Rr
93 Elaenia martinica remota Caribbean elaenia Elenia Caribeña Rr
94 Attila spadiceus Bright-rumped attila Atila Rabadilla-brillante Rr
95 Myiarchus yucatanensis Yucatan flycatcher Copetón Yucateco R
96 Tyrannus melancholicus  Tropical kingbird Tirano Tropical R
97 Tachycineta a. albilinea Mangrove swallow Golondrina Manglera Rr
98 Troglodytes beani Cozumel wren Saltapared de Cozumel Rr
99 Polioptila caerulea Blue-grey gnatcatcher Perlita Grisilla R
100 Dumetella glabrirostris Black catbird Pájaro-gato Negro R
101 Mimus gilvus Tropical mockingbird Cenzontle Sureño R
102 Toxostoma guttatum Cozumel thrasher Cuitlacoche de Cozumel E
103 Vireo bairdi Cozumel vireo Vireo de Cozumel Rr
104 Vireo m. Magister Yucatan vireo Vireo Yucateco R
105 Cyclarhis gujanensis Rufous-browed peppershrike Vireón Cejirrufo R
106 Dendroica petechia  Yellow warbler Chipe Amarillo R
107 Coereba flaveola Bananaquit Platanero R
108 Spindalis zena benedicti Stripe-headed tanager Tángara Cabecirrayada R
109 Piranga roseogularis Rose-throated tanager Tángara Yucateca R
110 Cardinalis cardinalis Northern cardinal Cardenal Norteño Rr
111 Sporophila torqueola White-collared seedeater Semillero Collarejo R
112 Tiaris olivacea Yellow-faced grassquit Semillero Oliváceo R
113 Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed grackle Zanate Mayor R
114 Icterus cucullatus Hooded Oriole Bolsero Cuculado R
115 Anhinga anhinga leucogaster Anhinga Anhinga Americana W/R
116 Egretta thula Snowy egret Garza Nivea W/R?
117 Egretta caerulea Little blue heron Garza Azul W/R?
118 Egretta tricolor Tricolored heron Garza Tricolor W/R?
119 Egretta rufescens  Reddish egret Garza Rojiza W/R?
120 Nycticorax violaceus  Yellow-crowned night-heron Garza-nocturna Coroniclara W/R?
121 Eudocimus albus White ibis Ibis Blanco W/R?
122 Platalea ajaja Roseate spoonbill Espátula Rosada W/R?
123 Charadrius wilsonia Wilson’s plover Chorlito Piquigrueso W/R?
124 Haematopus palliatus American oystercatcher Ostrero Americano W/R?
125 Contopus cinereus Tropical pewee Pibí Tropical W/R?
126 Columba leucocephala White-crowned pigeon Paloma Coroniblanca R?
127 Zenaida aurita salvadorii Zenaida dove Paloma de Zenaida X/R?
128 Zenaida asiatica White-winged dove Paloma Aliblanca R/S?
129 Pandion haliaetus Osprey Gavilán Pescador R
130 Chondrohierax uncinatus Hook-billed kite Milano Piquiganchudo V/R?
131 Pelecanus occidentalis Brown pelican Pelícano Café V/R?
132 Phalacrocorax brasilianus Neotropic Cormorant Cormorán Neotropical V/R?
133 Fregata magnificens Magnificent frigatebird Fragata Magnífica V/R?
134 Ardea herodias Great blue heron Garzón Cenizo V/R?
135 Egretta alba egretta Great egret Garza Grande V/R?
136 Cochlearius cochlearius Boat-billed heron Garza Cucharón R?
137 Buteogallus anthracinus Common black hawk Gavilán Pescador R?
138 Jacana s. spinosa Northern jacana Jacana Mesoamericana R
139 Tyto alba Barn owl Lechuza de Campanario R?
140 Asio stygius Stygian owl Búho-cornudo Oscuro V/R?