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  • Photograph of Monarch Butterflies

    Monarchs at El Rosario by Nick Wall.

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    Photograph of Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo

    Photograph of Slaty Vireo

    Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo and Slaty Vireo by Brian Field. Just two of the many good-looking birds which can be seen in Mexico.

    Best Birds and other wildlife in Central Mexico

    Millions of Monarch butterflies during the northern winter and many other butterflies including swallowtails and heliconians.


    Mexican Endemics (127 for the whole country according to All the Birds of the World, del Hoyo, J., 2020)
    Lilac-crowned Parrot, White-naped Swift (the largest swift in the world), Bumblebee Hummingbird, Citreoline Trogon, San Blas Jay, Aztec Thrush, Ocellated Thrasher, Blue Mockingbird, Red Warbler, Black-polled and Hooded Yellowthroats, Red-breasted Chat, Red-headed Tanager, Orange-breasted Bunting, and Black-chested, Sierra Madre and Striped Sparrows. Also a chance of Slaty Vireo.

    Lesser Roadrunner, Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Mountain Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo, Grey Silky, Golden-browed Warbler and Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer. Also a chance of Hooded Grosbeak.

    Red-billed Tropicbird, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown Booby, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Reddish Egret, Boat-billed Heron, raptors including Crested Caracara, Limpkin, many shorebirds including Northern Jacana, Heermann's Gull, owls including Mottled, Northern Potoo, many hummingbirds, Coppery-tailed (Elegant) Trogon, Ringed, Belted and Green Kingfishers, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, many flycatchers including Buff-breasted and Vermilion, Masked Tityra, Black-capped Vireo, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, many wrens, American Dipper, nightingale thrushes, Olive and many other warblers including Grace's and Red-faced, Tropical Parula and Painted Redstart, Western and Flame-faced Tanagers, brush finches, many sparrows, orioles and Yellow-headed Blackbird. Also a chance of Blue-footed Booby, Military Macaw, Collared Forest Falcon, Rufous-necked Wood Rail and Rosy Thrush Tanager.

    Humpback Whale (Jan-Mar), Spotted Dolphin. Also a chance of White-nosed Coati, Nine-banded Armadillo, Margay, and Hog-nosed and Hooded Skunks.

    A great diversity of plants, from cacti through salvias to bromeliads.

    Other Natural Wonders of Central Mexico

    Popocatepetl An almost perfectly symmetrical and still active volcanic cone near Mexico City, rising to 5426 m (17,800 ft).

    Paricutin A volcano which erupted from a field in 1943 and reached 336 m (1102 ft) above ground in its first year, eventually rising to 424 m (1391 ft) above its surroundings and covering 25 sq km (10 sq miles) when it finished erupting in 1952.

    Volcan de Fuego An active volcano, rising to 3860 m (12,664 ft), which regularly emits tall clouds of ash into the air.

    Best Sites for Birds, butterflies and other wildlife in Central Mexico