3 Things You Don’t Know About Bird Watching in the Riviera Maya

In birding terms, Mexico can be considered to be one of the richest countries due to its geographical conditions and characteristics. The country features an array of climates, habitats and ecosystems which are the home to unique and diverse flora and fauna.

The following are three things you never knew about bird watching in Mexico.

1. Birdwatching is practiced in almost 116 protected areas scattered throughout the country. These include areas such as the world-famous Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve in Tulum, and the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Muyil and Calakmul.

2. According to the website of the Mexican Presidency, the national bird of Mexico is the northern crested caracara. These birds are part of the same family as falcons, and they can be found in varieties of agricultural land, as well as prairies, coastal woodlands, coconuts plantations and along beach dunes and open uplands.

3. The ruby-throated hummingbird migrates from the Yucatan peninsula to the southeastern United States every spring. This journey of 500-600 miles over the Caribbean Sea takes 24 hours without these tiny birds getting a break. And what is so increasingly remarkable about this feat, is that migrating birds face many threats along their journeys, including window collisions, confusing lights that disrupt navigation, hunting, habitat loss and predation. Juvenile birds are at greater risk because of their inexperience with migration – yet somehow, birds successfully migrate every year.

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