Birds of the Bay
Published Apr 30, 2007 - (Updated Dec 11, 2012)
Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007 issue.
These are two of more than 300 different bird species that can be spotted locally. Search for them on your own or visit www.birdinginmexico.com to learn about professionally guided birding tours.
Golden-Cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys
This is the most common species of woodpeckers in our area, and they nest locally, excavating holes in tree stumps. After four to five weeks, up to two chicks will fledge, acquiring full adult plumage within a year. Usually they hang out in pairs, both females and males. The males develop a red patch on the forehead and their characteristic golden "fluffy" head. Females lack the red patch.
Green Jays Cyanocorax yncas
The green jays are uncommon and easily overlooked, even in their usual habitat, since they camouflage in the jungle very well, like parrots. They usually hang out in small flocks, their call a resonant metallic sound that can be very helpful in identifying this amazing species.