Calendar of Mexico Birding Tours

Trip Codes *

[A] Comfortable & Enjoyable for ANYONE with an interest in nature.
[B] Comfortable and fun for bird watchers — but one must enjoy daily bird watching.
[C] Birders with both a keen interest, and energy level — birding all-day every-day.

* Codes help to clarify daily intensity, and the variety of activities while on tour

2021

June 5th – 19th, 2021

NORTHERN MEXICO’S SUMMER ENDEMICS

This route targets Summer Breeding Endemics accross the length of Northern Mexico; Sinaloa (Sierra Madre Occidental), Chihuahua (Mexican Plateau), Coahuila (Saltillo Grasslands), Nuevo Leon (Tamaulipas Scrub), San Luis Potosi (Sierra Madre Oriental), and Tamaulipas (Gulf Coastal Plain).  Route focuses on limited range endemics such as Thick-billed and Maroon-fronted parrots, Worthen’s Sparrow, Eared Quetzal, Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, Tawny-collared Nightjar, Blue-capped Motmot, Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Aztec Thrush, Altamira Yellowthroat, and Crimson-collared Grosbeak.  A number of these species are Mexico’ most rare and least observed birds!  Success requires a Summer Visit when birds are territorial, wildly active, and full of song.  What’s not to love with fantastic birding, comfortable temperatures, lovely scenery, and delicious food.

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability:  NO

Tour Price:  $4,095/pp

Next Opportunity:  June 15th-28th, 2022

 

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December 2nd – 13th, 2021

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR & NORTHWEST MEXICO

This route is among Mexico’s most magical and enchanting destinations, and holds more than 30 regional endemics.  A ‘stand-alone’ region that begs attention from all who plan to see the full sweep of Mexican endemics.  It targets the five Baja California Sur endemics (Cape Pygmy-Owl, Baird’s Junco, Xantus’s Hummingbird, Grey Thrasher, Belding’s Yellowthroat), and those limited range species found only in Western Mexico’s northernmost cloud forest (Mexican Woodnymph), arid Pacific thorn scrub (Elegant Quail, Mexican Parrotlet), and the magnificent Sierra Madre Occidental (Tufted Jay, Red-headed Tanager).  Incredibly, one can expect to see ten species of Corvids; San Blas(E), Purplish-backed(E), Tufted(E), Green, Stellar’s, Mexican, and California jays, Black-throated Magpie-Jay(E), Sinaloa Crow(E), and Northern Raven.

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability: YES

Tour Price: $3,895/pp

Next Opportunity: TBA

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2022

N.B. — To see more than 80 Mexican endemics the March and April Trips listed below can be experienced back-to-back

March 16th – 29th, 2022

ENDEMIC BIRDS OF MEXICO’S SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

This route targets the many endemic species that evolved within Oaxaca State, and parts of the nearby states of Chiapas and Veracruz.  This route holds the second greatest number of endemic birds to be seen on any route, with more than 50 possible targets.  A few birds are so local that they carry ‘the places’ within their names – Oaxaca Sparrow, Tuxtla Quail-Dove).  This route regularly produces the most total species seen on any of Legacy’s open-birding routes within Mexico — as many as 500 species!  In addition to the over-the-top birding, this region offers a spectacular variety of wild habitats, and a number of rich cultural experiences.  This route also includes a mini-peliagic into the Pacific Ocean, where the continental shelve begins just a few miles offshore, 

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability: YES

Tour Price: $3,895/pp

Next Opportunity: TBA

March 30th – April 10th, 2022

FINEST BIRDING ROUTE IN NORTH AMERICA

Few birding routes anywhere in the world are as exciting as this ‘run’ through Central Mexico that covers four isolated endemic bird zones — the West Mexican coastal plan, the Sierra Madre de Guerrero [highest endemicism within any mountain range north the Panama/Costa Rica border], the arid Balsas Drainage, and the Transvolcanic Belt [2,200 meters average elevation].  More than 60 of Mexico’s endemic birds can be seen among the 400+ trip species.  As a rule birding routes with 15% of all trip birds seen is an endemic means the route is within an island, or internal flights quickly move birders over great distances.  This route is so very unique in that it is a 500 km linear route where the endemic rich mountain ranges are ‘sky-islands’ formed the desert habitats that surround them.

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability: YES

Tour Price: $3,895/pp

Next Opportunity: TBA

June 14th – 28th, 2022

NORTHERN MEXICO’S SUMMER ENDEMICS

This route targets Summer Breeding Endemics accross the length of Northern Mexico; Sinaloa (Sierra Madre Occidental), Chihuahua (Mexican Plateau), Coahuila (Saltillo Grasslands), Nuevo Leon (Tamaulipas Scrub), San Luis Potosi (Sierra Madre Oriental), and Tamaulipas (Gulf Coastal Plain).  Route focuses on limited range endemics such as Thick-billed and Maroon-fronted parrots, Worthen’s Sparrow, Eared Quetzal, Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, Tawny-collared Nightjar, Blue-capped Motmot, Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Aztec Thrush, Altamira Yellowthroat, and Crimson-collared Grosbeak.  A number of these species are Mexico’ most rare and least observed birds!  Success requires a Summer Visit when birds are territorial, wildly active, and full of song. Plan to enjoy fantastic birding, comfortable temperatures, lovely scenery, and delicious food.  This route covers a lot of distance but the new birds seem to make up for the extra hours of travel.

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability:  YES

Tour Price: $4,095/pp

Next Opportunity: June 15th-29th, 2023

December 1st – 12th, 2022

HERITAGE STYLE – MEXICO’S YUCATAN PENINSULA

The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico offers both a very fine birding experience and an excellent vacation opportunity.  Everyone sees new birds in the Yucatan (15 species are either endemic or limited range), and while doing so one should expect pleasant hotels, delicious meal choices, and interesting Mayan sites.  This is the only Heritage-Style route Legacy offers in Mexico, as it results in 225+ species of birds whether birding all-day, every-day or each morning and afternoon while enjoying other experiences within the day.  It is the one destination in Mexico where a birder can comfortably share her/his vacation with a non-birding partner/family member/friend.  The route includes Cozumel Island (10+ species with a Caribbean affinity), then north coast of Yucatan State (Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Gnatcatcher), and a number of forested trails amid protected parks and archeological sites.

Tour Format:  Heritage-Style Birding 

Tour Style:  A

Space Availability: YES

Tour Price: $3,895/pp

Next Opportunity: TBA

2023

June 15th – 29th, 2023

NORTHERN MEXICO’S SUMMER ENDEMICS

This route targets Summer Breeding Endemics accross the length of Northern Mexico; Sinaloa (Sierra Madre Occidental), Chihuahua (Mexican Plateau), Coahuila (Saltillo Grasslands), Nuevo Leon (Tamaulipas Scrub), San Luis Potosi (Sierra Madre Oriental), and Tamaulipas (Gulf Coastal Plain).  Route focuses on limited range endemics such as Thick-billed and Maroon-fronted parrots, Worthen’s Sparrow, Eared Quetzal, Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, Tawny-collared Nightjar, Blue-capped Motmot, Bronze-winged Woodpecker, Aztec Thrush, Altamira Yellowthroat, and Crimson-collared Grosbeak.  A number of these species are Mexico’ most rare and least observed birds!  Success requires a Summer Visit when birds are territorial, wildly active, and full of song. Plan to enjoy fantastic birding, comfortable temperatures, lovely scenery, and delicious food.  This route covers a lot of distance but the new birds seem to make up for the extra hours of travel.

Tour Format:  Birding Tour (focused on daily birding) 

Tour Style:  C

Space Availability:  YES

Tour Price: TBA

Tawny-collared Nightjar

@Mark Hoffman 2019

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Baird’s Junco    

@Bobb Butler 2019

*CUSTOM TOURS*

Individuals, custom parties, and groups of friends regularly request from Legacy Tours a tour to specific destinations (birds) in Mexico.  In addition some international destinations are organized in this fashion.  Contact our office to discuss the possibility of a custom tour for yourself [target birds], your family [target destination], or your birding club [target joint activity].