Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (30th December, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Santa Ana was used as a base to visit the Cerro Verde National Park. Cerro Verde is a forested hill located between 2 volcanoes, Volcan Santa Ana & Volcan Izalco. There was only 1 bus (2 hours) from Santa Ana leaving at 8:30am which linked up with guided walks up the volcanoes leaving at 11am. I chose to go up Santa Ana as Izalco is a new volcano (active until recently) and has no vegetation. These guided walks are with a police escort as armed robberies have occurred in the past. Although it is now safe, the late time and large group size made birdwatching almost impossible. I saw only 11 species at Cerro Verde and in Santa Ana itself. 

Species seen 

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Author: Charles Hesse