Region (Compass)

 Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (1st-2nd January, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

The pretty town of Suchitoto can be reached by bus in 2 hours from San Salvador. There are several places to stay here and many places to eat. The locals are very friendly. Suchitoto lies near the huge reservoir of Embalsa Cerron Grande. There were many birds in gardens and secondary forest on the way to reservoir at San Juan and also along the road east along the lake. Some water birds were seen on a boat ride across the lake. Boats can be easily hire from the San Juan pier near town. Our boat took us close to an island with 100s of Great Egrets and Wood Storks roosting. I saw 57 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Green Heron Butorides virescens
  • Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
  • Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Pacific Parakeet ? Aratinga strenua
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  • Salvin's Emerald Chlorostilbon salvini
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
  • Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
  • Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  • Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  • Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse