Birdwatching

Vermilion Flycatcher in Copper Canyon Mexico

Vermilion Flycatcher in Copper Canyon Mexico

The vermilion flycatcher or common vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus obscurus) is a small passerine bird in the Tyrannidae, or tyrant flycatcher family. Most flycatchers are dull in color, but the vermilion flycatcher is an exception. It is a favorite with birders, but is not generally kept in aviculture, as the males tend to lose their vermilion coloration when in captivity.  Typically, a male vermilion flycatcher has a red crown, throat, and underparts offset by the dark brown upperparts. Adult females are a pale gray above and streaky chested with a dark mask and black tail. Females can have a pinkish or yellowish wash on lower belly. Their song is a series of rising, staccato notes, ending in a trill: pit-pitpit-zree!
“I was in El Fuerte on the river in the mango groves when I spotted my first one. The Vermilion Flycatcher was an almost hallucinogenic red. He would perch himself on the top of a cactus and stay perfectly still….and when a big fat fly or bee would check him out as a potential flower, BAM!  He would strike in a perfect circle and nail its prey in one gulp. Then he would return to his perch and await the next victim. I have over the years seen, scarlet, purple, and green fly catchers.  They are hard to find, but once you have one in front of you, they do not spook easily as they are thinking, “I am a flower”. ~ Mondo
Vermilion Flycatchers are found in the southeast of the United States and southward. Predominantly, they feed on insects and hunt in perches near water lands. Also, they can be found in grasslands and deserts. Generally, they migrate south for the winters as far as South America.
Canyon Travel client review March 2017

Canyon Travel client review March 2017

This is the most recent client review from a group traveling in March 2017.

“Thanks again for organizing a great trip! We had a fantastic time. Every detail of the trip was organized and executed faultlessly. Special thanks to Carla who rescheduled our taxi ride at 3am in the morning when the ferry arrived early in the morning our first day. The hotels, the tours, the food, the transfers were all executed seamlessly.
Highlights of the trip were San Isidro Lodge and the Temascal sweat lodge that we did, of course the magnificent scenery of Barrancas de Cobre, the zip line tour of the canyon, the hike to the Recowata Hot Springs, The Tarahumara lodge rooms at the top of the canyon were spectacular, the river tour of El Fuerte .. We saw 3 sets of Cara Cara Birds!, El Chepe Train, Creel sightseeing of the rock formations, the Cusarare Falls, Cave dwellings of the Tarahumara.. The list goes on.”

~Vicky

Thank you for the review! Vicky has just returned from her birthday adventure through Copper Canyon. She was the group leader for a party of six, and had an amazing time.

There were some last minute changes with the Baja ferry service, but we were prepared and got the taxi service to pick up at 3 am, three hours earlier than expected. Our clients were happy to have someone to contact to look over them through details like these.

Canyon Travel aims to be different than other companies in Copper Canyon. We strive to get the best deals, the preferred hotels, and to ensure that the itinerary is seen through the trip.

Who doesn’t like a little TLC?

This group chose a custom itinerary and traveled from La Paz BCS via ferry. They then took the train all the way to Creel, Chihuahua and back to Los Mochis.

We create custom adventures to suit your dates, activity level, budget, hotel choice and food preferences. Contact us today to inquire about your next adventure. We appreciate all of our clients comments and reviews.

Birdwatching Diversity in Copper Canyon

Birdwatching Diversity in Copper Canyon

“Birdwatching is my favorite activity, as there are over 120 species of rare birds. This includes Soldier Macaws, Cowacowa Eagles, all manner of parrots, and the elusive Vermillion Fly Catcher. The bird that will take your breath away is the Caracara. The male is a bad ass, but the female is the killer. If anything gets near her babies, they die. She has no predators other than man. Snakes that get near her eggs get a mile high ride and then are dropped in flight and when they have an unfortunate landing…she eats the pieces. She looks like she got out of a beauty parlour….he looks like he just walked out a bar looking for a fight. I have seen them both covered in blood. The Military Macaws are impressive too…especially when they are in a school.I have seen a whole flock of them take off from a river tree and it looks like a flying rainbow”.  ~Mondo

Within Copper Canyon, enjoy remarkable experiences and unusual sightings of the nearly 300 species of indigenous and migratory birds. Visit El Fuerte’s, “Mamot Alley”, a deep ravine that homes Russet-crowned Motmot.  Also, check out Divisadero’s “vista” and the deepest parts of the valleys.

Around 7,000 ft., in the mountainous coolness, Woodpeckers, Tufted Flycatchers, and hummingbirds have been seen. Fellow travelers have report of a flock of endangered thick-billed parrots have been spotted flying into the canyon below. You may even see the national emblem of Mexico, the Crested Caracares. Other birds you may encounter are the Vermillion Flycatchers, white winged Doves, Brush Finches, Five Striped Sparrows, and Black Hawks.

Expect the unexpected. This biological diverse area hosts two distinct environmental climates. It ranges from mountainous Mandrean Conifer forests to sub-tropical valleys. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna within the four different biotic communities. Of the many species, many are not found in the United States. Birdwatching will enable you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Your guides will be able to point out species by sight and sound. Even if you are not a birder, this adventure may change your mind!

Birdwatching in Copper Canyon

Birdwatching in Copper Canyon

Birds in Copper Canyon, a unique variety of life in a diverse environment.

Get out your bird checklist ready for Copper Canyon!

Since Mexico hosts 22 endemic birds, there is a lot to see. Only Brazil and Indonesia can top that. Within Copper Canyon, there is an average of 300 species birds.

It is a pristine wilderness, four times the size of the Grand Canyon. As a result, it is a land of distinct scenery and life.

  • subtropical forests
  • deciduous forests
  • desert grasslands.

The transitional range of environments within the Copper Canyon Region.

  Since habitats transition between two biomes, a diversity of life is possible to experience.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neotropical_realm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nearctic_realm

  The landscape changes from the Sonoran Desert to the Sinaloan transition tropical forest. Thus, creating a variety of birds found in Copper Canyon. 

 Noteworthy is the unique evolution of the canyons that create centers of life for birds and plants. For example, plant species range from Pine, Oak, Madrona, Willow, Alder, and Cottonwood trees. An average of 3,500 species of plants are found in Copper Canyon.

  In El Fuerte, on the Rio Fuerte, experience a variety of hummingbirds and water-loving birds. The river flourishes with life and creates an abundant habitat.

Since the towns of the Sierra Madre region are higher in elevation, they host a different variety of birds than the lowlands of Sinaloa.

 

Copper Canyon Birds in Sinaloa:

  • Black-vented Oriole,
  • Violet Crown hummingbirds,
  • Black Ching Costas,
  • Ruffus Hummingbirds,
  • Grey Crowned Woodpecker,
  • Mangrove Vireo,
  • Plain Caps,
  • Black Throat Hummingbirds,
  • Russet Crowned Motmots,
  • Colima Pygmy Owls,
  • Squirrel Cuckoo,
  • Caracaras,
  • Lesser Roadrunner,
  • Mexican Parrotiet,
  • Black Hawks,
  • Bare-throated,
  • Tiger Heron,
  • 26 varieties of Orioles,
  • Tufted Flycatchers,
  • Grey Hawks,
  • Acorn woodpeckers,
  • Xantos hummingbirds,
  • Blue Mockingbird,
  • Social Flycatcher,
  • Purplish-backed Jay,
  • Sinoloa Crow,

Copper Canyon Birds in the Sierra Madre region:

  • Red Tailed Hawks,
  • Soldier McCaws,
  • Mexican Jays,
  • Red Flickers,
  • Sharp-shinned Hawks,
  • Thick-billed Parrot,
  • White-eared Hummingbird,
  • Tufted Flycatcher,
  • Red-faced Warbler,
  • Brown-backed Solitare,
  • Mexican Chickadee,
  • American dipper,
  • Mountain Trogan,
  • Lilac Crowned Parrot,
  • Swainson’s Hawk,
  • Zon-tailed Hawk,
  • American Krestle,
  • Rufus Hummingbird,
  • Whiskered Screech Owl,
  • Red Tailed Hawk,
  • Acorn Woodpecker,
  • Hairy Steller’s Jay,
  • Chihuahua Raven,
  • Green-striped Brushfinch,
  •  Eared Queztal

Our bilingual guides help you find rare birds. Therefore, if you’re a birder, you are going to love the Copper Canyon! For new enthusiasts, birds of Copper canyon will win your heart.

Go ahead, inquire today!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Madre_Occidental