As you stroll along the nature paths at Paya Bay, first you will hear their beautiful and varied songs, then you will see them. You may turn a corner and spot a unique species perched on a branch or another intently fishing in the wetlands. With its rugged terrain, a variety of habitat types, and protected tree groves, the Paya Bay peninsula is home or feeding grounds for up to 50 species of birds. The best time of the day for birding is in the early morning and at dusk, but many species are active throughout the day. Our growing network of nature trails and paths makes for very pleasant birdwatching walks.

A Sampling of Species

  • White-Crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Black-Necked Stilts
  • Green Heron (Butorides Virescens)
  • Goldenfronted Woodpecker
  • Hummingbird
  • Crabcatchers
  • Osprey
  • Caspian Tern
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Greenbreasted Mango
  • Cavinet’s Emerald
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Green-backed Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Plover
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Smooth-billed Ani
  • American Redstart
  • Tropical Parula
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Common Ground Dove
  • White Winged Dove
  • Yucatan Vireo
  • Mangrove Vireo
  • Mangrove Cuckoo
  • Yellow-Throated Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Brown Crested Flycatcher

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