Fauna in Honduras

Honduras has diverse protected areas and thanks to its rich biodiversity the fauna is very varied and rich in small animals and others.
Tigrillo or Ocelot. Fauna in Honduras

Thanks to the fact that the forests cover around 41% of the territory, the fauna in Honduras is rich and varied, the most common being those with arboreal life and those that live in river currents of lake waters.

Large animals are not very numerous but there are hundreds of species of reptiles, amphibians, and birds; lizards and many varieties of fish in the currents. Monkeys, bats, and myriads of birds abound in the trees.


Being a tropical region, Honduras does not suffer from cold seasons, so thousands of varieties of insects swarm continuously: wasps, ants, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, midges, among others.


Among the mammals are: “ Danto ” or Tapir (Tapirus bairdii), wild boar or Peccary (Tayassu pecari), Jagüilla (Sus americanensis), Jaguar (Felis onca), Puma (Felis concolor), Tigrillo or Ocelot (Felis pardalis), Wildcat or Caucel (Felis Wiedii), Yaguarundi or small cougar (Felis yaguaroundi), Murciélago (Vampirus spectrum), Pizote solo (Nasua narica), Mapachín (Procyon lotor), Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and many more.


The Avifauna is varied and very abundant with more than 800 registered species between endemic and transitory among which are: hummingbirds or sparrows in more than 20 different species; the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird (Amazilia luciae), the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), the widow (Trogon rufus), the woodpecker (Phleoceastes guatemalensis), the owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata), the owl (Ciccaba virgata), the Toucan or beak of razor clam (Rhanfastus sulfuratus and Pteroglosus torcuatus), yellow-naped parrot (Amazona ochrocephala), green coast parakeet (Aratinga finschi), buzzard king or Central American condor (Sarcoramphus papa), Eumops glaucinus.


Among the reptiles are the yellow beard (Botrox atrox), tamagás (Botrox nasuta), Porthidium nasutum, boa (Constrictor imperatur), rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), brown alligator (Caiman cocodrylus fuscus), lizard ( Cocodrylus acutus), coral snake, Acanthopleura granulata, Basiliscus vittatus.

Other reptiles are the iguanas that blend with the varied tones of the forest; freshwater turtles such as the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and among amphibians, toads and climbing frogs of various species are abundant.

The pink boa also known as boa constrictor imperator which is another species endemic to Honduras and can be found in Cayos Cochinos.

Marine Fauna

The coasts of Honduras are bathed to the north and east by the Caribbean Sea and in the south by the Gulf of Fonseca, in the turquoise waters near the Caribbean Sea you can see coral reefs with their diversity of calcareous algae, algae red, (Rhodophyta), as sea grasslands, among other aquatic plants that address a natural ecosystem.

Among the fauna that we can find on the Honduran coasts are the Whale Shark, dolphins, a variety of tropical fish, shrimp (Caridea) and many more species.