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Birdwatching Activities in Honduras

In Honduras, the Bird Watching and Counting activity is one of the favorites and one of the most sought after by international tourists. This thanks to the wide Biodiversity of permanent and transitory bird species in the Honduran territory. Currently it is estimated that there are more than 800 species of birds registered in eBird.

Birdwatching Activities in Honduras

Bird Watching in Honduras


There is a non-profit organization formed in July 2010 called the Honduran Ornithology Association ( ASHO ), which focuses its efforts on the Conservation of species , Promotion of the bird watching industry , Scientific Research and Environmental Education .

Bird Watching Guides in Honduras

Cerro Azul Meámbar National Park – PANACAM, Lake Yojoa

Get in touch with the art of nature with a majestic coverage of deep blue. Cerro Azul Meámbar National Park offers trails that take you to intimately explore its flora and fauna. And for adrenaline lovers, a high-speed canopy tour that satisfies the senses. 

The Graves in the Cultural Monument Ruinas de Copán

Copán Ruinas is a destination of archaeological and nature importance. It is home to the Ruinas de Copán Cultural Monument, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. It is a fascinating city of the Mayan civilization, considered the Athens of the New World. The destination has an appropriate tourism plant and has great potential to significantly increase tourist visits.

Leather and Salado Wildlife Refuge, Atlántida

It is a protected natural area located in the triangle formed by the Cuero and Salado rivers, with dry and fluvial channels where animals in their natural state are appreciated, along with very interesting birds. Here some 35 species of animals are protected.

The tourist service in the refuge is in charge of the co-manager of the Leather and Salado Foundation, FUCSA, and of guides and families of the local communities associated with the community tourism company LARECOTURH.

Lancetilla Botanical Garden, Tela, Atlántida

It is one of the main sites for bird watching in the country, with more than 300 identified species. This makes it an exceptional site for birdwatching. Plant and animal enthusiasts, hikers and bird watchers have a place to spend a lot of time in Lancetilla.


Choluteca is one of the largest bird tourism niches in Honduras. Millions of birds arrive there every year. It is one of the richest areas of the country for birdwatching and the one with the greatest diversity.

Pico Bonito National Park

Visitor Center in the Cangrejal River basin, Atlántida
Currently, the preferred area to take bird watchers is the Cangrejal River area, where there are several tourist establishments and, in addition, the Pico National Park Visitor Center is located there. Nice. This park is positioned worldwide as the flagship point of Honduras.

There are more than 200 species registered in the Cangrejal River basin. There is specific research that has generated information and species identification sheets, and bird monitoring has been carried out. There are also initiatives that have strengthened local capacities for bird watching and monitoring.

Honduran Emerald Colibri Wildlife Refuge, Yoro

Although it is located in the department of Yoro, tourists stay in La Ceiba, from where they leave to visit the refuge. It has the only endemic bird in the country, the Honduran emerald hummingbird.

Lake Yojoa sub-basin

Yojoa Lake is a protected area of ​​great local and regional importance, with the category of Multiple Use Area. This is the region where you can see the most birds in Honduras. It has 11 ecosystems less than an hour away, between these wetlands and cloud forest. It has a local club of bird watchers and the region is already included in the current offer of birdwatching tours.

The shores of the lake are very suitable spaces for bird watching. There is a private offer for access to docks, boats and trails in its facilities. There is also a tourist plant with the capacity to adapt to the needs of bird watchers. It is located in the center of the country, and therefore close to other bird-tourism regions.

Mountain Guacamaya Bird Park and Nature Reserve (Macaw Mountain), Copán

It is a great attraction, a conservation and breeding center, rehabilitation and a bird lodge that awaits you a few kilometers from the center of Copán Ruinas, on the road that leads to Aguas Calientes.

A colorful ecological park surrounded by centuries-old native trees and a coffee farm, and crossed in the middle by the refreshing waters of the Cakaguatales stream, on which you can have breakfast, snack or lunch after walking among more than 180 species of Honduran birds. Central American and some South American. Do not miss the opportunity to feel the legs of a red, green or blue guara as they lean on your arms, your shoulders or your head and spread their wings wide. This is the best time to take a photo of your vacation, worth sharing with your friends.

Río Santiago Private Reserve, Atlántida

It is a private reserve located in the buffer zone of the Pico Bonito National Park. A large number of hummingbirds can be observed by the installation of artificial feeders in the restaurant area.

The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Atlantida

This establishment has a long history serving birdwatchers. He knows the market, participates in international fairs and has put the name of Honduras and Pico Bonito in the international market. Both the Lodge areas and the entrance road are suitable for bird watching. The Lodge area has a high level of security.

Santa Bárbara Mountain National Park / PANAMOSAB, Santa Bárbara

Located 13 kilometers east of the city of Santa Bárbara, it is the second highest peak in Honduras, after Celaque, with a height of 2744 meters above sea level. It is a protected natural area that has an average of 70 species of ferns, 90 types of orchids and more than 50 percent of the bird species in the country, making it the perfect place for bird watching.

Celaque National Park and the dry forests around Gracias, Lempira

It already has an area assigned for public use, and recently it has had the support of donations to improve the visitor center and its respective access, as well as a bird watching tower.

The park also has well-maintained and marked trails. However, it is necessary to investigate other accesses to the park that facilitate the observation of birds of interest. In several places with dry forest in the area, the Honduran emerald hummingbird has been reported, but it is necessary to study the local distribution in more detail, to be able to predict the places where it can be observed with greater confidence. The bird watching club is formed; it is necessary to expand and deepen bird research in the region.

Los Naranjos Eco-Archaeological Park, Yojoa Lake

An exceptional place to observe birds due to the number of species, natural landscape and trails, including an elevated trail. With more than 292 reported bird species, this site is conducive to seeing many species of migratory birds, as well as resident birds, such as Listed Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), Picumnus Olivaceus, Red-fronted Amazon (Amazona autumnalis), Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus ) and White-winged Anambé (Pachyramphus polychopterus). A place of great anthropological importance for the prolenca and Mayan settlements, with a registered occupation from 800 BC to 1250 AD

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