Majestic Jaguars roam tropical rain forests. Crested Eagles soar amidst cloud forested peaks. Immense, forested mountains rise from sea-level to 8,000 feet. Expansive mangroves teem with Agami Herons, howler monkeys and manatees.
Long awaiting discovery by the world’s tropical birdwatchers, this Central American country of little more than 43,000 square miles today enjoys a steadily increasing avi-tourism presence thanks to birding tour companies, bird watching individuals and groups, and conservation institutions from the USA, UK, Canada and elsewhere. Honduras boasts more than 8,500 square miles of protected areas and national parks (more than twice that of Costa Rica), and the hope is that through avi-tourism, this number can be sustained, or even grow in the future.
Bird species in Honduras range from the electric blue Lovely Cotinga, to the glorious Scarlet Macaw to the diminutive Black-crested Coquette. Thirty seven (37) raptor species, 40+ hummingbird species, 8 trogon species, 7 motmot species and more, are just some of what has birders discovering Honduras, and Honduras’ birds, in ever increasing numbers. And with Honduras such a newly discovered birding paradise, new species are never out of the question. More and more is known about Honduras’ birds each year, thanks in no small part to Honduras growing popularity. Contributor: James Adams/The Lodge at Pico Bonito.