Birds of Honduras: Acknowledgements

The information contained within this website is the result of data gathered during more than 22 years of my residing in Honduras.

A sincere thanks must go to Robert S. Ridgely who has inspired me to continue studying the diverse (and understudied) avifauana of Honduras, giving advice on publishing findings, and what is the best equipment to use in the tropics as well as his willingness to lead tours with us across some unbirded territories.

Many thanks must go to Jorge Betancourt and Osvaldo Munguia who supported me during my Peace Corps years (1993 to 1996) while I served in Olancho and the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve. To this day both of them in one form or another continue to support us and are commended on their tireless work to promote conservation efforts. My former Honduran counterparts; Francisco Urbina and late Eddy Bodden are two very sincere people with whom I had the privilege to work alongside with in Olancho and Rio Platano respectively.

I am indebted to the ones who have supported me financially by allowing me to lead groups through Honduras and El Salvador which include: Emerald Planet (Ryan Finchum and Mark Wiluhn), V.E.N.T. (Victor Emanuel), Naturalist Journeys (Peg Abbott). Without this work ˝ of this website would be incomplete. Much of the frequency data was obtained during these trips!

A sincere thanks goes to Dennis, Pam, Ann and Linda whom I have guided into some very remote areas including the headwaters of Rio Platano and the Tawahka-Asangni Biosphere Reserves. Along those lines includes Jorge Salaverri with La Moskitia Ecoadventures who led us down the Rio Platano during the first birding tour to pass through that area, adding more than 25 species to the Reserve's list.

Thanks goes to Carol Edwards for making me a tape with many bird calls that includes many species we are still searching for to add to Honduras' list.

Last, but not least, the warmest gratitude goes out to my mother, Ellie, who has supported all my efforts in every way possible and keeping me interested in Nature at a young age.

Thanks goes to Frank Grande (in Copan Ruinas) for taking care of digitalizing my audio recordings, for his priceless talents in website design, and all the photographers who have contributed to this unique website, including Larry Wan, John Kormendy, and Bob Thornton and Vera to name a few (see detailed photo credits below).

Photo Credits

The use of any photo for any kind of commercial use, mass production, resale or otherwise without the written permission of Robert Gallardo is strictly prohibited.

Brenner, Judy

  • Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
  • Violet Sabrewing
  • Rufous-capped Warbler
  • Lineated Woodpecker

Conley, Pamela

  • Cactus Flower
  • River crossing in Rio Platano
  • Lowland rainforest-Rio Platano
  • Rio Platano in "Habitats"

Edwards, Carol

  • Lesser Ground-Cuckoo

Eisermann, Knut

  • Azure-crowned Hummingbird
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Crimson-collared Tanager
  • Golden-crowned Warbler
  • Emerald Toucanet at nest
  • Gray Catbird
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Mississippi Kite
  • N. Barred Woodcreeper
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper
  • Ovenbird
  • Red-capped Manakin-female
  • Red-throated Ant-Tanager
  • Spot-breasted Wren
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper
  • White-faced Quail-Dove

Finchum, Ryan

  • Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
  • Collared Aracari

Gallardo, Robert

  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Altamira Oriole
  • Amazon Kingfisher
  • American Redstart
  • Anhinga
  • Azure-crowned Hummingbird-juvenile
  • Band-backed Wren
  • Bare-throated Tiger-Heron-juvenile
  • Berylline Hummingbird
  • Bird Watchers
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
  • Black-capped Swallow
  • Black-cheeked Woodpecker
  • Black-cowled Oriole
  • Black-crested Coquette
  • Black-headed Saltator
  • Black-necked Stilts
  • Black-throated Trogon-front shot
  • Black-vented Oriole
  • Blue-black Grassquit
  • Blue-crowned Motmot
  • Blue-gray Tanager
  • Blue-throated Motmot
  • Boat-billed Heron
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Brown Jay-juvenile
  • Brown Pelican
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher
  • Brown-hooded Parrot
  • Buff-breasted Flycatcher
  • Buff-throated Saltator
  • Bushy-crested Jay
  • Celaque Creek Crossing
  • Chestnut-colored Woodpecker
  • Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Collared Plover
  • Common Black-Hawk
  • Common Bush-Tanager
  • Common Moorhen
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher and nest
  • Crescent-chested Warbler
  • Crested Bobwhite
  • Crested Guan
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Elegant Euphonia
  • Fasciated Antshrike
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Flame-colored Tanager
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher
  • Giant Cowbird
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Golden-hooded Tanager
  • Grayish Saltator
  • Gray-crowned Yellowthroat-male & female
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail
  • Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Great Black-Hawk
  • Great Egret
  • Great Jacamar
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Greater Pewee
  • Green Heron
  • Green Honeycreeper
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Green-breasted Mango-female & nest
  • Green-breasted Mountain-Gem
  • Groove-billed Ani
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Harpy Eagle illustration-Irma
  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Inca Dove
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Ivory-billed Woodcreeper
  • Keel-billed Motmot-bird more distant
  • Keel-billed Toucan
  • Lesser Roadrunner
  • Lesser Seed-Finch
  • Limpkin
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Long-billed Starthroat
  • Long-tailed Hermit
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Mangrove Swallow
  • Masked Tityra
  • Melodious Blackbird
  • Mountain Trogon-male
  • Montane rainforest
  • Mosquitia Pine Savanna
  • Northern Bentbill
  • Northern Jacana
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
  • Olive-backed Euphonia
  • Olivaceous Piculet
  • Osprey
  • Painted Bunting
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker
  • Passerini´s Tanager
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Pine/oak forest
  • Plain Wren
  • Pre-montane rainforest
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Pygmy-Owl sp.
  • Red-capped Manakin-male
  • Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
  • Red-lored Parrot
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Resplendent Quetzal
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Roadside Hawk
  • Rose-throated Becard
  • Royal Tern
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Ruddy Crake
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher
  • Rufous Piha
  • Rufous-and-white Wren
  • Rufous-breasted Spinetail
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  • Rufous-naped Wren
  • Sanderling
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Scaled Antpitta
  • Scaled Pigeon
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Semipalmated Plovers
  • Singing Quail
  • Slaty-tailed Trogons
  • Snail Kite-female
  • Snowy Egret
  • Social Flycatcher and nest
  • Southern House Wren
  • Sparkling-tailed Woodstar
  • Spot-breasted Oriole
  • Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
  • Spotted Woodcreeper
  • Squirrel Cuckoo
  • Streak-backed Oriole
  • Stripe-breasted Wren
  • Strong-billed Woodcreeper
  • Stub-tailed Spadebill
  • Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
  • Summer Tanager-female
  • Swainson´s Thrush
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Thrushlike Mourner
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Tropical Parula
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Turquoise-browed Motmot
  • Unicolored Jay
  • Variable Seedeater
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Violaceous Trogon
  • Violet Sabrewing-female
  • Violet-headed Hummingbird
  • Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
  • Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
  • White-bellied Emerald
  • White-bellied Wren-nest
  • White-collared Seedeater
  • White-crowned Pigeon
  • White-eared Hummingbird
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • White-throated Magpie-Jay
  • White-tipped Dove
  • White Hawk
  • Wine-throated Hummingbird
  • Wood Thrush
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-backed Oriole and nest
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • Yellow-eared Toucanet-female
  • Yellow-naped Parrot-wild
  • Yellow-throated Euphonia-male
  • Yellowish Flycatcher
  • Yellow-winged Tanager
  • Yucatan Woodpecker

Germer, Daniel

  • Jabiru

Hemeter, Bill

  • Ruddy Quail-Dove
  • Rufous-breasted Spinetail

Jenner, Jessica

  • American Kestrel
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Barred Forest-Falcon
  • Black Vultures -on cow
  • Cave Swallow
  • King Vultures
  • Plumbeous Kite
  • Rufous-collared Robin
  • Wood Storks
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit-female

Kormendy, John

  • Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
  • Snail Kite
  • Barred Antshrike
  • Collared Trogon
  • Brown Jay
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  • White-collared Manakin
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Roadside Hawk
  • Laughing Falcon
  • White-fronted Parrot
  • White-lored Gnatcatcher

Macaw Mt. Bird Sanctuary-Lloyd Davidson

  • Great Green Macaw
  • Emerald Toucanet

Mayer, Chris

  • Guide showing field guide to tourist

Reed, David

  • Canivet´s Emerald-male and female
  • Green-breasted Mango-male

Shoch, David

  • Lovely Cotingas
  • Parasitic Jaeger
  • Caribbean Dove
  • Brown Noddy
  • Bridled Tern
  • Yucatan Vireo
  • Northern Potoo

Thornton, Bob and Vera

  • Keel-billed Motmot

Wan, Larry

  • All his photos have credits on each photo

Willuhn, Mark

  • Utila aerial shot
  • Black-headed Trogon


Selected References

Anderson, David L. 1998. Avian diversity in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras: the influence of indigenous agricultural practices. Master's Thesis, Boise State University.

Bonta, M. and Anderson, D. 2003. Birding Honduras-A Checklist and Guide. First edition and reprint.

Gallardo, Robert J. 2004. Checklist to the Birds of eastern, northern and western Honduras, Central America. Third edition. Includes almost 600 species found in the Rio Platano and Tawahka-Asangni Biosphere Reserves, Pico Bonito N.P., Cuero y Salado W.R., Lake Yojoa area, Marcala and La Esperanza areas, Celaque N.P. and the Copan area.

-. Forthcoming. 2006. Avian Diversity in the Department of Copan, Honduras.

Howell, Steve N.G., and S. Webb. 1995. A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.

Monroe, Burt L., Jr. 1968. A Distributional Survey of the Birds of Honduras. AOU Ornithological Monographs No. 7. Washington D.C.: AOU.

National Geographic. 1987. Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Third edition.

Ridgely, Robert S., and J. A. Gwynne. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Second edition. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.