Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 31, 2018

Fun in the Zoo

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Tuxtla Gutierrez Zoologica

I struggled to get out of bed this morning. I just wanted to sleep all morning. I had a shower to wake myself. It sort of half worked. Down the street to the corner, a tamale and lukewarm coffee for breakfast, then wait for the colectivo to take me up the hill. I am glad that I got out of bed, it was totally worth it.

Yellow-winged Cacique
Yellow-winged Cacique – Cacique Mexicano (Cacicus melanicterus)

First of all, when I got to the zoo, I wandered around the car park because it was not open yet. There were heaps of birds around. I should have got there earlier. The Yellow-winged Caciques were building a nest right in the entrance area. Hopefully I will get around to doing a complete post on the nest-building later.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Papamoscas Vientre Amarillo (Myiodynastes luteiventris)

This is the only photo I took of the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher. You never know.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Pijiji Aliblanco (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

The Black-bellied Whistling-ducks were in a pond in the zoo. They could have flown out any time so I am calling it.

Russet-crowned Motmot
Russet-crowned Motmot – Momoto Corona Café (Momotus mexicanus)

This Russet-crowned Motmot jumped up in front just as I was leaving. Thank you very much. That is the second motmot and I am hoping for the Blue-crowned one as well.

Great Curassow  - male
Great Curassow (Crax rubra) – male

This male Great Curassow was rooting around in the leaf litter under the rainforest understory. Standard behaviour for these type of birds. They look and behave very similar to our Australian Brush Turkey.

Great Curassow  - female
Great Curassow (Crax rubra) – female

The female Great Curassow is very different with a rufous back and spotty neck.

Bronzed Cowbird
Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus)

This Bronzed Cowbird was stealing the ducks’ food.

Inca Dove
Inca Dove (Columbina Inca)

It took me a while to work out what this was. The white undertail with the black lining gave it away.

Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis)

Amazing birds the Altamira Orioles. They were putting on a show bobbing up and down. Very strange.

White-fronted Amazon
White-fronted Amazon (Amazona albifrons)

And a decent photo of a White-fronted Amazon.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker(Melanerpes aurifrons)

Come ten o’clock I headed back down the hill because I had to check out of my hotel. Packed up my bag and headed off to the bus terminal.

Tuxtla Gutierrez bird list

Yellow-winged Cacique – Cacique Mexicano (Cacicus melanicterus)
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Papamoscas Vientre Amarillo (Myiodynastes luteiventris)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Pijiji Aliblanco (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Russet-crowned Motmot – Momoto Corona Café (Momotus mexicanus)
Great Curassow (Crax rubra)
Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus)
Inca Dove (Columbina Inca)
Plain Chachalaca – chachalaca vetula (Ortalis vetula)
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
Summer Tanager
Golden-fronted Woodpecker(Melanerpes aurifrons)
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis)
White-fronted Amazon (Amazona albifrons)
Black Vulture
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

Extras

Mexican Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus)
Guatemalan black howler, or Yucatan black howler, (Alouatta pigra)

https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/39269-Tuxtla-Guti-rrez-Check-List?taxon=3&view=taxonomic

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