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FAUNA OF MEXICO - BIRDS

Mexico is the 10th country in the world with most birds species. More than 1000 species of birds reside or visit Mexico.
note: species numbers (Peterson, R.T., Chalif, E.L: A Field Guide to Mexican Birds, 1973. 298 pp). For full list of bird families occuring in Mexico, consult the same source.



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Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
No. of species : World, 6; Mexico, 2
Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae)
No. of species : World, 9; Mexico, 5
Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)
No. of species : World, 26; Mexico, 4
Darters - Anhingas (Anhingidae)
No. of species : World, 4 (or 1); Mexico, 1
Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)
No. of species : World, 5; Mexico, 2
Herons and Bitterns (Ardeidae)
No. of species : World, 63; Mexico, 15 or 16 (+1 hypothetical)
Storks (Ciconiidae)
No. of species : World, 17; Mexico, 2
Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)
No. of species : World, 6; Mexico, 1
Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
No. of species : World, 30; Mexico, 3
Ducks, Swans, and Geese (Anatidae)
No. of species : World, 147; Mexico, 34 (+ 5 accidential)
New World Vultures (Cathartidae)
No. of species : World, 7; Mexico, 4 (+1 formerly)
Kites, Hawks, Harriers, Eagles (Acciptridae)
No. of species : World, 208; Mexico, 38
Caracaras, Forest falcons & Falcons (Falconidae)
No. of species : World, 58; Mexico, 12 (1 extinct)
Chacalacas, Guans, Curassows (Cracidae)
No. of species : World, 39; Mexico, 7

 

Turkeys and Quails (Phasianidae)
No. of species : World, 174; Mexico, 15 (+2 introduced)

 

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (Rallidae)
No. of species : World, 119; Mexico, 15
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
No. of species : World, 75; Mexico, 30
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
No. of species : World, 7; Mexico, 1
Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
No. of species : World, 6 (or 4); Mexico, 2
Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
No. of species : World, 7; Mexico, 2
Gulls and Terns (Laridae)
No. of species : World, 78 ; Mexico, 24 (+3 accidential)
Skimmers (Rynchopidae)
No. of species : World, 3; Mexico, 1
Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)
No. of species : World, 285; Mexico, 23 + 1 introduced
Macaws, Parakeets, Parrots (Psittacidae)
No. of species : World, 317; Mexico, 19
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
No. of species : World, 125; Mexico, 11
True Owls (Strigidae)
No. of species : World, 120; Mexico, 26
Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
No. of species : World, 320; Mexico, 50
Trogons (Trogonidae)
No. of species : World, 35; Mexico, 8
Motmots (Momotidae)
No. of species : World, 8; Mexico, 6
Toucans (Ramphastidae)
No. of species : World, 37; Mexico, 3
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
No. of species : World, 209 (incl. piculets); Mexico, 25 (or 27)
Cotingas (Cotingidae)
No. of species : World, 91; Mexico, 10 (+1 in Guatemala)
Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyraniidae)
No. of species : World, 365; Mexico, 63 (+1 accidential)
Crows and Jays (Corvidae)
No. of species : World, 102; Mexico, 21 or 22
Thrushes & allies (Turdidae)
No. of species : World, 300; Mexico, 25- 26
Mockingbirds, Thrashers, & allies (Mimidae)
No. of species : World, 31; Mexico, 18
Blackbirds, Orioles, Meadowlarks (Icteridae)
No. of species : World, 88;
Mexico, 30 to 33 (+2 accidential, 1 extinct)
Grosbeaks, Buntings, Sparrows, Finches (Fringillidae)
No. of species : World, 422+; Mexico, 97 or 98 (+2 accidential)
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