For a complete list of the species in the Bio Reserve see the bird list for Rio Lagartos.

This the most up to date list and you can print or download it

The Yucatan Peninsula Bird List

 The following is a partial list of species that can be seen on Birding boat trips in the Rio Lagartos Bio-Reserve..395 species have been counted

 Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber)
Brown pelican(Pelecanus occidentalis)
American white pelican(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Neotropical cormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus (antes Phalacrocorax olivaceus)
Anhinga(Anhinga anhinga),
Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated Plover – Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer – Charadrius v. vociferus
Black-necked Stilt – Himantopus m. mexicanus
Greater Yellowlegs – Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs – Tringa flavipes
Spotted Sandpiper – Actitis macularia
Western Sandpiper – Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper – Calidris minutilla
Stilt Sandpiper – Calidris himantopus
Laughing Gull – Larus atricilla
Caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Sterna caspia )
Magnificent Frigatebird – Fregata magnificens
Bare throated Tiger-Heron ( Tigrisoma mexicanus)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius phillipsi),
Reddish Egrets (Egretta refescens rufescens),
Great blue heron( Ardea Herodias)
Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
Little Blue Heron – Egretta caerulea
Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis ibis
Green Heron – Butorides virescens
Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Nycticorax violaceus
White Ibis – Eudocimus albus
Roseate Spoonbill – Platalea ajaja
Wood Stork – Mycteria americana
Great egret(Ardea alba), also known as Great White Egret, Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron, is a large, widely-distributed egret.
Osprey(Pandion haliaetus),
Mangrove Cuckoo(Coccyzus minor)
Mangrove Vireo (Vireo pallens)
American Pygmy Kingfisher.(Chloroceryle aenea)
Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger niger)
Willets (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata),
Whimbrel(Numenius phaeopus)
Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus utilensis)
Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus maximus).
Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
Dunlins (Calidris alpina hodsonia),
White-rumped (Calidris fuscicollis),
Stilt (Calidris himantopus),
Least (Calidris minutilla)
Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri),
Sanderlings (Calidris alba),
Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres morinella)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes).
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Video Link - Birding in the Ria Lagartos Bio Reserve

tri colored heron in Rio Lagartos Yucatan

We also offer 3 options in  Flamingo Boat trips which are different than the bird watching boat trips.The trips are shorter  and designed to bring visitors to the feeding grounds of the flamingos. Deluxe  flamingo tours are offered during the day and at sunset.

The birding boat tours are much slower and can be designed around finding specific species.

The birding boat trips are 4hrs. 

The flamingo boat trips are normally done by Diego jr.,Jorge .

The Flamingo boat trips are 110usd.(standard 2 hours)139usd(deluxe-3 hours)more information atFlamingo Tours.

Tri colored Heron

​​Ring Billed Gull

Black Skimmer


Birding by Boat In Rio Lagartos
The Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve is the best place for birding in the Yucatan because of the remarkable variety of habitats here.
Much of the 150,000 acres in the reserve is estuary  and beach(35miles long) and not accessible by road.
Much of the reserve is only accessible by shallow draft launches or kayaks.

Our launches provide easy,safe and comfortable access to places and species that are difficult or impossible to otherwise see.
By boat we can often get quite close to birds for an unobstructed view. Suprisingly the majority of birds do not seem threatened by the boats.The launches also make it possible to bring extra clothing,a lunch,spotting scopes, and  camera gear.We can provide a cooler for cold drinks,a bird identification book and binoculars if you need them.
A birding boat tour takes  4 hrs and can be designed to find the species you are looking for.Within the estuary there are a number of distinct habitats with different species.Boat birding can give 
birders with physical challenges an opportunity for great birdwatching! The best times are early morning or later in the afternoon.The birding boat trips are 199 usd (4 hours) by reservation.

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   With  Diego Nuñez  Sr.


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