The Mexican Sheartail lives only in a narrow band along the gulf coast of the Mexico in the Yucatan with a very small population in th state of Veracruz. It is an endangered species.

   Flamingos are in Rio Lagartos all year long, with majority of the Yucatan's flock of 40,000 here for mating and nesting starting in April.  Large quantities are here throughout the summer.
   In the fall and winter the flock disperses along the coast for feeding opportunities, seldom with large concentrations in any one place. The feeding opportunities here insure that we always have flamingos but not enough to support the entire Yucatan flock for the whole year. There are areas along the coast where they disappear completely at times.

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Snowy Egrets

Barbara MacKinnon is the author of ¨Sal A Pararear¨

A Guide to Birds of the Yucatan.The Bird Lists on the website were complied by Barbara MacKinnon 

 These Storks and Roseate Spoonbills  were found at a fresh water wetland near Rio Lagartos during the nesting season. The fresh water wetland is only one of the many habitats that make birding so remarkable here.

¨If you are looking for a one-stop location to see as many birds as possible while visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, the Ría Lagartos Reserve tops the list with 395 birds -70% of all the birds reported for the region.
The reason is simple: diverse habitats that include the sea, coastal dune, scrub, an extensive estuary, salt flats, fresh water wetlands, as well as both dry and humid forest.
 On top of that, you have some of the best local bird guides in the region that know just where to find the birds on your “wish list”.
                                   Barbara MacKinnon 

flamingos mating in Rio Lagartos Yucatan

Rio Lagartos is best place for birdwatching  & Photography tours

                     on the Yucatan Peninsula..

A group birding by boat in the Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Our launches are a safe and easy way to reach places otherwise impossible. They are stable and have a shallow draft to reach deep into the mangroves.
  You can bring extra clothing, a lunch(we will prepare it)bird books and camera gear without effort.
  Birding by boat makes it possible for people with physical challenges have some great birding.
 For photos and a list of the birds commonly seen on boat trips.

 see Boat birding

  Rio Lagartos has good choices for lodging, fresh seafood caught locally and friendly people. We have a new  birding and fishing lodge ¨RIA MAYA¨lodge and restaurant that is just feet  from the water. Ria Maya Restaurant is a second story palapa roofed restaurant with the best sunsets and views  (we think in the Yucatan). We built the rooms for our birding and fly fishing customers.We offer discounts when you book a room and tours.
   Rio Lagartos is not close enough to Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Merida to make day birding trips practical. The three hours driving time each way makes for a very long day with more driving than birding).
   We have such a remarkable variety of species and habitats that is easy to spend several days. If you look at our birding packages you will get  an idea of the possibilities.
   I hope you can join us for some great birding in Rio Lagartos!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions as you plan your birding trip.
                   Diego Nuñez      

A Roseatte Spoon bill and a Woodstork in a shared nesting nesting area near Rio Lagartos. Yucatan

an endangered male Mexican sheartail in Rio Lagartos
Young Roseatte Spoonbill with Tiger Heron Chicks in Rio Lagartos Yucatan

A Mexican Sheartail female with 1 week old chicks.The Mexican Sheartails are an endangered  species and semi endemic to the Yucatan. They have a very narrow habitat along the gulf coast.

Young Roseatte Spoonbill with Tiger Heron Chicks

Boat Billed Heron with chicks

Second floor views from  our new "Restaurante "Ria Maya"The restaurant is palapa roofed with an unobstructed view of  the estuary..We have the best sunsets and view Now we have  3 new  double rooms at Ria Maya Birding and Fishing Lodge.

perched Magnificent Frigate Birds in Rio Lagartos

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Mexican Sheartail with chicks about 1 week old in Rio Lagartos Yucatan
Turquoise browed MotMot in Rio Lagartos

 ​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​ ​​​​​​​​​​ ​​Birding & Photography in Rio Lagartos , Yucatan Birdwatching

   With  Diego Nuñez  Sr.


These Storks and Roseate Spoonbills were found at a fresh water wetland near Rio Lagartos during the nesting season

Turquoise browed Mot Mot in Rio Lagartos
The Mayan word is "Toh" They nest in wells & cenotes. 

Magnificent Frigate Birds are rarely seen perched

A Roseatte Spoon bill and a Woodstork in a shared nesting nesting area near Rio Lagartos. Yucatan
Turquoise browed Mot Mot in Rio Lagartos The Mayan word is "Toh"
snowy egrets in Rio Lagartos Yucatan seen on a trip with diego Nuñez

Birding by boat in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. birding & photography yucatan birdwatching private guide

 New!!!! We Have Three new waterfront rooms for our Bird Watchers,Fishermen and nature tour customers... click here!!!
 Birding by boat and on land in the Yucatan
 with Diego Nuñez  in the  Rio Lagartos Bio Reserve.
Discover the incredible birding we have in       Rio Lagartos in the Ria Lagartos Bio Reserve.
 We are happy and proud to announce that Rio Lagartos Adventures has moved to it's permanent location .(Now
"Ria Maya Restaurante and Lodge") !Video View from a drone  " Link!We have dining on the second story right on the water. No road or traffic in front.It is quiet and beautiful with the best water view ,food and Lodging in Rio Lagartos.
Here in Rio Lagartos we are well known for the Flamingos that nest and feed in the Ria Lagartos Bio Reserve(a population estimated at 40,000 in the Yucatan).We are also well known for our Flamingo tours at Rio Lagartos Adventures. 
Less well known  is the incredible birding we have here throughout the year. 
If you are an experienced birder with specific birds to add to your lifetime list,a novice or just getting started, we can design your birding to match your skill and interest level.
If you are a photographer/birder we will help you find the species you are looking for and help get you close enough for a a chance at a good shot.
If you  are a beginner we can offer bird identification lessons.