A week-long family vacation to Honduras is sadly over. Fortunately, we made lots of great memories and took lots of photos. But rather than inundate you with cute family pictures and regale you with tales of Desi’s first trip to the Neotropics I have decided to start with a quick post with some pictorial highlights of the birds we saw like, for example, the Keel-billed Toucan above. We spent two days in Copan and the balance of our time at The Lodge at Pico Bonito from which we went on several excursions. It was a great time and Desi cried when we left because he wanted to stay longer.

Brown Violetear

One of the things that make trips to the Neotropics great is hummingbirds like this Brown Violetear at Pico Bonito. Though, honestly, Brown Violetears are pretty bland as hummingbirds go even when they are roaring like a mighty lion.

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Trogons are not boring. And I was pleased to make the acquaintance of this Slaty-tailed Trogon, one of three we saw at Rio Santiago.

Bronzed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbirds are surprisingly attractive. This one posed nicely outside of Copan Ruinas.

Collared Aracari

Desi loved the aracaris. This Collared Aracari examined us carefully as we went past in our boat at Cuero y Salado.

Yucatan Vireo

Yucatan Vireo would be far more boring if it had only its looks to rely upon. But it also has a limited range which makes seeing it more compelling. This one was in Cayos Cochinos, the small island chain off of Honduras. The bird is also the first I have seen with “Yucatan” in its name.

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

This Bare-throated Tiger-Heron at Cuero y Salado was the first I had seen in seven years. That is too long to go between sightings.

Roadside Hawk

This Roadside Hawk was a bit farther from the road than its name would seem to indicate but I took its picture outside of Copan Ruinas anyway.

Hopefully, you liked this brief look into the Honduras birds I saw. I’ll get more in depth over the coming blog posts but I couldn’t resist getting something up quickly. Make sure to come back for lots more Honduras birds!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.