Things to Do in Honduras: Bird Watching
Honduras offers unparalleled opportunities for bird watching, or “birding” as the avid “birders” refer to it. Not only are the multitude of different habitats ideal for this activity, Honduras is actually the only country in Central America to have an endemic bird in its territory. The Honduran Emerald Hummingbird, whose habitat is confined to the very dry tropical forests that are located on the south side of Pico Bonito National Park.
The areas that are best for birdwatching in Honduras are of course the Moskito Coast (or La Moskitia, as it is known in Spanish). The region between the Caribbean port cities of La Ceiba and Tela have a network of national parks and reserves that have protected the diverse habitats in that particular region; Lake Yojoa, located in the heart of Honduras, offers a different geographical environment that is teeming with bird life.
Not to be left out, the area to the north of Copan Ruinas also offers outstanding bird watching. In this area, the Macaw Mountain Bird Park has a large collection of macaws, parrots and toucans that are native to Honduras in a very spacious tropical setting. This bird park has an ongoing project that will eventually reintroduce the scarlet macaws into the Copan Valley, so that these majestic birds can once again soar the skies of this mystical valley! For more information regarding this project, visit www.macawmountain.com.
Last, but not least, the Gulf of Fonseca, which Honduras shares with El Salvador and Nicaragua on the Pacific, offers a different variety of Honduras birds, which have adapted to seawater and mangroves along the extensive mangrove forests of the Gulf of Fonseca.