The Birds of Rancho Pitaya

All of these photos have been taken on the land at Rancho Pitaya located at the edge of the communal lands that border Rojas de Cuauhtemoc located on to the western extreme of the Valle de Tlacolula.

This is an ongoing interest by a totally novice birder. Errors are bound to occur. Corrections to misnamed species are welcomed.

All of these photographs have been taken by Mary Jane Gagnier on the 5 acres that make up Rancho Pitaya unless otherwise credited.

Click here to see photos taken by Mary Jane Gagnier of birds in the Valle de Tlacolula, mostly between Rojas de Cuauhtemoc and El Tule in and around the Rio Salado and the farmlands.

Here’s the link to Benito Hernandez’s website Birding Oaxaca. He is an expert guide. $250 U.S. for full day of birding; he supplies the vehicle and bird books. Binoculars not included.


Cassin's Kingbird


Social Flycatcher


Painted Bunting hopping around in the Pajaro Bobo tree ( ipomoea family ) in mid October.

Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus), mid October morning

White-collared seedeater on an Espadin agave


Lesser Goldfinch and Vermillion Flycatcher in agave stalk

House Finch in a mesquite tree

Bridled Sparrow, only 50,000 found only in the state of Oaxaca


Dusky flycatcher

Grey-Breasted Woodpecker on Cantuez organ cactus

Curve-billed Thrasher in an Espadin maguey


Female Ladderback woodpecker on a dried stalk of an Espadin agave

Boucard's Wren, an endemic to Oaxaca, 15 October 2016

Immature Blue Grosbeak the morning August 31 2016 at Casa Maguey on Rancho Pitaya.