At CHELEMHA LODGE you can see highland endemics from the balcony while enjoying your coffee!
More than 180 bird species have been recorded in the Chelemhá Reserve.
Hummingbird feeders at the Chelemhá Lodge attract eight species: Garnet-throated, Magnificent, Amethyst-throated, White-eared, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, as well as Green-throated Mountain-gem, Green Violetear and Violet Sabrewing. Follow this link to see more videos of hummingbirds in Chelemhá.
Chelemhá Lodge is surrounded by secondary forest where many of the cloud forest birds can be observed, including several endemics of the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
The following range-restricted species are frequently seen around the lodge: Blue-throated Motmot, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-collared Robin, and Blue-and-White Mockingbird. More than 100 species have been seen from the balcony, more than 50 of them are seen frequently.
More endemics can be seen during walks through the cloud forest: Highland Guan, Fulvous Owl, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Black-throated Jay, Rufous-browed Wren, and Pink-headed Warbler.
Three farmers from the neighboring Q’eqchi’ village learned their skills as bird census takers with the PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program. They learned to identify calls and songs, and received basic guide training. They will help you to see cloud forest specialists such as Resplendent Quetzal, Slate-colored Solitaire, and Highland Guan.
For English speaking guides (trainers of the PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program) you may contact CAYAYA BIRDING.