Birds of Cozumel

Cozumel is a unique Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea that is situated just off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula. It is an easy flight from the USA and the airport is small enough to make the immigration and security process fast and easy.

Our early morning flight began in Sacramento, California with a short layover in Denver, Colorado. We arrived mid-afternoon, breezed through customs and immigration, and quickly found a taxi among many that were clean and well maintained. Our destination was the Iberostar Hotel where most of these bird photos were taken and in the nearby vicinity.


American Redstart



Barn Swallow

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black Catbird

Black-necked Stilt

Black Vulture

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-winged Teal

Brown-crested flycatcher

Brown Pelican (chick-feeding adult phase)

Caribbean Flamingo

Cattle Egret

Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird (Endemic)

Cozumel Vireo (Endemic)

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Gray Kingbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Kiskadee

Great-tailed Grackle

Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird

Greenish Elaenia

Groove-billed Ani

Hooded Oriole

Indian Peafowl (Introduced)

Lesser Nighthawk

Little Blue Heron

Northern Jacana

Northern Parula

Northern Waterthrush



Palm Warbler

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Rose-throated Becard

Ruddy Ground-Dove

Rufous-browed Peppershrike


Spotted Sandpiper

Tennessee Warbler

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Mockingbird

Turkey Vulture

Western Spindalis

White-crowned Pigeon

White Ibis

White-winged Dove

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Yellow Warbler

Yucatan Vireo

Yucatan Woodpecker

Yucatan Woodpecker

Yucatan Woodpecker

Scarlet Macaw (Introduced)

Birding in Cozumel will certainly add another drop in the bucket!

Birding in Cozumel is a very special occasion and the birds shown above are by no means all of the birds that can be found there. Different seasons dictate the variety of non-endemic species that are on the island at any given time. Many of the birds that are either on the island or visit here are categorized as being rare/accidental visitors to Cozumel. And as with many places around the globe, humans have introduced numerous species, such as the Scarlet Macaw above, who now make Cozumel their home.

All photographs are the copyright of Jim Jackson Photography. Please contact me with any questions, comments, or for authorization to use photos or for signed, high-resolution prints.

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