Oaxaca November 2021 Photography & Birding Trip

Wednesday December 1 - Tuesday December 7, 2021

Red Warbler

Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico that is famous for having the largest species list of any state in the country and is also home to a large number of regional endemic species so in terms of bird photography it’s an area with huge possibilities.  If the variety wasn’t enough, some of the possible birds include stunners like Red Warbler and Orange-breasted Bunting. 



Orange-breasted Bunting
Golden-browed Warbler

Day 1 (Wed 12/01) Evening arrival to Oaxaca City.  Night in Oaxaca City.


Day 2 (Thu 12/02) Morning start around 6:30 with an opportunity to buy coffee/light breakfast on the way to birding in the mountains along highway 175 north of Oaxaca City.  Some of the expected species include Red, Olive, Crescent-chested, Rufous-capped and Golden-browed Warbler as well as Slate-throated Redstart, Rufous-capped Brushfinch, Collared Towhee, Dwarf Jay, Mountain Trogon, Gray-barred Wren, Mexican Chickadee, Brown-backed Solitaire, Gray Silky Flycatcher, Russet Nightingale-Thrush and White-eared Hummingbird.  We will spend some time along some of the side roads where we can take our time looking and listening for birds until we get hungry for lunch.  We will have a leisurely lunch at one of the little restaurants along the road and continue our search for mountain birds in the afternoon before returning to town for the evening.  We will have dinner near the hotel.  Night in Oaxaca City.

Boucard's Wren

Day 3 (Fri 12/03) The morning will start in a very similar way to the previous morning with a breakfast on the road as we make our way to Teotitlan del Valle.  Our birding will start at lower, more arid locations where we hope to encounter species like Boucard’s Wren, Bridled Sparrow, Dusky & Berylline Hummingbird, Black-vented Oriole, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, Nutting’s Flycatcher, Rufous-capped Warbler, Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater and White-throated Towhee.  We can have lunch in or around Teotitlan del Valle then resume birding as we make our way up the road north of the city.  Here we hope to find species such as Golden & Dwarf Vireo, Thick-billed Kingbird, West Mexican Chachalaca, Rose-throated Becard, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Greenish Elaenia, Pileated & Tufted Flycatcher, Blue Mockingbird, Gray Silky Flycatcher, Elegant Euphonia as well as some of the other species we might have missed in the morning.  Dinner near the hotel, Night in Oaxaca City.

Gray-breasted Woodpecker

Day 4 (Sat 12/04) After a light breakfast we will bird in and around Monte Alban, a famous archeological site just outside Oaxaca City.  Here we hope to encounter Ocellated Thrasher, Dusky & Berryline Hummingbird, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, Pileated Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird; Golden, Slaty & Dwarf Vireo, Boucard’s Wren, Blue Mockingbird, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Gray Silky Flycatcher, White-throated Towhee, Black-vented Oriole, Rufous-capped Warbler and Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater.  We will have lunch in Oaxaca City and participants can opt to have the afternoon for themselves or to spend the afternoon looking for any species missed so far.  Dinner near the hotel, Night in Oaxaca City.

Crescent-chested Warbler

Day 5 (Sun 12/05) Early morning departure to search for the Orange-breasted Bunting south-east of Oaxaca City.  Other species we hope to encounter along the way include Plain-capped Starthroat, Dusky Hummingbird, Green-fronted Hummingbird, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Russet-crowned Motmot, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Lesser Roadrunner, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Rufous-naped Wren, Golden Vireo, Slaty Vireo, Dwarf Vireo, Oaxaca Sparrow, Streak-backed Oriole, and Varied Bunting.  Night in Oaxaca City.

Blue Mockingbird

Day 6 (Mon 12/06) This day is set aside to look for any species we might have missed.  Night in Oaxaca City.


Day 7 (Tue 12/07) Morning flights home.

Russet-crowned Motmot
Pileated Flycatcher

This trip has been designed to allow us to move at a relatively slow pace in hopes of allowing participants to have time to make photos of and observe in greater detail nature and wildlife that we encounter during our travels.  We will do our best to see as many species as we can but absolute species count is not one of our primary goals.  If you are interested in seeing some beautiful birds and scenery at a somewhat relaxed pace this trip is worth considering.  There should be time for socialization and to explore the night life and food of Oaxaca City as we will make a point to be back to our hotel in time for dinner and, for the most part, we won’t be getting up extremely early in the morning.  We will also be staying at the same hotel in the city center for the whole trip.


The trip will be limited to a total of four persons including the guide (the guide plus three guests).  This is to ensure that participants can have the best possible experience.  The cost of the trip is $2167/person which includes a private room, all transportation in Mexico, guide fees and entrance fees.  Participants are responsible for their meals, international airfare and covid-19 antigen test (if necessary).