La Sepultura

La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve

The La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve, located in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, protects unique ecosystems of the country, even today new species of flora and fauna, that can only be found here, are still being discovered. In its almost 170 thousand hectares, it protects Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests, Tropical Rainforests, Temperate Pine-Oak Forests, and Cloud Forests. Showing off the uniqueness of the Istmo de Tehuantepec region, in its hillsides and ravines covered by Tropical and subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests, and Tropical Rainforest, 2 microendemic birds can be found: the Rose-bellied Bunting or Rosita's Bunting (Passerina rositae), and the Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti). These feathered jewels atract, year after year, hundreds of birdwatchers from all over the world, who visit them with the hope of getting a glimpse or a magnificent photograph of these 2 birds intertwined by geography and the history of natural sciences.

Birds that can be watched: Red-billed Pigeon / Patagioenas flavirostris, White-tipped Dove / Leptotila verreauxi, Pheasant Cuckoo / Dromococcyx Phasianellus, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo / Morococcyx erythropygus, Lesser Roadrunner / Geococcyx velox, Squirrel Cuckoo / Piaya cayana, White-Collared Swift / Streptoprocne zonaris, Plain-capped Starthroat / Heliomaster constantii, Turquoise-crowned Hummingbird o/ Cynanthus doubledayi, Canivet's Emerald / Cynanthus canivetii, Citreoline Trogon / Trogon citreolus, Russet-crowned Motmot /Momotus mexicanus, Lineated Woodpecker / Dryocopus lineatus, American Orange-fronted Parakeet or Half-Moon Conure / Eupsittula canicularis, Barred Antshrike / Thamnophilus doliatus, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper / Xip horhynchus flavigaster, Long-tailed Manakin / Chiroxiphia linearis, Masked Tityra / Tityra semifasciata, Rose-throated Becard / Pachyramphus aglaiae, Northern Bentbill / Oncostoma cinereigulare, Yellow-olive Flycatcher / Tolmomyias sulphurescens, Dusky-capped Flycatcher / Myiarchus tuberculifer, Rufous-browed Peppershrike / Cyclarhis gujanensis, White-throated Magpie-Jay / Calocitta formosa, White-lored Gnatcatcher / Polioptila albiloris, Banded Wren / Thryophilus pleurostictus, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow / Peucaea sumichrasti, Stripe-headed Sparrow / Peucaea ruficauda,Rusty Sparrow / Aimophila rufescens, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat / Geothlypis poliocephala, Rose-bellied Bunting / Passerina rositae, Orange-breasted Bunting / Passerina leclancherii, Nonpareil or Painted Bunting / Passerina ciris.