Private Nature Reserve

 Finca el Amate (Birding Hot Spot)

What to expect: Montane & subtropical humid forest. Important bird area, extensive green area, outdoor activities, great landscape, mountains, caves, dry rivers of lava, ascending trail, impressive scenic views to the volcanoes fuego, acatenango, pacaya, agua.

Finca el Amate Birding (Guatemala Hot Spot) is a private reserve  since 1959 located at the montane forest with a transition  within the subtropical  forest the lowlands of the pacific slope.  Located at south of National Park Volcano Pacaya,  Aldea los Positos, Villa Canales, Guatemala city.  (photo sendero  el pinal)
It protects about (206) acres, it is a key site for the birding community the target birds here are: Crested bobwhite, Botteri´s Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Rock Wren, Lesser road runner  & many other important resident & mirgratories birds species, some of them endemic to the highland region of Guatemala, as well Flora & Fauna,  impressive landscape to the active volcano Pacaya at night is a great show of lights op top ot the active pacaya and nice place watching  stars! El Amate farm ideal for research activities and scientific studies and  sustainable economic  development .   Now  since June  2019  open the door  to the tourism and nature lovers, birdwatchers, photographers, camping, and others outdoor activities.
Recommended Trails:  La Aurorita a short walk to see motmots, oriols,  nice lookout point, good for owling (Whiskered  Screech owl, photo Mario Trejo)

Sendero el Pinal the longest trail at the high part, home of the chipping sparrow and other migratories, with great views to the volcanoes you might get there by truck for a early birding.
Sendero Rock wren An asy short and flat trail, the Rock wren is the most abundant bird by the old river of lava and all over the area around the main house. Easily you can see and eard crested bobwhite and Boterri´s Sparrows.

Birdwatching Story at Finca el Amate Birding
The Guatemalan Bird Conservation team visit the farm on June 27 2019  set a new record for the farm including new bird species and  has made the first record for Chipping Sparrow before these   Mario Trejo from Salvador register the  botteri´s sparrow wich is the first record at  the south of Guatemala . Now  the eBird hotspot for Finca el Amate alone boasts 135  birds species 74 checklist, and keep growing with  resident and migratory birds, you will  need a couple of days to walk all the trails. The farm el Amate also is good for meditation, camping, hiking, landscape,  mountain biking you have to bring your bikes and tents for now they don’t have the service of rent might be in the future, and they  can host four people maximum  at the main house of the farm and serve meals.
Guides: Gilber  who spend most time traveling around the world now is the manager of the farm and birder Guide  who fell in love with the birds and he is very excited to promote the place for local and international  birdwatchers  and nature photographers, his assistance   good birder guides too  Estuardo & Luis Franco, they are very knowledgeable of the area  and they know their birds and peaks only Spanish, but they can hire you a bilingual birding guide if you need one.



How to get there?
Travel time from Guatemala city: One and half hour
Main access road Route CA9 South
From Guatemala city take the road to villa canales, keep going to santa Elena barillas, and take right from the Cedro tree junction  pass the village of San Antonio windmill, toward  to aldea los pocitos,  from these village ask at the main square to doña Lety she will direct you or take right up look for sign to el Amate take right again into a off road up the hill, four wheel-drive or normal car is fine, Or ask to be meet at los pocitos village.
-Hikes-Birdwatching-Organic agriculture projects-Visit the old lava caves-Mountain biking –Tour of pineapple –  Camping.


One day Birding:  Birdwatching El Amate  is a fabulous place for a birding tour all year around, our search will take  you from the wide meadows, mountain forest and grassland ,  good for  owling tour, special birds to see here are the Crested Bobwhite,  B oteri´s Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow,  Whiskered Screech-Owl, Streak-backed Oriole and many others.
Half day birding is available

Owling Tour: Experience a night birding in search of the great horned owl, whiskered Screech owl, Common Pauraque and other birds

A day Pass :

Recommendation:  You must need  to make a reservation prior to your visit to finca el amate birding, and must take a local guide for a better birding experience  if you travel in your car a detailed map can be provided. There is also private transportation available from Antigua or Guatemala city to the farm.
What to bring: hiking shoes, long trousers, mosquito cream, hat, water,  headlamp, rain gear (may to octuber)
Schedule to the public: Monday to Sunday from 7am to 5pm for birding special time.
Contact information:
NAME: El Amate Farm
Telephone: +(502)  53881324
Website: Guatemalanbirdconservacion/Fincael amate
Facebook page:

Ebird Hot spot

Grouse, Quail, and Allies
Crested Bobwhite Colinus cristatus
Pigeons and Doves
Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
Inca Dove Columbina inca
Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground Dove Columbina talpacoti
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus
Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
Chestnut-collared Swift Streptoprocne rutila
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
Canivet’s Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus
Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina
Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Whiskered Screech-Owl Megascops trichopsis
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
Lesson’s Motmot Momotus lessonii
Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
Golden-olive Woodpecker Colaptes rubiginosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Falcons and Caracaras
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
Parrots, Parakeets, and Allies
Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis
Pacific Parakeet Psittacara strenuus
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
Becards, Tityras, and Allies
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Tyrant Flycatchers: Elaenias, Tyrannulets, and Allies
Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus/virens
Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill’s Flycatcher) Empidonax alnorum/traillii
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens
White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus
Martins and Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus
Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
Cabanis’s Wren Cantorchilus modestus
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus
Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi
Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques
Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies
Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
New World Sparrows
Botteri’s Sparrow Peucaea botterii
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis
White-faced Ground-Sparrow Melozone biarcuata
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
Yellow-winged Cacique Cassiculus melanicterus
Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri
Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
Spot-breasted Oriole Icterus pectoralis
Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Crescent-chested Warbler Oreothlypis superciliosa
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
MacGillivray’s Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Townsend’s Warbler Setophaga townsendi
Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymosus
Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli
Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies
White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Dickcissel Spiza americana
Tanagers and Allies
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta
Morelet’s Seedeater Sporophila morelleti
Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivaceus
Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens