Main wintering area for greater flamingos, endemic birds in coastal dune scrubs; migrant and wintering water-birds, shorebirds and songbirds, Celestun is famous for its wide variety of birds.
Over 300 bird species can be found in Celestún's Special Biosphere Reserve: cardinals, orioles, motmots, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, flycatchers, kingfishers, cormorants, magnificent frigate birds, herons, egrets, white ibises, wood storks, ospreys, hawks, vultures, sandpipers, roadrunners, owls, pelicans, etc. There are some endemic birds such as the Yucatan wren, the black-throated bobwhite and the Mexican sheartail hummingbird. Read the descriptions of the rare and endemic birds found in the region of Celestún.
Celestun is considered the fourth largest wintering ground for ducks in the Gulf region. In winter you're likely to observe over 13 migrant duck species. But surely the most popular bird and the most sought after is the pink flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber).
The flamingo is one of the most graceful and spectacular birds, but also one that depends on a fragile ecosystem – hyper-saline lagoons - for survival. The Northern Hemisphere's only mainland flamingo population lives along the North and West Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The flamingo feeds and nests in flocks of several thousand birds huddled together in knee-deep water or wading along muddy salt flats. It feeds on small organisms that it filters from the water through a complex mechanism in its large, specially adapted bill.
List of birds sighted in the surroundings of Eco Paraíso, click here