The Yucatan Peninsula is the home to 50% of the birds species recorded in Mexico, it is a privileged region with great potential in the world for scientists and birdwatchers.
According to a study by the Organizing Committee of the Tho Bird Festival, 226 species that can be seen in the region are considered Nearctic-Neotropical migratory, coming from northern latitudes to spend the winter in warmer habitats and with higher food availability. Even, some of them use the Yucatan Peninsula as a rest area to continue their journey to southern latitudes.
In Yucatan, 465 species have been identified, including 20 orders, 70 families and 272 species, according to monitoring works performed in the state by national and foreign specialists, and yet, there is evidence of new species.
Out of the total, 236 species are considered local residents, where 213 are 100% Yucatecans, they breed and spend their entire life in the state, while the remaining 23 are permanent residents, but have small migratory populations.
This natural richness has made the “nature tourism” a major economic activity in Yucatan, where for more than a decade, efforts have been made to consolidate it as a serious offer for the domestic and international tourism.
One of these efforts is the Toh Bird Festival, which just concluded last November 24, to promote Yucatan as nature tourism destination based on the observation of birds.
Also, various activities have been implemented like photography and drawing contests, conferences and workshops on topics related to birds given by local and foreign experts, photographic exhibitions, bird watching workshops and the Marathon of the bird xoc chich.