As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Unusual sightings of toucans and trogons in urban areas of the Yucatán Peninsula

By Yucatan Times on January 25, 2018

The finding of trogons and toucans in urban areas of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan during 2017, launched a protocol of contingency and an investigation into the migration of more than 400 birds to the city, which conclusions were announced on December.

According to a statement from the Conacyt Information Agency on January 11, the birds founded in the cities presented a fatigue condition, and the death of at least one hundred of them warned about the possibility of an alteration in their habitat, caused by the climate change and human activity.

In an interview, biologist Gisela Maldonado Saldaña, director of Kanantik and member of the State Committee for Wildlife Quintana Roo, explained that the birds reported are distributed in medium and high forests of the Yucatan Peninsula and rarely approach coastal or urban areas, because the type of food they require is only found in the rainforest.

However, during 2017, many sightings of these species were recorded, especially in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Holbox, Mahahual and Bacalar. “We observed erratic flights, they were too close to urban areas. Some were of these specimens were found trapped inside supermarket stores and other high-ceiling buildings, because they entered when the doors were open and then they could not exit” he said.

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