Nicaragua is widely regarded as the most "under-birded" country in Central America. With "only" around 750 recorded species (far fewer than Costa Rica and Panama) and large areas of virtually unexplored habitat, Nicaragua offers tremendous potential for new discoveries. Given the paucity of published information on birding in Central America's largest country, NicaBirds was designed to bridge that gap with reports of recent bird sightings and useful bird-finding information.

This site was created by Rob Batchelder (who lived in Managua from 2009-2012) and is now maintained with the assistance and contributions of local birders/authors such as Jessie Stuebner and Howard Youth. From its inception, NicaBirds has been a collaborative resource that relies on the contributions of numerous resident and visiting birders. To that end, please submit your noteworthy Nicaragua bird sightings and birdfinding "gen" (tips) to post@nicabirds.com.  What are "noteworthy" sightings, you might ask?  Any bird species you consider rare or unexpected for the location where you saw it.  In order to build a baseline of sightings data I have also included in earlier posts some relatively common species emblematic of a specific site, i.e. that site is a particularly reliable place to see the bird in question.

The long-term goal of NicaBirds is to serve as a one-stop English-language resource for visiting birders--an online guide to Nicaragua's birds and birding locations.  The site includes bird-finding pages, by region, with information on specific birding locations )(though these pages remain works in progress).  Some of Nicaragua's best birds are found in remote reserves like Bosawas which are very difficult to reach due to lack of infrastructure and published information.  If you have personal experience with a particular off-the-beaten-path birding location in Nicaragua, please share your tips on getting there, accommodations (if any), birds likely to be seen, etc.

NicaBirders (L-R): Georges D., Rob B., Liliana C., Manfred B., Jack H., Sally G., Jessica S.
[Note: For the sake of consistency, this website follows the taxonomy of Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 6th Edition, including the latest updates and corrections, which is also the baseline followed by eBird.]