Cozumel Birds

New Species of Bird found in Cozumel


Rare Bird Recued, First Sighing on Island……

Photo Courtesy of New Zealand Birds

Last week a Bulwer’s Petrel,  a seabird which is considered to be “very threatened” in terms of extinction, was rescued by a concerned resident on the southern side of Cozumel island.  Biologist Rafael Chacon, founder of the Conservation and Environmental Education Center (CEA)  was called in, where it was discovered that this bird – the Bulwer’s Petrel – was indeed a rare find, since it’s never been reported as sighted in Cozumel.


Bulwer’s Petrel are generally found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans near Hawaii, Taiwan, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.  Biologist Chacon hypothesized that this particular bird, a juvenile male, was probably caught in some of last month’s tropical disturbances, which removed him from his traditional habitation.


Fortunately, the bird was only fatigued, and after rest and recuperation, he was released back into the wild.  His presence was recorded in the National Birdwatcher’s database so that other avian enthusiasts would be aware of this rare find.

Se detecta una nueva especie de ave en Cozumel

Rescate de un ave rara; primer avistamiento en la Isla. . .

La semana pasada en el extremo sur de la Isla de Cozumel, un preocupado habitante rescató un ave conocida como

Photo Courtesy of Pericos en Peligros de Extincion

Petrel de Bulwer, clasificada como “muy amenazada” en términos de extinción. La presencia del biólogo Rafael Chacón, fundador del Centro de Conservación y Educación Ambiental (CEA) fue solicitada en el sitio donde fue descubierta el ave Petrel de Bulwer, ya que fue un hallazgo verdaderamente raro y cuyo avistamiento nunca antes había sido reportado en Cozumel.


La especie Petrel de Bulwer generalmente se le encuentra en los océanos Atlántico y Pacifico en las cercanías de Hawái, Taiwán, las Islas Marshall y la Micronesia.  El biólogo Chacón especuló que es posible que esta ave en particular, un macho juvenil, se vio atrapado entre las perturbaciones tropicales del mes pasado retirándolo de su hábitat habitual.


Por fortuna el ave sólo estaba fatigada, y después de un descanso y recuperación, fue liberada en el entorno silvestre. Su presencia ha sido registrada en la base de datos de la Red nacional de Observadores de Aves para que otros apasionados observadores conozcan este raro hallazgo.



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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