Ornithological studies, photography, and birding tours
by Knut Eisermann

Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl by Knut Eisermann
Juvenile Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium cobanense, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.

I am an Engineer in Nature Conservation and Landscape Management. Living in Guatemala since 1997, my research focusses on the natural history of selected bird species, bird distribution, evaluations of the status of threatened species, and identifications of critical areas for conservation, and has been published in numerous papers and book chapter. Earlier I was involved in research and conservation initiatives in Germany, with focus on birds, bats, amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies, and plants.

Knut Eisermann
During recording the song of resident Savannah Sparrows at Sierra Los Cuchumatanes, published in Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & E. Matías (2017) Nesting evidence, density and vocalisations in a resident population of Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis wetmorei in Guatemala. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 137: 37-45.

My bird research has been useful for different conservation initatives and local tourism programs in Guatemala. In 2008, I co-coordinated the identification of Important Bird Areas in Guatemala under the umbrella of BirdLife International.

Bearded Screech-Owl by Knut Eisermann

Juvenile Bearded Screech-Owls Megascops barbarus. This owl is endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas. Based on my preliminary research on the distribution of this owl, it was uplisted from Near Threatened to Vulnerable in the BirdLife/IUCN Red List of globally threatened species in 2012.

Together with Claudia Avendaño we founded CAYAYA BIRDING, a tour operator specialized on birdwatching, in 2003. Since then I enjoy sharing my knowledge on Guatemalan birds with world birders on birding tours throughout the country. Under the umbrella of CAYAYA BIRDING, we have been teaching local birding guides at several sites throughout Guatemala.

Horned Guan by Knut Eisermann
Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus, endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas.

I enjoy photographing wildlife and nature since my childhood. Some of my images have been published in books and articles. Many more have been useful for documenting the avifauna of Guatemala and for showcasing the birds of Central America to world birders on our CAYAYA BIRDING website.

Latest publications

Bird diversity Guatemala
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
Neotropical Owls
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
Búhos Neotropicales
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2015) Los búhos de Guatemala. 381-434 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
birds of Guatemala
Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
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