Adventure Guide: Mazatlan & Vicinity (Hunter Travel Guides) by Vivien Lougheed

By Vivien Lougheed

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A true omnivore, the peccary will eat anything from poisonous snakes to cactus. There is no fixed mating season and the female usually gives birth to one or two young about the size of a full-grown rabbit. By the time the young are two days old, they are ready to take their place in the herd. 40 n Animal Life the most ubiquitous bird (next to the frigate and pelican) you will see. In total, there are 358 parrot species worldwide. Along with bright colors, all parrots have strong hooked beaks with moveable upper jaws and thick tongues.

Captive parrots make strong bonds with their owners and are known to become physically ill if abandoned. The species most commonly seen on Mexico’s west coast are the tiny (four-six inch/ 10-15 cm) Mexican parakeet, the orange-fronted parakeet, the lilac-crowned parrot and the military macaw. The frigate is the big, black bird you see soaring over the wate r with a “ W” shaped wing. It can soar for hours over the sea, although it seldom goes more than 50 miles/80 km from its home island. Because it does not lift off from water very well, it doesn’t fish much.

In and around Guadalajara, Tequila and Tepatitlan huge plantations (a total of 62,000 acres is presently under cultivation) produce the aguey azul. These plants ripen in about six years, at which time the leaves are hacked away and the heart of the plant is chopped and roasted. It is then shredded and pressed, sugars and yeast are added and it is left to ferment. After fermentation, the liquid is distilled and we get to enjoy a delicious margarita. PINE-OAK FORESTS FACT FILE: Forty percent of vertebrates known to live in Mesoamerica make the pine-oak forests their home, including the canyon tree frog.

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