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Knut Eisermann

Knut Eisermann


Knut Eisermann graduated as engineer in nature conservation and landscape management at University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde, Germany. Living in Guatemala since 1997, his research emphasis is conservation biology, bird distribution and ecology, and biological monitoring. He elaborated several local avian diversity inventories in northern Central America, and co-coordinated the identification of Important Bird Areas in Guatemala. Eisermann continuously compiles updates on bird distribution, and evaluates the conservation status of globally threatened birds in Guatemala. He published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and an annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala.
He attended the University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, Germany, where he studied "Engineering of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation". He wrote his thesis on the avifauna of a cloud forest site in Guatemala. Since 1997, he has lived in Guatemala and carried out various ornithological studies in different areas of the country.
His primary interests are investigations of the natural history of selected species, and studies of bird communities and the implementation and performance of long-term bird monitoring programs.
With the PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program he established a continuous monitoring of bird abundace in Alta Verapaz. For this monitoring, local Maya Q'eqchi' farmers have learned in intensive curses to conduct scientific bird counts. See website at http://www.birdmonitoring.info
Knut leads tailor made small group birding tours in Guatemala with CAYAYA BIRDING: http://www.cayaya-birding.com and serves since 2003 as country coordinator for the compilation of noteworthy bird records for the Central America section in the journal "North American Birds".

PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program, Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Apartado Postal 098  
Guatemala Ciudad,    Guatemala
Phone: 00502 - 5906 6479 Fax: 00502 - 2433 0544
Email: knut.eisermann@proeval-raxmu.org

   Research Interests

Species distribution
Neotropical bird communities
Natural history

Species of Interest: 
  • Glaucidium cobanense
  • Aegolius ridgwayi
  • Megascops barbarus
  • Falco deiroleucus
  • Spizaetus tyrannus
  • Spizaetus ornatus
  • Spizastur melanoleucus
  • Buteogallus anthracinus
  • Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
  • Accipiter chionogaster


Eisermann, K. & S. N. G. Howell (2011). Vocalizations of the Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium cobanense). Journal of Raptor Research 45: 304-314.

Howell, S.N.G., and K. Eisermann. 2011. Guatemalan Pygmy Owl Glaucidium cobanense is a good species. Neotropical Birding 9:74-76.

Eisermann, K., S. Arbeiter, G. López, C. Avendaño & J. d. León Lux (2011) Distribution, habitat use, and implications for the conservation of the globally threatened Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi in Guatemala. Bird Conservation International 21: 423-437.

Eisermann, K., S. Arbeiter, G. López, C. Avendaño, J. de León Lux, A. Burge, A. de León Lux & E. Buchán (2011). Nesting ecology of the Endangered Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi) in Guatemala. Ornitología Neotropical 22: 39-57.

Eisermann, K., G. López, J. Berry, J. de León Lux & A. Burge (2011) Vocalisations and juvenile plumage of the Azure-rumped Tanager. Cotinga 33: 23-26.

Clinton Eitniear, J., and K. Eisermann. 2009. Status and recent sightings of Ocellated Quail. International Journal of Galliformes Conservation 1:85–93.       pdf

Eisermann, K. (2009) Abundance of shorebirds on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. Waterbirds 32: 337-344.

Eisermann, K., and C. Avendaño. 2008. Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Pp. 315-327 in Tundra to tropics: connecting birds habitat and people. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, 13-16 February 2008, McAllen, TX. Partners in Flight, Washington, D.C.       pdf

Eisermann, K. 2007. Vogelreichtum in Guatemala: Endemische Arten, IBAs und nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung. Falke 54:385-391. (In German)

Eisermann, K., and C. Avendaño. 2007. (Book) Lista commentada de las aves de Guatemala/Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain. (In Spanish and English)

Eisermann, K. & K. Omland (2007) Coloration anomaly of a male Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris). Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.) 23(2): 197-200.

Eisermann, K., and C. Avendaño. 2006. Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica [Diversity of birds in Guatemala, with a bibliographic list]. Pp. 525-623 in E. Cano (ed.), Biodiversidad de Guatemala. Vol. I. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala. (In Spanish)

Eisermann, K. 2005. Noteworthy bird observations in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 125:3-11.

Eisermann, K. 2005. An observation of foliage-bathing by an Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) in Tikal, Guatemala. Wilson Bulletin 117:414-418.

Eisermann, K., and U. Schulz. 2005. Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53:577-594.       pdf

Eisermann, K. 2003. Status and conservation of Yellow-headed Parrot Amazona oratrix ‘‘guatemalensis’’ on the Atlantic coast of Guatemala. Bird Conservation International 13:361-366.       pdf

Eisermann, K. 2003. First records of the White-crowned Pigeon (Columba leucocephala), the Rufous-necked Woodrail (Aramides axillaris), and the Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus) for Guatemala. Ornitologia Nneotropical 14:127-128.       pdf

Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & Tanimoto, P. 2013. Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.

Enríquez, P. L., Eisermann, K. & Mikkola, H. 2012. Los búhos de México y Centroamérica: necesidades en investigación y conservación. Ornitología Neotropical 23, Suppl.: 247-260.

Eisermann, K. & Avendaño, C. 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.

Enríquez, P. L., Eisermann, K., Motta-Junior, J. C. & Mikkola, H. 2015. Una revisión de la taxonomía y sistemática de los búhos neotropicales. 29-38 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.

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