HOME
The Info List - Bajío Dry Forests



--- Advertisement ---


(i)

The BAJíO DRY FORESTS ecoregion , of the Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests Biome , is located in western−central Mexico
Mexico
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Geography * 2 Fauna * 3 Development * 4 See also * 5 References and external links

GEOGRAPHY

The Bajío dry forests
Bajío dry forests
lie in the southwestern portion of the Mexican Plateau . They are bounded on the southeast, south, and southwest by the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests , which occupy the folded mountains and volcanoes of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
that form the southern edge of the Mexican Plateau. The Sierra Madre Occidental pine-oak forests of the Sierra Madre Occidental
Sierra Madre Occidental
bound the ecoregion on the northwest.

The numerous mountains of the plateau which rise above the dry forests are occupied by sky islands of pine-oak forest. To the north, the Bajío dry forests
Bajío dry forests
transition to the drier, more temperate Central Mexican Matorral . Most of the ecoregion lies within the basin of the Lerma River , and the dry forests extend around Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala
at the eastern end of the region, and into the endorheic basins of Lake Cuitzeo and Lake Pátzcuaro
Lake Pátzcuaro
in the south.

FAUNA

Native Mammals include Mexican wolf
Mexican wolf
(Canus lupus baileyi) and pocketed free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops femorosaccus). Birds include the black-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta colliei), thick-billed kingbird (Tyrannus crassirostris), whiskered screech owl (Otus trichopsus), orange-fronted parakeet (Aratinga caniculanis), dwarf vireo (Vireo nelsoni), and black-polled yellowthroat (Geothlypis speciosa).

DEVELOPMENT

The ecoregion is densely populated, and centuries of human use have reduced the dry forests to small pockets. Dry deciduous forest used to be the dominant vegetation, but thorn scrub and subtropical matorral are now more common, interspersed with agricultural and pasture lands. The cities of Guadalajara