Birding tours in Cuba

 

The major interest of birding trips to the West Indies resides in the island endemic species and Caribbean specialties, but we will surely not overlook, at least during the migration seasons, the important number of migrants passing through or wintering.

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The country with the smallest bird in the world (Bee Hummingbird), Cuba (114545 sq km and 1250 km long) supports 26 endemics including a beautiful Trogon, and numerous West Indian specialties.

More than 360 bird species have been recorded in Cuba.

This long island is mostly flat despite the presence of three mountain chains: Guaniguanico Cordillera to the West, Sierra del Escambray in the center and Sierra Maestra to the East. There is also a large swampy region (Cienaga de Zapata) located South East of Havana which supports 19 of the island 26 endemics.

  • more than 360 bird species
  • 26 endemics
  • 19 of the 51 Caribbean endemics

 

12 days bird watching tour (Best of Cuba)

Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals .

[ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]


 

Visited areas and sites (see map)


 

Soroa, La Guira National Park (Guaniguanico Mountains): semi-evergreen broadleaf and Caribbean pine forest on the limestone hills of the West Cordillera.
Cuban Solitaire(E), Olive-capped Warbler, Cuban Blackbird (E), Cuban Tody (E), Cuban Trogon (E),Yellow-headed Warbler (E), Cuban Screech-Owl (E), Greater Antillean Nightjar (E), Cuban Green Woodpecker (E), Cuban Grassquit (E), La Sagra’s Flycatcher, West Indian Woodpecker…

Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Bermejas, Soplillar, La Boca: marshes, salt pans, mangroves, dry forest, palm trees.
Zapata Sparrow (E), Zapata Wren (E), Gundlach’s Hawk (E), Cuban Parrot (E), Grey-fronted Quail-Dove, Blue-headed Quail-Dove (E), Kee West Quail-Dove, Bee Hummingbird (E), Fernandina’s Flicker (E), Northern Flicker, Red-shouldered Blackbird (E), Cuban Crow (E), Cuban Pygmy-Owl (E), Cuban Black-Hawk (E), Western Spindalis…

Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Paredon Grande: low-lying coral islands, mangroves-lined mudflats, thorn-scrub and dwarf semi-deciduous forest.
Oriente Warbler (E), Cuban Gnatcatcher(E), Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Mockingbird, Cuban Vireo (E), Cuban Emerald, Cuban Pewee…

Najasa, La Belen private reseve: forested hills and palm groves, fields.
Giant Kingbird (E), Cuban Parakeet (E), Cuban Palm Crow (E), Plain Pigeon, Cuban Bullfinch (E), Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Masked Duck…

Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

[ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]

 

FIELD GUIDES

 + A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES
Byr Herbert Raffaele, James Wiley , Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith, Janis Raffaele (Princeton).


PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT CUBA

 

 + Documentation: Please check with consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health:
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.

+ Infrastructure: Good driving conditions. Satisfactory accommodation.
+ Language: Spanish.
+ Local time: GMT-5
+ Electricity: 110 volts. American sockets.
+ Currency: CUC and Euro
+ Climate: Tropical, Dry season: December to April.
+ FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF CUBA
By Orlando H. Garrido and Arturo Kirkconnell. (Cornell).

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.  The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss,  flight cancellation … (see terms and conditions).

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Guatemala

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Vénézuela

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Afrique du sud

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