The Best of Colombia

This new and unique Colombia tour takes in the southern Andes, Amazonian Foothills and Llanos!

 

Spain in Spring

Join us on our spectacular Spanish birding tour!!

 

South & Central Vietnam

This tour is packed full of spectacular endemics and specials!

 

HAWAII

This tropical island paradise has some great endemic and ABA birding, that should not be missed!

 

Northern Ecuador

Come and join us on this hummingbird and antpitta extravaganza!

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Birding Tours Worldwide

ALL OUR BIRDING TOURS

Welcome to Birding Ecotours! Here we will present to you some of the world’s most spectacular birding tours around the world. Our trips are for small groups of only 6-8 participants. Quality is of paramount importance to us; we prefer to use superior accommodation (where available at the top birding sites) and vehicles. Despite our focus on small groups and the fact that we err on the side of superior quality, our prices are competitive. It is Birding Ecotours’ company policy to contribute a minimum of 10 % of profits to conservation and local communities. We are passionate about birding and also about leaving a legacy – by genuinely helping people and conserving birds – for generations to come.

We like to do things differently. For example, we offer some unique tours in addition to our standard birdwatching tours, including Owls of the World® tours, tough mammal tours (fancy an Aardvark or a Black-footed Cat?), and more. Since 2003, we have been innovating some of the most wonderful bird and wildlife tours available.

What is one of our typical birding tours like?

Our main focus is, of course, on finding the important birds (especially the endemics and specials). Our trip lists are very important to us (we do really encourage you to look at our trip reports – which contain bird and mammal lists – and compare them with those of other companies). However, we understand that birding tours can be tiring, so we as a company prefer to add a day or two and actually have folks enjoy the birding tour – this allows us to accumulate a big bird list (including backup time for finding the most important birds), but it also gives us time to enjoy the bird sightings, as well as to stop for each species of mammal (plus other interesting things we may encounter along the way) rather than to be forced to tell our guests “sorry, we have no time to stop for anything without feathers” – that can be frustrating. Hence, we tend to add a couple of days so we can get the best bird lists in the industry, but without as much of a huge rush as some other companies’ bird tours. As just one example, we must have the most comprehensive eastern South Africa birding tour out there (by the way, so many mammals are also seen on this trip, incidentally to the birding).

We also run a good number of Birding Photo Tours, which need a different approach from typical birding tours – more space in the vehicles for camera gear, the correct tour pace to get photos, making sure the vehicle is at the right angle, and constantly thinking about lighting (although these things are important even on a standard birding tour, they are even more vital on a photographic birding/wildlife vacation). We also operate various other kinds of tours such as birding and wildlife cruise holidays, pelagic trips and 1-day birding tours. Our main focus, of course, is on birding tours!

One of the things we pride ourselves in the most, though, is our enthusiasm which means we get back to you with excitement from the minute you contact us. We tend to struggle to contain our enthusiasm and excitement, so when you e-mail us, you’ll doubtless find that we get back to you fast with detailed information. It’s our contagious enthusiasm for birding (and for the natural world as a whole) and for people, that spurs us on to give outstanding service.

Where can you find us?

We take beginner, intermediate, and advanced birders on birding tours to many countries, which include Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Peru, Romania, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the USA, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and we can arrange cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica!

Custom and Anytime Birding Tours anywhere in the world

We can run any of our birdwatching tour itineraries any time by request. Or you can send us a wish list and we’ll design a custom birding tour for you. We actually get extremely excited about arranging bespoke birding tours around a wish-list.

Local Community Bird Guide Relief Fund

$12,610 raised!

Of our $10,000 target!

126%

We have thus far (25 August 2021) donated $12,063 to numerous local bird guides throughout the world! Community birding guides are still in desperate need of our help as the pandemic continues through 2021, so we are now trying to raise $20,000, which is 200 % of our original target! The names of anyone who donates more than $100 to this relief fund, from today’s date (24 June 2021) until the date we reach our $20,000 goal, will be entered into a draw and the lucky winner will be given a $500 voucher towards any tour of their choice!  

Please read our blog to see how you can contribute to this fund!

Virtual Birding Tour

 

Virtual Birding Tour of Thailand – talk by Andy Walker hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society.

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Norfolk, England. Our choice for optics in Europe

Field Guides to North America: what to take into the field

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Field guides covering North America, in this context, include Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 of the United States. It does not include Hawaii, Greenland, Bermuda ...
European birding tours

A second year of birding in Norfolk (and Suffolk) – 2021

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What a privilege it is to be able to spend a second year based at the UK office of Birding Ecotours, right in the middle of one of Britain’s best…
Field guides of neotropics

Field Guides to the Neotropics: what to take into the field

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Birds of Mexico and northern Central America (Steve N.G. Howell and Sophie Webb). Though this book is almost twenty years old, it still stands up ...
French list of birds of South Africa

French List of Birds of South Africa – Noms des oiseaux en Afrique du Sud

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The French list of the birds of South Africa is in part a recognition that a large proportion of the people of Africa are French speaking. Since the ...

RECENT TRIP REPORTS

Uganda trip report

Uganda Set Departure Trip Report, August 2021

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Our annual 19-day set departure Uganda birding and primates tour covers some of the best birding regions in Uganda. Concentrating on the main birding circuit...
Maine trip report July

USA – Maine Birding Tour: Set Departure Trip Report

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This nine-day set departure tour of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont commenced in Portland, Maine on the 5th of July 2021 and concluded back there on ...
Norfolk trip report

1-Day Norfolk Summer Birding Tour Report, July 2021

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This was an awesome 1-day Norfolk birding day tour for Tamrynne and Ryan who were visiting Norfolk from London for the weekend and wanted a day of guided birding ...
highveld suikerbosrand

South Africa: 1-Day Suikerbosrand and Wetlands Birding Tour Report, June 2021

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This trip was carried out for a single client, Alma, and saw us concentrate on getting photos of the many birds we saw. The morning ...
Guide Dylan Vasapolli managed to capture this excellent footage of the rare and highly sought-after Green-breasted Pitta displaying. This was obtained in the Kibale Forest National Park, in Uganda, during one of our 2021 birding tours. Kibale Forest is also known as an excellent place to find Chimpanzees! See more information here.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Dylan Vasapolli is extremely knowledgeable about birding and photography, but it’s his enthusiasm for the subject that is wonderful to experience. He has been birding for many years, and still, he has such a love for birding and the environment, which is very infectious. I was extremely lucky to have him as my guide.”

Alma — On Dylan and South Africa

“We just returned from our trip to Thailand. It was wonderful. Thank you very much for arranging our tour with Andy Walker. He was the best guide we ever had. He is knowledgeable,easy going, hard working, and has all the qualities that people expect from a guide. We really enjoyed birding with him. We would be happy to go birding with him any time and would highly recommend him as a guide to any of our friends.
Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have him as our guide.”

Ahmad & Sue — On Andy and Thailand

“What do you most need in a guide and a tour company? Some would say trustworthy arrangements that yet stay flexible to the needs of the individual birder, some would say someone who can find you the target birds and others might say an all-rounder who combines birding knowledge, great communications skills and organisational ability. Birding Ecotours and its owner/operator Chris Lotz tick all the boxes! I’ve birded with Chris and travelled with the company and asked them to arrange tours for others, and Chris has come up trumps every time. I value my own integrity too much to give endorsements unless I have personal experience that truly warrants it. I recommend Chris Lotz and Birding Ecotours!”

Bo — On Chris and Birding Ecotours

“Our birding trip to Ethiopia was fantastic. The country is so rich in history and interesting people and customs. The birding was great! Needless to say Dominic is an expert birder. He is a warm and gracious person and we all really enjoyed his company. Our Ethiopian driver and guide, Tesfaw, was also very good. He was an experienced guide and driver. His contacts were good as were his day to day decisions. He kept our group on time and on schedule but was also flexible to our requests and needs.

We rate our trip excellent (A,10/10). Thank you for all your work in arranging the trip. We appreciate all your prompt correspondences. We certainly will be using Birding Ecotours in the future. We hope to meet you in person some day.”

Laurie & Steve — On Dominic and Ethiopia

“I’ve just returned from our custom tour with Eduardo and I want to tell you – he is a jewel! Very knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and seems to enjoy birding and helping other birders find and appreciate the birds. His guiding, listening and decorum were beyond reproach. He could many times describe where the target bird was, rather than just pointing and scaring it away. A true gentleman and very helpful when I needed help or clarification.
It would be a pleasure to go again with him. He was able to find 26 lifers for me when I expected at the most 19. Now my world list total is 7466 and counting!”

Kay — On Eduardo

“Maine is beautiful, whether you’re on the shore or inland, and this tour showed us the best of both. Experiencing the variety of habitats with a knowledgeable guide and great companions was just what we needed after a year of not travelling. Jacob was a great leader for our group, making sure we saw the birds we wanted, but also on the look-out for mammals or letting us slow down to enjoy the wildflowers.”

Tracy — On Jacob and Maine, USA
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