Trinidad and Tobago Birding Tours
Our Trinidad and Tobago birding tours offer a relaxed introduction to Neotropical birding in a vibrant and picturesque country, where we target stunningly colorful birds. Renowned for Carnival, a celebration of diverse cultural heritage, and as the birthplace of Calypso music, Trinidad and Tobago is a fun country to visit, with truly beautiful tropical landscapes and stunning bird species. Being situated in the southern Caribbean and only seven miles (11 kilometers) from the South American mainland, the tiny twin islands host a unique blend of Amazonian and West Indian wildlife and one of the world’s highest diversities of bird species per area, with a staggering 499 species in less than 2,000 square miles (5,130 square kilometers).
During our birding trips to Trinidad and Tobago, we explore both islands, allowing ample time to appreciate their distinct characters. The larger and more diverse Trinidad pulses with vibrant energy and an interesting mix of diverse cultures and habitats, while Tobago offers a more tranquil, Caribbean approach and features some of the most beautiful untouched beaches in the whole of the Caribbean. From the extensive coastal mangroves, swamps, and tidal flats of western Trinidad to visiting a tropical island paradise and seabird colony on Little Tobago Island, our Trinidad and Tobago birding tours look for some amazing bird species. Highlight species include: Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Red-billed Tropicbird, Scarlet Ibis, Oilbird (we visit one of the most accessible roosts in the world) and Bearded Bellbird, amongst colourful tanagers, honeycreepers, manakins, hummingbirds, trogons, and parrots. Although our focus is birds, we hope to encounter other species on our tours such as Hawksbill Turtle and Silky Anteater, while we immerse ourselves in the beautiful landscapes of these unique twin isles.
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During our Trinidad and Tobago birding tours we stay at the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a world-leading conservation-orientated eco-lodge that hosts over half of the bird species found within Trinidad and Tobago. We visit the best birdwatching sites, including Trinidad’s Northern Forest range (the most northeasterly extreme of the Andes chain), globally important wetlands such as Caroni and Nariva Swamps, Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve, and Little Tobago Island. Most Neotropical bird groups are well represented, and we will enjoy spending time with fantastic species, such as Tufted Coquette, Scaled Pigeon, Black and Ornate Hawk-Eagles, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Channel-billed Toucan, Blue-backed, White-bearded and Golden-headed Manakins, Masked Cardinal, Swallow Tanager, and Bicolored Conebill.
We target some high-quality specials of the region, with the two iconic country endemics – Trinidad Motmot and the Critically Endangered (ICUN) Trinidad Piping Guan most notable. Other range-restricted species include Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, White-tailed Sabrewing, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Venezuelan Flycatcher and Trinidad Euphonia which only occur along the northern edge of the South American continent, as well as Caribbean species such as Scaly-naped Pigeon and Caribbean Martin.
While the diversity of species we encounter during the tour is impressive, we will enjoy prolonged views of many captivating species sought out from comfortable eco-lodges, which makes our Trinidad and Tobago bird watching tours perfect for birders and photographers alike. We stay in good quality accommodation throughout, and our lodges are all located in beautiful remote settings which you will have time to enjoy.
With direct flights from America and parts of Europe, Trinidad and Tobago is a relatively easy destination to travel to. On our Trinidad and Tobago birding tours we promise a list of spectacular and high-quality bird species, breath-taking tropical landscapes, and a lot of fun exploring this exciting and vibrant country.
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Testimonials from our Trinidad and Tobago birding tours
This is the most comprehensive tour of Trinidad and Tobago you will find. We got to experience different habitats and saw so many birds and different kinds of wildlife. The evening trip to Caroni Swamp for the roosting of the Scarlet Ibis is unforgettable!Sheryl - On Trinidad and Tobago
We really enjoyed this tour, and it is one of our favorite tours to date. Fraiser Bell was an excellent guide as was the local guide Lester on Trinidad. Both Asa Wright center locations on Trinidad were perfect for us, and we give it 5 stars out of 5. The accommodations, food, and guiding staff were top notch. We highly recommend this place for your future tour guests.Tim - On Fraser and Trinidad and Tobago