Trinidad and Tobago Birding Tour: An Introduction to Neotropical Birding


THIS SMALL-GROUP TOUR WILL BE GUARANTEED WITH A MINIMUM OF ONLY 4 PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE A 5-NIGHT STAY AT THE FAMOUS ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE AND 4 NIGHTS ON TOBAGO, WHERE WE HAVE A HIGH CHANCE OF SCORING A LARGE SPECIES LIST WITH AMPLE TIME TO ENJOY THE BIRDING.

Dates and Costs

 

28 November – 09 December 2024

Spaces Available: 6

Price: US$7,150 / £5,922 / €6,917 per person sharing based on 4 – 8 clients.

Single Supplement: US$1,390/ £1,151 / €1,345

 

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when making final payments.

 

27 November – 08 December 2025

Price: US$8,008 / £6,632 / €7,747 per person sharing based on 4 – 8 clients.

Single Supplement: US$1,556/ £1,288 / €1,506


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Tour Details

Duration: 12 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Tour Start: Piarco International Airport, Trinidad
Tour End: Robinson International Airport, Tobago


Price includes:

Meals/Water
Accommodation
Transport
Guiding fees
Internal flight between Trinidad and Tobago

Price excludes:

International flights
Personal insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)
Laundry service
Personal expenses such as gifts

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Trinidad and Tobago Birding Tour: An Introduction to Neotropical Birding
November 2024/2025

 

For their small size of less than 2,000 square miles (~5,100 square kilometers), the tiny isles of Trinidad and Tobago host a staggeringly high diversity of bird species, with more than 500 species recorded. Situated just seven miles (11 km) north of Venezuela and the South American mainland, the biodiversity of the twin isles is comprised of a blend of both Amazonian and West Indies wildlife, which makes this a unique birdwatching destination.

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourThe beautiful near-endemic White-tailed Sabrewing is a major target on this tour (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Our tour starts on Tobago, which has a distinctly more Caribbean flavor and is even more picturesque than its larger neighbor, with lush, forested heights sloping gently into beautiful tropical beaches, surrounded by diverse coral reefs. Here we will seek species that are not found on Trinidad, which include the localized White-tailed Sabrewing, found only here or on the Paria Peninsula in Venezuela. Despite its name, the endemic Trinidad Motmot is much more abundant on Tobago, as is Rufous-tailed Jacamar. After taking a glass-bottom boat trip to Little Tobago Island to get up close with some spectacular seabirds which nest on the island, such as beautiful Red-billed Tropicbirds. We then bird our way across Tobago, exploring its wetlands and forests for specials such as Blue-backed Manakin and Venezuelan Flycatcher.

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourWe should find several Rufous-tailed Jacamars throughout the tour (photo Fraser Bell).

 

After four nights on Tobago we transfer to Trinidad, famous for its vibrant mix of cultures, excellent tropical weather, and great hospitality. During our time on Trinidad, we stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, a world-leading conservation-focused ecolodge. Asa Wright is well known among birdwatchers – its extensive grounds wind through pristine rainforest which boast Bearded Bellbird and the most accessible Oilbird roost in the world, while relaxed birdwatching from the veranda allows close viewing of charismatic and colorful species, such as Blue Dacnis and Tufted Coquette.

We will explore Trinidad’s wetlands, savannah, forests, and coastline, using Asa Wright as our comfortable base, while we seek specials such as Black Hawk-Eagle, Masked Cardinal, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, and Red-bellied Macaw. During a scenic boat cruise, we’ll witness the breath-taking spectacle of thousands of Scarlet Ibis as they return to roost. After five nights at Asa Wright, we will end the tour with two nights in the northeast, where we target Trinidad’s one true endemic, the Trinidad Piping Guan. A species once widespread across Trinidad, it is now red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Critically Endangered and clings on in the remote forests of Trinidad’s mountainous northern range.

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourWatching the Scarlet Ibis returning to roost in the Caroni Swamp is such a memorable experience (photo Fraser Bell).

 

This is a relatively easy tour, in which we hope to become accustomed to many neotropical bird families at leisure, with great photographic opportunities of many spectacularly colorful species. Additionally, we should find the two endemics without too much trouble. This birding trip has been designed so that we have time to enjoy the wonderful birds of the islands at a steady pace, taking advantage of the relaxing Caribbean culture.

We offer other great tours to the Caribbean region including CubaDominican Republic, and Jamaica, as well as birding tours to Guyana or Colombia. These destinations may be combined with Trinidad and Tobago to give a more complete exploration of the region! Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

 

 

Itinerary (12 days/11 nights)

 

Day 1. Arrival to tranquil Tobago

On arrival at Robinson International Airport, you will be met by your guide and taken to the north-eastern tip of Tobago to start our two-night stay at a beautiful beach-front hotel. Here the group will have the chance to meet over dinner, discuss the tour and enjoy the breath-taking views across the bay.

Overnight: Blue Waters Inn

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourThe impressive Great Black Hawk is often seen during our time in Tobago (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 2. Little Tobago Island

An easy morning around the hotel grounds will provide a great introduction to birding in Tobago, where we will inevitably encounter the raucous Rufous-vented Chachalaca, alongside Red-crowned Woodpecker, Fuscous Flycatcher, Barred Antshrike, Northern White-fringed Antwren, Scrub Greenlet, and the gorgeous endemic Trinidad Motmot. With luck we might see a Great Black Hawk soaring over the canopy, or Belted Kingfisher foraging along the shore. In the late morning we will board a boat trip to Little Tobago Island. Magnificent Frigatebird will escort us on our journey and, through the glass-bottom boat, we will keep our eyes peeled for tropical marine species including Hawksbill or Green Turtle. Little Tobago Island has an interesting history, having once hosted an introduced population of New Guinea’s Greater Bird-of-paradise! These are long extinct on the island; and it is instead a paradise for tropical seabirds where Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown and Red-footed Boobies, Laughing Gull, and Audubon’s Shearwater nest. Here we hope to also find Scaly-naped Pigeon, a Caribbean species at its most southerly limit. After exploring the island there is the opportunity of snorkeling to enjoy the diverse reefs just offshore. Tonight, there may be the option of night birding from our hotel, to seek White-tailed Nightjar, and the secretive Striped Owl.

Overnight: Blue Waters Inn

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourRed-billed Tropicbird nest on the cliff tops of Little Tobago Island (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 3. Main Ridge

With an early start we depart for Tobago’s Main Ridge mountain range which offers us the best chance for Tobago’s forest specials. Our first stop will be at a viewpoint overlooking the forest, where we will watch commuting birds leaving the forest and raptors, such as impressive Great Black Hawks, soaring over the canopy. Walking quiet mountainous roads, or forested trails, we will target Trinidad Motmot and Rufous-tailed Jacamar, which are more common here than in Trinidad, alongside Blue-backed Manakin, Stripe-breasted Spinetail, Fuscous and Venezuelan Flycatchers, White-winged Becard, White-throated Spadebill, Yellow-legged Thrush, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, and the Endangered (IUCN) White-tailed Sabrewing, as it visits heliconia and banana flowers. This large and impressive hummingbird is arguably our most important target on Tobago, being confined only to Tobago and the Praia Peninsula in Venezuela. Out of the forest, we visit a hummingbird garden to enjoy close views of Tobago’s six hummingbird species, which alongside the near-endemic White-tailed Sabrewing, include Black-throated Mango, White-necked Jacobin, and the stunning Ruby-topaz Hummingbird – a migratory species which would have recently returned from South America.

Overnight: Magdalena Grand Resort

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourHummingbirds, such as this Black-throated Mango, will keep us entertained while on Trinidad and Tobago (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 4. South Tobago wetlands

Early morning will see us exploring the south of Tobago, an exciting prospect considering the wetlands here are a hotspot for migratory species overwintering from North America. Within extensive mangroves and overgrown pools, we will target Wilson’s Snipe, White-cheeked Pintail, Least Grebe, Anhinga, Mangrove Cuckoo, Scrub Greenlet, roosting Common Potoo, alongside a supporting cast of wintering Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Sora, and maybe an early Caribbean Martin.

We will lunch at the coast whilst keeping an eye out for passing gulls, terns and waders and return to our resort where we can continue birding in the afternoon. Our resort boasts the most accessible mangrove walkway in Tobago, which makes it one of the best places to see Mangrove Cuckoo. The grounds host a variety of wetland habitats, where we will look for Wattled Jacana, Purple Gallinule, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Black-faced Grassquit, Pale-vented Pigeon, Eared Dove, amongst migratory waterbirds, warblers and swallows. The quiet grounds are a wonderful place to spend an afternoon and, as dusk falls, we will try to see one of the pair of resident American Barn Owls hunting over the golf course.

Overnight: Magdalena Grand Resort

Trinidad and Tobago birding toursMangrove Cuckoo is one of the mangrove specials we will seek in southern Tobago.

 

Day 5. Transfer to Trinidad and the Asa Wright Centre

We board an early flight to Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport and, on arrival in Trinidad, we will spend a short time birding wetlands near the airport for species including Pied Water Tyrant, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Saffron Finch, Ringed Kingfisher, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Green-rumped Parrotlet, amongst herons and waders. Our main targets are Red-breasted Blackbird and Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, which is now rare in Trinidad, having suffered due to its popularity in the pet trade. After our visit to Trinidad’s bustling lowlands, we will be taken the short distance into the solitude of the northern range, to start our five-night stay at the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre.

Here the group will enjoy brilliant birding, and breath-taking views from the comfort of the veranda. Here we hope to be joined by vibrant Purple, Green and Red-Legged Honeycreepers, Violaceous Euphonia, Turquoise Tanager, and more than ten hummingbird species are regularly seen here, including the impressive Tufted Coquette, Little Hermit and Long-billed Starthroat. The veranda provides a good viewpoint across the forested valley, and we may spot Black Hawk-Eagle, Short-tailed Hawk, Scaled Pigeon, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Orange-winged Amazon, or our first Channel-billed Toucan over the forest canopy below. We will spend some time night birding the entrance road and grounds, searching for Short-tailed Nighthawk, Spectacled Owl, Mottled Owl and Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, amongst mammals, reptiles and amphibians, which the Asa Wright guides excel at finding.

Overnight: Asa Wright Nature Centre

Trinidad and Tobago birding toursThe beautiful Purple Honeycreeper can be seen from Asa Wright’s veranda (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 6. A gentle introduction to birding in Trinidad

Today, we will bird at a comfortable pace, true to Caribbean style. We will spend an entire day within the grounds of the Asa Wright Nature Centre where over 200 bird species have been recorded. Watching from the veranda we hope to be joined by the species mentioned for the previous day and many more, including skulking Barred Antshrike and Long-billed Gnatwren, alongside Black-tailed Tityra, Cocoa and Plain-brown Woodcreeper, while Blue Dacnis, Bay-headed Tanager and Trinidad Euphonia can be seen in the canopy of flowering trees. Around the network of well-maintained trails, we hope to see Squirrel Cuckoo, Green Hermit, Crimson-crested and Lineated Woodpecker, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl and, if we’re lucky, we may find a lek of displaying White-bearded or Golden-headed Manakins. Asa Wright is home to all three species of trogon found within Trinidad, and the highly ventriloquial Bearded Bellbird, whose deafening call resembles that of a hammer hitting an anvil. In the afternoon we will have a memorable visit to the Dunstan Caves’ active Oilbird colony – their aroma and raucous calls will be hard to forget!

Overnight: Asa Wright Nature Centre

Trinidad and Tobago birding toursRuby-topaz Hummingbird is one of the many outrageous hummingbirds we hope to encounter on the tour (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 7. Western coastal Trinidad

With an early departure from Asa Wright, we will travel to Trinidad’s western coastline which, with extensive mudflats, mangroves and wetlands, makes for exciting birdwatching. Walking along quiet waterways and water meadows, we will search for Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Pied Water Tyrant, Masked Cardinal, Bicolored Conebill, Long-winged Harrier, Black-crested Antshrike, Yellow-hooded Blackbird and, if we’re lucky, one of the specialized mangrove residents, such as Mangrove Rail, Mangrove Cuckoo, or Rufous Crab Hawk. At the mudflats of Orange Bay, we will enjoy aggregations of migratory shorebirds alongside resident waterbirds, before finishing the day with an afternoon boat trip through the Caroni Swamp.

We will traverse the network of channels between the mangroves, seeking out more of Trinidad’s mangrove specials, such as Green-throated Mango, Grey-cowled Wood Rail, Boat-billed Heron and hope to find the small population of American Flamingo which have recently colonized the swamp. Our local guides excel in finding roosting Tropical Screech Owl and Common Potoo, as well as Central American Tree Boa and Silky Anteater in the twisted branches of the mangroves. As the sun sets, we can enjoy the spectacle of thousands of Scarlet Ibis returning to roost on mangrove islets, an experience which could be the highlight of the tour for many.

Overnight: Asa Wright Nature Centre

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourWe will look for Yellow-hooded Blackbird in the marshes of western Trinidad (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 8. East Trinidad

In the morning we will visit one of the last remnants of tropical savanna in Trinidad, at Aripo agricultural station. Exploring the farm tracks and quiet roads, we will look for Striped Cuckoo, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Red-breasted Blackbird, Yellow-chinned Spinetail and Savanna Hawk, among many others, and if we’re lucky, we may see Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, or Brown-throated Parakeet, both of which are now rare and localized in Trinidad.

Travelling east we plan to stop for some local food – doubles or Aloo Pie are often the favorites – then continue to the coast. Here we seek Crested Caracara, Sulphury Flycatcher, White-tailed Goldenthroat, and Little Cuckoo. In the afternoon we will explore the Nariva Swamp where, while walking along small tracks, we will seek Pinnated Bittern, Limpkin, Wattled Jacana, Purple Gallinule, and Red-bellied Macaw, and hope to find a flock of reintroduced Blue-and-yellow Macaw. With its quaint mix of agricultural paddies, interspersed with swamp forest and freshwater marshes, it is an idyllic setting for an afternoon.

Overnight: Asa Wright Nature Centre

 

Day 9. The Northern Range

On our final full day at Asa Wright Nature Centre, we will explore north of the center along Blanchisseuse Road into the Arima Valley, stopping at several birding hotspots such as Las Lapas and Paria Junction. Our first stop early on will be at a viewpoint overlooking the forest below, where we will enjoy seeing flocks of Blue-headed Parrot as they leave their roost. The diversity of birds here is impressive, as most of Trinidad’s forest species are present in the area, but our main targets are species which favor high altitude, including Scaled Pigeon, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Warbler, Sooty Grassquit, Speckled, Hepatic and Swallow Tanagers, and Ornate Hawk-Eagle.

Overnight: Asa Wright Nature Centre

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourIt’s brilliant fun to watch lekking male White-bearded Manakin whirring around the forest trails (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 10. Transfer to Grand Riviere

We will enjoy a relaxed final morning spending more time on the trails and veranda at Asa Wright. Here, we will continue to seek skulking species such as Grey-throated Leaftosser, White-bellied Antbird, Little Tinamou, Black-faced Antthrush, Silvered Antbird, Great Antshrike, and less common species such as Little Hermit, Chestnut Woodpecker and Euler’s and Olive-sided Flycatchers.

After lunch, we transfer to Trinidad’s northeast, where we will spend two nights at the remote village of Grand Riviere, which lies at the base of the extreme northeast of the Andes Mountain Range. If time allows on arrival, we may start to explore the local area, though some may instead choose a swim, or a walk on the beach right outside the hotel.

Overnight: Mount Plaisir Estate Hotel

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourWe should get great views of several beautiful hummingbirds on our Trinidad and Tobago tour, such as the range-restricted  Little Tufted Coquette (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 11. Birding Grand Riviere

An early departure will see us on the quest for Trinidad’s secretive and threatened, Trinidad Piping Guan. Due to overhunting, it is confined to this remote region and we will make a special effort to find this bird. Watching from a viewpoint, we hope to see the piping guans as they leave their roost and feed in nutmeg trees, before they melt away into the forest canopy. After our vigil, we will continue to bird locally. This area is comprised of a mix of riverine forest and cultivated habitats which attract a range of interesting birds such as Trinidad Euphonia, Black-tailed Tityra, Lilac-tailed Parakeet, White-bearded Manakin, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Silvered Antbird, Little Tinamou, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Bat Falcon and White-bellied Antbird, while Green and Ringed Kingfishers, and Little Blue, and Great Blue Herons could be found along the coast, alongside migratory shorebirds. The afternoon will be spent at leisure, enjoying the peace of Grand Riviere.

After one last good day, we will have our final group dinner of the tour where we will discuss the ‘bird of the trip’ – it is sure to be a tough task!

Overnight: Mount Plaisir Estate Hotel

Trinidad and Tobago birding tourTrinidad Piping Guans are secretive birds, but we make a special attempt to see these endangered birds in northeast Trinidad (photo Fraser Bell).

 

Day 12. Departure

Today you will have time at leisure, prior to your departure from Piarco International Airport.

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling. 

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO GENERAL INFORMATION

TOUR INTRODUCTION

On this birding adventure we explore the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, allowing ample time to appreciate their distinct characters, and diverse habitats. Our trip starts on the larger, vibrant Trinidad, with the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre as our base. From here we delve into coastal wetlands, mangroves, and marshes on both east and west coasts, the tropical savanna and scrub of central Trinidad, and the lush forests of the northern range. Towards the end of our stay in Trinidad, we travel to the remote northwest, in search of the Trinidad Piping Guan, a shy species restricted to these hill forests. On beautiful Tobago, we will enjoy a more tranquil and Caribbean approach. We explore coastal wetlands of southern Tobago, embark on a glass-bottom boat trip to the Little Tobago Island seabird colony, and target impressive localized species like White-tailed Sabrewing in the main forested ridge. The diversity of birds we encounter during this tour will be impressive, and we should have a lot of opportunity for photography and close views of brilliantly colorful species. This trip features unforgettable birding in a true tropical paradise.

 

WEATHER

Nestled in the southern Caribbean near the equator, Trinidad and Tobago have a constant temperate tropical climate year-round. The islands are influenced by both the warm Caribbean and Northeast Trade Winds, which together prevent extreme heat and temperature fluctuations, giving the twin islands a relatively constant temperature. The climate alternates between wet and dry seasons. The wet season, from June to November, features periods of heavy rainfall, occasional thunderstorms, and high humidity. Hurricanes are most likely between August and October, with Tobago at a higher risk due to its northern location. In contrast, the dry season spans January to April, offering warm days and cool nights with little rainfall. May and December are transition months between these seasons. The coolest months are January and February when the average minimum temperature is around 68F (20C), while the warmest months are April and October with a maximum average temperature around 89F (32C).

On this trip, we visit during the transition from the wet to the dry season, so we expect moderately high daytime temperatures around 84F (29C) and pleasant sea temperatures near 82F (28C). Night-time temperatures drop to 71F (22C). Intermittent afternoon showers are common, typically these are short, but prolonged heavy rain is expected on a couple of afternoons. Please be prepared for all weather, but expect a combination of heat, followed by the occasional heavy downpour to be the main challenge. To combat the weather, we’ll typically start early, and often bird into the early afternoon (dependent on temperature), with a more relaxing schedule planned for the afternoon.

 

POTENTIAL HAZARDS

 

Dangerous animals

While Trinidad only has a few species of venomous snakes, we will be visiting areas inhabited by these snakes, and as usual, we will be very lucky to see any. We recommend hiking boots, jeans/long trousers, and a good dose of care to minimize the danger of snakebites. We do not take anti-venom on our tours but will try and rush you to a private hospital if you do get bitten (although we will often be in remote places); your own travel insurance (especially medical insurance) is crucial. Scorpions and spiders can cause problems, but there are no large terrestrial mammals on either island to worry about.

 

Diseases

Malaria is not present in Trinidad and Tobago, however, Dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases, although uncommon, are present and so we recommend taking personal protective measures. These include using mosquito repellent, wearing long pants, and long-sleeved shirts, particularly at night when mosquitos and other biting insects are active.

Please carefully read the CDC traveler advice here which contains information on required vaccinations to enter Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Crime

The people of Trinidad and Tobago are incredibly friendly, helpful, and kind, but crime is always a possibility (as it is virtually worldwide). While crime rates to travelers are low in Trinidad and Tobago, and have reduced in recent years, we advise you to be cautious whilst travelling after dark before and after the tour starts. During the tour we do not visit or stay near areas associated with high crime. We urge you to be aware that crime is possible (although unlikely) throughout the trip – please take very good care of your personal belongings and do not leave valuables visible in the vehicle when no one is with it.

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is 115 V with the standard type A and type B electrical sockets (both have two flat parallel pins; type B has a grounding pin, see here for pictures). Although the electrical sockets are the same as in North America, not all sockets in Trinidad and Tobago will be polarized (i.e. they are commonly type A) so you may still need an international adapter to use your plug, if you intend to recharge electrical devices, video batteries etc. in your room.

 

SOME THINGS WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING

 

General list for all tours

Please note that space in the vehicle may be limited, but we understand that birders do need lots of equipment! There will be opportunities for laundry.

  • Binoculars (the guides cannot lend theirs)
  • A spotting scope and tripod (although our leader will have a spotting scope)
  • Field guides (see below recommendations)
  • Any other birding equipment
  • Photographic equipment
  • Spare batteries for photographic and other gear
  • Flashlight/torch/headlamp with spare batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication. We recommend packing important medication (and a change of clothes) in your hand luggage in the unlikely event of lost luggage.
  • Some countries might require a valid Yellow Fever Certificate (Trinidad requires this if you are traveling from a region where yellow fever is present), and we advise visiting a travel clinic or your family doctor and visiting the Centers for Disease Control website for health advice.
  • Rain gear (we expect to have rain on this trip, typically heavy short showers in the afternoons)
  • Alarm clock
  • Passport and if required, visas Copies of passport, medical insurance policies, and other important documents, which can be left with the Birding Ecotours office or at your home.
  • Money for drinks, gifts, tips (although tips at restaurants during the tour are included), items of a personal nature, etc.
  • Traveler’s checks are often difficult to use, except in the USA, but Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, including for drawing local currency at ATMs.
  • Hiking boots plus another pair of shoes and sandals Swimming gear
  • Cap/hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip sun protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Long-sleeved clothes as a precaution against biting insects

 

Clothing specific to this tour

In Trinidad and Tobago, we expect the weather to be warm to hot during the day, so hot weather clothes are recommended. The weather is often mild at night, and during our excursion to higher altitude, temperatures may drop, so we recommend bringing long pants and sweaters. Our boat trip into the dense mangrove forest of the Caroni Marsh will likely have biting insects, so long sleeves and long pants are advised. This tour is run at the best time for birds, but the disadvantage is the intermittent afternoon rain which can be heavy, so waterproofs are important. During the tour we visit and stay near several beaches, where comfortable light clothing would be suitable. There will be opportunity to swim during the tour.

 

BIRDING ECOTOURS EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS

Office: Nadia +27-72-211-9863, Chris +44-7808-571-444

E-mail: [email protected] (which is checked almost daily)

 

FIELD GUIDES

 

Birds

Field Guide of the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago by Martyn Kenefick, Robin Restall and Floyd Hayes (3rd Ed), 2019 – The best available bird guide.

A guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago by Richard French (3rd Ed), 2003 – A great guide but outdated and less useful in the field compared to Kenefick.

 

Mammals

Trinidad and Tobago: Wildlife guide by Rainforest Publications, 2012, – a laminated fold out guide of the most frequently encountered mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on the islands. Only shows common species, but does cover most of the mammals we’ll likely encounter.

 

Reptiles and Amphibians

A field guide to the Amphibians & Reptiles of Trinidad & Tobago by the Field Naturalist Club, 2018 – Well reviewed.

 

Butterflies

Trinidad and Tobago Butterflies by Rainforest Publications, 2015. A laminated fold out guide of the most often encountered species on the islands – Not comprehensive.

Birding Ecotours

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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

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