Guyana Birding Tours

With an area of 215,000 square kilometers (83,000 square miles) and located in the north-eastern part of South America, bordering Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname, and the Atlantic Ocean, Guyana is the third-smallest sovereign country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay. Guyana has almost 80% of its territory covered by forest and still holds some of the few remaining areas of untouched, unspoiled, primary rainforest of the entire Neotropical region.

Guyana is known among birders as a top-class birding destination containing many (47!) Guiana Shield endemics found only in Guyana and neighboring Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname (although granted, the country has no politically-endemic species among its 812 plus bird species). Guyana’s bird list includes some of the most sought-after and unique species in South America like Harpy EagleGrey-winged TrumpeterBlack-faced HawkBlack CurassowCrimson TopazTufted CoquetteMarail GuanLittle ChachalacaCrimson FruitcrowCapuchinbirdBlack NunbirdGuianan PuffbirdGuianan TrogonGuianan ToucanetGuianan Red-necked CotingaGuianan Warbling AntwrenGuianan Streaked AntwrenGuianan Schiffornis, and with luck the seldom-seen Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo.

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Parrot lovers will greatly appreciate the fact that our Guyana trip offers very good chances to see species like Festive AmazonOrange-winged AmazonYellow-crowned AmazonCaica ParrotBlack-headed ParrotPainted ParakeetGolden-winged ParakeetRed-fan Parrot, and the charismatic Red-shoulderedScarletBlue-and-yellow, and Red-and-green Macaws. In addition we could encounter a number of classic South American species, such as HoatzinJabiruLong-winged HarrierPinnated Bittern, and White-plumed Antbird as well as gems like Scarlet IbisBlood-colored WoodpeckerWhite-bellied PiculetRufous Crab HawkWaved WoodpeckerDusky PurpletuftFerruginous-backed AntwrenSpangled and Pompadour CotingasBlack ManakinGolden-headed Manakin, and Red-and-black Grosbeak.

Guyana probably offers the best opportunity to see all South American Nyctibiidae species in a single trip (except for Common Potoo), with the rare White-winged Potoo, as well as Rufous PotooLong-tailed Potoo, and Great Potoo almost taken for granted (no guaranties, of course).

However, for many birdwatchers, especially avid listers, Guyana conjures up the image of two special target species, which of course we will not ignore on our trip: the most-wanted Sun Parakeet and Red Siskin, both Endangered (IUCN). We have specific territories to maximize the chance of finding both species, but it will require lengthy drives through the Guyana savannas and Rupununi grasslands, which are the habitat of Double-striped Thick-knee and Bearded Tachuri, regularly seen on our tours.

Wildlife-viewing on this trip is also very good, putting Guyana wildlife experiences right behind the Pantanal in Brazil and remote Paraguay. Endemic primates such as Guianan Weeper CapuchinGuiana Spider MonkeyGuianan Bearded Saki, and Guianan Red Howler Monkey could be enjoyed, as well as other outstanding species like Giant AnteaterGiant OtterBlack Caiman, and with luck Puma and Jaguar.

Our trip will take us to explore many of Guyana’s highlights. On our 16-day birding trip we will visit many of Guyana’s highlights including the trip from Georgetown Botanical Gardens to Kaieteur Falls, the vast Guianan savannas with breathtaking sunsets, the Rupununi river with oxbow lakes and the largest concentration of Amazon Water Lilies in the world,  the rainforest of the Surama Eco-LodgeIwokrama Forest and the fabulous Iwokrama Canopy Walkway of Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Join our experienced local guides and enthusiastic and knowledgeable Birding Ecotours leaders, as we promise you a great experience for both avid birders as well as general nature and wildlife lovers. Guyana is waiting for you!

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Guyana: Lost World - Guiana Shield Specialists & Sun Parakeet January 2024/2025

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Testimonials from our Guyana birding tours

This is truly the trip of a lifetime to an area that not a lot of US birders get to enjoy. Guyana is a place where you will see birds, wildlife, and nature in a state that most people can only dream about. From the gardens of Georgetown, to the rainforest, to the top of Kaieteur falls, to the shores of rivers, to the vast southern savanna. Every day brought new species and unforgettable experiences. Our guide Eduardo and our local guide Gary worked extremely hard to make sure everyone saw every bird. Their knowledge, diligence, and patience really made the experience special.

Sherry - On Guyana and Eduardo

Eduardo is an excellent birding guide but more importantly an outstanding, patient, and thoroughly knowledgeable person who really went the extra mile to make sure everyone had a great experience. His knowledge of the neotropics and birds and nature is vast, and his enthusiasm for the trip was inexhaustible. Long days, early mornings, and vast distances never once detracted from his positive demeanor and his willingness to entertain questions and share explanations and knowledge 

Eduardo’s knowledge of birds and nature is only surpassed by his friendly nature, his incredible work ethic and his true desire for everyone on his trip to both see the birds and have a really positive experience. I cannot wait to sign up for another of his tours. 

Sherry - On Eduardo and Guyana

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