Dominican Republic Birding Tours
The Dominican Republic, together with the country of Haiti, is located on the island of Hispaniola, a place of great historical importance as the scene of one of the most significant events of humanity, when the Old World, represented by Christopher Columbus, met the New World in the 1492 discovery of the Americas. Today the Dominican Republic with 11 million people is the most-frequently-visited destination in the Caribbean.
The birdlife of this vacation paradise is blessed with an incredibly high level of endemism. Out of a country list of 319 species, 29 of the 30 species endemic to the island of Hispaniola can be found in the Dominican Republic! The country also holds a Hispaniola-endemic monotypic family, Dulidae, with Palmchat the only member, three of the four species in the Hispaniola-endemic family Phaenicophilidae, namely White-winged Warbler, Green-tailed Warbler, and Black-crowned Palm-Tanager (the fourth species, the scarce Grey-crowned Palm-Tanager, is restricted to Haiti), and the Critically Endangered (IUCN) Ridgway’s Hawk, also a Hispaniola-endemic species. In addition, an interesting and beautiful set of widespread Caribbean species adds to making the Dominican Republic a wonderful and relatively easy birding destination. On our nine-day tour we will visit all the country’s main nature reserves, including Los Haitises National Park, Sierra de Bahoruco, Lago Enriquillo, Laguna Rincon, Puerto Escondido, and the Alcoa Road.