Birding Tours in North America

From the eastern shoreline west across the rolling Appalachian mountains, across the wide open plains of the mid-west into the towering Rockies and across the arid desert-like western slope — the continent of North American offers a very wide range of habitats to explore. The Appalachians offer the widest array of North American wood warblers, and our Tennessee tour offers the chance to see over 30 of them in breeding splendor, both on territory and in migration. The foothills of the eastern Rockies and the plains leading up to them offer the chance to see one the world’s great birding spectacles: the lekking dances of grouse and prairie chickens trying to win mates. North along Hudson Bay, there is the chance to see open tundra prairie shorebirds in breeding plumage, like Hudsonian Godwit and American Golden Plover, as well as grouse like White-tailed Ptarmigan and Spruce Grouse. Sparrows and warblers are also in abundance in the forested regions up there. This continent has a lot of spectacular owls, and we offer several “Owls of the World” (R) trips here. North America is one of the most scenically spectacular continents, and it is also teaming with wildlife in addition to birds: moose, elk, bears, mountain goats, and so much more. Join us in exploring this rich wilderness.

Canada Birding Tours

There are no tours currently listed for Canada, but we can arrange custom tours to this country at any time. Please contact us.

USA Birding Tours

USA: Alabama - Dauphin Island April 2020/2021

USA: Alabama - Dauphin Island April 2020/2021

2020-04-14

USA: Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys April 2020/2021

USA: Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys April 2020/2021

2020-04-24

USA: Ohio - Eastern Warblers and Spring Migration Sensation May 2020/2021

USA: Ohio - Eastern Warblers and Spring Migration Sensation May 2020/2021

2020-05-07

USA: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota January 2021

USA: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota January 2021

2021-01-11

USA: A Texas Spring and Whooping Cranes March 2021

USA: A Texas Spring and Whooping Cranes March 2021

2021-03-26

USA: Colorado - Lekking Grouse and Rocky Mountains April 2020/2021

USA: Colorado - Lekking Grouse and Rocky Mountains April 2020/2021

2021-04-06

USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration May 2020/2021

USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration May 2020/2021

2021-05-07

USA: Arizona- Desert and the Grand Canyon May 2020/2021

USA: Arizona- Desert and the Grand Canyon May 2020/2021

2021-05-21

USA: Alaska - Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2020/2021

USA: Alaska - Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2020/2021

2021-06-11

USA: Maine - Coastal Maine by Land and Sea June 2020/2021

USA: Maine - Coastal Maine by Land and Sea June 2020/2021

2021-06-21

USA: Alaska - Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2020/2021

USA: Alaska - Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2020/2021

2021-06-23

USA: Complete California - Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2020/2021

USA: Complete California - Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2020/2021

2021-09-07

USA Mammal and Birding: Wyoming - Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2020/2021

USA Mammal and Birding: Wyoming - Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2020/2021

2021-09-19

Argentina Birding Tours

Argentina is blessed with some amazing scenery and birds to go with it. The northwest has some fantastic birding, with high Andes Puna down to cloud forest, where several endemic and regional specialties can be found, like Moreno’s Ground Dove, Rufous-throated Dipper, James’s, Chilean, and Andean Flamingos, and Red-faced Guan, to name a few. The northeast holds the mighty Iguazu falls, whose surrounding lush forests hold species seen nowhere else in Argentina. To the south of here the huge wetlands of the Ibera Marsh area are great for water species, including the mightyJabiru. Farther to the east the dry Chaco region with its odd tyrants adds to the avian splendor of the northeast, making this one of the most avian bio-diverse spots in the country. The chilly south is home to one of the most endangered grebes, the Hooded Grebe, as well as several austral specialties of the Patagonian steppe. In the center the Cordoba region is home to several endemics. Any of these places will allow you to find some of the country’s 1000+ species.

Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to puna October 2020/2021

Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to puna October 2020/2021

2020-10-12

Argentina: Northeast - Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2020/2021

Argentina: Northeast - Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2020/2021

The Iberá Marshlands, which is the largest wetland area in South America after the Pantanal in Brazil. Come and explore this captivating paradise, combined with the fascinating Iguazú Falls, close to the border of Brazil.

Argentina: Southern Patagonia - Los Glaciares National Park and Austral Rail November 2020/2021

Argentina: Southern Patagonia - Los Glaciares National Park and Austral Rail November 2020/2021

This tour combines some of the most diverse birding areas of the Southern Cone in Argentina: Los Glaciares National Park and the vast steppes of southern Patagonia. The region hosts a wide diversity of habitats, all home to a wide diversity of birds.

Bolivia Birding Tours

Bolivia’s variable altitudes, ranging from 90 to 6,542 meters above sea level, allow for vast biologic diversity. The territory of Bolivia comprises 4 types of biomes, 32 ecological regions, and 199 ecosystems. Within this geographic area there are several natural parks and reserves. The country has more than 2,900 species, including 398 mammals, over 1,400 birds (being the sixth most diverse country), 204 amphibians, and 277 reptiles. In addition, there are more than 3,000 types of butterflies.

Brazil Birding Tours

The Amazon  basin is a marvel of the world and the imagination, an ecosystem of unrivalled size and diversity, and a place of near mythical status among travellers. The Amazon River has more water than the next eight largest rivers combined, and is twice the area of India, and the basin spans eight countries. It’s a life spring of the planet, the source of so much of the air, water and weather we all depend on. However, unreasonable travel expectations – like seeing jaguars and semi-clothed Indians around every bend – can be a recipe for disappointment. For all its size, the joys of the Amazon are mostly subtle: the ghostly roar of howler monkeys, the remarkable variety of plant life, the kindliness of riverside communities, and the quiet but awesome power of the river itself.

Brazil: The Amazon - Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

Brazil: The Amazon - Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

2020-09-16

The Best of Brazil - Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020/2021

The Best of Brazil - Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020/2021

2020-09-21

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020/2021

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020/2021

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Colombia Birding Tours

Colombia, with its diverse landscapes, is home to more bird species than any other country in the world.  The Andes make their northern terminus here, splitting into three fingers. In between lie valleys full of endemic birds, 74 at last count, and the famous Santa Marta region to the north hold 17 of these. With almost 2000 species be prepared to be in awe of the spectacular avifauna as we explore Colombia’s lush cloud forests, wetlands, and high mountain plains.

Costa Rica Birding Tours

Sitting astride the ridge of mountains that divide central America in half gives this jungle paradise an amazing array of fantastic neotropical birds. With Caribbean slope and lowlands, highlands, and Pacific slope and lowlands we’ll have the opportunity to bird it all. From extinct and active volcanos over 4000 meters to moist, tropical jungle on the Osa Peninsula we’ll look out for such stunners as theResplendent Quetzal and other trogons, flocks of tanagers, cotingas, toucans, hummingbirds, and many endemic and range-restricted species, along with some interesting mammals like three- and two-toed sloths, several species of primates, colorful butterflies, and lovely scenery. This itinerary gives us the best opportunity to search out the regional and Costa Rican endemics without missing spots or rushing past rewarding sites.

Costa Rica Escape January 2021

Costa Rica Escape January 2021

Costa Rica offers probably the best birding in Central America not only in terms of birds (the country holds 933 species) but also in terms of accommodation and tourist infrastructure.

Cuba Birding Tours

The tour starts in Cuba’s famous Zapata Swamp, one of the richest single sites throughout the West Indies, and continues across much of the western two-thirds of this island, which is widely regarded as the last bastion of communism in the world but is now gradually becoming slightly more liberalized. We will have good chances of finding all of Cuba’s endemics with the exception of the near-mythical Zapata Rail, whose voice is still not definitely known, and the extremely rare Cuban Kite, which is restricted to the extreme east of the island and requires a trip of near-expedition proportions for any chance of seeing it.

Ecuador Birding Tours

Ecuador lies both on the equator and over the spine of the Andes, affording it some spectacular birding. The western slope holds some staggering birding, especially hummingbirds — from the amazingly long-billed Sword-billed Hummingbird to the visual candy of Velvet-purple Coronet. Antpittas, owls, tanagers, and the many Choco specialties make the western slope so appealing. Crossing over the Andes from the capitol Quito affords the chance to visit Papallacta pass for species like Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe as well as giving access to the eastern slope and its many treasures. The Andes have split once-joined species, and here you can pick up the eastern counterparts leading all the way down to the lush forests of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This gives Ecuador an impressive list of over 1600 species in a country the size of the state of Nevada.

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise - Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza October 2020/2021

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise - Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza October 2020/2021

Ecuador has the highest bird species diversity per square kilometer on the planet and offers some of the best birding of South America. Due to the short distances to drive, good tourist infrastructure, and wonderful lodges and other facilities for birders, Ecuador is perhaps the obligatory destination on the continent!

Ecuador: The South March 2021

Ecuador: The South March 2021

2021-03-02

Ecuador: The Amazon - Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2020/2021

Ecuador: The Amazon - Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2020/2021

Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse places on earth, spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of lush rainforest. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to more than 600 bird species.

Galapagos: Natural History Extravaganza November 2020/2021

Galapagos: Natural History Extravaganza November 2020/2021

Just 483 years ago the first man stepped onto the Galápagos Islands and marveled at this living laboratory. Today we continue to be awestruck by this constantly changing archipelago.

Guatemala Birding Tours

Guatemala is blessed with some amazing habitats for birds, from the steaming volcanoes of the highlands of southern Guatemala to the hot jungles of the Mayan empire. Birding in Guatemala is an unforgettable experience.

Guyana Birding Tours

Guyana, South America’s “Biggest Little Secret”, is an unspoiled, untouched, pristine nature destination. With its natural beauty, biological diversity, and land of some of the world’s largest, rarest, and most spectacular creatures, a trip to Guyana will be an unforgettable experience for everyone. Guyana’s natural beauty is unsurpassable, with 75% of the country covered with rainforest.

Honduras Birding Tours

Honduras, still mostly off the beaten track, is a hidden birding gem in Central America. Many people do not realize that this small country is the regional leader in terms of the percentage of land set aside as national parks and preserves, surpassing even Costa Rica in this regard. Sitting astride the Northern Central America endemic region, this increasingly popular country also boasts an impressive diversity of regional endemics within its many ecosystems.

Jamaica Birding Tours

Despite its location almost smack in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica does’t blend in easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, it boasts the same addictive sun rays, sugary sands, and pampered resort life as most of the other islands, but it is also set apart historically and culturally. Today’s visitors will appreciate their trip to Jamaica all the more if they embrace the island’s unique character and the inherent “African-ness” of its population. Aside from its people, Jamaica has much to offer the curious, thirsty, or weary traveler. The Blue Mountains boast the world’s best coffee, try a cup in the century-old factory at Mavis Bank. There are world-class reefs for diving, including those at Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios, and great stretches of palm-fringed sand at Treasure Beach or Frenchman’s Cove near Port Antonio. There are offbeat bush-medicine hiking tours, congenial fishing villages, pristine waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, and unforgettable sunsets.

Panama Birding Tours

Few places in the world offer such a variety of natural habitats in such a small surface area like Panama. Within its mere 29,159 square miles, Panama has habitats that range from dry “deserts”, where cacti and other succulents are common, to lush tropical rainforests and mountain cloud forests, where moss-covered, epiphyte-laden trees abound. Additionally, its location at the Crossroads of the Americas allows Panama bird species from North, Central, and South America. The Darien is Panama’s bordering region with South America, and it shares an abundant and diverse wildlife reminiscent to that of the Amazon Basin. All in all, in its tiny surface area, smaller than the state of South Carolina, Panama contains more than 977 different species of birds, making it a birdwatcher’s dream come true!

Wild Western Panama May 2020/2021

Wild Western Panama May 2020/2021

2020-05-09

Peru Birding Tours

Peru has the second-highest species list on earth and a huge list of 125+ endemic species; ever more are being discovered as the forests are studied now more readily than in the past. There is a huge amount of habitat to discover, and the remnants of the Inca Empire add to the majesty of any trip here. Because of its large size several trips or one long one are recommended to cover the major regions and give all of the fantastic EBAs (Endemic Birding Areas) due birding.

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

2020-06-05

South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests July 2020/2021

South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests July 2020/2021

This is a classic tour of southern Peru, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high altitude desert to Andean cloudforest and steaming Amazonian lowlands – the richest biome on the planet for birds.

Peru: The Manu Road and Lowlands September 2020/2021

Peru: The Manu Road and Lowlands September 2020/2021

2020-09-01

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

2021-08-05

Central Peru September 2020/2021

Central Peru September 2020/2021

2021-09-27

Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels December 2020/2021

Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels December 2020/2021

2021-12-12

Trinidad & Tobago Birding Tours

Trinidad and Tobago are a remarkable set of islands, with such close proximity to the mainland of South America the islands enjoy both mainland and Caribbean species. With the Northern Range of mountains, savannas, beaches, and tropical swamps there is a great variety of birds here to enjoy. Tobago also has some nice seabird colonies, making for a well-rounded species list, including several sought-after regional endemics. Combined with its lovely beaches, friendly people, and a wonderful mix of carib/creole/Indian cuisine, this is a great destination to do some fantastic birding.