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Birdquest's Guyana birding tour explores one of the newest South American birdwatching destinations, and one that is set to become much better known. Our Guyana tour achieves comprehensive coverage of this rarely-visited country and records numerous great birds, including Sun Parakeet the rare Red Siskin.
Saturday 17th February —
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Leaders: Eustace Barnes and Eduardo Patrial
Group Size Limit: 8
Tour Category: Easy walking for the most part and mostly comfortable accommodations
This somewhat poorly known country sitting on the Caribbean coast offers birders some of the finest birding in South America, with a spectacular selection of rare and poorly known species. This tour has been organized to see the best of what Guyana has to offer, from the rainforests to the coastal mangroves and the vast southern savannas. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to see much of the region’s endemic avifauna in the full splendour of pristine habitats that are often so degraded in neighbouring countries.
Our tour provides the most comprehensive coverage of Guyana available and produces more of the region’s many specialities than any other, with a good supporting cast of South America’s more widespread species. As such the tour is of interest not only to experienced Neotropical enthusiasts but also to those new to the region.
The regional specialities we target include Rufous Crab-Hawk, Sun Parakeet, Blue-cheeked Amazon, White-winged Potoo, Blood-colored Woodpecker, White-bellied Piculet, Red-billed Woodcreeper, Hoary-throated Spinetail, Black-throated Antshrike, Rio Branco Antbird, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Dusky Purpletuft, Black Manakin, Finsch’s Euphonia, Red-and-black Grosbeak and Red Siskin. This is indeed an impressive list of specialities, many of which are infrequently seen elsewhere, making this tour a must for the Neotropical enthusiast.
In addition we shall see a stunning variety of more widespread species, including both species found across the much of the continent and many species restricted to the Guianan shield that extends from Manaus to Venezuela. Amongst the many splendid species we should see are Scarlet Ibis, Black-faced Hawk, the huge Harpy Eagle, Black Curassow, Crestless Curassow, Marail Guan, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Painted Parakeet, Caica Parrot, Dusky Parrot and Red-fan Parrot. We also hope to find the rare Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo, which seems more numerous here than in adjacent Venezuela.
Of the more widespread species, Crimson Topaz, Guianan Puffbird, Black Nunbird, Black-spotted Barbet, Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper and Yellow-green Grosbeak should be found during our exploration of the numerous rainforests sites visited. Of the antbirds, Rufous-bellied Antwren, Spot-tailed Antwren, Todd’s Antwren, Ferruginous-backed Antbird, Rufous-throated Antbird and White-plumed Antbird are all fairly common and readily seen.
We shall explore riparian habitats along the Ireng river in search of the very localised Rio Branco Antbird and Hoary-throated Spinetail. A visit to the Mori scrub, a white sand forest, should produce Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Black Manakin and possibly Guianan Red-Cotinga. The cotingas are well represented in Guyana and we also have a very good chance of seeing the magnificent Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock at its lek, Pompadour Cotinga and the bizarre Capuchinbird, also at a lek. These birds at their display sites are wonders of the natural world that are quite beyond compare.
The savannas of the south gives us the opportunity to search for the critically endangered Red Siskin, to which we devote the best part of a day in pristine habitat where we will also see a good variety of other species including Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Toco Toucan, White-throated Kingbird and others.
Our Guyana adventure offers a great opportunity to see some spectacular species not easily found in Brazil or Venezuela.
Birdquest has operated tours to Guyana since 2012.
Kaieteur Falls Option: We can arrange a two days extension for anyone who wants to visit the Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, before or after the tour. This spectacular site is one of the most impressive in South America. There is even a slim chance of seeing Orange-breasted Falcon, and White-chinned and White-tipped Swifts. Visits are by charter flight. Please contact us if interested.
Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels and lodges are mostly of good or medium standard, although hot water is not available in some establishments (water supplies here are at ‘tropical temperature’). Atta Rainforest Lodge is rather simple and there are shared bathroom facilities. Road transport is by small coach and roads are variable in quality. In some instances we will use 4x4 vehicles and military-style trucks to access sites.
Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy, but there are a few longer walks of moderate grade.
Climate: Warm or hot, with periods of sunny weather alternating with overcast spells. There will be some rain and it will be rather humid.
Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.
These are provisional prices
Tour Price: £4590, €5410, $6010 Georgetown/Georgetown.
Price includes all transportation (including Georgetown-Lethem flight), all accommodations, all meals, bottled water, some drinks, all excursions, all entrance fees, all tips for local drivers/guides and for accommodations/restaurants, leader services.
Single Room Supplement: £440, €519, $576.
Some accommodations have only a limited number of rooms. If you have to share unexpectedly there will be an appropriate refund.
Deposit: £550, €660, $720.
Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with the tour from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to travel in advance of the tour (and spend a night in an hotel so you will feel fresh when the tour starts), or return later than the end of the tour, or make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.
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