The Ultimate In Birding Tours

Mark Van Beirs

Mark Van Beirs lives with his partner Kathleen and daughter Caroline near Ghent, Belgium and has guided a truly remarkable number of tours for Birdquest.

Born and raised in Ghent, he was soon travelling abroad in search of birds, firstly all over Europe but soon throughout the world. His varied career has included a spell in a travel agency and fifteen months working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos and in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador.

Mark’s impressive fluency in six languages and invariably cheerful manner allow him to travel with ease anywhere on earth and he has now visited well over 100 countries!

He has a wide-ranging knowledge of birds, but he is particularly interested in the Neotropics, where he has travelled very extensively indeed and spent many years in the field. Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Southwest Pacific and Mongolia are other favourite areas, although in reality he now feels at home almost anywhere.

Mark has now observed around 9000 species of birds, but he also gets very excited about mammals and at night likes to indulge in stargazing.

Tours Led by Mark


Australia & The Pacific Islands

August 2022

BEST OF WEST PAPUA, INDONESIA – Birding in Unknown New Guinea


Madagascar and the Malagasy Islands

October-November 2022

BEST OF MADAGASCAR – Endemic Bird Families & Lemurs


Australia & The Pacific Islands

November 2023

NEW ZEALAND – Kiwis, Keas, Seabirds and Scenery