Arturo Kirkconnell Cuba Ornithologist
Cuban Bee Hummingbird
Cuban Parrot

Cuban Endemic BIrds with Arturo Kirkconnell -10d/9n

See most of Cuba's 26 endemic birds in a 10 day tour of the island!

  • Pace: Early mornings, walking short distances, hot weather
  • 10  days/ 9 nights 
  • Scheduled dates:  ​2018: May 19-28
  • Price: 2018: $3995 per person/double room, based on 8. (with 6: $4195; with 4: $4695)
  • Other dates may be available on request with minimum 4 birders
  • Single supplement $350 (very limited) (singles are either a double on your own, or a smaller room for one person)
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You’ve waited to bird Cuba and now is the time. And you can bird with Cuba’s finest bi-lingual guide, Arturo Kirkconnell, the co-author of the Field Guide to Birds of Cuba.  Arturo will lead you to find the endemics which include the Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird, the beautiful Cuban Trogan, and the precious Cuban Tody, among others.

                Travel to Viñales, considered to be the most beautiful part of the island, to start your trip. Karst mountains are the backdrop for stunning views and forests that harbor Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Solitaire, Olive-capped Warbler, and other endemics, hopefully Grundlach’s Hawk. Then on to Zapata Peninsula (aka Bay of Pigs), easily the best birding in Cuba, possibly the entire Caribbean! Over 270 species have been reported here and we’ll hope to see Fernandina’s Flicker, Pygmy-Owl and Bare-legged Owl, Cuban Nightjar, Bee Hummingbird, Cuban Parakeet, Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, and the electric Blue-headed Quail Dove.  Then on to Najasa and La Belen reserve before heading to Cayo Coco for several days of birding and beautiful beaches.  We’ll look for Cuban Gnatcatcher, a race of Zapata Sparrow, and Oriente Warbler here, with luck, Bahamas Mockingbird. 
               We highly recommend a few nights in Havana before or after your birding trip. We’re happy to help with hotels, music, food and more.
  • Accommodations:   Comfortable hotels or B&Bs, with private bath and hot water 
  • Included: All transportation, 9 nights with taxes, all meals, bilingual bird guide throughout
  • Not included:  Airfare, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, Insurance

Bring:   Binoculars, camera, sunblock, bug juice, hat, long sleeves & long pants. More info given on booking.