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HONDURAS: LAND OF THE EMERALDS

Pico Bonito cabin, by participant Mark Conrad
Birding tour for the endemic Honduran Emerald plus arid Pacific slope, Central Highland, and Caribbean lowland coverage; nearly 300 species!

For an informative overview of all our Northern Central America birding tours, see Northern Central America: Field Guides Tours.

The second-largest country in Central America, Honduras boasts more than 720 species of birds. We'll begin in the highlands at La Tigra National Park above the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The cloudforest and surrounding fincas are a great location for many northern Central American endemics including Green-breasted Mountain-gem (nearly endemic to Honduras), Bushy-crested and Black-throated jays, Slate-colored Solitaire, and Rufous-browed Wren. Other highland specialties include Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge and White-faced Quail-Dove. From the highlands we'll head north to Lake Yojoa, the wettest spot in the country. Surrounded by spectacular peaks and two national parks, this large lake with bordering wetlands is ideal for locating rare crakes and Spotted Rail. A visit to nearby Cerro Azul-Meambar National Park and the Embalse de Yure will give us our first chance at the elusive Keel-billed Motmot.

Hummingbird fans!

See our
Hummer Slideshow
plus a listing of all our best itineraries for 30, 40, even 50 or more hummingbirds on a tour.

We'll continue along the North Coast to the bustling and colorful Caribbean town of Tela. A sampling of Caribbean lowland birds found at the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens includes Black-crowned Tityra, Cocoa Woodcreeper, and Great Antshrike. Further east, at Pico Bonito National Park--and the world-class Pico Bonito Lodge--a few noteworthy species we could see on the lodge's property include Tawny-faced Quail, Vermiculated (Guatemalan) Screech-Owl and Black-and-white Owl, Tody Motmot, and Lovely Cotinga. Our final day will find us in the arid Aguan Valley, in the rainshadow of the North Coast mountains, enjoying scope-filling views of the Honduran Emerald!

Read more about birding Pico Bonito in this March 2009 Audubon article.

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Combo Tours
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
GUATEMALA: SHADE-GROWN BIRDING

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Feb 20-28

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