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The tiny and charismatic Tufted Coquette often ends up on the list of favorite birds of the Trinidad & Tobago tour. (Photo by guide Eric Hynes)
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.

Enjoy a gallery of images from our February 2014 tour by guide Eric Hynes and participants.

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago lie just off the coast of Venezuela, and to the birder not yet familiar with the riches of the Bird Continent they offer an almost perfectly balanced introduction. Here, many of the typical Neotropical bird families are represented--motmots, jacamars, toucans, woodcreepers, ovenbirds, antbirds, manakins, and cotingas. We'll encounter some classic Neotropical scenes: the whirring flash of a tiny male White-bearded Manakin, instantly transposed from one perch to another during a courtship dance; the explosive call of a Bearded Bellbird overhead, its string-like throat wattles dangling loosely; and the eerie descent into the cave of the Oilbirds, those aberrant, fruit-eating relatives of the nighthawks and nightjars.

Based at the comfortable Asa Wright Nature Centre, with great birding right off the veranda (and great food and drink right inside), we'll explore the rainforest of Trinidad's Northern Range, dry savanna and scrub habitats, and freshwater marsh. We'll travel to Caroni Swamp, where at dusk the spectacle is unforgettable, as long lines of luminescent Scarlet Ibis drift in to their roost, perching like so many ornaments in the mangroves.

On Tobago, we'll search for Rufous-vented Chachalaca, the very rare White-tailed Sabrewing, and the beautiful Blue-backed Manakin, and we'll make a boat trip to Little Tobago where Red-footed and Brown boobies and elegant Red-billed Tropicbirds nest. Join us and discover for yourself the allure of the tropics. You'll see what brings naturalists and birders back again and again.

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2017 Departures
Dec 29 - Jan 7, 2018 ($3975)

2018 Departures
Feb 17-26
Dec 28 - Jan 6, 2019

2019 Departures
Feb 16-25
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2020



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Guides for our tours
Megan Edwards Crewe
Doug Gochfeld

What to Expect
Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, warm climate.

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