The Dominican Republic--the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola--is a very interesting place to visit: there are some thirty endemics, more than are found in Cuba, including a monotypic family and several genera only found on the island. Our tour focuses mainly on the high mountains and foothills of the western part of the country, where virtually all of the endemics occur. We'll bird the lovely and rugged Sierra de Bahoruco, where habitats range from deciduous scrub and mesquite in the arid lowlands to epiphyte-laden montane forest and, at the highest elevations, pines and agaves.
The bird life is correspondingly diverse. Many of the most interesting species are still enigmas to ornithologists: Antillean Piculet, so different from other piculets that it is placed in its own genus; Palmchat, a gregarious species in a monotypic family which builds huge stick nests and perhaps is related to the waxwings and silky-flycatchers; and Flat-billed Vireo, so unlike other vireos in behavior and bill shape that it was originally described as an Empidonax flycatcher. Our trip will also include a visit to one of the last strongholds of the endemic Ridgway's Hawk: the remote Parque de Los Haitises near the north coast, where, with luck, we may find this rare, critically endangered raptor.
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BAHAMAS: Endemics & Kirtland's Warbler
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- No current or previous itinerary available for this tour.
- 2022 (PDF expected Jul 2021)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Apr 4-8, 2022
Guided by: Jesse Fagan
Tour Manager: Karen Turner
Tour Limit: 6
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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