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Puerto Rico, the easternmost island of the Greater Antilles, is an exciting birding destination, harboring at least 17 species of birds found nowhere else. Additionally, this US commonwealth features fine facilities and a good road system that make birding in Puerto Rico a comfortable and rewarding experience.
We'll explore stretches of intact habitat ranging from montane rainforest to dry coastal forest and scrub. We'll hit the "haystack hills" in search of birds like Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Scaly-naped Pigeon, Puerto Rican Vireo, Antillean Mango, and Adelaide's Warbler, and Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo, with a good chance of the very rare Puerto Rican Parrot. The charming southwestern corner of the island holds dry forest, mangroves, and rich wetlands where we'll look for the tiny Puerto Rican Tody, nocturnal West Indian Whistling-Duck, the critically endangered Yellow-shouldered Blackbird, and the uncommon and local Puerto Rican Nightjar. In Maricao State Forest, we hope to find the Elfin-woods Warbler and the unique Puerto Rican Tanager (recently placed in its own family, Nesospingidae), as well as a few other specialties including Lesser Antillean Pewee, Puerto Rican Oriole, Puerto Rican Spindalis, Green Mango, and the unusual Puerto Rican Screech-Owl.
Finally, we'll explore the southeastern corner of the island to search for White-cheeked Pintail and Caribbean Coot, along with Least Bittern, Green-throated Carib, and the fetching Antillean Crested Hummingbird. Puerto Rican birding is a delight, an easy introduction to the Greater Antillean avifauna--and a must for anyone who loves island birding anywhere.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"We had a very good time on the tour and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Guide Tom Johnson is the best. He is incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, considerate, communicates well, was well-prepared for the field breakfasts and mid-morning snacks, etc. Couldn't ask for more. The tour manager and office staff were very helpful and prompt in responding." B.B., PUERTO RICO 2019
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.
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Feb 18-24, 2023
Guided by: Tom Johnson
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 7
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - This tour is full, and all those booked have made deposits. 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: $3250
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Feb 17-23, 2024
Guided by: Tom Johnson
Tour Manager: Ruth Kuhl
Tour Limit: 7
Status: One space available - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2023=$3250
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Enjoy looking through the 7 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!