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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.

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Client comment
"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