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 an eerie descent to the cave of the Oilbirds, those aberrant, fruit-eating relatives of the 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 the island of Tobago, we'll search for Rufous-vented Chachalaca, the rare White-tailed Sabrewing, and the beautiful Blue-backed Manakin, and we'll take a boat trip to Little Tobago Island 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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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.
- 2021 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Apr 2023)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2023, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 6, 2024
Guided by: Eric Hynes
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 10
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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