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PUERTO RICO

The todies were at one point in earth's history nearly a worldwide group. Now they are restricted to the Greater Antilles. This one is the endemic Puerto Rican Tody in a photo by guide Eric Hynes.
A week of respite to a very birdy and beautiful Caribbean island, a mix of North American and local culture and cuisine; 17 endemic birds and a number of other Caribbean specialties.

Puerto Rico, easternmost and smallest of the Greater Antilles, is an exciting birding destination, harboring at least 17 species of birds found nowhere else. Additionally, this US-associated 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, with a good chance of Mangrove Cuckoo and Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo. The charming southwestern corner of the island holds dry forest, mangroves, and rich wetlands where we'll look for the gem-like Puerto Rican Tody, 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, 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 stop in at the lowland Humacao refuge 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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Combo Tours
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
JAMAICA



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2017 Departures
Mar 11-17 ($2475)

2018 Departures
Mar 17-23

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Guides for our tours
Doug Gochfeld
Tom Johnson
Cory Gregory

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

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