Tour At A Glance

Cost:

3499.00

Deposit:

1000.00

Single Room Supplement:

125.00

Tour Code:

Fairly intensive with some early starts and long days in the field

Group Size:

Seven plus leaders

Bee Hummingbird Yellow-throated Warbler Cuban Sparrow Cuban Green Woodpecker Cuban Screech Owl Stygian Owl Cuban Parrot American Kestrel Fernandina's Flicker

Cuba - Antillean Endemics

Date: 4th - 15th March 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Andy Mitchell & local guides

Introduction

 

Cuban Tody

 

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and in area is not much smaller than England. Like all the Antillean islands it arose from the ocean due to tectonic activity rather than by splitting off from existing landmasses.  All the flora and fauna therefore arrived by either air or sea resulting in there being no large mammals on the island but also, over millennia, high levels of endemism. Cuba has between twenty six and twenty eight endemic bird species and our tour is specially designed to ensure that you have the best chance of seeing all of those available [with the exception of Cuban Kite and Zapata Rail], including the smallest bird in the World - the Bee Hummingbird. Other endemics such as Cuban Tody, Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Pygmy Owl, Cuban Screech Owl and Cuban Nightjar can be expected as well as a host of migrant warblers bound for North America, many in breeding plumage.  In addition, you will see many “near endemics” and Caribbean specialities such as Key-west Quail Dove, Antillean Nightawk and Bahama Mockingbird. We also make time for sampling the Cuban culture, famous for its warm friendliness, irresistible music rhythms – oh and rum and cigars too! We start to the west of Havana before moving east to one of the offshore cays, connected by a 17km causeway. Then we go slightly further east to near the city of Camagüey before turning back towards the capital and stopping in the largest wetland in the Caribbean, the Zapata Swamp – simply the best birding in Cuba. Travel is by air-conditioned coach and the accommodation is always air-conditioned and en suite. In common with most tropical birding destinations, early starts are the norm but there is always time to relax during the hotter middle of the day before a less intensive afternoon birding session. You can expect to see around 150 species.

 

 

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