Comprising 5 exquisite species and belonging to their own unique family, the todies are amongst the world’s most delightful and beautiful birds. Restricted to the island nations of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, we offer the fantastic opportunity to view four of the five tody species (namely Cuban, Jamaican, Narrow-billed and Broad-billed) on our upcoming Caribbean tours, all of which can either be undertaken as completely separate departures, or else linked together for a very comprehensive Caribbean birding experience!
Commencing our first tour in the Dominican Republic, we seek an impressive variety of endemic and range-restricted species, including both Broad-billed and Narrow-billed Todies, the monotypic Palmchat, rare Ridgway’s Hawk, Ashy-faced Owl, White-fronted Quail-Dove, Hispaniolan Amazon, Hispaniolan Trogon and White-necked Crow.
The next leg takes us to the tropical paradise of Jamaica, an island blessed with no less than 30 endemic birds! Targets here include Jamaican Tody, spectacular Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Mango, Arrowhead Warbler, Orangequit and Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo.
On the island of Cuba, we then seek all possible endemic and near-endemic species (aside from Cuban Kite). These include our November Image of the Month, the lovely Cuban Tody (photographed by Adam Riley in the Cuevas de los Portales area), Cuban Trogon, miniscule Bee Hummingbird (the world’s smallest bird), the inexplicably localised Zapata Wren, Bare-legged, Cuban Pygmy and Stygian Owls, and four species of stunning quail-doves!
For those wanting to maximize their time in this exciting region, we also offer a 7-day extension to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, during which we expect to notch up an impressive 250 bird species, including 14 endemics and 8 near-endemics. These include Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan Amazon, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Wren, Black Catbird, Cozumel Emerald and Cozumel Vireo.
Aside from the wealth of endemic birds, these tours are all conducted at a very relaxed pace, with super-friendly island people, vibrant cultures, various historical attractions, and delicious food throughout.
For further information on any of these departures, all of which still have spaces available, please contact our office, or else simply click on the links below: