Overview

Our Cuba – Caribbean Endemics Birding tours target almost all 28 Cuban endemic birds and further 23 Caribbean specials, as well as great wintering North American migrants. Using the services of local bird specialists at each site, we guarantee an impressive success rate in observing the island’s amazing avian diversity. From the world’s tiniest bird (the Bee Hummingbird) to such sought-after species as Giant Kingbird, the cute Cuban Tody, the beautiful Cuban Trogon, Gundlach’s Hawk, Oriente and Yellow-headed Warbler, Zapata Wren and no less than four species of stunning quail-doves, Cuba is an absolute pleasure to bird. On this tour we will cover a wide variety of habitats, ranging from interior tropical forests and mangroves, to extensive wetlands and white sand beaches along the northern coral cays. The awesome birdlife is further augmented by ease of travel, comfortable lodges, fascinating culture, a turbulent history, vintage cars that take one back to the 50’s and friendly people.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Cuban Nightjar, Cuban Pygmy Owl, Bare-legged (Cuban Screech) Owl, Stygian Owl, Gundlach’s Hawk (rare), Grey-fronted and Blue-headed Quail-Dove, Cuban Parakeet, Cuban Green Woodpecker, Fernandina’s Flicker, Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Cuban Vireo, Cuban Palm Crow, Cuban (Greater Antillean) Oriole, Giant Kingbird, Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Bullfinch, Cuban & Red-shouldered Blackbird, Bee Hummingbird, Yellow-headed & Oriente Warbler, Cuban Gnatcatcher, Zapata Wren, Zapata Sparrow
Habitats Covered
forests, woodlands, mangroves, swamps, shoreline
Expected Climate
warm to hot and humid
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
easy pace, undemanding walking
Accommodation
comfortable with varied cuisines
Ease of Birding
easy birding with some tough species
Number of Species Expected
150+
Other Attractions
scenery, beaches, 50's culture, friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
very good
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This was an excellent trip. I couldn't have written a better story. Our guide, Chris Sharpe, was knowledgeable in birds and other scientific topics. He was very keen on details of our arrangements and itinerary, keeping our time productive and enjoyable. He had a very pleasant demeanour, was enthusiastic about the birds we were searching for, and was a good story teller, which helped make the whole experience a lot of fun.

Forrest did a fantastic job of making this tour run smoothly. Forrest was always in good spirits and clearly loves the region. We had great views of all the birds we could have hoped for, and Forrest's knowledge is exceptional.

I still find it hard to believe that we saw all 40 of my targets in Cuba - you led a great trip and it was great birding with you again.

Forrest Rowland is an all-around excellent birding guide. He handled our group of all abilities very well, and as first-time birders on a trip with Rockjumper, we were put at ease immediately by his easy going manner, friendliness and ability to assist us in seeing the birds of Cuba. It was an incredible experience all around to see both cities and rural areas, as well as take the time to learn about the culture as well as the natural history of this island in addition to the birds. Wow! Great adventure!

Forrest is an incredibly great guide both from the birding and people perspective, just like the other 4 Rockjumper guides I have been with. And Cuba is an amazingly interesting country to visit.

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