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.

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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Forrest was an absolute joy to bird with. I’ve been to 25 countries birding and this was one of, if not the best, birding tour I have ever had the pleasure of being on.

I just wanted to pass on our thanks for a well-organised trip. We had a ball in Cuba! Not only were the birds fantastic but the cigars, rum and country were mind-blowing. Our first RJ trip but I am sure that it won’t be our last. Well done to the team for arranging a hassle-free trip in a country where it can be difficult to organise things.

Lev worked hard and did a really fine job of finding the endemics and lots of other interesting birds. He maintained good humor and was very pleasant throughout the trip.

Tuomas was constantly on the birds, even during our long drives. He was infectiously enthusiastic throughout the tour and able to get even the most difficult in our group on the birds. He was also flexible, tweaking the itinerary when the opportunities arose to ensure we got all the target birds. This flexibility is critical to a well-executed tour and does not happen often enough.

This was an excellent tour. The itinerary was really good, the guides - both main and local - were all very good. I would have no hesitation being on another trip with Dušan Brinkhuizen, as he is an outstanding guide. It was all very well organised. Many thanks to all involved in organising the trip.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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