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BIRDING TOURS, BIRD PHOTO TOURS

We offer quality ANYTIME birding tours and bird/wildlife photo tours. You choose the dates when you wish to travel, we make the arrangements, you enjoy the tour. Once you register, you'll have the choice of converting your request to a SCHEDULED tour and posting it on our website or keeping it private. Our group price will apply as long as 4 or more persons sign up. We think having the guide's undivided attention during a private tour or sharing the guide with just a couple other people is far superior to birding with a larger group. Early planning is advisable to ensure availability of guide and accommodations.

Many of our tours to Sicily, Central America, South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia are listed below. For a complete list please check our BIRDING TOURS or PHOTO TOURS menus. Most birding tours can be conducted as bird photo tours instead if you prefer. Itineraries can be modified to suit your individual wishes. Please note - If you use hotmail or msn.com for sending emails, please read below notice.

Resplendent Quetzal - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

PANAMA BIRDING TOURS

Panama features an interesting mix of Central and South Ameriand for the nearan birds and for the near endemics found only in western Panama and neighboring southern Costa Rica. The best birding is dry season from Dec-April but summer tours can also be productive. Our Panama tours can be done as birding tours or as photo tours.

button Central Lowlands Birding Tour (10 Days)
Black Hawk-Eagle - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (10 days, 9 nights)
Anytime Price: $3450; (Single Suppl $350)
Group Price: $2950; (Single Suppl $350)

Metropolitan Park, Bayano lowlands, Old Gamboa Road, Achiote Road, Pipeline Road, Discovery Center, Valle de Anton
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Silver-throated Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $4495; (Single Suppl $490)
Group Price: $3995; (Single Suppl $490)

Metropolitan Park, Bayano lowlands, Old Gamboa Road, Achiote Road, Pipeline Road, Discovery Center, Valle de Anton, Chiriqui Highlands
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COSTA RICA BIRDING & PHOTO TOURS

Scintillant Hummingbird - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Travel to Costa Rica is safe, birding is excellent, and accommodations are very good at most places. Our classic tour is most popular but we also offer longer tours. Most tours can be done as birding tours or bird photo tours.

button Classic Birding Tour (9 Days)
Snowcap - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (9 days, 8 nights)
Anytime Price: $3095; (Single Suppl $310)
Group Price: $2725; (Single Suppl $310)

Carara, La Selva, Talamanca Highlands
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Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (11 days, 10 nights)
Anytime Price: $3850; (Single Suppl $335)
Group Price: $3450; (Single Suppl $335)

La Selva, Braulio Carrillo, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Los Cusingos, Carara
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button Southern Circuit Birding Tour (14 Days)
Pale-billed Woodpecker - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $5075; (Single Suppl $425)
Group Price: $4675; (Single Suppl $425)

La Selva, Braulio Carrillo, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Wilson Botanical Gardens, Golfito, Carara
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Resplendent Quetzal - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5550; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $5095; (Single Suppl $525)

Arenal, La Selva, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Osa, Carara, Monteverde
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THAILAND BIRDING TOURS

Malayan Banded-Pitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Thailand is one of the best Asian birding destinations, especially for bird photographers. Availability of blinds in many locales greatly improves chances to see partridges, pittas, babblers, and other secretive species.

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Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (22 days, 21 nights)
Anytime Price: $5450; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $5125; (Single Suppl $525)

Doi Lang, Doi Ang Khang, Doi Inthanon, Mae Ping, Mae Wong, Bung Boraphet, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Krung Ching, Phang Nga
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Hume's Pheasant - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $3950; (Single Suppl $350)
Group Price: $3650; (Single Suppl $350)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Bung Boraphet, Mae Wong, Mae Ping, Doi Inthanon, Doi Lang, Doi Ang Khang
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Malayan Banded-Pitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $3625; (Single Suppl $325)
Group Price: $3300; (Single Suppl $325)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Khlong Saeng, Sri Phang Nga, Krung Ching, Thai Muang, Phang Nga, Khao Nor Chuchi
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Gray-headed Babbler - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (18 days, 17 nights)
Anytime Price: $4575; (Single Suppl $400)
Group Price: $4250; (Single Suppl $400)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Khlong Saeng, Laem Pak Bia, Thai Muang, Phang Nga, Sri Phang Nga, Khao Nor Chuchi, Krung Ching, Yaring Mangroves, Princess Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Research & Study Center, Hala Bala
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VIETNAM BIRDING TOURS

Orange-breasted Laughingthrush - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Vietnam features several species of laughingthrushes and a nice variety of endemics. Birding can be challenging at times but is always rewarding. Early booking is essential as top birding guides are in demand.

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Orange-breasted Laughingthrush - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (17 days, 16 nights)
Anytime Price: $4595; (Single Suppl $625)
Group Price: $3995; (Single Suppl $625)

Cat Tien, Di Linh, Dalat, Yok Don, Mang Den, Lo Xo, Bach Ma, Phong Nha-Ke Bang
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PERU BIRDING TOURS

Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Peru has more bird species than any other country in the world. First priority is usually highlands around Machu Picchu, Manu Road, and the buffer zone around Manu Biosphere Reserve. The northern route offers many additional endemics not present around Manu. Central Peru is less traveled but offers incredible birding.

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Torrent Duck - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $3850; (Single Suppl $500)
Group Price: $3600; (Single Suppl $500)

Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Manu Road
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button Highlands, Manu Rd & Reserve (20 Days)
Andean Cock-of-the-rock - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (20 days, 19 nights)
Anytime Price: $5350; (Single Suppl $300)
Group Price: $5150; (Single Suppl $300)

Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Manu Road, Manu Biosphere Reserve
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button Northern Route (14 Days)
Crimson-collared Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $4250; (Single Suppl $500)
Group Price: $3950; (Single Suppl $500)

Casupe Road, Chaparri, Pomac, Jaen, Pomacochas, Abra Patricia, Waqanki, Tarapoto
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GUYANA BIRDING TOURS

Guianan Streaked-Antwren - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Guyana features numerous endemics not found anywhere else. Birding is easy and productive. The south offers a good chance to see Sun Parakeet and Red Siskin. The interior is currently almost entirely unspoiled rainforest though that could change if the Guyana government proceeds with paving the only road from the coast to Brazil. Accommodations vary from generally good to quite rustic.

button Classic Birding Tour (10 Days)
Black Curassow - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (10 days, 9 nights)
Anytime Price: $4050; (Single Suppl $0)
Group Price: $3750; (Single Suppl $0)

Georgetown, Coast, Iwokrama, Surama, Rock View, Karanambu
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button Classic Tour & the South (15 Days)
Yellow-chinned Spinetail - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5700; (Single Suppl $0)
Group Price: $5300; (Single Suppl $0)

Georgetown, Coast, Iwokrama, Surama, Rock View, Karanambu, Karasabai, Ireng River, Dadanawa
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ECUADOR BIRDING TOURS

Giant Antpitta - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Ecuador is hard to beat for sheer diversity of birding opportunities. Over 500 species are possible on a two week birding tour. The country is equally productive for bird photography, especially of hummingbirds but also antpittas and other birds.

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Spot-backed Antbird - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (5 days, 5 nights)
Anytime Price: $1775; (Single Suppl $430)
Group Price: $1725; (Single Suppl $430)

Napo River
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Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (6 days, 6 nights)
Anytime Price: $2075; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $2025; (Single Suppl $525)

Napo River
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button Northern Andes Birding Tour (12 Days)
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (12 days, 11 nights)
Anytime Price: $3875; (Single Suppl $200)
Group Price: $3250; (Single Suppl $200)

Guango, San Isidro, Tandayapa, Mindo, Refugio Paz, Bellavista
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Buff-tailed Coronet - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $4625; (Single Suppl $275)
Group Price: $3775; (Single Suppl $275)

Guango, San Isidro, Wild Sumaco, Tandayapa, Mindo, Refugio Paz, Bellavista
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KENYA BIRDING TOURS

Black-headed Gonolek - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Kenya's birding possibilities reach far beyond just the national parks. Many of the specialties are found in out of the way forest reserves not visited by typical safaris. Combining these locales with the game parks makes birding in Kenya a special experience. Our two week tour visits the best birding sites in central and western Kenya. Our mega safaries add several special places where serious birders can pick up many additional species.

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Northern Masked-Weaver - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5875; (Single Suppl $750)
Group Price: $5475; (Single Suppl $750)

Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kerio Valley, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria
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button Mega Birding Safari (17 Days)
ANYTIME (17 days, 16 nights)
Anytime Price: $6650; (Single Suppl $850)
Group Price: $6175; (Single Suppl $850)

Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kerio Valley, Kongelai Escarpment, Saiwa Swamp, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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Jackson's Hornbill - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (20 days, 19 nights)
Anytime Price: $7850; (Single Suppl $1000)
Group Price: $7325; (Single Suppl $1000)

Castle Rock, Mt Kenya, Shaba Reserve, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu Reserve, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Gatamaiyu Forest
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KENYA PHOTO SAFARIS

Blue Wildebeest - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding tours

Birding in Kenya is best done around the short or long rains while mammal watching is best done during dry season. Our photo safaries are intended for dry season visits, particularly July-September when the spectacular Wildebeest migration takes place within Kenya. Combining mammal and bird photography makes for a memorable experience that goes well beyond traditional safaris to Kenya.

button Birds & Beasts (13 Days)
ANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $5775; (Single Suppl $700)
Group Price: $5375; (Single Suppl $700)

Mt Kenya, Samburu Reserve, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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button Birds, Beasts, Plus (14 Days)
ANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $6250; (Single Suppl $775)
Group Price: $5850; (Single Suppl $775)

Mt Kenya, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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TANZANIA BIRDING TOURS & PHOTO SAFARIS

Leopard - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Tanzania's spectacular wildlife puts it on just about everyone's bucket list. Safaris to the game parks are almost sure to find both Leopards and Cheetahs. Add incredible birding to the list and you have the trip of a lifetime. Our extended tour adds birding in the endemic-rich Usambara Mountains to our traditional safari itinerary.

button Birds & Mammals Safari (11 Days)
ANYTIME (11 days, 10 nights)
Anytime Price: $5150; (Single Suppl $600)
Group Price: $4850; (Single Suppl $600)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm
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Black-headed Gonolek - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $6050; (Single Suppl $750)
Group Price: $5750; (Single Suppl $750)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Speke Bay, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm
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Orange-bellied Parrot - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (17 days, 16 nights)
Anytime Price: $7450; (Single Suppl $1150)
Group Price: $7150; (Single Suppl $1150)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Speke Bay, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm, Mkomazi, West Usambara Mountains
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SICILY BIRDING & HERITAGE TOURS

European Robin - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Sicily is a major flyway for European birds during spring migration and an extraordinary vagrant trap. It also features Roman heritage sites, superb Greek temples, Norman castles, medieval art in its many duomos, and some of Italy's best cuisine. Combining our birding tour with a personalized guided tour of Tuscany and/or Rome and Pompeii makes for a truly unique European vacation.

button Magical Sicily Birding Tour (12 Days)
Sicilian Rock Partridge - © Angelo ZimmettiMay 2-13, 2017 (12 Days, 11 Nights)
2-Person Price: 5450€ ($6375); (Single Suppl 225€ ($264))
Group Price: 3650€ ($4270); (Single Suppl 225€ ($264))

Ortigia, Siracusa, Capo Murro di Porco, Prioli Salt Marshes Vendicari, Longarini, Modica, Agrigento, Cefalu, Madonie Mountains, Mt Etna, Straits of Messina
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Sicilian Rock Partridge - © Angelo ZimmettiApr 26-May 13, 2017 (18 Days, 17 Nights)
2-Person Price: 6850€ ($8013); (Single Suppl 600€ ($700))
Group Price: 4850€ ($5675); (Single Suppl 600€ ($700))

Pisa, Cortona, Tuscan countryside, Siena, Ortigia, Siracusa, Capo Murro di Porco, Prioli Salt Marshes Vendicari, Longarini, Modica, Agrigento, Cefalu, Madonie Mountains, Mt Etna, Straits of Messina
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button Magical Sicily, Rome, & Pompeii (17 Days)
Sicilian Rock Partridge - © Angelo ZimmettiMay 2-18, 2017 (17 Days, 16 Nights)
2-Person Price: 7160€ ($8376); (Single Suppl 650€ ($760))
Group Price: 4995€ ($5845); (Single Suppl 650€ ($760))

Ortigia, Siracusa, Capo Murro di Porco, Prioli Salt Marshes Vendicari, Longarini, Modica, Agrigento, Cefalu, Madonie Mountains, Mt Etna, Straits of Messina, Rome, Napoli, Pompeii
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Sicilian Rock Partridge - © Angelo ZimmettiApr 26-May 18, 2017 (23 Days, 22 Nights)
2-Person Price: 8600€ ($10060); (Single Suppl 1000€ ($1170))
Group Price: 6125€ ($7165); (Single Suppl 1000€ ($1170))

Pisa, Cortona, Tuscan countryside, Siena, Ortigia, Siracusa, Capo Murro di Porco, Prioli Salt Marshes Vendicari, Longarini, Modica, Agrigento, Cefalu, Madonie Mountains, Mt Etna, Straits of Messina, Rome, Napoli, Pompeii, Rome, Napoli, Pompeii
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Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

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WHAT'S NEW

August 2016 - Papua New Guinea and the island of New Britain Birding Tour - During July Jim participated in a birding tour to Papua New Guinea conducted by Rockjumper Birding Tours. The tour was generally a success with 337 birds-of-paradise were seen, though a couple by only part of the group and some only at considerable distance or only in flight, recording including 307 seen. Details can be found on the trip reports page reached from the GENERAL menu above.

July 2016 - Borneo Scouting Trip - One of us joined 5 British birders on an overview tour of 5 islands in the Borneo. The tour was conducted by an Asian-based company. Birding was rather slow and many target birds were missed as a result of that and some logistical/planning issues. Nevertheless, 103 endemics and 261 species overall were recorded during the tour. See the trip report reached from the GENERAL menu above for details.

May 2016 - Philippines Bird Photos - We've now added photos from our recent Philippines scouting trip to our website. These can be found on the Philippines country page, Philippines birding tour page, and Philippines trip report page.

April 2016 - Vietnam Bird Photos - We've now added photos from our recent Vietnam scouting trip to our website. These can be found on the Vietnam country page, Vietnam birding tour page, and Vietnam trip report page.

March 2016 - New Vietnam Birding Tour - We're now offering an ANYTIME birding tour to south and central Vietnam. The tour is organized by a reliable land agent in Vietnam and is led by one of the best birding guides in the country.

February 2016 - Philippines Scouting Trip - One of us joined 5 British birders on an overview tour of 5 islands in the Philippines. The tour was conducted by an Asian-based company. Birding was rather slow and many target birds were missed as a result of that and some logistical/planning issues. Nevertheless, 103 endemics and 261 species overall were recorded during the tour. See the trip report reached from the GENERAL menu above for details.

January 2016 - Vietnam Scouting Trip - One of us recently completed a 3-week scouting trip to Vietnam. Areas covered included the mountainous north, Yok Don National Park, Dalat Plateau, and Cat Tien National Park. Birding was unusually slow, as it was throughout much of southeast Asia, apparently due to the large El Niño effect in the Pacific. Some 300 species were recorded, about 10% below expected. See our trip report reached from the GENERAL menu above for details. We'll be adding photos in future once they are processed.

December 2015 - Sicily Birding & Heritage Tours - Sicily is a hidden gem that features interesting European birding plus wonderful archaeological and cultural sites plus cuisine to die for. We're now offering combination birding and heritage tours during peak spring migration. Highlights of the tour include birding numerous wetland and coastal migrant traps in eastern and southern Sicily, Lanner Falcon nesting cliffs of the interior, the slopes of Mt Etna, and highland sites overlooking the Strait of Messina, world famous for the raptor migration. Longer tours include a week in Tuscany prior to birding in Sicily, a week of exploring Rome, Napoli, and Pompeii after birding in Sicily, or both.

September 2015 - Sicily Birding Trip - We spent 11 days birding in Sicily with Andrea Corso, Sicily's foremost authority and expert on birds of the island. Birds in Sicily are quite wary due to unfettered hunting pressure, but the island offers extraordinary opportunities to see rare birds during spring and fall migration. It's also a good place to see breeding birds during June, along with several species that are likely future splits and endemic to Sicily (Sicilian Rock Partridge, Sicilian Long-tailed Tit, and Sicilian Red Crossbill). We had amazing success with rarities during our trip. We saw 3 accidentals, namely Greater Sand-Plover (2nd record), Thekla Lark (1st record for Italy), and Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (2nd record). We saw two vagrants, Western Reef-Heron and Red-necked Phalarope, and several other rarities, Marbled Teal, Egyptian Vulture, Bonelli's Eagle, Red Kite, Terek Sandpiper, Audouin's Gull, and Lanner Falcon. Aside from the birding, we found Sicily to be a wonderful place to visit with friendly people, extraordinary history represented by Greek ruins, Roman amphitheaters, Norman castles, and medieval churches, plus fabulous food (especially the cannoli and gelato but also many other specialty dishes of the island). We plan on offering spring tours to Sicily beginning in 2016.

August 2015 - Clements Updates - We've updated our website to reflect all changes on the August 2015 Clements update. The update this year was less impactful compared to previous years, with many changes involving re-sequencing of genera and species. Notable splits of Neotropical species involved Long-billed Hermit, Blossomcrown, Plovercrest, and Lineated Woodcreeper. Affected Asian species included splits of Purple Swamphen, Variable Dwarf-Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Scaly Thrush among others. Also split were several species of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Newly recognized species were Boa Nova Tapaculo in Brazil, Sichuan Bush-Warbler in southern China, and Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher on Sulawesi in Indonesia.

June 2015 - Thailand Birding Tours - We're now offering several birding tours to Thailand. Our tours are very favorably priced and utilize expert birding guides who reside in Thailand year round.

June 2015 - Thailand Photos - We've added numerous photos from our recent Thailand scouting trip to our Thailand country page, Thailand trip report, and a Thailand photo gallery. Read more »


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